Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Books I received in the mail this week:
You Came Back by Christopher Coake from Hachette Book Group – Releases June, 2012
“Thirty-something Midwesterner Mark Fife believes he has moved past the accidental death of his young son, Brendan, as well as his subsequent divorce from his college sweetheart, Chloe. Nearly seven years have passed; he’s successful, he’s in love again, and he believes he’s mastered his own memories.
But then he is contacted by a strange woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but also that she believes it to be haunted by Brendan’s ghost. How will Mark, who knows that ghosts do not exist, deal with the reappearance of his beloved ex-wife, who accepts that the spirit of Brendan is real? Is it possible for these two wounded parents to choose paths that allow happiness back into their lives?”
The Yard by Alex Grecian from Putnam. Releases June, 2012
“Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives – known as “The Murder Squad” – to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own…one of the twelve…”
A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton from Thomas Nelson. This book released in January, 2012
“Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives a terrifying existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of books gifted to him by a kind stranger. In these books, he discovers new worlds he can only imagine and gains hope that one day he might have a different life – that one day he will find his true home.
A fair-complexioned boy with blue eyes, curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he is determined to unravel the mystery of his origins and find his birth family. Armed with just a single clue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, only to find that nothing is what it appears to be.”
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore from Dial Books (an imprint of Penguin Books) Releases May, 2012
(I may be more excited about this ARC than any other I’ve ever received!!!)
“When Bitterblue’s father, King Leck, was murdered, she became Queen of Monsea at ten years old. Eight years later, Bitterblue is still learning how to rule the kingdom. The influence of Leck – a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities – lives on. When Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle to walk the streets of her own city, she meets two thieves who hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace, holds the key to her heart.”
Here’s my tw0-cents – if you haven’t ever read the Graceling series, Graceling and Fire, you have to at least give it a chance. I love LOVE these books, and have been anxiously awaiting the release of Bitterblue, when I received the ARC in the mail. I danced around the house, “Woohoo’d” at the top of my lungs, and waved the book around at my husband and daughter until they were concerned for my state of mind. You can read Kristin Cashore’s blog here, or visit the site called Graceling Realm.
Into this World by Sybil Baker from the author, who was kind enough to sign the book for me! Releases May 22, 2012
“On the day Allison Morehouse walks off her job, her sister Mina calls from Korea, frantic and in tears. determined to discover the truth about her adopted sister, Allison flies to Seoul, yet Mina – and Korea – are nothing like Allison imagines. Over the next three months, Allison and Mina will unearth thirty years of family secrets – and Allison will discover in Mina the sister she never embraced, and in herself, the stronger woman she can be.”
ARC E-books I received this week:
Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel from First Second – Releases Oct 2, 2012
“You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and—oh yeah—the weird murder . . . you’re definitely going to want to hear about that.”
Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it’s only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.
But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.
Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here’s the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies—prophecies of something terrible that’s going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.
With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.”
The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan from Little, Brown and Company – Releases May 15, 2012
“On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a free and independent Texas-but in the end, they were all slaughtered. Their ultimate sacrifice inspired the rallying cry “Remember the Alamo!” and eventual triumph.
Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon fresh primary sources in U.S. and Mexican archives, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters–including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis–this is a stirring story of audacity, valor, and redemption.
James Donovan is the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn-the Last Great Battle of the American West. He lives in Dallas, Texas.”