Sunday, June 14, 2009

In My Mailbox

Hard to believe my Ally Carter week is over, it's Sunday again, and I get to tell you about the books I acquired this week and how excited I am to read them. Again I'd like to thank the Story Siren and Alea of Pop Culture Junkie, the blogs where this meme started. And now to the books.

The First is Dead Girl Walking by Linda Joy Singleton, a book I've been meaning to read for ages.

Cover copy: I am so dead... Now, was I supposed to go left or right at the Light?

Seventeen-year-old Amber Borden has a lousy sense of direction—so lousy that she takes a wrong turn when returning from her near-death experience. She ends up in the body of the most popular girl in school, who has just tried to commit suicide.Can a girl who can't even navigate the halls of Halsey High discover the secrets of her new identity and find her way back to her own life?

Lucky me, I also got a copy of Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Manthev

Cover copy: All her world’s a stage. Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater. She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents. She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own. That is, until now.

Enter Stage Right

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.

COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks.

ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.

BERTIE. Our heroine.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Finally, This Midnight Charter by David Whitley. This came highly, highly recommended by a colleague who searched a huge bookcase to find the copy she had just read, put back, and couldn't find.

Cover copy: Agora is an insular city-state where anything can be bought and sold. Everything is a commodity; goods, services, people, thoughts, concepts and even emotions are bartered on the open market. It’s an economy without money, where trade is the only way of life and debt is death. The successful elite rule, plague festers in the pitiless slums, and children are possessions until their twelfth birthdays.

In the ancient tower of Count Stelli, the city’s greatest astrologer, two children meet, both of whom have been sold into servitude. Mark is an emotional, imaginative boy who is sold by his father to the Count’s grandson in return for medical treatment. The other child, Lily, is reserved and thoughtful; an orphan now owned by the Count. At first, threatened with being thrown out to die on the disease-ridden streets if they displease their masters, Mark and Lily’s only goal is to work and survive. However, as they begin to understand that they can shape their own destinies, they each find their own path — Mark within the system, angling for power and the security it brings; and Lily beyond it, determined to change the city forever. Unbeknownst to them both, however, Mark and Lily are watched by the mysterious ruler of Agora, the Director of Receipts, whose interest in the apparently insignificant pair is more than a passing one.

Hard to know where to start. Eyes Like Stars I think. Now to find more time in my week...

So that's what was in my mailbox. What about you?


Carrie said...

Eyes Like Stars is awesome!! Enjoy

Ravenous Reader said...

That is wonderful. You had a great week. My next read is Eyes Like Stars. I just finished Shiver, Catching Fire and am almost finished with The Tear collecter.

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week, hope you enjoy reading them.

Thao said...

I love Dead Girl series, you make me so jealous. Have fun reading ^^

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Eyes Like Stars looks amazing. Enjoy!

Linda Joy Singleton said...

Hope you enjoy DEAD GIRL!

And if you want to see a strange and fun vlog from myself and other authors describing their books with hand puppets, check it out here:

Bookgeek said...

Thanks Linda. That video is brilliant. Will have to post it. Looking forward to your book even more now...

Lenore said...

I got THE MIDNIGHT CHARTER at BEA, but I hadn't seen the cover yet.

Bookgeek said...

I had to search hard for the cover, most places said no image available. (My copy is an arc too.) But I like it.

Eli said...

Loved ELS! Hope you enjoy it as well-- Lisa is truly amazing. x)