Sunday, July 5, 2009

In My Mailbox

Time to talk about the books I acquired this week again and how excited I am to read them. And I'm always excited to talk about the new books I get. Again thanks to the very creative Story Siren and Alea of Pop Culture Junkie, the blogs where this meme started. Last week I was over the moon because I got a copy of Blood Promise. And it was so good. I've been struggling a bit to write a review because I don't want to give it away and it is just filled with twists and turns. But I'm working on it. Until then, know that this is very much Rose and Dimitri's book and the choices they make.

Now to this week's books - and what a week. Three fabulous books - all three I really, really wanted.

1. Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater.
Everyone must know what a fan I am of Maggie's writing. I loved Lament and this is the sequel to Lament. And I think James was probably my favorite character in Lament so I just can't wait to start it. (Of course I also loved Shiver and would kill for that sequel too...)

From the back: In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.

2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

From the back: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

3. Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

From the back: In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.

Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.

But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

So that's what I got to read this week. Taking Ballad and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to read on the plane to London next week. What did you get?


The Story Siren said...

great book week! all fabulous books! i can't believe you've read blood promise! so jealous! happy reading!

The Book Explorer said...


I would die for a copy of Blood Promise. Would simply die.
So you are lucky my friend. =)

Also desperately want to read Beautiful Creatures!

Great haul.

Hope you have Happy REading this week! =)

Thao said...

Great books. I'm jealous of you getting Ballad already.

Kristen said...

I'm jealous! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Ballad (hopefully at ALA on Saturday! *squeals*). I have a copy of Beautiful Creatures at home now as well.. now I just have to nudge a billion books aside.. gah! So many books to read and so little time to read them.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Crazy Beautiful sounds amazing. Enjoy!

Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week, Beautiful Creatures sounds really good. Enjoy.

Debbie's World of Books said...

Great books! I got Beautiful Creatures as well. I'm starting to get drawn to Crazy Beautiful since I've been seeing it so much.

Bookgeek said...

Debbie - Crazy Beautiful is worth it. Really good. Ballad is awesome, as I knew it would be. Held me mesmerized on the flight from San Fransciso to London (James, sigh). Reviews when I'm back. Beautiful Creatures next!