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In My Mailbox 8/1/09

August 1st, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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From the author:

A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi

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Description: The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town’s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury’s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings’s devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya’s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya’s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.

In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.

Genesis Beach by Susan Whitfield

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Description: I craned my head around the corner and pulled back again. There was someone there. I inhaled deeply and swung my body around into the room, coming face-to-face with my own image in the mirror. The hair on my body bristled…

When the lifeless body of millionaire Rick Teater is discovered, no one suspects he was beaten to death with a sock, least of all inexperienced Logan Hunter, an intern for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. But the high-profile crime scene–and the need to prove herself–propel her to embark on a quest for justice. During the investigation, she befriends Pepper Ellis, the victim’s chef, and the two form an emotional attachment, something Logan does not expect.

After several intense searches, complicated by a hurricane and a recurring nightmare, Logan finds the body of her prime suspect, Lincoln Tumu. Her investigation comes to a frustrating standstill. Trying to cope with demons of her own, Logan begins to unravel the tightly woven plan that implicated Tumu and discovers she pursued the wrong person from the beginning. Now she suspects the one she counted on for guidance has been deceiving her all along.

Dancing With Ana by Nicole Barker

Description: Beth is a lucky girl…

She comes from a loving family.  She has three best friends.  She loves to surf and lives five minutes from the beach.  She also recently discovered that the boy she’s grown up with has the most amazing green eyes…
Beth has every reason to smile.  Every reason to be happy.  Every reason to feel blessed.

Then why is she sticking her fingers down her throat?

Sixteen year old Beth Baxter’s life merely resembles the one she’s always known.  Her father has left.  She is falling for Jeremy Duscana and the diet she started has somehow turned into an obsession.  Yet her three best friends remain the same, always there for her.

But even their love can’t save her from herself.

Dancing With Ana.  A story about the journey to acceptance of one’s own reality, the incredible bond that exists between friends and a love that truly endures all things.

From publicists:

Legacy by Cayla Kluver

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Description: The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack. Across the land of Hytanica, under the shadow of the crimson moon, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had faded from the sky did the disappearances stop, and the bodies of the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known. For the next sixteen years, peace reigned, but one mystery remained unsolved. The Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine newborns, but returned only forty-eight bodies. Now, as seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica is besieged from all sides by suitors vying for the Throne, a teenage Cokyrian boy, Narian, is encountered within the walls of her Kingdom, a boy who will show Alera a world where women serve a purpose and not just a husband. As Narian helps Alera find her voice, she struggles against an arranged marriage that will shatter the life she has scarcely begun to live. And when Narian’s shocking past is uncovered, and war with Cokyri looms once more, he must fight to defy a fate ordained at his birth.

Through Shelf Awareness:

Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle

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Description: The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack. Across the land of Hytanica, under the shadow of the crimson moon, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had faded from the sky did the disappearances stop, and the bodies of the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known. For the next sixteen years, peace reigned, but one mystery remained unsolved. The Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine newborns, but returned only forty-eight bodies. Now, as seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica is besieged from all sides by suitors vying for the Throne, a teenage Cokyrian boy, Narian, is encountered within the walls of her Kingdom, a boy who will show Alera a world where women serve a purpose and not just a husband. As Narian helps Alera find her voice, she struggles against an arranged marriage that will shatter the life she has scarcely begun to live. And when Narian’s shocking past is uncovered, and war with Cokyri looms once more, he must fight to defy a fate ordained at his birth.

From Peachtree:

The Vanishing Chip by Mark Delaney

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Description: Meet Misfits, Inc. Investigations Peter, the genius Jake, the athlete Byte, the computer whiz Mattie, the “magician” T HESE FOUR TEENAGE SUPER-SLEUTHS have a knack for uncovering and solving unsolvable crimes. In their first case, the team bands together to clear Mattie’s grandfather, who stands falsely accused of stealing a million-dollar computer chip from a local museum. While the FBI and local police assigned to the case can’t turn up any leads, the Misfits draw upon each of their special talents to lead them to the true thieves and solve the mystery of The Vanishing Chip.

Giving Up the Ghost by Sheri Sinykin

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Description: That s the first step, you know. Admitting you re afraid. But when there s love, Aunt Mari said, there can be no fear.

Davia is afraid of lots of things. Things like death, ghosts, strange places, and her mom s cancer coming back. But she can t avoid her fears now.

Far from their Wisconsin home, Davia and her parents are staying in Louisiana to help take care of her great Aunt Mara who is slowly dying. Everything about the spooky-looking mansion that Aunt Mara owns scares Davia.

When Davia first encounters Emilie, the ghost of an adolescent girl from the nineteenth century, she is frightened. Emilie seems eager to have Davia for a friend, but the ghost is unpredictable and difficult. Davia begins to learn secrets about Emilia and her own family s past from Aunt Mara stories of premature endings and regrets. As Aunt Mara s health deteriorates, she and Davia become closer. Together, they might just be able to help Emilie be released from the mansion and from world of the living.

From Hachette Book Group:

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashely Merryman

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Description: In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What’s the single most important thing that helps infants learn language?
NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we’ve mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring–because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

From Simon & Schuster:

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Description: For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

From Sourcebooks:

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

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Description:

What really happened to Anastasia Romanov?

Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn’t. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.

In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn’t know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college—until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams…

Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe

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Description: A dramatic sequel to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

Three years after the conclusion of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, domestic bliss is not always easy to achieve. Colonel Brandon’s responsibilities for Eliza, the daughter of his first love, regularly take him away from home, and Marianne’s passionate, jealous nature threatens to rock the foundations of their marriage.

Now Willoughby and his wife have returned to the West Country. When Brandon is called away, Marianne meets Willoughby at a dinner and feels herself once again succumbing to his charm. The more she sees him, the more she’s in danger of giving in to her passion. Willoughby has everything to gain in driving a wedge between them. Will Brandon realize in time that his passionate young wife’s feelings of neglect may drive her into scandal? Can Marianne find the courage to turn her back on her first love? Or is it too late to save themselves and their marriage?

Searching For Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen

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Description: Through letters, diary entries, and oral history, a couple in the nearby village share stories of the people they say inspired Jane Austen. They also tell their own love story, made difficult by their vastly different backgrounds-she was one of the social elite while he was the son of a servant.

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12 Responses

  1. Rebecca

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

  2. Cat

    Wow, what a great list of books! Happy reading!

  3. Trisha

    Great books. I am getting my post ready tonight to be posted tomorrow.. I got 8 books this week. Can you believe that? i was about fell over. haha..
    The Lauren Myracle book sounds good. I have read a couple others of her books and enjoyed them.
    Happy Reading! 🙂

  4. Briana

    Oh my gosh! I want Hush Hush so bad!

    -Briana

  5. drey

    Wow, what a list!! I’m envious…

    On another note, I have an award for you. Stop by to pick it up!

  6. Sheri

    What a pretty blog you have! I heard about you from Drey’s Library. I’m looking forward to reading your posts!

  7. Leslie

    i really want to read Hush Hush!

  8. dsuzuki

    Thanks everyone! Happy reading to everyone else. Thanks for the award Drey and welcome to my blog Sheri.

  9. Lorie Shewbridge

    An incredible list of books, and a wide range of subjects… thanks for all the different types. Hope you have a fabulous week of reading.

  10. Belle

    What a lovely list of books! It sounds like you’re going to have a lot of fun with them.

  11. Michelle

    I’m jealous you already have a copy of Hush Hush but I have a copy on the way for a first look book club I’m doing. I’m also excited that I have a copy of Dreaming Anastasia on the way as part of a Sourcebooks tour in September. There is just so much that is coming out that is good.

  12. dsuzuki

    Thanks guys. Michelle-I’m doing that Dreaming Anastasia tour in September too! Just gotta organize the order to read everything in.

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