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In My Mailbox July 6

July 7th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

Mailbox Monday is hosted at The Printed Page or In Your Mailbox at The Story Siren. Please stop by those posts and take a look at what packages everybody else got this week!

Lots of books last week so let’s start with…

My book purchases:


The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Description: One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material. She is promised a nicely furnished apartment inside the Unit, where she will make new friends, enjoy the state of the art recreation facilities, and live the few remaining days of her life in comfort with people who are just like her. Here, women over the age of fifty and men over sixty–single, childless, and without jobs in progressive industries–are sequestered for their final few years; they are considered outsiders. In the Unit they are expected to contribute themselves for drug and psychological testing, and ultimately donate their organs, little by little, until the final donation. Despite the ruthless nature of this practice, the ethos of this near-future society and the Unit is to take care of others, and Dorrit finds herself living under very pleasant conditions: well-housed, well-fed, and well-attended. She is resigned to her fate and discovers her days there to be rather consoling and peaceful. But when she meets a man inside the Unit and falls in love, the extraordinary becomes a reality and life suddenly turns unbearable. Dorrit is faced with compliance or escape, and…well, then what?


Daylight Runner by Oisin McGann

Description: Asking questions in Ash Harbor can get you killed.

Sol Wheat is asking a lot of questions . . . especially after his father vanishes and is accused of murder.

Outside the huge domed city, an Ice Age has transformed Earth into an Arctic desert. But inside, the Machine, protected by the Clockworkers—a fearsome police organization—has become the source of the city’s energy and a way for industrial leaders to wield enormous power. When a rogue organization begins posting messages warning of the Machine’s impending failure, civil unrest grows.

As Sol begins to uncover the city’s deepest secrets, the Clockworkers start targeting him. Now he’s on the run in Ash Harbor’s underground, where gangs rule and danger lurks in every corner. His life and the survival of Ash Harbor are both at risk.

In Oisín McGann’s thrilling adventure, only the truth can help Sol Wheat escape the darkness.


Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart

Description: Ever since her mother passed away, Katie’s been alone in her too-big house with her genius dad, who restores old paintings for a living. Katie takes a summer job at a garden estate, where, with the help of two brothers and a glamorous librarian, she soon becomes embroiled in decoding a mystery. There are secrets and shadows at the heart of Nothing but Ghosts: symbols hidden in a time-darkened painting, and surprises behind a locked bedroom door. But most of all, this is a love story—the story of a girl who learns about love while also learning to live with her own ghosts.

I won from LitMuse:


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Description: For Grace, one yellow-eyed wolf is a chilling presence in the woods behind her house. During winter, Sam lives in the frozen woods and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, he lives a few precious months as a human. Soon, Grace and Sam find themselves risking everything to remain together.

Won from YAnnabe:


Leftovers by Laura Wiess

Description: Blair and Ardith are best friends who have committed an unforgivable act in the name of love and justice. But in order to understand what could drive two young women to such extreme measures, first you’ll have to understand why. You’ll have to listen as they describe parents who are alternately absent and smothering, classmates who mock and shun anyone different, and young men who are allowed to hurt and dominate without consequence. You will have to learn what it’s like to be a teenage girl who locks her bedroom door at night, who has been written off by the adults around her as damaged goods. A girl who has no one to trust except the one person she’s forbidden to see. You’ll have to understand what it’s really like to be forgotten and abandoned in America today.

Won from Must Lust For Books:


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Description: There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

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.

Won from Penguin Books:


Escape From Cubicle Nation

Description: Despite grim headlines about the economy, you DON’T have to stay in a job you intensely hate. There’s a better opportunity waiting out there, and escaping from cubicle nation is easier than you think.

Pamela Slim spent a decade traveling all over the country as a self-employed trainer for large corporations. She was surprised to find that many of the most successful employees at these companies harbored secret dreams of breaking out to start their own business. They would pull her aside after a meeting and whisper, “I would love to work for myself, but have no idea how to get started. How did you do it?”

So Pamela started a blog—Escape from Cubicle Nation—to share her experience and advice. Soon, questions and stories poured in from corporate prisoners around the world. As her blog gained popularity, she also interviewed some of the brightest experts in entrepreneurship on topics from finance to branding to marketing via social networks.

This book includes Pamela’s very best material, based on thousands of conversations and reader submissions. It provides everything you’ll need to consider before making a major change—not just the nuts and bolts of starting a business, but a full discussion of the emotional issues involved. Pamela knows firsthand that leaving corporate life can be very scary, especially if you have a family and other obligations. Fears and self-defeating thoughts often hold people back from pursuing an extremely gratifying solo career.

Get ready to learn your real options, make an informed decision, and maybe, just maybe, escape from cubicle nation.

Picked up from Borders:


What Happens in London by Julia Quinn

Description: When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn’t believe it for a second, but still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits… and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something.

Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security. He’s not a spy, but he’s had all the training, and when a gorgeous blonde begins to watch him from her window, he is instantly suspicious. But just when he decides that she’s nothing more than a nosy debutante, he discovers that she might be engaged to a foreign prince, who might be plotting against England. And when Harry is roped into spying on Olivia, he discovers that he might be falling for her himself…


The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman-it was just $1, how could I resist?

Description:  A transformative coming-of-age story that pierces the soul and heals the spirit. It is an ancient story with lessons for all time…a book that asks many profound questions, for which there are many answers.

A stunning tale of primal power and mythic beauty from a New York Times bestselling author.

Rain is a girl of the Amazon tribe of women warriors, the daughter of Queen Alina, living in a time of blood and fear. As the future leader of her people, she must seek and hold fast to her inner warrior. But amid the horrors of the battlefield, Rain is startled and mystified by the first stirrings of mercy towards the enemy–men–within her. What she encounters along the poignant and harrowing path toward her destiny–a kind young man, a strange recurrent prophecy, and a condemned baby brother–lead her, against odds, to forge mercy, love, and peace.

Through Shelf Awareness:


Ice Land by Betsey Tobin

From Hachette Book Group:


Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

Description: Julie & Julia, the bestselling memoir that’s “irresistible….A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef” (Philadelphia Inquirer), is now a major motion picture. Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves’ livers and aspic, but a new life-lived with gusto. The film version is written and directed by Nora Ephron and stars Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia.

From the library ongoing book sale:


The Awakening by L.A Banks

Description: There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress. But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru. A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her. It’s just a matter of who will get to her first. Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire, is one of the most powerful Damali has ever encountered and he has allied himself with the deadly Amanrath demons in order to claim her. But the Vampire Council has plans for her as well. And now an unlikely variable has entered into the equation, an ex-lover now turned vampire with an agenda of his own. And she must risk trusting him once more if they are to survive.


The Hunted by L.A Banks

Description: A Neteru–a hunter or a huntress–is born every thousand years in favor of the Warriors of Light as they fight against the Dark Realms. But Damali Richards is the Millennium Neteru. The one who will play a pivotal role in the Final War. The Warriors of Light had been waiting for her and the Dark Realms will do anything to either possess or destroy her. What they did not account for was the man who would love her.

Damali Richard has been to hell and back–literally–and she is not eager to repeat the trip. A Vampire civil war has been averted, but there were casualties and she believes that Carlos Rivera, former lover turned master vampire, is one of them. His death has not only shaken her emotions, but weakened her powers as well. But then Damali gets word that horrific killings are taking place in Brazil. The vampire civil war has left a small door to hell open and new and dangerous foes have risen from the Dark Realms. The leader, a deadly female, is set on a path of destruction. However, her blood lust hides a nefarious plan and the newly resurrected Carlos Rivera is at the heart of it. But Damali is not about to lose her man a second time, so she plans to send this old girl right back to hell she came from–no matter who stands in her way.

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16 Responses

  1. Danielle


    You’ve won a contest on my blog, go check it out and email me your address for your prize!


  2. Sophie

    You got loads of great books. Enjoy!

  3. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    I got the Foretelling for the EXACT SAME REASON! :)

  4. dsuzuki

    LOL. Who can pass up such a good deal? :) The library sale books were only 50 cents each.

  5. Julie J

    I’m salivating over your mailbox!! You picked up some awesome looking books! I hope you enjoy Nothing But Ghosts as much as I did. Looking forward to your reviews of these books!

  6. thestorysiren

    wow! what a fantastic book week! you must have really good luck! hope you enjoy them all. happy reading!

  7. Lisette

    wow! All of those look amazing especially the last two. I’ve heard of them but have not read them, they should awesome. Enjoy!

  8. Kay

    There are some great books there! I want to read Shiver, I’ve read great reviews of it. The Foretelling is worth the 1$ : I just read and reviewed it after buying it for not much more than you did, and I absolutely loved it. It’s short and nicely written.

  9. dsuzuki

    I don’t know which one to start with! Glad to hear Nothing But Ghosts and The Foretelling are worth it.

  10. Connie (LitMuse)

    Yay. I’m glad Shiver arrived and the post office didn’t lose it or anything. Looks like you got a good haul this week. The Foretelling is amazing. In fact, I love Alice Hoffman’s writing style. So beautiful.

  11. Kayla

    Wow. You are almost as bad as I am when it comes to purchasing books!! Lol
    I’m going to have to show my family cause If I don’t have evidence, they won’t believe me >.<

  12. katie

    I want Beautiful Creatures so bad. I am so jealous that you won it and all those other amazing books. Enjoy!

  13. Cindy(cindysloveofbooks)

    You got some really great books this past week. I also got The Unit too. Happy Reading.

  14. Kailana

    Lots of good books there! The only one I own is The Unit, but several others look like ones I might enjoy.

  15. lilly

    Wow! That’s a lot of books you got there and really all of them sound fantastic. I really have to go and look for the Hoffman’s book. I love her writing but never heard of <i.The Foretelling

  16. dsuzuki

    Connie-thank you so much for Shiver! I am so excited about it.
    Katie-I was shocked I won BC.
    Cindy & Kailana-I hope The Unit is good. It sounded so intriguing.
    Kayla-I am so bad about purchasing books. I keep telling myself to stop but I can’t! I actually own over 100 books I haven’t read yet :(
    Lilly-you should definitely check Borders. Looks like several of them have The Foretelling as a bargain book.

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