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In My Mailbox August 30

August 30th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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Here is what I got in to review:

Embarking on Murder by Sue Owens Wright


Description from Sue’s website: Some people really go overboard for their anniversary, especially spoiled young Ivy Diggs, who mysteriously vanishes during the Dixie Queen paddle wheeler’s crowded Fourth of July dinner cruise on Lake Tahoe. It’s also Elsie MacBean’s 50th birthday celebration, which almost turns out to be her last when Beanie finds herself embarking not only on a calamitous cruise but a murder investigation.

After overhearing Ivy’s angry outburst at her husband moments before her disappearance, Beanie suspects Ivy’s drowning may not have been accidental, as is assumed. In Beanie’s estimation, anyone who was present at the Diggs’ anniversary party could be a possible crime suspect… and even some who weren’t. While casting for clues amid purported sightings of a legendary creature believed to inhabit the lake, Beanie and her sleuthhound Cruiser discover something more sinister is lurking beneath the surface of this mystery surrounding the Lake of the Sky. Ivy Diggs isn’t the only one to end up in deep water as Beanie also becomes the target of a killer.

Whiskey Gulf by Clyde Ford

Description from Amazon.comA sailboat fails to arrive at its next port of call after crossing into a “live-fire” naval exercise area just north of the border known as “Whiskey Gulf.” Charlie Noble is asked to investigate why the sailboat went missing, and what happened to the couple aboard. But Noble runs into a wall of secrecy erected by the American and Canadian governments, and into troubling questions about the real identity of the couple involved.

Ultimately, he and his partner, Raven, set sail on the Noble Lady in a case that leads them up the Inside Passage to the remote coast of British Columbia. There, they discover a hidden cove, which harbors answers about what really happened in Whiskey Gulf. But first they must survive a vicious attack in order to return with the truth. Set in the stunning wilderness of coastal British Columbia, Whiskey Gulf is a story about unearthing secrets from the past that others would rather remain concealed forever.

I bought:

Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter


Description from Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love.

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead


Description from Amazon.comHow far will Rose go to keep her promise?

The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri.

He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

Hate List by Jennifer Brown


Description from Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles


Description from One pregnancy. Four friends. It all adds up to a profound time of change in this poignant, sensitively written YA novel.

Ellie remembers how the boys kissed her. Touched her. How they
begged for more. And when she gave it to them, she felt loved. For a
while anyway. So when Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life, leads her from a party to the backseat of his van, Ellie follows. But their “one-time thing” is far from perfect: Ellie gets pregnant. Josh reacts with shame and heartbreak, while their confidantes, Caleb and Corinne, deal with their own complex swirl of emotions. No matter what Ellie chooses, all four teenagers will be forced to grow up a little faster as a result. Told alternately from each character’s point of view, this deeply insightful novel explores the aftershocks of the biggest decision of one fragile girl’s life — and the realities of leaving innocence behind.

After by Amy Efaw


Description from

An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . . Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible— she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.

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5 Responses

  1. Falling Off The Shelf

    Nice stack of books you got there! I haven’t bought a book in awhile…cause my fiance would kill me, as I have tons of books coming in all the time for review and from swapping on PBS and Bookmooch..eek. The only time I really buy a book is if I absolutly LOVE that author and I can’t bring myself to wait for the book to pop up on my wishlist at one of my swapping sites, lol.

  2. Michelle

    Great stash you got there! I’ve got Hate List and Jumping Off Swings on order from Amazon as we speak. I imagine I’ll get them in some time this week or beginning of next. I really should get into the Vampire Academy books as everyone seems to rave about them….but my TBR pile is so huge as it is!

  3. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    Looks like you got some great books this week. happy reading.

  4. Andrea

    Wow, ‘After’ sounds amazing.

  5. Jessica

    I can’t wait to read After. It looks SO good.

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