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In My Mailbox & Library Loot September 5

September 5th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

First things first, In My Mailbox is brought to you by The Story Siren and Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I’ve been cutting back on the number of review books and actually just got this one sent to me randomly:

The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah


Description from Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears an unexpected name-Mark Bretherick. It’s a name she shouldn’t know, but last year Sally treated herself to a secret vacation-away from her hectic family life-and met a man. After their brief affair, the two planned to never meet again. But now, Mark’s wife and daughter are dead-and the safety of Sally’s own family is in doubt. Sophie Hannah established herself as a new master of psychological suspense with her previous novel, Little Face. Now with accomplished prose and a plot guaranteed to keep readers guessing, The Wrong Mother is Hannah’s most captivating work yet.

I bought these books (I blame Borders 40% off coupons):

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer


Description from Harcourt Trade Publishers: Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Description from GoodReads: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight; she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace–or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away. . .a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda


Description from As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn’t normal.  Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order’s ancient battle against the Unholy. 

Billi’s cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem,  gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He’s ready to reclaim his place in Billi’s life, but she’s met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.

But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order’s ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years — a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London’s firstborn.  To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

Library Loot


In Ecstasy by Kate McCaffrey


Description from

Sophie and Mia have been best friends for most of their 15 years. Sophie is popular, so when she suggests they try ecstasy Mia figures it can’t hurt her own chances with the in crowd. Mia is elated when the drug lives up to its name and amazed when Lewis, the hottest guy in school, kisses her goodnight.

Soon Lewis is Mia’s boyfriend, and she and Soph are running with his fast, rich friends, until Sophie is sexually assaulted by Lewis’s drug-dealing buddy. Reluctant to say what happened, Sophie grows distant, leaving Mia to conclude she’s jealous of her popular boyfriend. But to keep Lewis’s attention, Mia grows increasingly dependent on the confidence that only E seems to give her. When things worsen, it is the girls’ strained but solid friendship that finally helps bring Mia back from the brink.

Hollywood is Like High School With Money by Zoey Dean


Description from Twenty-four-year old Taylor Henning has just landed her dream job as an assistant at a major movie studio. But when her catty coworkers trick her into almost getting fired, she realizes that the old saying “Hollywood is like school with money” just may be true. The thing is, Taylor wasn’t exactly a social butterfly in high school-how is she supposed to do any better the second time around?

That’s when she meets her boss’s popular sixteen-year-old daughter Quinn, and has an epiphany: maybe this teenager can teach her how to use her queen bee tactics to succeed in the Hollywood popularity contest. Quinn comes up with a plan to teach Taylor one lesson a week-everything from “Fake it ’til you make it” to “It’s *never* your fault”—and soon Taylor finds herself winning the war against rival assistant Kylie. Until, that is, she’s directed to steal Kylie’s boyfriend, and something happens that’s not in the game plan: Taylor falls for the guy. Now she must do the impossible— harness her inner mean girl while staying true to herself.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen


Description from GoodReads: When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s
something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He
certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

Temptation and Surrender by Stephanie Laurens


Description from GoodReads: This is Lucifer Cynster’s brother-in-law, Jonas Tallent’s story, #15 of the Cynster novels. from Stephanie Lauren’s Dec. 2008 website newsletter.

Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the fullest – and he has. He’s played cards until dawn, flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible ones.

But now he’s restless, bored with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so its with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins of his family’s estate in rural Devon. His most pressing need is to hire a new manager for the inn–the center of village life. Such a small task, yet he discovers few decent applicants are willing to live in a quiet country backwater.

Then genteel but impoverished Miss Emily Beauregard applies for the position. Jonas’s initial response is an emphatic “no!” Ladies, especially one as attractive as Emily, belong in the ballroom or the bedroom, not running an inn. But with no alternatives, he grudgingly allows Emily to try, and she rapidly proves herself worthy, resurrecting the inn with tact and skill.

But Em has a secret. Its not only the need to provide for herself and her orphaned siblings that has brought her to Devon. She’s surreptitiously searching for a family treasure hidden in the village, the only clues to its location a cryptic rhyme handed down through the generations. Emily is determined to solve the puzzle, find the treasure and reinstate her family to its rightful place in society.

Yet Em hasn’t bargained on Jonas. His experience is temptation, his attentions irresistible, and he’s determined to aid her in her quest. He eventually persuades her to trust him, and together they unravel the clues . But someone else is watching, waiting, and once the family legacy is unearthed, the villain strikes, threatening Em, her family, and the love she and Jonas have discovered in each others’ arms.

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25 Responses

  1. Michelle

    Good titles I got a few of them. Happy Reading!


  2. Kelly B

    These all look good. I am especially interested in The Wrong Mother! THAT looks great!

  3. dsuzuki

    Thanks. I hope The Wrong Mother is good!

  4. Gwendolyn B.

    Sophie Hannah’s LITTLE FACE is an incredible book – I hope THE WRONG MOTHER is just as good! And GRACELING is on my list for latter this month. Hope you enjoy your haul!

  5. Kailana

    Yay for Graceling! I loved that book. :)

  6. Holly

    Some great books. The Wrong Mother looks really interesting.

  7. Rebecca

    Great books you got this week. I absolutely loved Graceling. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  8. April

    Ohhhh, This Lullaby is amazing, I bet you will read it and fall in love with Dexter, the love interest!

    I have Graceling too, and can’t wait to read it :-D

    Hope you love all of your new books.

  9. thestorysiren

    great books this week! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

  10. The Ravenous Reader

    Great books!! and enjoy all your reads :)

  11. dsuzuki

    Thanks. I’ve heard so many great things about Graceling and Kristin Cashore is coming to do a signing.

  12. Lizzy

    I definitely need to pick up The Devil’s Kiss, which looks like a really interesting read. Hope you enjoy your books!

  13. Book Chick City

    I love the sound of all your books this week. Have fun reading them :)

  14. Suzy Levin

    Wow, what a great group of books! The Wrong Mother sounds particularly good! Thanks for sharing!


  15. Kelly

    Ooh, you’ll like Graceling!

    btw, did you know on Goodreads our taste in books is 96% the same? :)

  16. Ladybug

    I would love to read Gracelin – (well the audio book to be more exact after reading GreenBeanTeenQueens review of the audio version . I’ve heard great things about Life as we knew it and it’s on my WL along with Devil’s kiss!

  17. dsuzuki

    Kelly-I just saw that. Glad to know that since you enjoyed Graceling :)

    Ladybug-I heard good things about Life As We Knew It too and Devil’s Kiss book cover first drew me in.

  18. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

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

  19. Katie

    I really liked This Lullaby and have been meaning to read Graceling…

  20. Kay

    Great selection!
    I’m waiting for Graceling and Devil’s kiss in my mailbox, too. I have This Lullaby, but haven’t read it yet.

  21. dsuzuki

    I keep hearing such good things about Sarah Dessen so eager to check her out.

  22. Eva

    Erm, that cover for The Wrong Mother is sooooooo disturbing! In Ecstasy sounds sad. :/ I’ve heard wonderful things about Dessen-I need to give her a try soon!

  23. Nise'

    Good stuff in the mail and from the library. I loved Graceling. As a fan of Sarah Dessen, I’m going to get This Lullaby. Happy Reading.

  24. avisannschild

    The Wrong Mother is on my wish list, although that cover looks really creepy! And I definitely want to read Graceling. Enjoy your books!

  25. Marg

    Hollywood is Like High School With Money is a very catchy title!

    One of these days I will read Stephanie Laurens. I feel like a very bad Aussie romance fan for not having read her yet!

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