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In My Mailbox October 10

October 10th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

In My Mailbox is brought to you by The Story Siren.  Here are a few of the books I got in this week:

For Review:

The Darcy’s Great Escape by Marsha Altman

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Description: Hilarious and action-packed, this installment brings the Darcy and Bingley families to the year 1812 and the intrigues of the Napoleonic Wars. Darcy and Dr. Maddox go in search of Darcy’s missing half-brother and land in a medieval prison cell.

Much to his dismay, Charles Bingley is left to hold the fort at Pemberley while his sister Caroline, Elizabeth, and Col. Fitzwilliam traverse Europe on a daring rescue. Meanwhile, Lady Catherine de Bourgh kicks up a truly shocking scandal.

One never knows what might happen next between the estates of Rosings and Pemberley.

Mrs. O The Face of Fashion Democracy

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Description: Celebrated for her style and substance, Michelle Obama has transformed the role of first lady and become a 21st century icon, attracting attention from all over the world. The qualities so admired in her – intelligence, strength and charisma – radiate through her personal style, which has united accessibility with high-wattage glamour. The clothes, like the woman, feel both familiar and inspirational. Readily mixing high-end labels with more affordable brands, with a focus on craftsmanship and artistry, Mrs. O has elevated the notion of real value and ushered in a new era of “fashion democracy”.

Wicked Witch and Curse by Nancy Holder

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Description from Amazon.com:

Holly Cathers’s world shatters when her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Wrenched from her home in San Francisco, she is sent to Seattle to live with her relatives, Aunt Marie-Claire and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole.

In her new home, Holly’s sorrow and grief soon give way to bewilderment at the strange incidents going on around her. Such as how any wish she whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the way a friend is injured after a freak attack from a vicious falcon. And there’s the undeniable, magnetic attraction to a boy Holly barely knows.

Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launced into a dark legacy of witches, secrets, and alliances, where ancient magics yield dangerous results. The girls will assume their roles in an intergenerational feud beyond their wildest imaginations…and in doing so, will attempt to fulfill their shared destiny.

Wicked Resurrection by Nancy Holder

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Description from Amazon.com: WHAT THE CAHORS witches thought was the end of their troubles was only the beginning. A threat more powerful and more frightening than anything they have faced has been watching and waiting. The Cahors witches must come together and find Jer and Eli as both the Deveraux and the Cahors family lines face eradication.All the secrets of the Cahors will be revealed, forcing them to overcome their greatest weaknesses in order to achieve their most powerful strengths. And only united do they have any chance at victory. Before the end, sacrifices will be made, alliances forged, and old friends lost forever.

Wicked Legacy & Spellbound by Nancy Holder

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Description from Amazon.com:

Holly Cathers is not the same person she was almost a year and a half ago. After discovering her connection to an ancient legacy of witches, Holly has accepted her destiny as a descendant of the House of Cahors. She is determined to end an intergenerational feud that has plagued her family for centuries.

Holly will have to overcome unworldly obstacles as she battles to protect her loved ones — including Jer, a member of the rival House of Deveraux and her one true love. A war of magical proportions is being waged, and Holly is at the center of it all.

Lives will be lost, and sacrifices will have to be made….

Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder

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Description from GoodReads:

Watch out! These babysitters will stab you in the back.

Everything changes for Hazel Stone when she’s noticed by Sylvia, queen bee of their high school’s popular girls, the Pretty Little Devils. Sylvia invites Hazel to one of the group’s famous soirees—held at the site of one of their babysitting jobs. Hazel couldn’t be more thrilled! But what she doesn’t know is that popularity comes with a price. Some people can become jealous of a girl’s newfound status— deadly jealous. One of these babysitting babes is a killer! Hazel has to figure out which one, before they turn their backstabbing ways on her.

Possessions by Nancy Holder

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Description: New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn’t help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago.

What Lindsay doesn’t yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead…

And that someone is Lindsay.

Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen

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Description: Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope.

As the new eleventh grader at Anton High–the most elite public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.

In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants.

And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity? That is, until another it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing.

With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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Description: In this riveting debut of breathtaking scope, a young girl discovers her father’s darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to complete the quest he never could — to find history’s most legendary fiend: Dracula. When a motherless American girl living in Europe finds a medieval book and a package of letters, all addressed ominously to “My dear and unfortunate successor…” she begins to unravel a thread that leads back to her father’s past, his mentor’s career, and an evil hidden in the depths of history. In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright: a hunt that nearly brought her father to ruin and may have claimed the life of his adviser and dear friend, history professor Bartholomew Rossi. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula, have to do with the 20th century? Is it possible that Dracula has lived on in the modern world? And why have a select few historians risked reputation, sanity, and even their lives to learn the answer? So begins an epic journey to unlock the secrets of the strange medieval book, an adventure that will carry our heroine across Europe and into the past — not only to the times of Vlad’s heinous reign, but to the days when her mother was alive and her father was still a vibrant young scholar. In the end, she uncovers the startling fate of Rossi, and comes face to face with the definition of evil– to find, ultimately, that good may not always triumph.

Used book store purchases (some for my Childhood Favorite Reads Challenge):

I Saw You That Night! by R.L. Stine

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Description: Breaking into Lee Blume’s house to steal a lucky baseball cap and win a bet, Roxie witnesses a murder and, unable to escape notice, finds herself pursued by a killer who has more than a bet on his mind.

Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies by Ann M. Martin

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Description: Mary Anne and Logan play pretend parents to an egg “baby” for their Modern Living class.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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Description: The Narnia Chronicles, first published in 1950, remain some of the most enduringly popular ever published. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, has been translated into 29 languages! The illustrations in this book have been coloured by the original artist, Pauline Baynes. Now published with the original cover, as designed by Pauline Baynes. “It’s a magic wardrobe. There’s a wood inside it, and it’s snowing! Come and see,” begged Lucy. Lucy has stumbled upon a marvellous land of fauns and centaurs, nymphs and talking animals. But soon she discovers that it is ruled by the cruel White Witch, and can only be freed by Aslan, the great Lion and four children…This is the second adventure in the exciting Chronicles of Narnia.

Pirates! by Celia Rees

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Description: Nancy Kington, a wealthy merchant’s daughter living in Bristol, England in the early 1700’s, is sometimes lonely but enjoys the privileges her father’s business brings. Minerva Sharpe is a penniless slave’s daughter living and working on the Kington’s Jamaican plantation. These two young women, united through a set of extraordinary circumstances including a brutal murder, an arranged marriage, and set of ruby earrings, find themselves sailing the high seas in search of love, adventure and freedom—as pirates!

The Secret of the Old Clock/The Hidden Staircase Nancy Drew Vol. 1-2 by Carolyn Keene

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Description: Nancy Drew’s keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.

Traded For:

Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

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Description: To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815!

There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant.

But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex’s heart, before her time in the past is up?

More Cabot than Ibbotson, Prada and Prejudice is a high-concept romantic comedy about finding friendship and love in the past in order to have happiness in the present.

My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

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Description: She doesn’t see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next…

Bought from Borders:

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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Description: It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek’s and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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Description: It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek’s and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

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15 Responses

  1. Lori

    Wow! You got some great books this week!!

  2. Michelle

    Holy smokes! You got a lot in your mailbox this week, haha. Though I’m not really one to talk in that regard I suppose. **skips off to bookstores**

    I too got Leviathan this weekend and isn’t it super pretty and wonderful? I’m afraid to crack it open! I’ve had the Cohen book for a bit, it’s in my pile to be read and reviewed. Hope you enjoy them all :)

  3. Reggie

    Holy crapola! That is one GIGANTIC LOAD OF BOOKS! Hope you enjoy them =)

  4. dsuzuki

    I know! It took forever to write this post especially after I got about half way through and when I saved the page wouldn’t load and got rid of all my changes!

  5. Mishel

    lol only a few of the books you got huh? WOW =)

    I really like those Wicked covers!!

  6. Linda

    I’m going to be adding those Holder books to my list. Look really good.

  7. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    That’s a lot of books!!!!!!

  8. Page

    What a great lot of books you got this week! I’ll be looking for your reviews on the Nancy Holder books. I’ve seen them but never seen a review.

  9. Kailana

    That’s quite the haul! I was going to buy the Westerfeld, but I have so many books I want to read that it will probably be a while before I get to it anyways! So, in the end I got it from the library… By the time it comes in for me, maybe I will have time to read it!

  10. PolishOutlander

    Pirates was a great read! I love all her books. What a great week! Happy reading!

  11. amy

    Great week! Love the cover for little black lies..
    -amy

  12. L. Diane Wolfe

    A good selection for halloween, too.
    And I remember that Nancy Drew book.

    BTW – I continued with J. Kaye’s book review discussion, so if your ears are burning…

  13. Callie (Handle Like Hendrix)

    WOW! Lots of great books. I bought Leviathan this week. Enjoy!!

  14. zia

    Wow you got a lot of books that are either in my TBR pile or I want to buy lol. Happy reading!

  15. Kristi

    You had a terrific week! Love the R.L. Stine books! I don’t know where I would begin with a list like this! Happy Reading!

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