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In My Mailbox November 21

November 21st, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

In My Mailbox is brought to you by The Story Siren.   Here is what I got last week:

For review:

Fat Cat by Robin Brande


Description from You are what you eat. . . .

Cat smart, sassy, and funny—but thin, she’s not. Until her class science project. That’s when she winds up doing an experiment—on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living—and eating—like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits.

As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy! If only she weren’t too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice. . . .

Bought (I was at the BX which is tax free and the books are 25% off to begin with. So w/o the 10% sales tax I saved 35% on the books. How could I resist?):

The Devouring by Simon Holt


Description from “When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter’s blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body’s here but not your soul…”

THE VOURS: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it’s clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman’s imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.

To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?

The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare?

Schooled by Anisha Lakhani


Description from All she wants to do is teach. For Anna Taggert, an earnest Ivy League graduate, pursuing her passion as a teacher means engaging young hearts and minds. She longs to be in a place where she can be her best self, and give that best to her students.

Turns out it isn’t that easy.

Landing a job at an elite private school in Manhattan, Anna finds her dreams of chalk boards and lesson plans replaced with board families, learning specialists, and benefit-planning mothers. Not to mention the grim realities of her small paycheck.

And then comes the realization that the papers she grades are not the work of her students, but of their high-priced, college-educated tutors. After uncovering this underground economy where a teacher can make the same hourly rate as a Manhattan attorney, Anna herself is seduced by lucrative offers–one after another. Teacher by day, tutor by night, she starts to sample the good life her students enjoy: binges at Barneys, dinners at the Waverly Inn, and a new address on Madison Avenue.

Until, that is, the truth sets in.

Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi


Description from This is not your typical boybites-girl love story.

Technically Sunshine can’t get killed-because she’s immortal. Well, not quite yet. Due to the worst case of mistaken identity with her dark-side-loving twin sister at a Goth club called Club Fang, Magnus, a vampire hottie, went for Sunshine’s innocent neck. Now if she doesn’t reverse it in time, Magnus will be her blood mate forever and she’s doomed to be a blood-gulping, pasty, daylight-hating vampire. That would seriously bite.

And now, after the unfortunate slaying of the vampire leader, Sunshine, her sister Rayne, and Magnus must find the one thing that can solve her problem: the Holy Grail. They wish it were a joke but it’s not. It’s absolutely necessary that Sunshine gets out of this in time, because somehow she scored the hottest prom date in her school, the mouth-watering Jake Wilder. So she just can’t be a vampire for the prom-let alone the rest of eternity.

Elphame’s Choice by P.C. Cast


Description from I was marked from birth as belonging to the Goddess Epona–but that didn’t make my life easy. Because of my “blessings,” I was set apart, worshipped, unable to make real connections with others. Then came the Feeling, and with it a glimpse of my destiny. It led me to the MacCallen castle of legend, deserted since the terrible Fomorian war.

I followed the wordless call to breathe new life into a place long dead, but I didn’t realize there were dark remnants of the war lingering in the nearby forest–victims and survivors who remained hidden. Others marked as different, powerful. Feared.

My choice was now twofold. I could keep to the happiness and safety of my newfound home, or I could choose a path that led to something more terrible, more dangerous, more thrilling than anything I’d ever expected.

And in that future I might never be alone again. . .

Playing With Fire by Gena Showalter


Description from Goodreads. com: Used to be my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye!

It all started when this crazy scientist dropped something in my Grande Mocha Latte. Of course I got wicked sick. Next morning I’m waking up with this total hottie bending over me. He tells me:

1) his name’s Rome Masters,

2) he’s a government agent and

3) I can control the four elements with a thought.

He seems even less pleased by my (apparently irreversible) transformation than I am…. Because now he’ll have to kill me.

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12 Responses

  1. Wendy

    I haven’t read the Devouring but I read Soulstice (2nd book) and it was GOOD. Oh, you got Boys That Bite! I can’t wait to read her books and P.C. Cast’s as well. Playing with Fire is a really great book, hope you enjoy! :)

  2. Lauren

    Oh, I LOVED Fat Cat!! So, I can’t wait to see what you think of it. Happy Reading. :)

  3. J. Kaye

    I loved Anisha Lakhani’s book and just ordered Elphame’s Choice by P.C. Cast. I’m up for a read-along if you are…lol.

  4. Sara (The Hiding Spot)

    I’m listening to FAT CAT right now on audio and I’m really liking it!

  5. Emily

    Great books this week! I’ve added a bunch of these to my goodreads list. Thanks for posting about them!

  6. Sheila DeChantal

    I like the cover of Schooled. Happy reading!

  7. dsuzuki

    Wendy-I saw the cover of Soulstice and it made me want to read it. Since The Devouring was book 1 I had to buy it :)
    Lauren and Sara-good to hear Fat Cat was a good read!
    J. Kaye-LOL. A read along is probably the only way to guarantee it won’t take me like 2 years to get around to it. Maybe in January?
    Emily-glad to add to the always growing to read list. LOL.
    Sheila-Thanks! I never heard of Schooled before but also liked the cover.

  8. zia

    There are a few on your list that I would like to read. Happy reading!

  9. Michelle

    I keep seeing Fat Cat and Schooled all over the place. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on them vefore I put them on my TBR.

  10. Callie (Handle Like Hendrix)

    Devouring looks really good. Enjoy!!!

  11. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    OO some more books I’d like to read.

  12. Kay

    I read the Devouring and absolutely loved it. It was scary and I can’t wait to read book 2! I also have Schooled on my TBR pile, but haven’t read it yet.

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