Saturday, April 3, 2010

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox
Week Six

So this week, real-life wise, was not the most stellar for me but I did manage to get some awesome books despite everything. And nothing works better at cheering me up than a good book to snuggle up with...well okay except maybe winning the lotto. That would be pretty sweet.

But enough about me, onto the books:

Beautiful Dead
(Book 1 - Jonas)
Eden Maguire

Not alive. Not dead.
Somewhere in between lie the Beautiful Dead.

Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Jonas, Arizona, Summer, Phoenix. All dead within a year.

Jonas Jonson is the first to die, in a motorcycle accident. But there are many unanswered questions, and the three deaths that follow are equally mysterious.

Grief-stricken Darina can't escape her heartache or visions of her dead boyfriend, Phoenix, and the others who died. And all the while, the sound of beating wings echoes inside her head...

Are the visions real? Or do the Beautiful Dead only exist in Darina's traumatized imagination?

First Thoughts: This purchase was made on a whim last weekend when I needed a book to read for a bit and wasn't able to make it back home to grab one. It had a pretty cover and the back sounds good. I did end up reading the first chapter and it's interesting so far.

Every Last One
Anna Quindlen

Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother whose three teenage children come first, before her career as a landscape gardener or even her life as the wife of a doctor. Caring for her family and preserving their everyday life is paramount. An d so when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, only to be blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterward is a testament to the power of a woman's love and determination and to the invisible line of hope and healing that connects one human to another.

First Thoughts: I got this in the mail this week after winning it from goodreads. It's my first ARC and I'm a bit to excited about that. This one comes out on the 13th and I'm going to attempt to get this read and reviewed before than.

The Agency
A Spy in the House
Y.S. Lee

Orphan Mary Quinn lives on the edge. Sentenced as a thief at the age of twelve, she's rescued from the gallows by a woman posing as a prison warden. In her new home, Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, Mary acquires a singular education, fine manners and a surprising opportunity. The school is a cover for the Agency - an elite, top secret corps of female investigators with a reputation for results - and at seventeen, Mary's about to join their ranks.

With London all but paralyzed by a noxious heat wave, Mary must work fast in the guise of a lady's companion to infiltrate a rich merchant's home with hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the Thorold household is full of dangerous secrets, and people are not what they seem - least of all Mary.

First Thoughts: I'm excited to read this and was thrilled to hear my hold had finally come in at the library (figuring out how to work the hold/request system at my library was the best thing to ever happen to me).

I also bought new glasses this week that I think are super cute:

Week in Review
(click cover for review)

Finally, I put up my first Month in Review. It's crazy to think I just completed my first full month blogging. :D

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Trillian said...

Some good books you got there. Hope you enjoy them!
Here's my Mailbox

Alexia561 said...

Love Anna Quindlen, and Beautiful Dead looks awesome. Enjoy!

Corrine said...

Great books this week! The Agency sounds really good! I hope you enjoy them all! :)

ck.twilighter said...

Beautiful Dead is on my TBR list!!=) The others look great as well!!

Okay!! Heading over to check out your reviews!!=)

Jan von Harz said...

I hate it when I am somewhere when I could actually be reading and have forgot a book, but your choice looks like a winner. I am really wanting to read the Agency myself as I do so love mysteries. Happy reading. An congrats on your first full month of blogging.

Kathy Martin said...

Nice books this week. I have The Agency somewhere in my TBR stack. I keep meaning to dig it out to read. Happy reading!

Diana said...

You got some awesome books! Hope you enjoy them!

Your glasses look exactly like mine! Except mine are black. =)

Manda (Manda's Movements) said...

A friend of mine has Jonas but she hasn't read it yet so I'm curious to see what you think. Here's mine :)

Lori said...

I hope that you will enjoy your books. Here's mine.

Anonymous said...

Those books look interesting, and some I haven't seen before.

Those glasses are cute.