Monday, October 12, 2009

In My Mailbox - (10/12/09)

Sorry for posting so late. I've been super busy all day long and I just got done doing a little Halloween decorating.
In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc. This is my first IMM post...I bought a lot of books this week, so I may not post one of these for a while. I hope to be able to acquire books from publishers and authors in the future, but for now the books I get come straight out of my pocket.

In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke
This is the way the world ends...
It was a fairy tale come true when Mark Dorn—handsome pilot, widower, tragic father of three—chose Jiselle to be his wife. The other flight attendants were jealous: She could quit now, leaving behind the million daily irritations of the job. (Since the outbreak of the Phoenix flu, passengers had become even more difficult and nervous, and a life of constant travel had grown harder.) She could move into Mark Dorn's precious log cabin and help him raise his three beautiful children.
But fairy tales aren't like marriage. Or motherhood. With Mark almost always gone, Jiselle finds herself alone, and lonely. She suspects that Mark's daughters hate her. And the Phoenix flu, which Jiselle had thought of as a passing hysteria (when she had thought of it at all), well . . . it turns out that the Phoenix flu will change everything for Jiselle, for her new family, and for the life she thought she had chosen.
From critically acclaimed author Laura Kasischke comes a novel of married life, motherhood, and the choices we must make when we have no choices left.
The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
The often-tortured class weirdo has disappeared, leaving an enigmatic note on the school library computer. Is he a runaway, a suicide, a murder victim?
Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams and his friends remember beating up Chris Creed when his gentle but obnoxious ways exasperated them. Now that he is gone, they joke uneasily about him to ease their guilt. The town is full of ugly rumors, as Torey's lawyer mother tells them "See, guys, this is what happens when a kid suffers a personal tragedy. Nobody wants to take responsibility. Nobody wants to admit they had a part in it. So, they spend a lot of time pointing the finger, and things just get worse and worse." Suspicion of murder conveniently falls on big, tough Bo Richardson, an outcast "boon" from the boondocks edge of town. Torey's smug assumptions about people are rattled when he discovers that his childhood friend Ali is secretly romantically involved with Bo, who displays surprising tenderness and maturity in caring for her.
The three try to solve the mystery of Chris's disappearance by attempting to steal his diary, but only succeed in implicating themselves, as the town is consumed with rumors and the revelation of adult secrets. Torey begins to find himself distanced from his other friends by his growing understanding of the importance of compassion toward those who are different. The Body of Christopher Creed challenges teens to think about the damage done when lines of exclusion are drawn between people.
Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler
Chloe, 14, and Shana, 15, live with their dad and four-year-old adopted brother, Micah, above their father's mortuary business in Portland, ME. Their mom, once an up-and-coming artist, has been hospitalized for a year. Shana's involvement in the local Goth scene, which Chloe doesn't understand, provides candid, grim humor and a nasty surprise. Chloe's obsession with their mother's last painting and reluctance to enter her abandoned studio worry Shana, who knows more than she is willing to tell. Dad is getting more and more vague and unreliable, and Micah has fears and needs that his sisters try their best to cope with. Tensions rise as Dad misses a visit from the dreaded social worker and spends more and more time on the roof, chain-smoking and getting drunk. If Mom can't come home and if Dad doesn't get it together—soon—they might lose Micah. Chloe and Shana share the narration of this shadowy story told in alternating chapters. Initially, the sisters' different personalities are clearly apparent. As they desperately seek a solution for their dissolving family and become enmeshed in their own struggles, their voices become less unique. Girls may enjoy the drama and angst, but the doom and gloom permeate so heavily that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish any real flickers of light at the end of this dark family tunnel.
Splintering by Eireann Corrigan
It's about the aftermath. It's about what happens after a stranger breaks into a house and attacks a family. It's about the sisters who must barricade themselves behind a splintering door while tethered on the phone to 911. It's about the father who nearly dies. It's about the son who hides. And everything after. Told in alternating perspectives, this is a powerful, moving story about a family that has its facade shattered by a random act of violence -- and must deal with what is discovered underneath.
Berlin 1942 When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-

One good...

One evil...

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.

They just know they can't trust each other.
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Some secrets shouldn't be kept...
 
Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown.  But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise.  Instead, she's inexplicably drawn to Ben.and to his touch.  But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help-but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.

From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a new series that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite.
Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their experiences. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a dare quickly escalates into a nightmare. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.
Seeing by Jose Saramago
On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o’ clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear.
But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank. The citizens are rebellious. A state of emergency is declared. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight. Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police superintendent is put on the case.
What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister. A singular novel from the author of Blindness.

I'm wicked excited about these books, especially In a Perfect World. A very nice Borders associate gave me a run through of this book and she sold it so well that I couldn't not get it. I can't wait to get through my to be read pile and come to this one. I'm also going to a signing by Laurie Faria Stolarz, so I want to read Deadly Little Secret and Project 17 before then.


2 comments:

natalierenae said...

Looks like you got a good haul this week! I'll be looking forward to seeing your opinions on them!

Natalie @ Mindful Musings

Nikkayme said...

I did spend quite a bit of money, which isn't a very wise thing to do when you have no job and you need to pay for school, but I'm looking forward to reading each and every book in the pile. I've been pretty busy with school lately, but I hope to catch up on some reading soon.

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