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Monday, October 19, 2009

Mailbox Monday - October 19th

Another week has passed, and so here is what I received last week. I'm trying not to accept as many review books...but it's hard when they sound so good! UGH! Know what I mean? I did get quite a few this past week..let's hope it's not so bad this week!
For Review :

Unconventional by J.J. Hebert (Trade Paperback)
July 10, 2009 -
Supplied by author after he requested for me to review.

YOUNG JAMES FROST just knows, deep in his bones, that he's a writer. He writes far into early mornings, after his wearying hours of scrubbing toilets and sweeping floors. He loves writing that much. But it's not only the joy of words that keeps him grinding; it's his desire to retire the janitor's mop. He sees being published as the key to living an improved life. James has another deep-seated conviction: that he's not good enough. He secretly longs to be accepted. However, the conventional others in his life seem all too willing to remind him that he's wasting his time. Then he meets and falls in love with Leigh, the one bright spot in his endless misery of self-doubt. A quiet but resolutely religious girl, she has to fight off disapproval of her own from overly critical parents, whose insults are countered by James's often-voiced admiration of her. Likewise, Leigh's faith in his talents begins to build his confidence, eventually allowing her to introduce him to a different way to help himself: relying on God. Ultimately, James's newfound faith is sorely tested to the point of doubt when his dream to be published seems to melt into a mirage, smothered by countless rejection slips from agents and publishers. His faith is also battered by having to fight highly emotional battles and suffer fear and loss. Just when James appears hopelessly sapped by devastating events, one last door opens, and he's rocked by an epiphany. UNCONVENTIONAL is designed to inspire readers to reach for their dreams. Buy this book. Read it. Share it with everyone you know. You - and they - will be glad you did!

Under the Amoral Bridge : A Cyberpunk Novel by Gary A Ballard (Trade Paperback)
January 31, 2008 -
2 Copies were supplied by the author upon his request for me to review and host a giveaway.

Artemis Bridge is the know-to, go-to guy, the amoral fixer in 2028 Los Angeles with the connection for any illicit desire no matter how depraved. He prides himself on remaining above it all, but when an associate dies in his arms, he is burdened with a damaging video of the current mayor he can't sell or trade. With assassins dogging his every step, he has only days before the corrupt mayor is re-elected, handing Chronosoft corporation complete control. This taut futuristic thriller is the debut novel by Gary A. Ballard, originally published serially on the World Wide Web at

Spellbinder by Helen Stringer (ARC)
September 29, 2009 -
Requested from Shelf Awareness

Belladonna Johnson can see ghosts. It’s a trait she’s inherited from her mother’s side of the family, like blue eyes or straight hair. And it’s a trait she could do without, because what twelve-year-old wants to be caught talking to someone invisible?

It is convenient, though, after Belladonna’s parents are killed in a car accident. They can live with her the same as always, watching the same old TV shows in their same old house. Nothing has changed . . . until everything changes.

One night, with no warning, they vanish into thin air—along with every other ghost in the world. It’s what some people think ghosts are supposed to do, but Belladonna knows it’s all wrong. They may not be living, but they’re not supposed to be gone.

With the help of her classmate Steve, a master of sneaking and spying, Belladonna is left to uncover what’s become of the spirits and to navigate a whole world her parents have kept well-hidden. If she can’t find her way, she’ll lose them again—this time for good.

Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium by Robert Rodgers (Trade Paperback) - Supplied by the author after his request for me to review.

"Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium: Being A Wholly Accurate Historical Account Concerning Matters Of Steam, Skullduggery, And The Irresponsible Application Of Reckless Mathematics In The 19th Century"

"In an era of bygone anachronisms and steam-powered ambulatory engines, a sharp-witted street-thief with a heart of semi-precious metal finds herself locked in a battle of wits against a secret plot to bring the city she loves to its knees. Arcadia will need to enlist the help of a reformed mad scientist, a stern suffragette, and a persnickety pigeon to unravel the mysterious past of the Steamwork Consortium - and stop the cabal of sinister mathematicians who would use that past to destroy all of Aberwick."

"Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium is both a cautionary tale against reckless mathematics and an accurate historical account all rolled up into one. In fact, the story is so accurate that you might consider it more of a history lecture than an illustrated novel."

A Highlander's Temptation by Sue-Ellen Welfonder (MMP)
October 1, 2009 -
Requested from Hatchette Book Group

Darroc MacConacher spends sleepless nights dreaming of a raven-haired beauty who makes him ache with desire. Then his dream comes true: the lady with her lush curves and fair skin appears shipwrecked on his shores. Darroc is immediately drawn to her strength and beauty, and from the moment she lays eyes on this powerful, broad-shouldered warrior, Lady Arabella MacKenzie knows she'll never want another man.

But theirs is a forbidden love. The MacKenzies drove the MacConachers from their lands and destroyed their honor. Now, Darroc can use this sapphire-eyed seductress to shatter his foes. Yet how can he deny the passion that burns between him and Arabella, and ruin the one woman who touches his very soul?

Won :

Flawless by Sara Shepard (ARC)
February 19, 2008 -
Thank you Danielle from Opinionated? Me?

Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. And their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever.

And why shouldn't I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I'll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I've got enough dirt to bury them alive.

Bought :

Intertwined by Gena Showalter (HC)
September 1, 2009 -
Bought from for $9.99, great bargain! This is the current Blog With Bite discussion book.

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time-travel.

One can raise the dead.

One can tell the future.

And one can possess another human.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now they're causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he'll blink and suddenly he's a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he'll change the future. Or he'll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she's going to die.

He's so over it. All he wants is peace.

And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as he's near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He's a loner; she has friends. He doesn't care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it's too late....

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own, and a vampire princess Aden can't resist.

Two romances, both forbidden. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger but not everyone will come out alive....

Mooched :

Impossible by Nancy Werlin (Trade Paperback)
August 11, 2009 -
Bookmooch, yay!

Lucy has nine months to break an ancient curse in order to save both herself and her unborn daughter. Inspired by the ballad "Scarborough Fair", this riveting novel combines suspense, fantasy, and romance for an intensely page-turning and masterfully original tale.

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child's birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won't be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents and her childhood friend Zach beside her. Do they have love and strength enough to overcome an age-old evil?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (HC)
March 10, 2009 -
Yay Bookmooch again!

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future - between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow, these sound good! "Unconventional" tugged at me. I'll be interested in reading your review.

My Mailbox Monday is here:

fredamans said...

I've been interested in Intertwined. Look forward to your review!

Here's mine:

D Swizzle said...

Your most certainly welcome!

Under the Amoral Bridge : A Cyberpunk Novel looks fantastic!

Tales of Whimsy said...

I really like Impossible. Hope you do to :)

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

I want to read Intertwined and Impossible so bad- let me know if you like them! Also I love the cover of that Highlander one. LOL

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Juju at Tales of - I hope I do too! I've read some bad reviews on it...and I just hope I'm not going to fall into the category of people that don't like it.

Book Butterfly (Kim) - I'm starting Intertwined as soon as I finish my current book..and my review will be posted next week for the Blog With Bite discussion. I really hope I like I hate buying books that cost over 5 dollars (lol i buy most of my books at walmart!) and then not liking them.

I'm gonna try to sneak Impossible in soon, but I have so many review books to get through.

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

A lot of great books this week! I haven't gotten a chance to get my hands on The Forest of Hands and Teeth yet but I really want to. I also really want to read Impossible! I hope you enjoy them all.

Anna said...

What an assortment of great-sounding books! Unconventional caught my eye. Looking forward to your thoughts.

Diary of an Eccentric

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~The Book Pixie said...

Great books! I really want Intertwined.


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Unknown said...

Wow, you got some awesome books this week! I'm jealous.

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book weirdo said...

Wow you got A LOT of books hope you enjoy them and um.
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Pamela said...

Such a wide variety of books!

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Anonymous said...

Gorgeous choice of books. I hope you have a great time reading them!

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Jordan Perryman said...

I have to say I have not heard of most those books. They were some I had though.

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brizmus said...

Oh man, I really want to read all of these!

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Girl on a Mission said...

Great books this week!

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Mandy said...

Nice make out this week

oh and p.s.:
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Anonymous said...

The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Intertwined? I've heard those books are good! :)

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pepsivanilla said...

Impossible is such an amazing book!!
You should read it right away :)

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Bianca said...

Have fun reading!!!

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Raspberry said...

Fun new reads! Unconventional looks interesting...
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Mariah said...

Great list of books!

also Falling Off The Shelf & Princess Bookie are awesome!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

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Jessica B said...

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Sarah Woodard said...

Awesome Books.
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L said...

Your so lucky!
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