Sunday, July 12, 2009

In My Mailbox (July 12)

In my mailbox was created by Kristi of The Story Siren, who was inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. Here are the books I got this week...

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Published by Mira

So far, I've managed to survive. You would think after being kidnapped as a child, imprisoned in my teens and released to become a poison taster, I would have endured enough. But no. The discovery of my magical abilities—powers forbidden in Ixia—has resulted in an execution order. My only chance is to flee to Sitia, my long-lost birthplace.

But Sitia is unfamiliar. I'm treated like an enemy—even by my own brother. Plus I can't control my powers. I want to learn about my magic, but there isn't time. A rogue magician has emerged and I'm targeted as his next victim.

Will my magical abilities save me…or be my downfall?

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Published by Feiwel & Friends

All her world’s a stage.

Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.

She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

That is, until now.

Enter Stage Right

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.

COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks.

ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.

BERTIE. Our heroine.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Have I mentioned how amazingly excited I am for this book? Yep, I think I have...but I'll say it again. I found a copy hidden in the little independent bookshop in my town (I'd rather go there than to a chain store) and I literally jumped around.

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Published by HarperCollins

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Published by The Penguin Group

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called "the touch." (Comes in handy when you're traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she's next. Even worse, she's got two guys hungry for her affection

s, and they're not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Regular Fiction

The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale

Published by Bloomsbury

What if you were to meet the number-one person on your laminated list—you know, that list you joke about with your significant other about which five celebrities you’d be allowed to run off with if ever given the chance? And of course since it’ll never happen it doesn’t matter…

Mormon housewife Becky Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity hearththrob Felix Callahan. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later, something has happened…though nothing has happened. It isn’t sexual. It isn’t even quite love. But a month later Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit and before they know what’s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky’s husband is pretty cool about it. H er children roll their eyes. Her neighbors gossip endlessly. But Felix and Becky have something special…something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it? A magical story, The Actor and the Housewife explores what could happen when your not-so-secret celebrity crush walks right into real life and changes everything.


JaimeLovesStuff said...

Drool!!! Great haul!

Sandy said...

I've never even heard of Magic Study! *adds to the precariously towering pile of books* EYES LIKE STARS! I want to know more about Nate the dashing pirate and Ariel. xD I read Ink Exchange and it was pretty dark. o.O The Actor and The Housewife makes me curious: if it's not romantic, then what type of relationship do they really have???

vvb32 reads said...

mmm, all good stuff. eyes like stars looks fairy-licious. btw, i've got an award for you here:

Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

definite book envy!!! lol
i read all melissa marr's books. Ink Exchange was awesome.

Happy reading

Windowpane Memoirs said...

I want to read that Maria V. Snyder series so let me know if you like it. Enjoy your books.


Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. Strange Angels sounds really great. Enjoy.

Briana said...

Definitely some books that I'm really wanting to read! I saw Eyes Like Stars at B&N and the cover mesmerized me. But it takes a LOT for me to buy a hardcover book, so I let it go.


prophecygirl said...

Wow, love your cover for Magic Study!

Alexia561 said...

Great books! Loved Magic Study, but haven't read the others. Will definitely check them out! My wishlist is about to explode, but there are so many good books out there! *L*

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