Saturday, May 15, 2010

In My Mailbox (May 16)

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...

Due to my graduation last weekend, I didn't end up posting an IMM. So, this week will contain all the books I've received/gotten from the library for the past two weeks.

For Review:
Middleworld (Jaguar Stones #1) by J & P Voelkel

In the ancient city of Itzamna, Lord Six-Rabbit wakes up screaming. A great warrior king of the mighty Maya, he has dreamed he was a lowly, flea-bitten monkey. How could this be? Was this some sorcery sent by his half-brother, Tzelok, the evil priest?

1200 years later, in Boston, Massachusetts, 14-year-old Max Murphy is looking forward to a family vacation. But his parents, both archaeologists and Maya experts, announce a change in plan. They must leave immediately for a dig in San Xavier, the tiny Central American country where his father grew up. Max will go to summer camp. Max is furious. He's always suspected that his parents cared more about the Ancient May than about him and this proves it. When he's mysteriously summoned to San Xavier, he thinks they've had a change of heart. But he's met at the airport by one of their colleagues, who explains that his parents have gone missing at the remote Maya temple of Ix Chel. He also tells Max the legend of The Jaguar Stones, the five sacred stones of Middleworld (the Maya name for the world of men) which enabled Ancient May kings to wield the powers of living gods.

And so begins Max Murphy's wild adventure in the tropical rainforests of San Xavier. During his journey, he will unlock ancient secrets and meet strangers who are connected to him in ways he could never have imagined. For fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to this papered teenager. Can Max rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save the world from the Lords of Death, who now control the power of the Jaguar Stones in their villainous hands? The scene is set for a roller-coaster ride of suspense and terror, as the good guys and the bad guys face off against a background of haunted temples, zombie armies and human sacrifice. (From Goodreads)

From Library:

Heist Society by Ally Carter

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help.

For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.
(From Goodreads)


Heat Wave by Richard Castle

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City's top homicide squads. She's hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York's Finest. PulitzerPrize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren't her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat.
(From Goodreads)


I won some fun swag from Mandy Hubbard, author of Prada and Prejudice, and You Wish. This included a signed post card, and My Little Pony puffy stickers! Yes, you read that right. Now, I love stickers, so I geeked out a bit when I saw those. So, another big thanks to Mandy!

What did you get this week?


Spellboundbybooks Mel said...

Cool looking books for this week. I've seen The Heist Society pop up a bit lately so it must be good. Hope you really enjoy these!

Jenny N. said...

I read Middleworld a while back. I havent seen many reviews for it so I'll look out for your review. Hope you enjoy it too.

Kate at Read This Book! said...

Heist Society was a delightful read. Hope you will love it as much as I did. Happy reading! =D

Holly said...

Wow, only 3 books over 2 weeks? Unlucky.

Steph said...

Middleworld looks really cool -- enjoy! L)

Lizzy said...

Melissa - I actually really enjoyed it. It reminded me of Ocean's Eleven, and The Italian Job...except with teens.

Jenny - What did you think of it? I enjoyed it, but there were a few things that I could have done without.

Kate - I liked it, too! Thanks

Holly - haha, I don't consider it unlucky. I've got a huge TBR pile, so adding new books to it makes me feel a bit guilty :)

Steph - Thanks! It was a fun read

Candace said...

My Little Pony puffy stickers?! I would geek out as well! Well as you already noticed on my blog I also had Heist Society this week. Congratulations on graduation!

♫♥✿Chas @ LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ said...

Middleworld sounds adventurous!!=)

I've been seeing Heist Society all over so it must be worth the read!

Christina T said...

I hadn't heard of Middleworld before. It looks like an interesting adventure story like Percy Jackson.

Heat Wave looks like fun. I love Castle. I really liked Heist Society.

I hope you enjoy all your books!

Emma said...

Heist Society looks so excellent. These all look great. I would've left Middleworld on the bookshelf because of the cover. Can't wait to see what you think!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Yah Heat Wave! I hope you like it. While it isn't a stellar book, I really liked it because I loved seeing Kate and Castle finally hooking up :)

Anonymous said...

Heist Society sounds really good, I've only been thinking recently if there was any grifting themes YA books - definatley going to be add this one to my wishlist :)

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