Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Winner, In My Mailbox, and Vacation

It's time to announce the winner of the ARC of Tempest Rising. The winner is....



In My Mailbox was created by Kristi of The Story Siren, who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. All of the synopses you see below were found on Goodreads. Here are the books I got this week..

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moonwelcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather

during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.

Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.

Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one genera

tion to the next—endure forever.


Witch & Wizard by James Patterson

The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they'd never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents--and maybe the world?

Now that summer has started, I've realized how far behind I am in my reading. I've got books piling up, and I need to take some time to relax and catch up before my summer courses begin. So, I'm taking a brief blogging vacation. I'm scheduling my posts for at least a week, and will hopefully be back with at least four or five books moved from my TBR pile.


Reading Away The Days said...

Gd IMM. Witch & Wizard is a great book. You can check out my IMM here:

Jenny N. said...

The Peach keeper looks really good and I like the cover too. I'm a little behind on reading review books too. Plus I have so many summer reads I want to read this summer. Happy reading!

Sally said...

Ooooh I loved The Peach Keeper so much in fact I love all of Sarah Addison Allens books!
Happy reading.

Christina T said...

The Peach Keeper is the first Sarah Addison Allen book I've read and I thought it was fantastic. I really liked the setting and the character of Willa. I hope you enjoy it too.

Tales of Whimsy said...


YAY Peachkeeper!

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