Tuesday, 18 August 2009

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren.

Alright, this is the first time I'm doing this...we'll try to do it every week.

Title: Rumors
Author: Anna Godbersen.

The second book in the Luxe series.

As rumors fly about the untimely demise of New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, all eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her sister, Diana, the family's only hope for redemption; Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind; even Elizabeth's former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency. In this delicious sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.

I have to admit I kind of hated the Luxe but I'm giving the series another chance. I've heard it gets better in this one.






Title: Interview with the Vampire
Author: Anne Rice

Having suffered a tremendous personal loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he is confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. The two prey on innocents, give their "dark gift" to a young girl, and seek out others of their kind (notably the ancient vampire Armand) in Paris.

SO excited for this one - I've been wanting to read a bit of Anne Rice for a while now and this one was on sale. I just hope Ms. Rice's writing can live up to the reputation and good words I've heard so much about. Whenever that happens, the books tend to be a disappointment. :/




Title: Wicked
Author: Gregory Maguire

I had such trouble finding a summary for this, so this will have to do:

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Ever since I watched clips/songs from the play I decided I had to read the book behind it all. I am truly anxious to read the esteemed work of Maguire, and I hope it's even better than the play.




Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

After a lot of (ahem) persuasion (-cough-pressuring-cough-) from a few of my friends, I finally picked this up yesterday. It's the first in a series, and though the summary kind of sucks, I'm told it's actually quite good. I'll be reading this one next.





Title: Legacy
Author: Kate Brian

The price of power...

After Cheyenne Martin's death, everyone at Easton Academy is struggling to recover from yet another tragedy--especially the girls of Billings Hall. With Cheyenne gone, they need to elect a new leader. And who better than Reed Brennan, the ultimate Billings Girls?

As the new Billings president, Reed suddenly has access to power she never imagined. Gossip is reported to her immediately, she has first dibs on everything from dining tables to dorm rooms, and Billings's most powerful alumnae are at her beck and call. So when Easton's students discover they're the only prep school on the East Coast not invited to this year's all-inclusive Legacy party, everyone turns to Reed to get them back on the list. Reed is the most powerful girl at Easton. She revels in her newfound status, but knows better than anyone that the Bilings leaders have a tainted legacy: Ariana was institutionalized, Noelle was expelled, and Cheyenne just died. History has a way of repeating itself at Easton, and now that Reed has everything she's ever wanted, she has everything to lose.

This one has been on my list for quite some time - it's a Private novel. I still have so much more to read, but all of the books have been so amazing I'm sure this one will be just the same.





Title: The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath

Plath was an excellent poet but is known to many for this largely autobiographical novel. The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into insanity.

I have heard so much about this book and I'm just itching to read it. Stunning reviews say it's well written and very touching.






Well, that's all.

-Mari.

7 comments:

  1. The Luxe series is like a love/hate relationship for readers. xD Great batch! Happy reading!

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  2. Awesome! I have yet to read Luxe and the first book of the Private series.

    -Briana

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  3. City of Bones is REALLY good. I loved it.

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  4. I've read "Wicked" and "City of Bones" and both were quite good. I'll hesitant to read "Bell Jar" as there is a chance I may be near sharp objects.

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  5. The musical of Wicked was UH-MAZIN! The book.....not so good. It was definitely an adult novel.

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  6. The bell jar is such an interesting book, read it in high school and I really liked it !

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  7. I saw the Luex series at the end of Pretty Little Liars book 4 and it looks really interesting. They all look really good though!The legacy is funny though because I live in a town called Billings and we go to a town called Chyenne a lot on our way to our ranch! So that's pretty funny!! But they all look again like great great books!! I love this blog!! (just found it today) and it looks like there may be some wonderful books here!!!

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