Tuesday, 29 December 2009

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a meme started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

I got a ton of gift cards for Christmas to use. I decided to use them all online. Overall, I've ordered 14 books...so far. I have another 3 to order if I can't get to Borders (where there's a ton of stuff 75% off, ONLY in stores though). In theory, I will have 17 books arriving before this weekend. Not counting the possible shopping trip this week. Do you know what a pain that would be to do?

So, I'm gonna do some today and make next weekend slightly less painful for me.

Briar Rose





Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s stories about Briar Rose. But a promise Rebecca makes to her dying grandmother will lead her on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma’s astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose. A journey that will lead her to unspeakable brutality and horror. But also to redemption and hope. A Tor Teen edition of the modern classic by critically-acclaimed author Jane Yolen.








The Devil's Arithmetic



Hannah thinks tonight's Passover Seder will be the same as always. Little does she know that this year she will be mysteriously transported into the past where only she knows the horrors that await.
The Holocaust was so monstrous a crime that the mind resists belief and the story must be made new for each individual. Yolen's book is about remembering. During a Passover Seder, 12-year-old Hannah finds herself transported from America in 1988 to Poland in 1942, where she assumes the life of young Chaya. Within days the Nazis take Chaya and her neighbors off to a concentration camp, mere components in the death factory. As days pass, Hannah's own memory of her past, and the prisoners' future, fades until she is Chaya completely. Chaya/Hannah's final sacrifice, and the return of memory, is her victory over the horror. The book's simplicity is its strength; no comment is needed because the facts speak for themselves. This brave
and powerful book has much it can teach a young audience.

Hush, Hush

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.




Mona Lisa Awakening



From the time she was a child, Mona Lisa knew she was different—but she never knew how different until a man of otherworldly beauty entered her life.
[Also ordered the sequel]

















That covers 5 of the books, which will have to do for now since I've been working on this post for half an hour.

What did you get this weekend? Or, what did you order?

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