Saturday, 27 March 2010

In My Mailbox (13) - Lanna

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


Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Summary: Beatrice Shakespeare Smith makes use of her creative skills to remain in her adoptive home, the magical Théâtre Illuminata. The characters from every play ever written are eternally bound to this particular stage by “The Book,” which contains all the scripts; Bertie's companions include Ariel from The Tempest, Hamlet's Ophelia and a smattering of fairies, among others.

After a destructive incident involving a cannon, Bertie must prove that her contributions as an ordinary 17-year-old girl are “unique and valuable” or be cast out. But the theater is thrown into disarray when Ariel steals “The Book,” while Bertie's desire intensifies to uncover the truth about how she came to the theater.

Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison

Summary: THE TRANSFORMATION

Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.

THE LOVE AFFAIR

When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.

THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE

When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?

THE HEARTBREAK

The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Summary:
When reality got "too dense" for 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen, she was hospitalized. It was 1967, and reality was too dense for many people. But few who are labeled mad and locked up for refusing to stick to an agreed-upon reality possess Kaysen's lucidity in sorting out a maelstrom of contrary perceptions. Her observations about hospital life are deftly rendered; often darkly funny. Her clarity about the complex province of brain and mind, of neuro-chemical activity and something more, make this book of brief essays an exquisite challenge to conventional thinking about what is normal and what is deviant.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Summary (I can't find a decent summary for this): The story, which is set in Grosse Pointe, Michigan during the 1970s, centers around the suicides of five sisters. The Lisbon girls' suicides fascinate their community as their neighbors struggle to find an explanation for the acts.

Lips Touch by Laini Taylor

Summary:
Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers' souls:

Goblin Fruit: In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today's savvy girls?

Spicy Little Curses: A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.

Hatchling: Six days before Esme's fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?

And I'll also be reading these, although technically they're not "in my mailbox" because they're egalleys (thanks to Julie for telling me about them). I've been in an ebook mood recently.

Shadow of the Vampire by Meagan Hatfield (I'm halfway through this one and I love it)
The Iron Daughter by Julie Jagawa
Out of Eden by Beth Ciotta
Manifest by Artist Arthur
Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman

Oh, and! Susanne Dunlap sent me a signed Anastasia's Secret bookmark. It arrived today and I literally woke up with the envelope on my face... I suspect that someone told my brother to bring it up to me because unlike a normal person who would leave things on my desk, he has a tendency to throw them on my head - and I have a tendency to sleep through it and wake up with things on my face. *facepalm*

Later.

3 comments:

  1. Awesome books! Eyes Like Stars has been on my wish-list for a very long time now. Happy reading!

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  2. Great books!

    Eyes Like Stars has been on my wish list for awhile now... so has Girl, Interrupted. I wanted to see the movie but my husband keeps telling me it's not worth it. I'll read the book instead! :)

    Happy reading!

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  3. Oh wow - so glad you're enjoying Shadow of the Vampire so far! :)

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