Sunday, February 14, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi, of The Story Siren.

This week I ended up having a big week in the way of books.

I won from Jenny at Wondrous Reads:

The Dresskeeper by Mary Naylus

When 13-year-old Picky's Mum forces her to look after Gran, who has dementia, she is accidentally locked in Gran's dusty old attic. There she finds a chest full of old clothes, and tomboy Picky is forced to don what appears to be a ball-gown when the freezing night temperatures hit. As soon as the dress is pinned together, Picky is transported back to the year 1700, where a man who appears to know her as Amelia is trying to kill her. Managing to get the dress off just in time, Picky returns to the present with the dress covered in blood. Did the man kill the girl called Amelia? Will wearing the other dresses in the chest take her back in time too? And will she be in danger again should she try it?

A gift from a friend:

Dead Until Dark by Charlene Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next. 


Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith

For three teenagers, dark mystery has always lurked at the corner of the eyes and the edge of sleep. Beautiful Morgan D'Amici wakes in her trailerpark home with dirt and blood under her fingernails. Paintings come alive under Ondine Mason's violet-eyed gaze. Haunted runaway Nix Saint-Michael sees halos of light around people about to die. 

Beastly by Alex Flinn

I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

For Review:
Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Three fiercely smart and devoted justice-seeking women investigate the disappearance of a Senate page connected to a philandering politician.
While home on Christmas holiday, a seventeen-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. Reporter Cassidy Shaw is the first to break the story. The media firestorm that ensues quickly ensnares Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedge . . . who just happen to be Cassidy's best friends. It appears the young page was romantically involved with a senator-a senator now under suspicion for her disappearance.
As time begins to run out for the missing girl, Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole fight to locate her before it's too late, even while each fights her own personal battles-a stalker, single-motherhood, and an abusive relationship.

From the library:

The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend.When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal she left behind. But he is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept.

And that was my awesome week in the way of books.  Can't wait to see what everyone else got.


  1. I'm so glad The Dresskeeper got to you okay! Hope you enjoy it :)

  2. You've got the dresskeeper and the secret year. Good week! Have fun reading.

  3. Nice selection :o) I've not read any of these so I'll be interested in reading your reviews to see which ones you recommend

  4. There are a couple here that I have to add to my list because they sound so interesting. I heard the CW has picked up Betwixt and plans on turning it into a series.

    Enjoy your new lovely books!:)

  5. I haven't had a chance to read any books by Charlaine Harris yet but I really want to. Happy reading!

  6. Great selection of books this week. I have read all of Charlaine Harris's books and really liked them. I have The Secret Year on my TBR stack. Beastly sounds really good too but I will check my media center for a copy. I am not buying any books for a while. Happy reading!

  7. Oooh, I just heard about "Betwixt" this week -- the CW network picked up a pilot based on the book. I'm excited to read your review about it!

    Happy reading!

  8. The Dresskeeper sounds really good. I'd never heard of it before. The Secret Year is on my TBR list. I really liked Beastly and I hope you enjoy it. You have some great books to read!

    Here is what's in my mailbox this week.

  9. I love the cover of the dressmaker-I also have Dead until Dark to read.

  10. Gasp! Dead Until Dark! I've yet to start the series and I absolutely can't wait. I love True Blood, so I'll give it a try ;) And ooh, The Secret Year! I've heard plenty of good things about that one. Happy reading! :)

  11. Great books! I read TSY and enjoyed it. Happy reading. =D

  12. Nice collection of reads for the week. Here's Mine

  13. i really want to read Beastly and The Secret Year.

    Want to enter my Book Lover's Basket Giveaway??

  14. Wow, great books for you this week! I'm really curious about Beastly & The secret Year!


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