Saturday, February 20, 2010

In My Mailbox #6

Today I am going to share the books that I received either through contests or that I bought for personal/classroom library use.  If you've read any of these books, please tell me what you think! This meme is hosted by the Story Siren.   Happy reading!

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
I have been meaning to read this book for awhile now and recently purchased it.  
Goodreads says, "Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand - one who can see faeries. Unexpectedly, Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy named Luke, who enters her ordinary life, seemingly out of thin air. But his interest in her might be something darker than summer romance. When a sinister faerie named Aodhan shows up with deadly orders from the Faerie Queen, it forces Dee right into the midst of Faerie. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her summer weren't so dull, but taking on a centuries-old Faerie Queen isn't exactly what she had in mind."

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Books of Faerie #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

I received this book from Maggie!!! I nearly fell over when I saw Maggie signed it.  I was ecstatic; I'm such a huge fan of her.
Goodreads says, "In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives."

Need by Carrie Jones
My fellow book blogger, The Bookette, recommended this novel to me. I've heard good things about it, so I knew I had to buy it!  I am looking forward to reading this one!
Goodreads says, "Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.  She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara. In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you"d have to fear."

Absolute Power by David Baldacci (Audio CD)
I won this Audio CD through The Cajun Book Lady's contest. I'm obsessed with listening to audio cds to and from work.  My husband is a huge Baldacci fan and is excited to listen to this one, too!
Goodreads says, "Absolute Corruption. In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night. Because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the President of the United States. Absolute Danger. Luther Whitney is the career break-in artist who's in the wrong place at the wrong time. Alan Richmond is the charming U.S. President with the power to commit any crime. And Jack Graham is the young attorney, caught in a vortex between the absolute truth--and... Absolute Power. A tale of greed, sex, ambition, and murder, this is the novel everyone has been talking about...the shattering, relentlessly suspenseful thriller that will change the way you think about Washington--and power--forever."

The Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas
I won this book through a contest. I think my students are really going to like this one!
Amazon says, "Griffin Penshine is always making wishes. But when a sinister old woman tricks her into accepting a box of eleven shiny Indian Head pennies from 1897, Griffin soon learns these are no ordinary pennies, but stolen wishes. This box of labeled pennies comes with a horrible curse: People in possession of the stolen coins are Wish Stealers, who will never have their wishes granted.... In fact, the opposite of what they've wished for will happen. Griffin must find a way to return these stolen wishes and undo the curse if her own wishes are to come true. But how can Griffin return wishes to strangers who might not even be alive? Her journey leads her to ancient alchemists, Macbeth's witches, and a chance to help people in ways she never imagined, but the temptation of the Wish Stealers' dark and compelling power is growing stronger. Can Griffin reverse the curse in time to save herself and the people she loves?"

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I bought this one, because I have heard such good things about it.  I'm pretty excited to read it and I think my students will love it, too. Maybe it will cure our Hunger Games addiction?
Goodreads says, "When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is black. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade, a large expanse enclosed by stone walls.   Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning, for as long as they could remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the maze after dark.  The Gladers were expecting Thomas’s arrival. But the next day, a girl springs up—the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might be able to find their way home . . . wherever that may be. But it’s looking more and more as if the maze is unsolvable.  And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers—if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind."


  1. Ah, I loved Need and Lament...I've seen amazing reviews for The Maze Runner as well. Hope you enjoy each of your books! :)

  2. I have read Lament, Ballad, and Need and enjoyed all of them. I think that older students will understand them better. But they were all good. I have looked at The Maze Runner but haven't bought it because I am getting a little tired of dystopias. I hope you enjoy all your books.

    Happy reading!

  3. Great books you got this week. Need is a pretty good book. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

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  5. Nice books you have here. I liked the Maggie Stiefvater books and Need but I haven't read the others. I have heard great things about The Maze Runner. Have fun reading your books!

    Here's what's in my mailbox this week.

  6. I have the Maze Runner to read but haven't yet, I've heard wonderful things about it. Enjoyr your new books! :)

  7. I just read the Wish Stealers!! It's so cute!! I'm actually having a contest for it on my blog :) I hope you like it!

  8. Ooh you got some great books this week! I too have the Maze Runner but haven't read it yet, I heard fans of the Hunger Games will love it! Happy reading :)

  9. The Need series is awesome :) I've heard good things about The Maze Runner. Enjoy and Happy Reading!!

  10. Need and The Maze Runner are both great! Lament and Ballad weren't my cup of tea, but a lot of other people like them. Great choices!

  11. You got a bunch of great books this week! I really enjoyed both Need and Maze Runner, but haven't read either Lament of Ballad. Happy reading!

  12. I really enjoyed Lament and Ballad, they were very different from anything that I have read in awhile. The Maze Runner is awesome! I can't wait for the sequel, The Scorch Trials. Have a great reading week :)

  13. Hey, I really hope you like Need. I'm worried it might be a bit too Twilight for you but fingers crossed. I have a copy of Lament and Ballad but I haven't read them yet so can't wait to see what you think of them.

  14. Nice week, hope you enjoyed them all.

    did you enter my book lover's prize packet? come on by! one more week!


  15. Thanks for all the comments, guys! I hope you enjoy your books. Becky- I am really enjoying it so far! :)

  16. I have Ballad and Need, and can't wait to dive into them. The other ones look good, too.

  17. Very nice selection of books. Here's Mine.


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