Saturday, April 24, 2010

In My Mailbox #13

My birthday was last month and one of the gifts I received was a B&N gift card, which means many of the books you see below were purchased with this gift favorite kind of shopping!  Yay! I had way too much fun at B&N picking up many of the books I've been meaning to read. This meme is hosted by The Story Siren

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
I've had my eye on this one for awhile!  Thank GOD for my B&N gift card.
Goodreads says, "In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?"

Last Night In Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
I won this through a contest since I am involved with the a fundraiser called Reading For A Cure.  Check out my link for more information.
Goodreads says, "Lilia Albert has been leaving people behind for her entire life. She spends her childhood and adolescence traveling constantly and changing identities. In adulthood, she finds it impossible to stop. Haunted by an inability to remember her early childhood, she moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers along with way, possibly still followed by a private detective who has pursued her for years. Then her latest lover follows her from New York to Montreal, determined to learn her secrets and make sure she s safe. Last Night in Montreal is a story of love, amnesia, compulsive travel, the depths and the limits of family bonds, and the nature of obsession. In this extraordinary debut, Emily St. John Mandel casts a powerful spell that captures the reader in a gritty, youthful world charged with an atmosphere of mystery, promise and foreboding where small revelations continuously change our understanding of the truth and lead to desperate consequences. Mandel s characters will resonate with you long after the final page is turned."

Rumors by Anna Godbersen
I just read Luxe this month and loved the mindless fun it provided. I am looking forward to this one!
Goodreads says, "After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.  All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.  As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret."

Envy by Anna Godbersen
I'm hooked on this series, so I picked up the third book.  Once again, another lovely cover!
Goodreads says, "Jealous whispers. Old rivalries. New betrayals. Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, however, those watching New York's favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South. Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city's most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope's finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope's social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.  In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . ."

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
I won this book through a contest; I'm pretty excited to read this one....even if it isn't YA! :) Plus, I adore this cover. It looks the perfect summer read.  
Goodreads says, "Lily was married for just days before her husband was sent abroad to fight in WWII. Now, he and the other soldiers are returning, and the small town of Toccoa, Georgia plans a big celebration. But a handsome and kind Italian immigrant, responsible for the elaborate fireworks display the town commissioned captures Lily's heart and soul. Torn between duty to society and her husband, and a poor, passionate man who might be her only true love--Lily must choose between a love she never knew and a commitment she'd already made.  Poignant and elegant, Fireworks Over Toccoa is a mosaic of all the emotions that only love can make possible."

Captivate by Carrie Jones
I really enjoyed Need, but I heard this one isn't as good. We shall see! 
Goodreads says, "Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.  A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his."

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
I haven't read the second book in this series yet, but it is sitting towards the top of my TBR pile. I loved the first book so I hope the next two books in the series are just as good. Plus, next month Cassandra Clare is coming to the B&N in my neighborhood, which is about 5 minutes from my house. I am pretty pumped for that!
Goodreads says, "To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost? Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments."

If you've read any of these books, please tell me what you think!   I look forward to checking out what everyone else got this week. Happy Reading!


  1. Great books this week! Hope you enjoy them!
    Here's my mailbox

  2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth looks great, though I haven't got REALLY interested on this. I should try, huh?

    Oh, I have City of Glass here. I'm sooooo excited to start reading, which I'll do as soon as I read all the books I really HAVE to.

    Hm, I have Need here. But I don't know what to expect. I hope you enjoy its sequel, Captivate! :-)

    It's all super exciting. And I'm SO jealous that you'll have the opportunity to meet Cassandra Clare. She's such an awesome writer! Give her my love, too. Haha.

  3. I have The Forest Of Hands And Teeth and captivate here to read too. I quite enjoyed Need, although it was a bit silly so I'm looking forward to captivate. I've also got the Luxe here, I'm glad you enjoyed it...makes me want to get to it sooner.

  4. Oh my! I've been wanting to read The Forest Of Hands and Teeth, great selection of books!!! I hope you enjoy your reading. :)

  5. i'M TOTALLY JEALUS! I loved Captivate by the way!

  6. I love The Luxe series! It's such brain candy as well as eye candy with those beautiful covers.

  7. I can't wait to hear what you think of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I stayed up late last night reading The Dead Tossed Waves. I thought both were fantastic. I pretty much read and loved all the books you got this week (except for Last Night in Montreal which I hadn't heard of before).

    I hope you enjoy all your new books. Gift cards are awesome. I was so happy to get one to this week. The only tough thing is deciding what to buy!

  8. Oh wow lots of great books. I love The Luxe series and I really want to read The Forest Of Hands And Teeth. Happy reading!

  9. Awesome books this week! I've heard wonderful things about all of them. I love The Luxe series. Happy reading :D

  10. Thanks for all the comments, guys! Thanks for visiting and happy reading! :)

  11. Awesome books! Captivate is amazing!

    Here's my IMM for the week:

    I hope you have an awesome Sunday!
    Laura from the Bookie Bunch ;D

  12. OOOH great books. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is on my tbr list and I'm hoping that in two weeks it will be on my shelfs. :) Also I cannot wait to read what you think of the second book of the Luxe Series. I want to buy that one too. :)

  13. These look like fun reads. Enjoy!


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