Sunday, January 9, 2011

In My Mailbox #42

The Lost Saint (Dark Divine #2) by Bree Despain
*I downloaded this one to my Nook. For the most part, I liked The Dark Divine and am interested to see where the sequel will go.
Goodreads says, "The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel.  Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi.  She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother.  When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do.  She must become a Hound of Heaven.  Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero.  But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble.  Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung.  Readers, raveous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint."

Charmed Thirds (Jessica Darling #3) by Megan McCafferty
*I declared yesterday that I am officially obsessed with this series and I don't think that has ever happened to me with a book that's realistic fiction. This series is a MUST READ!  Read my review here.
Goodreads says, "Jessica Darling continues to grow, groove, lust, and hook up. In this witty follow-up to Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, Jessie studies and romps through three years at New York's Columbia University. When not soaking up Ivy League ambience, this exuberant undergraduate is busy salvaging her long-distance relationship with her high school boyfriend Marcus Flutie, now a candidate for nirvana at an unaccredited Buddhist college in California. As usual, Jessie's perceptions are somewhat less ethereal but probably more interesting to readers."

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
*I've heard so many good things about this book and when I won this (along with three other books by Marchetta!) at Literature for Lunch, I was ecstatic. Thanks so much, Jen!
Goodreads says, ""What do you want from me?" he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More. Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future."

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
*Thanks again to Jen at Literature for Lunch for this win! It's been on my TBR list for awhile now, so I am glad to finally get a copy!
Goodreads says, "At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere.  And so he stands on the rock of three wonders with his childhood friend Prince Balthazar and the prince's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. And Lumatere is safe.  Until the 'five days of the unspeakable', when the King and Queen and their children are slaughtered in the palace. And an imposter king takes the throne. And a curse is put on Lumatere, which traps those caught inside and forces thousands of others to roam the land as exiles, dying of fever and persecution in foreign camps.  But ten years later Finnikin is led to another rock to meet the young novice, Evanjalin. A girl plagued by dark dreams, who holds the key to their return to the Land of light..."

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
*Thanks again to Jen at Literature for Lunch for this win!  I love the sound of this one.
Goodreads says, "Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys' school that's pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom.  Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player.  The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can't seem to stop thinking about. Then there's Francesca's mother, who always thinks she knows what's best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, along, and without an inkling who she really is.  Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself. "

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
*Thanks to Jen at Literature for Lunch for this one! Marchetta is a "new to me" author and I am excited to read her books.
Goodreads says, "For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life. Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the nononsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past—and the year she sets herself free. Told with unmatched depth and humor, this novel—which swept the pool of Australian literary awards and became a major motion picture—is one to laugh through and cry with, to cherish and remember."

What did you get in your mailbox?  Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think.   This meme is hosted by The Story Siren. 


  1. What excellent books you've gotten :)

    I loved Jellicoe Road(and I have all the books by MM except for Finnkin - but haven't read them yet). I would love to read your thoughts on The Lost Son, The Dark Divine was just an ok book for me.

    I've added the first book in Megan McCafferty's series to my wishlist because of you.

    Have a great week!

  2. Finnikin of the Rocks looks like a great read. And I LOVED Saving Francesca! Happy reading. =)

  3. Those books look awesome! I love the Jessica Darling series as well, and I'm going to be starting the second book soon. Jellicoe Road is something that's been on my reading list for a long time as well, and Saving Francesca and Looking for Alibrandi, while I haven't heard of them, sound intriguing and I'm putting them on my TBR list!

  4. Wow wow & double wow. What a great book week. I am desperate for The Lost Saint it isnt out in the UK until March *sigh*
    Enjoy all your books - Happy reading :D

  5. I have yet to read any of Melina Marchetta's books but these sound fantastic, especially Saving Francesca and Looking for Alibrandi. I also can't wait to read The Lost Saint. I hope you enjoy all of these. I look forward to reading your reviews of the Marchetta books. Congratulations on your contest wins!

  6. I have won Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, so I'm quite looking out for your review of the book. I have heard lots of good stuff about it. :) Happy Reading!

  7. All of these are completely new to me so thanks for opening up my reading radar world.

    Enjoy and Finnikin of the Rocks is catchy cover for the eye.

  8. Yay! I hope that you enjoy all of your Melina Marchetta books. With Jellicoe Road, be patient with the beginning. It is a tad confusing (due to the parallel story lines) but stick with you - you will be sooo glad that you did! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the books.

  9. I really need to read the Dark Divine, I've heard it's wonderful! I'm looking forward to your review of the second book:) Jellicoe road is supposed to be brilliant as well, hope you enjoy it!

  10. I agree with Literature for Lunch stick with it, it is definitely worth the confusion. The book is fab!

  11. I checked out Jellicoe Road from the library, but I have yet to read it. The Lost Saint looks pretty interesting as well. Anyway, happy reading!

  12. Busy busy mailbox! Enjoy them.

  13. day I will actually read The Dark Divine, but until then I'll live vicariously though my reader friends. ^_^ As for the rest...well, I'd sum it up by saying it looks like you have some great reading ahead....enjoy!

  14. Thanks for checking out my mailbox! I hope everyone has a great week. And I promise to give Jellicoe Road a try despite the confusion in the beginning! I can't wait to read it!


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