Saturday, June 4, 2011

In My Mailbox #58

Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
*Thanks to Kim from The Book Butterfly for sending me this ARC.  She's the best! I can't wait to read Tris and Izzie; I love the idea of a Tristan and Isolde retelling.  Plus, how fabulous is that cover?
Goodreads says, "A modern retelling of the German fairytale "Tristan and Isolde", Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school."

Abandon by Meg Cabot
*Thanks again to Kim from The Book Butterfly for sending me this ARC. I've heard such good things about this book and I've never read anything by Cabot, so I am excited for this one. Thanks again, Kim!
Goodreads says, "New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld. Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld."

Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt
*I got this e-galley through GalleyGrab.  Thanks S&S! I am reading this one now and so far really enjoying it.
Goodreads says, "On the last day of her junior year, Hannah's boyfriend Sebastian dumped her. Facing a summer of loneliness, Hannah turns to her best friend Ava for comfort. Ava does what BFFs do: she stays by Hannah's side...until it's time for Ava to head up to Maine for the summer. Also left behind is Ava's boyfriend, Noah, who's such a great guy he gets Hannah a job at the diner he waits tables at. Slowly, Hannah comes out of her funk thanks to Noah's good conversation and their fun times at the diner. But things get complicated when their friendship turns into attraction--and one night, into a passionate kiss. The novel opens on the first day of senior year; the day Hannah is going to see Ava, Sebastian, and Noah all in one place. Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, everyone is paired up once again, but not the way you might think..."

Wanderlust by Elisabeth Eaves
*I got this book through TLC Book Tours and I'm a stop on the tour June 14th for Wanderlust, so keep your eye out for my review and giveaway. This is definitely an engaging memoir, especially for those of us who LOVE to travel.
Goodreads says, "Spanning 15 years of travel, beginning when she is a sophomore in college,Wanderlust documents Elisabeth Eaves’s insatiable hunger for the rush of the unfamiliar and the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses five continents and chases the exotic, both in culture and in romance. In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, she loses herself—literally—to an Australian tour guide; in Cairo, she reconnects with her high school sweetheart, only to discover the beginning of a pattern that will characterize her life over the long-term: while long-distance relationships work well for her, traditional relationships do not. Wanderlust, however, is more than a chronological conquest of men and countries: at its core, it’s a journey of self-discovery. In the course of her travels, Eaves finds herself and the sense of home she’s been lacking since childhood—and she sheds light on a growing culture of young women who have the freedom and inclination to define their own, increasingly global, lifestyles, unfettered by traditional roles and conventions of past generations of women."

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
*I got this e-book with my B&N gift card from my birthday. I love southern stories and this one sounds like a good summer read.
Goodreads says, "The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.  It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.  But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it."

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. Oh wow! Awesome books. And so prettyyyyy!! The cover of TRIS AND IZZIE is beautiful! I really want to read SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS too. I've heard great things about her books.

    Happy Reading!

  2. Great mailbox, Christina! I love the cover of Tris and Izzie. Beautiful! I've seen a couple negative reviews of Abandon, so I'll be keen to see what you think since we have similar tastes.

    I'm going to read Sometimes it Happens soon. That one looks good! :)

  3. Wonderful books! I adore the cover for T&I :)

    Hope you enjoy them all, Christina! Happy reading :D

  4. I really want Tris and Izzie, the cover is beautiful and I love that it's a paranormal retelling! Great haul this week! ;)


  5. The cover of Tris & Izzie is gorgeous, I've had this book on my radar for a while now. Lucky you, to have received an ARC of it. lol. And also one for Abandoned. Great IMM!

    Mine is coming soonish! ;)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  6. I so want to read Wanderlust. It sounds so goo!

  7. i am so jealous of tris and izzie!! i can't wait to hear what you think of it!

  8. AH!!! Jealous of your Tris & Izzie acquisition!!! :oD

  9. I can't wait to see what you think of Tris and Izzie!! I can imagine it's just great!! Enjoy your awesome reads this week!

  10. I can't wait to read Tris and Izzie. I read The Peach Keeper last month and thought it was good. I am looking forward to trying the author's other novels.

    I got Sometimes it Happens through GalleyGrab too. I hope I will have time to read it before it expires!

    By the way-I got Summer Rental on Friday and I sat down and read it in one afternoon. It was predictable but I liked it. I want to read some of Andrews's fiction set in Savannah when I get the chance.

  11. I've had my eye on The Peach Keeper for a while - I really just need to go out and get it!

    My IMM post can be found here.

  12. Great set! So cool that you got Tris & Izzie. And the Peach Keeper has a beautiful cover.
    My IMM

  13. Yay for Tris and Izzie! I'm dying to read that one, I can't wait to hear what you think! I loved Abandon too though I think I might be the only one:) Fantastic books this week Christina!

  14. I've been wanting to read Abandon since it came out! Tris and Izzie has such a pretty cover!

    Hikari @ Imaginary Reads

  15. Such great books! I'm dying to read Sometimes It Happens and you can never go wrong with Meg Cabot. Tris and Izzie is on my radar as well! Enjoy all you lovelies!

  16. Great books this week. I LOVE The Peack Keeper in fact I love all of SAA's books they are so awesome.
    Happy reading.

  17. I can't wait to read Tris And Izzie!

    The cover of Sometimes It Happens is lovely and it sounds interesting.

    Happy reading :-D

  18. O
    And can I say how envious I am about the Peach Keeper?

    Enjoy! :D

  19. Oh! I'm jealous! So many great books! Happy reading :)


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