Monday, May 3, 2010

In My Mailbox

This is my first week joining in on "In My Mailbox" hosted by The Story Siren. The concept is pretty simple- write about the new (or new to you) books you've aquired this week.

I'm book poor, so I've been Library-ing it more and more and that's where most of my books come from, but everyonce in awhile I get a review copy or contest win book in the mail (those are happy, happy days). This week I'm revving up for the Rochester Teen Book fest by reading as many books as I can from the authors who are attending. Most came in this week from the library, on the pile we've got:


What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson

James: Popular, smart, and athletic, James seems to have it all. But the only thing James really wants is his college acceptance letter, so he can get far away from Alabama after high school. He's tired of the same old parties; the tennis team; his so-called girlfriend, Alice; his ex, Clare - and especially his quiet younger brother, Alex. In a town where secrets are hard to keep, everyone knows what Alex did at the annual back-to-school party. The only question is why.

Alex: With his friends no longer talking to him and his brother constantly in motion, Alex is prepared to get through junior year on his own. And he would, if his ten-year-old neighbor, Henry, didn't keep showing up, looking for company. Even James seems intrigued by Henry, and by the strange cars that come and go from his house across the street. But what Alex cares most about is running, and when he's encouraged to try out for cross-country, he's surprised to find more than just a supportive teammate in his brother's friend Nathen.

Thoughtful and moving, What They Always Tell us is a powerful debut novel about the bond between two brothers - and the year that changes everything (from

We Were Here by Matt De La Pena

When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home—said he had to write in a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mom can’t even look at him in the face. Any home besides his would be a better place to live.

But Miguel didn’t bet on meeting Rondell or Mong or on any of what happened after they broke out. He only thought about Mexico and getting to the border to where he could start over. Forget his mom. Forget his brother. Forget himself.

Life usually doesn’t work out how you think it will, though. And most of the time, running away is the quickest path right back to what you’re running from. (from

The last book I recieved as a review copy from the Cadence Group- it's a bit of a departure from my usual YA or western books, but I'm excited to get something new and different in.

Revenge Served Cold by Jackie Fullerton

Kathy Spence awakens in the middle of the night and finds herself in a living nightmare. Her husband has been run down and she is the primary suspect. With an eyewitness to the crime and proof that her car was the murder weapon, it appears to be an open and shut case. Terrified for her future, Kathy turns to amateur sleuth Anne Marshall for help. Believing in Kathy s innocence, Anne launches her own investigation, uncovering proof of a conspiracy that reaches from Kathy s past and threatens her own life. In a race against time, Anne must count on her close friends and even the ghost of her father to help her bring a killer to justice before it s too late

Last thing on the list are some goodies I got for a contest we are running on Eve's Fan Garden. Jillian Dare by Melanie Jeschke is one of our May books of the month. We will be hosting a author chat with Jeschke on May 26th at 8:30 and closer to that date we will be posting some info regarding a contest. Even though I have a bit of time before the contest, etc., I always get excited to see goodies show up in the mail!

1 comment:

  1. I've heard what they really tell us is really good! I hope you enjoy the books!