Monday, 6 April 2009

In My Mailbox (12)

Idea taken from The Story Siren

Not one of the greatest weeks but I'm really glad because at least I still have something in my mailbox ;0

The Center Of Everything by Laura Moriarty.

In Laura Moriarty's extraordinary first novel, a young girl tries to make sense of an unruly world spinning around her. Growing up with a single mother who is chronically out of work and dating a married man, 10-year old Evelyn Bucknow learns early how to fend for herself.

Offering an affecting portrayal of a troubled mother/daughter relationship, one in which the daughter is very often expected to play the role of the adult, the novel also gives readers a searing rendering of the claustrophobia of small town midwestern life, as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl. Evelyn must come to terms with the heartbreaking lesson of first love -- that not all loves are meant to be -- and determine who she is and who she wants to be. Stuck in the middle of Kansas, between best friends, and in the midst of her mother's love, Evelyn finds herself . . . in The Center of Everything.

A contest prize from Susan's weekly LLM giveaway. The cover looks great doesn't it? I'm not really into the book judging from the summary but well, I've changed my mind now. You'll see in my review which will be posted tomorrow : ) Thanks Susan for sending me the book as well as the lovely bookmark!

Roundabout by Rhiannon Lassiter

Magda, Tess and Seb should never have met. Beautiful Romany Magda is a traveller - she lives just outside town on an old caravan site. Tess is her fiery best friend. And Seb is the son of a rich businessman - he lives in a big house in the city. But as Magda and Seb are drawn to each other, meeting in hidden places, breaking unspoken boundaries, their lives - and those of the people close to them - set off down unexpected paths, especially when jealous Tess discovers Seb's secret. What will Magda do when she finds out just who is responsible for trying to get the travellers turfed off the land they have inhabited for so long? The decisions all the teenagers make now will have far wider-reaching effects than they could ever have imagined ...

This book is a birthday present from my cousin from Australia. I've heard anything about it but hopefully it'll turn out to be a good one. I love the cover design and the summary doesn't sound really bad hey? I'm in need for some mysterious stories these days.

So how's your week? Wish me luck for the next ones because I really need it. I just found out that some publishers have recently changed their policy and they won't be sending review copies out to international addresses in the near future so I'm kinda upset : (

Oh and one more thing, thanks Jenny for picking me to be the first one for her new feature - Blog Of The Week. You're sweet *hugs*.


MssJos said...

Sounds good to me! I had a slow week too but I'm hoping it will give me a chance to catch up on some of things I've been meaning to read!! :)

Polo.Pony said...

Both the covers are so pretty! I only got two books this week as well, "Eyes Like Stars" and "Avalon High: Coronation (Volume 1)!" So maybe everyone in a sort of ARC stump this week! Goodluck with the next few weeks :)

Erika Lynn said...

The Center of Everything looks so good and I am on love with the cover!

prophecygirl said...

Those books sound great Thao! I'm with you on the no-international-shipping thing, it's a shame. And I'm glad you noticed my Blog of the Week post :)

Steph Su said...

I've seen that beautiful cover for The Center of Everything around. Have to admit that it's one of those books that I'd pick up just because of that beautiful and attractive cover!

cupcakewitch said...

an old caravan site?! sounds mysterious!

Em said...

Ohh, I hadn't heard about Roundabout but I am totally adding it to my wishlist now!

There's an award waiting for you at my blog. :)