Monday, 13 April 2009

In My Mailbox (13)

Idea taken from The Story Siren.

I was so loved last week ;D. Check out all these lovely books as well as the lovely senders.

Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell.

Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells. Except this summer, Iris doesn’t have to make up a story. This summer, one falls right in her lap.

Years ago, before Iris was born, a local boy named Elijah Landry disappeared. All that remained of him were whispers and hushed gossip in the church pews. Until this summer. A ghost begins to haunt Iris, and she’s certain it’s the ghost of Elijah. What really happened to him? And why, of all people, has he chosen Iris to come back to?

I got this book from the author herself. Both Saundra and I were so happy when the book arrived because she'd never sent books overseas before; hence, was worried it would get lost. And I? I was thrilled for it turned out to be not an ARC, but a real hardcover. It looked so beautiful. This is the first Randomhouse product that landed on my shelf. Great isn't it? I even got some bookplates too. Saundra simply rocks.

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten.

Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared.

Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look.

And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush.

Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far ore shocking -- the truth.

A contest prize from In Bed With Books blogiversary. Too be honest I was so sure I didn't win (don't ask me why) so I was really surprised when I happened to get this book. It came within a week of the annoucement, with a bookmark of Breathing Cheryl had given Liviania to give to everyone who participated in the contests. I'm really excited to read this one. Even though I've checked on it before, not until lately did I realize it was about a roadtrip and I just love roadtrips. I have to mention that the book was in perfect state, which was cool because you know how tough the way from US to VN might be. Thanks to Livi for the great prize.

Madapple by Christina Meldrum.

THE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the present.
Aslaug is an unusual young woman. Her mother has brought her up in near isolation, teaching her about plants and nature and language—but not about life. Especially not how she came to have her own life, and who her father might be.

When Aslaug’s mother dies unexpectedly, everything changes. For Aslaug is a suspect in her mother’s death. And the more her story unravels, the more questions unfold. About the nature of Aslaug’s birth. About what she should do next.

About whether divine miracles have truly happened. And whether, when all other explanations are impossible, they might still happen this very day.

Addictive, thought-provoking, and shocking, Madapple is a page-turning exploration of human nature and divine intervention—and of the darkest corners of the human soul.

I was really shocked when I got Madapple. The local PO notified me that I got a package from Amazon and I was like huh? I didn't order anything from the site! But when I saw the cover of the book, I finally how it came ^^. Yup, Christina bought it for me! Perhaps it's no big deal for you yet to me it's something big, especially when the shipping fee obviously outnumbered the real cost. I was so touched *sniffs*. So, huge thanks to Christina! Have you read this one? I heard it was an uneasy book but I'm really up for the challenge hehe. Oh and beautiful cover hey?

So what've you got? Whatever was in the mailbox, enjoy reading it!
btw, thanks for commenting on my babbling for sunday special ;) i love you guys.


prophecygirl said...

Great week Thao! They all look brilliant, and it's so cool that people helped you get them :)

Steph Su said...

Wow, authors are fantastic to you, Thao! I haven't read any of the three (although I have them all; bad Steph) but you're very lucky!

Polo.Pony said...

Wow, you got some great books! I've read "Shadowed Summer" and its really good! Looking forward to seeing your review!!

cupcakewitch said...

Wherever Nina Lies is SO GOOD!
Madapple too!
Awesome, awesome books!

Hillary said...

You got some awesome books! Shadowed Summer was really good.

Erika Lynn said...

all great books. Saundra is amazing and I really want to read Wherever Nina Lies too. It looks great.

Steph said...

This is for you -