Double Mailbox Monday

It’s Mailbox Monday time again! Mailbox Monday is going on tour and January’s host is  Rose City Reader! Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks and audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Since I didn’t get a chance to post this last week, this weeks Mailbox Monday will cover the past two weeks of books.  Enjoy.

So here’s what stumbled into my humble abode the past two weeks:

Review Copies Received:

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

(Tor Books –  Jan 4, 2011) (Hardcover)

“Dan North knows from early childhood that his family is different — and that the differences are secrets that can never be told.  This contemporary Urban Fantasy introduces the North family, a clan of mages in exile in our world, and their enemies who will do anything to keep them locked here.” – (Publisher)

I suppose it would be un-befitting to tell you the squeals that went up when this came in the mail.  Suffice it to say, they were very girly.  This is the start of what looks to be a fabulous new series by “Uncle Orson” (who is thankfully, expected to make a full recovery from his mild stroke earlier this month).  I’ve been a fan for years, so I can’t wait to dig into this one.  Oh and just a note.  The cover on this one is absolutely gorgeous.  It changes in the light as you hold at different angles.  A little like…magic? The pictures online do not do it justice.  Get thee to a book store and look for a review on this one later this week.

13, rue Thérèse: A Novel by Elena Mauli Shapiro

(Reagan Arthur Books – February 2, 2011) (ARC)

“American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts from World War I as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a feisty, charming Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars.

As Trevor examines and documents the relics the box offers up, he begins to imagine the story of Louise Brunet’s life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13 rue Thérèse. The more time he spends with the objects though, the truer his imaginings of Louise’s life become, and the more he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: Josianne, his clerk, who planted the box in his office in the first place, and with whom he finds he is falling in love.” (Goodreads)

This delicious and utterly original début complete with photographs and other clues is literally a mind-bending puzzle.  Check out the accompanying web site ( and if that alone isn’t enough to make your mouth water, come back for our review of this book.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

(Harper Teen – Jan 4, 2011) (via NetGalley)

“In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.” (Goodreads)

This book has been getting such fabulous buzz, that (as I’ve mentioned before) even though I’m not usually a huge angel fan, I couldn’t resist checking this one out.  I’ve also heard that the cover is stunning in person as well, with silver accents.  I can’t wait to let you know my thoughts on this.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

(Harper Teen – Feb 1, 2011) (via NetGalley)

“Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love – the deliria – blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.”

This series starter was on our list of most anticipated YA for 2011 and without giving away too much (my review will be live this week), I’m just going to say there is definitely some amor deliria nervosa between me and this book.  Don’t be too surprised when you see this one on my Mailbox Monday again soon, when I get to the bookstore to get my hands on my hardcover copy.


The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher (Sourcebooks Fire – Jan 1, 2011) (eBook)

“Welcome to a future where water is more precious than gold or oil-and worth killing for.”

I’m hearing mixed reviews on this YA dystopian début.  Decided to check it out for myself. Also fell a little in love with the cover on this one. It’s innovative and compelling.

Switched by Amanda Hocking (CreateSpace – July 12, 2010) (eBook)

“When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth.”

This slightly creepy, slightly magical book, (the first in the Trylle Trilogy) is also getting some buzz, and I couldn’t resist the concept.

The Demon Girl by Penelope Fletcher (Smashwords – Oct 7, 2010) (eBook)

“Rae finds herself…forced to make a choice: to live and die human, or embrace her birth-right and wield magics that could turn her into something wicked, a force of nature nothing can control.”

Again, I’ve heard some good things about this mildly dark self-published series, which as far as I can tell is only available in eBook format for now. Can I just say what an awesome cover.  That’s the way you sell eBooks folks.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Yearling – 2003 ) (paperback)

“The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker.”

Can you believe I’ve never actually read this award-winning  series?  Me either.  It’s one of those that somehow slipped by me un-noticed until the movie came out, and then it’s one of those that I forget to put on my list every time I go book shopping.  Finally rectified that sitch.  Really looking forward to this read, I already know I’m going to like it.

6 Replies to “Double Mailbox Monday”

  1. Is The City of Ember a steampunk novel? I am doing a steampunk challenge and I need a few more books for that. 🙂

    1. You know, I have heard it classified as steampunk in some cases so you could probably get away with counting it. The lines are fuzzy. It certainly has some of the conventions with the inventions etc, but it’s more what these people in their dystopian (post-apocalyptic) world have had to make due with out of necessity. Some would argue true steampunk is an alternate history of the victorian era where these things were a part of the world and those are the only ones that count. I think it’s silly to limit anything. But I did manage to get a little list from The Little Red Reviewer of some good beginning steampunk to try. She’s a seasoned pro, I would not hesitate to recommend checking out any of the titles here.

      1. Well, dystopia I also love! Actually, my friend at is running this steampunk challenge and she had a list as well. I totally forgot about it. I’ll also check out the link you give. Thanks.

      2. No problem. I may have to check out the steampunk challenge as well, thanks for sharing!!

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