Saturday, September 5, 2009

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library Last Week (I forgot to publish it last weekend):
Author: L.A. Meyer
Title: Mississippi Jack
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 5)
Number of Pages: 624
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: Young Adult/Historical Novel
Synopsis: "The intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way. Will Jacky's carelessness and impulsive actions ultimately cause her beloved Jaimy to be left in her wake? Bold, daring, and downright fun, Jacky Faber proves once again that with resilience and can-do spirit, she can wiggle out of any scrape . . . well, almost."

Author: Robin McKinley
Title: The Hero and the Crown (prequel to The Blue Sword)
Number of Pages: 227
Publication Date: 1984
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "From childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother-a "witchwoman" who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind a newborn daughter and an heirless land. Left to her own devices, Aerin grew up wild, doing her best to live up to her reputation as the disappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, and leave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldn't refuse."

Library (this week)
Author: L.A. Meyer
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 6)
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "The infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew.

Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she’s secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets—all to save her dear friends. Then, in intrepid Jacky Faber style, she dons male clothing and worms her way into a post as galloper with the French army, ultimately leading a team of men to fight alongside the great Napoleon.
In this sixth installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures series, love and war collide as the irrepressible Jacky Faber sets off on a daring adventure she vowed she’d never take."

Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Title: Blood and Chocolate
Publication Date: 1997
Synopsis: "Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?"

Author: Agatha Christie
Title: Postern of Fate
Series: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery
Publication Date: 1973
Synopsis: "When Tommy and Tuppence Beresford move to a quiet English village, they are for once not looking for adventure, just a peaceful retirement. However, adventure is set to find them when they discover that their rambling old households many forgotten secrets. Who is Mary Jordan? And why has someone left a coded message in an old book about her 'unnatural' death?"

Author: Alexandre Dumas
Publication Date: 1844-1846
Synopsis: "For Edmond Dantes, life couldn't be better. At 19, he is soon to be captain of his own ship and about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But his life is suddenly turned upside down when on his wedding day he is arrested. Without a fair trial, he is condemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d'If. Soon, it is clear that Edmond has been framed by a handful of powerful enemies, jealous of his success."

Author: Kristin Cashore
Title: Graceling
Series: Seven Kingdoms (book 1)
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "In the course of her dark and eventful tale, Cashore plays with the idea of awkwardness, how at a certain age gifts and talents are burdens, how they make it impossible to feel comfortable in the world. And in this she writes a fairly realistic portrait of teenage life into the baroque courts of her outlandish kingdoms…In many respects Graceling is a study of mysterious angers: it offers a perfect parable of adolescence, as its characters struggle with turbulent emotions they must learn to control. The consequences are more tangible than they usually are in more mundane settings—if Katsa loses control, she breaks someone's jaw by accident—but the principle is the same. The teenage characters in this novel, like some we may know in life, grow into their graces. They realize that their monstrous individuality is not so monstrous after all."

I just realized that I am finally caught in the A Bloody Jack Adventure series, now I'm just going to have to wait for the seventh book to come out at the end of this month.

I was just about ready to go and check out my books, when I glanced at the shelf and there was Blood and Chocolate, which I haven't read in ages (I really should just buy it next time I see it).
The Hero and the Crown was awesome and I'm currently working on a review for it and Mississippi Jack and a few others from the week before that.
Can’t wait to see what everyone else got book wise this week.



  1. Congrats on getting Blood & Chocolate, and Graceling! Read the first and thought it was truly awesome, and Graceling is definitely on my Wishlist!

  2. awesome books this week! i've heard great things about the bloody jack series! i hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

  3. You got a few books this week. Happy Reading!


  4. Great books you got this week. I read Graceling the other week and it is such a great book. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  5. The Bloody Jack Adventures by LA Meyer is my absolute favorite YA series. I got the first two books from the library but gave in and bought the whole series in hardback. I'll be reading this series again and again! Glad to see them on someone else's list!


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