Saturday, December 5, 2009

In My Mailbox (23)

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.

Author: Trilby Kent
Title: Medina Hill (two copies)1
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "In the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall. There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known. Dominic’s passion for Lawrence of Arabia is tested when he finds himself embroiled in a village uprising against a band of travelers who face expulsion. In defending the vulnerable, Dominic learns what it truly means to have a voice."

Author: Darren Shan
Title: The Demon Thief2
Series: Demonata (book 2)
Publication Date: 2005
Synopsis: "Kernel Fleck has always known he's weird. He sees lights. Strange, multi-colored patches of light, swirling through the air. But it's not until a window opens into a demon world, with horrific consequences, that Kernel discovers his powers. As a Disciple, his mission is to hunt vicious, powerful demons to the death..."

Author: Robin McKinley
Title: Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast3
Publication Date: 1978
Synopsis: "strange imprisonment. Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage. When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"

Author: Joan Lowery Nixon
Title: The Dark and Deadly Pool4
Publication Date: 1987
Synopsis: "Liz enjoys her summer pool job at the glamorous Ridley Hotel. Until the night, a dark and lonely night, a ghasty shadow surges up from the pool. A face -- eyes wide, mouth gaping -- stares at Liz. A hand clutches at her sneaker. Then it, whatever it is, is gone. But danger isn't. Strange things are happening at the hotel, and a shaken Liz wants to know why. But whoever is behind the trouble will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to get what he wants..."

Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Title: A House Like A Lotus5
Series: O'Keefe Family (book 3)
Publication Date: 1984
Synopsis: "While working at a conference in Cyprus, sixteen-year-old Polly tries to come to terms with the emotionally tumultuous events preceding her arrival on the island and her relationships with old and new friends."

Author: Simon Holt
Title: The Devouring6
Series: The Devouring (book 1)
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "When dark creeps in and eats the light,

Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul..."
"THE VOURS: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice. When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life. To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her? The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare?"

Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Title: Wanted7
Publication Date: 1997
Synopsis: "It all started with a phone call. In a tense voice, Alice's very rational father suggests that she drive his precious Corvette and meet him. But Alice doesn't have a driver's license. "It doesn't matter!" he yells. Yet he never shows up. Never calls. Something is very wrong. Then Alice hears an announcement over the radio. Her father is dead. And someone has already confessedto his murder via E-mail. That someone is Alice. Everyone, including her mother, believes that Alice is guilty. The police are after her. And the real murderer is, too. It's only a matter of time before somebody catches her..."

I think I have made up for my lack of IMM last week.
This week I received in the mail two copies of Medina Hill. Both of which I won from two different contests. I would like to thank Taschima of Bloody Bookaholic and Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.
I would also like to thank Kelsey of The Book Scout who I traded books with.
The rest of the books I picked up at the library and have either finished them already or am planning on getting around to reading.

1. Weirdest thing ever. I won two copies of the same book. Even weirder I had to decline my third win of this book. Medina Hill was won from contests at Bloody Bookaholic and Pop Culture Junkie
2. The Demon Thief was received from The Book Scout through a trade.
3. Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast was also received through trade from The Book Scout.
4. The Dark and Deadly Pool was borrowed from the library.
5. A House Like A Lotus was also Borrowed from the library
6. The Devouring was borrowed from the library.
7. Wanted was also borrowed from my library.


  1. 1. Same exact thing happened to me with Defining Twilight, accepted the first two wins but had to say no to the last.

  2. Lili: Good to know it has happened to someone else. :)

  3. The Devouring sounds really good. :)
    Happy reading.

  4. Great bunch of books. The Demonata series in one of Jake's favorites and I'm really looking forward to the Devouring.

    Have fun! And great job trading books. Wonderful idea!


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