Saturday, December 12, 2009

In My Mailbox (24)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of 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: Darren Shan
Title: The Vampire's Assistant and Other Tales From the Cirque du Freak Saga1
Series: Cirque du Freak (books 1-3)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "Darren Shan is just an ordinary schoolboy who loves to ride bikes and hang out with his three best friends. Then one day Darren and his friends stumble across an invitation to visit the Cirque Du Freak, a strange and mysterious freak show. Almost as if by destiny, Darren wins a ticket and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires. This is Darren's story."

Used Bookstore:
Author: Tom Clancy
Title: Virtual Vandals2
Series: Net Force Explorers (book 1)
Publication Date: 1999
Synopsis: "In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them, control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: Net Force. When the director of Net Force is assassinated, Deputy Director Alex Michaels is thrust into one of the most powerful and dangerous positions in the world. At the same time, cyber-terrorists sabotage mainframe computers across the country, causing famine, chaos, and death. Now Michaels and his team must find out who is responsible -- and what they have to gain. But there is another problem. If they assassinated one Net Force director, what will stop them from assassinating another?"

 Author: Tom Clancy 
Title: Cyberspy3
Series: Net Force Explorers (book 6)
Publication Date: 1999
Synopsis: "Someone is leaking big business secrets onto the Internet, and Net Force Explorer David Gray's investigation reveals a deadly band of cyberspies who use a new form of technology to tune into people's thoughts."

Author: Peter Dickinson
Title: The Ropemaker4
Publication Date: 2001
Synopsis: "Tilja has grown up in the peaceful Valley, which is protected from the fearsome Empire by an enchanted forest. But the forest’s power has begun to fade and the Valley is in danger. Tilja is the youngest of four brave souls who venture into the Empire together to find the mysterious magician who can save the Valley. And much to her amazement, Tilja gradually learns that only she, an ordinary girl with no magical powers, has the ability to protect her group and their quest from the Empire’s sorcerers."

Author: Lois Lowry
Title: Gathering Blue5
Series: The Giver (book 2)
Publication Date: 2000
Synopsis: "In perhaps her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit and that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever. As she did in THE GIVER, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future."


Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Title: Meet the Austins6
Series: Austin Family (book 1)
Publication Date: 1960
Synopsis: "For a family with four kids, two dogs, assorted cats, and a constant stream of family and friends dropping by, life in the Austin family home has always been remarkably steady and contented. When a family friend suddenly dies in a plane crash, the Austins open their home to an orphaned girl, Maggy Hamilton. The Austin children—Vicky, John, Suzy, and Rob—do their best to be generous and welcoming to Maggy. Vicky knows she should feel sorry for Maggy, but having sympathy for Maggy is no easy thing. Maggy is moody and spoiled; she breaks toys, wakes people in the middle of the night screaming, discourages homework, and generally causes chaos in the Austin household. How can one small child disrupt a family of six? Will life ever return to normal?"

Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Title: Dragons in the Waters7
Series: Polly O'Keefe (book 2)
Publication Date: 1976
Synopsis: "A stolen heirloom painting...a shipboard murder...Can Simon and the O'Keefe clan unravel the mystery? Thirteen-year-old Simon Renier has no idea when he boards the M.S. Orion with his cousin Forsyth Phair that the journey will take him not only to Venezuela, but into his past as well. His original plan—to return a family heirloom, a portrait of Simon Bolivar, to its rightful place—is sidetracked when cousin Forsyth is found murdered. Then, when the portrait is stolen, all passengers and crew become suspect.

Author: Anthony Horowitz
Title: Point Blank8
Series: Alex Rider (book 2)
Publication Date: 2002
Synopsis: "When an investigation into a series of mysterious deaths leads agents to an elite prep school for rebellious kids, MI6 assigns Alex Rider to the case. Before he knows it, Alex is hanging out with the sons of the rich and powerful, and something feels wrong. These former juvenile delinquents have turned well-behaved, studious—and identical—overnight. It's up to Alex to find out who is masterminding this nefarious plot, before they find him."
I'd like to start off by saying thank you to Khy of Frenetic Reader. I won The Vampire's Assistant along with a locker mirror from a contest on her blog. Thanks Khy. Another thank you goes to Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind who gave me her extra copy of Point Blank. Thanks Dahlia.
This past week I paid a visit to the Used Bookstore and found a ton of good books. Two more book in Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers series, which now means I have half of the series. I was also lucky enough to find a copy of The Ropemaker and Gathering Blue.
Last, but not least i picked up two books by one of my all time favorite authors at the library.
I believe that is all for me this week. Cannot wait to see what everyone else picked up. :)

1. The Vampire's Assistant was a contest win from a contest at Frenetic Reader.
2. OMZ! I cannot believe I found Virtual Vandals at the used bookstore.
3. Along with Cyberspy I am so very excited.
4. If I had been the type of person to squeal in delight, I would have after finding a copy of The Ropemaker.
5. I loved The Giver and cannot wait to read Gathering Blue.
6. Madeleine L'Engle happens to one of my all time favorite authors and I don't think I have ever read Meet the Austins.
7. Another book of hers that I haven't read would have to be i. I had to get it because I accidentally read the third one first.

8.  Dahlia was going to get rid of her extra copy of Point Blank so I took it off her hands, plus I really liked this one.


  1. Congrats on winning the contest! Enjoy your books!

  2. I love Madeleine L'Engle's books too. I wanted to be Vicky Austin. I think I have read everything L'Engle ever wrote including her nonfiction. Enjoy!

  3. Great bunch of books and congrats! Love the Darren Shan series!

  4. The Cirque du Freak book looks so interesting! Can't wait to read your review!

  5. Want to read the The Vampires Assistant. Great mailbox - happy reading!

  6. Cirque du Freak sounds good, I think I will borrow it from you. ;)
    You're welcome for Point Blank. :)

    Happy reading! ^_^


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