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Sunday, March 7, 2010

In My Mailbox 2010/03/07

Each week I will post a list of the books I've borrowed, received, or bought. I will keep a weekly tally in each post, as well as a yearly one on the sidebar. All books with PoC themes/authors will be listed for the "New Crayons" meme.
All prices are listed in Canadian dollars.
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Tally for 2010/03/07
Borrowed: 0
Received: 4
Bought: 0
Total Cost: $0.00

This first one apparently got rerouted to another country because my city's name is rather common lol

some girls are
by Courtney Summers
Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.
Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

I promised myself I'd give contemporary teenage angst a try, even if it makes me feel old lol. This was one of the first books I ever won, but it's taken months to finally arrive. Good thing is I've seen many great reviews along the way so I'm actually still quite excited to read this.
Won from Eileen @ Goodreads

The next one was a mystery until I opened it because the contest I won it from was a first-come-first-served prize grab for the winners. I am quite pleased with what I got though, and signed too!

Connor Grey #3:
unfallen dead
by Mark Del Franco
I used to have power humans could only dream of. Essence flowed out of my hands, my body -- even my eyes -- and did things I intended it to do. Good things, bad things, powerful things. Not anymore. Since I lost all my abilities in an accident, all I'm good for is helping the Boston P.D. deal with the outcasts in the Weird...
Samhain, the night when the veil fades between this world and the afterlife, and the Dead walk the earth. For a century since the Convergence of Faerie and modern reality, the Ways have been closed. But now signs point to the chance that the veil may lift again.
Connor Grey's not interested.
Not when a queen of Faerie is interrogating him about his involvement in a recent near apocalypse. Not when Dylan macBain, his old partner at the Guild, stirs memories of the past he'd rather forget. And not when a homeless man turns up dead with druidic runes slashed across his forehead.
What begins as a revenge killing turns into something far more sinister as Boston is torn apart by forces beyond control. Connor must choose whether to trust his friends or his enemies -- and the wrong decision may cost him his life.

This series has been on my TBR pile for a while now. I don't usually start series books in the middle, but hopefully this works as a standalone...
Won from Melissa Marr +signed!

This one I won signed from a contest as well:

Year of the Horse ⇒ New Crayon!
by Justin Allen
Year of the Horse tells the story of Yen Tzu-lu, a child of Chinese immigrants unwillingly pressed into service by a gang of roughnecks bent on stealing a gold mine from a shadowy villain deep in the western wilderness. With Tzu-lu as our guide, we experience a landscape of legend, stand toe-to-toe with those larger-than- life heroes and villains of our shared American mythos, and learn the inescapable facts that have both enriched and plagued our nation from its inception.

Since Ah Yuan has also won a copy, we will be having a read-along discussion of the representation of Asian themes that attracted us to the book in the first place. Feel free to join us by emailing me at ninefly(at)gmail(dot)com =)
Won from Lorin @ Arch Thinking +signed! *hardcover

And lastly, the first book I've directly received for review! Apparently not many people are willing to review self-published books like this one, but I'm personally just looking for good stories =)

by Tamara Allen
On assignment in London, FBI Agent Morgan Nash finds himself moments away from a bullet through the heart when the case he's working goes awry. But fate has other plans, he discovers when he wakes in a world far removed from his own.
At work cataloguing ancient manuscripts in the British Museum, Ezra Glacenbie inadvertently creates the magic that pulls Morgan out of the twenty-first century and into the nineteenth. It's an impromptu vacation which may become permanent when the spellbook goes missing.
Further upsetting Morgan's search for a way home is the irresistible temptation to investigate the most notorious crime of the nineteenth century. But it's the unexpected romance blossoming between Morgan and Ezra that becomes the most dangerous complication of all.

I've already featured this one on a previous Wishlist Wednesday post and looked through a few reviews since then, the majority of which were quite positive. The book itself is kinda larger than I expected, but that's definitely not a bad thing ;D
Received for review from Tamara +signed!

And, also, I highly approve of this new Rogers ad gracing my line of vision every day on the bus. I hope this promotion lasts a LONG time...unlike that hideous Ninja Assassin (titleWTF?) poster (but I still love you Rain!) =P

pictured: hot Asian dude
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Ryan G said...

I wanted to get my hands on Downtime. Hope you enjoy them all.

I'm a Lit-Bitch, Baby said...

some girls are looks so good. Enjoy reading your copy of it!

robby (once upon a book blog) said...

I hope you enjoy Some Girls Are! I loved it. :D

Ah Yuan // wingstodust said...

omg you did NOT tell me about the m/m part of Downtime. *cackles* Something tells me that a certain mutual friend of ours is going to want to steal this book from you. Tell me how it goes! And Some Girls Are as well, while we're at it.

ALSO, I will admit, I was very disappointed that the hot asian dude pic doesn't get any larger. Photos such as these deserve to be taken in the highest resolution possible - to better appreciate the bone structure. *SHOT* haha, you know those Ninja Assassin posters are still all over my campus? *amuuuuuuuuuuuused*

Another Daydreamer said...

Looks like some great reads! Oh, and you've won 2 blog awards! Come by my blog to pick them up. :)

Kathy Martin said...

Nice books! The blurbs all sound good too. The self-published on sounds especially good. I'll be looking forward to your review. I might have to track down that book. Happy reading!

Alayne said...

Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

Miss Remmers said...

Oh! I hope you enjoy "Some Girls Are"

April (BooksandWine) said...

Ahh Year of the Horse looks so good, and oh yay for Some Girls Are.

Happy reading, ninefly! :-)

Stephanie said...

I've been reading terrific reviews of Some Girls Are. I hope you enjoy all your books! Have a great week.

Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

Some Gils Are looks to be a great read, I keeping seeing bloggers post about it. Enjoy your new books!

BrittLit said...

Oooo Some Girls Are. Enjoy!

Book Chick City said...

Unfallen Dead is new to me, sounds great! That's definitely going on my wishlist. Hope you have fun reading all your books. Have a great week! :)

Lori said...

Am I sensing a theme...a little rustic urban cowboy reading? Enjoy your books. Here's mine.

pussreboots said...

Only two books for me. You can see them here.