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Sunday, May 9, 2010

In My Mailbox 2010/05/09

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.
(hosted weekly by The Story Siren / The Printed Page; New Crayons by Color Online)

Tally for 2010/05/09
Borrowed: 0
Received: 1
Bought: 3
Total Cost: $9.97

I'm really glad this arrived in my inbox before I left the country because I was really looking forward to it, so yay!

The Turning #1:
What Curiosity Kills ⇒ New Crayon!
by Helen Ellis
Mary Richards is a normal sixteen-year-old girl living in Manhattan. Well, almost normal. She goes to private school on the Upper East Side, having been saved from a life of squalor by an adoptive family. But she’s also slowly transforming into a cat.
Struggling to hide her physical metamorphosis, Mary discovers that she isn’t alone. A whole race of cat people prowls the streets of Manhattan at night, including Mary’s long-time crush, Nick.
Aside from heightened feline senses, hanging out with Nick is the best thing about discovering her inner kitty. But Mary’s transformation is special and could decide the outcome of a citywide turf war. She must decide whether to embrace her powerful feline side and become a pack leader or go back to being a normal teenage girl. Can she land on her feet or will curiosity be her downfall?

While I did label this as a "New Crayon", the main character - contrary to what the cover image might suggest - is not a PoC. There are many prominent PoC supporting characters however from what I've seen so far, so I shall label it as such.
Received from Sourcebooks publicist for review *ARC

The Princess and the Hound
by Mette Ivie Harrison
He is a prince and heir to a kingdom threatened on all sides, possessor of the forbidden animal magic.
She is a princess from a rival kingdom, the daughter her father never wanted, isolated from all except her hound.
In this lush and beautifully written fairy-tale romance, a prince, a princess, and two kingdoms are joined in the aftermath of a war. Proud, stubborn, and bound to marry for duty, George and Beatrice will steal your heart — but will they fall in love?

I'm pretty sure that the romance in this won't be the typical "two main characters fall in love", and I've been assured that the characters are really well-developed too~
Bought from used bookstore ($3.99)

Snow White, Blood Red (anthology)
edited by Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling
Once upon a time, fairy tales were for children...But no longer.
You hold in your hands a volume of wonders -- magical tales of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by some of the most acclaimed fantasists of our day. But these are not bedtime stories designed to usher an innocent child gently into a realm of dreams. These are stories that bite -- lush and erotic, often dark and disturbing mystical journeys through a phantasmagoric landscape of distinctly adult sensibilities...where there is no such thing as "happily ever after."

Haven't tried an anthology in a while, and since I like dark fairy tales, I picked this up. I think I was actually looking for the second volume (Black Thorn, White Rose), but most of the authors are appear in both anyway lol
Bought from used bookstore ($2.99)

Nightrunner #1:
Luck in the Shadows
by Lynn Flewelling
A showman, spy, thief--Seregil gathers intelligence information for the Queen about the threat of war by Plenimar. During one of his missions, he discovers an orphan lad and takes him on as an apprentice. When a mission goes awry, leaving Seregil in a coma, it falls to Alec to get his mentor to safety in order to avert a sinister plot of epic proportios.

I heard there was a GLBT element to the story, but it's not the focus of the plot (for now)...not sure who ends up with who either, but it's definitely not lust-at-first-sight so that's a relief. I also really like how Alec and Seregil's apprentice-master dynamic doesn't make Alec out to be an idiot since he's a skilled hunter himself. One of my first-priority reads now, along with the review books.
Bought from used bookstore ($2.99)
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Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Glad to see you are back. :) Hope you are doing well. What great books this week. :) Hope you enjoy them all!