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Sunday, October 17, 2010

In My Mailbox 2010/10/17

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 2010/10/17
Borrowed: 0
Received: 5
Bought: 0
Total Cost: $0.00

Went out this weekend and collected the books I won over the summer!

The Spellmans #4:
The Spellmans Strike Again
by Lisa Lutz
At the ripe old age of thirty-two, former wild child Isabel "Izzy" Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. And the transition won't be a smooth one. First among her priorities as head of Spellman Investigations is to dig up some dirt on the competition, slippery ex-cop Rick Harkey--a task she may enjoy a little too much. Next, faced with a baffling missing-persons case at the home of an aging millionaire, Izzy hires an actor friend, Len, to infiltrate the mansion as an undercover butler--a role he may enjoy a little much. Meanwhile, Izzy is being blackmailed by her mother (photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994) to commit to regular blind dates with promising professionals--an arrangement that doesn't thrill Connor, an Irish bartender on the brink of becoming Ex-boyfriend #12.
At Spellman headquarters, it's business as unusual. Doorknobs and light fixtures are disappearing every day, Mom's been spotted crying in the pantry, and a series of increasingly demanding Spellman Rules (Rule #27: No Speaking Today) can't quite hold the family together. Izzy also has to decipher weekly "phone calls from the edge" from her octogenarian lawyer, Morty, as well as Detective Henry Stone's mysterious interest in rekindling their relationsh...well, whatever it was. Just when it looks like things can't go more haywire, little sister Rae's internship researching pro bono legal cases leads the youngest Spellman to launch a grassroots campaign that could spring an innocent man from jail--or land Rae in it. The Spellmans Strike Again is hands down the most hilarious, thrilling, and moving book in this bestselling, award-nominated series. And it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Isabel Spellman, no matter how much she matures, will never be able to follow Rule #1: Act Normal.

Don't usually start a series on the last book, but I love how quirky this sounds.
Won from Miss Eliza @ strange and random happenstance *hardcover

Paris Pan Takes the Dare ⇒ New Crayon!
by Cynthea Liu
So what if it’s a rite of passage for every seventhgrade girl in town to spend a night in the woods? Paris Pan only just moved here, the woods are supercreepy, and she has enough weirdness to deal with in her own family. Finding out a girl died mysteriously years ago while on the Dare—right near Paris’s new house, no less—is bad enough, but the unmistakably ghostlike noises coming out of the broken-down shed at the edge of the Pan’s property? Definite deal breaker.
All Paris wants is to make friends, try to fit in, and not have to deal with a dead girl. But everyone has to take the Dare, and the new girl’s turn is up.

I rarely read middle-grade books, but multiple reviews alerted me to the cute family-ness in it and I couldn't resist =D Also got some adorable swag!
Won from Ari @ Reading in Color *hardcover +signed!

Iron Man 2 (novelization)
by Alexander Irvine
"I am Iron Man." With those words, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark revealed his secret identity. Now a famous high-tech superhero, he uses his powers to protect mankind. Yet things are not going well for Tony Stark. The U.S. military demands control of the most powerful weapon on earth--the Iron Man suit. His beautiful new assistant has a strange, mysterious agenda while his best friend, Rhodey, has betrayed him. And Tony is hunted by a vengeful Russian criminal armed with a lethal technology that may be stronger than Tony's suit. But even as he fights his demons, the hero faces his greatest threat--one that no armor can defend against...

Compared to the amazing first movie, IM2 was a bit disappointing on the script/dialogue/acting side for me (from everyone other than RDJ), maybe it works better in novel form?
Won from Vera @ Luxury Reading

Iron Fey #1:
The Iron King ⇒ New Crayon!
by Julie Kagawa
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy...and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart.

I do rather like the evil/dangerous fairy idea, plus, half-brothers and the rescuing of them by their sisters, yay!
Won from JoJo's Book Corner

A Home at the End of the World
by Michael Cunningham
Two lifelong friends in their 20s form a triangle with a young woman in New York City. When she becomes pregnant, the three move to the country to set up housekeeping in Woodstock, embarking on a daring voyage toward a new vision of what a family can be.

I've mentioned that I have a weakness for unique family dynamics right? Though I cheated and peeked at the last page...this might be a tragedy TAT
Mooched from BookMooch

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Anonymous said...

Great books! I loved The Iron King, I hope you like it too!

Anonymous said...

I have heard such awesome things about Julie Kagawa! I need to look into her stuff! Great post! My IMM is here:

brandileigh2003 said...

Happy Reading!! I enjoyed Iron King and hope you do too. Here is my mailbox

Alyce said...

I love the cover of The Iron King!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I need to check out The Iron King(love the cover) and the Spellman books. Enjoy all your new reads!

Cathy said...

It feels as though I just finished reading the first Spellman book, and the series is already up to #4. Yikes! Enjoy your books!

Mary said...

I've heard good things about The Spellmans series. Have a great week!

avisannschild said...

I loved A Home at the End of the World (and the movie is great too). Enjoy all your books!

Elizabeth said...

Don't know these books....Enjoy…first-time visitor…

Looking forward to reviews from your Mailbox Monday books.

Stopping by from shereadsandreads.

Stop by to see my mailbox if you like:

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Great books. I have Iron King on the shelf, and haven't got to it yet, but really looking forward to it. Hope you enjoy all your books. :) Have a great week.