In My Mailbox (7) 2-8-09

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began.

I had a good week and I wish to share with you my good fortune.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (April 2, 2009)
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love— music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Evermore by Alyson Noel (Feb. 3, 2009)
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman (June 1, 2009)
16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate.

There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality.

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?

The Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede (April 15, 2009)
Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent -- and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town.
Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild.

Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (Feb 3, 2009)
Personally signed on her book tour Friday night. SQUEE!
This is the fourth book in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy's managed to miff the vampire queen. The problem with an old vampire is that they think in layers . . . and they don't play nicely.
In a world where “witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people” (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy’s found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.
I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Briggs on Friday night. She read an excerpt of her book then she opened the mic to questions and wrapped things up by signing any book that we had for her to sign. She was very friendly and had the best smile. I love it when I get to meet an author that is genuinely happy to see her fans. On the desk in front of her she had a big pile of pens of many colors then she as you approached her she asked what color pen you would like her to sign your book with. She is the best :)
So how was your week?

21 comments on "In My Mailbox (7) 2-8-09"

dd03 wrote: February 8, 2009 at 1:23 AM

*facepalm* i'm such a dork! I meant to comment on this post about your ancient chinese secret! gah!

anyway, these books look good! especially Evermore & Bone Crossed...I've been meaning to start the Mercy Thompson series.

the TBR is never ending!

Adele wrote: February 8, 2009 at 2:45 AM

You will love If I Stay. I found it so moving and magical, I hope you do too.

I want to get my hands on Evermore but I suspect it might be awhile. Happy reading!

prophecygirl wrote: February 8, 2009 at 4:40 AM

I'm so excited to read If I Stay - I hope you enjoy it!

The Story Siren wrote: February 8, 2009 at 6:53 AM

another GREAT week!! Haven't heard of the Thirteenth Child... sounds interesting. I really need to read the Mercy Thompson series.

Carrie's YA Bookshelf wrote: February 8, 2009 at 7:28 AM

I can't wait for the Thirteenth Child. I'm very jealous. It looks great.

towerofbooks wrote: February 8, 2009 at 7:49 AM

I can't wait to hear what you think of If I Stay, Sea of Change, and The Thirteenth Child. :)

Shalonda wrote: February 8, 2009 at 8:17 AM

You received some really great books this week! Happy reading!

TheBookworm wrote: February 8, 2009 at 8:20 AM

If I Stay AND Thirteenth Child?! What a great week! Happy Readings. :)

KB wrote: February 8, 2009 at 9:09 AM

I put if I stay on the 8th Grade book discussion list! I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.

karinlibrarian wrote: February 8, 2009 at 9:13 AM

I'm jealous. I want Sea Change. I can't wait to see what you think.

Bookworm wrote: February 8, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Ooh, I can't wait for Evermore!

Shooting Stars Mag wrote: February 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Oh wow, The Thirteenth Child sounds awesomeeee. I hadn't heard of that before!!! Must keep an eye out for it in April.

If I Stay sounds amazing. Heard great things. Want to read as well!


Erika Lynn wrote: February 8, 2009 at 10:19 AM

You had a great week. Evermore looks fantastic

Purdypirate wrote: February 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

You'll love Evermore. It's awesome. It took me a bit to get into it but at the end I loved it!

The Ravenous Reader wrote: February 8, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Evermore did take me a bit to get into it, but It soon grabbed me and would not let me go. I read it in one sitting last week.

Bookgeek wrote: February 8, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Lucky girl. What a great week for you. Evermore looks wonderful. Looking forward to your review

The Ravenous Reader wrote: February 8, 2009 at 5:23 PM

My review was posted on tuesday. I just put a sidebar posting for all my reviews :)

Christine wrote: February 22, 2009 at 5:47 PM

I'm so incredibly late to this thread, but OMG YOU GOT TO MEET PATRICIA BRIGGS????!!!! Very VERY cool! (I'm so jealous!). I love her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. She's an incredibly talented author.

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