In My Mailbox: 5/16/09

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..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)
One thing that I noticed is that most of the books I aquired this week comes from bay area (SF) authors. Coolness!!

Ash by Malinda Lo
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (September 1, 2009)

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left alone to pay off his debts in the service of her own step mother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she begins to believe that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing and romantic, Ash is an empowering retelling of Cinderella about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds positively amazing.

TMI by Sarah Quigley
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (April 16, 2009)

Friends call Becca the Overshare Queen, but her tendency for TMI never seemed like a problem to her until she blabs about her sweet band-geek boyfriend’s sloppy kisses—and gets dumped! Realizing it may be better to resist the temptation to overshare face-to-face, Becca decides to blog anonymously about everything instead. On her blog, Too Much Information, Becca unleashes her alter ego, Bella. Bella tells it like it is . . . though perhaps with a bit more drama. After all, no one’s going to read it, right???

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (May 12, 2009)

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.
But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.

Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 268 pages
Publisher: WestSide Books; 1st edition (April 23, 2009)

Shawna Stone, sixteen, can handle anything from a Las Vegas hustle to skipping out on the rent. Scarred inside and out, she's survived with a tough, hardened attitude. Yet she's thrown when her mother abandons her in Vegas with only a bus ticket and the name and number of a stranger to call. Now this troubled, desperate teen finds herself on a Northern California horse ranch with Kay Stone, her steely, youngish, disillusioned grandmother,who overwhelms Shawna with rules and daily barn chores. Shawna will baffle Kay with her foul mouthed anger and shrugging indifference to everything--except the maltreated horse on the ranch next door. But it's worse than even Kay suspects: Shawna's driven to cut herself by that strange voice inside her head,which at times has been her only steady companion.Kay, brittle from the loss of her marriage and her only son, struggles to keep the ranch going with only Kenny, the broken down drifter she hired, to lean on. Wondering what secrets hide behind Shawna's barricade, Kay fears that unless she somehow helps this troubled girl, she could lose her last living family member. And Kay's own secret is the very one that's kept Shawna and her mother away for all these years. As this unlikely pair struggles to co-exist, will they overcome their inner suffering to build a bridge to each other, and together find the strength to transcend the past?
I had the pleasure of meeting C. Lee this week and once she read a bit from her debut novel I was hooked. I have a little snippet posted HERE.

That was my mailbox this week. What was in yours?

33 comments on "In My Mailbox: 5/16/09"

Rebecca wrote: May 16, 2009 at 9:09 PM

Awesome week you had, The Chosen One and TMI sound like really really good books. Enjoy!

Elise wrote: May 16, 2009 at 9:13 PM

ASH looks sooo good! I am very excited to read it.

Shalonda wrote: May 16, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Oooh, I'll take them all!!! Nice stash of books!

Callie wrote: May 16, 2009 at 9:30 PM

All the books you got look really good. Happy reading!

robin_titan wrote: May 16, 2009 at 9:36 PM

You will LOVE TMI, it's so cute and funny. :D Oooh Ash looks and sounds really good!

susan wrote: May 16, 2009 at 9:40 PM

I want to read Ash. And I just got The Chosen One. Happy reading.

Danielle wrote: May 16, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Can't wait to see what you think about The Chosen One and Ash!

Just Your Typical Book Blog wrote: May 16, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Awesome week! Sliding on the Edge sounds really good!


Kate at Read This Book! wrote: May 16, 2009 at 10:41 PM

You got some really awesome books this week! I'm so envious of TMI & Ash. I want to read them badly!

Carrie wrote: May 16, 2009 at 11:01 PM

YAY Ash!! This one is sitting in my TBR pile. It looks amazing!!

Thao wrote: May 16, 2009 at 11:34 PM

You're so lucky to have Ash, how cool it sounds!

Reverie wrote: May 17, 2009 at 12:04 AM

ASH!!! AND SLIDING ON THE EDGE!!! girl you have a rocking mailbox this week!!! SLOTG is so coveted right now!!! lol

Lenore wrote: May 17, 2009 at 1:32 AM

Hope to get Ash at BEA. Enjoy!

Kate wrote: May 17, 2009 at 5:14 AM

All these books look amazing! Happy reading :)

Amelia wrote: May 17, 2009 at 6:00 AM

The cover of Sliding on the Edge is neat. Looks like you had a good week!

The Story Siren wrote: May 17, 2009 at 6:45 AM

Fabulous book week! I got Ash too! I think it sounds awesome! happy reading!

PolishOutlander wrote: May 17, 2009 at 6:57 AM

The Chosen one is written so simply but it is so good. Hope you enjoy and Happy reading!

Letter Garden wrote: May 17, 2009 at 7:10 AM

I'm so excited about The Chosen One!!! I heard so many good things about the book. Can't wait to get my copy! Happy, happy reading!

Iryna wrote: May 17, 2009 at 7:15 AM

I look forward to reading your review of TML! I really want to read that book.

Fantastic Book Review wrote: May 17, 2009 at 8:19 AM

I've heard great things about these books! Happy Reading!

deltay wrote: May 17, 2009 at 10:33 AM

I read & reviewed The Chosen One a while ago, it's really awesome!

And, you got ASH. WOW. That one looks amazing =)

Happy reading!

The Book Girl wrote: May 17, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Wow, a lot of people are getting Ash! It looks so good :-) And TMI was adorable!

prophecygirl wrote: May 17, 2009 at 12:07 PM

They all sound great, and I love the cover of Ash!

karinlibrarian wrote: May 17, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Great week. I enjoyed THE CHOSEN ONE. ASH really looks great. I love the cover. Congrats.

MssJos wrote: May 17, 2009 at 5:06 PM

This is the first I have heard of Ash but it sounds amazing!! Great cover too! Thanks for sharing!

Bookgeek wrote: May 17, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Ash! Lucky, lucky you. Enjoy

Molly Jo wrote: May 17, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Those all look AWESOME! Especially The Chosen One! I think that should be the next one I read.

katie wrote: May 17, 2009 at 6:42 PM

I am so jealous of Ash. I really want to read it. Great week!

Diana Dang wrote: May 17, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Great batch!

zac wrote: May 18, 2009 at 8:51 AM

i am soooo excited about ASH.

mememememeee wrote: May 18, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Nice!!! I want to read!


Erika Lynn wrote: May 19, 2009 at 12:06 PM

great books. i really want to read the chosen one

BookChic wrote: May 23, 2009 at 7:59 AM

I got Ash and The Chosen One too- very excited to read both! I've been contemplating getting TMI, but not sure of it yet.

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