Here's what showed up at my place (one way or another) this week:
A little treat from my sister:
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
I've heard nothing but good things about this book, but given the fact that it cost somewhere in the ballpark of $30-$40 CAD in hardback, I wasn't rushing out to buy it. Thanks to my sister (and the fact that it's now in paperback), I can finally find out what the fuss has been all about. It sounds very interesting!
A much-anticipated postal delivery:
Something Strange and Deadly - Susan Dennard
The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.
And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance. (from Goodreads)
This is yet another book that I've heard a lot of buzz and fangirling over, so I figured it was something that I'd probably like. Add to that the fact that it's set in Victorian times and has a cover recommendation suggesting it for fans of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and I'm sold. Not quite sold on the zombie aspect, but we'll have to see.
The Traitor In the Tunnel (The Agency #3)- Y. S. Lee
Queen Victoria has a little problem: there's a petty thief at work in Buckingham Palace. Charged with discretion, the Agency puts quickwitted Mary Quinn on the case, where she must pose as a domestic while fending off the attentions of a feckless Prince of Wales. But when the prince witnesses the murder of one of his friends in an opium den, the potential for scandal looms large. And Mary faces an even more unsettling possibility: the accused killer, a Chinese sailor imprisoned in the Tower of London, shares a name with her long-lost father.
I really enjoyed the first book in this Canadian-authored series, but wasn't crazy about the sequel. The premise for this one sounds much more appealing than the last, so I'm looking forward to diving in. Have I mentioned I'm on a Victorian kick?
Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen
She's used to counting on no one and answering to nobody. But all of that changes when her mother vanishes and Ruby is sent to live with her older sister, Cora. Now Ruby's got her own room in a fabulous new house, she's going to private school, and—for the first time—feeling as if she has a future. Plus, there's the adorable and sweet boy next door, Nate. Everything should be perfect. So why is Ruby so wary? And why is Nate keeping her at a distance? Ruby soon comes to realize that sometimes, in order to save yourself, you've got to reach out to someone else. (from the back of the book)
I am very, very late to the Sarah Dessen bandwagon, but better late than never, right? I've been hearing people rave about Ms. Dessen for some time now, but for whatever reason I haven't yet read anything by her. The new covers are really appealing too, and I'm not going to lie—that skeleton key and the pretty blue really caught my eye. The mention of a private school was what sold me on it. Have I mentioned I like private and/or boarding school stories?
How about you? What's in your mailbox this week?