August 26, 2012

IMM: A Whole Lot O' Good Stuff

It's been awhile since I participated in The Story Siren's In My Mailbox weekly feature, and since this week was a good week for book arrivals at my place, I thought I'd take part again.


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 RĂªves, and it is only open at night.
  
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance. (from Goodreads)

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:

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.


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.

Meanwhile, engineer James Easton, Mary's onetime paramour, is at work shoring up the sewers beneath the palace, where an unexpected tunnel seems to be very much in use. Can Mary and James trust each other (and put their simmering feelings aside) long enough to solve the mystery and protect the Royal Family? Hoist on your waders for Mary's most personal case yet, where the stakes couldn't be higher - and she has everything to lose. (from Goodreads)

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?

An in-store (impulse) purchase:
Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen

Ruby can take care of herself.

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?

12 comments:

  1. Ooo I really want to read The Night Circus at some point. Heard lots of good things about it. I have all three books from YS Lee on my Kindle TBR list. Fancied buying some mystery for a change. :)

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    1. It's not at all what I was expecting. I haven't started reading it yet, but my sister really enjoyed it and told me a little about it. I'm definitely more excited about it now. :)

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  2. I've heard mixed reviews about The Night Circus, but I'm still really tempted to give it a try. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. :)

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    1. It sounds like nothing I've ever read before, so that has me interested. I'll have to do a review of it once I've read it.

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  3. These all sound great, esp the Sarah Dessen. I haven't read all of hers, only one or two but what I have read I enjoyed. Hope you enjoy them!

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    1. I'm not really sure why I haven't gotten around to Sarah Dessen yet. I think I'll probably like her stuff, so I'm excited about that whole collection of books. :)

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  4. I enjoyed THE NIGHT CIRCUS--it was not what I expected... better than, actually. I don't think I'm expecting any books in the mailbox this week. It's been a few weeks since I ordered any books. While I still have a pile on my desk waiting to be read, it must be about time I ordered more... :)

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    1. I envisioned creepy clowns and carny types all set on a backdrop of that lodged-in-my-memory stench of elephant poo (we whined about the elephant poo non-stop at the one circus my parents too us too as kids). Thankfully, it sounds like it's a whole lot more magical than my memories. :P

      I really shouldn't be ordering new books while I still have tons on my shelves to read. This is what you'd call a complete lack of self control. :)

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  5. Didn't get any books in the mail this past week but I'm waiting for a couple to arrive any day now--Such Wicked Intent, the second book in the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series by Kenneth Oppel, and The Kill Order, the prequel in the Maze Runner series by James Dashner. Really looking forward to both! Hubby is currently reading the Night Circus and likes it :)

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    1. I need to remember to read SUCK WICKED INTENT, especially since I just read the first one recently. I have yet to read THE DEATH CURE before I tackle the prequel. And as for your hubby, he sounds like a pretty cool guy! Good for him reading THE NIGHT CIRCUS. He's not a carny is he?? :P

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  6. I am SO JEALOUS of your mailbox arrivals, especially Something Strange and Deadly! Happy reading, Jaime!

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    1. It was definitely a good week for books. I've started reading SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, but I'm finding it hard to get into. I think that's partly because I've been really distracted lately. I think it'll be good once I get into it. :)

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