Monday, November 16, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday every week. It's been a couple of weeks since I participated in this meme as my mailbox has been empty. Last week 2 books came, how about you?

Life After 187 by Wade J. Halverson
(from the author for review)

Sentenced to life in prison when he executes the men who murdered his wife, Kane Silver is singled out by the warden for his fighting ability. Along with inmates Valentino Lopez and Si’Ling Lee, Kane is drafted into service and forced to fight for money in high-stakes tournaments. But when the three friends escape during a New Year’s Eve match in Lake Tahoe—saving the warden’s life in the process—their situation becomes more complicated.

Their status undetermined, they vanish underground and sign on to help a young woman whose parents are being held by an Argentinean drug kingpin. Follow Kane and his friends as they compete and grow closer while rediscovering what it means to be free. From Lake Tahoe and the western United States to Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, and Thailand, Life After 187 takes readers on an exhilarating ride filled with big money, intense action, justice, and the pursuit of honor.

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

I've wanted this book for a while, ever since seeing a wonderful review at Staci's blog Life In The Thumb, so after winning an amazon voucher at True Crime Book Reviews, thanks so much Yvette ...  I am now the pleased owner of North of Beautiful.

Born with a port-wine stain birthmark covering her entire right cheek, Terra Rose Cooper is ready to leave her stifling, small Washington town where everyone knows her for her face. With her critical, reproachful father and an obese mother who turns to food to deflect her father's verbal attacks, home life for Terra isn't so great either. Fueled by her artistic desires, she plans to escape to an East Coast college, thinking this is her true path. When her father intercepts her acceptance letter, Terra is pushed off-course, and she is forced to confront her deepest insecurities.

After an ironically fortuitous car accident, Terra meets Jacob, a handsome but odd goth Chinese boy who was adopted from China as a toddler. Jacob immediately understands Terra's battle with feeling different. When Terra's older brother invites her and her mother to visit him in Shanghai, Jacob and his mother also join them on their journey, where they all not only confront the truth about themselves, but also realize their own true beauty. North of Beautiful is the engaging third YA novel by Justina Chen Headley. This is a gorgeously-written, compelling book featuring universal themes of defining true beauty, family bonds, personal strength, and love

This month on The Eclectic Reader one lucky reader can win The Running Vixen OR Shadowland OR Captive of Sin. Check this blog post for details. International entrants welcome.


  1. Wow, interesting books! I love your unique book choices. Life After 187 sounds so action-y and exciting. Happy reading!

  2. Two very different books. North of Beautiful sounds heartbreaking.

  3. North of Beautiful sounds really good!

  4. North of Beautiful sounds like an achlying good read. I think you made a great choice!

  5. North of Beautiful has a great cover. Happy reading

  6. They both sound great. Have fun reading now :D

  7. I bought North of Beautiful after I read Swapna's review, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

  8. I have Life after 187 on my TBR pile next to me and North of Beautiful sounds really good also.

  9. What a lovely selection! Very eclectic!! LOL

    My mailbox post is here:

  10. North of Beautiful has definitely caught my eye. Some fabulous books this week.

  11. They both sound wonderful.
    Have fun reading them.

  12. I loved, loved, loved, North of Beautiful!!!

  13. These both sound interesting, but Life After 187 caught my eye. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it. Happy reading!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  14. These both sound good! I can't wait to hear what you think of them.

    I hope things are going well for all of your loved ones. We've been hit with several things at once in our family too. It's always scary when it's children. Best wishes and prayers for good health!


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