Monday, March 01, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Thank you to the wonderful Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday every week.

I was jumping up and down in excitement with my mailbox loot last week. The first 3 books I was lucky enough to receive from the wonderful Jessica @ Allen & Unwin Publishers and the last book was a contest win! A wonderful week for me ... how bout you?


House Rules by Jodi Picoult
ARC courtesy of Allen & Unwin

HOUSE RULES is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject – in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel -- and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. HOUSE RULES looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way – but lousy for those who don’t.


My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey
Courtesy of Allen & Unwin

The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.


Need by Carrie Jones
Courtesy of Allen & Unwin

Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you"d have to fear. 


Gone by Michael Grant
Contest win - thanks Amy @ Reversing the Monotony

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

26 comments:

  1. HOUSE RULES!
    I'm going to a Jodi Picoult signing on Wednesday. I can't wait for your review. I can't wait to actually read it. :]

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  2. Great books :D Need is amazing. Can't wait to read Gone :)

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  3. What a nice selection of books Teddyree!

    I have to say, the cover art for "Need" is so intriguing..

    Thank you for sharing!!

    ((hugs))
    L

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  4. Great sounding books there.
    Can't wait to hear more about Gone

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  5. Awesome books! Loved need and the US version of My Love lies bleeding!
    Hope u enjoy them. Happy reading!

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  6. I have need on my TBR shelves and Gone is another one I hope to get sometime.

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  7. Gone was interesting. I enjoyed it back when it first came out. Need looks like it has potential

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  8. You've had a great week this week! I love Jodi Picoult so I'll be interested to see your review of House Rules :o)

    My Love Lies Bleeding is on my wishlist & I have Need in my TBR pile!

    My mailbox is here:
    http://bookreviewsbysarah.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-my-mailbox-9.html

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  9. Great Books. I just read teh US version of My Love Lies Bleeding and it was awesome!!! Happy Reading!!!
    Chioma

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  10. Oh, you're so lucky to get to read a Jodi Picoult novel early! House Rules sounds fantastic and I look forward to your review.

    I have Hearts at Stake (US title) waiting for me at my library so hopefully I'll get to read that one next week. I've been on the waiting list awhile.

    I hope you enjoy your new books!

    Here is what's in my mailbox this week.

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  11. You got some great books! Happy Reading!

    My mailbox is here.

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  12. I've read need! Hope you enjoy it, and the rest of your reading!!

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  13. You've got some great books!
    I've never read a Jody Picoult book, but I really want to read House Rules. My 18-year-old brother has severe autism, so I think I could really relate to what happens in the book... but it sounds like it will definitely make me cry.
    :)

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  14. Great selection. I love the cover for My Love Lies Bleeding.

    Enjoy!

    Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict
    http://web.me.com/quirion

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  15. What a fantastic line up you got there ;) And am especially jealous to see "My Love Lies Bleeding" and "Gone"! Hope you enjoy your books and will be anticipating your reviews =)

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  16. I want to read 'My Love Lies Bleeding' after you as well. Remind me to give you Dear John tomorrow as well!

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  17. Enjoy your new books; they look great!

    Here is my link:

    http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2010/03/mailbox-monday.html

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  18. Enjoy your new books...House Rules is one that I would definitely like to read!

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  19. Love the title "My Love Lies Bleeding". "Need" sounds intriguing. Enjoy!

    Here's my Mailbox.

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  20. Lucky you getting the new Picoult book! I'll be watching for your thoughts on it. Enjoy all your new books!

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  21. Your mailbox was very very good to you!

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  22. Great week! House Rules sounds wonderful!

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  23. wowwwwwwwww! That was a GREAT week for you!
    You know I am yet to read anything from Piccoult!

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