Monday, March 1, 2010

In My Mailbox

I'm a day late, I know.

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. (:

Descriptions and such from goodreads.

All for review this week!

Year of the Horse by Justin Allen

A thrill-ride adventure novel capturing the adventure, mystery, legend, and lore of America

Year of the Horse is literary fantasy at its very best—a novel that delves into our myths, legends, hopes, and fears; a coming-of-age fable set in our fondly remembered (if often fictional) past—an adventure more than capable of setting your hair on end.

Year of the Horse tells the story of Yen Tzu-lu, a child of Chinese immigrants unwillingly pressed into service by a gang of roughnecks bent on stealing a gold mine from a shadowy villain deep in the western wilderness. With Tzu-lu as our guide, we experience a landscape of legend, stand toe-to-toe with those larger-than- life heroes and villains of our shared American mythos, and learn the inescapable facts that have both enriched and plagued our nation from its inception.

Resonating with echoes of Mark Twain, Larry McMurtry, and J. K. Rowling, this is a book of fabulous adventure and deep resonance. Allen gives readers a picture of how America sees itself, and in so doing he offers up both a heroic vision of the past and hope for the future.

---Whoot historical!

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway

Three sisters, three extraordinary, life-changing powers!

I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn’t imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.

Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.

Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.

---FINALLY another Robin Benway book! I loved Audrey, Wait!

And on a slightly related note, is it just me or are titles getting longer?

Winter Longing by Tricia Mills

A plane crash in Alaska takes Winter’s first love away forever . . .
When Winter’s boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she’s robbed of the future she’d only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer’s presence continues to haunt her. But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept all that she can’t change. Can she open herself to a new future . . . and a possible new love?

---Wasn't a HUGE fan of the author's late book, but I'm willing to give this one a shot. (:

Plus by Veronica Chambers

This is the unbelievable story of how I went to college, gained twenty-five pounds, got dumped by my boyfriend, failed physics and became a worldfamous supermodel.

So begins the Cinderella story of Beatrice Wilson, whose life changes overnight when she’s discovered by a scout for the oldest, most prestigious modeling agency in America—for their plus-sized division.

Now she must find the confidence to vanquish skinny rivals, fend off sleazy photographers, and banish scheming frenemies in her rise to superstardom, all while trying to get her ex-boyfriend back. But Bea learns that to win prince charming, you first have to find a way to love yourself.

---This one sounds really good, but I'm hoping it doesn't turn out like every other novel about a plus-size girl in Hollywood.

I also got a second copy of Invisible Girl, so perhaps I will do a contest at a later date. :D


  1. I'm SO jealous that you got the extraordinary secrets of April, May, and June. It just looks FANTASTIC!!!!
    I'd never heard of winter longing or plus, but they also look quite lovely.

    . . .less sure about the horse book.

  2. I think it's just you. Look at the last title in your IMM, after all. :) Plus, I've reviewed several books recently with one-word titles that were so common I had to scroll through several pages on LibraryThing in order to find the proper link for them. Grrr!

  3. I hope you enjoy Robin Benway's new book. I have her debut novel to read and I can't wait!

  4. These books seem interesting. Enjoy reading them. ;)

  5. Winter Longing sounds good - you'll have to let us know how you like it.