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Sunday, 27 December 2009

In My Santa Sack

Hello everyone, welcome to my Santa Sack edition of In My Mailbox. Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Thanks to my husband and my mum for these fabulous books.

All descriptions are taken from Goodreads.

Top row from Left to Right:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight--she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace--or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire, Graceling's prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells.

Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.


The Midnight Guardian by Sarah Jane Stratford

It's 1938, and the tentacles of Hitler's terrifying Third Reich have commenced their stranglehold on Europe. The Nazi empire will soon be clean of all bloodlines deemed tainted or undesirable…including vampires.

London's ancient tribunal of vampires is aghast at the destruction taking place on the Continent. Though vampires try not to interfere with human politics, Hitler's terrible plans force them into action. They resolve to send five of their most formidable vampires to Berlin—millennials who have lived more than a thousand years and whose age and wisdom make them close to invulnerable—to infiltrate, disrupt, and destroy the growing Nazi war machine.

Bottom row from Left to Right:

Numbers by Rachel Ward
Since her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else's, a number pops into her head - the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number - something terrible is going to happen.

Wake by Lisa McMann

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

1910. A cabin north of the Arctic Circle. Fifteen-year-old Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, except for the corpse of his father, who died earlier that day after falling through a weak spot on the ice-covered lake. His sister, Anna, and step-mother, Nadya, have gone to the local town for help. Then comes a knock at the door. It's a man, the flash of a revolver's butt at his hip, and a mean glare in his eyes. Sig has never seen him before but Wolff claims to have unfinished business with his father. As Sig gradually learns the awful truth about Wolff's connection to his father, Sig finds his thoughts drawn to a certain box hidden on a shelf in the storeroom, in which lies his father's prized possession - a revolver. When Anna returns alone, and Wolff begins to close in, Sigs choice is pulled into sharp focus. Should he use the gun, or not?


The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech

Peoples are strange!

The things they are doing and saying—sometimes they make no sense. Did their brains fall out of their heads? And why so much saying, so much talking all the time day and night, all those words spilling out of those mouths? Why so much? Why don't they be quiet?

In the ancient stone tower of the Casa Rosa, in a tiny village high in the Swiss Alps, life for one angel has been the same, well, for as long as she (or he?) can remember. Until Zola arrives, a determined American girl who wears three skirts all at once. For neighbors who have been longtime enemies, children who have been lost, and villagers who have been sleepily living their lives: hold on. Zola and the angel are about to collide. Figs start flying, dogs start arfing, and the whole village begins to wake up. Zola is a girl with a mission. And our angel has been without one—till now.

This fab meme is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren and she was inspired by Alea, Pop Culture Junkie.
I can't wait to read every single one of these books!


Bookalicious said...

Great books! Yay, you got Wake! Looking forward to your review! And Numbers seems reeeally interesting, I'll have to look it up! Happy reading!

inthehammockblog said...

Graceling is one of my all time faves!!

LovesSam said...

Wow good books!! I loved Wake, so I hope you do too! I have graceling and Fire too but never got round to reading them, cant wait to see what you think. Hope you and the hubby had a brill xmas!

Milka said...

Great books!
I really want to read Graceling and Wake.
Happy reading!

The Book Bug said...

*Whistle* awesome books. I really want to read graceling. Hope you had an awesome christmas!

GardenofEdee said...

Wow good books! I've heard Graceling and Fire are great! Wake sounds cool too!! Happy Reading!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Ohh, Graceling and Fire are awesome! And that's an interesting cover for Wake. You got some great books, so enjoy! :)

Ah Yuan // wingstodust said...

Omg you got the nice Graceling and Fire covers!! SOOOOOO JEALOUS~ *_____*

*coughs* Awesome book finds this week. =D

Nickles said...

Ooh Numbers sounds intense. I'll be checking that out. Happy Reading!

Charlotte (The Book on the Hill) said...

Yay ! Enjoy Graceling and Fire ! I sure have ! :)

Kathy Martin said...

Great collection of new books. I liked Graceling and Fire a lot. Hope you do too. I have got to read Wake. I got the free download but don't like the format. I'll have to breakdown and buy the Kindle edition. Happy reading!

Laughing Stars aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I have read wonderful reviews of Graceling and Fire. Enjoy!!

Mine is here

The Book Owl said...

They all sound amazing! Especially Numbers. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

Ooooh Graceling and Fire I hear are must must reads, and their covers are so gorgeous!!! Happy Reading!!!

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Fab book haul. I thoroughly enjoyed Graceling and Fire and I hope you do too! :)

I Want To Read That said...

The Midnight Guardian sounds really good - I hadn't seen that one before. I love the covers for graceling & fire - i haven't read them yet though. Hope you enjoy them all - looking forward to your reviews:)

prophecygirl said...

Wow Becky, what a great week! Wake, Graceling, Revolver... all are brilliant!

I finished The Midnight Guardian yesterday, and it was SO GOOD. I think you're going to love it! Happy reading!

Laura (The Bookie Bunch) said...

I love that little sack you have too! So cute. I love that cover of Wake soo much more than the other one. I have Graceling too and can't wait to open it!

Here's what I got: http://bookielaura.blogspot.com/2009/12/book-haul-christmas-edition.html

Have a great New Year!

The Book Explorer said...

I love those edition covers of Graceling and Fire! They look so intense like that!

Hope you enjoy the books!

Have a great new year!


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Midnight Guardian is one I would love to read as well. Enjoy your week of great reads.

Sasha said...

You got some great books this week! In reply to your comment, I guess I'm kind of Team Jacob but that's only judging by the films which weren't that great so my opinion may change :)

Lauren said...

Oooh, those are *good*!! You seriously can't go wrong with Wake, and Numbers is a very interesting, gritty read.

Um, you have made me feel a little guilty about my still-unread copy of Fire though. I have no excuse, because Graceling is just wonderful.

runningforfiction said...

we have the same number of followers!
or, we did.
now you have 134, thanks to me. :D
The Unfinished Angel sounds extremely cute.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I really want Numbers. It looks great. Wake is awesome though!!


BrittLit said...

Oooohhhh great books, I really want to read Numbers. I am by the way not a UK blogger, but am curious why you asked. I can see you are though by those pretty Cashore covers.

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Wow, amazing books! Some of the UK covers really are just so much nicer than the US versions =P

Nina said...

Great books you got. Enjoy reading them. :)
The covers are beautiful.

Robbie (BoywithBooks) said...

Graceling and Fire are so pretty in the UK. :)

Wake is supposed to be really good, never read it though.

Happy reading!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I have GOT to read Graceling. Some of my students have read it and LOVED it!