Saturday, April 2, 2011

In My Mailbox (April 2nd, 2011)

In My Mailbox is a meme started by The Story Siren to share all our new books from the week.  I didn't remember buying this many books until I looked just now to prepare for this post, but I ended up with more new choices than there are days in the week!  Oops!  Oh well, I can never have too many reading options.  Who knows what I'll be in the mood for next?  Or if I'll have some unexpected expenses pop up that prevent me from buying more books.  So, I might as well splurge while I can!  :)  Now to finally get on to what books caught my eye this week:

Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep is the second book in this children's series about a half-mermaid, half-human girl named (you guessed it) Emily.  Read my review for the first one by clicking here.  I've been on a bit of a mermaid kick lately, so please leave me a comment if you know of any others for me to try, thanks.  (^_^)

After reading Hoot (read that review here) I was eager to read more of these kinds of books by Carl Hiaasen, so I bought Flush.  Hiaasen apparently does another style or set of companion books that don't really look like my type, but these animal/ecology-themed ones seem great if Hoot is any indicator.  I look forward to reading this one.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer has been recommended to me first by Nick from the Teen Reads B&N Book Club and I put it on my wishlist.  Then, one-by-one everyone else started reading it and expressing the same sentiments about it, saying how funny it was and what a great read it was.  So, I realized I was missing out on something really worthwhile and I better get on board!  Now, I finally own it and I just have to fit it into my reading schedule sometime.

Wolf-Speaker is the second in The Immortals Series, by Tamora Pierce.  I had seen her books all over the place and never read any, so I purchased the first one awhile ago and once I finally got around to reading it, I was enjoying it so much that I just went ahead and bought this one now too.  It has someone with the ability to communicate with animals and if you read my review of The Light of the Oracle, by Victoria Hanley then you already know how cool I think that is!  I haven't finished the first one yet, but I will post a review as soon as I do!  :)

I already read and reviewed Gingerbread (see that here) and since I liked it so much I went ahead and bought...

... Shrimp, by Rachel Cohn.  I look forward to continuing the Cyd Charisse novels, but (as those of you who are familiar with my reading habits already know), I like to switch up my reads and get a nice variety throughout the week, so I'm not sure when I'll read this one.

I haven't finished Specials yet, but I wanted to buy Extras, by Scott Westerfeld anyway since I'm not planning on reading Specials right away and I want my covers to come as close to possible to matching as they can.  I don't think Pretties (read my review for that by clicking here) matches the rest of them, including the first one: Uglies (read that one right here), but what can I do?  *sigh*

What if you were frozen for ten years and once you were thawed you had to figure out life again with new technology, a little/older sister and parents whom are still frozen in the cryogenics lab?  These are some of the problems posed in I Was a Teenage Popsicle, by Bev Katz Rosenbaum and I wanted to know more.  This is definitely one of my favorite genres: YA/sci-fi/dystopian/fantasy/chick-lit or whatever you want to try and categorize it as... lol.  Anyway, it looks good and the cover makes me want to go swimming and enjoy summer again.  This winter was pretty mild here in Colorado, but I look forward to the return of flowers, green grass, hot sun and warm breezes!

I've been craving something scary or suspenseful again lately and hopefully The Devouring will satiate my needs!  I love the cover and it has good reviews, so I'm really looking forward to this one.  It is part of a trilogy (or there are only three so far perhaps) and the other two covers are equally stunning and maintain the beautiful theme of a face, some colored smoke and the black background.  I hope the words are as beautiful as the cover art though, because it's such a letdown when I don't even want to buy the next books after the first one in a series.  Here's hoping!  *crosses fingers*

Okie-dokie!  That was my huge IMM this week.  I definitely bit off more than I can chew, but that's ok.  I am really happy with my choices and I think I got a good variety too.  So, ttyl everyone and post a link to your IMM if you want me to come check it out!  :)


  1. Great looking mailbox!

    My IMM goes up tomorrow! Be sure to stop by!

    Old Follower
    Jessica@a GREAT read

  2. I bought Hold Me Closer, Necromancer a while back and haven't found the time to read it yet. Hopefully this month I can fit it into my schedule.

    I read Gingerbread and Shrimp awhile back and loved them both.

    I'm going to have to buy I Was A Teenage Popsicle. lol! You and I have just about the same tastes in books. :P

  3. I will Jessica and I agree Amanda, except you read even faster than me! You would probably have enough time to knock out 9 in one week lol, but I usually read 3-4. I have an ever-expanding TBR list, but oh well!

  4. I have the like the 3rd book in the devouring series. :) I need to get the first two.

    Have a good weekend!

  5. Hold Me Close, Necromancer is a great book! It's wicked funny :) I was a Teenage Popsicle also looks really good. I've never heard of it, but I'm definitely interested. You got some great reads! Enjoy!

    Oh, and by the way, I love your blog!!! :)

  6. I've never gotten around to read the uglies series, maybe I'll do them in audiobook eventually :)

    My IMM

  7. Flush was super, super good! If you liked Hoot I'm sure you'll enjoy Flush! Scat is another ecological one by Carl Hiaasen that you might enjoy! Personally, I like Flush the best. :)

  8. Well so far Samita, the first one is the best and I was kinda disappointed after the second. Hopefully the 3rd and 4th pick up and I didn't waste my time and money on 3 sub-par books just because the first one was good.

    T.B. - Thanks for the info! There is a lot of debate over which of these three is the best and I was happy with my choice at first, but a few complaints about Flush had me worried. I'm glad you have a positive opinion to encourage me again. I was almost wishing I had bought Scat instead. :)

  9. Awesome books this week. I LOVE Tamora Pierce she is one of my all time fav authors. The Immortal series is great.
    I have Hold Me Closer, Necromancer in my tbr pile but haven't got around to reading it yet.
    Happy reading.

  10. Thanks Sally. I feel like I've really been missing out with Tamora Pierce! I wish I had discovered her a long time ago. :)

  11. Those books look good - some I haven't seen anywhere else before, so I will have to check them out more! Esp the Necromancer one, that looks right up my alley!

    Happy reading!

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  12. Awesome Books Sandra!! I really need to read Hold Me Closer, Necromancer also!! And might I add you are crazy!! Your TBR list is going through the roof =) haha

  13. Haha Paige I know right?! Oh well. I don't have as much money this month for books, so maybe I'll put a dent in my huge TBR list!

  14. Just so you know Tamora Pierce has a huge series that the smaller series you are reading is part of. If you really are interested in the huge list of the real order of the Tortall series just let me know. They really are best if you read them all in order because the storyline progresses throughout the years that the series take place in.

  15. Yes, I would like the real order, but I am more than halfway done with Wild Magic, so my order is already messed up I guess. It should be fine though, because I'm good at mental time travel lol. I never got confused with The Chronicles of Narnia for instance and I've read those in various orders as the order was changed over time. Anyway, I'm gonna hop on over to your blog to talk to you more about it!

  16. They don't have to be read in order I just was told to several years back by the friend I was borrowing the books from. See personally I didn't really like The Immortals part of the overall series that much I rather liked the stories of the women who were knights in the other series in the bigger series. Hope that all made sense lol...anyways here is the big order of them.

    Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hands of the Goddess, The Woman who Rides like a Man, Lioness Rampant.
    Wild Magic, Wolf-Speaker, Emperor Mage, The Realms of the Gods.
    First Test, Page, Squire, Lady Knight.
    Trickster's Choice, Trickster's Queen.
    Terrier, Bloodhound, Mastiff (releases in Oct 2011)


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