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In My Mailbox (#1)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, who was inspired by Pop Culture Junkie.

I actually had some books in my mailbox this week! Yay! I hit the Barnes and Noble After-Holiday Sale and found a few goodies.

Looking for Alaska
  
Looking for Alaska by John Green
From the author's website:
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words--and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

The Serpent's Tale

The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Rosamund Clifford, the mistress of King Henry II, has died an agonizing death by poison--and the king's estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is the prime suspect. Henry suspects that Rosamund's murder is probably the first move in Eleanor's long-simmering plot to overthrow him. If Eleanor is guilty, the result could be civil war. The king must once again summon Adelia Aguilar, mistress of the art of death, to uncover the truth.

Adelia is not happy to be called out of retirement. She has been living contentedly in the countryside, caring for her infant daughter, Allie. But Henry's summons cannot be ignored, and Adelia must again join forces with the king's trusted fixer, Rowley Picot, the Bishop of St. Albans, who is also her baby's father.

Adelia and Rowley travel to the murdered courtesan's home, in a tower within a walled labyrinth--a strange and sinister place from the outside, but far more so on the inside, where a bizarre and gruesome discovery awaits them. But Adelia's investigation is cut short by the appearance of Rosamund's rival: Queen Eleanor. Adelia, Rowley, and the other members of her small party are taken captive by Eleanor's henchmen and held in the nunnery of Godstow, where Eleanor is holed up for the winter with her band of mercenaries, awaiting the right moment to launch their rebellion.

Isolated and trapped inside the nunnery by the snow and cold, Adelia and Rowley watch as dead bodies begin piling up. Adelia knows that there may be more than one killer at work, and she must unveil their true identities before England is once again plunged into civil war . . .


The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Synopsis from GoodReads:
A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history-the Salem witch trials.
Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.
As the pieces of Deliverance's harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem's dark past then she could have ever imagined.
Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman's story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.

That's it for me.  What's in your mailbox this week?



Jennifer G.

6 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, so I hope you get a chance to read it soon. It took me a little bit to get used to her writing style, but I ended up really loving it.

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  2. I cant wait to hear what you think about Looking For Alaska - I have been thinking about picking it up!

    Enjoy!

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  3. Cool books. I haven't heard of any of them but they all sound really good!

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  4. Haven't had a chance to take part in the B&N after-holiday sale yet but I have a few books bookmarked that I want. Happy reading!

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  5. Looking For Alaska is pretty good. Only half way through it. I haven't picked it up in a while because I have other books taking priority over it. xD
    It just takes a little while to get into I'm guessing.
    Happy Reading!

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  6. Jess--You must have been one of the people who got me excited to read it!

    Jenn--I keep hearing great things about this author. We'll find out what I think!

    Book Snob--I've heard a lot of people say that they loved The Physick Book. Looking for Alaska seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it thing, so I'm not too sure what I'll think of that one. I really liked the first of Ariana Franklin's books and highly recommend her if you like historical mysteries.

    PolishOutlander--I hope you find lots of goodies at the sale!

    Brianne--I'm not too sure about Looking for Alaska, but it was so cheap I figured it wouldn't hurt anything to go ahead and buy it.

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