Saturday, April 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme started by The Story Siren, and we bloggers share what books we have either received or purchased that week.

I'd like to say that I bought these books before I found out that volunteering at the RT convention would be possible ;p, so my book buying ban was not in effect until later!  (Because there is NO way I am done reading all those books.)

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.  

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Mixing the magic of beloved children's fantasy classics (from Narnia and Oz to Harry Potter and Earthsea) with the sex, excess, angst, and anticlimax of life in college and beyond, Lev Grossman's Magicians reimagines modern-day fantasy for grownups. Quentin Coldwater lives in a state of perpetual melancholy, privately obsessed with his childhood books about the enchanted land of Fillory. When he’s admitted to the surreptitious Brakebills Academy for an education in magic, Quentin finds mastering spells is tedious (and love is even more fraught). He also discovers his power has thrilling potential--though it's unclear what he should do with it once he's moved with his new magician cohorts to New York City. Then they discover the magical land of Fillory is real and launch an expedition to use their powers to set things right in the kingdom--which, naturally, turns out to be a much murkier proposition than expected. The Magicians breathes life into a cast of characters you want to know--if the people you want to know are charismatic, brilliant, complex, flawed magicians--and does what Quentin claims books never really manage to do: "get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. " Or if not better, at least a heck of a lot more interesting.

Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

Caitlyn Monahan knows she belongs somewhere else. It's what her dead mother's note suggested, and it's what her recurring nightmares allude to.

Desperate to flee these terrifying dreams--and her small town--she accepts a spot at a boarding school in France. Only, when she arrives, her nightmares get worse.

But then there are her amazing dreams, so vivid and so real, with visits from an alluring, mysterious, and gorgeous Italian boy from the 1500s. Caitlyn knows they are soul mates, but how can she be in love with someone who exists only in her dreams?

Then, as her reality and dream world collide, Caitlyn searches for the real reason why she was brought to this school. And what she discovers will change her life forever.

+The Goddess Test is the choice for the next read-along.
+I heard/it says that The Magicians is supposed to be a more adult-like Harry Potter.  Plus, I'd love to read something for college students.
+The Story Siren recommended Wake Unto Me and it honestly seemed like something I'd enjoy.  Not the same author--but in Kiss Me Deadly, there was a ghost story that Caitlin Kittridge wrote that was SO amazing that I'd really like to try a book out with ghosts.


  1. Wake Into Me sounds like a really great read. I haven't read it yet but looking forward to what you'll think of it.

  2. Goddess Test and Wake Into Me both look great! awesoem mailbox!

  3. I'd love the read The Goddess Test. I've just heard great things about it

  4. Yay for The Goddess Test! I have it via NG, but haven't read it yet!

    Here's what's in my mailbox this week!

  5. Great books this week. Everyone ir reading The Goddess Test I may have to get it. I have Wake Unto Me on my tbr pile.
    Happy reading.

  6. Great lot! I keep hearing good things about The Goddess Test. I love anything myth related. Happy Easter and Happy Reading :)

  7. I hadn't actually heard of it before, but Wake Unto Me sounds pretty amazing!

    Melissa @ SheShines

  8. Fab set! I've been wanting to read The Magicians for a long time.
    My IMM

  9. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my Goodreads!
    The Goddess Test was an excellent book, I really enjoyed it.
    And everybody seems to be talking about Wake Unto Me, so perhaps I should add that one to my reading list...

    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  10. Everybody is talking about The Goddess Test and it sounds good. Wake Unto Me too.

    Happy reading :-)


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