Sunday, November 1, 2009

In My Mailbox (6)

I went to the bookstore yesterday. Indigo was having an in-store 4-for-3 promotion on all their teen books, and I needed to buy something to activate my new debit card (any excuse to buy books, right?), so I went and picked up a few things. I didn't realize until I had them all in my arms that they were all blue (and two of them had a cold theme). And then the girl who rang up my books was blue from head to toe with body paint (a lot of the staff members were dressed up for Halloween). Is that weird enough for you?

Note: all product descriptions are from

Dreaming Anastasia
by Joy Preble
What really happened to Anastasia Romanov?
Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn't. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.
In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn't know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college—until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams…
by Sarah Beth Durst

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.
Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.
That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.
If I Stay
by Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
The Book of Lost Things
by John Connolly

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

That last one wasn't in the teen section. It was in the 80%-off section. And it's on my IWTRT (I Want To Read That) list, too.

But I still have Savvy, The Fairy's Return, The Looking Glass Wars, Dreamhunter, The Dust of 100 Dogs, and Memories of the Afterlife to get through as well. So I may not start any of these new ones right away. Darn it, Indigo! Why do you always have to have such good deals to tempt me?

Oh, and if you live in Canada, I think the 4-for-3 promotion on teen books ends today (Sunday). So if you want some teen books, you'd better get off the Internet and go now!

What was in your "mailbox" this week?

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren.


  1. ooh, really great books! I enjoyed Shiver, and I'm sure you will too :D

    And I've been wanting to get my hands on Ice and If I Stay (such a gorgey cover)

    Happy Reading :)

  2. Enjoy all your lovely new books. If I Stay is fantastic - I hope you like it! :)

  3. I've never heard of the book of lost things but it sounds really good! Good week ;)

  4. Haha! I went and did the same thing just today, and bought 4 teen books at Chapters! It was fun, especially since I hadn't bought books in the last few weeks!

    I read Shiver this week and really enjoyed it, I hope you do too. And I have Dreaming Anastasia and Ice on my TBR pile too.

  5. Nice books this week, I bought If I Stay too :)

  6. They do all match quite nicely! I loved Shiver and If I stay (love the US cover!) Hope you enjoy them all:)

  7. Haha, that's a great excuse to by books! I'll have to remember that one.

    Looks like you got some great books - many of those are on my to-read list. And I'm loving the blue theme.

  8. Ahhh!!!!! That is an awesome mailbox full of books! I am sooo jealous ! : ) AZhhhhhh1!!!!!