Monday, March 8, 2010

In My Mailbox (11)

Curse you, Indigo, and your lovely sales! My bank account does not thank you.

This week I picked up four books. Three of them are middle-grade reads; I need to get going on that In The Middle Reading Challenge. Here's what I got:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
by Carrie Ryan

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

Peter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Don't even think of starting this book unless you're sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold -- and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger. Discover richly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary but familiar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerse the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.

The Faerie Door
by B. E. Maxwell

Long ago the Faerie Queen created portals between our world and hers, so that children could summon help from faeries whenever the need arose. But a wicked entity called the Shadow Knight is endeavoring to control the doors between the two worlds, and only evil can get through. It falls to two imaginative eleven-year-olds—Victoria Deveny, from 1890 Britain, and Elliot Good, from 1966 America—to thwart his plan.

The Faerie Queen dispatches the youths on separate quests to retrieve orbs of power that will ultimately defeat the Shadow Knight. Their bravery and friendship are tested as the children travel to fantastic realms and face life-threatening dangers—from dragons to flying pirate ships to a wicked sorceress queen—before they're reunited to confront the dreaded Shadow Knight.

by Helen Stringer

Belladonna Johnson can see ghosts. It’s a trait she’s inherited from her mother’s side of the family, like blue eyes or straight hair. And it’s a trait she could do without, because what twelve-year-old wants to be caught talking to someone invisible?

It is convenient, though, after Belladonna’s parents are killed in a car accident. They can live with her the same as always, watching the same old TV shows in their same old house. Nothing has changed . . . until everything changes.

One night, with no warning, they vanish into thin air—along with every other ghost in the world. It’s what some people think ghosts are supposed to do, but Belladonna knows it’s all wrong. They may not be living, but they’re not supposed to be gone.

With the help of her classmate Steve, a master of sneaking and spying, Belladonna is left to uncover what’s become of the spirits and to navigate a whole world her parents have kept well-hidden. If she can’t find her way, she’ll lose them again—this time for good.

I hadn't heard of The Faerie Door or Spellbinder... but they both sound rather good. I think I might read one of them next. I'm getting a little annoyed with YA fiction at the moment (or maybe it's just the awful book I'm reading at the moment that's colouring my judgment).

What was in your "mailbox" this week?

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


  1. I still want to read Forest of Hands and Teeth, but haven't gotten the book yet.

    I just read a GREAT Peter Pan story for adults. I just reviewed it after reading it fast (I couldn't put it down). I hope your Peter Pan story is the same for you!

  2. Hey! I just found your blog :) You have such a cute title! Anyways, hope you enjoy your new books. I have The Forest of Hands and , but I haven't read it yet. Still, I've heard wonderful things about it.

  3. You got a fantastic mailbox this week. Have fun with all those great sounding reads.

  4. I've wanted to read Forest of Hands and Teeth. Hope you enjoy all your good looking books!

  5. I'm in the middle grade challenge too. Just picked up Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan and Dust of 100 Dogs.

  6. The Dust of 100 Dogs is quite good... but it's definitely not a middle grade read. If anything, it's even pushing the boundaries of YA into the adult genre.

  7. I keep hearing great things about The Forest of Hands and Teeth, so enjoy the book and I cant wait to read your review.