Sunday, December 19, 2010

In My Mailbox (30)

From Kobo:
Plain Kate
by Erin Bow

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver's daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her "witch-blade" -- a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate's father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he'll give Kate the means to escape the town that seems set to burn her, and what's more, he'll grant her heart's wish. It's a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes that she can't live shadowless forever -- and that Linay's designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

You Wish
by Mandy Hubbard

1 Wish
2 Girls in love with the same boy
14 Days to stop the madness!

Kayla McHenry's sweet sixteen sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla's secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin' do.

Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year's supply of gumballs arrives. A boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of the same name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla's wishes-past appear, they take her on a wild ride... but they MUST STOP.

Because when she was fifteen? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her.

And Ben is her best friend's boyfriend.

House of Dark Shadows
by Robert Liparulo

Dream house... or bad dream?

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films... but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

He, David, and Toria are, however, captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into -- as well as by the heavy woods that surround it.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong direction. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker one-nineteen at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in. They find a hidden hallway with portals leading to far-off places -- in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true... or his worst nightmare.

by Alexandra Bullen

For broken-hearted Olivia Larsen, nothing can change the fact that her twin sister, Violet, is gone... until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn't just look magical; it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back. With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses -- and two more wishes left. But magic can't solve everything, and Olivia is forced to confront her ghosts to learn how to laugh, love, and live again.

Plain Kate and You Wish have been on my wishlist for a while.  Since I had a couple of coupons, I figured I'd go ahead and get them!  House of Dark Shadows and Wish were free Kindle downloads... so how could I refuse?

What was in your "mailbox" this week?

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


  1. Nice mailbox week! I thought Plain Kate was quite well-written, and I haven't read You Wish yet but it sounds super cute and funny - enjoy! :)

  2. I like the blurb of Plain Kate, nice haul you got this week. Happy Reading.

  3. I really like the look of Plain Kate, and I've heard awesome things about it :D
    Great mailbox. Happy reading :)

  4. Nice books. I like the idea of Wish. I'll be looking forward to your review.

    I'm also interested in your thoughts on You Wish. I tried reading it a little while ago, but it was really similar o another book I had recently read so I put it down for now. I really like the premise.

  5. I've never heard of House of Dark Shadows or Wish, but they both look really good! I'll be anxiously waiting for your reviews! :)

  6. Great books! Plain Kate sounds interesting and House of Dark Shadows too. I look forward to your thoughts on those. Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy your reads. :)

    If you would like to stop by I have Monday's Beginnings up...