Boneshaker

All the steampunky goodness of Soulless, Leviathan, and Candle Man have really raised the subgenre high up on my to-read list.

One of my last purchases before “jumping ship” was Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

Boneshaker

From the cover:

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

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Probably will read this before the week is out, unless The Dark Volume finally hypnotizes me into picking it up and finishing up the Glass Books of the Dream Eaters.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 4 of 48)… What’s in yours?

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Rosie & Skate

I often buy books by their cover. I didn’t even need to know what it was about. Let’s hope this isn’t one of those ones I regret.

Rosie and Skate

Rosie & Skate is a debut YA novel by Beth Ann Bauman.

From the jacketflap:
It’s off-season at the Jersey shore, when the boardwalk belongs to the locals. Rosie is 15 and her sister Skate is 16. Their dad, an amiable drunk, is spending a few weeks in jail while their cousin Angie looks after them in their falling-down Victorian on the beach. Skate and her boyfriend Perry are madly in love, inseparable—until now, when Perry goes off to Rutgers. Rosie is shyer than Skate, but she’s drawn to Nick, a boy in their Alateen group. What happens to Rosie and Skate in a few tumultuous weeks is deftly shaded, complex, and true. Readers will be caught up in each girl’s shifting feelings as the story plays out within the embrace of their warmhearted community.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 3 of 48)… What’s in yours?

Bad Girls Don’t Die

At the Beautiful Creatures launch party, a cute little red-haired girl was in front of us in line…

It was Katie Alender, author of Bad Girls Don’t Die!

I went home and put her book on my to-be-read shelf.

Bad Girls Don't Die

From the jacketflap:

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it’s all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening–to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she’s the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?

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I’m devouring this as soon as I breeze through Candle Man tonight. And yes, Katie, this is what I do instead of watching TV (!!!) ^_^

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 2 of 48)… What’s in yours?

Candle Man: Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance

As soon as this is posted, I will be curling up in bed with a cup of hot green tea and this lovely little junior steampunk novel:

Candle Man, Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance

Candle Man is written by British comic book illustrator and writer Glenn Dakin.

From the jacketflap:

Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . .
But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift.
A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm. When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo’s “illness” and change his life forever.
Molded into an exhilarating steampunk adventure that gives birth to the next great fantasy hero, Theo Wickland, Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Glenn Dakin.

Thanks to Kristen for spotting it first and spreading the word.

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Turkey Day Splurge (Future IMM)

Bookstores closed? Borders.com is never closed!

I meant to buy this:

Mirrorscape

and ended up with this:

Avatars, Book One: So This Is How It Ends (Avatars)

and

Gateway

and

A Brief History of Montmaray

and found out that Sony eBookstore also had this:

Guardian

(which I could never justify buying unless it’s brilliant, because it’s so short, so I’m probably just going to borrow it)

and this:

Tall Stones

for just a few bucks, which I might get.

But first, empty bellies must be fed!

Husband made the meal this year–pot roast and chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for my husband who can cook 4 things really well, for my family who doesn’t suck, for books and booklovers of all shapes and sizes, for my coworkers who are the only reason I bother showing up to work any more (even though sometimes they are the reason I don’t want to show up, thanks anyway).

What are you thankful for?

The GoodReads/Vroman’s Book Swap! – An IMM Special (5)

Ok, so I hadn’t blogged a whole lot about this before because

a) I’ve been really, really stressed out lately

and

b) I know most of you guys reading this don’t live out here in sunny SoCal

but today from 4 to 6 pm was the 4th GoodReads book swap, held at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.

Here is my special episode of In My Mailbox, as hosted by The Story Siren:

Jason and I headed down there to meet up with Jane and Alfonso (Dale came too!), load up on books, and chat up the GoodReads folks. Yep, I got to meet Elizabeth, Otis, and Jessica from the good ol’ GR team. I feel like I met movie stars today–with less fainting and awkward silences, phew. They were very friendly and I wish I could remember to bring my darned camera to things like this. (It’s ok, Otis had a camera.) They’re just over there in Santa Monica so I’m sure I’ll run into them at a future event.

Here’s what we scored:

I'll trade you!

I'll trade you!

Yoinked from Dale Z, one of my favorite booksellers on the planet

Yoinked from Dale Z, one of my favorite booksellers on the planet

Procured for me by the wonderful and thoughtful Jane

Procured for me by the wonderful and thoughtful Jane

Yes, that is a math book. Math is *awesome*! Especially Trig.

Yes, that is a math book. Math is *awesome*! Especially Trig.

This will forever be burned into my memory as the book Paul Giamatti's son wanted when they came to my store. Ok, yeah, my old high school P.E. teacher's son also wanted it, as do a lot of other 12-year-old boys. But, I mean, <i>Giamatti</i>! *swoon*

This will forever be burned into my memory as the book Paul Giamatti's son wanted when they came to my store. Ok, yeah, my old high school P.E. teacher's son also wanted it, as do a lot of other 12-year-old boys. But, I mean, Giamatti! *swoon*

This was the husband's big score.

This was the husband's big score.

Formulas for everything! We could make our own <i>ink</i> for crying out loud.

Formulas for everything! We could make our own ink for crying out loud.

Anti-Kink Hair Cream? This book is now at the top of my TBR list.

Anti-Kink Hair Cream? This book is now at the top of my TBR list.

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Great fun was had by all, and I hope someone is enjoying my copy of Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You. I thought it would be good book karma to swap a book I loved and totally wanted to keep. (But just one, hehe.)

Anonymous swappers, thank you for your fine taste in books.

As soon as I find out where the next one is, I’ll let you know. I do hope they have another one there–it was an excellent location!

In My Mailbox – IMM 4

Ohohohoho.

The Wild Things (fur-covered edition) by Dave Eggers

The Wild Things (fur-covered edition) by Dave Eggers

You make my heart sing.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

And Hush, Hush showed up just as I was leaving work today. I’m glad I hung out waiting and hoping the CEO of my company would come around… well, I don’t know if he came or not because I was hungry and wanted to go home and read :/ sigh. Maybe next time, Ron Marshall.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Oh yeah, and it was time for this, too. I got the t-shirt! On a thin day, I can fit into it… hmm. I might have to try that trick to make a small t-shirt bigger, where you splice one shirt you do fit into with a shirt that’s too small. Hmmm….

Um. Guys. This is unusual. I hardly bought *any* books this week! (“Dear FTC, I bought all of these with my own money. I kept the receipts. These are *not* ARCs!” Sheesh. Is this going to be standard with every blog post to disclaim about getting free books?)

I feel sick… 😦 I got very few but very cool things this week ^_^