Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a post where I tell you the books that I received this week either by buying them from the bookstore, going to the library or from my mailbox. In My Mailbox was inspired by Alea and turned into a meme by Kristi.

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear, too.

Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They're invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.

Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past — until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn't gone — it's lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.

Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The former "girl next door" now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, "Old Lucy" still exists, and he's determined to find her... even if it means pissing her off.

The Shattering by Karen Healey

Seventeen-year-old Keri likes to plan for every possibility. She knows what to do if you break an arm, or get caught in an earthquake or fire. But she wasn't prepared for her brother's suicide, and his death has left her shattered with grief. When her childhood friend Janna tells her it was murder, not suicide, Keri wants to believe her. After all, Janna's brother died under similar circumstances years ago, and Janna insists a visiting tourist, Sione, who also lost a brother to apparent suicide that year, has helped her find some answers.

As the three dig deeper, disturbing facts begin to pile up: one boy killed every year; all older brothers; all had spent New Year's Eve in the idyllic town of Summerton. But when their search for the serial killer takes an unexpected turn, suspicion is cast on those they trust the most.

As secrets shatter around them, can they save the next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?


Kris (Words That Fly) said...

I swear that these books are jumping from post to post to taunt me. Sweetly, right now I'm talking to you. Hope you enjoy it!

Alison Can Read said...

Great set! I can't wait to read Sweetly. Winter Town sounds fab as well.

chodgens said...

Winter Town looks like something I will really enjoy.

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Beth S. said...

Winter Town sounds very intriguing. I think that will have to go on my to-read list.

Anonymous said...

I got these three this week too! I'm actually reading The Shattering right now. It's really good so far. I can't wait to see where it's headed.

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Anonymous said...

I just read The Shattering and Sweetly. Both are really good! Happy reading!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Awesome books! I'm definitely jealous of SWEETLY, since I loved Sisters Red, and I'll be looking forward to your thoughts. Happy reading! :)

Kristin said...

You got a nice list of books this week in your mailbox.
I hope you enjoy your new books,
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NoraBell said...

Ooo la la for the Jackson Pearce book! I love her work!

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Anonymous said...

Hey there! Happy Sunday! Nice choice of books. Sweetly looks interesting. Can't wait to read it!

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AngelicNytmare said...

Looks like you have some good books. Sweetly sounds good. I love watchin Jackson pearces videos.

Jade! said...

Sweetly looks fantastic, I am very very jealous!

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Amanda Welling said...

New follower! I got Sweetly too and I can't wait to read it :)

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Safari Poet said...

All the books sound great. I'm looking forward to them and I hope you enjoy them :-)

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Karis Jacobstein said...

Lucky you! I'm excited for Sweetly!