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Sunday, January 3, 2010

In My Mailbox - (5) 01/03/2010

(Meme from The Story Siren)

So, I bought two books this week!

Ash by Malinda Lo
In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

- Finally bought it! Hope it ends up being good~

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full-time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.

Can she handle the taunts of "towel head," the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school? Brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa Abdel-Fattah's debut novel will strike a chord in all teenage readers, no matter what their beliefs.

- I've read this novel this summer and came across this novel in the bargain section for... Wait for it... 2 BUCKS!!! 2 FRICKIN BUCKS!! FOR THE HARDCOVER!! AND IT WAS THE LAST COPY!! I grabbed it and held it to my chest with a frenzied, crazed look in my eyes, directed at all those suspicious, malicious people who may try to take this book away from me. (I joke, of course! Or am I? =D) Steal of the week, baby. ♥

Swapped w/ ninefly
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli

ETA: Holy shit and I almost forgot to mention - I got a belated xmas gift from my friend: The UK copy of Demon's Lexicon!!! And she gave me a Barcelona bookmark as well. My friends are the best. =D



Laura (The Bookie Bunch) said...

Great books! Holy crow the cover to Ash is gorgeous! Does My Head Look Big in This? looks amazing as well.

Here's what I got this week:

Have a great start of the year!

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Ooh, Ash looks good, I've been wanting to read that book.

And lawl about Does My Head. 2 bucks= great deal, haha :)

Happy Reading!

Katrina said...

Oh, I have Ash on hold at the library, I can't wait to read it. I hope you love your books this week :)

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inthehammockblog said...

I've heard good things about the second book! Enjoy!

Kathy Martin said...

OK. I have to add Ash to my TBR. I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings. Happy reading!

PolishOutlander said...

I loved Does My Head Look Big in This too. Great steal ;) Happy reading!

Milka said...

Does my Head Look Big in This is funny! :) It is a while from when I read it though. :)
Happy reading! :DD

Jenn said...

Don't you just love a good bargain, especially when it concerns books?
Ash sounds good, so I just might have to add it to my overflowing TBR pile. Enjoy your books!

Holly said...

Wow, total score to pick up Does My Head Look Big In This for only two dollars. I read it while on a roadtrip, it was a nice story :)

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MissAttitude said...

Ugh I wish I lived in Canada where you can get amazing books for $2!!!!!!!! At my ocal bookstores, the bargain section always has books that aren't particularly interesting.
I'll cry if you don't like Ash. LOL. actually, I'm confident you'll like it and perhaps love it :D

Cleverly Inked said...

Very cool

Book Monster said...

Ash seems interesting3. Happy Reading.

Justine said...

Hehe, I only know Ash from this pile, which I haven't read yet but really want to. But the rest sounds great! Enjoy your books!! :)

ninefly said...

lol you sound so paranoid XDDDD;
I also left Van Allen Legacy at your house, remember that next time I come over, I might forget lol XD;

Shweta said...

Nice books you got there.. Ash has a lovely cover. ENjoy ur books.