Monday, August 31, 2009

Mailbox Monday-- Better Out Than In

Last week I sent six books to new foster homes via Paperback Swap, and I received four from various sources. Here's the rundown:

--Death Mountain by Sherry Shahan (from author). "A day trip to a mountain lake turns to disaster when lightning strikes a pack mule, a mud slide kills a horse, and hikers scatter, seeking shelter. Erin, 14, leaves her new friend Levi with the injured hikers to search for his sister, Mae, who has gotten lost in the confusion. The threesome had only become acquainted that morning when Levi and Mae picked Erin up hitchhiking on their way to Chicken Spring Lake. Independent and unusually outdoor savvy, she was supposed to have been taking a bus to visit her estranged mother but lost the ticket in a restroom. Nonplussed by the dilemma, Erin goes along on the side trip before heading back home. This self-sufficient attitude serves her well in the wilds of the Sierra Nevadas where she employs survival techniques learned from her nature-loving grandmother."

--Fire and Ice by J.A. Jance (PBS). This book combines both Jance's series. "In Seattle, Beaumont looks into the burned bodies of six unidentified women. In Arizona, Brady handles the murder of an ATV park caretaker. Beaumont and Brady pool their information when a murdered woman links back to the missing sister of Jaime Carbajal, one of Brady's detectives. While Brady stays in Arizona, Carbajal's arrival in Washington sets off a chain of events with fatal consequences."

--The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Amazon Vine). "When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind."

--Box 21 by Roslund and Hellstrom (Amazon Vine). "Three years ago, Lydia and Alena were two hopeful girls from Lithuania. Now they are sex slaves, lured to Sweden with the promise of better jobs and then trapped in a Stockholm brothel, forced to repay their “debt.” Suddenly they are given an unexpected chance at freedom, and with it the opportunity to take revenge on their enslavers and reclaim the lives and dignity they once had. What will happen now that the tables are turned and the victims fight back?"

That's my haul from last week. Stop by next Monday to see if I'm still sending out more books than I'm receiving!

A big Thank You to Marcia of The Printed Page for hosting this meme. If you'd like to see what books other bloggers received in their mailboxes last week, click on the redhead in the flirty skirt at the top of this post!


  1. You sure like your Swedish murder books :)
    happy reading

  2. Fire and Ice sounds interesting. I have read the first few Beaumont books and loved them, but I haven't read any of the AZ books. But it sounds fun that both characters appear in the same book.

  3. Another great week for you! I'll be anxious to see what you think of The Maze Runner.

  4. I also have the Maze Runner. Happy reading.

  5. I think I got The Maze Runner too this week...but there are so many books around here...

    I really need to get serious about finding new homes for some of these read books. Really.

  6. The Maze Runner looks like a good read. I have been seeing this one around a bit.

  7. You seem to be doing so well in the sending vs. receiving thing. Wish I could be so disciplined!

  8. The Maze Runner reminds me of a book I reviewed awhile ago, except the only similarity would be the the memory thing. In The Housekeepr and The Professor, The professor loses his memory every 80 minutes, yet he can remember mathematical equations.. but not much else.
    My Mailbox is up at THe Burton Review.

  9. Fire and Ice is on my PBS WL, but I've never read any of the Beaumont books and considered deleting it...but I really like the other series.

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  11. Box 21 sounds interesting. I'll keep an eye out for your review. My mailbox is here.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  12. These sound interesting - especially the Maze Runner - I will need to look into this one.

  13. Nice haul in your mailbox!

    I have to say- your blog style reminds me a lot of my friend Sheri's terrific blog (A Novel Menagerie) with the different pin-up girls for the different things you do. It's cute.

  14. Blodeuedd-- I tend to like murder books regardless of the country. ;)

    Beth-- the first book that had both characters was very well done. I have high hopes for this one--which I'll get to when I'm caught up on ARCs.

    Kathy-- I'll be getting to it soon!

    Serena-- It will be interesting to see what we think of it. :)

    Caite--It took me quite a while, but now I really enjoy sharing the love with my books.

    Kristen-- Once you truly get started, it's rather addictive because you can be getting marvelous books at the same time!

    Marie--thanks for letting me know about The Housekeeper and the Professor. It sounds interesting!

    Melissa--I'm a definite fan of Joanna over JP. This is the second book that contains both characters. The first was well-written and gave both plenty to do, and I never felt that JP was a waste of space...or took too much of the spotlight away from Joanna.

    Anna-- Box 21 really interests me, too.

    Lisamm--Sheri's the genius who designed my Scene of the Blog button!


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