Saturday, March 6, 2010

In My Mailbox (10)

IMy Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. It is a list of all the books that I've have received over the previous week, whether I won them, bought them, or borrowed them.

I gave into temptation this week and checked out two books from the library. Both were recommended to me by  one of my book-lover friends, and I'm hoping that they are as good as she says. :)

From the Library: 

The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb 
Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth.

The first to fall in love with a mortal girl.

But when he climbs backward out of that Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm where the spirits begin a revolution of their own.

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Born with a port-wine stain birthmark covering her entire right cheek, Terra Rose Cooper is ready to leave her stifling, small Washington town where everyone knows her for her face. With her critical, reproachful father and an obese mother who turns to food to deflect her father's verbal attacks, home life for Terra isn't so great either.

Fueled by her artistic desires, she plans to escape to an East Coast college, thinking this is her true path. When her father intercepts her acceptance letter, Terra is pushed off-course, and she is forced to confront her deepest insecurities. After an ironically fortuitous car accident, Terra meets Jacob, a handsome but odd goth Chinese boy who was adopted from China as a toddler. Jacob immediately understands Terra's battle with feeling different. When Terra's older brother invites her and her mother to visit him in Shanghai, Jacob and his mother also join them on their journey, where they all not only confront the truth about themselves, but also realize their own true beauty.


Amelia said...

Whoa, I've never heard of FETCH but it sounds incredibly interesting--like fantasy and historical fiction mixed together!!
*off to find it on GR*

La Coccinelle said...

I read The Fetch a while back. I wasn't crazy about it, but then I'd just read the author's amazing first book, A Certain Slant of Light, so my expectations were probably a bit high!

After reading a whole bunch of bad books since, though, I'd have to say that The Fetch is awfully good in comparison.

I can't wait to hear what you think!

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Ooooh I love the sound of these! I've never heard of The Fetch, but it sounds brilliant! :)

Sara said...

Great books! I tried reading North of Beautiful, but sadly I couldn't get into it. I heard people that stick with it really like it though. Happy reading :)

Shanyn said...

Oooh I want to read North of Beautiful! Wish my library was better at stocking YA books.

Corrine said...

These look good... I haven't heard of them, so thank you! They're now added to my list. :) Happy reading!

Stephanie said...

I've never heard of The Fetch -- it sounds fascinating! I can't wait to read a review.

Lori said...

I hope that you will enjoy your books. Here's mine.