Monday, June 6, 2011

Mailbox Monday: June 6

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour!
This month's host is The Bluestocking Guide.

Four books for review this week:

HourglassFrom Amazon Vine, to be published June 14. I've already read and reviewed this one. Click here to read my thoughts. Since the age of fourteen, Emerson Cole has seen strange things--dead things--swooning southern Belles, soldiers, and other eerie apparitions of the past. She's tried everything to get rid of the visions: medication, counsling, asylums. Nothing's worked. So when Emerson's well-meaning brother calls in yet another consultant from a mysterious organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to give it one last try.

Michael Weaver is no ordinary consultant. He's barely older than she is, he listens like no one she's ever met before, and he doesn't make her feel the least bit crazy. As Emerson ventures deeper into the world of the Hourglass, she begins to learn the truth about her past, her future--and her very life.
The Night CircusFrom Amazon Vine. To be published September 13. I'm readng this now and it's quite good so far. Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves: Within these black-and-white striped tents lies an utterly unique experience, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, and stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination.

But when Celia and Marco innocently tumble headfirst into love, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.

The Dovekeepers: A NovelFrom Scribner. To be published October 4. I've never read Hoffman and I'm looking forward to this. In 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic historical event, Hoffman weaves a spellbinding tale of four extraordinary, bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her twin grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman, who finds passion with another soldier. Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege, as the Romans draw near. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

The Soldier's WifeFrom Hyperion Voice. To be published June 28. As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship--and her family--safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.

And three Nookbooks this week:

A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man  The Abandoned  Summer's Crossing

That's it for me--my biggest Mailbox in a while!
Have you read any of these books?
What books came to your house last week?
Please leave a comment with a link to your Mailbox!


  1. You had a great week in books! The Night Circus was THE book to get at BEA!

  2. The Soldier's Wife looks good, can't wait to see what you think of it. I downloaded Summer's Crossing last week too!

  3. Great books this week, I love Alice Hoffman. Happy reading!

  4. You had a great week. Happy reading :D

  5. Quite the mailbox. Hourglass sounds intriguing. Enjoy!! Have a good reading week!

  6. The Dovekeepers and The Soldier's Wife appeal to me. Hope you enjoy all your books!

  7. I hope you enjoy "A Courtesan's Guide" as much as I did!

  8. The Dovekeepers is making the rounds in the mailboxes this week. I think it look like a good read! I look forward to seeing everyone's thoughts on it.

  9. Seeing a lot of The Dovekeepers, enjoy! your books.

  10. Weirdly enough, I can only see your descriptions of the books, not the covers -- so I can't tell what the titles of the books are! (I think it's my spam blocker but for the life me, I can't figure out how to show me the images in your post!) So, I apologize now for being so vague as I gush about the great MM you have!

    The book that mentions Le Cirque des Rêves sounds awesome, as does the last one, the WWII one with the German lover (intense, but good). Can't wait to see your reviews of them!

  11. I'm wanting to read HOURGLASS. Checking your review now. Enjoy the others!

  12. All you books are YUMMY! Bookalicious :)

  13. Wow - I haven't read any of these yet, but they all look so good. :) I've got The Soldier's Wife on my tbr pile.

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  14. I've got The Soldier's Wife on my shelf too, I need to make room for it soon :) Great mailbox!

  15. I have The Soldier's Wife, too, and I can't wait to read it. Looking forward to your thoughts. Enjoy your new books!


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