Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mailbox Monday: August 29 - The Early Edition

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 Life in the Thumb.

My book-buying addiction continued with a trip to my local Borders, where they'd finally marked everything down 50%. I did good though, I stuck to the romance shelves and picked up three from my wishlist:

American VampireAscension (Guardians of Ascension)Everdark: The Dark Ink Chronicles

(Click the pics for the Amazon product pages.)

And this one from the front table because quite a few of my friends have put it on their lists and I wanted it!

Madame Bovary's Daughter: A NovelPicking up after the shattering end of Gustave Flaubert’s classic, Madame Bovary, this beguiling novel imagines an answer to the question Whatever happened to Emma Bovary’s orphaned daughter? Brilliantly integrating one of classic literature’s fictional creations with real historical figures, Madame Bovary’s Daughter is an uncommon coming-of-age tale, a splendid excursion through the rags and the riches of French fashion, and a sweeping novel of poverty and wealth, passion and revenge.

And these for review:

EveFrom Amazon Vine. To be published October 4, 2011. Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

The Oracle of Stamboul: A Novel (P.S.)For an upcoming blog tour from TLC Book Tours. Late in the summer of 1877, a flock of purple-and-white hoopoes suddenly appears over the town of Constanta on the Black Sea, and Eleonora Cohen is ushered into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives who arrive just minutes before her birth. "They had read the signs, they said: a sea of horses, a conference of birds, the North Star in alignment with the moon. It was a prophecy that their last king had given on his deathwatch." But joy is mixed with tragedy, for Eleonora's mother dies soon after the birth.

Raised by her doting father, Yakob, a carpet merchant, and her stern, resentful stepmother, Ruxandra, Eleonora spends her early years daydreaming and doing housework—until the moment she teaches herself to read, and her father recognizes that she is an extraordinarily gifted child, a prodigy.

When Yakob sets off by boat for Stamboul on business, eight-year-old Eleonora, unable to bear the separation, stows away in one of his trunks. On the shores of the Bosporus, in the house of her father's business partner, Moncef Bey, a new life awaits. Books, backgammon, beautiful dresses and shoes, markets swarming with color and life—the imperial capital overflows with elegance, and mystery. For in the narrow streets of Stamboul—a city at the crossroads of the world—intrigue and gossip are currency, and people are not always what they seem. Eleonora's tutor, an American minister and educator, may be a spy. The kindly though elusive Moncef Bey has a past history of secret societies and political maneuvering. And what is to be made of the eccentric, charming Sultan Abdulhamid II himself, beleaguered by friend and foe alike as his unwieldy, multiethnic empire crumbles?

And a win from Beth @ The Crazy Life of a Bookaholic Mom:

Only Time Will TellThe epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

That's it for me! I had a pretty good week!
Have you read any of these books?
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  1. That's quite a stash! EVE sounds suspenseful and a book that has caught my interest. Enjoy your books!

  2. That's one great mailbox! Everdarkand Eve sounds good. I've read good reviews of Only Time Will Tell.
    Hope you enjoy those!

  3. Looks like you got some great books. I'm particularly curious about Madame Bovary's Daughter. It's so sad about Borders. We're running out of bookstores around here.

  4. I've not read any your new books, but they sound good! I hope you enjoy them.

  5. Wow, you were busy this week! Great books, I hope you enjoy them all!

  6. I hope you enjoy The Oracle of Stamboul --I really loved it. It's probably going on my top 10 of 2011!!

  7. 50 percent down at BORDERS! I wish we had Borders here in MTL but I guess I'll just keep fingers crossed for sales at Indigo or just scamper over to bargain bins.

    Enjoy the reads Lady Q :)

  8. I read American Vampire a while back and enjoyed it! Eve does lkook really good as well - great haul this week!

  9. Congrats of winning the latest Archer book - I've read some really positive reviews already. Have a great week and enjoy all your new reads.

  10. Great mailbox! I went into Borders, but got a 2012 calendar at 70% off. Eve looks like a book I'd enjoy.

    Thanks for sharing....


  11. I have Madame Bovary's Daughter and Eve in my TBR pile. The others sound good, too. Happy reading! :)

  12. Nice haul of books. Enjoy them all.

  13. It's probably a good thing there isn't a Borders near us. I hope you enjoy your new books!

  14. Madame Bovary's Daughter looks really good, and I'll be reading Only Time Will Tell soon. Enjoy!

  15. Madame Bovery's Daughter look good! Enjoy all your new reads. Happy reading!

  16. Great mailbox! I recently read and reviewed Eve!

    Here's my Mailbox

  17. I'm really looking forward to reading Madame Bovary's Daughter. I received an ebook version from the author. Enjoy all your books!

  18. I hope you enjoy the Archer book as much as I did. I also read the Oracle of Stamboul. It is different but very good!

  19. Seriously! I want all of your books!!!

  20. You got some good books. hope you enjoy them. New follower. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog. Love your header.


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