Sunday, January 3, 2010

Added to the Pile + 23

So I went out and spent that $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate I got for Christmas and I did pretty good. I only went $20 over it and I got 2 wall calendars (gotta love buying those on January 2nd, half price!), a weekly calendar and 5 books. As if I needed anymore, right?


The Myth

Alice Liddel was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous book.

The Truth


Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss's parents. To escape R
edd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author, to whom she tells the violent, heart-breaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts. (book back blurb)


The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.


But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only becaus
e he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world.

That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.


And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
(book back blurb)


A girl who's always been in the shadows find herself pursued by the unbelievably attractive new boy at school, who may or may not be the death of her. Another girl grows up mute because of a curse placed on her by a vindictive spirit, and later must decide whether to utter her first words to the boy she loves and risk killing everyone who hears her if the curse is real. And a third girl discovers that the real reason for her transient life with her mother has to do with belonging - literally belonging - to another world entirely, full of dreaded creatures who can transform into animals, and whose queen keeps little girls as personal pets until they grow to childbearing age. (book flap blurb)


Before he knew about the Roses, sixteen-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing the Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds o
ut that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player. (book back blurb)


John, Jack, and Charles are strangers brought together by the Imaginarium Geographica - an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. On the eve of the murder of a caretaker of the Geographica, the men learn that it is now up to them to protect the atlas from the Winter King, an evil conqueror gaining strength in the world of the imaginary. After securing one of just seven ships that can cross in the imaginary lands, the three men set out to find the Winter King before he builds a deathless army that no force on Earth can defeat. (book back blurb)

12 comments:

Corrine said...

What a great selection of books! I think I'll be adding a lot of these to my TBR list! :)

Laura (The Bookie Bunch) said...

Great books! The Alchemyst looks awesome.

Here's what I got this week: http://bookielaura.blogspot.com/2010/01/in-my-mailbox-1-3-10.html

Have a good one!

Donna said...

Thanks! I was actually surprised at the lack of selection at the bookstore. Or maybe it was next to nothing that piqued my fancy.

Kris said...

Those look good....I've had Looking Glass wars waiting to be read forever now...I really nedd to get to it! LOL

Here's mine
http://thecajunbooklady.blogspot.com/2010/01/in-my-mailbox.html

ladystorm said...

Great Selection of books. I want Lip Touch! :)

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Looks like you made terrific use of your $50!!! These all sound good, but I'm thinking Lips Touch is going on my TBR list :)

Lea said...

You sure got that fifty to go far! Lips Touch looks so good, ditto with The Looking Glass Wars.

Have fun reading! :)

Rhiannon Hart said...

Beddor and Chima are so on my to buy list. Looking forward to your thoughts!

Jennifer G. said...

These look good! I've only read The Looking Glass Wars. Enjoy!

ralfast said...

I don't want to be the downer note here, but is every YA book out there a changeling fantasy of some sort?

Just asking, as I am not a big consumer of YA.

Donna said...

Raf, I specifically sought out these particular books. Actually, it's quite the opposite. If it's fantasy, for the most part it's urban fantasy which isn't what I was looking for. I was there for a while combing the shelves looking for these.

Mandy said...

I hope you like The Looking Glass Wars. I love it! The whole series is fantastic! I have a later one ~ ArchEnemy on my TBR list.

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