Sunday, April 11, 2010

In My Mailbox (15)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that talks about books that have been bought, swapped, received for review or borrowed from the library. In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

This past week was a pretty slow week bookwise.  I'm actually happy about that because reading for class and writing papers have taken up all of my time outside of work.  As a result, I've barely been able to get to the TBR pile.  Hopefully towards the end of the week I'll have time for more reading.

From the Library:
Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham (Putnam Juvenile, January 7, 2010)

Summary from Goodreads:  A young girl sets out to save her sick mother and records her adventures in quilt pieces.

Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but she can still put in a good stitch. Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things go wrong.

But when Mama goes into labor early and gets deathly ill, it seems like even quilting won’t help. That’s when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic—leave Gee’s Bend for the very first time. Mama needs medicine that can only be found miles away in Camden. But that doesn’t stop Ludelphia. She just puts one foot in front of the other. What ensues is a wonderful, riveting and sometimes dangerous adventure. Ludelphia weathers each challenge in a way that would make her mother proud, and ends up saving the day for her entire town.

Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Leaving Gee’s Bend is a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl facing a brave new world.

Historical fiction is a genre that I love to read even though I don't read it that often.  So, I was excited when we got our library copy of Leaving Gee's Bend.  While the cover of Leaving Gee's Bend isn't my favorite, the summary really makes me want to read the book.  Have you read Leaving Gee's Bend?  If you have, what did you think?

For Review/ARC Tour:
Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson (Simon Pulse, May 18, 2010)

Summary from Goodreads: Torn between two destinies?

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?

Thanks to Jami at YA Addict for holding an ARC Tour for Claire de Lune!!  I'm about halfway through and so far it is terrific.  The story grabbed me from the beginning and I can't wait to see what happens next.

What was in your mailbox this week?


  1. Wonderful books this week! I've heard great things about both of them. I can't wait for your reviews. Happy reading! :)

  2. I am glad you are enjoying Claire De Lune. :)
    I have heard fabuous things about Leaving Gee's Bend. Happy reading!

  3. I really want to read Claire de Lune so I'll be looking forward to reading your review. I've not read Leaving Gee's Bend but it does sound interesting so I hope you enjoy it.

    Have a fab week :o)

  4. Leaving Gee's Bend looks really good. I enjoyed Claire de Lune as a different kind of werewolf novel. I hope you like both of them.

  5. Both of those are supposed to be great, so I hope you enjoy them!

  6. I have to admit it, I'm a sucker for werewolf books. They're my favorite paranormal creatures. I look forward to your review of Claire de Lune!

  7. Claire De Lune looks really good- I've read some great reviews for it. I hope you enjoy your books this week!

  8. Great books this week! Claire De Lune looks really interesting, I'll have to add it to my list. Happy reading :)

  9. I want to read Claire do Lune! I hope you enjoy the books you received this week! It's always nice to have a breather once in a while eh? :) Happy reading.

  10. Clare de lune seems really good, and I've seen some positive feedback on it. I hope you enjoy, Happy Reading :)

  11. I need to find out about these Arc tours, I am glad you got to be a part of one. Clare De Lune looks like a great read. I look forward to your review


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