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"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mailbox Monday


Mailbox Monday at The Printed Page is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.



Horns
by Joe Hill


For review

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside.

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. It's time the devil had his due.

White Cat
by Holly Black

For review

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

15 comments:

  1. I also got White Cat and I would love to read Horns. Happy reading!

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  2. Those two look exciting. I hope you enjoy them a lot. Have a great week and happy reading. Here's my MM.

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  3. They sound intense, but good. Have a great week!

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  4. looking forward to Horns (audio) i hope, from the library --enjoy!

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  5. Those look intriguing...I am trying to remember what it was I heard about Joe Hill...it will come to me later, I'm sure! LOL. But I think he is related to someone famous...

    Here's mine:

    http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com/2010/03/mailbox-monday.html

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  6. I've read one review of Horns and it was great. I hope you enjoy it as much. Happy reading!

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  7. Those both look really interesting. I may have to check out White Cat.

    Happy reading!

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  8. Horns looks good. Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  9. Both books look exciting. I hope you enjoy them both!

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  10. I'm very curious about "Horns". Can't wait to see your review!

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  11. Enjoy! Two is the magic number, at least for this Monday. :-)

    Here's mine: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/03/mailbox-monday-and-more.html

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  12. Interesting pair of books. I also received two. You can see them here.

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  13. I got White Cat this week too...It looks good!

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  14. I'm curious to see what you think of Horns,

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