In My Mailbox (8)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

My IMM this week should be legendary since I came home last week with a suitcase full of books from the IRA Convention. But, alas, I'm too lazy to post about all of them right now. So, I picked the ones I'm most excited about (at the moment).

1. Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough. Basically, this book is about a girl who is the daughter of a Fairy-Godfather and realizes she is a Fairy-Godmother in training. The catch, however, is that she has NO desire to be one. She doesn't want anything to do with magic. It looks really funny. At least that's what the book rep told me. We'll see if she was right. =)

2. Between the Sea & Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore. Okay, so I'm on this whole mermaid kick right now. (Thanks Sarah Porter and Lost Voices). The awesome lady at Bloomsbury Publishing and I had a nice chat about how awesome (and underrated) Victorian Literature is. She told me since I'm a fan of Jane Austen I would adore this book. In her words it is "Jane Austen meets Hans Christian Andersen." How can you argue with that? Seriously.

3. The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder.  I don't know anything about this one, but the cover looks interesting.

4. Flawless by Lara Chapman. One of my all-time favorite books is Cyrano de Bergerac. That book is the reason I passed French 3 in high school. (The only reason.) So, this book is a modern retelling of the classic, beautiful story. Oh, the "Cyrano" is a girl in this one. Love it.

5. Wisdom's Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. The telling of this story looks highly original: a play, diary entries, an encyclopedia, and letters all mashed together. I like the characters' names as well: Princess Dizzy, Tips, and Fortitude.

6. Going Underground by Susan Vaught. A story based on real-life events of teens texting explicit photos and getting caught. This is highly controversial at my school, so I can't wait to see what happens in this book. Maybe all the scenarios and "what-ifs" we tell the kids will show up.

I also agreed to review these books (and got paper copies):
 The Door to Canellin by E.H. Jones and North of Sunset by Henry Baum.

Going UndergroundDon't Expect MagicBetween the Sea and SkyThe Lipstick LawsFlawless


Julia said... .

I've heard good things about The Lipstick Laws. Happy reading this week Florida!


May 17, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Enbrethiliel said... .


Don't Expect Magic sounds as if it will be really funny!

I hadn't known Flawless was "Cyrano with a girl"! How interesting. I want to read it now, too. =)

PS--I like that you describe the books in your own words here rather than just reproduce the official synopses.

May 17, 2011 at 5:33 PM
flashlight_reader said... .

Thanks =) I was trying my best to remember what the book rep told me about the books while we were talking, but my mind races at times it makes it hard to remember everything!

May 17, 2011 at 6:51 PM
Sakura Sandra said... .

Hey thanks for suggesting Vixen as the book I read next, but you forgot to vote on the poll, because so far it says 0 people recommend that book. I'm hoping to keep an accurate tally with the use of the poll, so if you could stop by to vote sometime, I would appreciate it!

-Sandra from

May 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM
jaclyndolamore said... .

Jane Austen meets Hans Christian Andersen? Eek! Thanks for this post, I always love to know how they are pitching my work...

May 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM
flashlight_reader said... .

Don't say eek! I love HCA and Jane Austen. Now I'm even more interested in this book!

May 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM
jaclyndolamore said... .

Oh, it's an excited eek. =D I hope you enjoy it!

May 19, 2011 at 2:13 AM
Beckie B. said... .

Between Sky and Sea sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by my blog on the hop.

May 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

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