Sunday, October 18, 2009

In My Mailbox (Week of October 18th)

Gringolania by Lyn Miller -Lachmann

Daniel Aguilar still remembers the night the Chilean police came and took his father Marcelo away. He blames himself. If only he hadn’t gotten out of bed that fateful night his father would still be around. Daniel’s family flees the county to start a new life in Wisconsin. Six years later Daniel has a new life. He plays lead guitar for a rock group and dates Courtney, a minister’s daughter.
Then Daniel’s father is released. Nothing prepares Daniel for the broken shell of his father. Marcelo is partially paralyzed, haunted by nightmares of his torture, and bitter about being in Gringolandia and not his native Chile where he feels he can still help other political prisoners.
Daniel watches his parents struggle and his little sister recoiling from a father she can’t accept. Then Courtney comes up with the idea of writing a human rights newspaper. Daniel worries if this will push his father over the edge. Daniel craves a father-son relationship that was denied to him when the Chilean police took his father away. But will he have to push aside his own desires in order to save his father from self destruction?

I am reading this now. It is pretty good, so far. I am on a blog tour for it, later this month. So watch out for that.

Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

A love beyond life...a danger beyond doubt.
In a romantic and suspenseful collection of the New York Times bestselling trilogy, love's unbreakable bonds are put to the test.
When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she'd lost everything, even her faith in angels. But now she's discovered that he's her guardian angel -- his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows she's in terrible danger. Only Ivy's guardian angel can save her now that his killer is after her.
But if Tristan rescues Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he must leave her behind forever. Will saving Ivy mean losing her just when he's finally reached her again?

This book looks amazing and I am excited for it. I am excited to read this after Cybils is over.

Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler
Dark Secrets 1 is comprised of two novels by Elizabeth Chandler, “Legacy of Lies” and “Don't Tell”. In “Legacy of Lies”, Megan is unceremoniously summoned to visit the grandmother she's never met, who cut her mother out of her life when she married a man of a different race and then adopted children. Megan's welcome is rather cool, from both her grandmother and her cousin Alex. When Grandmother starts behaving oddly and things turn up missing, Megan suspects that there are dark secrets that her grandmother is trying to cover up...but bringing them to light could prove to be fatal.
This Books sounds amazing
A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

I need to write down what has just happened. I need to set down the truth. If I write lies or if I write nothing at all, this journal is worthless. I must do this, in case anything happens.
All right. This is what happened tonight, every single terrible thing that I can remember . . .
Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, along with her tomboy younger sister Henry, her beautiful, intellectual cousin Veronica, and Veronica's father, the completely mad King John. When Sophie receives a leather-bound journal for her sixteenth birthday, she decides to write about her day-to-day life on the island. But it is 1936 and the world is in turmoil. Does the arrival of two strangers threaten everything that Sophie holds dear?
From Sophie's charming and lively observations to a nailbiting, unputdownable ending, this is a book to be treasured.

I bought this book and it looks amazing.
Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron
Told in a voice that's honest, urgent, and hilarious, Struts & Frets will resonate not only with teenage musicians but with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to a favorite album, wondering if they'd ever find their place in the world.
Music is in Sammy's blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy's indie rock band could be huge one day--if they don't self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band's compromises and reassure Sammy that his life's dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy's grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.
When everything in Sammy's life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?

I have read this book and it is awesome.


  1. Ooh, the Elizabeth Chandler ones look good, and such pretty covers too.

    Looks like you had a nice week! :)

  2. I am reading Struts and Frets RIGHT NOW. Well, not at this exact moment because I am talking to you and the Zoe-mister (that it said with a long I) but I am like 50 pages in and it's good so far.

  3. Great books! I really want to read the Elizabeth Chandler books.

    I'm on the Gringolandia tour, too(:

  4. Great books! Gringolandia sounds good. Have fun reading. :)

  5. Woah, interesting set of books. I'm particularly interested to see your review of Struts and Frets. :)
    Hope you enjoy them all.


  6. The Elizabeth Chandler books and Struts and Frets look great, actually... all of your books look great!

  7. The Elizabeth Chandler one looks great as does the Struts and Frets.

  8. I want to read Kissed By An Angel! My friend gave it to me to borrow but I havent read it yet! Heard it was fantastic! Great books!



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