Mailbox Monday – February 4, 2013


According to the Mailbox Monday blog, “Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.”

Mailbox Monday is being hosted in February at Unabridged Chick. Click over to add your link and check out other bloggers’ mailboxes!

I am especially excited about this first book that arrived in my mailbox. I have read all but one of John Shors’ books, and I loved every single one. And even though John is a brilliant writer, that’s not the coolest thing about him. The coolest thing is that, with each of his books, he finds a way to give something to children in need, and this book is no different. John has pledged that some of the proceeds from sales of Temple of a Thousand Faces will go to the Jayavarman VII Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. The book goes on sale on February 7th.

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Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors – Review copy from the author

Goodreads blurb: When his land is taken by force, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king. Exiled from their homeland, he and his mystical wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people. Meanwhile, Cham King Indravarman rules with an iron fist, pitting even his most trusted men against each other and squashing any hint of rebellion.

Moving from a poor fisherman’s family whose sons find the courage to take up arms against their oppressors, to a beautiful bride who becomes a prize of war, to an ambitious warrior whose allegiance is torn–Temple of a Thousand Faces is an unforgettable saga of love, betrayal, and survival at any cost.

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The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian – ARC from the publisher

Goodreads blurb:Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley lives in America-Five—a high-tech, underground, utopian settlement where hunger and money do not exist, everyone has a job, and all basic needs are met. But when her mentor and colleague, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time, Natasha’s allegiances to home, society, and above all to Jeffrey are tested. She is forced to make a choice that may put the people she loves most in grave danger and change the world as she knows it.

These next two audiobooks were gifts from the lovely Sandy of You’ve Gotta Read This. :)

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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Goodreads blurb: In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.

Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.

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Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Goodreads blurb: Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there. Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.

Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?

Any new books in your house this week?

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22 Responses to Mailbox Monday – February 4, 2013

  1. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I loved Perfect and will be interested to see what you think of it on audio.
    bermudaonion(Kathy)´s last post ..Mailbox Monday

  2. John Shors book looks interesting, enjoy all of your new reads.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/02/mailbox-monday.html
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  3. Ahhh, so jealous of your arrivals! Dying to get my hands on that Shorrs novel!
    Audra (Unabridged Chick)´s last post ..Mailbox Monday, Feb 4

  4. Mary
    Twitter: bookfanmb
    says:

    I’ve read good things about the new Shors book – hope you enjoy it!
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  5. Kathleen says:

    Enjoy your new books!
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  6. irene says:

    Enjoy your reading.
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  7. Elizabeth says:

    I wrote a comment before, but it didn’t show up….going to post my comment again.

    ENJOY your books.

    Giveaway going on at my blog for THE CONFESSION by Charles Todd. It is in the post right below Mailbox Monday.

    My Mailbox Monday link is below.

    Happy Monday!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday
    Elizabeth´s last post ..Mailbox Monday – 2/4/13

  8. I still haven’t read anything by Ellen Hopkins. It’s a shame, I know! Enjoy your new books! :)
    kay @ Infinite Curio´s last post ..Filling the Shelf – 89

  9. I have not yet read any of John Shors’ books but have a few in my tbr pile. This new one sounds like another book to add to my pile! I hope you enjoy your new books!
    Beth(bookaholicmom)´s last post ..Mailbox Monday February 4

  10. Temple of a Thousand Faces sounds good. What a pretty cover. Enjoy!
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM
    Holly (2 Kids and Tired)´s last post ..Booking Through Thursday…Influence

  11. I just finished the John Shors book this morning. It was really good. I have enjoyed his books in the past and this one did not disappoint.

    Enjoy your books!

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