Sunday, March 20, 2011

In My Mailbox #81

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For Review: From Penguin
Ask Elizabeth - Elizabeth Berkley
Ask Elizabeth is the complete guide to teen life; the last and only self-help book they'll ever need. Inspired by the many workshops Elizabeth Berkley has conducted with over 30,000 teen girls across the country, Ask Elizabeth brings the spirit of these conversations to life on the page.
Much like a private diary, the book will be a personal resource that girls can turn to when they seek answers to teen life's toughest questions.
The content contains real and practical advice, anecdotes and wisdom in answer to the most asked questions from girls who participate in Elizabeth's workshops such as: what do you do when you look in the mirror and don't like what you see? or How do you get over a broken heart? Elizabeth, along with a panel of experts, and teen girls themselves advise readers in matters of body image, personal relationships, dating, and much more.

Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters, some human, some not, that also want the relic's power and will stop at nothing to get it.

Swapped: With Erica from The Book Cellar
Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?

Sixteen-year-old Lana Morris wishes her life were different, that she were somewhere else, someone else. Her foster mother wants her gone, she's stuck taking care of the other kids in the house, she longs to become closer to her foster father, and the only cool people around refuse to acknowledge her. Then Lana stumbles into Miss Hekkity's mysterious shop, and she begins to realize that she might actually have the power to change things—to make some of her wishes come true. But wishing isn't always as harmless as it seems. . . .

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

That's what I got this week. What did you all get? case you haven't seen it playing on practically every Goodreads page here's the trailer for the upcoming Jane Eyre movie. It looks fantastic.


  1. Ask Elizabeth looks interesting; I'll be looking forward to seeing your review for it. Also, yay for Sister Red! I LOVE that book. Happy reading! :)

  2. Nice books this week! I also received Relic Master: The Dark City, but haven't gotten a chance to read it yet. I'm eagerly awaiting Between Shades of Gray and The Decoding of Lana Morris sounds really good. Enjoy.

  3. Great books this week. I really need to read Between Shades Of Gray. I have heard such good things about it. And Relic Master looks interesting. Happy reading!

  4. Great books--I can't wait to read Between Shades of Gray. It sounds like a great book. And I lovvvveee the Jane Eyre trailer. I'm dying to see the movie but it won't be playing in my area for while, if ever :/ Hope you enjoy your books!

  5. Awesome books as always! I've heard amazing things about Sisters Red; I hope you enjoy it.

    Happy reading and have a lovely week. :)

  6. Sisters Red and Between Shades of Grey are on my wishlist. Hope you enjoy your new books. :D


  7. I really want to see Jane Eyre! You're looks good! Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite classics!

  8. What awesome books, Britt. I've never heard of Ask Elizabeth, but I love the sound of it! Enjoy :)

  9. Ohhh, I want Between Shades of Gray so bad! It looks like a great book.
    Happy Reading <3


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