Sunday, April 29, 2012

In My Mailbox #7

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren as a way to highlight the books you receive every week (or so). A full explanation and rules can be found here.

From Goodreads First Reads:

Tiger Lily
by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 304
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: July 3, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy, retellings

A retelling of Peter Pan, focusing on Tiger Lily? Oh my goodness. SWOON.

From Goodreads:
"Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the bookstore:

Cleopatra's Daughter
by Michelle Moran

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 448
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Publication date: July 13, 2010
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction, Egypt

Not sure if this is YA or Adult historical fiction, but it is indeed historical fiction, in Egypt, around the time of Cleopatra, so either way I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it.

From Goodreads:
"The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts."

by Alan Brennert

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 384
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: October 4, 2004
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction, 19th century

Also not sure if this is actually YA or Adult, but it's been on my to-read list for a long time, and I got it on sale. :D

From Goodreads:
"This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

From the library:

by Heather Dixon

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 480
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date: March 29, 2011
Suggested tags: young adult, fairy tales, retellings

A retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses that I got on CD for my commute to work. So far, I'm torn - great writing, weak plot.

From Goodreads:
"Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it’s taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation. Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest. But there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

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