Sunday, May 16, 2010

In My Mailbox (12)

Hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, In My Mailbox is where you share the recent books you've bought/received/taken out from the library.
Yesterday I visited the library to pick up some books that I reserved. They're all books that I read about on other blogs and have wanted to read for such a long time. Well, I have them now and can't wait to get started.

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran:
The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty's royal family - all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl's deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh's aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen (From back of book).

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness:
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown. But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. There is no quiet, no privacy, no room for secrets. Or is there? Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not - stumble upon an area of complete silence. Which is impossible (From back of book).

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson:
From her first moment in Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops - a major infraction in high-school society - so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either - there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won't go away, until there is a painful confrontation (From back of book).

Yay, yay, yay! Don't those sound amazing? I'm sure many of you have read them, so let me know if you enjoyed them. Also, feel free to leave a link to your IMM post so I can come visit.

20 comments:

Nymeth said...

I've read #2 and #3 and I can attest to the fact that they're every bit as amazing as they sound :D Enjoy!

Christina T said...

Speak is fantastic! I even liked the film.

The Heretic Queen is one I want to read. My sister has that one as well as Nefertiti but she won't loan them to me until I finish Cleopatra's Daughter. Michelle Moran is one of her new favorite authors and I've seen some good reviews so I'm sure you'll enjoy that one too.

The Patrick Ness books get a lot of positive buzz but I have yet to read them. I look forward to hearing what you think!

I hope you enjoy your books. Have a great week!

Sara said...

Wow! Really awesome books Emidy. I loved Speak, it's one of my favorites! I can't wait to see what you think. Happy reading! :D

Adriana said...

Great books! The Knife of Never Letting Go sounds really interesting. I haven't read Speak, but I saw the movie which was okay. I'm sure the book is going to be so much better. Enjoy!

Morgan said...

I've heard wonderful things about Speak. I hope you enjoy all your books!

The Library Lurker said...

The Knife of Never Letting go is really really good! I hope you enjoy your books! My IMM:

http://librarylurker.blogspot.com/2010/05/in-my-mailbox-17.html

Splendibird said...

The Knife of Never Letting Go is really amazing (I read reviewed it recently here http://mountainsofinstead.blogspot.com/2010/04/justwow.html.) I'm currently half way through the final book in the series and it the writing is astonishing. Well worth a read...

Carina said...

I have all three of those on my wishlist, for me to read at some point or another. :-)

I only got one book this week - a copy for myself of the book I'm giving away. My post is here!

Kay said...

Emidy, I think you have some great books. I will say though, if I may, that SPEAK is truly marvelous. A real gem. Powerful. Don't wait too long to pick that one up. Just amazing.

Kathy said...

I didn't even know Speak started off as a book, but I've seen the movie, and I was very, very impressed with it. (This might possibly have had something to do with low expectations, but I really did like it). I have The Knife on my TBR list. Looking forward to hearing what you think!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Excellent books, especially SPEAK - I absolutely loved that one! I hope you enjoy it too! Happy reading!

Emidy said...

Yay, I'm so glad to hear that you all enjoyed those books! Now I'm even more excited to get reading.

Aths said...

Yay! I hope you enjoy Speak! :)

Emidy said...

Thanks, Aths! I hear it's very, very good.

Justine said...

Ooh, you have the Knife of Never Letting Go. I read it recently and felt it was alright. It will take some time getting used to ;) And Speak is one of those I've always wanted to read. Happy reading :D

Milli said...

Speak was amazing! I hope you enjoy your books!

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I love the Knife of Never Letting Go series and teach Speak. Speak is pretty much a brilliant piece of writing. It's emotionally-charged, but the quality of writing is outstanding. I love teaching it. Great choices!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oooo the Knife of Never Letting Go is something I've been meaning to read for ages. Isn't a film coming out soon too?

ham1299 said...

Speak is AWESOME! Enjoy it!

Kristin said...

Looks like you have some good books. By the way, I have an award for you over at my blog.

http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2010/05/new-blog-award.html