Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? November 25 edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. The host for November is Crystal at I Totally Paused! You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.

My giveaway of Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? finishes tomorrow. Please visit this post for a chance to win a copy of this children's book that I think is a must-read for all families who deal with Alzheimer's Disease.

Okay, on to my exciting mailbox this week.

For Review:

These all came in from Penguin. More YA books for me! I'm on a roll.

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival.

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

“Downton Abbey” meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

Sixteen-year-old Madeline Landry is practically Gentry royalty. Her ancestor developed the nuclear energy that has replaced electricity, and her parents exemplify the glamour of the upper class. As for Madeline, she would much rather read a book than attend yet another debutante ball. But when she learns about the devastating impact the Gentry lifestyle—her lifestyle—is having on those less fortunate, her whole world is turned upside down. As Madeline begins to question everything she has been told, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana, who seems to be hiding secrets of his own. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty—her family and the estate she loves dearly—and desire.

Fans of Ally Condie, Kiera Cass, Veronica Roth, and even Jane Austen will be enthralled by this breathtaking read.

Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston

Kaz Barrett isn’t saving for college. Every penny he earns working at the sketchy Sit’N’Spin Laundromat is for his mother. He plans to send her to a top-notch (and very expensive) sleep clinic in New York. His mother suffers from an extremely rare neurological disorder that causes her to fall asleep for days at a time. Both he and his kid sister, Nomi, worry that one day, maybe tomorrow, their mother will fall asleep and never wake up.

At the start of summer, everything seems on track. Come September, Kaz will have earned all he needs and more. However, when anarchic, pink-haired Zoey walks past the laundromat’s window, Kaz’s ordered life begins spinning out of control. Smart, mysterious, and full of music, Zoey is unlike anyone Kaz has met, but there’s another side to her that he can’t quite figure out.

When he goes looking for answers, he finds a whirlwind of lies, half-truths, and violence. And in the eye of the storm, he’ll discover that you really can’t con an honest man.

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?

Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit and see something new. She never intended to fall in love with a boy at space camp. And she certainly never intended to stumble into a frightening plot that just might destroy everything and everyone she cares about. But now there's no going back - Maisie's the only thing standing between danger and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs, before she loses her heart . . . and her life.

Equal parts romance and action-adventure, this explosive story is sure to leave both longtime Shannon fans and avid sci-fi readers completely breathless.

After reading the synopsis, I couldn't pass this one up from Sourcebooks:

Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen

Sophie never meant to come back to India, yet when her new, diplomat husband is posted to New Delhi and she steps once again onto the country's burning soil, she realizes her return was inevitable. As her ill-fated marriage begins to unravel, it sets in motion a devastating chain of events that will bring Sophie face to face with a past she's tried so desperately to forget, and a future she must fight for.

After reading and reviewing Depression and Your Child, the author kindly offered me her first book, which I've already started reading. Mental Illness, Psychology and Neuroscience are all fields that interest me a lot:

Living With Depression: Why Biology and Biography Matter Along the Path to Hope and Healing by Deborah Serani

One out of four Americans will experience mental illness in their lifetime; major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15 through 44. However, only a fraction of those suffering will seek treatment; 25 percent will seek treatment for symptoms. Stigma claims the other 75 percent, wedging depressed individuals into a life of silent suffering.

In Living with Depression, Serani outlines the various forms of depression, describes the different treatments, and outlines methods for living with depression and getting the help you or a loved one needs. Tips on how to choose a good therapist, negotiate the labyrinth of healthcare, and minimize stigma are addressed, as is learning how to use biology and biography as tools of empowerment. Listings of national and global resources make this a ready resource for everything you need to know about depression.

After reading and reviewing the first two books in this trilogy, the author has sent me the final installment:

Trophy: Decision by Paul M. Schofield

IMAGINE AN EARTH RESTORED TO PERFECTION under the care of ten women Guardians who answer only to a governing computer. Imagine a peaceful, colonized Solar System. This is what the New Victorian Empire has accomplished in the 477 years of its existence. Now mankind faces extinction because of a genetic mutation caused by the catastrophic collapse of Earth’s environment in 2065 A.D., the year the Empire began. The Keyhole anomaly, a wormhole in space, offers a solution: time-travel to transport genetically sound humans from the past. The Empire has narrowly defeated the Freedom Movement for control of the Keyhole, and the rebel leader, Dr. Eng, has escaped back in time through the strange anomaly. She continues in her quest to rebuild her forces, defeat the Empire, and capture people from the past to bring forward to the present. The Empire is determined to stop her and press on with their plan to prevent mankind’s extinction. Lieutenant Janet Rogerton and her dynamic team are challenged with a secret assignment that will determine the survival of the human race. And unknown to everyone a third organization holds the key to mankind’s future. The Decision is at hand. Will the human race survive?

TROPHY: DECISION is the third book of the Trophy Saga, a future look at a pivotal time in mankind’s history. It concludes the story of the continuing struggle to prevent the extinction of the human race.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
Maggie at Sea: A Maggie McGill Mystery by Sharon Burch Toner (reviewed by Sandra)
Daughter of the God-King by Anne Cleeland (good historical romance and espionage)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (a beautiful story)
Poppy and the Fat Puppy by Eli Jay

Bookish Post:
Mary Elizabeth the Spotless Cow Book Spotlight and 25$ Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Currently Reading:
I, Spy by Jordan McCollum
Trash by Andy Mulligan  (This one's really good. I'm reading it with my daughter for Battle of the Books competition at school.)

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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