Monday, September 26, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is here again and I have done very well lately limiting my book purchasing. For this reason Mailbox Monday has been skipped because who wants to hear about an empty Mailbox that is just a little depressing. These four I have been very excited about picking up and am so happy that my husband was sweet enough to surprise me with them.

Title: It's Kind Of A Funny Story
Author: Ned Vizzini
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Miramax Books/Hyperion
Pages: 444

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself. 
Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

Title: The Replacement
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 343

Mackie is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement - left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, he is slowly dying in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live a normal life, play his bass, and find out more about an oddly intriguing girl named Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, he is drawn into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the slag heaps and find his rightful place, in our world - or theirs.

Title: Anna Dressed In Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
Pages: 316

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead - keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed In Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary; track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping in blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason spares Cas's life.

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Pages: 348

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear the the children were more than just peculiar. they may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.

I think I am well stocked in the creepy book department and cannot wait to crack these babies open to read them. Have you read any of these books yet? If you have and have written a review of them I would love to have a guest review post. Just use my contact page to let me know. Otherwise, I look forward to hearing about what books you recently purchased or received. 

Happy Reading!


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  1. Anna Dressed in Blood is getting rave reviews---I mean I might even read it reviews :) Can't wait to see what you think!

  2. Three wonderfully spooky books! Each of them are so amazing.

    I've been wanting to read It's Kind of a Funny Story for awhile now, but never seem to get around to it.

    Hope you enjoy them all!

    <3 Amanda