In My Mailbox (10)

It’s been a great week for books! After fangirling over Steven Heighton’s upcoming release, The Dead Are More Visible, I just about choked when I found out I’d get to read it.

From the Publisher: 

The Dead are More Visible by Steven Heighton

It is remarkably easy to accept Al Purdy’s assertion that Steven Heighton–renowned for his craftsmanship, risk-taking, insight and range–”is one of the best writers of his generation, maybe the best.” The Dead Are More Visible highlights his strengths at writing fiction that does not sacrifice humour, depth and emotion for the sake of brevity. These 11 profoundly moving and finely crafted stories encapsulate wildly divergent themes of love and loss, containment and exclusion. In the title story, a parks & rec worker faces an assailant who does not leave the altercation intact. A medical researcher and his claustrophobic fiancée are locked in the trunk of their car after a failed carjacking (the thief can’t drive standard). A young woman enters a pharmaceutical trial in the outer reaches of suburbia and slips between sleeping and waking with increasingly alarming ease. Pairing the cultural acuity of Lost in Translation with the compassion and reach of The World According to Garp, Heighton breathes new life into the short story, a genre that is finally coming into its own.

One Good Hustle by Billie Livingston 

From award-winning writer Billie Livingston, an unsparing novel of loyalty and survival that is fierce, sharp and funny even when it’s breaking your heart.

The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old Sammie Bell always prided herself on knowing the score. But now she finds herself backed into a corner. After a hustle gone dangerously wrong, her mother, Marlene, is sliding into an abyss of alcoholic depression, spending her days fantasizing aloud about death–a goal Sammie is tempted to help her accomplish. Horrified by the appeal of this, Sammie packs a bag and leaves her mother to her own devices.

With her father missing in action, she has nowhere else to go but the home of a friend with 2 parents who seem to actually love their daughter and each other–and who awkwardly try to extend some semblance of family to Sammie. Throughout a long summer of crisis among the normals, Sammie is torn between her longing for the approval of the con-man father she was named for and her desire for the “weird, spearmint-fresh feeling” of life in the straight world. Sammie wants to be normal but fears that where she comes from makes that beyond the realm of possibility.
One Good Hustle chronicles 2 months in Sammie Bell’s struggle with her dread that she is somehow doomed genetically to be just another hustler.


Blood Will Tell by Samantha Young

I love the cover art for this one!

From the author of the Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy comes a new series with serious attitude…

Eden is a Soul Eater. While that hasn’t meant much to her in the past, she’s pretty sure any minute now she’s going to go all “Carrie” on her eleventh grade class.

Noah is an Ankh. As an immortal Warrior, his purpose in life is to hunt down and kill Soul Eaters.

Eden is Noah’s next assignment. Problem is… this is an assignment with a difference. Eden’s not your average, run of the mill, Soul Eater. Noah’s job? To test Eden for possible redemption.

It’s a risky business.
Especially if Noah awakens Eden’s inner monster.

It would be kind of hard for Eden to listen to the angel on her shoulder when the devil on the other is telling her, her new best friend is a lying, scheming, immortal enemy…

….betrayal is such a bitch.

So is Eden when you get on her bad side.


Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.

Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn. When her brother is brutally killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak–and his identity–and enters the monastery of Fulda. As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great scholar and healer. Eventually, she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics. Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest office in Christendom–wielding a power greater than any woman before or since. But such power always comes at a price . . .

In this international bestseller, Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day.

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous – and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion…by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price – now that she has more to lose than ever.

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  • blood will tell has an amazing cover.

  • April 22, 2012

    Jessica ( frellathon )

    I’m fan girl squealing at the site of Blood Will Tell. Great mailbox!

    • April 22, 2012


      Lol I admit, a big part of the reason why I bought it was because of the gorgeous cover.

  • April 22, 2012


    Ohhh, congrats that you can read the Steven Heighton book then! That must be awesome (:

    I hope you enjoy all of your books & thanks for stopping by!

  • April 22, 2012


    Oh wow, Fever is the only one here I’ve heard of but let me tell you, that Pope Joan book sounds so interesting!! I am a major history nerd and I had no idea about this woman– I am so going to go do some research now LOL :P

    You can stop on over to see my IMM video and post this week at the link below– Happy Reading!! :)

    Lea @ LC’s Adventures in Libraryland

  • Thanks for stopping by! I’ve heard good things about Pope Joan. Enjoy your reading!

  • April 22, 2012


    So jealous! Fever is the number one book on my wishlist right now! I hope you enjoy(:

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  • April 22, 2012


    Great books this week. I really want to read Fever! I hope you enjoy all your new reads!

  • April 23, 2012

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

    One Good Hustle and Blood Will Tell looks very interesting. Awesome haul!=D

  • April 23, 2012


    Pope Joan sounds really interesting. Enjoy!

    • April 23, 2012


      So far it’s pretty brutal, but I guess that was par for the course in 841 A.D., right?

  • April 24, 2014


    Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were
    just preparing to do a little research

    about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post.

    I’m very glad to see such great info being shared freely

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