Monday, July 18, 2011

Mailbox Monday -- July 18th


The reason why I love Mondays -- Mailbox Monday hosted this month by A Sea of Books. Below are the books I received this week:

1) Original Sin: A Sally Sin Adventure by Beth McMullen. Publisher's Summary. After falling in love and making a quick exit from her nine-year career in the USAWMD (United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction), ex-spy Sally Sin does her best to become Lucy Hamilton, a stay-at-home mom in San Francisco. No one, not even her adoring husband Will, knows about her secret agent escapades—chasing no-good masterminds through perilous jungles, escaping evil assassins, and playing dangerous games of cat and mouse with her old nemesis, Ian Blackford, a notorious and dashing illegal arms dealer.

In her new life as Lucy Hamilton, she squeezes inside forts crafted from couch cushions by her three-year-old son Theo, makes organic applesauce, and frequents the zoo. But sometimes her well-honed spy reflexes refuse to lay low. She can’t help breaking into her own house to check on the babysitter or stop herself from tossing the yoga instructor who gets on her nerves. And when Ian Blackford, who is supposed to be dead, once again starts causing trouble for the USAWMD, the agency becomes desperate to get Sally back on the job.

How can Sally or Lucy or whatever her name is save the planet while at the same time keeping her own family’s world from spinning out of control?

Every bit as much fun as a spy-mom thriller ought to be, Original Sin is a fast-paced adventure story for mothers and spies, and anyone who has ever dreamed about being either.

Thanks to Hyperion Books!

2) Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne. Publisher's Summary. Eight-year-old Noah's problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn't think about them. So he runs away, taking an untrodden path through the forest.

Before long, he comes across a shop. But this is no ordinary shop: it's a toyshop, full of the most amazing toys, and brimming with the most wonderful magic. And here Noah meets a very unusual toymaker. The toymaker has a story to tell, and it's a story of adventure and wonder and broken promises. He takes Noah on a journey. A journey that will change his life.

Thanks to Random House!

12 comments:

  1. Noah Barleywater sounds like a good one to me. Enjoy and have a great week.

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  2. Looking forward to your reviews!

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  3. Noah Barleywater wasn't my favorite, but I'm not a fan of fairy tale retellings. You'll probably like it more than I did. I've heard Original Sin is a lot of fun! Enjoy!!

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  4. Enjoy :D Exciting books as always

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  5. I had trouble getting into the NOAH BARLEY story, which surprised me. Maybe my timing was bad. Hope you enjoy your new books!

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  6. Noah Barleywater caught my eye, although it has mixed reviews. Enjoy all your books!

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  7. I love the first one, makes me think of Mr & Mrs Smith movie but Sally aka Lucy is the main heroine to save the world.

    The second book made me think of Pinocchio except Noah of course is a real human.

    Enjoy both reads :)

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  8. Both of these titles are new to me. I'll watch for your thoughts on them both

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  9. Noah Barleywater sounds cute - almost like that movie with Dustin Hoffman as the toymaker. Mr. somebody or other's Wonder Emporium??? Having a senior moment and can't quite recall the whole title. Anyway, enjoy your new books.

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  10. I received a copy of Original Sin a few weeks ago but haven't read it yet. It sounds like a fun book. Noah Barleywater is a new title for me.

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  11. The John Boyne book sounds interesting. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

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