For What It's Worth

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#BookMail


Occasionally, I get unsolicited books for review form publishers. This batch looks pretty good – gorgeous covers!

Have you read any of these books yet?

The cover of Pearl is so beautiful in person.

The publisher note with Lily and the Octopus had an ominous message – asking the reader to let them know what I thought – or if I needed a hug O_o

Golden is book #3 in Melissa de la Cruz’s Heart of Dread trilogy. I have only read the 1st book so far.

I’ve heard fantastic things about The Way You Used to Be.

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Goodreads summaries and links:

Pearl by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Run fast and run far, unless you’re fearless. Unless you’re courageous. I’m not, but I’d like to be.
Pearl Jaeger is seventeen and homeless after drugs, poverty, and addiction unraveled the life she shared with JJ, her formerly glamorous rock star mother.

This moment of happiness is fleeting; someone will take it from me.

When tragedy brings a chance to start over at an elite boarding school, she doesn’t hesitate. Yet the only salvation comes from an art teacher as troubled as Pearl, and she faces the stark reality that what she thought she wanted isn’t straightforward.

I trace the outline of my reflection in a window. I am no more than a replica of my mother. This is not the self-portrait I want to paint.

Through the friendships she forms at school—especially with Grant, a boy who shows Pearl what it means to trust and forgive—she begins to see a path not defined by her past. But when confronted with the decision to be courageous or to take the easy way forged by her mother’s failures, which direction will Pearl choose?

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rainwith the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.

When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.
The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.
We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.
Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Remember the last book you told someone they had to read?

Lily and the Octopus is the next one.

Golden (Heart of Dread #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

The action-packed finale to the Heart of Dread series

In this epic conclusion to the trilogy, Nat and Wes go on a journey to find the Rift, save the source of magic and defeat the Drau, the pirates, and the RSA—but at a great sacrifice. Wes is dying, and as he's rotting the Drau will let the rot "cleanse" the source of magic, dooming Wes forever. Nat and Wes discover that the source of the magic lies in the Drakon—the key to the Blue, the protector, the soul of the world. But in order to close the Rift, a great sacrifice is needed. Nat must decide to sacrifice her beloved drakon in order to save the world, and to save Wes. In the words of the sylphs, death is life, and now the worlds can be reborn again.


The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year.


*Thank you to Simon & Schuster, Skyscape, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

21 comments:

  1. Ohh surprise mail, I like that, I get it very rarely

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    1. Me either. I have no idea why these books came to me lol

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  2. I never, ever get any surprise mail and given the fact that I live in the middle of nowhere that's no surprise :D These books sure look amazing- hope you enjoy them, Karen!


    Check out my WoW post here

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    1. I don't have any contacts at any of these publishers and I rarely get any books so I don't understand it but they look good so I'll take it lol

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  3. Something tells me you might begin with Lily and the Octopus...you know, for dog reasons ;).

    Well...other than that...I won't say you're lucky because you've earned your book mail :).

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    1. Actually I don't read a lot of animal books. I think because I work with them for a living. I end up being super judgy lol

      And in this case - I keep reading that the book will make you cry. So if that means dog death - then...NOPE.

      I'm happy about the books but I have no idea how they made it my way O_o

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    2. I've known you for more than 3 years now and I didn't know you actually worked with animals O_O. I mean, you mentioned helping your veterinarian friend, but it sort of gave me the idea you volunteered on occasion. What do you do really?

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  4. Wow, what an awesome batch of book mail. :) I've heard great things about The Way I Used To Be.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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    1. Me too! It sounds pretty intense but good.

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  5. I'm not the biggest fan of Melissa de la Cruz's writing, but Golden looks good! Looks like you got an excellent batch of books! Hope you enjoy them <3

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    1. I haven't liked anything she's written so far but I keep trying lol

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  6. Nice! Oh I would also be SO leery of the Lily and Octopus one after that publisher comment. O.o I'm worried... and I'll wait for you to tell me if it is safe to read it. ;)

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    1. I read that and was like...nooooope. I need to check into that more. If the dog dies then no way.

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  8. I don't know these but they sound good. Have you reviewed Melissas other two books?

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    1. I read the first in this series and didn't love it and one other book by her and meh...

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  9. Read Lily and the Octopus first pretty please! Curious if that one's as good as it sounds

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    1. But that one scares me! What if the dog dies?? I have to investigate first.

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  10. I do get random books in the mail sometimes. To be honest, most of the books I get in the mail ARE randomly sent from publishers. I have an ARC of The Way I Used to Be. I think it came out already this month, but I do hope to read it soon. It sounds really good.

    -Lauren

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    1. Same here. It's pretty rare and I never know how they found me lol

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  11. LOL oh dear on the if you need a hug! I had one recently that did a similar and I brow beat the publicist until she told me the end so I would know if I could deal or not. lol I love the title on that one.

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