Monday, February 21, 2011

Mondays: Mailbox/What Are You Reading/Musings

What was the last book (or, what was your favorite book) that dealt with family? What did you like / dislike about it?
The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart

Based in Texas, this novel starts from 1895 and goes on to 1924 spanning almost 30 years. When a landowners fourth child is born, his wife dies. Karel, the child is hardly ever loved by his father. But his brothers do seem to love him. Karel often dreams of the mother he has never known and wishes for his father to love him, which does not happen. 
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Mailbox Monday has moved over to LIBRARY OF CLEAN READS for the month of February 2011. 

I received the following:

1) Borderlands by Brian McGilloway
The corpse of local teenager Angela Cashell is found on the Tyrone- Donegal border, between the North and South of Ireland, in an area known as the borderlands. Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin heads the investigation: the only clues are a gold ring placed on the girl's finger and an old photograph, left where she died.

Then another teenager is murdered, and things become further complicated when Devlin unearths a link between the recent killings and the disappearance of a prostitute twenty-five years earlier - a case in which he believes one of his own colleagues is implicated.

As a thickening snow storm blurs the border between North and South, Devlin finds the distinction between right and wrong, vengeance and justice, and even police-officer and criminal becoming equally unclear.

A dazzling and lyrical debut crime novel, Borderlands marks the beginning of a compelling new series featuring Inspector Benedict Devlin. 


2) The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy

It's her destiny to die young. The man who loves her can't live with that. 
Promise, a talented young vocalist with a terminal illness, is counting on fame to keep her memory alive after she dies. Porta is an aging witch and art collector in search of the goddess who will grant her immortality. 
When Promise inexplicably survives a series of freak accidents, Porta believes that Promise is the one she seeks. But Chase, an autistic artist who falls in love with Promise and opposes Porta, comes between the women with his mysterious visions and drawings, and plunges everyone into a flesh-and-blood confrontation over the true meaning of eternal life.
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I am on CENSUS DUTY, which is taking up all my time. I am NOT reading anything other than those long forms, and other blog posts! I have not finished a single book in February, although I started at least two!


25 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Both of your new books look good - I hope you enjoy them!

Mystica said...

I hope you like your reads!

Nicola said...

borderlands sounds great! I'm also waiting for a copy of the erin healy to arrive.

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

You get some interesting books.

mine

Majanka Verstraete said...

Interesting novels! Borderlands sounds awesome. Enjoy reading!

Here's my Mailbox.

Tea said...

The Promises She Keeps looks wonderful.

kim said...

Both of your new books sound really interesting.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

The first one sounds like a good thriller, but the second one a bit sad...enjoy

Lisa said...

Starting them is half the battle! I hope that you have a great week.

Here is my Week - http://bookskidsanimalsandmore.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_20.html

Gigi Ann said...

I'm here from Musings Monday, and your family books sounds interesting. May have to put it on my Wishlist.

Julie Anne Lindsey said...

Great books! You're in for a fun week!! You can find my mailbox here if you want to stop by ;) http://blog.juliealindsey.com/

Kristin said...

I'm not familiar with either of your books this week - looking forward to reading your reviews of them!

My It's Monday post can be found here.

Nise' said...

I have The Wake of Forgiveness on my stacks. Will have to check it out as I love books about families.

caite said...

as to the Musing question, I think it is hard to find any book that has strong characters that is not to some degree about family relationships, isn't it.
I also think Borderlands sounds interesting and have to go check it out.

Tribute Books Mama said...

here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/02/mailbox-monday-shes-all-that.html

Serena said...

more books that are new to me. Enjoy them. I hope the reading slump has eased!

Bev Hankins said...

Oh dear, Borderlands sounds rather intense! Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by mine.

CMash said...

Interested in what your thoughts are for the Promises She Keeps. Hosting a Guest Author but not a review, so will be looking forward to your review.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Borderlands sounds incredible and spooky! Enjoy :)

Wakela Runen said...

Both of those books sound interesting.

Mine are up at Wakela's World

jlshall said...

Those all sound like they might be worth a look. Sorry about the census duty! Hope you can get back to your reading soon.

Kah Woei said...

The Promises She Keeps has an interesting premise. Happy reading!

Laura @ I'm Booking It said...

I hope you get some reading time soon-- both of those books sound like they could be interesting!

Teddy Rose said...

I hope you enjoy both books. I received 2 as well.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Both books look very good! Enjoy!