Back towards the beginning of January, I mentioned that I was going to start trying new blog-ish things and first on my list was participating in a book swap. Hosted by the lovely ladies at Chaotic Goddess Swaps, the concept was simple -- sign up, get matched up, and get books. Easy peasy.
I was lucky enough to get matched up with Katie from Spirit of Children's Literature -- she was super nice and funny and the emails started flying. I can't imagine a better first swap partner!
I sent her three books...she sent me three...and if she didn't live so far away and if it didn't border on the edge of being creepy, I'd probably get in my car and drive to her house to hug her.
I mean, LOOK AT THE PRETTY BOOKS SHE SENT ME!!!!
Where the Stars Still Shine - Trish Doller
Stolen as a child from
her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than
ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be
like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most
of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by
memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is
finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her
back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida,
Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be
part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who
seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.
Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love,
betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who
want their stories gritty and utterly true
Mariana - Susanna Kersley
The first time Julia
Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew that it was her
house. And now that she’s at last become its owner, she suspects that
she was drawn there for a reason.
As if Greywethers were a portal
between worlds, she finds herself transported into seventeenth-century
England, becoming Mariana, a young woman struggling against danger and
treachery, and battling a forbidden love.
Each time Julia travels
back, she becomes more enthralled with the past...until she realizes
Mariana’s life is threatening to eclipse her own, and she must find a
way to lay the past to rest or lose the chance for happiness in her own
My Name Is Memory - Ann Brashares
From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Last Summer (of You and Me) comes an imaginative, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime.
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life
after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite
her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it
all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and
recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a
curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together
throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A
love always too short.
Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's
unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive
history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia,
the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each
other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in
the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared
past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their
attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart
reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the
way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.
Thank you, Katie! Thank you, Chaotic Goddess Swaps! I can't wait to start reading :)