The Mailbox Post

As you know Mailbox Monday is originally hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Marcia has decided to put Mailbox Monday on a blog tour and for the month of February the Mailbox Monday host is Laura from Library of Clean Reads.

This past week I have to say was really quiet in my mailbox. I only got two books in my mailbox. This is what came to my house:

April 2011 pub date. At sixteen, Grace Caton boards her first airplane, leaving behind the tropical papaya and guava trees of her small village in Trinidad for another island, this one with tall buildings, graceful parks, and all the books she can read. At least that’s what Grace imagines. But from the moment she touches down, nothing goes as planned. The aunt who had promised to watch over her disappears, and Grace finds herself on her own.

Grace stumbles into the colorful world of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, having been taken in hand, sort of, by a fellow islander, Sylvia. Here, she’s surrounded by other immigrants also finding their way in America. From her Orthodox Jewish landlord, Jacob, to her wannabe Jamaican friend, Kathy, who feels that every outfit can be improved with a Bedazzler and a low-cut top, there’s much to learn about her new city.

Most challenging of all is figuring out her new employers, the Bruckners, an upper-middle-class family in Manhattan. The job is strange—Grace’s duties range from taking daily nude photos of her pregnant boss (a shock to her, since she’s never even seen her own mother naked) to dressing in a traditional maid’s costume to serve Passover seder. But Grace loves four-year-old Ben, and she’s intrigued by the alternately friendly and scheming nannies who spend their days in Union Square Park, and by their constant gossip about who’s hired, who’s fired, and who, scandalously, married her boss.

As the seasons change, Grace discovers that the Bruckners have surprising secrets of their own, and her life becomes increasingly complicated and confusing. But opportunities appear in the most unexpected places, and Grace realizes that she’s living in a city—and a world—where anything is possible.

“They didn’t have to kill him…He never drank from the altar of bones.”

Cryptic dying words from a murdered homeless woman in present day San Francisco unlock a decades-buried secret that changed history. Now a pair of ruthless assassins are sent to cut the few living “loose ends.” And a young, resourceful woman on the run encounters a determined man with his own connected past and vengeful agenda. Forced to partner for survival and answers, a fast-paced and deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, taking them across the globe from the winding streets of Paris to the faded palaces of Budapest to the frozen lakes of Mongolia…where destiny, passion, and further betrayal await them.

The Altar of Bones has it all: The Russian mob. KGB spies. Presidential assasination. A doomed Hollywood legend. Deathbed confessions. Corrosive power. Shattered families. Guardians of an ancient religious icon housing a secret others will kill to possess. The dark promise of immortality. And it delivers on its ambitious premise to leave you stunned and breathless at the end. March 2011 pub date.

This is what I got what about you? Don’t forget to go and check out Laura’s blog to see what she and others got this past week.

copyright 2010, Cindy (Cindy’s Love Of Books)
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Comments

  1. I had a slow week, too, but that’s really a good thing. I hope both of your books are great!

  2. Whoa, Altar of Bones sounds fantastic! *sigh* another one for the list!! Happy Valentines day tomorrow, Cindy. Enjoy your new books.

  3. I also received “Altar of Bones”. It sounds good. I hope it delivers.

  4. Looking forward to your review of Alter of Bones. Will it have enough originality to stand out from the crowd or will it blend in with all the others before it? Hmmmm….

  5. Wow, those two books sound pretty different! I like the sound of the first one — not sure Altar of Bones would be my cup of tea. Anyway, enjoy!

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