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Incoming! The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The StrainAbout the Book:

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

First line: "Once upon a time," said Abraham Setrakian’s grandmother, "there was a giant."

Received from: Part of the stash from my "No BEA, Books Anyway" book-binge weekend

My initial thoughts:

I know I’ve mentioned getting The Strain a few times already, but I’m chronicling all new book arrivals so I wanted to make sure this much-anticipated book (much anticipated on my part, I mean) gets its own Incoming! page.

I am very excited about this read, and I’m saving it to savor while I’m on vacation at the end of this month, when I will be on the beach along the foggy South Shore of Nova Scotia – perfect atmosphere for reading a book like this. There is just such an epic feel to this book, and the anticipation has been half the fun. I have high hopes that this will be a read that lives up to expectations.

(And I didn’t dare entertain the thought of getting this in audio; way too scary.)

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Here’s the first of three video trailers for the book:

And here’s Del Toro talking about his inspiration for The Strain:

Where to buy The Strain: U.S. ( | IndieBound | Canada (Chapters) | UK (

Looking for reviews?

The Strain has been reviewed at the following:

The One Ring

Flames Rising

Sci-Fi Wire

Debbie’s World of Books

Fantasy Book Critic

King of the Nerds

Incoming! Grads: Take Charge, by Kathryn Marion

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

Grads: Take Charge, by Kathryn Marion

About the Book:

Today’s college grads are entering the workforce right in the middle of the most challenging economy and job market we’ve seen in decades, and entering the “real world” woefully unprepared to deal with all the new responsibilities they will be facing on their own.

Grads need answers, and they want them fast. In this comprehensive, right to the point resource are all the answers they need to guide them …

First line: Everyone wants to land a dream job and be successful at it.

Received from: The author, Kathryn Marion

My initial thoughts:

I don’t normally feature self-published books, but my interest was piqued by this book because over the next few years, my two oldest will be heading off for university. I look at them now and even though they’re both taller than me and have been for a while, they’re still, well, my babies. How on earth are they going to survive out there on their own once they get their degrees and start working for a living?

Grads: Take Charge has an interesting format: it’s mainly written in point form, giving byte-sized nuggets of information. Flipping through the pages, I see lots of practical bits of information. And there’s a section on “Your Life” that tells them how to keep their apartments clean. (Yes, the idea of that made me smile … I’m wondering if either of mine would like to get some real-life practice now?)

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Where to buy: Take Charge Book Series

Author’s website: Real Solutions Press

Incoming! Crossed Wires, by Rosy Thornton

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

Crossed Wires, by Rosy Thornton

Crossed WiresAbout the Book:

This is the story of Mina, a girl at a Sheffield call centre, whose next customer in the queue is Peter, a Cambridge geography don, who has crashed his car into a tree stump.

Despite their differences, they’ve got a lot in common – both single, both parents, both looking for love.

Could it be that they’ve just found it?

This is a story about the small joys and tribulations of parenthood; about one-ness and two-ness; about symmetry and coincidence; about the things that separate us and the things that bring us together.

First line: ‘Autocare Direct Motor Insurance. My name is Mina, how may I help you?’

Received from: The author

My initial thoughts:

It’s funny what makes a person decide on a book sometimes. Lately I’ve really been cutting down on the number of review books I’m accepting; but in the case of Crossed Wires, I took a look at Rosy Thornton’s website and immediately thought to myself (perhaps it was that first line, “Hello, I’m Rosy and I appear to be a novelist”), I really like the way she writes.

Books and Movies, one of my favorite book blogs, recently reviewed Crossed Wires and wrote: “Thornton’s writing reminds me some of Alexander McCall Smith, although (and don’t hate me if you’re a total Smith fan) I think Ms. Thornton’s characters are more authentic, less caricature.” If I hadn’t already been sold by Thornton’s writing on her website, this would have done the trick (I enjoy McCall Smith’s writing very much).

Crossed Wires is one of the books I will be bringing with me when I go on holiday at the end of this month. This list is my “short list” of must-reads, as I’m not able to load up the van with books, as much as I would like to; I am really looking forward to reading this book while relaxing on a cool Maritimes beach.

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Rosy Thornton

“Books Should Be Books!” by Rosy Thornton In this tongue-in-cheek essay, Thornton talks about the mystifying distinction that is made between “Literature” and “Fiction” and offers up her own Utopian solution.

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Incoming! Wondrous Strange, by Lesley Livingston

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

Wondrous Strange, by Lesley Livingston

Wondrous StrangeAbout the Book:

Kelley Winslow is living her dream. Seventeen years old, she has moved to New York City and started to work with a theatre company. Sure, she’s only an understudy for the Avalon Players, a third-tier repertory company so far off- Broadway it might as well be in Hoboken, but things are looking up—the lead has broken her ankle and Kelley’s about to step into the role of Titania the Faerie Queen in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Faeries are far more real than Kelley thinks, though, and a chance encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man named Sonny Flannery plunges her into an adventure she could never have imagined.

Sonny is a Janus Guard, charged by Auberon, the King of Winter, with watching over the gate into the land of Faerie, which lies within Central Park. For Sonny, the pretty, young actress is an enigma. Strong and willful, she sparks against his senses like a firecracker, and he can’t get her out of his mind. As Hallowe’en approaches and the Samhain Gate opens, Sonny and Kelley find themselves drawn to each other—and into a terrible plot that could spell disaster for both New York and Faerie alike.

Canadian author Lesley Livingston explodes onto the stage of teen fantasy with a debut novel—the first in a planned trilogy—that puts a fresh new spin on classic faerie lore. Wondrous Strange blends a gripping plot with fully believable characters, fascinating ideas and just the right amount of romance to create a story that is vivid, thrilling and engaging. Readers of Herbie Brennan, Holly Black and Melissa Marr will find a new favourite in Lesley Livingston.

First line: “Puck’s tortured words rang in Kelley’s ears as she lifted her head, struggling against the darkness that threatened to descend upon her.”

Received from: Harper Teen Canada thoughtfully slipped this in with an ARC I had requested from them.

My initial thoughts: This is one of my favorite types of novels: one that combines both a fantasy world with the everyday. It looks very interesting.

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About the author: Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master’s degree in English – specializing in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare – which does not, however, interfere with her love of shoes and shiny things. She is a principal performer and founding member of the Tempest Theatre Group. Wondrous Strange is her first novel.

Visit the author’s Website: Lesley Livingston

Video: Author Lesley Livingston on her new book Wondrous Strange:

Where to buy Wondrous Strange online:

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Looking for Reviews?

Check out the following reviews of Wondrous Strange:

Teen Book Review

The Book Zombie

Dreaming of Books

Bookshelves of Doom

The Book Bind

Have you reviewed Wondrous Strange? Let me know, either by contacting me or in the comments below, and I will add your link to this list of reviews!

Incoming! Wit’s End, by Karen Joy Fowler

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

Wit’s End, by Karen Joy Fowler

Wit's EndAbout the Book:

At loose ends and weary from her recent losses – a father, a beloved brother – Rima Lansill comes to the home of her legendary godmother, bestselling mystery writer Addison Early, to regroup … and to search for answers. For starters, why did Addison name one of her characters – a murderer – after Rima’s father? But Addison is secretive and feisty, and consumed with protecting her famous fictional detective, Maxwell Lane, from the vagaries of the Internet. As one woman searches for truth, the other struggles to control the reality of her fiction.

Rima soon becomes enmeshed in Addison’s household of eccentrics: a formerly alcoholic cook and her irksome son, two quirky dog-walkers, and a mystery involving a stalker and Maxwell Lane himself. To her surprise, Rima discovers that the ultimate solution to this puzzle may be the new family she has found at Wit’s End.

First line: Miss Time was seated with her feet on the floor and her head on the table.

Received from: Another Costco impulse buy.

My initial thoughts:

I’m not sure what pulled me in with this one. It might have been “From the Bestselling Author of The Jane Austen Book Club” which was emblazoned on the front cover (despite the fact that I haven’t actually read The Jane Austen Book Club). It was probably the “legendary godmother, bestselling mystery writer Addison Early”. It was probably my quick scan of the first two pages while all the other Costco shoppers jostled around me …

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Incoming! Women, Wisdom & Dreams, by Anne Scott

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

Women, Wisdom & Dreams, by Anne Scott

Women, Wisdom & DreamsAbout the Book:

Women, Wisdom and Dreams: The Light of the Feminine Soul, plays a vital role in empowering women in the work of healing their lives and the world around them. In this elegant and practical guide on feminine wisdom and dreams, Anne Scott leads us into a deepening relationship with our dream world, not only to help us understand its personal significance, but also to use the insights we uncover there to help heal our world. Asking us to cultivate a courageous attentiveness to our inner lives, Anne Scott provides valuable tools for restoring the link between feminine spirituality and social change. Reclaiming the language of dreams, practicing states of inner attention and stillness in our busy lives, and gathering in groups to share from a deeper place, offer rich methods for reconnecting to the love, joy and creativity that are our birthright and contribution to life.

From the introduction:

“During a difficult time of my life, I had only my dreams to guide me. As I began to understand them, I saw how the shift in consciousness that the dreams brought me became reflected in changes in the circumstances of my life. These personal dreams were followed by more universal dreams, showing me how women can give birth to a sacred quality of being that heals and transforms their lives.”

First line: (From Part One) Our modern culture has lost its understanding of the inner world.

Received from: Lisa from Online Publicist

My initial thoughts:

This is a lovely book that’s made up of short pieces about dreams and our inner lives. I always have very vivid dreams, but have never really thought much about them beyond having just dreamed them. This might open my eyes to a new way of seeing my dreams, I think.

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Author’s website: DreamWeather Foundation

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Incoming! Do-Over! by Robin Hemley

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

Do-Over!, by Robin Hemley

Do-Over!About the Book:

Robin Hemley’s childhood made a wedgie of his memory, leaving him sore and embarrassed for more than forty years. He was stepped on in kindergarten and picked on at camp. He forgot his only line in a play in second grade and had completely lost his way by sixth. Now a middle-aged father, he’s haunted by his youth’s flops and failures, from the prom for which he was dateless to the fraternity that lost his membership.

But if kids have the luxury of calling “do-over!” when things go wrong, why can’t he? Why not return to his youth with an adult’s wisdom, perspective, and giantlike size?

At age forty-eight, a married college professor and a father of three, Robin sets out to face his formative challenges a second time. He becomes a kindergartner for a week, during which his classmates don’t understand why he gets a ride from his wife instead of his dad; plays his second-grade part, complete with angel wings and halo, in The Littlest Angel; returns to summer camp and confronts the swimming test one more time; samples fraternity life and redefines the fortysomething frat boy; sleeps over at a childhood home, where his room still exists, and even finally gets another chance to go to the prom – at his actual former high school and with his former crush!

First line: (From Chapter One) Most likely, you don’t remember your nemesis in kindergarten, but I remember mine, probably because I had two.

Received from: Hachette Books

My initial thoughts:

I was very pleased to receive this book for review: it looks like a fun read, and I love the idea of being able to call “do-over!”. Another great beach read, I’m thinking – we’re headed out to the Maritimes for holidays soon, so there’s lots of beach days ahead. Perfect timing.

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Incoming! The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, by Joshilyn Jackson

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, by Joshilyn Jackson

The Girl Who Stopped SwimmingAbout the Book:

Laurel Gray Hawthorne hasn’t seen a ghost in the thirteen years she and her husband have lived in their beautiful gated community. Then, in the dog days of a Florida August, she wakes to find Molly, her daughter’s best friend, standing by her bed, who then leads her to her own small body floating lifelessly in the Hawthornes’ pool. Laurel’s carefully constructed existence cracks, and the past seeps through …

Laurel and her sister, Thalia, grew up in what looked like a typical blue-collar home. But the Grays have long been hiding a skeleton in their closet. While Laurel built her “perfect” life, Thalia became an actress with a capital A, a woman who doesn’t fit in Laurel’s tidy world. Now Molly can’t rest until someone learns her secrets. Laurel turns to her sister, and together they begin a journey that will unearth their family’s history, the true state of Laurel’s marriage, and what really happened to … the girl who stopped swimming.

First line: Until the drowned girl came to Laurel’s bedroom, ghosts had never walked in Victorianna.

Received from: Won in a giveaway from Julie’s Jewels

My initial thoughts:

I’ve seen some great reviews of this book at other book blogs, so when the chance to win this came up, I decided to enter my name in the draw. I think it will be a great summer read.

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Incoming! The Anna-Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure, by L.S. Cauldwell

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

The Anna-Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure, by L.S. Cauldwell

The Anna-Mae Mysteries: The Golden TreasureAbout the Book:

Twelve-year-old Anna Mae Botts, her eight-year-old brother Malcolm, and Anna Mae’s best friend Raul Garcia, face a ghostly black fist on their first day of school.  It blocks their entrance into school, while dropping paper clues about Jefferson Davis’ lost Civil War gold. Things get more complicated when a school fire occurs.

Mysterious events soon overtake Raul, Malcolm, and Anna Mae at school as well as at home. Rats, alphabet noodle clues, floating chalk, and phantom false-bottom wagons lead the tweens to travel the same route by car that was taken by Jefferson Davis and his gold-laden wagon train.

With divining rods given to her by her granma, computer printouts, and Spirit Journey memories that take her back to a Civil War past, Anna Mae, Raul, and Malcolm find Jefferson Davis’ lost gold treasure, part of it buried on Chennault Plantation and more of it in a vacant lot on the outskirts of Warthen, Georgia.

First line: At the beginning of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, took out a loan from a French Banking House of Emile Erlanger for $15 million dollars.

Received from: The author

My initial thoughts:

This looks like a fun paranormal mystery, and the cover art is very nicely done (it reminds me a bit of a graphic novel). I always enjoy good children’s mysteries with a paranormal twist – for me, it combines two of my favorite genres. I’ve got a few titles ahead of this one but it looks like it will be a good read.

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Incoming! Audition, by Barbara Walters

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

Audition, by Barbara Walters

AuditionAbout the Book:

Barbara Walters, arguably the most important woman in the history of television, has had an amazingly full life. In the bestselling Audition, she describes her extraordinary public and private journey.

Initial thoughts:

I picked this up at Costco – I confess, I make the bulk of my impulse book purchases at Costco. We go weekly (we live in the suburbs, and shopping is just about the only form of entertainment around here – it’s a good thing I’m bookish), and the book tables are always so enticing.

I have this thing about memoirs and autobiographies – I love reading them, but it often takes me a while to get through one. I’ve learned that it’s better for me to just get my own copy rather than borrow it from the library. I’m not exactly stellar about remembering due dates and when I should be renewing, so to be honest, I end up racking up nearly enough late fees to have purchased a book in the first place!

This is a memoir I’ve had on my TBR list for a while now. Barbara Walters is an intriguing woman, and I know I will enjoy this book. Glancing through the chapter titles only serves to confirm this: “A very normal girl”, “Don’t let the bastards get your down”, “Heads of State: The Good, the Bad, and the Mad” – they make me want to pop straight into various chapters.

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Here’s Barbara Walters talking about Audition:

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