Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Blogger Holiday Swap

I was excited to participate in the Book Blogger Holiday Swap this year.  Being my first year, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I enjoyed choosing items to send to my person and excited to see what would be sent to me.  My secret Santa sent a variety of fun items. One new book (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact), an ARC (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), a fun desk calendar, a small journal, and two bookmarks (one can never have too many bookmarks, I love to collect them myself).  Thanks to Tiffany Harkleroad for being my secret Santa.  I must apologize to my secret Santa, I did not put my name and/or blog name on it, I thought it was really supposed to be secret.  Oops.  Still, I hope Danielle at Mercurial Musings enjoys her gifts.

BLURB: Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different - but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imaginings!

Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet - a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Scrobblers on motorbikes with nets big enough to fit a human boy. Gnashers with no eyes, but monstrous mouths full of teeth. Flittercrakes with bat-like bodies and the faces of men. Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and a mystery that involves the safety of his entire school. They soon realize that the creatures are after something in our world - something that only human children possess.

BLURB: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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