Sunday, January 25, 2009

In My Mailbox (1/20 to 1/24)

I am "stealing" this from The Story Siren. If you want to find out more about it click here. Anyway, these are books I got this week at the bookstore, library, and in the mail, of course. All summaries are either from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

The Anatomy Of Wings by Karen Foxlee

Ten-year-old Jennifer Day lives in a small mining town full of secrets. Trying to make sense of the sudden death of her teenage sister, Beth, she looks to the adult world around her for answers.

As she recounts the final months of Beth’s life, Jennifer sifts through the lies and the truth, but what she finds are mysteries, miracles, and more questions. Was Beth’s death an accident? Why couldn’t Jennifer—or anyone else—save her?

Through Jennifer’s eyes, we see one girl’s failure to cross the threshold into adulthood as her family slowly falls apart.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you would know that I had this featured on one of my Waiting On Wednesdays a few weeks back. So, you can just image how happy I was when I saw this was in my mailbox! :)

Farey Rebels: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson

There are humans at the bottom of the garden, and a glimpse inside their forbidden House convinces the fierce young faery known as Knife that they have knowledge that could help her dying people.

But if the human world has so much to offer, why is the faery Queen determined to keep her people away from it? Is there a connection between the House and the faeries' loss of magic? And why is Knife so drawn to the young Paul McCormick — that strangest of creatures, a human male? ( from Author's web site)

I am so so so excited about this!!!!!!!

Triple Shot Bettys In Love by Jody Gehrman

Geena is freaking out. She's been going out with Ben for five months, their relationship is comfortable and perfect, and then Bam! he's suddenly putting the pressure on to be way more physical. She's not sure she's ready. Enter Mr. Rex Sands, Geena's delectably hot and brilliant English substitute teacher (he speaks to her soul!), on whom her best friend Amber develops an immediate crush when he stops by the Triple Shot Betty coffee shack. Amber needs Geena's help talking to him because he is such an intellectual, so Geena finds herself writing love notes, MySpace messages, and texts to Mr. Sands under Amber's name. And he writes back! Geena is just doing it all for Amber (sort of), so it's not technically cheating on Ben . . . right?

In this romantic and playful update of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jody Gehrman reintroduces readers to Geena, Amber, and the Sonoma gang as they walk the rocky and confusing path toward true love.

Jody was nice enough to send me a singed ARC of this! I can't wait to read it.

The Elite by Jennifer Banash

From the top, you can see everything…except yourself.

When Casey McCloy steps into the elegant Bramford building, she’s overwhelmed. Fresh from the Midwest, she’s moved to New York’s Upper East Side to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, platinumblond. She’s not just Casey’s new classmate and neighbor; she’s an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal-pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one welltimed whisper. Better to be on her good side.

But after a city-haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people—including Drew, the boy-about-town who Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone.

In Too Deep by Jennifer Banash

If you don’t belong here— you just don’t belong…

The Bramford building’s newest resident and small-town transplant Casey McCloy is adapting to life in the Big Apple and loving it. She’s got the look, the attitude, and a delish new boyfriend, Drew Van Allen. But she’s starting to have second thoughts as to whether the “New York” Casey is the real Casey. And she’s not so sure she likes herself much anymore. She’s not the only one.

Madison Macallister has always had her Manolo Blahniks firmly planted on the top rung of the social ladder—until that corn-fed cow Casey stole Drew away from her and made her look the fool. So what if Madison wasn’t exactly dating Drew at the time? She wanted him. And everyone knows that Madison gets what she wants, like Drew—and a little revenge.

I won both of these in Alexa Young's week long birthday contest. I was so excited because I have been wanting to read these books for a long time.

Deadly Little Secret: A Touch Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help--but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.

From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite.

This book looks great!

3 Willows: by Ann Brashares

Click here to see my review of it.

Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Meet Jordy. He’s on his own in New York City. Nobody to depend on; nobody depending on him. And it’s been working fine.Until this girl comes along. She’s 18 and blond and pretty–her world should be perfect. But she’s seen things no one should ever see in their whole life–the kind of things that break a person. She doesn’t seem broken, though. She seems . . . innocent. Like she doesn’t know a whole lot. Only sometimes she does.The one thing she knows for sure is that the world is an ugly place. Now her life may depend on Jordy proving her wrong. So they hit the road to discover the truth–and there’s no going back from what they find out.This deeply felt, redemptive novel reveals both the dark corners and hidden joys of life’s journey–and the remarkable resilience of the human soul.

Catherine was giving away copies of this to a handful of people who promised to promote the book in some way. So, I asked for a copy and I got one. Plus, it's signed.

A Borders bookstore was closing a few miles away from my house and they were selling everything ( even their selves) for at least 40% off. I was so excited!! As you can see, this resulted in the buying of 13 books and an empty wallet. Though, I got a ton of great books that I've been wanting to read for a while now! :)

Here's the official list(from top to bottom):

  1. Party Games by Whitney Lyles
  2. The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren Wendy Toliver
  3. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter
  4. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
  5. This Years Model by Carol Alt
  6. The Lost Queen by Frewin Jones
  7. Frenemies by Alexa Young
  8. Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year by Amy Belasen and Jacob Osborn
  9. Spells & Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski
  10. Catwalk by Deborah Gregory
  11. A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins
  12. Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes ( I haven't heard the greatest things about this, but I still want to give it a try.)
  13. Wicked by Sara Shepard

I have had a great week for books! I can't wait to see what I get next week.


  1. About a year ago we had a local-ish Borders closing, I went and snapped up a few things during the 40% off sale, not as many as you though!

  2. Becoming Chloe- I got a copy from her also! I've already started reading it but have been busy. So far I love it. Plus it has an amazing cover.

  3. OOh, you got Deadly Little Secrets! That was definitely one of my favorite books in '08!

    Becoming Chloe is really good too.

    Anatomy of Wings and 3 Willows look really good too!

  4. OOh, you got Deadly Little Secrets! That was definitely one of my favorite books in '08!

    Becoming Chloe is really good too.

    Anatomy of Wings and 3 Willows look really good too!

  5. WOW! You had an amazing week. I am definately jealous. Faery Rebels has been one of the books that I have been yearning for. I cannot wait to see what you think of it :)

    Have a good week, and happy reading :)

  6. Great stuff!

    I went to a Waldenbooks store closing this week, and got a bunch of stuff for 40% off too. Sad to see so many bookstores closing though.

  7. I'd be interested to see what you think of A New Dawn.. its got some pretty good stuff in it!

  8. Wow! You had a really fantastic week!

  9. Poor Borders, lucky you! That's a great bunch of books. I got the Elite in a contest last year and still can't wait to begin!

  10. !!!! i would love to gave faery rebels!! so jealous! and so jealous of your sale deals!! what a fabulous book week for you!

  11. You got so many amazing books this week!

    I, too, want to read Faery Rebels so badly. :)

  12. lucky!! i can like never get more then six books because of the price, and in result i am like SERIOUSLY low on book money!

    tell me if you like any of the books, lauren

  13. you really did have an amazing week. that's so insane, but really awesome, of course!


  14. Wow, you have a great week with books! Lucky!:)
    Have a great week!


  15. I'd love to see my book in your stack!
    Beth Fehlbaum, author
    Courage in Patience, a story of hope...
    Ch. 1 is online!


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