Sunday, January 11, 2009

In My Mailbox (1/5 to 1/10)

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.

The September Sisters by Jillian Cantor

Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other's throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart, and pretends that they're best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is the only clue to the mystery of her kidnapping. Abby struggles to cope with her own feelings of guilt and loss as she tries to keep her family together. When her world is at its bleakest, Abby meets a new neighbor, Tommy, who is dealing with his own loss, and the two of them discover that love can bloom, even when it's surrounded by thorns.

This exquisitely written first novel illustrates life as it truly is—filled with fear and danger, hope and love, comfort and uncertainty. (from

I'm about halfway done with this and It is amazing!! One of the best books I've read so far this year.

Golden Girl by Micol Ostow

Paige, Spencer, and Madison have it all: the looks, the connections, the money, the boys. As the daughters of three of the most prestigious families on Philadelphia's Main Line (read: old money, and lots of it) and the ruling juniors at Bradford Prep, nothing can stand in their way....except, perhaps, their own dark secrets. When an old frenemy from Paige's hidden past shows up at Bradford and plays nice--too nice--Paige is desperate to smother the threat. How far will she go to silence the truth? (from

I read 30 guys in 30 days last summer and loved it. So, I hope this going to be just as great!

Need by Carrie Jones

Now fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr have a new author to devour . . . Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has all the elements to keep teens rapidly turning the pages.

I won this in a contest on IB Teens Blog. It funny, actually, that I won this since the day that I got the email from Perla saying I had won, I had been just been at Barnes and Noble looking for it. Fortunately, they didn't have it or I would have two copies right now. lol. Anyway, it looks like it's going to be great!

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more. (from publishers website)

I have heard wonderful things about this.

Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison

Leesie Hunt has many rules: No kissing. No sex. No dating outside the Mormon faith.
When Michael Walden—a deep-sea diver who lost his parents in a violent hurricane—arrives in town, Leesie sees someone who needs her.

They fall for one another, even though his dreams are tied to the depths of the ocean and hers to salvation above.

Will their intense chemistry be too strong to resist?

Leesie and Michael must make the hardest choice of their lives: whether to follow their beliefs or their hearts.

Readers will be swept away by this tale of forbidden romance told in online chats, Leesie’s chapbook poems, and Michael’s dive log. It’s as steamy as Twilight and just as clean. (from

I won this in a contest at Laura's Review Bookshelf. Anyway, it looks like it's going to be great!


  1. Awesome books! I want to read Taken By Storm as well! =)

  2. You've had a great week!

    The September Sisters sounds awesome!

  3. Did you receive the book yet? It really is a fantastic book! I absolutely adored it!

  4. I love the covers for all the books!

  5. Graceling was fabulous. I'm really looking forward to reading The September Sisters and Goldengirl.

  6. The September Sisters looks really interesting. Also, Graceling is fantastic.

  7. Oh, I really want Need as well. And the September Sisters DOES sound really good. I'm glad you are enjoying it so far. :)


  8. what an awesome list of books! i can't wait to hear what you think!!

  9. Everyone seems to be getting the September Sisters...looks good, huh? You got a bunch of great books this week! I have GoldenGirl too....


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