Sunday, February 22, 2009

In My Mailbox ( 2/17 to 2/21)

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 Received:

Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund

With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin—son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance— consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship—and romance—begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbor dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. .

I actually got this on Saturday but since I wasn't home all of last weekend I had no clue about it. Anyway, I love the cover.

Something Happened by Greg Logsted

Five months after his dad's unexpected death, Billy Romero is still struggling with the loss. Billy's mom spends more time talking to her Bluetooth than to him, and his best friend, Ziggy, just doesn't get it. There's no one who understands how alone Billy feels...except his new English teacher, the young and beautiful Miss Gate.

Miss Gate offers support and friendship, even giving Billy extra help with his writing outside of school. Billy isn't really sure how he feels about spending so much time with his teacher. It's a little weird, but it's also kind of exciting that someone like Miss Gate wants to hang out with him. But the closer they get, the more Billy wonders what kind of friendship this really is....

The summary reminds me of Prey which I absolutely couldn't stand. So, hopefully, this will be better.

Winnie's War by Jenny Moss

Life in Winnie’s sleepy town of Coward Creek, Texas, is just fine for her. Although her troubled mother’s distant behavior has always worried Winnie, she’s plenty busy caring for her younger sisters, going to school, playing chess with Mr. Levy, and avoiding her testy grandmother. Plus, her sweetheart Nolan is always there to make her smile when she’s feeling low. But when the Spanish Influenza claims its first victim, lives are suddenly at stake, and Winnie has never felt so helpless. She must find a way to save the people she loves most, even if doing so means putting her own life at risk.

Winnie’s take-charge attitude will empower and inspire readers, as Jenny Moss’s lyrical writing beautifully
captures the big-time worries of a small-town girl.

This book sounds really cute.

Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.

I'm in the middle of reading this, right now, and it's so good. Defiantly one of the cutest books I've read in a while.

Two brothers are hunted throughout England by a powerful magician's circle after their mother steals a charm, and when the eldest is marked by a demon, the younger uses swords and dark arts in an effort to save him but unwittingly uncovers the darkest of secrets. ( from 2009 Debutantes)

Scott Westerfield AND Holly Black have said wonderful things about it! So, does that mean it's going to be great? I think so!

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

You know, I always thought I told you everything, but there are some things I should have said but never did. I should have told you about the time I lost your new sunglasses. I know you really liked them. I should have apologized the time I ruined your brand-new skirt, the one with the beading. I should have apologized for a lot of stuff.

I’m sorry. I’m sorry for everything.

I had no clue this was coming. So, image my surprise when I opened up a package from Harper Collins and THIS was in it. I was jumping up and down squealing. It was so embarrassing. Luckily no one was around when I was doing this. Unfortunately, I won't be able to start this for a while because I'm in the middle of a couple of other books right now.

The Bought:

Crowned by Julia Linker

Presley loves the pageant world. She knows how to work the crowd and looks gorgeous in an evening gown. But really, she needs the pageant world -- for its scholarships and opportunities. The only thing standing in her way? Her archrival, Megan, who was practically born wearing a crown and sash. Megan may be the nastiest girl on the circuit, but she has one thing that Presley doesn't: connections. And she won't hesitate to use them.

What happens when two girls will stop at nothing -- including scandalous Internet pictures, vicious message board rumors, or "accidentally" ruined hair -- to be crowned the winner? Strap on your stilettos and tuck in those shoulder's going to be a bumpy ride.

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new “it” bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan’s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life—and her social status— comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan—with Josh’s help—pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

Suite Dreams by Rachel Hawthorne

Hello, mate!(Practicing my Australian.* How am I doing?)
I'm so glad the timing worked out for this couch exchange. I'll be crashing on yours by the time you get to mine.** If you run into any problems, just find Alyssa. She'll help you out with whatever you need.***
Your couch-swapping mate,Rick
*That's cute. Go have fun in Australia and leave ME—your girlfriend for an entire semester—to waste away on campus, alone.
**Um, think again. Your couch is already taken.
***Great. Now I've got to find a place for the (unbelievably hot, it turns out) Aussie to crash. But there's only one couch available: the one in my dorm room. . . .

Paradise awaits....
Now that Cheyenne's murderer has been revealed and Reed knows the truth about who's been stalking her, she's ready to leave the heartache and turmoil of last semester behind. And what better way to recover than a five-star Caribbean vacation?
Reed is reunited with former Billings Girls Kiran and Taylor, and she and her friends take over the exclusive island. They spend their days tanning on white-sand beaches and their nights partying on sixty-foot yachts

Does anyone else think that the covers keep getting worse and worse for this series?

Also, I got anothoer copy of Purge and a book for an upcoming contest. I'm not going to say what book. So, you'll have to keep an eye out for the contest.


  1. Wowzars, you lucky duck!!! I really want to read "Geek Charming", "Kisses and Lies,","and Love You Hate You Miss You!" Thanks for the post!

  2. I'm so so so jealous you got Love You Hate You MIss You. HC is so mean not to send overseas.

    Anywho you got such a great week like always, I enjoyed looking at the beautiful covers hehe.

  3. I'm so excited, I got a copy of Love You Hate You Miss You too! I'm going to start reading it later. Your really lucky you got Breathing,I can't wait to read it!

  4. I really want to read Academy 7. You got tons of good stuff.

  5. I also have Something Happened but I am jealous of Breathing and Academy 7, they look great

  6. holy moly!! i'm so jealous! what an awesome book week! such great books!

    thanks for participating in IMM!!

  7. I also got Breathing, and I hate you for LYHYMY ;P

  8. So jealous of Breathing, LYHYMY, and Demon's Lexicon! I want them all so badly!!

  9. Oh my goodness I really want a copy of Academy 7 I really loved Anne Osterlund's first novel .

  10. Great week, huh? (: Academy 7 looks good, and so does Crowned, I really want to read that one!

  11. What a great week! I can't believe you got the latest Elizabeth Scott-so jealous. That was one of my WoW picks a couple of weeks ago.

  12. They all sound great! I love the cover of Academy 7.

  13. Great haul this week! I want to read a lot of these, xD. I've added some to my list! :)

  14. Great week - both received and purchases.

  15. Pretty books! Love You Hate You Miss You - I squeal excitedly for you!!! :) I've not heard about The Crowned, but it sounds like my sort of interesting!


  16. Yeay!! you had a really good week. Which book are you going to start with first?


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