In My Mailbox (2/23 to 2/28)

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:

The ABC's Of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro

Parker Stanhope has played soccer practically since she could walk. And now that she’s a high school junior, everything she’s worked for is finally coming together. She’s paid her dues on the field, and as an upperclassman, she’s a shoo-in for the varsity team. But that’s not what happens.

This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. Now, she’s stuck with the freshmen, her friends are cutting her loose, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. But Parker is determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team, and she has the perfect plan. All she needs now is the right kind of coach.

I won this in one of the contests Yan ( Books By Their Cover) had. Anyway, I'm super excited about it because it looks really cute and I've heard great things about it. Oh, and did I mention it's SIGNED!!

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. I'm a living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I can raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. I’m running for my life with three of my supernatural friends and we have to find someone who can help us gain our freedom back before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

Excuse me, while I go do my happy dance. :)

Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

Nothing ever happened in Ondine, Louisiana, not even the summer Elijah Landry disappeared. His mother knew he ascended to heaven, the police believed he ran away, and his girlfriend thought he was murdered. Decades later, certain she saw his ghost in the town cemetery, fourteen-year-old Iris Rhame is determined to find out the truth behind "The Incident With the Landry Boy." Enlisting the help of her best friend Collette, and forced to endure the company of Collette's latest crush, Ben, Iris spends a summer digging into the past and stirring old ghosts, in search of a boy she never knew. What she doesn't realize is that in a town as small as Ondine, every secret is a family secret.

This looks really cute!

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .

This looks great!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

In Mary's world, there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?

This is yet another book that I'm extremely excited about. By the way, I just started it and it's so good!

"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed.
"It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

Since, I have no self control what so ever, as soon as I opened the package, I read the first 22 pages. Even though, I have about six books on the go. Well, I guess seven now, if you count this one. :)

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out. . .and then email the clips for Ryan to see.

In a new, groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts -- Ryan's text in the book, and Sarah's videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.
This looks interesting.

The Bought:


The Borrowed:


I had a pretty great week, don't you think? By the way, sorry for the lack of reviews this week. All of the books I've been reading lately either have to do with school or don't come out for a month or two. Though, expect a ton of posts in the coming weeks, because I have about 15 planned already, thanks to an amazing thing called scheduled posting.


  1. I am jealous, you have two books that I could kill to get my hands on. (It's okay I don't know where you live.) ABC looks fabulous and 20 Boy Summer looks delish.

  2. I really want the Forest of Hands and Feet!

  3. You got a good range of genres there!

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  5. You did have a good week! I really want 20 Boy Summmer.... very jealous!

  6. :D You remind me of my sister with your book taste. I have to go and look up 20 Boy Summer because everyone seems to be talking about it and I have absolutely no idea what its about! Happy Readings! :)

  7. you had a GREAT week. 20 Boy Summer and Coffee House Angel look great.

  8. Jealous of 20 Boy Summer and Forest of Hands and Teeth.

    I was just looking at Skeleton Creek at Walmart yesterday. I can't wait to read your review. It did look really interesting.

    Shadowed Summer was really good.

  9. I really want Skeleton Creek. It looks cool.

    Yay for Forest of Hands and Tetth and 20 Boy Summer. I got those too, and I'm soo excited.


  10. Great week! I can't wait for my copy of Coffeehouse Angel to come in the mail...

  11. Skeleton Creek looks so interesting... I saw it in the Scholastic store last week but didn't buy it! I can't wait to hear some reviews on it.

  12. You got The Awakening?! So jealous!

  13. oooh, a good bunch this week! I really want the ABC's and The Awakening.

  14. ou are so lucky. Skeleton Creek looks so intriguing, like my type of story with books and the internet, my favorite!

  15. I got SKELETON CREEK this week too and I am totally jealous of THE AWAKENING! I'd cut off my right pinky to get it! HA.

  16. You got Skeleton Creek! So jealous!

  17. Ohhh you had a great week. I am so envious of The Awakening for I really cannot wait for that book. Skeleton Creek sounds amazing...I gotta look into it. You will love the Forest of Hands and Teeth. It is brilliant.

  18. Jealous of The Awakening, happy to share the joy of reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and can't wait to read 20 Boy Summer.

    Great week, Lauren!

  19. I'd just like to say Skeleton Creek was truely crap. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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