Sunday, April 5, 2009

In My Mailbox ( 3/30 to 4/4)

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 from either Barnes and Noble, Amazon or Goodreads.

The Received:

Hate List by Jennifer Brown (ARC/September '09/ Little Brown)

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saves the life of a classmate, but is implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things they hated. The list her boyfriend used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

This looks so GOOD! Though, I'm not a big fan of the cover, for some reason.

Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita ( ARC/ May 5, 2009/ Little Brown)

When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend, she's not ready to spend the summer listening to the two of them call each other "pookie." Sick of being a third wheel, Sam applies to be a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp in the New York Catskills. But what she doesn't realize is that it's not going to be all Kumbaya sing-alongs and gooey s'mores. If Ashley, the alpha queen of Whispering Pines, doesn't ruin Sam's summer, then her raging crush on the surfer-blond and flirtatious Hunter just might. At least she has playful Cole, who's always teasing her, but is oh-so-comfortable to hang out with, and the singular gang of girls that become fast friends with Sam-they call themselves the Sleepaway Girls.
Looks cute!

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink ( ARC/August 2009/ Little Brown)

Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her. Debut novelist Michelle Zink takes readers on an unforgettable journey where one sister's fateful decision could have an impact of Biblical proportions. Prophecy of the Sisters is the first of three books.

I started jumping up and down when I saw this book in the package from Little Brown!

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci ( ARC/ August 2009/ Little Brown)

Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside)and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!

Another book I'm extremely excited to read!

A Sweet Disorder by Jacueline Kolosov ( ARC/June 2009/Hyperion)

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Sixteen-year old Miranda has no idea how much her life is going to change upon hearing the news of her father's death. Left with little dowry to offer, Miranda faces a broken engagement, and is sent to live with her father's cousin, the Count John Hardwood, and his wife whose primary goal is to take her to Court and marry her off to the insufferable Lord Seagrave for their own profit. At Queen Elizabeth's court, Miranda soon learns that a large part of her survival will depend on her knowing who to trust. All the maidens at Court dream of being one of the Queen's ladies in waiting. When Miranda distinguishes herself from the rest with her exquisite sewing and embroidery skills, she gets the attention of the Queen, much to the anger and jealousy of the courtiers, ladies in waiting, and even a trusted "friend." As Miranda begins to win the Queen's favor, she is given the ultimate test-to recreate Elizabeth's mother's (Ann Boleyn) coronation gown. Miranda knows this is her opportunity to escape the shackles of convention and get out of a marriage to Lord Seagrave and instead establish an independent life at Court as the Queen's seamstress. But how will she reunite with Henry Raleigh, the man to whom she was once promised, and has always loved?With sophisticated writing, an eye for historically accurate detail, and a flair for suspense, Jacqueline Kolosov re-creates the intrigues of Elizabethan society with a vividness and immediacy that will make teen readers recall the pleasures and tensions of their own lives.

This look great, too. Plus, the cover on the ARC is extremely pretty.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray (ARC/September '09/Random House)

A dark comedy about a 16 year old boy named Cameron who has mad cow disease and a 16 year dwarf named Gonzo who he met in the hospital. Gonzo is a video gamer who thinks that everything is trying to kill him. Cameron has visitation from a punkish angel named Dulcie who has a propensity for spray-painting her wings. They are all on a mission to get to Disneyworld.

Libba Bray is one of my favorite authors! So, you can just image the lovely happy dance I did when I got this. lol. I think my mom was extremely freighted.

The Treasure Map Of Boys by E. Lockhart ( ARC/ July '09/ Random House)

Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it's her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what's more: Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Ruby's already-sucky reputation is heading downhill. Not only that, she's also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances. In this companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true love--if such a thing exists.

I LOVE Ruby Oliver novels!

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot (ARC/ May '09/ Point)

Things aren't pretty for Emerson Watts.

Em was sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a brainiac the body of a teenaged supermodel.

But it turned out she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's gone mysteriously missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who's intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts.

How can Em balance all that with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. Johns - especially when she's got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side...

Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren't really airheads after all...especially one model in particular.

But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki.

Sooooooooooooo excited about this! I even got an extremely cute book mark in the package.

I also got:

(Re) Cycler by Lauren Mclaughlin ( ARC/ August '09/ Random House) which looks interesting, though I haven't read the first one yet

Fat Cat (ARC/ October '09/ Random House) by Robin Brande which looks good, too.

Castration Celebration by Jake Wizner ( ARC/ May '09/ Random House) which dosen't look like something I would ever read, but I'll give it a try.

An AMAZING week!


  1. Aw! You've got all Arcs. I'm so jealous :P

  2. AHHHH!! The Treasure Map of Boys! Luckkkkkyyyy! I'm super jealous.

  3. Definitely an amazing week! I forgot about Hate List, and now I'm even more jealous! ;) It sounds so interesting!

  4. ohoh Hate List. I just emailed about that one this week. I hope it comes soon. Were those randomhouse books from the randombuzzers arc pack?

  5. OMG!!!! going bovine!!! drool

    trasure map of boys looks SOOOO cute!!!

    and you will love Prophecy!!!

    cant wait to see what you think

  6. Awesome week! And ahhh you got a copy of the Hate List? LUCKY!

  7. Ahh oh my gosh Sleepaway Girls and Being Nikki! :O Those two are on my wishlist!! How did you get Being Nikki? I see a number of people getting it. Please reply (at my blog because I might forget to check back here)!

    Lucky lucky Lauren!


  8. Hate List sounds really good. I'd love to read that.

  9. You must be in ARC heaven! I love both Jake Wizner (spanking shakespeare) and Robin Brande (evolution, me, and other freaks of nature). Hope you enjoy them too!

  10. So jealous of Treasure Map of Boys, (Re)Cycler, Fat Cat, and Geektastic. I'm a tad jealous of Going Bovine too, lol. How did you get all those Random House books? I want!

    And I don't really like the cover for Hate List either. It's just so bland and dark and blah.

  11. Wow Hate List does look really good-and I agree about the cover! Enjoy your ARCs!

  12. Amazing week. I like Going Bovine the most, hope you'll read and review it soon! : )

  13. Ah, I'm SO jealous.

    I really really want Geektastic as it looks like such fun and I'm a self-claimed geek. :)

    And Hate List sounds AMAZING! I love books that deal with school shootings. It's very interesting to me, and this one is a bit unique. I want itt.


  14. Sleepaway Girls.....omg it sounds so good, you are SO lucky! And I'm totally with you on Castration Celebration. I HAVE to read it??? Great week for you!

  15. wow! what a great book week! can't wait to see what you think of them all!! happy reading!

  16. What a great week, they all sound amazing.

  17. Wow - so many great things this week. (And all those ARCs!) I'm kind of envious ;)

  18. Yeay!! I am sooo very happy for you and your amazing book stash. Going Bovine is a true want of mine and I hope that you enjoy it and can't wait to hear about it.

  19. all fantastic books! I'm really craving going bovine!!!

  20. So many great books! I'm very jealous of Going Bovine and
    Prophecy of the Sisters. Happy Reading!

  21. Yes, you had a wonderful week!!

  22. You got Geektastic and The Treasure Map of Boys? You have no idea how envious I am of you at this moment.

    I agree about the cover of Hate List. I'm not to fond of it, either. But it sounds amazing. Definatley a book I want to check out.


  23. You got Being Nikki too, nice! Prophecy of the Sisters sounds interesting.

  24. Hope you enjoy Castration Celebration!

  25. Aw I'm so jealous! You got Going Bovine, my parents would prob freak if they saw me reading that...but whatever, I really love Libba Bray's books.

    Wdebo :)

  26. Prophecy of the Sisters looks good and so does Hate List! Great week!

  27. so jealous of Going bovine! Happy reading, you got tons of really great books

  28. You're right! Awesome week!

    I just got Hate List today and am so excited to read it!

  29. You've had the best week so far! you have no idea how jealous I am. Going Bovine, Being Nikki. I've been DYING to read Sleepaway Girls haha and that first book looks really really good!

  30. Oooh I'm jealous of A Sweet Disorder, I LOVE historical fiction.


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