Sunday, May 17, 2009

In My Mailbox ( 5/11 to 5/16)

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.

For Review:

The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison ( Hardcover/ April 2009/ Harper Teen)

He was once a king, turned into a bear as punishment for his cruel and selfish deeds.

She was a once a princess, now living in the form of a hound.

Wary companions, they are sent—in human form—back to a time when magic went terribly astray. Together they must right the wrongs caused by this devastating power—if only they can find a way to trust each other.

But even as each becomes aware of an ever-growing attraction, the stakes are rising and they must find a way to eliminate this evil force—or risk losing each other forever.

It's actually funny that I got this. Since, the day before I received The Princess and the Bear in the mail, I saw it in Barnes and Noble and was instantly intrigued. Intrigued to the point were I almost bought it, though it's good I didn't or I would now have two copies.

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted ( ARC/ September 2009/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt )

In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.

Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.

But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering.

Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

Oooh, this book looks SO good. I love the idea of hooks for hands.

Slept Away by Julie Kraut ( Paperback/ May 2009/Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Laney Parker is a city girl through and through. For her, summertime means stepping out of her itchy gray school uniform and into a season of tanning at rooftop swimming pools, brunching at sidewalk cafes, and—as soon as the parents leave for the Hamptons—partying at her classmates’ apartments.

But this summer Laney’s mother has other plans for Laney. It’s called Camp Timber Trails and rustic doesn’t even begin to describe the un-air-conditioned log cabin nightmare. Laney is way out of her element—the in-crowd is anything but cool, popularity seems to be determined by swimming skills, and the activities seem more like boot camp than summer camp.

Splattered with tie dye fall out, stripped of her cell, and going through Diet Coke withdrawal, Laney is barely hanging on. Being declared the biggest loser of the bunk is one thing, but when she realizes her summer crush is untouchably uncrushable in the real world, she starts to wonder, can camp cool possibly translate to cool cool?

Summer camp might just turn this city girl’s world upside down!

This looks like it's going to be super cute.

Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe ( ARC/ September 2009/ Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school. But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees. As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad--and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...

I already finished this and it was so good! You definitely have to go pre-order it sometime soon. :)

The Duplicates:


After The Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr ( Hardcover/ May 2009/ Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
Maia Morland is pretty, only not pretty-pretty. She’s smart. She’s brave. She’s also a self-proclaimed train wreck.Leigh Hunter is smart, popular, and extremely polite. He’s also completely and forever in love with Maia Morland.Their young love starts off like a romance novel—full of hope, strength, and passion. But life is not a romance novel and theirs will never become a true romance. For when Maia needs him the most, Leigh betrays both her trust and her love.Told with compassion and true understanding, After the Moment is about what happens when a young man discovers that sometimes love fails us, and that, quite often, we fail love.


One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin ( Hardcover/ May 2009/ Random House)


Fifteen-year-old Finn has always felt out of place, but suddenly her world is unraveling. It all started with The Party. And Adam Porter. And the night in September that changed everything. The only person who knows about that night is Audrey—Finn's best friend, her witness to everything and the only person (under thirty) Finn trusts implicitly. So when Finn's childhood friend Jersy moves back into town—reckless, beautiful boy Jersy, all lips and eyes and hair so soft you'd want to dip your fingers into it if you weren't careful—Finn gives her blessing for Audrey to date him. After all, how could she possibly say no to Audrey?

With Audrey gone for the summer, though, Finn finds herself spending more and more time with Jersy, and for the first time since September, for the first time in her life maybe, something feels right—absolutely, stunningly right. But Finn can't be the girl who does this to her best friend...can she?


From Contest:


Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters ( Hardcover/ May 2009/ Hyperion )

The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.

Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.

From Library:


Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

The Bought:

Wings by Aprilynne Pike ( Hardcover/ May 2009/ Harper Teen)

Aprilynne Pike's WINGS is the first of four books about an ordinary girl named Laurel who discovers she is a faerie sent among humans to guard the gateway to Avalon. When Laurel is thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she's torn between a human and a faerie love, as well as her loyalties to both worlds.


17 comments:

  1. Crazy beautiful? Give up the ghost?? sigh

    that is some nice book love there!
    happy readig

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  2. Great books!

    Have fun reading them!

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  3. I really want to read One Lonely Degree. Happy reading!

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  4. Awesome week! I'll definitely pre-order 'Give Up The Ghost'!!! :D

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  5. Yeay!!! for having such a great book week. Crazy Beautiful leaves me salivating as does Give up the Ghost. I cannot wait to see what you think about them :)

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  6. Does duplicates mean you are going to have a contest soon? I totally want After the Moment and One Lonely Degree!

    Slept Away has shown up in many places this week! It's the IT book of the month!

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  7. The books look so summary, expect for Crazy Beautiful. I hope you enjoy them.

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  8. Yup, I pretty much want to read all of these haha. I hope you enjoy them!

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  9. crazy Beautiful sounds amazing. I hope you enjoy it!

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  10. Wow great week! Even getting acouple duplicates ;)

    Happy reading!

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  11. Wow, what a week! The new C.K. sounds so good!

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  12. I just suddenly started hearing about Crazy Beautiful and now I'm DYING to read it. Can't wait to hear what you think about it.

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  13. Awesome books you got this week. They all sound fantastic. Enjoy.

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  14. After the Moment was such a good book. And I am so jealous that you got Crazy Beautiful. I really want to read it. Great week!

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  15. I will take the duplicates off your hands. ;) You got a good selection this week!

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