In My Mailbox ( 6/22 to 6/27)

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:

Devoured by Amanda Marrone (ARC/ September 2009/ Simon Pulse)

Megan’s twin sister Remy died in an accident nine years ago, and she’s been haunting her ever since. Knowing how crazy that sounds, Megan keeps this secret to herself and tries to lead a normal life. But when she takes a summer job at Land of Enchantment to keep an eye on her new boyfriend and his lovesick best friend, Samantha, she meets fellow employee Luke who can see Remy, too. Things get even twistier because Megan’s new friend Ari is sporting a massive crush on Luke, who seems to be developing a massive crush on Megan…making for a love triangle that’s positively possessed.

Megan wants to keep her distance from Luke, but when Remy’s visions get crazy violent; she knows she needs his help. Because someone’s definitely in danger...the only question is who?

This looks so good! I absoulty love the cover.

Hollywood Is like High School with Money by Zoey Dean ( Paperback/ July 23rd 2009/ Grand Central Publishing)

Twenty-four-year old Taylor Henning has just landed her dream job as an assistant at a major movie studio. But when her catty coworkers trick her into almost getting fired, she realizes that the old saying "Hollywood is like school with money" just may be true. The thing is, Taylor wasn't exactly a social butterfly in high school-how is she supposed to do any better the second time around?

That's when she meets her boss's popular sixteen-year-old daughter Quinn, and has an epiphany: maybe this teenager can teach her how to use her queen bee tactics to succeed in the Hollywood popularity contest. Quinn comes up with a plan to teach Taylor one lesson a week-everything from "Fake it 'til you make it" to "It's *never* your fault"--and soon Taylor finds herself winning the war against rival assistant Kylie. Until, that is, she's directed to steal Kylie's boyfriend, and something happens that's not in the game plan: Taylor falls for the guy. Now she must do the impossible-- harness her inner mean girl while staying true to herself.

I enjoyed Privileged by her, so I can't wait to read this one!

The Bought:

Giving Up The V by Serena Robar ( Paperback/ June 2009/ Simon Pulse)

Spencer Davis just turned sixteen. But unlike most hormonal teenagers who seem obsessed with sex -- like her entire crew of friends -- Spencer just doesn't get it. She'd rather wait for the right guy and the right moment. But that moment may be arriving sooner than she'd thought.

Enter Benjamin Hopkins, a new transfer student who seems to have his eyes on our V-card-carrying heroine. He's gorgeous, funny, suave, athletic, and capable of making Spencer's knees wobble with a single glance. Spencer has never felt this way about anyone before, but is Ben truly V-worthy?

My sister and I convinced my parents to take us to a mall an hour and a half away while on vacation just because it had a Barnes and Noble. lol. Anyway, I ended up with a copy of this and I can't wait to read it. Plus, I wanted to add, that the B and N I went to was one of the nicest ones I've been too. It even signed books by a couple of popular YA authors which I thought was sooo cool.

From The Library:

Girl Stays in the Picture (The Jet Set Chronicles) by Melissa de la Cruz ( Hardcover/ June 2009/ Simon Pulse)

If you can’t be a mega-selling teen pop star, maybe you can join her entourage…

Devon—one name only, please—is the latest and jail-bait-est pop star to hit #1 on the Billboard chart and she’s making her big screen debut in Juicy. But after a stint in rehab, the studio isn’t so sure she’s their girl anymore. If they cut any more of her lines, she’ll be a silent film actress! Can Devon regain her star status? She needs to watch her back and make sure that flash doesn’t catch her causing a scene, and we don’t mean the kind you can yell "Cut!" after.

Livia has lost the weight and gained a reputation for attitude in the Hollywood party scene. Her dad’s an Oscar-winning producer, and with a hot Beverly Hills boyfriend on her arm as well as her photos all over the pages of Gossizzle.com, Livia looks like she has a perfect life. But looks can be perfectly deceiving…

And there’s fresh-faced Casey, who left a job bagging groceries at the Piggly Wiggly to play personal assistant to her best friend...and Devon’s biggest rival. She’s got the biggest crush on the biggest star of the film—a hot Brit known for loving and leaving them. Will Casey stay true to herself while trying to find a place in his universe?

Stars. They’re just like us. But what does that mean for the rest of us? Stay tuned, people.

I've heard some great things about this.

The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus ( Hardcover/ June 2009/ Harper Teen)

The bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries introduce a new heroine to root for: Jesse O'Rourke, coffee barista, high school senior, and unwitting reality TV star.

Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they've trained them on you.

When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera." . . . At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast.

As the producers manipulate the lives of their "characters" to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

This looks great!

Touch by Francine Prose ( Hardcover/ June 2009/ Harper Teen)

What really happened at the back of the bus?

Did they, or didn't they?

Did she, or didn't she?

Something happened to fourteen-year-old Maisie Willard—something involving her three friends, all boys. But their stories don't match, and the rumors spin out of control. Then other people get involved . . . the school, the parents, the lawyers. The incident at the back of the bus becomes the center of Maisie's life and the talk of the school, and, horribly, it becomes news. With just a few words and a touch, the kids and their community are changed forever.

From nationally acclaimed author Francine Prose comes an unforgettable story about the difficulties of telling the truth, the consequences of lying, and the most dangerous twist of all—the possibility that you yourself will come to believe something that you know isn't true.

This looks so good!

Well, that's it for this lovely week! Oh, and just so you all know, I'm officaly back from vacation! So, yay!! lol


  1. Welcome back Lauren ^^ you have such great books this week. I want them all haha

  2. I got the Zoey Dean one as well... and your other ones look great! I hope you enjoy.

  3. I love the cover for Devoured. It's so pretty. Hollywood is like High School looks good too. Enjoy!

  4. I want to read Touch and maybe Giving Up The V. Can't wait to see your reviews on those....

  5. These all look really good, can't wait to here what you think of them. =]

  6. Awesome books! Devoured sounds so good. And I love the cover.

    Enjoy! :D

  7. Lots of great books! I'm dying to read The Devoured.

  8. Giving Up the V and Touch sound so good! Enjoy!

  9. A great bunch of books, Lauren!

    Touch is on my WL and now I have added Devoured :)

  10. Touch... I want that too! Review it!

  11. SO JEALOUS of HILHSWM. Enjoy!!!

  12. I love the cover of Devoured! Lots of great books this week!

  13. Devoured and Touch look so good!

  14. The Real Real is great and Devoured looks awesome! Enjoy!

  15. I love Francine Prose. She's so weird and amazing.

  16. Your books look awesome this week! I hope you enjoy them all.

  17. Great books you got this week, Devoured looks reall great. Enjoy.


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