In My Mailbox ( 6/29 to 7/3)

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:

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog ( ARC/ Random House/ June 2009)

A captivating and witty dark fantasy that will have girls lusting after it.

Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies and stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan’s no longer sure what’s best for everyone, or whether her and Cam’s love can weather an uncertain future.

I'm sooooo excited about this one!!!

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

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.

This is my second copy of this. I guess I'll be giving it away sometime soon, possibly.

The Last Summer by Kathryn Williams ( Hardcover/ July 14, 2009/Hyperion Books for Children)

"I died one summer, or I almost did. Part of me did. I don't say that to be dramatic, only because it's true."

For the past nine years, Helena Waite has been returning to summer camp at Southpoint. Every year the camp and its familiar routines, landmarks, and people have welcomed her back like a long-lost family member. But this year she is returning not as a camper, but as a counselor, while her best friend, Katie Bell remains behind. All too quickly, Helena discovers that the innocent world of campfires, singalongs, and field days have been pushed aside for late night pranks on the boys' camp, skinny dipping in the lake, and stolen kisses in the hayloft. As she struggles to define herself in this new world, Helena begins to lose sight of what made camp special and the friendships that have sustained her for so many years. And when Ransome, her longtime crush, becomes a romantic reality, life gets even more confusing.

Told with honesty and heart, Kathryn Williams' second novel tackles the timeless theme of growing up, set at a camp where innocence is created and lost.

This book was pretty good! Look out for my review of it which is coming soon. Well as soon as I write it.

Viola In Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani ( ARC/ September 1, 2009/ Harper Teen)

Shipped off to boarding school in South Bend, Indianna, city girl and aspiring filmmaker Viola Chesterton feels out of place with her three new roommates. Missing her life back home, Viola is tempted to hide behind her video camera all year. But first impressions are often wrong, and soon Viola realizes she’s in for the most incredible year of her life—if only she can put the camera down and let the world in.

USA Today calls powerhouse adult author Adriana Trigiani “one of the reigning queens of women’s fiction.” Viola in Reel Life follows on the heels of Adriana's debut on the Harper list, the instant New York Times bestselling adult novel Very Valentine, and she has now brought to life—with a spot-on teen voice—a new series about four friends finding their place at boarding school and the world at large.

Adriana is one of the nicest authors I've talked to yet. Though, most authors are that way. :) Anyway, I hope I heart this book, it looks fantastic.

From Library:

Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

When Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth..

I love the Gallagher Girl series!!

Once Dead Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.

Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.

With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.

Haven't heard the greatest stuff about this, but I still want to see for myself how it is.


  1. You've got some great books this week! I've only read Once Dead, Twice Shy out of that list and really liked it! Enjoy your books this week!

  2. Great haul this week! Fairy Tale looks really good (plus, I really like the cover art). Happy reading

  3. Fairy Tale and Crazy Beautiful are on my 'I want desperately' list! Enjoy!

  4. You had some great books this week. I so want to read Crazy Beautiful and hope you enjoy it. Fairy Tale was a great book and i really loved it. Enjoy your reads :)

  5. ohh! nice book week! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

  6. i want Crazy beautiful SOOOOOOOOO BAD!!!! aghhhh must read!

  7. I'm pretty much jealous of all the books you got :P

    And Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover is amazing! That series keeps getting better and better with every book!

  8. You always get so many great books. Enjoy!

  9. I would love to read Viola In Reel Life!! I look books where the main character is off in boarding school. It looks amazing.

    The Last Summer looks really good, too. I love these summer books! I can't wait to get my hands on it.

    Enjoy the books!

  10. Once again, someone who got nothing but books I want. Oy! Hope you enjoy them all. Looking forward to your reviews!

    ~Briana :D

  11. Lots of great stuff. Looking forward to the Trigiani book. Enjoy!!

  12. Great books, Lauren! I LOVE the Gallagher Girls series and book #3 is my favorite so far. Adored it!

  13. Great week, lucky you! I really want to read Viola in Reel Life. Boarding school + filmmaking= perfect for me!

  14. I can't believe you (and other people) have been getting an extra copy of Crazy Beautiful but I have yet to get my first copy, lol. *is jealous of all of you*

    Great haul this week! Fairy Tale is awesome. And I have the rest of the books in my TBR pile- can't wait to get to them.

  15. lovely books! Looking forward to read Lost summer, I like the cover,
    enjoy reading!

  16. You've got some amazing books! Happy reading!

  17. I loved The Lost Summer when I read it! Also Fairy Tale looks really great!

  18. All of those books sound really great! I hope you enjoy them all :)


  19. I look forward to hear your thoughts on The Lost Summer! :)

  20. All these books look great. I havea few of them in my TBR pile. I need to get Fairy Tale. Enjoy!

  21. Great books you got this week, hope you enjoy them all.

  22. You got a lot of great books this week, Lauren! I would love to read all of them(most of the books are already on my WL) :)

    Enjoy your books!

  23. I am so jealous! I can't wait to read Fairy Tale -- I'll look for your review.


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