Sunday, September 6, 2009

In My Mailbox ( 8/31 to 9/5)

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:

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.

An extremely amazing book, I highly suggest you pre-order this one. Oh, and of course my review is coming soon. :)

The Duplicates:

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.


Yes, this is my second of copy of this ( You can check out my review here for it if you like!). So, I think I'm just going to give it to a friend for her upcoming birthday or give it away here. Oh, and you have to check out Jackson's videos on YouTube sometime, they are so funny!

The Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy.

Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He's ready to reclaim his place in Billi's life, but she's met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.

But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order's ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years -- a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London's firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.


This book was pretty good. You can check out my review for it here if you would like. Besides that, I'm giving it away ( along with a couple other books) here.

From Contest:

I won a contest at Word For Teens which is an awesome blog and got the following:

The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Sonia Rodriguez was born in the United States, but her parents are Mexican immigrants who came to California before she was born. Her father has three Social Security numbers, her mother is pregnant (again), and neither of them speaks English. Sonia's mother spends most of her time in bed, watching soap operas, and letting Sonia clean up after her brothers. Sonia's father works dutifully to support his family, but he knows that his daughter's dreams are bigger than making tamales for family get-togethers. When Sonia attempts to put school work before her familia, her mother decides that it's time for Sonia to visit her grandmother in Mexico to learn "the ways of the old world." While in Mexico, Sonia spends time with her wise grandmother and her cousin Maria who teach her that while familia is important, the most important thing is to follow your heart. Sonia returns to the States determined to succeed in school, but the birth of her new twin siblings, inappropriate advances from her drunk uncle (Drunkle), and a forbidden relationship with an El Salvadorian boy push school to the back burner. If only Sonia can find the time to cook dinner, secretly meet with her boyfriend, avoid her Drunkle, AND finish her homework, she just might be able to graduate from high school...

I actually never heard of this book until I entered the Nicole's contest for it and several other books, but it looks really good!

Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society. The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a girl from her school is found dead . . . drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn't know what to think. Could those vampire legends really be true? Steeped in vampire lore and set against the heady backdrop of the rich, young, and powerful in the heart of New York City, Blue Bloods will be devoured by Melissa de la Cruzs legion fans.

I love Melissa's books ( Au Paris series, Angels On A Sunest Boulvard, and Girl Stays in the Picture). So, I can't wait to read this!

Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before by David Yoo

Albert Kim embraces his role as a loser until he finds himself falling for the newly liberated (from a three year relationship with Ryan "The House" Stackhouse, lacrosse demi-god) Mia Stone.

As if it's not bad enough that no one at schol kows Albert and Mia are dating, her friends HATE him. Then Ryan is diagnosed with cancer.

How can one Korean-American, former intentional loser in his first relationship cope?!


This looks like it may be interesting, too!

I also got copies of the Buggy Crenshaw series, though I already have both, so I'll probably be doanting these two to the library.

Also, I won a contest at Authors Now ( This is actually the second I've won there. First was for Winnie's War.) and I got:

The Monster Variations by Daniel Kraus

This fast-paced read will keep readers on the edge of their seats!

Someone is killing boys in a small town. The murder weapon is a truck, and the only protection is a curfew enacted to keep kids off the streets. But it’s summer—and that alone is worth the risk of staying out late for James, Willie, and Reggie.

Willie, who lost his arm in the first hit-and-run attack, finds it hard to keep up with his two best friends as they leave childhood behind. All of them are changing, hounded by their parents, hunted by the killer, and haunted by the “monster,” a dead thing that guards the dangerous gateway between youth and manhood. But that’s not all: shadowing the boys everywhere is Mel Herman, the mysterious and brilliant bully whose dark secrets may hold the key to their survival. As the summer burns away, these forces collide, and it will take compassion, brains, and guts for the boys to overcome their demons—and not become monsters themselves.

In this chilling and poignant debut novel, Daniel Kraus deftly explores the choices boys grapple with and the revelations that occur as they become men
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I can't wait to read this!!

The Bought:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

I've been waiting so long to read this, so I really hope it lives up to my exceptions.

The Borrowed:

How It Ends by Laura Wiess
Laura Wiess, the acclaimed author who once brought us "a girl to walk alongside Harper Lee's Scout and J. D. Salinger's Phoebe" (Luanne Rice), brings us another memorable young woman, this one at the center of an extraordinary novel of how love ends, how it begins, and what it's worth to protect it...

All Hanna's wanted since sophomore year is Seth. She's gone out with other guys, even gained a rep for being a flirt, all the while hoping cool, guitar-playing Seth will choose her. Then she gets him -- but their relationship is hurtful, stormy and critical, not at all what Hanna thinks a perfect love should be. Bewildered by Seth's treatment of her and in need of understanding, Hanna decides to fulfill her school's community service requirement by spending time with Helen, her terminally ill neighbor, who she's turned to for comfort and wisdom throughout her life. But illness has changed Helen into someone Hanna hardly knows, and her home is not the refuge it once was. Feeling more alone than ever, Hanna gets drawn into an audiobook the older woman is listening to, a fierce, unsettling love story of passion, sacrifice, and devotion. Hanna's fascinated by the idea that such all-encompassing love can truly exist, and without her even realizing it, the story begins to change her.

Until the day when the story becomes all too real...and Hanna's world is spun off its axis by its shattering, irrevocable conclusion.


I've heard some really great stuff about this one!

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Overall, a pretty great week. Enough about me, though, what are some things you got in the mail this week?

17 comments:

  1. Those books sounds great! Enjoy reading them! :) The Devil's kiss sounds very good!

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  2. Awesome week this week! I'm so jealous of As You Wish! LOL! ALSO, I saw that The Monster Variations by Daniel Kraus had a character named Reggie! LOL! But Reggie's probably a guy...dot dot dot...I'm a girl! LOL! So many bloggers (who haven't met me) think I'm a guy! I think I should clarify that on my blog...what do you think Lauren?

    Reggie *cracks up* :-)

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  3. You got tons of books Lauren! I'm really jealous with As You Wish, you have an extra copy!!!! I can't wait from those reviews, happy reading!

    YA Book Reviews

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  4. Yay! Blue Bloods is a really great series. Hope you like it! :)

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  5. I would really like to read Liar... looks like you got and gobbled it up the first day.. haha

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  6. So many great books! I keep hearing about Blue Bloods, now I've read the description I see why. Sounds fantastic!

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  7. Catching Fire is phenomenal! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  8. So many cool books you got this wekk. I think a copy of ASH will make a great present for your friend. Hopefully she doesn't read this post before her bdae though :)

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  9. looks like you had a great book week! lots of great titles! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

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  10. As You Wish sounds so cute. I can't wait to read that one. Happy reading! :)

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  11. It seems like every book blogger except me has Catching Fire and Liar. I really need to get to a bookstore so I can get CF! ^.^
    Happy reading!

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  12. Great books this week. It seems everyone is getting Liar, I'm jealous. Can't wait to read it and I'm looking foward to your review. Hope you enjoy your books.

    Happy Reading!

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  13. Great books you got this week. The Blue Bloods series is really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

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  14. Awesome books this week. I also got Liar, and I can't wait to start reading it!

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  15. It's so cool that you got Liar. I'm really looking forward to your review!

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  16. Alot of good books!
    They all look really good.
    And I'm pretty sure you will love Blue Bloods. Its sooo good.
    Happy Reading.

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  17. So many new books to add to my to-be-read list. Awesome books, and great variety too!

    Happy reading!

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