In My Mailbox: Week 45

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:

Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron

Told in a voice that’s honest, urgent, and hilarious, Struts & Frets will resonate not only with teenage musicians but with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to a favorite album, wondering if they’d ever find their place in the world.

Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.

When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?

I've hear a lot of great things about this one!

Ballad: The Gathering of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater

In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.

This looks so good. And isn't the cover just gorgeous?

From Contest:

The Lip Gloss Chronicles Vol. 1: The Ultimate Test by Shelia M. Goss

The Lip Gloss Chronicles explores the life of three sassy and hip urban high school freshmen who are high on fashion and magnets for drama. Britney Franklin, Jasmine McNeil, and Sierra Sanchez, daughters of Dallas, Texas socialites met in their private grammar school, and now they are ready to tackle their freshman year in a new public high school as a team.

The girls soon realize that life at Plano High School is far different from their private junior high. From the moment they step on the school campus, drama awaits them in the form of two people—Dylan "DJ" Johnson and Tanisha Ross. The girls are smitten with DJ's good looks and good manners. Tanisha is jealous of the attention that DJ shows to these freshman girls, and threatens to harm them physically if they don't back off. Though they don't bow to her demands, they are still intimidated by Tanisha, who quickly becomes a thorn in their side with her outlandish behavior.

The Diva's Creed (All for one, one for all; never let the other fall) is soon tested when Jasmine and Sierra both fall head over heels in love with DJ. Drama ensues, fights break out, and trust is tested. Will the trio be able to hold their friendship together, or will they let a boy come between them?

Haven't heard the greatest things about this, but I'm still going to give it a try.

Overall, a pretty good week! I especially can't wait to read Maggie's novel. =)


  1. Great books this week. Enjoy reading them.
    ps: the cover of struts and Frets is lovely. :)

  2. Struts and Frets sound so great and I love the cover. Enjoy your books! =D

  3. Ballad!! *jealous*! Happy reading!

  4. Ballad= awesome! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

  5. Ballad! Ah, I see it everywhere on these IMM. Have fun reading them all!

  6. You got a great mix of books this week. How cool!

  7. Struts and Frets has a great cover! Everyone seems to be excited for Ballad...I still need to read Lament! Happy reading!

  8. I've never heard of Struts & Frets, but it's definitely going on my wish-list. Nice books this week! :)

  9. Struts and Frets!!!! *jealous*

  10. I can't wait to read Struts and Frets!

  11. Awesome books Lauren! I finally got back home so sorry for the late comment...hehe...I was in China :-)


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