Sunday, October 11, 2009

In My Mailbox (10/5 to 10/10)

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.

I had a pretty good week book- wise that contained some tenner books (!!!!!!!!!!). Oh, and I went a bit too crazy at Barnes and Noble, too. =)

For Review:

Princess For Hire by Lindesy Leavitt

When a well-dressed woman steps out of a bubble and wants to know if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you

A) run
B) faint
C) say yes?

For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for some glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C). Desi has a rare ability: with the help of "Royal Rouge," she can temporarily transform into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?

Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras.... In this winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

Heist Society by Ally Carter

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help.

For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, the mysterious new boy at school who turned out to have a very mysterious gift--pyschometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry, and experiencing her own strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow rubbed off on her. Can the power of psychometry be transferred?

Even once Ben returns to school, Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Despite the romantic tension between them, Ben remains aloof, avoiding contact. Then when an unexpected kiss leads to a frightening argument, Camelia makes the painful decision to let Ben go and move on. Alex, the hot new guy at Knead, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. Alex is easy-going, and seems to really care about her.

But when Camelia and Alex start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events upturns secrets from Ben's past--and Alex's. Someone is lying, and it's up to Camelia to figure out whom-before it's too late.

Karma For Beginners by Jessica Blank

Fourteen-year-old Tessa has never had a normal life. Her mother, a frustrated hippie with awful taste in men, has seen to that. But when her mom pulls her out of school to live at an ashram in the Catskills, Tessa goes from being a freak among normal people to being an outcast among freaks. Freaks who worship an orange robe-wearing guru. And while her mom is buzzing with spiritual energy, and finding a little too much favor with the guru, all Tessa feels are weird vibes.

Unless she's with Colin, the gorgeous boy who fixes trucks for the ashram. The connection they share is the most spiritual thing Tessa has ever felt. But he's older-like illegally older-and Tessa's taking dangerous risks to spend time with him. Soon her life is blooming into a psychedelic web of secrets and lies and it's clear that something's about to give way. When it does, will she have anyone to hold on to? Will she even know herself?

Revelations abound in this mind-altering novel from the acclaimed author of
Almost Home.

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex–best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.

Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.

Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted.
Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga
Time is a funny thing in the hospital. In the mental ward. You lose track of it easily. After six months in the Maryland Mental Health Unit, Kyra Sellers, a.k.a. Goth Girl, is going home. Unfortunately, she’s about to find out that while she was away, she lost track of more than time. Kyra is back in black, feeling good, and ready to make up with the only person who’s ever appreciated her for who she really is.

But then she sees him. Fanboy. Transcended from everything he was into someone she barely recognizes. And the anger and memories come rushing back.

There’s so much to do to people when you’re angry. Kyra’s about to get very busy.

( Much thanks goes to H at Disney Hyperion, Rosalind Wiseman, and Houghton Mifflin Books for Children for sending the above books in exchange honest reviews.)
The Won:
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.
This was part of a Catching Fire Prize Back, so I also got a Catching Fire t-shirt (one word: adorable!) and a pin which will be featured next week with offical pictures!

The Bought:

How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford

New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

It's Jessie's sophomore year of high school. A self-professed "mathlete," she isn't sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved off his mohawk and started dating...the prom Princess!)...

Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way--the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes?

If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?

The Amanda Project: Invisible 1 by Stella Lennon  (aka Melissa Kantor!)

When enigmatic high school student Amanda Valentino disappears, her closest friends vow to find her. The search begins in Invisible I, the first title in the eight-book series. But once the teens follow clues that might lead to Amanda, they realize that everything they thought they knew about her was false and find themselves with more questions than answers. As they begin to compare notes on their missing friend, the mystery of where—and who—Amanda is deepens.

The series begins with the books, which stand alone, but will lead readers to for an extended Amanda Project experience. Online, they can write stories, post art, share theories about Amanda (which could be chosen to become a part of later books in the series), even design and buy clothing and accessories inspired by Amanda. Regularly updated content by and about the characters from the books will keep the community buzzing and ensure that readers check back often.

The Amanda Project is more than a new series plus a website—The Amanda Project is the evolution of fiction for girls.

Elphame's Choice by P.C. Cast                                                   I was marked from birth as belonging to the Goddess Epona--but that didn't make my life easy. Because of my "blessings," I was set apart, worshipped, unable to make real connections with others. Then came the Feeling, and with it a glimpse of my destiny. It led me to the MacCallen castle of legend, deserted since the terrible Fomorian war.

I followed the wordless call to breathe new life into a place long dead, but I didn't realize there were dark remnants of the war lingering in the nearby forest--victims and survivors who remained hidden. Others marked as different, powerful. Feared.

My choice was now twofold. I could keep to the happiness and safety of my newfound home, or I could choose a path that led to something more terrible, more dangerous, more thrilling than anything I'd ever expected.

And in that future I might never be alone again...


  1. Ohmigosh, you are so lucky you got Heist Society! I'm just starting with Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover. :) Enjoy your books!

  2. It looks like you got some amazing books this week. I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading =D

  3. Aww, Princess for Hire looks too cute! Great books, happy reading!

  4. Wow, so many books this week. I like the sound of Deadly Little Lies. Very mysterious. I look forward to your review.

  5. That's a *lot* of pink! They all look good. I'm really envying Hex Hall.

  6. You got tons of great books this week. I like Princess For Hire the most. Simply too cute to resist ^^

  7. Wow, you didn't had a pretty good week, but a excellent one! I'm just amazed about how many books you recieved/bought. Have fun reading them :)

  8. So many good books! I'm really looking forward to reading Princess For Hire.

  9. Wow you had an amazing week in books! I am particularly dying to read Princess for Hire, Heist Society, and Hex Hall. Lucky you--enjoy!

  10. Wow, what a great week of books. Hex Hall sounds awesome. The cover of Elphame's Choice is absolutely gorgeous though! Happy reading :)

  11. Jealous! I'm looking forward to reading Karma For Beginners, but they all sound great! Happy reading. :)

  12. The PC Cast cover is so drastically different from the old cover. Wow! And yes, Borders bucks and coupons are always tempting! That's how I ended up with my own books this week too! Happy reading!

  13. I'm really atracted by Elphame's Choice by P.C. Cast, I'll have to read your review!

  14. Omg, great books! I really want Princess For Hire, Heist Society, and Hex Hall! lol(:

  15. You got so many books that I want. Great week.

  16. Dang! Great week. Princess for hire looks so cute too.
    -amy :-D

  17. The cover of Princess for Hire is making me want to go put on makeup...

  18. Great books. Heist Society sounds so good, hope you enjoy it. Happy reading. :)

  19. I love the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I can't wait for book 3 and the movie. :D

  20. Oh wow you got some awesome books this week. I really want to read Princess For Hire and Elphame's Choice sounds really good. Enjoy!

  21. My IMM list was so small -- call it pitiful even -- this week that I didn't do an IMM post! Yours looks great tho

  22. Dang girl! That is some great books ya got there!! I am jealous!! lol, I hope you enjoyed each and every one of them!! :)


  23. Loads of great books! Hope you enjoy them all!


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