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Saturday, August 15, 2009

In My Mailbox (10)

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Briana: I thought my mailbox was going to be empty this week, wrong! :)

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

Honor and her parents have been reassigned to live on Island 365 in the Tranquil Sea. Life is peaceful there—the color of the sky is regulated by Earth Mother, a corporation that controls New Weather, and it almost never rains. Everyone fits into their rightful and predictable place. . . .
Except Honor. She doesn't fit in, but then she meets Helix, a boy with a big heart and a keen sense for the world around them. Slowly, Honor and Helix begin to uncover a terrible truth about life on the Island: Sooner or later, those who are unpredictable disappear . . . and they don't ever come back.

Doesn't this book sound amazing? I was very happy to receive this book in the mail from Chelsea over at The Page Flipper. Don't you just love contests? :)

Secret Society by Tom Dolby
Once you get in . . . you can never get out.
Do you ever wonder how some people have it all? The best schools, the hottest parties, the priciest clothes, the easiest jobs? Maybe it's not because they work hard and get a lucky break every once in a while. Maybe it's because they're part of a secret group. A secret society.

Okay, so I've been wondering ever since I got this, why I got it. I'm pretty sure I didn't request it and I don't think I won it from a contest. Don't get me wrong, I'm SO excited to read this! It sounds so fantastic and I love the whole glamorous life style type of books and the mystery just adds to the excitement I have for this book. I just would really like to know how I got it! Lol. It's from Harper Teen. That's what it said on the package. Hm... a mystery :)

Marisa: This is my first time posting for "In My Mailbox" because usually I only have one book
but this week I have many.

Hunger by Michael Grant (Gone series)




Food ran out weeks. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers.

Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.

But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.

The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.

I read Gone awhile ago and I really liked it so I've been looking forward to reading Hunger for a long time now.

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face? It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper. She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

I've heard alot of good things about this book and it sounds great so I can't wait to read it!

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets. Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

My first ARC! YAY! Apparently this book is amazing and it does sound great so I am super excited to read it!

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Without the Keys, something terrible will happen.
Something that cannot be undone.
And with them, I might bring an end to the
riddle of the Prophecy and my strange part in it.

If Alice and I are on conflicting sides of the Prophecy,
the Keys would be dangerous in her hands.
Which means I have to find them.
And I have to do
it before my sister.

Sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe has just recently lost her father, leaving her parentless. But when a strange mark appears on her wrist, she realizes she is being branded with much more than her newfound title of orphan. Lia and her twin sister Alice are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. Lia hides this discovery from Alice and even from her beloved James, but to escape from the burden this secret bestows she must end the prophecy-before her sister. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the mark on her wrist, the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her, and the impact the resolution of the prophecy could have.

This book sounds so awesome! I love everything about it!

Thirst (No. 1) by Christopher Pike

As to blood —
ah, blood, the whole subject fascinates me. I do like that as well, warm and dripping, when I am thirsty. And I am often thirsty....

Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.

Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life....

I borrowed this from a friend because it sounds good and I'm willing to give a try. Besides it's about vampires! So it's a must read :P

Extras by Scott Westerfeld (Uglies series)

It's a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. "Tech-heads" flaunt their latest gadgets, "kickers" spread gossip and trends, and "surge monkeys" are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it's all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of American Idol. Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules. As if being fifteen doesn't suck enough, Aya Fuse's rank of 451,369 is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn't care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself. Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity...and extreme danger. A world she's not prepared for.

So I know I haven't read the first three books in the Uglies series but I saw this on sale at a bookstore for 5$ and I had to get it because at some point I will read the Uglies series.

(Arielle is on vacation.)


  1. LOL! A mystery book! It just randomly came in the mail for you? It's not published yet either... Lucky you! XD I've also been wondering about The Other Side of the Island. I got it from the library a couple months back and never was able to read it, interesting as it sounded. Maybe I'll try to get it again if you like it. :] Happy reading!

    - Alex

  2. Lucky girl, getting mystery books in the mail :-)

    Secret Society looks awesome :-)

    If you are on goodreads and won the contest, you might have gotten it that way. One time I won a GR contest, they didn't notify me and the book just showed up. Of course I had no idea, and never did review it, rather I gave it away :-(

  3. They both sound great!
    Can't wait to hear what you think of them!
    I'm curious to find out where the mystery book came from :P

  4. Awesome books you got this week. The Other Side of The Island sounds like a really good book. Hope you enjoy reading your books.

  5. Mystery books! Maybe a pixie left it on your doorstep ;)

  6. I got Secret Society by Tom Dolby too. Happy Reading!


  7. I heard Secret Society was good. Happy reading!

  8. I get mystery books too sometimes. Usually they aren't as good as Secret Society.

  9. Secret Society sounds really interesting, and I can't wait to read it. Hope you enjoy your books!

  10. I want to read Secret Society sooo badly....you're so lucky! Happy reading.

  11. Looks like fun books!



  12. I haven't heard of "Secret Society" yet, but it looks really good. I'll have to remember to keep an eye out for it.

    Happy reading!

  13. I love the sound of Secret Society. Happy reading!

  14. Great books! Secret Society looks amazing!(:

  15. OH WOW! Fantastic book week! Lots of awesome titles! Hope you enjoy them all. Happy reading!

  16. Wow, awesome books. Enjoy everything you guys! :D


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