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Friday, September 4, 2009

In My Mailbox (14)

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Marisa: Sooo many books! I don't have enough time to read them all!

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

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.

Received in the mail!! Awesome! Can't wait to read it.

Behind Every Illusion by Christina Harner

When soft-spoken Tatiana turns eighteen, she begins to experience unusual changes. Suddenly, she can read minds, sense emotions and move at a speed that far surpasses anything she’s known before. When her physical features begin to change as well, Tatiana tries desperately to keep her new abilities a secret. Amidst tragedy, unimaginable transformations and an unexpected friendship, Tatiana has to learn to reveal the girl hidden behind her illusions and what it means to face the world in order to preserve not only the forest but her very existence.

Received in the mail. And signed! Yay! It sounds awesome and I really like the cover.

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

Beautiful sixteen-year-old Elaine has a temperament as fiery as her long red hair. The daughter of a solider in young Arthur's army, Elaine is the sole girl in militaristic world of men. Often slipping into daydreams, she wishes that the handsome Lancelot would see her more than a tomboy. Then a new girl arrives, and Elaine is thrilled-until Gwynivere proves to be cold and cruel. But when Elaine and Gwynivere are thrown into a situation of gravest danger, the girls must band together in order to survive. Can Elaine find the strength to fight for the kingdom she has always believed in? Acclaimed author Lisa Ann Sandell brings a haunting lyricism and epic sweep to this tale of love, betrayal, and war. Heartbreaking, eloquent, and gripping, this novel is a striking addition to the canon of Camelot mythology.

Received in the mail and signed :) Love the description and cover.

A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell

Cora Bradley dreams of escape. Ever since her reckless older brother, Nate, died in a car crash, Cora has felt suffocated by her small town and high school. She seeks solace in drawing beautiful maps, envisioning herself in exotic locales. When Cora begins to fall for Damian, the handsome, brooding boy who was in the car with Nate the night he died, she uncovers her brother's secret artistic life and realizes she had more in common with him than she ever imagined. With stunning lyricism, Sandell weaves a tale of one girl's journey through the redemptive powers of art, friendship, and love.

Received in the mail and signed again!

The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby

Life in the court of King Henry VIII is a complex game. When fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard catches the king-s eye, she quickly transforms from pawn to queen. But even luxury beyond imagination loses its luster as young Catherine finds her life-and her heart-threatened by the needs of an aging king and a family hungry for power. Will their agendas deliver Catherine to the same fate as her infamous cousin, Anne Boleyn-sacrificed at the altar of family ambition?Engaging historical fiction with a throbbing YA heartbeat, this thrilling novel will draw readers into the intrigues and dangers of the Tudor court.

Another one that I received in the mail. And signed.

The Comeback by Marlene Perez

Sophie Donnelly is one half of the most popular and powerful couple in school, until new girl Angie Vogel shows up and compromises everything. Angie steals Sophie's starring role in the school play, and, worse, her super-popular boyfriend. Sophie has been quickly dispatched to social Siberia, but not for long--she'll do anything it takes to make a triumphant comeback.

I won this book in a contest! Yay. I'm not going to be able to read it for a while though.

The bought:

Dark Visions: The Strange Power, The Possessed and The Passion (Dark Visions, #1-3) by L.J. Smith

Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider in her small hometown. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait's not a witch: She's a psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can have a fresh start and study with other psychic teens.

Learning to hone her abilities with four other gifted students, Kait discovers the intensity of her power — and the joy of having true friends. But those friendships quickly become complicated when Kait finds herself torn between two irresistible guys. Rob is kind and athletic, and heals people with his good energy. Gabriel is aggressive and mysterious, a telepath concealing his true nature as a psychic vampire, feeding off of others' life energy. Together, Rob and Gabriel's opposing forces threaten the group's stability.

Then one of the experiments traps the five teens in a psychic link. A link that threatens their sanity and their lives. And Kaitlyn must decide whom to trust...and whom to love.

I thought this book was coming out September 8th but I bought it on September 1st. Weird but really awesome!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

(Contains spoilers if you haven't read The Hunger Games!)

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.

Finally! After waiting for so long! Can't wait to read it!!!!!

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."
So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her — her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.

Heard good things about this book so I'm looking forward to reading it.

Briana: I came home this weekend to spend some time with my family for Labor Day weekend! The day I came home I asked my mom to take me to Barnes and Noble since there is none where I go to school.

Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) by Suzanne Collins

(Spoilers for people who haven't read The Hunger Games)

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 needed to buy this book when September 1st came around but I couldn't since Walmart didn't have it. I made my mom drive
me to Barnes and Noble so I can get this amazing book<3

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa's Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.

I heard this book was amazing and I saw that it finally came out in paperback. It was between Graceling and Airhead by Meg Cabot. I hope I don't regret buying this one instead! :)

(Arielle may post later.)


  1. Oh my gosh I am dying to read Catching Fire!! I HAVE to buy it this weekend!!
    A Map of the Known World and Behind Every Illusion sound like good books. I think I'll try them.
    How do you receive signed books over the mail? That's pretty cool! =D

  2. Great books you got this week. They all look really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  3. I want to read Lovely Bones, but I dont know if to wait till I see the movie, or read the book first.

  4. Behind Every Illusion looks interesting, and the cover is really lovely. I haven't heard much about it but I've got high hopes!

  5. Wow great books! A lot of signed ones(: I really want to read The Map of the Known World. I loved The King's Rose!

  6. Awesome books this week! WOW! All those signed books! Happy Reading :-)

  7. Great books! I'm reading Catching Fire now..and I'm also looking forward to reading Lovely Bones, the movie trailer looks awesome for it!

  8. I still have to read The Lovely Bones. It's been on my bookshelf for years. Thanks for the reminder. ;D

    I hope you guys enjoy everything. You all received really awesome books this week.

  9. Great books this week. I ordered Graceling this week so it should be here Tues since Mon is a holiday.

    Happy Reading!

  10. Song of the Sparrow is amazing! I loved it. I have and need to read The Lovely Bones and my ARC of Catching Fire. All those other books look really great too. Especially Fairy Tale, Behind Every Illusion, A Map of the Known World, The King's Rose, and Graceling. I've been dying to read those. :D Enjoy.


  11. Ooh great books! I didn't know Graceling's in paperback now... Think I'll have to go pick up my own copy. :D Happy reading!

    - Alex

  12. You got some great books this week...some of those I really want to read!

  13. Graceling is an awesome book. I hope you like it as much as I did and that you don't regret the purchase. I don't. And mine is hardback :)


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