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Saturday, October 3, 2009

In My Mailbox (18)

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Arielle: Some pretty sweet books came in my mail this week! :)

Cathy's Book by Sean Stewart
Things weren't so peachy in Cathy's life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she's failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. But now things have suddenly gone from bad to very, very, very, bad. Take Victor, for instance. Sure he looks like he's around Cathy's age, or at least young enough not to make her mother freak out, but what if he's older than he appears? Like maybe 200 years older. And what does the death of Victor's co-worker, the strange mark that appeared on Cathy's arm, and the surreal behavior of several Chinese elders have to do with it?

Through Cathy's unique and irresistible voice-and lots of proof in the form of letters, photographs, date book entries, telephone numbers readers can call, websites they can access, as well as secrets only a careful reader will be able to decipher-readers will enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren't how they appear.

I think this book looks cool, its interactive..they have stuff in the front cover for you to look at while you are reading Cathy's Book..sounds fun!

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors spencer, aria, emily, and hanna.

Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful.

But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.

How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.

I am pretty excited to read this book..I've heard its good.

Center Of Everything by Laura Moriarty
A young girl tries to make sense of an unruly world spinning around her. Growing up with a single mother who is chronically out of work and dating a married man, 10-year old Evelyn Bucknow learns early how to fend for herself.

Offering an affecting portrayal of a troubled mother/daughter relationship, one in which the daughter is very often expected to play the role of the adult, the novel also gives readers a searing rendering of the claustrophobia of small town midwestern life, as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl. Evelyn must come to terms with the heartbreaking lesson of first love -- that not all loves are meant to be -- and determine who she is and who she wants to be. Stuck in the middle of Kansas, between best friends, and in the midst of her mother's love, Evelyn finds herself . . . in The Center of Everything.

Again..I have read this book but didnt own it, so when it was in the Bargain Bin at BN I just had to get it!

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend—the popular and exciting Sophie—she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. but then she meets owen—a loner, passionate about music and his weekly radio show, and always determined to tell the truth. And when they develop a friendship, Annabel is not only introduced to new music but is encouraged to listen to her own inner voice. with owen's help, can Annabel find the courage to speak out about what exactly happened the night her friendship with Sophie came to a screeching halt?

I have read this book before, along with every other book by SD but this was the only one I didnt own! So I am very happy to finally own it! :)

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.

Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.

I've read all of LHA other books except this one and Chains, so I am pretty excited to read this!

Marisa: I got some pretty good books in the mail this week.

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert

Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the cliched ones where a diva hits her highest note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: the punk rocker or the country crooner telling the story of their life in three minutes, the chorus reminding their listeners of the numerous ways to screw things up. In high school, Kara helped maintain the "Stories of Suburbia" notebook, which contained newspaper articles about bizarre and often tragic events from suburbs all over and personal vignettes that Kara dubbed "ballads" written by her friends in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. Those "ballads" were heartbreakingly honest tales of the moments when life changes and a kid is forced to grow up too soon. But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Before she could figure out what her song was about, she was leaving town after a series of disastrous events at the end of her junior year. Four years later, Kara returns to face the music, and tells the tale of her first three years of high school with her friends' "ballads" interspersed throughout.

I received this book in the mail for review. This book sounds pretty good and I've heard great things about it so I'm looking forward to reading/reviewing it. The cover is really creepy...

The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones

Fans of urban fantasy should prepare for a new kind of vampire–one that feeds off of tears instead of blood. Descended from an ancient line of creatures that gain their energy from human tears, Cassandra Gray depends on human sorrow to live. Only Cass has grown tired of living this life and wants to live like a human, especially now that she's met someone worth fighting for.

Received in the mail for review. I'm pretty excited to read it because I love vampires and this is a whole different take on vampires so it should be interesting.

Ballad: A 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.
Received in the mail for review. I haven't read Lament yet but I'll have to go out and buy it.

Black is for Beginnings (Blue Is For Nightmares, #5) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

The series that put a spell on half a million young adult readers continues . . .in graphic novel format! Prophetic nightmares. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn't all it's cracked up to be.
All she really wants to do is work things out with Jacob and figure out what to do with the rest of her life. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. Black is for Beginnings reveals the never-before-seen backstory—and what lies ahead—for the young, spellcasting lovers. It's happening again . . .
I haven't read the first four books of this series so I'll have to read them before I can review this. I'm not sure about the whole graphic novel idea though.

My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeare by Jess Winfield

Struggling UC Santa Cruz grad student Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is trying to write his thesis about the Bard. Kind of. Having been cut off by his father for laziness, and desperate for cash, Willie agrees to deliver a single, giant, psychedelic mushroom to a mysterious collector, only to find himself a target in Ronald Reagan's War on Drugs. Meanwhile, would-be playwright (and oppressed Catholic) William Shakespeare is eighteen and stuck teaching Latin in the boondocks of Stratford-upon-Avon. The future Bard is asked to deliver a contraband box of sacramental wafers blessed by the Pope at a time when Catholics are being hanged, drawn and quartered as traitors.When 1980s Willie, cornered by DEA agents and one too many girlfriends, eats the giant mushroom at a Renaissance Fair, and 1580s William takes his first communion at his own shotgun wedding, their minds and stories merge--allowing each to become the fully-realized Shakespeare he is destined to be.

I won this book in a contest. It sounds pretty interesting.

That's everything I got. What did you guys get this week?

Briana: Sorry that I've been extremel MIA lately. I got a bunch of homework and I'm organizing the entertainment for a Colleges Against Cancer event. I just joined a soroity too. So I'm pretty busy. Oh and I'll have to deal with this girl that wants to get my scholarship taken away from me because I simply told her that I think we're too different to be friends. I don't dislike her, but she has a bad attitude. Who wants to surround themselves with people like that? Sorry for the rant.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar is a classic of American literature, with over two million copies sold in this country. This extraordinary work chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful - but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time. Step by careful step, Sylvia Plath takes us with Esther through a painful month in New York as a contest-winning junior editor on a magazine, her increasingly strained relationships with her mother and the boy she dated in college, and eventually, devastatingly, into the madness itself. The reader is drawn into her breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is rare in any novel. It points to the fact that The Bell Jar is a largely autobiographical work about Plath's own summer of 1953, when she was a guest editor at Mademoiselle and went through a breakdown. It reveals so much about the sources of Sylvia Plath's own tragedy that its publication was considered a landmark in literature.

I've been deeply book-shopping deprived. I went to the university book store and found something that was somewhat appealing to me. I'm pretty excited to read this :)


  1. Yes you definitely got a ton of awesome books :-D

    I want to read all of them LOL :-D

  2. You got so many amazing books! Ballads of Suburbia is just amazing - I honestly don't know how to explain it. lol.

  3. You got great books! Enjoy reading them.

  4. Wow good week ;)

    Im going to post a review, come by laterz

  5. Happy reading Marisa! I hope you enjoy all of your books. Congrats on winning one as well. :D

  6. Wow what excellent books you got this week. Enjoy.

  7. the duck on Ballads of Suburbia is creepyyy. But I'm glad I got it! (I won it at Bri's!)The Blue is for Nightmares series is really good! I recommend it :) Zomg, Ballad! I WANT THAT ONE!

  8. Awesome books you got this week. They all look really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  9. I loved Ballad! I hope you do too!

  10. you got a whole bunch of books that i really want! ahhh and just listen is amazing!

  11. The Center of Everything sounds like a nice read!
    Omgsh that cover (Ballads of Suburbia) is REALLY creepy! I zoomed in to get a better look and now that duck appears everytime I close my eyes
    ---> NIGHTMARES!

  12. You all got a bunch of great books this week. I can't wait to read Ballad, I've been hearing great things about it. Enjoy your books!

  13. Arielle: Fever 1793 looks awesome, I should really read it since I love LHA books. PLL is such an addictive series,

    Marisa: Ooh, the Tear Collector looks so awesome. And Ballad? Lucky!

    Briana: I've never read The Bell Jar, but I always hear from English teachers that it's amazing. I can't wait to see your thoughts!

    Happy reading everyone!

  14. Great stuff! I loved Fever; cried like a baby, I'm not going to lie. And I've been wanting to read the Shakespeare one for awhile.

  15. You guys got some great books! Pretty Little Liars and Just Listen rock. And Ballads of Suburbia is AMAZING!

  16. Wow tons of awesome books!! I hope you all enjoy them!

  17. Cathy's book sounds very interesting. And I love Anderson...Fever is high on my list.


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