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Friday, October 23, 2009

In My Mailbox (21)

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Marisa: I should do what Arielle did for her IMM post but I can't find my camera!! I got lots of good books for review this week.

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairytale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth to become a prisoner of the trolls. Now that Cassie is older, she knows that this was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, she is determined to become a scientist, and she has no time for make believe. Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face to face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned in the troll castle. And that he can bring her back--if Cassie will agree to be his bride. That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairytale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knew will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her--until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.

I'm so glad that I got this book in the mail for review! The cover is great and I can't wait to read the book.

My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman

With Roz and Eva everything becomes a contest—who can snag the best role in the school play, have the cutest boyfriend, pull off the craziest prank. Still, they’re as close as sisters can be. Until Eva deletes Roz from her life like so much junk e-mail for no reason that Roz understands. Now Eva hangs out with the annoyingly petite cheerleaders, and Roz fantasizes about slipping bovine growth hormone into their Gatorade. Roz has a suspicion about Eva. In turn, Eva taunts Roz with a dare, which leads to an act of total insanity. Drama geeks clamor for attention, Shakespearean insults fly, and Roz steals the show in Lauren Bjorkman’s hilarious debut novel.

Received in the mail for review. This book sounds/looks really cute!

Secret Society by Tom Dolby

An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York’s wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about. They didn’t ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything. Even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown, and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they’re forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they’re part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It’s all perfect—until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.

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

Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen

Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope. As the new eleventh grader at Anton High – the most elite public school in the country – she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity. In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants. And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity? That is, until another it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing. With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down.

Received in the mail for review.

Hamlet and Ophelia by John Marsden

Hamlet’s father has just died. By the time they’ve filled in the grave his mother has remarried. Hamlet suspects foul play, and it’s troubling his spirit. Or maybe he was always troubled. Ophelia is in love with him. His best friend Horatio can’t work him out. Then, on a cold, still night, Hamlet meets the ghost of his father... This wonderful book, by one of Australia’s most-loved writers, takes Shakespeare’s famous play and makes it into a moving and full-blooded novel. John Marsden powerfully re-imagines the original characters and story. Hamlet, A Novel will be adored by readers young and old.

Received in the mail for review. I've never heard of this book but it sounds interesting enough.

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer . . . everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can't wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun. When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a "reality version of Sex and the City," they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please! Soon Jane is TV's hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara-free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood premieres-and she's lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane's spotlight. In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it's not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be. L.A. Candy is a deliciously entertaining novel about what it's like to come of age in Hollywood while starring in a reality TV show, written by a girl who has experienced it all firsthand: Lauren Conrad.

Received in the mail for review.

Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2) by Alyson Noel

(Contains spoilers for those who haven't read Evermore) Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning. In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day...

I haven't bought/read Evermore yet but I know I will so I decided to buy Blue Moon since it was on sale!

Arielle: This week was book GALORE for me!! :) I decided to try something different with my book postings, usually I do each individual book with the description and where I got it, etc, but that gets tiring..soooo, I am going to try doing it this way and see how it works! The picture came out pretty decently..

Onto the books::

Bought from BN.com

Flawless (PPL2) by Sara Shepard -- haven't read the first one, but got the 2nd book anyway
Blue Bloods by Melisa De La Cruz -- finally! I feel like I am the only one who hasnt read these books!
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart -- already read this but didnt own it! Now I do!
Lost Summer by Alex McAulay -- seemed interesting. Made me want it to be summer again!

From GoodReads (won):

The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott -- not sure if I will like this, but I will give it a shot.


And finally!!! EEK!! Random book in mail thanks to Random House! YAY!!! :)

FALLEN by LAUREN KATE! -- Sooo happy I got this!! I cannot wait to read it! :) :) :)

Well that is it for this week! I think the new way is a lot easier than the other way I did it before! Ha, hopefully Briana and Marisa wont mind my different way..

So what is in your mailbox!?

(Marisa and Briana may post later)


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  2. SOOOOO jealous that you received Fallen! Seriously can't wait to see your thoughts on that one.

    Enjoy your books! (Flipped is very cute by the way)

  3. I am here to tell you that you are not the only one not to read Blue Bloods yet..lol. I want to and its on my wishlist, but if I don't win it or get it from a author, or library..it takes me a bit to get them cause my book money is very sparce..lol.

  4. I've read the first 3 Blue Bloods books and I'm amazed that you havent read them yet! They're AWESOME! :)

    I totally recommend them. xx

  5. Flipped IS adorable! I want to reread it just so I can review it :D The cover of Pretty Little Mistakes looks really cute! AND YAY YOU GOT THE BOYFRIEND LIST! I actually recommended that to someone the other day. You will like, I PROMISE. I have to read the third book soon :)

    You're not the only one that hasn't read the Blu Blood series! I haven't gotten around to them but I will eventually... How do win books on goodreads anyways? o.O AND FALLEN! Lucky you! I saw the trailer for it and it seems really good.

  6. Yay! I am glad I am not the only one to read Blue Bloods ( Pirate Penguin & Ladystorm!) That makes me feel better! Ha, hopefully I will be able to read them soon!

    I cant wait to read Flipped!

    I am so excited about Fallen! I dont even know why I got it, but I am happy I did!

    And Pirate Penguin..you win books on GoodReads by going to the books tab, and I think there is another link that says giveaways (or something like that). Ha. I am kinda bad at explaining things!


  7. I am so jealous of the majority of Marisa's books! I am dying to read Secret Society, and LA Candy looks pretty good. I'm really eager to see what you think of it! Arielle also had a great week...enjoy! :D

  8. So many great books there!

    Happy reading :D

  9. Wow, so jealous regarding Fallen! I've been curious about LA Candy too, can't wait to see the review! Ooh and Secret Society! So many awesome books!

  10. Although a lot of these look great, I'm another person who is mostly envious of Fallen. There's something so completely intriguing about that book! Can't wait to read it.


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