Sunday, October 11, 2009

In My Mailbox (19)

Some more library books. No actual picture this time because my camera batteries are dead and I don't feel like puttign in new ones. IMM hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

The Borrowed:

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.

I've heard (in which I mean read) many goods things about As You Wish. So I'm excited to read it. The model's expression on the cover's a little strange though...

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.

Heard some pretty mixed reviews about this one, so I'm debating on reading it. It has a really interesting premise though.

Dull Boy by Sarah Cross
What do you do if you can deadlift a car, and you spend your nights flying to get away from it all? If you’re fifteen-year-old Avery Pirzwick, you keep that information to yourself. When you’re a former jock turned freak, you can’t afford to let the secret slip.
But then Avery makes some friends who are as extraordinary as he is. He realizes they’re more than just freaks—together, maybe they have a chance to be heroes. First, though, they have to decide whether to trust the mysterious Cherchette, a powerful wouldbe mentor whose remarkable generosity may come at a terrible price.

Okay, not going to lie. I'm a HUGE superhero fan. My dad read Marvel comics to my brother and me as a kid. I've loved all the superhero movies that are being churned out. Superheroes are awesome.

The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they've trained them on you.

When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera." . . . At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast.

As the producers manipulate the lives of their "characters" to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

Sounds good to me! As long as Jesse doesn't get too wrapped up in all that drama and media- then it just gets annoying.

The Hollow by Jessica Verday
When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

This is a big book. But then I opened it up and noticed that all the text is double lined! Or maybe 1.5. But still! Huge! I find it kind of annoying- I'm lugging around needless paper, nevermind all those trees used. To anyone who's read the book, does the spacing get in the way of reading enjoyably? It just seems like too many pages to turn to me.

How To Steal a Car by Pete Hautman
Some girls act out by drinking or doing drugs. Some girls act out by sleeping with guys. Some girls act out by starving themselves or cutting themselves. Some girls act out by being a bitch to other girls.

Not Kelleigh. Kelleigh steals cars.

In How to Steal a Car, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman takes teen readers on a thrilling, scary ride through one suburban girl's turbulent life - one car theft at a time.

Car stealing is certainly original, and not an aspect I've ever read a book focused on.

The Received:

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for 'disturbed teens'. At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her room mate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems...? Chloe realizes that if she doesn't uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse...? Can she trust her fellow students, and does she dare reveal her dark secret?

Won from
Read Now Sleep Later. Been interested in reading this series for a while now, so thank you!

So what did you all get this week?

- Alex


  1. Ooooh, it looks like you got some great books. Happy reading =D

  2. You got some interesting books. Can't wait to see what you think of Tear Collector and The Hallow.

  3. I really liked The Real Real and The Summoning! Enjoy(:

  4. The Hollow and The Tear Collector seem to be getting mixed reviews, so it'll be interesting seeing your take on it, I think the more reviews of a book, the easier it is to make a decision.

    Oh, and I've never heard of The Real Real, but want to read it nowww LOL

  5. I have As You Wish waiting on my shelf. I'm excited to begin, it looks so cute!

  6. You got a bunch of great books this week! I need to read Dull Boy, I've heard great things about it. Happy reading

  7. Wow, what a wonderful week - so many awesome reads in there! Happy reading :)

  8. I'm really looking forward to reading AS You Wish, it sounds so cute! Hope you enjoy all your books!

  9. Nice books! I got The Hollow this week too. I thought the same thing about the text! It didn't get really annoying, though. As You Wish was such a fun read. Enjoy! :)

  10. Oh all of those look great. I loved As You Wish and I really want to read The Hollow. Enjoy!

  11. Nice week - great selection. Happy reading!

  12. Ooo great book week! I really want to read The Summoning and How to Steal a Car.


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