Sunday, May 24, 2009

In My Mailbox (1)

First time doing In My Mailbox. Lovely idea started by Kristi over at The Story Siren, who was influenced by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. All descriptions from

The Bought:
Swoon by Nina Malkin
Sin is coming...prepare to swoon.
Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut...until Dice''s perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She''s intensely drawn to him -- but not at all crazy about the havoc he''s wreaking.
Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent -- and irresistible -- adversary before the whole town succumbs to Sin''s will. Only trouble is, she''s in love with him.
What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?

Yay! I've read mixed reviews about this book, but since it was on sale at Costco for cheap, I picked it up. :)

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
Macy''s summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined. She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk. She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs. Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development. But Macy''s plans don''t anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or ... Wes. Tattooed, artistic, anything-but-expected Wes. He doesn''t fit Macy''s life at all--so why does she feel so comfortable with him? So ... happy? What is it about him that makes her let down her guard and finally talk about how much she misses her father, who died before he eyes the year before? Sarah Dessen delivers a page-turning novel that carries readers on a roller coaster of denial, grief, comfort, and love as we watch a broken but resilient girl pick up the pieces of her life and fit them back together.

I got this book at a garage sale I went to yesterday. For 1 buck. 1! Such a good deal. This is why I love garage sales- people sell things for cheap. :D Nothing I love better than cheap stuff. Except maybe cheap/free books.

The Borrowed:
Confessions of an Accidental Player by Antony John
I feel like I''m about to pass out, but that won''t do much for my new reputation as a non-dork, so I bury my head in the Book instead. There''s not much there, really—just the senior portrait of every girl in my class, and below each photo, space for me to record her measurements—once I get her measurements, that is.

From his flute-playing prowess to his nerdy reputation, Kevin Mopsely epitomizes uncool. When popular jock Brandon Trent appoints Kevin to compile the Book of Busts—a record of the bust, waist, and hip measurements of every senior girl—Kevin fears he''s out of his league. The Book, however, is the key to his popularity, so Kevin accepts the challenge—uncovering much more than he bargained for in the process.
Busted is a hilarious and provocative debut that tackles the intricate issues of first love, testosterone-laden peer pressure, feminism, and "GRRL power" with a fresh and unique voice that will appeal to both male and female teenage readers.

I've never heard of this book, but I guess I requested it from the library a while back, and it just came. It sounds pretty good though, no?

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?

Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.

Probably the book I'm most excited about. It sounds so good!

The Lab by Jack Heath
In a near-future world run by an evil corporation, the only justice comes from an organization called the Deck. Each agent in the deck belongs to a suit -- the Hearts and Diamonds are the operatives, the Clubs do the training, and the Spades monitor internal affairs. The hero is a 16-yr-old, Six of Hearts. (The highest ranking in each group is the King, and so forth, with the whole shebang led by the two Jokers). Six of Hearts is the best operative they have -- all the more impressive (and convenient for us) because he never kills anyone.

It seems kind of confusing to me, all the wierd names. But I may give it a try. And I really love the cover.

The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.
Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist -- after all, she''s the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.
It doesn''t help that she''s gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He''s a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy...but he''s her dad, and Quinn''s just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he''s treated the many women in his life, how he''s stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half sister she''s never met and the little sister she''ll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father''s wrongs...and in doing so, begin to uncover what they''re really looking for: the truth.
Once again, Deb Caletti has created a motley crew of lovably flawed characters who bond over the shared experiences of fear, love, pain, and joy -- in other words, real life.

Lauren already read and reviewed this book, but I just got it from the library, so I may give it a try.

Everything Is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis
Stuck at home caring for her severely depressed mother and abandoned by her father, Mazzy has only the day-to-day dramas of her neighborhood to keep her busy. But between flirting with the boy next door and worrying about the fact that she's flat-chested, Mazzy has to face the fact that her mom is emotionally paralyzed by a family tragedy. As readers delve into the story, they''ll eventually discover what it was that tore Mazzy's family apart, and they''ll see what it takes to put it back together. Despite its serious subject matter, Mazzy brings humor to the trying age of adolescence and gives readers just the kind of awkward, troubled, and endearing character they will gladly embrace.

Right, sounds good, doesn't it? Not a huge fan of the cover, but the description is interesting.

Speed Demon by Erin Lynn
Kenzie's on the fast track- to trouble.
Guys can be annoying, but the demonic kind are the worst...
That is how Kenzie Sutcliffe felt about Levi. He shot out of Kenzie's shower, a.k.a. the demon hole, not too long ago. It was hard for Kenzie to close the portal- it involved her driving the family's minivan into the kitchen. And what thanks does she get for that? She's grounded, not allowed to drive, and getting chauffeured around by a demon whose driver's license is dubious at best. Plus, the demon tells her, when one portal closes- another one opens...
Even though Levi can be a pain, Kenzie just can't let the other demons drag him back to hell. Guess that means it's up to her to save the day...again!

I haven't read the first one, Demon Envy, so I don't know if I'll read this, but we'll see. It sounds a bit... not like my type of book.

The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
A beautiful and suspenseful tale by a master American novelist, "The Midnight Twins" tells the story of mirror twins born on either side of midnight. After a mysterious and nearly fatal fi re on their thirteenth birthday, Meredith and Mallory Brynn begin having visions: Mallory can see into the past, Meredith can see into the future. But it will take both of them to save their town from a great evil. That is, if their unique powers donat destroy them first.

I got the sequel to this book a couple weeks ago from the library, so figured I better request the first, this one, before reading the sequel. I just got it today.

So yeah. This was my week of books. My foot just fell asleep while typing this up. D: Oh well. Suppose it's worth it.


  1. Awesome books you got this week. I really liked the truth about forever, Swoon looks really good. Enjoy.

  2. Wow! Alot of books. I almost bought Swoon this week. Happy reading!

  3. Great books! I was laughing when I read the synopsis about Confessions of An Accidental Player. Happy reading!

  4. I want to read The secret life of prince charming. it sounds really good. :)


  5. A great week. Swoon sounds really good and I have always thought North of Beautiful sounded really interesting. Happy reading :)


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