Sunday, June 28, 2009

In My Mailbox (5)

As always, this wonderful meme is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren who was inspired by Alea.

I didn't get as many books this week as last week, but I think the books I got are fabulous. Plus I have a ton of books to read now from last week and previous weeks, so it's good that this week there wasn't quite as much.

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert
A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones.

Punk rock is in Emily Black''s blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn''t it lead her right back to Emily?

I've sadly never read this book, but I really want to as I've heard some good things. So I got it out of my library to read. :)

Strange Angles by Lili St. Cyr
Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

I've heard some mixted stuff about this book, but it seems interesting. And I mean, it's from the library, so it's worth a shot.

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background-average student, average looks, average dysfunctional family. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father's boss's daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy-and Tyler's secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family, and in the world.

In Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson tackles a very controversial subject: what it means to be a man today. Fans and new listeners alike will be captured by Tyler's pitchperfect, funny voice, the surprising narrative arc, and the thoughtful moral dilemmas that are at the heart of all of the author's award-winning work.

I've read Speak and Wintergirls by the same author and loved them both. And Twisted is written in a guy's perspective which is always interesting. :) My friend was kind enough to lend this to me.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch.

Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste… Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

I'm not too sure why I haven't read this book yet. :/ But my library copy came after I requested it some time ago, so yay.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

"Don''t worry, Anna. I''ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won''t say anything?"
"Don''t worry." I laughed. "It''s our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there''s something she hasn't told Frankie---she''s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie''s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

Since I'd read such wonderful reviews about this book, I had to get it myself. No bookstores seemed to have it in stock however, but I was able to order one from a local bookstore, and it came this week! I just finished reading it this morning, so hopefully the review will be up soon.

So that's my week, how about all of you?


  1. Alas, I didn't get anything in the mail this week :(

    It seems like yours was AWESOME though - having reviewed both Twenty Boy Summer & Evermore, they're definitely both highly enjoyable reads. The other three I've heard great things about. Happy reading!

  2. Great books, I really loved Evermore and can't wait to read Strange Angels. Have fun reading all of those!

  3. Wow Alex, those should keep you busy for a while! Hope you enjoy them all!

  4. I want strange angels!!!!!!!1 damn...

    Good books ^^

  5. Loved "Twenty Boy Summer!" And I have "I Want to Be Your Joey Ramone" on my to-be-read shelf. It keeps getting pushed back though with all of the summer releases.

    Happy reading!

  6. Lots of great books. I look forward to your review of Twenty Boy Summer. Happy reading!

  7. Great books, Evermore is really good. Enjoy.

  8. You had such great books this week. Evermore is one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  9. Twenty Boy Summer was really great (and a little bit sad). Happy reading!

  10. I'm really excited to read Evermore, I got it a few weeks ago. I hope you enjoy your books :)


  11. great books from the "hot" list. i hope to read them sometime too.

  12. It looks like you got some great books. Happy reading :)


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