Sunday, July 19, 2009

In My Mailbox (8)

The Bought:

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
All her world’s a stage.

Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
That is, until now.

Enter Stage Right

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.
COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks.
ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.
BERTIE. Our heroine.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.

Open Curtain

I just read so many good things about this book, I had to go buy it. I don't usually buy books full price in hardcover, but I couldn't resist. I really want to know why everyone praises it so.

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, "Audrey, Wait!," a break-up song that's so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous!

Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. (And the Internet is documenting her every move!) Audrey can't hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi.

Take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, has outrageous amounts of fun, confronts her ex on MTV, and gets the chance to show the world who she really is.

Got it at a bookstore for 7 bucks, hardcover. I just couldn't resist the deal, even if I've already read and loved it. :-)

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

"Every war has turning points and every person too."

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she's never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it's a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy's uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

A riveting and astonishing story.

Another one that I got for 7 dollars, also hardcover. Also read it, but it's just so amazing.

The Borrowed:

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
A captivating and witty dark fantasy that will have girls lusting after it.

Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam's cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what's going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies a
nd stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan's no longer sure what's best for everyone, or whether her and Cam's love can weather an uncertain future.

Another book that I read about on a lot of blogs. I'm really happy to get it because it seems so good!

Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters
The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation. Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her . Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.

I really liked the first, Generation Dead, so I'm excited for Kiss of Life!

Need by Carrie Jones
Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life's been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother's pretty much checked out. Now Zara's living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays "safe." Zara doesn't think she's in danger; she thinks her mother can't deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn't a figment of her imagination. He's a pixie--and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He's the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he's trailing Zara.

With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has all the elements to keep teens rapidly turning the pages.

A fairy/pixie book that sounds really intriguing, no? Paranormal romance. :)

Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn

Chased by their pasts and drawn toward a more hopeful future, four sisters are about to embark on the journey of their lives?aboard the Titanic. One is going to have her wedding during the ocean voyage. Another has become involved in a feat of scientific intrigue that has the potential to alter the course of history. All of them feel out of place. And at least one of them will soon find herself out of time. As she did with her epic love story Reincarnation, Suzanne Weyn weaves fact, fiction, and fate into a novel that teen readers won?t be able to put down.

I don't know much about this book, actually. But it came from the library, so I figure, why not. Anyone else read it? What do you think of it?

Touch by Francine Prose

What really happened at the back of the bus?

Did they, or didn't they?

Did she, or didn't she?

Something happened to fourteen-year-old Maisie Willard-something involving her three friends, all boys. But their stories don't match, and the rumors spin out of control. Then other people get involved . . . the school, the parents, the lawyers. The incident at the back of the bus becomes the center of Maisie's life and the talk of the school, and, horribly, it becomes news. With just a few words and a touch, the kids and their community are changed forever.

From nationally acclaimed author Francine Prose comes an unforgettable story about the difficulties of telling the truth, the consequences of lying, and the most dangerous twist of all-the possibility that you yourself will come to believe something that you know isn't true.

I don't know much about this book either, but it sounds really interesting. Anyone read it?

The Received:

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he's found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He's got them all fooled: Oscar's the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he's made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape Candor, Florida before they're transformed into cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar's carefully-controlled world crumbles.

Million thanks to Pam Bachorz and her publishers for sending us this. I squealed when I got the book in the mail, I admit. XD It looks so good, doesn't it? And to spread the word, over at Pam Bachorz site, there's a book trailer contest, along with other sneak peeks and much more. :D

What books did you all get this week?

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren who was influenced by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

And because I forgot to upload my name thing at the beginning and now don't want to, I just have my name in text. :P

- Alex


  1. Hey, I left you an e-mail, just in case you don't check it often. If you can write back I'd be really thankful :)

    All of those books look great! I hope you enjoy them :)


  2. Uuuh I want Distant Waves, and U will LOVE eyes like stars!

  3. Every time I see Distant Waves at Borders, I have to stop. I just do. I'm green with envy over Eyes Like Stars.. I'm trying not to buy books! Gah!

  4. Just got Distant Waves from my own library. I already know I love Suzanne Weyn, so it HAS to be good. :-) Enjoy your new reads!

  5. Great books! I can't wait to read Candor.


  6. oh okay fersure! I'll add you to my blogroll right now.

  7. You are going to have so much fun with these books!!! Need, Eyes Like Stars and Candor are three of my favorite books I've read this year! Do you know which one you'll read first? That would be a tough call--Fairy Tale looks good to me too! I haven't read that one.

  8. I gave you guys an award on my blog:

  9. Great week, especially Candor. Enjoy!

  10. Kiss of Life, How I Live Now and Audrey, Wait! are brilliant. I'm really jealous of Eyes Like Stars though! Enjoy your books!

  11. Ooh, Kiss of Life is so good, and I liked fairy tale too! ^^ Lemme know how you like Eyes like Stars!


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