Sunday, September 6, 2009

In My Mailbox (15)

The Received:

Fire by Kristin Cashore
Fire, Graceling's prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells.

Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.

Won in a contest! It has the UK cover! GORGEOUS. A huge thank you to Suzanne McLeod for Fire.

The Bought (/Received? Would it count for me as received from Lauren?):

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

(spoilers for The Hunger Games)
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

So I didn't actually buy this, Lauren did. But... I'm including it anyway. :D Lauren's already read and reviewed Catching Fire. I'm waiting for her to come back and give it to me.

The Borrowed:

The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley
When her adoptive mother dies, Katherine Bab takes the chance she has been waiting for her whole life: she moves from her country village to London, to uncover the secret of who she really is. Before long, Kat has become a favorite of Queen Elizabeth herself, and rumors are swirling - could fiery-haired Kat be the secret daughter of the Virgin Queen? Kat's got plenty of other things to figure out, as well . . . such as how to choose between her childhood love and two handsome men at court vying for her affection.
This smart, sensual novel drips with intrigue, period detail, and drama and will resonate with anyone who has ever longed to find his or her place in the world.

I don't usually read historical fiction, but I think this one sounds really good.

Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian
He's absolutely perfect. If only he were real.

Lane and Vivi have had it with Isabelle Hunter's boyfriend, Shawn Littig (a.k.a. Sluttig). He is the only person who can turn their smart, confident best friend into a complete mess. When Shawn Sluttig cheats on and dumps Izzy just months before the prom she's been planning since the ninth grade, Lane and Vivi decide to take action.

With a few quick keystrokes, they create a MySpace page for "Brandon," the perfect guy to get Izzy out of her revolving-door relationship with Shawn. Too bad he's totally fake. Vivi's younger brother, Marshall, who they hire to be the "man" behind the profile, is way too into being Izzy's fake boyfriend. So they turn to cute, prep-school Jonathan to be the face of Brandon. But when Vivi falls for Jonathan, and Sluttig tries to wedge his way back into Izzy's prom picture, the whole plan starts to go south faster than you can say "fake boyfriend."

I think this one sounds really weird but fun. Plus, I love Kate Brian's Private novels!

Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs
A modern girl's comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.

When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uber exclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That's right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes -supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they're on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

After reading a few wonderful reviews for this book, I decided to give it a chance and get it from my library. Hope it's good!


Not too many books this week, but these are books I'm REALLY excited for. This week is quality and not quantity I guess? What did you all get this week?

In My Mailbox was created by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie and memefied by Kristi at The Story Siren!
- Alex


  1. Words cannot express how jealous I am that you got Fire! (Okay, maybe they just did). Fake Boyfriend sounds really fun too. Great haul!

  2. I love that cover of Fire! So pretty!

  3. Great books! Fire has an awesome cover. Looking forward to your reviews.

  4. I dont know which Fire cover I like best so I want them both! Good week! happy reading..

  5. This looks like a fun collection of books. Enjoy!

  6. Love the UK cover for Fire. Such a great book, enjoy!

  7. I LOVED Catching Fire! Oh.My.Gods. is really good too. Happy reading!

  8. Catching Fire is the book of the week. Happy Reading!



  9. I have The Stolen One coming for me too, with Graceling (soon, I hope!) Oh My Gods sounds really fun!

  10. fantastic book week! they all look great! so digging the cover of fire! i may have to get the uk covers for the series! happy reading!

  11. Great week! I really the UK version of Fire a lot better than the US. Fake Boyfriends sounds fun. Hope you enjoy all your books.

  12. Great books you got this week. You are so lucky to get Fire. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  13. Funny that you mention that you don't usually read historical fiction. I don't either, but also picked up The Stolen One because it sounded good!

  14. That Fire cover is lovely. I haven't seen it in person yet, but I'm keeping my beady eye on the boxes that come in at work!

    You will love Catching Fire - that I can promise you :)

  15. I do love the UK/Australian covers for Cashore's books.

  16. Ohh I love the cover of Fire and My FAke Boyfriend sounds too cute!!!

    Great books!!

  17. I love that cover! The UK cover is hotttt. Looks like you got some fabulous books. :-D

  18. You are so darn lucky! That UK cover of Fire is AMAZING.

  19. Oo I won the same contest as you! Love the cover, right?

  20. Great week, huh? I LOVE that cover of Fire. It is so striking!


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