In My Mailbox (21)
In My Mailbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here.(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)
How Do You Get All Those BOOKS!?For Review:
Gorgeous by Rachel Vail (ARC/May 26, 2009/Harper Teen)
She’s looking good . . . but Allison Avery can’t believe it. Growing up with beautiful, blond sisters, Allison has always been the dark-haired, “interesting-looking” Avery. So when the devil shows up and offers to make her gorgeous, Allison jumps at the chance to finally get noticed. But there’s one tiny catch, and it’s not her soul: The devil wants her cell phone.
Though her deal with the devil seems like a good idea at the time, Allison soon realizes that being gorgeous isn’t as easy as it looks. Are her new friends and boyfriend for real, or do they just like her pretty face? Allison can’t trust anyone anymore, and her possessed phone and her family’s financial crisis aren’t making things any easier. Plus, when she finds out that she might be America’s next teen model, all hell breaks loose. Allison may be losing control, but how far is she willing to go to stay gorgeous forever?
Hancock Park by Isabel Kaplan (ARC/July 6, 2009/Harper Teen)
Becky Miller lives in the best neighborhood, goes to school with the children of movie stars, and had her psychiatrist on speed dial. She may live in the City of Angles, but this sixteen-year-old’s life is far from perfect.
By day, Becky navigates the halls of L.A.’s most elite schools, where the mean girls are a special breed of mean. At night, she deals with sparring parents, a grandmother who is man-crazy, and a younger brother Jack, who answers only J-zizzy. As Becky’s life seems to come crashing down around her, she struggles to put it back together and learn to grow up while trying to stay sane.
Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana (ARC/May 5, 2009, Harper Teen)
Chloé Rodriguez values three things above all else—her family; her best friend, Rock; and Lolita, her Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster. With a black body, blue airbrushed flames, and perfect sloping ape hangers, Lolita is Chloé’s last connection to her beloved uncle, Seth, who left her the bike when he died last summer. So when a failing chemistry grade threatens to separate Chloé from her motorcycle, she vows not to let that happen . . . no matter what.
Enter Gordon. Ridiculously organized, übersmart, and hot in a casual, doesn’t-know-it kind of way, Chloé’s peer tutor may have a thing or two to teach her besides chemistry. But she has to stop falling for Gordon . . . and get Rock to act mature whenever he’s around . . . and pass chemistry so she doesn’t lose Lolita forever. Just when Chloé thinks she’s got it all figured out, a bump in the road comes out of nowhere and sends her skidding.
Worldweavers: Spellspam by Alma Alexander (PB/Febuary 2009/EOS/Harper Collins)
What do you get when ordinary e-mail spam becomes infused with magic?
At first, they seemed like harmless practical jokes, but now, for the students at the Wandless Academy, the spellspams are getting worse. Thea thought she was the only one who could reach through the computer using magic, but someone else is out there, someone bent on more than just stirring up trouble. Someone with a dark agenda from a whole new world.
Worldweavers: Cybermage by Alma Alexander (HB/February 2009/EOS/Harper Collins)
This year at the Wandless Academy feels all wrong to Thea. Her best friend, Magpie, will barely give her the time of day. Ben’s been moody and dismissive. Since when did Tess have a boyfriend? And why is Humphrey May, agent for the Federal Bureau of Magic, lurking around the Academy?
Thea is out of sorts—in all ways, magical and otherwise—and that’s before she discovers she’s an elemental mage, a category of magician so rare that only four others are known to exist.
Now the Federal Bureau of Magic needs Thea’s help to unlock the mysterious white cube—the same cube found over the summer in the professor’s house, the same cube the dangerous Alphiri are still after. To stay ahead of the Alphiri and the wiles of the FBM, Thea needs her friends—all of them.
Loyalty’s Web by Joyce DiPastena (PB/October 2008/Leatherwood Press)
In twelfth century France, King Henry II of England has just finished quashing a rebellion by his power-hungry sons and now seeks to tame the lawless barons who supported them in this corner of his “Angevin empire.” To this end, the king has sent the Earl of Gunthar as his royal representative to ensure that Prince Richard and his former cohorts faithfully adhere to the terms of the peace treaty.
Far from being welcomed with open arms, Gunthar no sooner steps foot in the county of Poitou than he is greeted by a series of assassination attempts. All appear to be linked to the former rebellious prince through the agents of the family and friends of young Heléne de Laurant. A clever, intrepid young woman, she realizes that the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin. Heléne races against time—and dark secrets of the past—to unmask the killer before the kingdom plunges back into war.
Fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction as Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor. But their blinding magnetism almost causes them to overlook an even deadlier threat from an entirely unexpected direction.
Plus I got Poseur and Queen of Babble from Paperback Swap! And I bought a copy of Graceling!
Okay so now you know what’s in mine, what did you get in yours? You can sign the Mr. Linky below, if you would, please link your actual post, so that it is easier to find! Thanks!
I’ve been trying to go around and make sure I comment on everyone’s posts!! I’ve been slacking on my part lately! But not anymore! Thanks to all who participate!