In My Mailbox (30)

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:

Ghost Huntress: The Guidnace by Marley Gibson (ARC/Graphia/September 7, 2009)
Kendall and her ghost hunting team is the talk of Radisson, Georgia, but one person isn’t so pleased. Courtney Langdon doesn’t appreciate Kendall’s new popularity or her relationship with Jason, Courtney’s ex.

So Courtney begins dabbling in the paranormal world. At first it’s all a game to draw attention away from Kendall. But Courtney doesn’t know what she’s getting into—or what wants in her. This is one game that’s about to turn deadly serious.

And for more about Kendall and the ghost huntresses, check out www.ghosthuntress.com!

Behind Every Illusion by Christina Harner (PB/Two Trees Books/June 6, 2009)

All creatures born of human parents must be human and therefore must be ordinary. Even timid eighteen-year-old Tatiana Lewis wholeheartedly accepts this logic. So when she begins to experience unusual changes, she has no clue where to turn and instead keeps her new abilities a secret. But her best friend and brother, Isaac, sees past her illusions and together they explore the significance of her differences and search out the meaning behind them.

Amidst tragedy, unimaginable transformations and an unexpected friendship, Tatiana has to learn to reveal the girl hidden behind her illusions and what it means to face the world in order to preserve not only the forest but her very existence.

Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reyonlds Naylor (HB/Delacorte/June 9, 2009)

Ivy June Mosely and Catherine Combs, two girls from different parts of Kentucky, are participating in the first seventh-grade student exchange program between their schools. The girls will stay at each other’s homes, attend school together, and record their experience in their journals. Catherine and her family have a beautiful home with plenty of space. Since Ivy June’s house is crowded, she lives with her grandparents. Her Pappaw works in the coal mines supporting four generations of kinfolk. Ivy June can’t wait until he leaves that mine forever and retires. As the girls get closer, they discover they’re more alike than different, especially when they face the terror of not knowing what’s happening to those they love most.

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur (HB/Wendy Lamb Books/June 9, 2009)

A tragic accident has turned eleven-year-old Aubrey’s world upside down. Starting a new life all alone, Aubrey has everything she thinks she needs: SpaghettiOs and Sammy, her new pet fish. She cannot talk about what happened to her. Writing letters is the only thing that feels right to Aubrey, even if no one ever reads them.
With the aid of her loving grandmother and new friends, Aubrey learns that she is not alone, and gradually, she finds the words to express feelings that once seemed impossible to describe. The healing powers of friendship, love, and memory help Aubrey take her first steps toward the future.

Readers will care for Aubrey from page one and will watch her grow until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.
Love, Aubrey is devastating, brave, honest, funny, and hopeful, and it introduces a remarkable new writer, Suzanne LaFleur. No matter how old you are, this book is not to be missed.

For Review from Amazon Vine

Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen (ARC/Walker Books/September 29, 2009)

For Nikki Donovan, being a teenager can be hell. Literally.

As if trying to fit in at a new school and navigating the social scene isn’t enough stress for her, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands — the world that separates and protects ours from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious (and surprisingly cute) messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and that he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew — what’s a teenage demon princess to do?

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Contest Win (from Laura’s Review Bookshelf)

Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee (HB/Bloomsbury/March 17, 2009)

The world expects perfection from seventeen-year-old Shawna Gallagher, and for the most part, that’s what they get. She dates the right boys, gets good grades, and follows her father’s every rule. But when her estranged lesbian mother dies, it’s more than perfect Shawna can take. Suddenly, anger from being abandoned ten years ago is resurfacing along with Shawna’s embarrassment over her mother’s other family. As she confronts family secrets and questions from the past, Shawna realizes there’s a difference between doing the perfect thing and doing the right thing.

Shawna’s honest and relatable voice will draw readers in and hold them until the last page in this coming-of-age story. Jeannine Garsee has delivered a compulsively readable second novel, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Laurie Halse Anderson.

Swap Books

Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Untouchable by Kate Brian
How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier


Cruel Summer by Kylie Adams
Ruler of the Realm by Herbie Brennan
Local Girls by Jenny O’Connell
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
Austenland by Shannon Hale
First Kiss (Then Tell) by Various Authors
Fangs 4 Freaks by Serena Robar
Uninvited by Justine Musk

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!


Book Review

Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana

Release Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272

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.

Riding the Universe was fast and fun read. There are some serious elements presented, so I wouldn’t describe it as fluff, but it was just an easy read. If that makes any sense at all. The plot was engaging, but at the same time it was pretty simplistic.

This was my first experience with Triana’s writing and I’m a fan. Her characterization is fabulous. Chloe was definitely a well developed character, and I enjoyed watching her focus throughout the story change. It was refreshing to read about a character that seemed so real.

It may have been a little predictable, I had the story figured out fairly soon, but it didn’t take away the enjoyment of reading the story. Basically it was just a really fun book to read, and Chloe made it all the more worthwhile.



Xander Attacks!

This is totally un-book related, but it was just to fun to pass up sharing. I was going through my old videos today and I found this clip of Xander when he was a puppy! He used to attack the door stop. I don’t know why, but he would go crazy on it!

Books to Pine For (18)

Books to pine for… a collection of various Young Adult titles that have yet to be released. Books to pine for are found on my aimless wanderings on Amazon.com and Young Adult author websites. Almost all the titles mentioned are not in my possession, but oh… how I wish they were.

to pine (third-person singular simple present pines, present participle pining, simple past and past participle pined)

(intransitive) To long, to yearn so much that it causes suffering. (yep that pretty much sums it up)

My original books to pine for post: Books to Pine For, has a wide range of titles, some have been released since its post date. I hadn’t intended to make Books to Pine For a regular feature, but I continued to find books that caught my interest, thus, more posts where made: check out all the books to pine for posts!

Gifted: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow by Marilyn Kaye
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Unbound by Various Authors
Bedeviled: Daddy’s Little Angel by Shani Petroff

The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Troy High by Shanda Norris

Three Witches by Paula Jolin
Gateway by Sharon Shinn

Falling by Sharon Dogar
Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Break by Hannah Moskowitz

Bad Apple by Laura Ruby
The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook



Sex and YA

Calling all teens who read books that sometimes have sexual content in them–Please take this fast (approx 3 min) survey!

Lynn Biederman, you remember her, she wrote Unraveling. Well she is also a YA librarian. And at this year’s American Librarian Association conference, she’ll be presenting a talk about sex in YA/teen literature. Librarians, teachers, parents, and authors have lots of opinions on this subject including how graphic sexual content in books should or shouldn’t be and which topics are okay for you to read about, etc. She’d like to get YOUR opinion and collect some information on teen attitudes and behavior straight from the source – you guys!

So, if you’d like to put in your two cents, you can take the survey here.

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