Sunday, January 18, 2009

In My Mailbox (3) + Contest Winners!

First of all, I had a contest that ended on Wednesday that I'm going to announce the winners of! Winners: you have 48 hours to e-mail me your address so I can ship you the book!

Katie! (Katie's Bookshelf)

Lizzie! (The Book Obsession)

Katie! (KDs Library)

Thanks to everyone for entering and I got a lot of good advice on how to improve the blog. :)

Now, part two of this post: In My Mailbox!

I got lots of wonderful looking books in the mail and from the library this week. :)

In the Mail:

From amazon came:

CRACKED UP TO BE! by Courtney Summers.
(Truth: I made my mommy buy me this book from amazon so I didn't die. Thanks, Mommyyy! :D)

Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games…but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn’t something she can say out loud. It isn’t even something she can say to herself. A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. If she can just remove herself from everybody--be totally alone--then everything will be okay...The problem is, nobody will let her.

For review:

Faketastic by Alexa Young

From besties to worsties and back again . . .

Team Avalon:

For Avalon, staying on top of trends has never been a problem—until her fellow cheerleaders decide that her BFF Halley is definitely out this season. Now Avalon must choose between the frenemy who embarrassed her in front of everyone or the new friends who stood by her.


Team Halley:

Halley thinks she's got it all: her forever-friend Avalon, her new bestie Sofee, and the hottest fall wardrobe at Seaview Middle School. Her life is a total YES. But when Sofee spies Avalon flirting with Halley's crush, will it be World War Halvalon all over again?

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Three adolescent boys with a single summer goal: see a real live naked girl. The result? Razor-sharp, rapid-fire, and raunchy, of course. And beyond hilarious.

Hidden Voices by Pat Lowry Collins

While studying under Vivaldi, three girls in a Venice orphanage forge their own notions of love in a sensuous, engrossing novel told in three narrative voices.

From the library came..:

Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

Teenage sisters Chloe and Shana recall fondly the days when their mother wove stories about kingdoms under the sea. Now that Mom is “away,” Chloe does not allow herself to believe in fairy tales. She is too busy caring for her adopted brother, Micah, because Dad has become withdrawn. Shana copes by escaping every night under the cover of Goth garb. The day the family visits Mom for the first time is the day Chloe learns why Shana will never allow their mother to return. It is up to the sisters to pull together and form a new definition of family.

Need by Carrie Jones

Now fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr have a new author to devour . . . 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.

Black Tuesday by Susan Colebank

Everything is going just the way superachiever Jayne Thompkins planned. She’s at the top of her class and captain of the girls’ varsity tennis team. Her ultimate goal? Harvard. She wouldn’t be killing herself with all these extracurriculars otherwise. But her life changes when she crashes into another car—and a little girl dies as a result. Will she ever be able to live with the guilt she feels over this accidental death? A gripping and fastpaced story about guilt, anger, forgiveness, and second chances by firsttime author Susan Colebank.

So, as you can see, it's been a pretty eventful week! So.. what did everyone else get in their mailboxes this week?



Thao said...

Congrats to the winner. And Hope, you got some awesome books to read : )

Alea said...

Glad you got Cracked Up to Be so you wouldn't die! :P

Katie said...

Thanks Hope!

the story siren said...

soo good! you've got some readin to do!

Anonymous said...

I got Perfect CHemistry and Cracked up to be too!!! haha. xD

Lena Grey said...

Perfect Chemistry sounds great! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Bookworm said...

Perfect Chemistry sounds so good--not really my thing, but still good! I've also heard loads of good things about Cracked Up To Be. And I'm expecting Faketastic in the mail, I can't wait!

Nancy said...

Congrats to the winners.

Hope, you have an impressive pile of books. Need was very good and I cannot wait to hear what you think of perfect chemistry.

have a good week and happy reading :)

holed up in a book said...

can we do a link exchange? i already added u to my blog list :)


ps. u got perfect chemistry?! soo jealouss

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Swim the Fly and Hidden Voices sound awesome!! I hadn't heard of those before...

I need Cracked Up To Be as well. Stupid borders didn't have it. :(


Genevieve said...

Ah, I ordered my copy of NEED nearly 2 weeks ago and I still don't have it yet. Which is annoying b/c Carrie Jones is over at a site that I am part of and she's doing Q & A there (and a live chat later this month).

di said...

Cracked Up to Be, Perfect Chemistry, and Black Tuesday all look fabulous.

~bella aire~