Sunday, May 31, 2009

In My Mailbox (May 31)

Sorry, no vlog this week! Didn't have a change to make one. =(

For Review:
After - Amy Efaw

An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .

Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible— she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.

I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be your Class President - Josh Lieb

If you're reading this, I must like something about you.

Few are granted such access to my inmost thoughts. So don't blow it. Read. Learn. And keep your mouth shut. I might let you shake my hand someday. But I doubt it.

Oliver Watson is basically your average twelve-year-old kid. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska. His favorite after-school snack is a grilled cheese sandwich. his best friend is his put bull mix, Lollipop. And... oh yeah. He's an evil genius on his way to total world domination.

Nobody can stop Oliver from getting what he wants. Not Jordie Moscowitz, the seventh grade bully. Not his moronic English teacher, Mr. Moorhead. Not even his father and his arch nemesis, "Daddy." (He hates being called that.)

Until now. Because Oliver Watson is running for class president. And it turns out that overthrowing cranky foreign dictators is atually a lot easier than getting other kids to vote for ou.

Even for a genius of unspeakable evil.

Hold Still - NIna LaCour

An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, froma breakthrough new voice in YA fiction

dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.

Slept Away - Julie Kraut

Laney Parker is a city girl through and through. For her, summertime means stepping out of her itchy gray school uniform and into a season of tanning at rooftop swimming pools, brunching at sidewalk cafes, and—as soon as the parents leave for the Hamptons—partying at her classmates’ apartments.

But this summer Laney’s mother has other plans for Laney. It’s called Camp Timber Trails and rustic doesn’t even begin to describe the un-air-conditioned log cabin nightmare. Laney is way out of her element—the in-crowd is anything but cool, popularity seems to be determined by swimming skills, and the activities seem more like boot camp than summer camp.

Splattered with tie dye fall out, stripped of her cell, and going through Diet Coke withdrawal, Laney is barely hanging on. Being declared the biggest loser of the bunk is one thing, but when she realizes her summer crush is untouchably uncrushable in the real world, she starts to wonder, can camp cool possibly translate to cool cool?

Summer camp might just turn this city girl’s world upside down!

YA Book Swap:

Thanks to Kelsey I now have:
The King's Rose - Alisa M. LIbby

Though well aware of her cousin Anne Boleyn’s fate only four years earlier, 15-year-old Catherine Howard acquiesces with her ambitious, conniving relatives’ plans and marries King Henry VIII. He calls her “my rose without a thorn,” but she is well aware of the thorny secrets she conceals: no virgin when she and the king married, she later begins a sexual liaison at court, partly in a desperate effort to produce an heir. Soon, Catherine begins a downward spiral toward madness and despair. An author’s note separates historical fact from conjecture in this account of Catherine’s short years as Henry’s “rose.” Libby offers a convincing, sympathetic portrayal of a young woman who relinquishes her hopes of marrying for love and finds herself doomed by her choices and deceptions. Hardly an active heroine, Catherine falls into a trap early on and, in the end, has little left but her dignity. This one’s for historical-fiction fans who will appreciate this character study of Henry’s fifth wife.

The Debs - Susan McBride

LAURA DELACROIX BELL—this dazzling trust fund girl’s size 14 figure doesn’t stop her from attracting the sexiest scoundrel in town, or the admiring eye of the Glass Slipper Club. However, a salacious secret could take her out of the running.

Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie—brainy, cynical, and maybe a tad judgmental, Mac would rather bury her nose in a good book than embrace her deb destiny. But being a debutante was her late mother’s dream.

Ginger Fore—this adorable tree-hugger wants to wear her grandmother’s vintage ball gown instead of splurging on an expensive dress. Yet when she gets tangled up with an older guy, Ginger will have plenty more to think about.

Jo-Lynn Bidwill—a former child beauty queen, Jo-Lynn is a bitchy vamp who makes it her mission in life to take out the debu-trash. And Jo-Lynn’s sights are set on Laura Bell.

The Big Game of Everything - Chris Lynch

You have to love your family. You do, even if you don't, right? You don't have to understand them or play tennis with them, but you have to love them. It's a rule, and it's the kind of rule you don't break unless you're some kind of animal.

My brother happens to be some kind of animal. My sister rides this sweet gold Honda scooter and has amazing hair. You'd hate her. My parents are vegetarian let-the-sunshine-in freaks. Lovable freaks but freaks all the same. My grand father possesses a shocking comb-over, a kilt, about half of his original marbles, and his own golf complex. This summer, we are all working for him. It is going to be two hot, lucrative, carefree months of paradise.

Or, possibly something else.

The Bought (Thanks Nanny. =]):

Oh. My. Gods. - Tera Lynn Childs

When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe’s well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the ΓΌberexclusive Academy. If it isn’t hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe’s classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you’re running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!

Take Me There - Susane Colasanti

Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and wants him back. Nicole’s ex is still pining for her, but she can’t help having a new crush. And then there is James, hopelessly in love with Rhiannon, who can’t see that their friendship can be so much more. Just when things couldn’t get more complicated, the school’s resident mean girl decides she is intent on ruining everyone’s life. James, Nicole, and Rhiannon are not going to let this slide, but will their desire to take down the mean girl bring these three friends exactly what they want?



Anonymous said...

After looks really good. i should have a copy of my own coming sometime soon.


Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. After sounds like a really good book. Enjoy.

Unknown said...

AHHH!!! You got After to review! I need to get up with Penguin to see if they will let me review it! Great books, Hopers!!

Amelia said...

All your books look really good this week. I hope you enjoy them!slyin

Sandy said...

Slept Away and I Am A Genius sound veeeerrrry interesting...

and I already reviewed Oh. My. Gods.! Could you please come check out my review? :)

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

After sounds really good! Awesome week!


Katie said...

You got so many great books this week. After looks really good and I really want to read Hold Still. Happy reading!

Reverie said...

awwwI miss your pretty face this week! :(

But hey great books and hope you read and enjoy ALL of them!

Liyana said...

All the books look really good. Happy reading!

Ali said...

Can't wait to read Oh. My. Gods.! You had a great week, enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read After. Hold Still looks really good too. Happy reading!

stargirlreads said...

I got After and Slept Away too

Lianne said...

I love Slept Away and Take Me There!

Nancy said...

Oh you had some great books this week. After sounds amazing. Slept Away also has my interest and I will have to look into. Have a good week reading.