Sunday, April 18, 2010

In My Mailbox #38

In My Mailbox brought to you by The Story Siren

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 I am so excited to read this one and so excited I received it! What a great surprise!
While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all. Click Here to visit the Nightshade website.

After her sister Athena's tragic death, it's obvious that grief-stricken Persephone "Phe" Archer no longer belongs in Los Angeles. Hoping to make sense of her sister's sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA -- a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.

It’s saturday night in Santa Barbara and school is done for the year. Everyone is headed to the same party. Or at least it seems that way. The place is packed. The beer is flowing. Simple, right? But for 11 different people the motives are way more complicated. As each character takes a turn and tells his or her story – one character per chapter – the eleven individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that none of them ever saw coming.

Jack Fountain knows that what’s happened to his family sounds like the most horrible soap opera anyone could ever write. But it happened—to Jack; his parents; his sisters, Smithy and Madison. And to his baby brother, Tris. What made it worse was that the media wanted to know every detail.
Now it’s almost Tris’s third birthday, and everything’s starting again. Aunt Cheryl, who’s living with the Fountain children now that their parents are gone, has decided that they will heal only if they work through their pain—on camera. The very identities they’ve created for themselves are called into question. In less than twenty-four hours their fate will change yet again, but this time they vow to not be exploited and to discover the truth.

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! 

Some miracles come with a price . . .
Lia Kahn was perfect: rich, beautiful, popular. Until the accident that nearly killed her.
Now she has been downloaded into a new body that only looks human. Lia will never feel pain again, she will never age, and she can't ever truly die.

Perfect for zombiephiles, video game addicts, grindhouse nostalgists, and horror movie fanatics, Zombie Haiku is the touching story of a zombie's gradual decay told through the intimate poetry of haiku. From infection to demise, readers will accompany the narrator on a zen journey through deserted streets and barracaded doors for every eye-popping, gut-wrenching, flesh-eating moment right up until the inevitable bullet to the brain. Plus the book is illustrated with over 50 photos from the zombie's eye and designed with extra blood, guts and pus!

A celebration of the most important relationship in a straight girl's life;her gay best friend. Thanks to iconic duos such as Sex and the City's Carrie and Stanford and the title characters of Will & Grace, the love affair between straight women and gay men has moved into the mainstream.
Never before, though, has a book looked at these friendships in the real world. The editors, themselves best friends, have put together this collection of hilarious and poignant never-before-published essays that explore this unique relationship. In addition to stories about single girls and gay guys bonding over shopping sprees and brunch, these stories chronicle love and lust, infatuation and heartbreak, growing up and coming out, and family and children.

I actually got a chance to meet Susan Shaw when she came into our library one day. She was really nice and even offered to sign our copy of The Boy From the Basement. 
"I live in a box with four sides, tall and brown. I cannot get out."
So opens the story of a twelve-year-old girl trapped in a devastating psychological prison. In it, she sits with arms wrapped around her legs, feet on the cushion of the family's gold living room chair, knees pressed against her chin. Seeking only to be "good enough," she remains motionless and silent for hours on end, feeling the walls of her prison pressing against her. To make sense of her world, Suzie must piece together a puzzle that involves seemingly unrelated clues--a broken bicycle, a torn picture, peacock feathers, ducks swimming in a pond on the hospital grounds, and a batch of burned cookies. Together, these pieces reveal a secret that is likely to change Suzie's life forever--and give her an opportunity to regain her voice and reclaim her spirit. Susan Shaw's compelling novel is an inspiring story about a child who, with patience and guidance, overcomes immense problems and regains control of her life.

Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility—
it is always expanding, it is never what you think
it is. Everything around us was once deemed
impossible. From the airplane overhead to
the phones in our pockets to the choir girl
putting her arm around the metalhead.
As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist
within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits
are of our own world’s devising. And yet,
every day we each do so many things
that were once impossible to us.

So, titles link to GoodReads pages to add yo your ever-growing TBR lists; authors link to author pages and all summaries were taken from somewhere(probably author pages and goodreads). So what did you all get this week?


  1. Whoa amazing books this week! I'm so jealous of Party, it was my WoW a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait for all your reviews. Happy reading! :)

  2. i love your blog, and I have an award for you on mine! :)

  3. Ooo I'm looking forward to seeing your review on Party. I'm also signed up for it on the tour :) And yay! Shadow Hills! Enjoy all your lovely books this week!


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