Sunday, April 17, 2011

In My Mailbox #85

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For Review:
Hidden - Helen Frost (From Macmillan, Thanks!)
When Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra's father steals a minivan. He doesn't know that Wren is hiding in the back. The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls. Darra is left with a question that only Wren can answer. Wren has questions, too. 
Years later, in a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time. They can finally learn the truth—that is, if they’re willing to reveal to each other the stories that they’ve hidden for so long. Told from alternating viewpoints, this novel-in-poems reveals the complexities of memory and the strength of a friendship that can overcome pain.

Invincible Summer - Hannah Moskowitz (From FinePrint Literacy/ Simon Pulse, Thanks!)
Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?
Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....
Not your typical beach read.

Future Imperfect - K. Ryer Breese (From St. Martin's Press, Thanks!)
Ade Patience can see the future and it's destroying his life. When the seventeen-year-old Mantlo High School student knocks himself unconscious, he can see days and decades into his own future. Ade's the best of Denver's "divination" underground and eager to join the heralded Mantlo Diviners, a group of similarly enabled teens. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn't see the future out of curiosity or good will; Ade gives himself concussions because he's addicted to the high, the Buzz, he gets when he breaks the laws of physics. And while there have been visions he's wanted to change, Ade knows the Rule: You can't change the future, no matter how hard you try.
His memory is failing, his grades are in a death spiral, and both Ade's best friend and his shrink are begging him to stop before he kills himself. Ade knows he needs to straighten-out. Luckily, the stunning Vauxhall Rodolfo has just transferred to Mantlo and, as Ade has seen her in a vision two years previously, they're going to fall in love. It's just the motivation Ade needs to kick his habit. Only things are a bit more complicated. Vauxhall has an addiction of her own, and, after a a vision in which he sees Vauxhall's close friend, Jimmy, drown while he looks on seemingly too wasted to move, Ade realizes that he must break the one rule he's been told he can't.
The pair must overcome their addictions and embrace their love for each other in order to do the impossible: change the future.


For months, Cass Meyer has heard her best friend Julia, a wannabe Broadway composer, whispering about a top-secret project. Then Julia is killed in a sudden car accident, and while Cass is still reeling from her death, Julia’s boyfriend and her other drama friends make it their mission to bring to fruition the nearly-completed secret project: a musical about an orphaned ninja princess entitled Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad.
Cass isn’t one of the drama people. She doesn’t feel at home with Julia’s drama friends, and she doesn’t see a place for her in the play. Things only get worse when she finds out that Heather Galloway, the girl who made her miserable all through middle school, has been cast as the ninja princess.
Cass can’t take a summer of swallowing her pride and painting sets, so she decides to follow her original plan for a cross-country road trip with Julia. Even if she has a touring bicycle instead of a driver’s license, and even if Julia’s ashes are coming along in Tupperware. 

In lyrical words that "unfold like white flowers, petal by petal, each in its own time and season," Hoffman introduces us to Green, a gentle teen whose name reveals her connection to the earth and a peaceful beauty that contrasts with her sunny sister, Aurora. Yet when Aurora and her parents perish in tragic, fiery events in town, a solitary Green transforms herself into Ash: hard and closed, cropped hair, thorns on her sweater, with ink roses and ravens drawn on her skin. Facing an apocalyptic future of looters visiting her garden and suspicious looks from townsfolk, Green has only the family dog to keep her company. But when a ghostly greyhound and a hooded boy suddenly appear for companionship, she slowly realizes that "Ash" is only temporary, while "Green" is her soul, her life, healing all this time inside, waiting to be reborn.

Katamari Damacy (YES!!!!!)

So that's what I got this week, what did you all get?


  1. I really want to read Invincible Summer! You got some great book this week. I still need to read If I Stay! Happy reading!
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  2. Awesome books this week! I've never heard of Hidden, but it sounds like an emotional read. I also think I'm one of the few people (Mandi, above included) who has never read If I Stay. Enjoy your books!

  3. The cover of Invincible Summer always makes me crave for summer. I want to read that so bad :D Ooh Where She Went! Heard plenty of good things about it. Hope you enjoy all your books! :)

  4. I know what you mean by finally with The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide. Wasn't it meant to be released in 2008/9. Still waiting on my copy of it and Where She Went.

    Happy reading :-)

  5. Invincible Summer looks really awesome! I can't wait to read it - I'll have to watch for your review :) Happy Reading!

  6. Where She Went sounds so good. I still need to read the first book though and I will soon. Hope you enjoy all your new books :)

  7. Where She Went was awesome! I'm still wishing for my own copy. Invincible Summer was good, but I didn't care for it in the beginning. Just a warning~ if you don't love it in the beginning just read a bit more. It might have just been me though ;)

  8. Invincible Summer, Future Imperfect, and A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend are on my wish list. Hope you enjoy your new books! :D



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