Sunday, April 5, 2009

In my Mailbox(Week 8)

This is a In My Mailbox, started by The Story Siren. Check it out here.
The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley
When her adoptive mother dies, Katherine Bab takes the chance she has been waiting for her whole life: she moves from her country village to London, to uncover the secret of who she really is. Before long, Kat has become a favorite of Queen Elizabeth herself, and rumors are swirling - could fiery-haired Kat be the secret daughter of the Virgin Queen? Kat's got plenty of other things to figure out, as well . . . such as how to choose between her childhood love and two handsome men at court vying for her affection. This smart, sensual novel drips with intrigue, period detail, and drama and will resonate with anyone who has ever longed to find his or her place in the world.
This book sounds really good. I love the pretty cover and all. I had this as my Waiting on Wednesday this week. Stephanie was kind enough to send this with My copy of Unraveling. So thanks Stephanie.
A Season Of Eden by J.M. Warwick
He's my teacher. I shouldn't be alone with him. But I can't help that he's irresistible.
I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us.
"I like hearing you play," I said, moving toward him.
He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn't say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. "May I?"
The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. "Eden."
My legs weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. "Is it okay?" I asked.
His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking.
"Let me stay," I said. "Please."
"You're going to get me in trouble."

Devyn had a contest for a signed copy of this and since the author self publishes she was nice enough to end it to more then just the winners. I already, have read this and it was pretty good.
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
Chemistry honors student and cross-country runner Kate Malone is driven. Daughter of a father who is a reverend first and a parent second ("Rev. Dad [Version 4.7] is a faulty operating system, incompatible with my software.") and a dead mother she tries not to remember, Kate has one goal: To escape them both by gaining entrance to her own holy temple, MIT. Eschewing sleep, she runs endlessly every night waiting for the sacred college acceptance letter. Then two disasters occur: Sullen classmate Teri and her younger brother, Mikey, take over Kate's room when their own house burns down, and a too-thin letter comes from MIT, signifying denial. And so the experiment begins. Can crude Teri and sweet Mikey, combined with the rejection letter, form the catalyst that will shake Kate out of her selfish tunnel vision and force her to deal with the suppressed pain of her mom's death? "If I could run all the time, life would be fine. As long as I keep moving, I'm in control." But for Kate, it's time to stop running and face the feelings she's spent her whole life racing away from.
Catalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson's third novel for teens, is a deftly fashioned character study of a seldom explored subject in YA fiction: the type-A adolescent. Teens will identify (if not exactly sympathize) with prickly Kate instantly, and be shocked or perhaps secretly pleased to discover that life is no easier for the honor roll student than it is for the outcast. Anderson earns an A plus for this revealing and realistic take on life, death, and GPAs.

I love Catalyst. So, I bookmooched it. I am so happy to get this.
My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald
Displaying a lively familiarity with the topics of makeup, makeovers and adolescent angst, Greenwald makes a bright debut with this timely story. Prospects look grim for the Old Mill Pharmacy run by 12-year-old Lucy's mother and grandmother. In order to drum up more sales, Lucy decides to offer customers beauty tips and free makeup applications. Although her efforts prove somewhat fruitful, her best idea comes after she joins her school's earth club: what if they add an eco-spa to the pharmacy? Like the recent Teashop Girls, also about an enterprising preteen trying to save a family business, this novel takes an upbeat approach to serious issues—money struggles and impending foreclosure—underscoring the optimistic message that one individual can make a difference.
This book looks really cute. I love the cover, it is really cute. I was excited to get it from bookmooch. So, I can't wait to read this.
Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815!
There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant.
But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex’s heart, before her time in the past is up?
More Cabot than Ibbotson, Prada and Prejudice is a high-concept romantic comedy about finding friendship and love in the past in order to have happiness in the present.

This book looks amazing. I am already halfway through it and it is really good. The cover is amazing.
This was a really good week. I can't wait to read them all.
Peace out, Sarah.


  1. AWESOME books.what's with everyone getting a season of eden. i want one?! lol

  2. Season of Eden sounds so good. I'll have to pick it up if I see it! Prada and Prejudice also looks awesome!

  3. Great week!
    a) I love the cover of "The Stolen One"--so gorgeous, all those colors
    b) I really liked My Life in Pink & Green. It was really cute, plus I love the fun cover!
    c) I am DYING to read Prada & Prejudice, and I have a copy in the mail so I'm SO excited!

    Happy reading!

  4. I really want to read Prada and Prejudice! and Catalyst is also on my TBR list.

  5. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  6. I had fun with Prada & Prejudice! Plus, Mandy is just one of the nicest writers around.

    You have some really interesting things in your mailbox this week. I like it when I get a peek at a few books I haven't heard much about!

  7. Jealousjealousjealous. And mad that you mooched that book before me! When we were talking! Ahhh. Oh, well. I'll be getting it soon, lol. (:

    And, man, that girl on the Stolen One cover has some THICK red hair. Wow...


  8. Great group of books!!
    The Stolen One looks really interesting!

  9. I also LOVE Catalyst, I was a little thrown off by the cover though since I have the old one. I don't know which one I like more, this new cover seems to go better with the book but does it match the Speak cover?

  10. OOOOOOOOOOOOH you got PRADA!! YAY!! I hope you love it. :-) Can't wait to see your review!


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