In My Mailbox

Monday, December 29, 2008

In my attempt to blogging more frequently, I'm finally doing the In My Mailbox post, hosted by the wonderful Kristi from The Story Siren! To learn more click here.

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The Rule of Won by Stephan Perchuta

The secret of The Rule of Won is simple, yet its power has been suppressed for generations. The universe is one of infinite abundance—ask, and you shall receive.

Umm, yeah right. Meet Caleb Dunne, slacker extraordinaire. Caleb prefers to glide through life with the minimal amount of effort, so he isn’t too jazzed when his overachieving girlfriend, Vicky, convinces him to join a new school club based on a controversial book, The Rule of Won. Slackers don’t join school clubs, do they? As The Rule gains popularity, though, the club members start to gain power within the school. From dark posts on the club’s online message board to all-out threats in the hallways, it becomes apparent that the group is getting out of control. For slacker Caleb, though, the only thing worse than doing something is not doing something.

Darkly funny and exceptionally thought-provoking, The Rule of Won, inspired by the ideas behind books like the runaway hit The Secret, shines a light on the dangers of group thinking and the inner desires that can sometimes get the best of us all.

I was lucky enough to get a beautiful and personalized (!) hardcover copy of this book from the author. It was great, expect a review soon .


Eternal by Cynthia Leitch Smith

At last, Miranda is the life of the party: all she had to do was die. Elevated and adopted by none other than the reigning King of the Mantle of Dracul, Miranda goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous royal fiend overnight. Meanwhile, her reckless and adoring guardian angel, Zachary, demoted to human guise as the princess’s personal assistant, has his work cut out for him trying to save his girl’s soul and plan the Master’s fast-approaching Death Day gala. In alternating points of view, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous and darkly hilarious love story for the ages.


Sophomore Switch by Abigail McDonald

Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and what shall heretofore be known as "The Hot-Tub Incident," and you’ve got two unprepared sophomores on a semester abroad. For American party girl Tasha, an escape to Oxford may be a chance to ditch her fame as a tabloid temptress, but wading Uggs-deep in feminist theory is not her idea of a break. Meanwhile, the British half of the exchange, studious Emily, nurses an aching heart amid the bikinis and beer pong of U.C. Santa Barbara. Soon desperation has the girls texting each other tips — on fitting in, finding love, and figuring out who they really are. With an anthropologist’s eye for detail and a true ear for teen-speak, exciting new novelist Abby McDonald has crafted a funny, fast-paced, poignant look at survival, sisterhood, and the surprising ways we discover our true selves.


The Uninvited by Tim-Wynne Jones

Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to fi nd someone already living there — Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want? Part gripping thriller, part family drama, this fast-paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints, in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie — a mysterious character in its own right.


Fairest of Them All by Jan Blazanin

Oribella Bettencourt is living a teenage girl’s dream. At fifteen, she’s a beauty queen, a model, and a breath away from her life-long goal of acting in a major motion picture. She and her mother are more than partners; they’re best friends. When Oribella is diagnosed with alopecia, losing her hair means the end of her career. While she struggles to cope with that loss, the strain shatters the special bond she and her mother share. Without friends, family, or direction, Ori feels like a discarded doll. As she struggles to put her life back together, Ori wonders if she can build a future worth living for.


Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Sixteen-year-old Erin Misrahe just wants to be like everyone else in her new school. But Erin has more to worry about than passing AP Chemistry or making friends. In times of stress, she has always been overcome by her alter ego, Shevaun, whose violent behavior wreaks havoc on those around her. Erin can never remember anything about these episodes, and she’s grateful to have been spared them for a while.

But when a protective friend comes back into Erin’s life, he insists that Shevaun is a vampire who actually exists apart from Erin. Shevaun has dangerous allies, like the handsome witch Adjila—and they’re determined to sever Shevaun’s connection to Erin once and for all.


Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie

Shawna Stone is sixteen going on twenty-five. Already deeply scarred, she has learned to survive with a tough attitude and a thin blade. Her journey is destined to be short. Sliding on the Edge enters the world of a desperate teen and her disillusioned grandmother, each with secrets that stir mutual distrust. As these two unlikely companions struggle to co-exist we are reminded that the human spirit has the capacity to overcome even the deepest suffering.


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This is the most books I EVER got in a week to review. I'm convinced its a Christmas miracle! But I haven't been able to read as much as I would have liked in these past few days. Why you ask? AP World History. I have to read this piece of junk instead and then write a 10 page essay. =(

Oh and I also bought To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee from a local indie book store.

I love the cover of this one and it's much easier to read then the purple covered copies. By the way, I LOVE this book! Who knew, I would love a classic.


5 comments:

TheBookworm said...

Wow! Diffinetly a great week! The Book of Won I've seen all over the book blogsphere and it sounds interesting. Just finished Tantalize a couple days ago so I'm looking forward to what happens in Eternal.

Book covers are becoming so much better to look at compared to the '80s. Like Sophomore Switch catches my eye right away. I love the creativity and the bright rich colors used in the covers of the books released this year (especially the ones coming in 2009).

carmen alexis said...

Sophomore Switch looks like a fun read. Kind of like a modern twist to The Prince and the Pauper.
Can't wait to read your review. =)

The Not So Closet Geeks said...

Eternal looks great!

~bella aire~

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Awesome books you got there. Sophomore Switch sounds amazing and I really want to read it!

-Lauren

YA Book Realm said...

TheBookworm- The Book of Won was way better then I expected. And your right the covers *do* look very good this year!

Carmen Alexis- Omg now that you mentioned your right. I would have never made the connection. lol

Bella Aire- Eternal does look great. Did you ever read Tantalize.

Lauren- I can't wait to get to it. Looks like a lot of people are excited about this one.

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