Monday, September 7, 2009

In My Mailbox

I was house-sitting while my brother went out of town and he lives way out in Boofoo so I wasn't able to use the internet for the last three days. So this is coming in late. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Contest Wins:

Geektatsic by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside)and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!

The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara M. Zeises
A warmhearted, delectable novel about what it means to love and be loved.

When Stella Madison's food-loving parents help her land a summer job at the local newspaper, there’s only one catch: she’s expected to write about food. Luckily, Stella has Jeremy, the hot new intern at her mom’s restaurant, who’s more than happy to help. But where does that leave Stella’s boyfriend, Max, who recently dropped the L-word? And could her separated parents be cooking up romances of their own?

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
Kara hasn't been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park....

Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.


Vintage Veronica by Eric S. Perl
Veronica Walsh is 15, fashion-minded, fat, and friendless. Her summer job in the Consignment Corner section (Employees Only!) of a vintage clothing store is a dream come true. There Veronica can spend her days separating the one-of-a-kind gem garments from the Dollar-a-Pound duds, without having to deal with people. But when two outrageous yet charismatic salesgirls befriend her and urge her to spy on and follow the mysterious and awkward stock boy Veronica has nicknamed the Nail, Veronica’s summer takes a turn for the weird. Suddenly, what began as a prank turns into something else entirely. Which means Veronica may have to come out of hiding and follow something even riskier for the first time: her heart.

Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman
Andromeda Klein has a few problems.

Her hair is kind of horrible.

Her partner-in-occultism, Daisy, is dead.

Her secret, estranged, much older and forbidden boyfriend-in-theory, has gone AWOL.

And her mother has learned how to text.

In short, things couldn't get much worse. Until they do. Daisy seems to be attempting to make contact from beyond, books are starting to disappear from the library, and then, strangely and suddenly, Andromeda's tarot readings are beginning to predict events with bizarrely literal accuracy.

Omens are everywhere. Dreams; swords; fires; hidden cards; lost, broken, and dead cell phones . . . and what is Daisy trying to tell her?

In the ensuing struggle of neutral versus evil, it's Andromeda Klein against the world, modern society, demonic forces, and the "friends" of the library.

From Frank Portman, author of King Dork, comes another unique literary experience. Andromeda Klein is dark, funny, smart, and entirely unforgettable.

To Be Mona by Kelly Easton
Sage Priestly is seventeen, and she longs to reinvent herself -- to strip away the fat, the past, the crazy mom, the unpaid bills. She longs to be her own version of the gorgeous and popular Mona Simms.

Sage starts dieting and exercising. She gets blond highlights and throws away all of her black clothes. Bit by bit she transforms herself. This is deeply troubling to her best friend, Vern, who is secretly in love with Sage just the way she is. But the boyfriend Sage wants -- the popular jock Roger -- suddenly notices her. And when they start dating, Sage thinks her life is turning around.

So why isn't Sage happier? Yes, Roger is a little too controlling and pushy, but isn't that what boys are like when you date them? What is it about the image Sage has created that just doesn't fit?

Smart, honest, and tough, Sage is a teen with more going for her than she thinks, but she still has a lot to learn.

That's what I got this week. I have a lot of books I have to catch up on reviewing so look out for a lot of stuff being posted this week.


Kelsey said...

Wow some great books! I really want Vintage Veronica & The Sweet Life of Stella Madison!(:

Casey said...

Great books. I really want to read Ballads of Suburbia. Hope you enjoy and Happy Reading!

anndrreaaa said...

Wanna trade mailboxes??

LOL looks like we have a lot of common book interests so I'm following your blog :]


^^ feel free to enter the contest I'm running!

Katie said...

Oooh, super jealous of "Ballads of Suburbia" -- my copy from the library hasn't arrived yet! I hope you love "Catching Fire." ::seals mouth shut::

Happy reading!


Nice books, I'm halfway through Catching Fire, I hope you enjoy it! Happy Reading :)

Sassy Brit said...

What a lot of books, a great selection. Ballards of Suburbia looks good!

Here’s my Tuesday Teaser, and review of the book!

Btw, you have an award to pick up on my blog!



Jessica (BookLover) said...

Great picks! I can't wait to read Catching Fire and I have many of these books on my wishlist. There are so many good books to read!

Happy Reading!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I'm really looking forward to Catching Fire. I've heard good things about Suburbia. Enjoy your reads!

Gregory @ Teens Read and Write said...

Yep, definitely going to be a fight in our house for the first to read Catching Fire. I've been working out. I think I've got the edge!

Jake Kirk@Teens Read and Write said...

Can't wait for Catching Fire. I'll be interested in your take on the Portman book. I read King Dork and was not impressed. Are you familiar with his work?