Sunday 4 April 2010

In My Mailbox (33)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
From Goodreads: Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.-s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new -it- bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: selfprofessed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan-s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan-s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life-and her social status- comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan-with Josh-s help-pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

Dark Secrets: Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell by Elizabeth Chandler
From Goodreads: Two girls haunted by the past...and destined to relive it
In Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She's determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family's legacy in more ways than she realizes.
In Don't Tell, Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother drowned seven years ago, she'll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother's death. Maybe her mother's drowning wasn't an accident after all...and maybe Lauren is next.

Mealtimes and Milestones by Constance Barter - we had a launch for this at work and my friend Kirsty @ The Book Mogul tells me it's brilliant!
From Goodreads: This book presents an astonishingly moving and mature account of a young woman's struggle with anorexia nervosa, a serious mental illness affecting 1.1 million people in the UK. At fourteen years of age, Constance Barter was admitted as an in-patient to a specialist eating disorders unit where she remained for seven months. During that time, she kept a diary which sheds light on what it means to have anorexia, how it affects your life, and how it is not just a faddy diet or attention seeking disorder. Constance is an example to anyone suffering from this potentially life-threatening illness that with perseverance and support it can be beaten and sufferers can go on and lead a fulfilling, everyday life. This inspirational diary will help and inspire other sufferers to seek help and overcome their illness as well as providing an invaluable insight into the nature of the illness to families and friends.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
From Goodreads: When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-Gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard. Three powerful enemies who look like supermodels; a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock; a creepy, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect. Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all prodigium, especially her.

The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
From Goodreads: Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
From Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father ...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts ...and heal them.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (Review copy, UK Proof, Orchard books: published 6 May 2010)
From Goodreads: The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it's a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn't have a code name?

Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she's doing something riskier than ever—she's falling in love.

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt (won - big thanks to Sasha @ The Sweet Bonjour)
From Goodreads: When a well-dressed woman steps out of a bubble and wants to know if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you
A) run
B) faint
C) say yes?
For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for some glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C). Desi has a rare ability: with the help of "Royal Rouge," she can temporarily transform into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras.... In this winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

Hope you all had a great week and wishing you a good Easter:)


Unknown said...

You know what, I just saw The Last Song last night, and I really loved it - I am even more excited to pick up the book - great picks!

Tasha said...

Really want to read Hex Hall.
Hope you enjoy all of your books!
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Vicki said...

Oh some great books. I really want to get Hex Hall! Congrats on your win too.

Jo said...

Great haul! I absolutely love the sound of Geek Charming! I need to find myself a copy! Happy reading, and I look forward to your reviews!

Jax said...

Looks like you had quite the week.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Ooo the UK cover of Princess for Hire is WAY cute :)

prophecygirl said...

Happy Easter to you too Sammee!

You got some ace books this week. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you think of The Last Song, as the film looks pretty good.

Happy reading!

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

Geek Charming looks super cute and The Dead-Tossed Waves is amazing. Happy reading!

Kari Olson said...

Awesome books this week! I think I like that Hex Hall cover better than the US one... happy reading though! =)

TheBookMogul said...

Finally you have brought Mealtimes and Milestones, you will not be disappointed!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Hex Hall is brilliant and I'd Tell You... is really good too. Hope you enjoy them all!

Lauren said...

Oooh, you got The Dead Tossed Waves! I'm so desperate to read that one, I've been checking my local bookstore almost every day in case they put it out early. Hope it's as good as it sounds!

Sarah said...

I loved Hex Hall - fab book :o) You've got a great selection of books this week - I hope you enjoy them all!

Chrissie said...

Looks like you got some great books this week. I really want to read Hex Hall. Hope you enjoy your books :)

Unknown said...

So you know I'm absent from this whole scene right now. But there are so many books you have this week that I'm interested in hearing about so I wanted to let you know! Enjoy!

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

I enjoyed The Last Song very much and it has easily taken a spot among my favorite Nicholas book!!

Enjoy your reads this week and come by my blog:
Chasity @
Lovin' & Livin' Life in the 808

Maria said...

Amazing books! Can't wait to hear what you think of them :)

Luisa at Chicklish said...

So many great books! I love the sound of Geek Charming!

Lori said...

Impressive bundle of books. I hope that you will enjoy your books.

ItsGoodToBeBiscuit said...

No fair!!!! I want Hex Hall!!!!


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