Sunday, October 18, 2009

In My Mailbox (12)

So here are the great books I got this week:

For review:

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Restless souls and empty hearts

Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

This one looks amazing! I haven't read anything by Lisa before, so I'm really looking forward to reading Chasing Brooklyn! (For the Chasing Brooklyn: Chase Across the USA Tour)

Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen

Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope.

As the new eleventh grader at Anton High–the most elite public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.

In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants.

And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity? That is, until another
it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing.

With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down.
Little Black Lies looks so good! I've read so many great reviews, can't wait to get started!
How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?

I'm looking forward to reading this, it looks so good!
The Waking: Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall
Kara’s afraid to go to sleepuntil the nightmares come when she’s awake . . . .
Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?

This first book in a frightening new trilogy will have teens glued the page and scared to go to sleep.

I haven't read many good reviews for this one, but the cover just made me have to buy it, plus the plot does sound really interesting.

Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Two words: looks amazing! I've heard such great reviews of Perfect Chemistry and the plot sounds so good, I just had to buy it!

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening

A deadly love triangle

Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.

Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . . who will she choose?

Yes I bought the edition with the TV show cover. I have the original, original cover, but I wanted The Struggle and I wanted my series covers to all match...

The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle

Torn between two vampire brothers

Damon: Determined to make Elena his, he'd kill his own brother to possess her.

Stefan: Desperate for the power to destroy Damon and protect Elena, he gives in to his thirst for human blood.

Elena: The girl who can have anyone finds herself in the middle of a love triangle . . . one that might turn deadly

Now I need the third book...


Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle

Penelope (Pen) Leland has come to Ireland to study magic and prove to herself that she is as good a witch as her twin sister, Persy. But when the dashing Niall Keating begins to pay her court, she can’t help being distracted from her studies.

Little does Pen know, Niall is acting upon orders from his sorceress mother. And although it starts as a sham, Niall actually falls deeply in love with Pen, and she with him. But even if he halts his mother’s evil plan, will Pen be able to forgive him for trying to seduce her into a plot? And what of Pen’s magic, which seems to be increasingly powerful?

Sequel to Bewitching Season. I won this from Linda Gerber's blog (+ it's signed!) I own the first book, so now I have both to read.

James Patterson Prize Pack;

Maximum Ride:

The Angel Experiment, Schools-Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning, and Max

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X & Daniel X: Watch the Skies

Maximum Ride (manga, anime) - If anyone wants this let me know and we can trade. I don't read manga.

I'm so excited about all of these. I'm hoping to get started on the series soon!


Signed The Espressologist bookmarks. (The first four people to email me that they want some will get a couple bookmarks each!)

Rampant bookmarks for a giveaway!

I Heart You, You Haunt Me and Chasing Brooklyn signed bookmarks!

Ancient Roman Coin from Michelle Moran

Awesome swag- I love it all!


Blogger wouldn't let me upload any pictures. So I might try again later

Also, all summaries are from Amazon or Goodreads


  1. AWESOME Week huh? :D Chasing Brooklyn*drool* i really want that one. Happy reading!!

  2. Betraying Season looks so good! I haven't gfotten around to reading it yet, but I absolutely loved the first one! Happy reading all your books :)

  3. Wow great week! Have fun reading the books you got. They sound great. :)

  4. oooh, awesome week, I'm so jealous!!

  5. Chasing Brooklyn, yay! your so lucky!!!

  6. Chasing Brooklyn AND The Espressologist bookmarks? 0_0 You are so darn lucky. I hope no one e-mailed you yet, but I know they have. I'll try anyway.

    Perfect Chemistry was amazing. Hope you enjoy it! :)

  7. Ooo! Lots of great stuff this week! Congrats on all your wins! :)

  8. These sound like some great reads! I look forward to your reviews.

  9. All of those books sound awesome! Have fun reading. :)

  10. That's an incredible haul, Kelsey! The Waking sounds amazing, I'm desperate to read it too.

  11. Little Black Lies has been getting really great reviews, I hope you enjoy all of your books this week!

  12. awesome list of books!
    Happy reading and I hope you have a great week

  13. Oh.My. Gosh. Every single book you got I want!! lol. I am jealous!! But that is so awesome! Enjoy your bookssss!! :)


  14. Enjoy your haul of books. :) The Waking: Dreams of the Dead is spinetingling!

  15. "Little Black Lies" is one I've been noticing lately. The others sound good, too.

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  16. Yay you got Perfect Chemistry! You'll probably finish it before me, so I'm looking foward to reading your thoughts on it.
    Oh and I really want to read The waking: Dreams of the Dead and Bewitching Season :)


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