In My Mailbox (11)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

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The Hollow by Jessica Verday

When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead…and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey has never felt so desperately alone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.


Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets. Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight; she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug. She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace--or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away. . .a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.


The Sky Always Hear Me: And the Hills Don’t Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Sixteen-year-old Morgan lives in a hick town. Her mom was killed in a car accident when she was two, her dad drinks, and her stepmom is a non-entity. Her boyfriend Derek is boring and she can't stop staring at her coworker Rob's cute butt. Then there's the kiss she shared with her neighbor Tessa . . . But when Morgan discovers a devastating secret about the one person she completely trusted, her entire world crashes and she must redefine her life and herself.


Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns... The sparkly, innocent creatures of lore are a myth. Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. And they can only be killed by virgin descendants of Alexander the Great. Fortunately, unicorns have been extinct for a hundred and fifty years. Or not. Astrid Llewelyn has always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend in the woods — thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to prom — Astrid learns that unicorns are real and dangerous, and she has a family legacy to uphold. Her mother packs her off to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries. However, at the cloisters, all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to — perhaps most dangerously of all — her growing attraction to a handsome art student... and a relationship that could jeopardize everything.


Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school. But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees. As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad--and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...


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27 comments:

The Story Siren said...

oh! what awesome books! i just ordered Rampant this week! can't wait to read it! happy reading!

Sab H. said...

Great week!!! I think I've said this like a thousand times but Graceling is probably my favorite book so I hope you enjoy it as much as I still do! :) The others you got there's a bunch I still need to read.. happy reading!

Debbie's World of Books said...

Great week! I loved The Hunger Games. I also have The Hate List and Graceling in my pile to read at home.

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

I really want to read The Hunger Games! Happy Reading!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I really want to read rampant, the hunger games, and the hollow too. nice week you had!

-lauren

kapri said...

The Hunder Games and Graceling are really good. The other books look really good, too. Happy Reading! :)

katie said...

Wow that is a lot of books and they all look amazing. Enjoy!

Callie said...

You had a GREAT week. I have a few of those books and so I really want to read them. I'm reading the Hunger Games now. Enjoy!

Jessica (BookLover) said...

I thought Graceling was pretty good. Personally, I like The Hunger Games much much more. :)
The rest of the books you have listed are on my wishlist. I hope you enjoy them! I look forward to your reviews.

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. Graceling is a super great book. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Book Chick City said...

ALL your books sound great. I have just bought Graceling too :)

~The Book Pixie said...

I need to post my review on Give Up the Ghost and I need to read The Hunger Games, which I have but haven't read. I'm supposed to be getting Graceling and I really would like to get The Hollow and The Hate List. Great haul! Enjoy!

~Briana

The Bookologist said...

Awesome books! I really want to read The Hollow, Give Up The Ghost and Hate List. I hope to read Rampant in the future. Happy Reading!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great books! The Hunger Games is amazing and The Hollow and Give Up the GHosy look brilliant too.

Lauren said...

Wonderful week! I've either read or *really* want to read all of those. I'm especially envious of The Sky Always Hears Me and Rampant. You have some great reading ahead of you!

Nina said...

You got some great books! Can't waite for your review! :)

Rhiannon Hart said...

GOOD books! I hope you love the Hunger Games and Graceling as much as me.

Jill of The O.W.L Blog said...

I want your mail box!!! You got some great books :)

GardenofEdee said...

I really want to read Graceling!! And I hope you love the Hunger Games. It's fantastic!!

Enjoy!!

Shalonda said...

Lots of really great books! We have similar interests.

Wendy said...

I'm insanely jealous you got the Hate List and Give up the Ghost! I'm getting Rampant soon too, woo! And I hope you enjoy The Hollow (and all the others too!) :)

Ravenous Reader said...

Wow! you have such amazing books this week. Graceling and The Hunger Games are my favorite reads ever. The Hollow and Rampant have had great reviews.

Enjoy your reads :)

Becky said...

Wowzers...you got the mother lode this week! Enjoy Graceling and The Hunger Games, they're impossibly good! I got Hate List this week too, hope it's as good as everyone's been saying!

Allison said...

Awesome books this week! I want to read a ton of those... enjoy :)

reviewsbylola said...

I just bought The Hunger Games a few hours ago. I could no longer resist!

bookjourney said...

Great haul! The Hunger Games and Hollow???? Two I would love to read!

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

AWESOME list.
So many that I want to read!

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