In My Mailbox: 5/24/2009

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)


The book fairie has been very good to me. I am beyond overjoyed at having purchased The Devil's Kiss on ebay, since it is only available in the UK now. I am also doing the snoopy happy dance over The Hollow.

THE DEVIL'S KISS
SARWAT CHADDA
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (September 1, 2009) OUT IN THE UK IF YOU REALLY REALLY WANT IT NOW, AND YOU WILL :)

As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy. Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He's ready to reclaim his place in Billi's life, but she's met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order's ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years -- a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London's firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.


RUINED
PAULA MORRIS
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pub. Date: August 01, 2009
Age Range: 12
304pp

Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost. A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle. As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend - and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey-she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?

HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT
NATALIE STANDIFORD
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (October 1, 2009)

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?

THE HOLLOW
JESSICA VERDAY
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 1, 2009)

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 deadâ?¦and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. It only makes things worse that everyone now treats Abbey like either a freak show or a charity case. Thank goodness for 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.


KISS OF LIFE
DANIEL WATERS
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 12, 2009)


The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.

GIRL IN THE ARENA
LISE HAINES
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (October 13, 2009)

It’s a fight to the death on live TV when a gladiator’s daughter steps into the arena
Lyn is a modern gladiator’s daughter, through and through, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to her family. Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator. Remind him constantly of his victories. And most importantly: never leave the stadium when your father is dying. The rules help the family survive, but rules can also turn against you. When a gifted young fighter, Uber, kills Lyn’s seventh father, he also captures Lyn’s dowry bracelet—which means she must marry him. To win her freedom, Lyn will enter the arena to face her father’s murderer in mortal combat. And she’ll do it even though she may be falling for him. For fans of The Hunger Games and Fight Club, Girl in the Arena is a mesmerizing look at a world addicted to violence—a world that’s disturbingly easy to believe in.


PRADA & PREJUDICE

Guesssssssss what??? This is my second copy and I am hosting a contest HERE for it.





That was my week. How was yours?

27 comments on "In My Mailbox: 5/24/2009"

Kate at Read This Book! wrote: May 24, 2009 at 1:36 AM

Ruined, The Hollow, P&P!!! Ahh so jealous of you! It's a great week for you. Happy reading!


zac wrote: May 24, 2009 at 3:41 AM

HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT looks the best.


Lenore wrote: May 24, 2009 at 4:24 AM

Devil's Kiss is going to be at BEA - going to try to meet the author!


Melissa wrote: May 24, 2009 at 5:01 AM

Wow, great week! I got two books this week, but I'm super excited about both!


The Book Girl wrote: May 24, 2009 at 5:21 AM

I can't believe you got The Hollow! SO jealous! Ruined also looks really good :-)


PolishOutlander wrote: May 24, 2009 at 6:56 AM

I am loving the cover of Ruined. Also, Robot and Girl in the Arena look really good. What a great week! Enjoy!


Amelia wrote: May 24, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Sounds like a really great week. I can't wait to get Kiss of Life and also The Hollow, though they all look good. Happy reading!


The Story Siren wrote: May 24, 2009 at 7:24 AM

great week! lots of titles i hadn't heard of but they sound really interesting! thanks! happy reading!


Liyana wrote: May 24, 2009 at 7:52 AM

I. Love. Your. IMM. This. Week. Ahhh, I'm so envious I could scream! D: And I really like your mailbox picture.

Happy reading!


Reverie wrote: May 24, 2009 at 8:18 AM

AHHHH!!!!!!!!! *cries* this is sooo beautiful!!!


Silvia wrote: May 24, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Ruined and The Devil's Kiss are now in my wish list.
I can't wait to read The Hollow and Kiss of Life.


BookChic wrote: May 24, 2009 at 8:34 AM

I'm so JEALOUS of The Hollow and Ruined!!! Though I'm pretty sure I'm getting a copy of The Hollow soon, it still makes me jealous seeing someone get it before me, lol.

Fantastic week for you!! :)


Cat wrote: May 24, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Ruined looks VERY good! Added it to my wishlist. Great books this week!


Letter Garden wrote: May 24, 2009 at 8:58 AM

That's my second time seeing The Hollow! I can't wait to get my own copy. Doesn't the story sounds awesome?


katie wrote: May 24, 2009 at 9:55 AM

I am so jealous of The Hollow. I want to read it so badly and I definitely need to go enter your contest for Prada and Prejudice. You had a great week!


MssJos wrote: May 24, 2009 at 11:33 AM

I really enjoyed Kiss of Life, hope you do too! :)


GreenBeanTeenQueen wrote: May 24, 2009 at 12:21 PM

What a great week! I love the cover for The Hollow!


Rebecca Herman wrote: May 24, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Great week! Girl in the Arena and Devil's Kiss sound pretty interesting.


Callie wrote: May 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

You got alot of books that I just have to check out. Happy reading!


prophecygirl wrote: May 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Wow, that Devil's Kiss cover is so different to our UK one! I agree that The Hollow sounds amazing!


Rebecca wrote: May 24, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Wow you got so many great books they all sound brilliant. Enjoy.


Bookgeek wrote: May 24, 2009 at 6:06 PM

OK, very jealous. The Hollow! Ruined! Will look for your reviews


Michelle wrote: May 25, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Ahhh, you got The Hollow... lucky! Enjoy your books. :D


Ladybug wrote: May 26, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Oh, what a great mailbox! Lots of great books!


~THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST ~ wrote: May 26, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Woot good for you. Sadly I am not home. So I dont have a IMM. sigh.. maybe next week. Hollow and Kiss of Life look very interesting.
Later...


Kate wrote: May 27, 2009 at 4:23 AM

Wow, I am jealous of The Hollow, Ruined and The Devil's Kiss. I can't wait for your reviews :)


Jessica Verday wrote: May 28, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Snoopy dance, YAY! ;) Hope you love The Hollow.


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