Tuesday, September 15, 2009

In My Mailbox (14)

I know... it's Tuesday. This isn't even close to the right day. But... well, I haven't had the time to do this before now. So it's going up now. Any questions? :P

I'm doing alternative covers again in the IMM, so pay attention, kay? Alternative covers is inspired by Lexi at anotherpageisused.

As always, In My Mailbox is brought to us by The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea.

I went to Walmart again... Dangerous, dangerous habit.

Bought:

Hunted: A House of Night Novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast - Hardcover

The good news: Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. The bad news: Ancient evil with the face of an angel has been let loose – that and various other nasties (whose faces aren’t so angelic). Grandma Redbird is in trouble. Heath is in trouble. The House of Night is in trouble. Okay, let’s face it – Zoey’s whole world is in trouble! But when the trouble comes from a being who appears to be beauty personified, will the world believe it? Especially when only a teenager and a group of misfits are the only ones who really understand the danger he brings. Will Zoey have the strength and wisdom to reveal the truth? Especially when, in the House of Night, the truth is often hard to come by…

(Summary from goodreads.)

I own this entire series and I haven't read one of them. My mom likes them, though, so I keep buying them. This is the UK cover and I can't decide which I like better. They're both really nice.

Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri - Hardcover

One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish - only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary “gifts.”

But as the students claw their way up - reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty - the side-effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins.

At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

(Summary from goodreads.)

Gosh but that boy's cute. Both of them, actually. I saw this and I just couldn't resist it. I've loved the cover since I first saw it and it sounds sooooo good.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Hardcover

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.

(Summary from goodreads.)

Well, everyone's heard about this one. When I saw it, I grabbed it and ran, basically. It has a sticker that says "The Hunger Games is amazing." - Stephenie Meyer" on it that I might just peel off... and stick in my notebook. I don't get me either, don't worry.

Alternative covers include this one (not sure where it's from, but it's cool, huh?), and then there's the UK cover, which actually has two covers, this one and this one because it's a fold out thing where you can choose your own cover. See this picture and this one to understand better. (Thanks to Wondrous Reads for those pictures.)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - Hardcover

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.

(Summary from goodreads.)


I saw it next to The Hunger Games and... well, you can't have one without the other, right? Isn't it pretty? Check out the UK cover.

Received:

Flush by Carl Hiaasen - Hardcover

Noah's dad has a little problem with anger control. He tried to stop the Coral Queen casino boat's illegal dumping... by sinking the boat.

But his bold protest fizzles: Within days the casino is back in business, and Noah's dad is behind bars and out of action.

Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. But even though pumping raw sewage into the waters of the Florida Keys is both gross and against the law, turns out it's near impossible to catch the flusher - especially when he's already bamboozled the prosecutors, the local press, and even the Coast Guard.

But Noah's got a few allies of his own. There's his little sister, Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a half-soused ex-mate of the Coral Queen who is willing to testify... for a price; and Shelly, a bighearted bartender with even bigger biceps.

Okay, so the odds aren't good. But Noah has an ace up his sleeve - a plan so crazy it just might stop the polluting, save the beaches, and prove to the world that it's the owner of the Coral Queen, and not his dad, who is full of... crud.

(Summary from the inside of the cover.)

Earned from YA Books Central. I really really liked Hoot and my library doesn't have Flush, so it's really cool I got this. This is the paperback cover, I believe, and this is the UK cover. Cute, huh?

I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott - Paperback

Annisa Gobrowski has a problem—everyone at her new Florida high school is blonde. If Annisa's New Jersey attitude didn't make her stand out enough, her dark pixie haircut sure does. Yet no lack of golden highlights is going to stop Annisa from making the best of Sand Dune High, especially once she checks out the competition-level cheerleading squad. But a disastrous first day during which Annisa discovers the cheerleaders all hate her is almost enough to make a girl run out for a box of Herbal Essences Amazon Gold. Nevertheless, Sand Dune High had better watch out—this non-blonde is here to stay.

(Summary from goodreads.)

This was won from Royal Reads, and my cover is technically the alternative cover. I won the waterproof cover version. It sounds like a cute read, too, doesn't it? There was also a Fairy Tale bookmark and magnet, which is really cool. :)

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison - ARC

Madison's prom was killer - literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper - yeah, that kind of reaper -- intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.

Now she's stuck on Earth - dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.

With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I won this from the epic rat. I freaking LOVE that blog! Go there, go there, go there!

Oh, I'm going to get Prom Dates From Hell again and re-read the story before I read the book. I've heard that it could be a bit confusing if you didn't read it, so I'd rather re-read the story first.

Leaving the Bellweathers by Kristin Clark Venuti - ARC

Meet the Bellweather family: Spider, a 14-year-old boy who surrounds himself and his family with dangerous - very dangerous - endangered animals; Ninda, a 13-year-old self-righteous do-gooder whose good deeds somehow always end in disaster; the 9-year-old triplets Spike, Brick, and Sassy, who speak to one another in Loud and Strong Voices; their hapless parents who only contribute to the chaos; and their wonderful, buttoned-up, and organized butler, Tristan Benway, who tells the tale of his attempted escape from the endangered alligators, scientific experiments run amok, smuggled-in circus performers, and general mayhem of the Bellweather family.

(Summary from goodreads.)

This for review for Egmont. It looks really cute! I quite like this kind of book and can't wait to read it.

And now. The reason I didn't really care that the jack in my living room died and my internet stopped working until today when I attacked the phone jack in the living room with a screwdriver to get the dsl filter that the people who lived in our house before us used off the jack and put mine there instead.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - ARC

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

(Summary from goodreads.)

SQUEAL!!! HUSH FREAKING HUSH BABY!!! FANGIRLING. *dies*

Ahm. Yeah. It's so pretty. *pets* I almost started reading it when I got it, but I can't I have so many books I have to read first. So sad. So I'm not sure if this is an ARC/finished copy thing or a US/UK thing, but the copy I have has her name in red, but there's another with her name in white, thus. I like the red. Oh, and click the picture of Hush Hush when you're done, it's huge and gorgeous.

Borrowed (library books):

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks - Hardcover

Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he’s fourteen and studying for his World Domination degree, taking classes like embezzlement, misinformation, forgery, and infiltration at the institute founded by criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon. Although Cadel may be advanced beyond his years, at heart he’s a lonely kid. When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies for the first time. But is it too late to stop Dr. Darkkon from carrying out his evil plot?

(Summary from goodreads.)

There are rarely new books (or even books I haven't read/seen and don't want to read) in my library, so when I see new ones, I grab them. This one is cool, though, it's shiny and metallic and sounds really good. This cover is from... I'm not sure. But it's cute. So, yeah. I'm getting a little worn out now. So sue me, twelve books in one post is a little work.

Becoming Ruby by Kathy Stinson - Paperback

Ruby Nan Larkin is fifteen and spending another summer at the cottage with her family. But this summer is different. Nan is changing. Her name, for instance. She's always hated Nan, and Nanny - worse - makes it sound as if she's a goat. Yet her mother has always insisted on calling her that. Why? Why can't she be Ruby? Why can't she be free to explore, to be independent, to savour the strange new feelings welling up within her? - especially since Daniel came along.

Changing her name is one thing. Changing her life - particularly her relationship with her mother - is something else.

(Summary from the back of the book.)

I think I might have read this one, but I really can't remember, so I grabbed it anyways.

Okay, this is another recieved, but it just came today and I want to talk about it on it's own because there's more than just the book.

Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Simple Life by Rachel Renee Russell - Hardcover

New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so Nikki can spill about all of it...

(Summary from amazon and yeah, it sucks, but I don't wanna go looking for one online and my copy is in the living room and I'm in my room.)


This looks so cute and the reason I didn't put it with the other received books is because it came with a ton of really cool stuff, too. I even took pictures so you guys could see and my camera is a pain in the butt because you have to use something to make the flash not as bright and then it's annoying uploading them... so yeah. Oh, and the pictures are ginormous, click to make them bigger.

It came looking like this:

Isn't that cute? And then I dove into it like anyone would and this is all the stuff in it (ooh, sorry, this picture is a little blurry:



There's a purple feathered gel pen, a hankerchief thingie, a big pack of orange tic tacs (my favourite), Love's Baby Soft perfume, Twizzlers (the peel-y kind, I love those!), red nail polish, Orbit gum, three little button things that are really cute, and two Skittle flavoured Lip Smackers.

So, yeah, I wanted to gush. That's just really cool!

Alright, so that's everything for me. Sorry it was so late!
Peace and cookies,
Laina

5 comments:

  1. Wow girl! You got a bunch of great books. Enjoy reading them. ^^

    ~Briana

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  2. Wow great deals! Walmart has some great bargains(:

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  3. Great Mailbox. I really want to read Another Faust.
    I really wish my Wal Mart carried YA books. They have a couple for really young kids but all the rest is for adults. It's a bummer.
    I also have Once Dead, Twice Shy. Let's just say it's not going to well. lol. I can't get into it and I actually sat it down and am hoping that I pick it up again to finish it.

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  4. You have one of the richest mailboxes around! Lucky you...enjoy!

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  5. Bri: I know! Thanks ^^

    Kelsey: Totally, although books can be kinda expensive, especially hardcover, but I rarely buy books, so it balances out, I think. :)

    Trisha: Well, my town doesn't even have a Walmart, the one I go to is about an hour away, so... Too bad about Once Dead, Twice Shy! I read another of her stories I didn't like much, but I liked the prom dates one, so I had hope...

    Alyssa: Not really!!! Haha, this was just a particularly good week mailwise, plus a few boughten and a library trip. I've had weeks and weeks go by where I haven't gotten any books at all, so... it's not like this all the time. :) But thanks for your comment!!

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