Sunday, June 28, 2009

In My Mailbox (9)

As always, In My Mailbox is the creation of The Story Siren, who was inspired by Alea.

This week rocked! I got a ton of books!

Borrowed (from the library):

Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke

With the launch party of her mother's novel around the corner, Hannah Swenson has a dress to fit into. Dragging herself out of bed on a frigid Minnesota morning for exercise is bad enough. Discovering a dead body floating in the gym's jacuzzi? That's worse. Nor does it help that there's a plate of The Cookie Jar's cream puffs garnishing the murder scene. The fact that they were purchased by Hannah's part-time flame, Detective Mike Kingston, is simple the icing on what's shaping up to be one very messy cake...

(Summary from the back of the book.)

This arrived at just the right time. I was craving a murder mystery. :)

Received (aka won, from contests at Reader Rabbit):

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (Paperback)

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are in for a big surprise. They're waiting for an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables - but a skinny, red-haired girl turns up instead. Feisty and full of spirit, Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts' affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter. It's not long before Anne finds herself in trouble, but soon it's impossible to imagine life without her...

(Summary from the back of the book.)

I used to own a copy of this, but I had to leave it when I moved. It had a different cover, but honestly, I love this cover. Puffin has a whole line of classics with covers like this, and I'd consider buying them all, they're so cute and charming. With a bit of googling, I found somewhere for you guys to check them all out.

Dear Canada: Brothers Far From Home - The World War I Diary of Eliza Bates by Jean Little (Hardcover)

With more than 200,000 books in print, Dear Canada has fast become the historical fiction series for young girls. Jean Little’s latest addition is the diary of a young girl observing her world change as war rages thousands of miles away. It has been two long years since Eliza’s beloved older brother, Hugo, went away to war. Caught up in his enthusiasm, she couldn’t understand her parents’ less-than-enthusiastic reaction. Now that her other brother Jack has also enlisted, she yearns for the safe return of both brothers. If only she had a friend that she could talk to about her feelings.

(Summary from amazon.)

I have to admit a certain fondess for these books. These, and the Royal Diaries series. I literally once read like ten of those in a row.

Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year by Amy Belasen & Jacob Osborn (Paperback)

Hell hath no fury...

Jenny Green is a spoiled teen "princess" and the newest junior at Montreal's Molson Academy. Jenny wants a fresh start in her new school, and she's curious to see what Montreal has to offer, most especially in the boy department. Beautiful, charming, and sharp-witted, Jenny has no trouble getting the boys to fall for her.
But when she discovers just how despicable the male gender can be - with the lying, the cheating, and the utter disrespect - she decides to make them pay... with their lives.

(Summary from the back of the book.)

The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby (ARC)

Fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard's youth, beauty, and noble birth are enough to make her the envy of every woman in Tudor England... and now she has caught the eye of the king.

But life in the court of King Henry VIII is complex game. Catherine finds herself quickly transformed from a carefree teenager with dreams of a romance and riches to queen of England. Even luxury beyond imagination loses its luster as young Catherine fins her life - and her heart - threatened by the needs of an aging king and a family hungry for power. Catherine begins to fear that their agendas will make her a sacrifice on the alter of family ambition, delivering the young queen to the same fate as her infamous cousin, Anne Boleyn.

(Summary from the back of the book.)

Heartbreak River by Tricia Mills (ARC)
Alex thought she’d be spending the summer focused on her family’s rafting business, burying the memories of her father’s death last year, and leaving behind all the messes she made in its wake.
But when Sean returns to town, she is forced to reckon with her mixed-up crushy feelings for him—more powerful than ever before. It takes another tragedy to make Alex realize Sean has loved her, and forgiven her, all along.
(Summary from the publisher's website.)
Revealers by Amanda Marrone (Paperback)
Witchin' ain't easy.
Jules has a rebellious streak, a massive crush on Connor, and the abilities of a Revealer witch. By day, she and her coven friends seem like typical high school seniors. By night, they have the power to make werewolves, vampires, and ghosts reveal themselves, so they can destroy them. It's not exactly cheerleading, but at least the girls know they're doing the world some good.
One by one, Jules's friends turn eighteen and are initiated into the coven's inner circle. And one by one, they are getting completely freaked out. Jules is the youngest, and though her friends are too scared tell her what's going on, something's clearly not right. As her birthday approaches, Jules realizes she's got to find out what's behind the shadows of her coven before it's too late to save her friends...and herself. But what she discovers may be too powerful for even the toughest witches to defeat.

(Summary from the back of the book.)

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers (Paperback)

What's the worst thing you've ever done?

When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher's pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there's a nice guy falling in love with her and he's making her feel things again when she'd really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

Something horrible has happened and it just might be her fault.

(Summary from the back of the book.)

Just One Wish by Jannette Rallison (ARC)

Annika Truman will go to the ends of the earth to help her little brother - or at least as far as Hollywood.

Stalking a famous (and hunky) actor and convincing him to come home with you shouldn't be too difficult - should it? Annika is desperate to get her brother Jeremy's favourite television star to come visit him in person. That's the only thing that will convince Jeremy that wishes really do come true. And Annika's deepest wish is for Jeremy to believe that his upcoming surgery will go well. Annkia will stop at nothing to give her brother the power of positive thinking.

(Summary from the back of the book.)

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (Hardcover)

Guess who’s got a secret? When a class assignment forces three girls at a fancy prep school to become pen pals with three boys from the other side of the tracks, it quickly leads to secrets, lies, laughs, and some really excellent kidding.

(Summary from publisher's website.)

I haven't read the one before this, Feeling Sorry For Celia (I will, don't worry), but I'm still glad to get this one. It's been on my to-read list for ages.

The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty (Hardcover)

Bindy Mackenzie is the smartest girl at Ashbury High. She memorizes class outlines to help her teachers. She holds lunchtime therapy sessions for her fellow students. She is always kind, polite, and helpful. And she wears crazy nail polish to show she's a free spirit. But something is missing. And at the first session of the Friendship and Development Project, Bindy's worst suspicions are confirmed. Nobody likes her. Suddenly things begin to unravel. Bindy fails an exam. She can't sleep. She snaps at the principal. And she gets obsessed with the word "Cincinnati."

(Summary from publisher's website.)

Raven by Allison Van Diepen (Hardcover)

Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks in a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. Nicole's friendship with him is the only thing that saves her from the boredom of school and the turmoil of her family life. It's no wonder she is madly in love with him. But she can't understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his soul reaching out for hers.

Zin is like no man Nicole has ever met, and he carries with him a very old secret. When Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that can save him from it.

(Summary from the inside cover of the dust jacket.)

I reeeeeeeally want to read this one. It looks sooooooo good.

Bought: A bunch of old choose-your-own-adventure books from a library book sale, but you guys don't want to hear about those, do you?

Okay, I think that's it. Oh, right, there was also a couple bookmarks, which is cool because I love swag. :)
Peace and cookies,


  1. You got a lot of books there. lol. I have Raven but still need to read it. I totally envy The King's Rose, Heartbreak River, and Cracked Up to Be. Hope you enjoy them all. Have a great week!

    ~Briana :D

  2. I grew up on the Dear America series, but I had no idea there was a Dear Canada series. I'm jealous that I never got to read any of them.

    Im looking forward to The King's Rose as well since I have a fascination with the wives of King Henry VIII. i hope TKR will be historically accurate, unlike The Tudors.

  3. Alright NOW I'm jelous. I wanted to read alot of these books!

  4. Oh, the Jaclyn Moriarty books (The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie) are great. So, so funny...Bindy's on the deeper side, though.

    How are the Joanna Fluke books? I work part-time at a library, and I crack up every time Cream Puff Murder comes through circulation (because of the title).

    (I decided to check out your blog from the comment on Laura's Review Bookshelf :D )

  5. Briana: Thanks, you too!!

    Jazz: You should check them out if you have time, they're good!

    J.J.: Told you would :P

    bookduck (because I love that name XD): They're good. They aren't Grishim or anything, but they're cute and fun.

    I'm glad you decided to check my blog out!


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