Sunday, June 14, 2009

In My Mailbox... uh 7!!!! Yeah, 7

In My Mailbox is the creation of The Story Siren, who was inspired by Alea. I had a really good week this week.

The borrowed (from the library):

Troubling A Star by Madeline L'Engle

After a year in New York City, Vicky Austin feels restless and totally out of place back home in rural Connecticut. Her time away, especially her friendship with Adam Eddington, has changed her. When Adam's great-aunt Serena gives Vicky a trip to Antarctica as a birthday present, Vicky can't believe her luck. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, and Adam will be working at one of the research stations there. But the trip is not what Vicky imagined. As she meets her fellow travelers, it quickly becomes clear that some of them are not what they seem. And that her trip into adventure is becoming a journey into icy danger.

I actually own this, but my copy is older, and I have all the others in this reprint, too, so I wanted them to match. My copy, in case you're curious.

Summary from

Airhead by Meg Cabot
No one cares what’s inside.
Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there—along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.
How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her—and life as she’d known it—forever? One devastating accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.
Now getting her best friend Christopher to notice that she’s actually a girl is the least of Em’s problems.
But what Em’s pretty sure she’ll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that’s going to make her dream come true….
It’s what’s outside that matters.
I was looking at this one, and I started reading just a little, and I was three pages in before I remembered I had to read another book before I can read this one. I love Meg Cabot's books, so I can't wait to read this one.

Summary from here.

The bought (well, this isn't strictly true, I also bought a bunch of books from a library sale, but I don't think you guys would be interested in those, would you? They're just randoms. Well, let me know.):

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

Ten thousand years ago, humans and fairies fought a great battle. When the fairies realized they’d never win, they moved their civilization underground and hid. All the families agreed, except the demons.
The demons planned to lift themselves out of time until they were ready to wage war on the humans once more. But the spell went wrong, and they were catapulted into Limbo. Now the spell’s deterioration is accelerating and the demon materializations are erupting. Even the fairy scientists cannot predict the next one.
But someone can. Artemis Fowl, teenage criminal mastermind, has solved temporal equations that no human can. So when a confused and frightened demon pops up in a Sicilian theatre, Artemis is there to meet him. Unfortunately, a second mysterious party has also solved the equations and has managed to abduct the demon.
Once again, Artemis will pair up with his old comrade Captain Holly Short, to track down the missing demon, before the spell dissolves completely and the lost demon colony returns violently to Earth.

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I'm pretty sure I already own this one, but if I do, my copy would be in paperback, and the one I bought was hardcover, so I may just give the paperback away. And it was only six dollars.

The recieved (aka won):

Extreme Kissing by Luisa Plaja

Carlota and Bethany are best friends. Bethany is the sensible one with a long-term boyfriend, Carlota is the crazy one with a wild past and rebellious nature. All is fine in their world - apart from Carlota hating her stepdad and longing for a old flame. And apart from Bethany thinking her boyfriend is about to dump her and that her period is late...Carlota comes up with a plan to put all their troubles behind them and go on a girls-only wild day out, with only their favourite magazine to guide them through the day. If they open it on a fashion page they have to get hold of a fabulous new outfit and pretend to be models. If they open it to a page on snogging, they have to find a boy to snog. The magazine will take them everywhere they need to go - but will it help them to reveal the secrets they are keeping from each other?

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This one, Extreme Kissing, I won from About Books.

Wake by Lisa McMann

Not all dreams are sweet.
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

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This one, along with the next three and a bunch of bookmarks and things, two of which are signed, and a Wake necklace, I won from Frenetic Reader. And it's signed. :D

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Summary from here.

Also signed.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Summary from here.

Also signed!!

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Summary from here.

This is an ARC copy and also signed!

Okay, that's what was in my mailbox this week. What was in yours?
Peace and cookies,


  1. Wow, that's an awesome haul! I have City of Bones in my TBR pile, I'm looking forward to it! Have read Extreme Kissing for Sex in Teen Lit Month, which I'm holding in July. It was AMAZING! Seriously, so funny in places! I loved it! Happy reading, and I look forward to your reviews!

  2. I really want to read The City of Bones series. They sound really good.

    Happy reading! =D

  3. Nice Laina. You'll like the Mortal Instruments. The Artimis Fowl one was good. Let's see this week I got the Kurt Wallander series that I won. Wake was awesome too.

  4. Wow.

    Congrats Laina. You got a lot of good book.

    Have fun reading them(: Hope you enjoy them!


    P.S. Comment my new review! Haha(:

  5. Jo: Thanks! They all look really good!

    Michelle: Yeah, I really want to read them, too.

    J.J.: That's cool, how do they look? The books you won, I mean.

    Lexi: Lol, I will!! Comment, that is.

  6. They look like they'll be okay. They're mysterys so at least they'll be somewhat entertaining even if his style of writing sucks.

  7. Good! 'Cause I think I may have won them, lol. And I love mysteries. :)

  8. I really enjoyed TROUBLING A STAR when I read it several years ago. Been wanting to go to Antartica ever since.

  9. You 'ave been memefied.. I mean tagged:

  10. Good you might like them. Since I know you like mysteries. :)

  11. Lenore: That's really cool!!! I once read a novel about Alaska (in the dead of winter, mind you, and I hate cold with a passion) and convinced myself I wanted to go there, and that it couldn't be THAT cold, could it?

    Liyana: Lol, I'll check that out. :)

    J.J.: I'm glad they're good!! I do love mysteries.


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