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Sunday, May 1, 2011

In My Mailbox (36)

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Leap by Jodi Lundgren - ARC

When life is changing, sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith in yourself.

Natalie Ferguson has just turned fifteen, a momentous age that, happily, means that she's officially a grown-up. But while her mom doesn't seem to have got the memo, Kevin, her best friend Sasha's older brother, has. The school year is over, and Natalie is looking forward to a summer of perfecting her technique at dance camp. Caught up with the excitement of Kevin's attention, their relationship quickly becomes intimate and all-consuming.

Natalie's summer is a mix of amazing highs and dramatic lows. She goes from being in love and lust with Kevin to realizing that he is not the guy she thought he was, and she may have lost her friendship with Sasha in the process. Then, just when she's ready to turn to her single mom for advice, she learns that her mother is now in love with a woman. Losing her virginity, dealing with her new understanding of her mother, and trying to renegotiate her relationships, Natalie clings to her dancing as the only sure thing in a life suddenly full of questions.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I won this in a contest from (blog) along with a cute little notebook.

Such A Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess - Paperback

They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three.

Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison.

Today her time has run out.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I cheated and peeked at the first couple pages and holy WOW do I want to read this like NOW. I won this one from a blog contest, too.

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison - Paperback

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.)

Okay, so I kinda already have this one... but this is a paperback and my other copy is an ARC so it totally counts as not being the same... right? :P

Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison - Paperback

Seventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven's dark angels—all itching to kill someone.

Madison Avery's dreams of ever fitting in at her new school died when she did. Especially since she was able to maintain the illusion of a body, deal with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, bring the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material. It's amazing that her crush, Josh, doesn't think she's totally nuts.

Now Madison has learned that she's the dark timekeeper, in charge of angels who follow the murky guidelines of fate. Never one to abide by the rules, she decides it's time for a major change to the system. With the help of some unlikely allies, Madison forms a rogue group of reapers who definitely don't adhere to the rules of the heavens.

But as she grapples with the terrifying new skills that come with being a timekeeper, Madison realizes she may not be prepared for what lies ahead—unless she gets some seriously divine intervention.

(Summary from goodreads.)

Something Deadly This Way Comes - by Kim Harrison - ARC

When Madison died the night of her prom, she knew her life would never be the same. Now she has a powerful amulet, a team of rogue angels by her side, and the ability to flash forward into the future to see the shape of destiny. And of course, now she's finally with Josh—a perfect boyfriend who doesn't even mind that she's dead.

But being dead has its disadvantages, too. Madison feels caught between the light and the dark, and between her real life and her timekeeper status. When Madison has the opportunity to get her body back—to be alive again—she faces her most difficult decision yet. If she claims it, she could return to being a normal girl—and have a chance at a real relationship with Josh. But would having the one thing she wants most in the world also mean giving up everything she's worked so hard for?

(Summary from goodreads.)

So are they changing the covers of all the books? If they are... I don't think I like it. I like the old cover betters. Anyways, I won all three of these in a contest.

Highland Heat by Mary Wine - Paperback

Ruined, betrayed, and banished…

As brave as she is impulsive, Deidre Chattan’s tendency to follow her heart and not her head has finally tarnished her reputation beyond repair. But when powerful Highland Laird Quinton Cameron finds her, he could care less about her past—it’s her future he’s about to change forever…

But it’s never too late for redemption…

From the moment Quinton sets eyes on Deidre Chattan, rational thought vanishes, for in her eyes he sees a fiery spirit that matches his own and he’ll be damned if he’ll let such a wild Scottish rose wither under the weight of a nun’s habit…

With nothing left to lose, Deidre and Quinton band together to protect king and crown. But what they can accomplish alone is nothing compared to what they can build with their passion for each other.

(Summary from goodreads.)

*shrug* My mom has already stolen this one from me... and I like romance novels. Won in a blog contest.

I won a bunch of swag and some other little things, too, but I don't even know where my camera is, so that'll have to wait til next week.

What'd you guys get this week?

Peace and cookies,


  1. Great books this week. I loved Such A Pretty Girl and the Kim Harrison books look great. Happy reading!

  2. I have not read Such a Pretty Girl but I did read Laura Wiess' other two novels and she is an amazing author! I highly suggest you start that one asap. I should do the same as it's been sitting on my shelf for over a year now...eek. D:

    Enjoy!! :)

  3. These all sound great, I hope you like them. Such a Pretty Girl has been on my tbr list forever. ah, sounds so great!

  4. I just added the first 2 books to my TBR list. They look really good, especially Such a Pretty Girl. I can't wait to read your review on it.

  5. Katie: Thanks for commenting!

    Michelle: Lol, yeah, but seriously, have you seen my bookshelves? XD

    TV and Book Addict who I talk to on Twitter and should know your name by now but can't for the life of me think of it because it's 3am: Thanks for the comment. I peeked at the first few pages of Such a Pretty Girl and it looks seriously good.

    Rebecca: Thanks for the comment!!! :)


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