Sunday, August 30, 2009

In My Mailbox (1)

This is my first In My Mailbox EVER. Shocking, I know. I never do IMM because I don't get that many books every week, but this week I got some, so I figured I'd do IMM because I needed something to post today.

IMM was started by Kristi of The Story Siren. :D

All descriptions from Amazon unless otherwise noted:

In the mail:

Ghost in the Machine by Patrick Carman

Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek...and Ryan and Sarah are trying to find out why. Ryan writes down everything in his journal, and Sarah records everything on her videocam. The two move deeper into the mystery they've uncovered, determined to discover the secrets buried in Skeleton Creek, in the conclusion to Patrick Carman's thrilling series.

In this groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts -- Ryan's text in the book, and Sarah's videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.

---Loved the first book in this series, so I'm super excited to read this one.

Lady Macbeth's Daughter by Lisa Klein

The daughter Macbeth might have had, if Shakespeare had thought to create her…

Albia has grown up with no knowledge of her mother of her father, the powerful Macbeth. Instead she knows the dark lure of the Wychelm Wood and the moors, where she’s been raised by three strange sisters. It’s only when the ambitious Macbeth seeks out the sisters to foretell his fate that Albia’s life becomes tangled with the man who leaves nothing but bloodshed in his wake. She even falls in love with Fleance, Macbeth’s rival for the throne. Yet when Albia learns that she has the second sight, she must decide whether to ignore the terrible future she foresees—or to change it. Will she be able to save the man she loves from her murderous father? And can she forgive her parents their wrongs, or must she destroy them to save Scotland from tyranny?

In her highly anticipated follow-up to Ophelia, Lisa Klein delivers a powerful reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, featuring a young woman so seamlessly drawn it seems impossible she was not part of the Bard’s original play.

---Wasn't a huge fan of another book by this author, but this one is historical-y so I'm looking forward to reading it. And this is for a Traveling to Teens tour. :D

The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don't Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Sixteen-year-old Morgan lives in a hick town in the middle of Nebraska. College is two years away. Her mom was killed in a car accident when she was three, her dad drinks, and her stepmom is a non-entity. Her boyfriend Derek is boring and her coworker Rob has a very cute butt that she can't stop staring at. Then there's the kiss she shared with her classmate Tessa...

But when Morgan discovers that the one person in the world she trusted most has kept a devastating secret from her, Morgan must redefine her life and herself.

---Already finished this one, and it was pretty great. Had a few problems with it, but still really enjoyed it.

Leaving the Bellweathers by Kristin Clark Venuti

The young Bellweathers–fourteen-year-old Spider, thirteen-year-old Ninda, and the ten-year-old triplets, Brick, Spike, and Sassy–and their equally peculiar parents have brought constant chaos to the once-peaceful village of Eel-Smack-by-the-Bay. Still, no one has suffered more than their loyal butler, Benway, who has finally had enough. He is secretly writing his tell-all memoirs, packing his bags, and planning his move to a tropical location, Far, Far Away.
But when the siblings discover Benway is preparing to leave their lighthouse home, they band together to prove how much he’s needed, as only Bellweathers can. . . .
Full of comic capers and close calls, an art heist and albino alligators, and good intentions gone wrong, Kristin Clark Venuti’s hilarious debut novel introduces a new family that is absolutely unforgettable.

---Yay middle grade!

I also got a sekrit book in the mail, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to tell what it is. (Then why are you telling us that you got it? Because I like to torment you.)


Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

How far will Rose go to keep her promise?

The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri.

He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

---OH MY GOSH FINALLY. I cannot wait to read this one.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

[from B&N]

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

---I had an ARC of this one, but I bought a finished copy at the Lili/Richelle Mead event.

Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

[also from B&N]

To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips...conks her head...and wakes up in the year 1815!

There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily's family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily's cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant.

But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex's heart, before her time in the past is up?

More Cabot than Ibbotson, Prada and Prejudice is a high-concept romantic comedy about finding friendship and love in the past in order to have happiness in the present.

---Got this one as a birthday present for my friend. I figure she will like it because 1) She likes Pride and Prejudice. At least, she likes the movie versions. I don't think she's read the book 2) She likes cute stuff 3) She likes the Luxe books, so I figure historical is safe. 4) I feel it is my duty to provide her with good books because for Christmas I got her In Your Room and she LOVED it.


  1. Lots of good books! Enjoy!
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  2. yay for Dani's first IMM! xD

  3. You got so many great books! Lady MacBeth's Daughter looks amazing and I can't wait to read Blood Promise :)

  4. I can't wait to read Leaving the Bellweathers! All of the Egmont books look so good, I don't know how I'm going to find the time and the means to read them all!

    Also, BLOOD PROMISE!!! I have to finish the book I'm currently reading before I can even open it, because I know once I do I'll be sucked in.

  5. I so want to get my hands on Lady Macbeth's Daughter! Blood Promise and Strange Angels are on my TBR pile and I need to hurry up and get to them. Glad to hear that you enjoyed Skeleton Creek - I recently got it and Ghost in the Machine randomly in the mail from Scholastic. Now I'll have to bump them up on the TBR list.

  6. yay! you did IMM i am so PROUD! and good books to. i have still not gotten my copy of blood promise.. because i know i will HAVE to read it... and i have so many other things i need to read. happy reading!

  7. Omg!! you had some great books this week. BLOOD PROMISE is so off the charts wicked good. I cannot wait for us to dish :)

  8. OH! and i was no way involved with the plot to get you the sekrit book.... :P

  9. Yay, for your first IMM, we got a lot of the same books.

  10. Happy reading! I'm just about to start Prada and Prejudice - I hope it is good and your friend likes it too!

  11. Congrats on your first IMM! Oo Strange Angels is a great read. Hope you enjoy! Happy reading! x)

  12. The Sky Always... sounds so good! Hope you enjoy it, along with all your other great books! :)

  13. I'm realllllly looking forward to Ghost in the Machine. I loved Skeleton Creek!! Can't wait to hear what you think of it.