In My Mailbox (5)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library. I was able to get quite a few books this week due to the local borders closing down (I was absolutely thrilled to get 6 books for $20 but it is still so sad that it is closing down) So here is my list of books I got this week (All summaries are courtesy of Goodreads.com):

Bought:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

My Thoughts: I feel SO out of the loop for not having these books read yet. So far Vampire Academy is the only novel out the series that I have, but trust me, I WILL get the rest of the books soon!

The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sachar

When Alton’s ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. After all, it’s better than a crappy summer job in the local shopping mall, and Alton’s mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance sometime in the future. But, like all apparently casual choices in any of Louis Sachar’s wonderful books, this choice soon turns out to be a lot more complex than Alton could ever have imagined. As his relationship with his uncle develops, and he meets the very attractive Toni, deeply buried secrets are uncovered and a romance that spans decades is finally brought to a conclusion. Alton’s mother is in for a surprise!

My Thoughts: I don’t know what it is about this book. The title is catchy, the summary sounds good, there is just something about this book that makes me WANT to read it.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

My Thoughts: This is another “I feel out of the loop” book. I hear so many wonderful things about it! That and the fact that it was only $4, I just had to get it!

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.

My Thoughts: This is a John Green novel, need I say more? In all honesty, there was just so much that I loved about Looking For Alaska, that I just can’t wait to see what John created in Paper Towns.

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….

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Thoughts: Ok, I haven’t been living under a rock the past couple years. I actually have read this book, and I am obsessed! I just NEEDED to have my own copy because I will admit, I am an avid re-reader.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

As readers of series starter City of Bones already know, teenager Clary Fray is a Shadowhunter, a demon slayer who has the gift of spotting Downworlder werewolves, vampires, and faeries. She is also an adolescent in an abnormally dysfunctional family: Her mom is in a magically induced coma and her father is probably insane and undoubtedly evil. All of which places Clary in situations that would challenge even the most talented average American girl.

My Thoughts: See response to City of Bones because this one is the exact same =]

Maine Squeeze: Maine Squeeze & Banana Splitsville by Catherine Clark

Maine Squeeze:

2 Lobster rolls, 1 w/xtra mayo–yuck!
1 Lm’ade
1 Wtr

Ignore Evan — Swap Tues to avoid?

Call Ben! RITE AFTR WRK

Get tmrw off – qlty time w/ Ben

Stop lookg @ EVAN!!!

My Thoughts: I have read Maine Squeeze and I just loved it! It is cute, funny, and basically the perfect summer read. Another book I will have to re-read.

Banana Splitsville:

  Has he called? No.I half expected to see him at Truth or Dairy today. He’s sort of addicted to Coconut Fantasy Dreams. We both are. It was like . . . our drink.

I was all ready to give him the cold shoulder, easy to do when working around ice cream all day. I could give him a bad ice-cream headache, mix extra ice in his smoothie and freeze his brain.

Like he could be any colder.

My Thoughts: This is a very vague description, but I am willing to try it out. I loved Catherine’s funny sense of humor in Maine Squeeze so I am excited to read something new.

Love Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout

Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents’ marriages hadn’t fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they’ve each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy.

Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? Folksy, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick had only been on a few dates, but they’d felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history… Or so she’d thought. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways.

Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need match-making expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc.

My Thoughts: I LOVED Yvonne and Sandy’s writing in Girl v. Boy (read my review here) so I am so very excited to read Love Inc. It sounds cute, funny, and an all-around entertaining book!

Well that is it for my mailbox this week, what did you get in your mailbox?