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Saturday, September 26, 2009

In My Mailbox: September 21st - 26th

The following books made their way to my house this week-


FOR REVIEW

TIME OF MY LIFE: A NOVEL BY ALLISON WINN SCOTT
Publication Date: October 7th 2008

Jillian Westfield has the perfect suburban life straight out of the upscale women's magazines that she obsessively reads. She’s got the modern-print rugs of Metropolitan Home, the elegant meals from Gourmet, the clutter-free closets out of Real Simple, and the elaborate Easter egg hunts seen in Parents. With her successful investment banker husband behind the wheel and her cherubic eighteen-month-old in the backseat, hers could be the family in the magazines’ glossy Range Rover ads.

Yet somehow all of the how-to magazine stories in the world can’t seem to fix her faltering marriage, banish the tedium of days spent changing diapers, or stop her from asking, “What if?”

Then one morning Jillian wakes up seven years in the past. Before her daughter was born. Before she married Henry. Suddenly she’s back in her post–grad school Ikea-furnished Manhattan apartment. She’s back in her fast-paced job with the advertising agency. And she’s still with Jackson, the ex-boyfriend and star of her what-if fantasies.

Armed with twenty-twenty hindsight, she’s free to choose all over again. She can use the zippy ad campaigns from her future to wow the clients and bosses in her present. She can reconnect with the mother who abandoned her so many years before. She can fix the fights at every juncture that doomed her relationship with Jackson. Or can she?

THE CUPCAKE QUEEN BY HEATHER HEPLER
Publication Date: September 17th 2009

When her mother moves them from the city to a small town to open up a cupcake bakery, Penny’s life isn’t what she expected. Her father has stayed behind, and Mom isn’t talking about what the future holds for their family. And then there’s Charity, the girl who plays mean pranks almost daily.

There are also bright spots in Hog’s Hollow—like Tally, an expert in Rock Paper Scissors, and Marcus, the boy who is always running on the beach. But just when it looks as though Penny is settling in, her parents ask her to make a choice that will turn everything upside down again. A sweet novel about love, creativity, and accepting life’s unexpected turns.

SHRINKING VIOLET BY DANIELLE JOSEPH
Publication Date: May 5th 2009 (Mtv)

High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare...

ICE BY SARAH BETH DURST
Publication Date: October 6th 2009

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairytale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth to become a prisoner of the trolls. Now that Cassie is older, she knows that this was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, she is determined to become a scientist, and she has no time for make believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face to face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned in the troll castle. And that he can bring her back--if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairytale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knew will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her--until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.

BALLAD: A GATHERING OF FAERIE BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER
Publication Date: October 1st 2009 (Flux)

In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.

CONTEST WIN - THANKS TINA @FANTASTIC BOOK REVIEW

SLEEPLESS BY THOMAS FAHY
Publication Date: August 20th 2009

Emma Montgomery has been experiencing nightmares of gruesome murders. In fact, all of the students in Dr. Beecher's secret society have been having terrible dreams and sleepwalking. Now, as their classmates start turning up dead, Emma and her friends race against the clock to find out what's causing them to kill in their sleep.

CONTEST WIN: THANKS MISTY @THE BOOK RAT



ATONEMENT BY IAN MCEWAN
Publication Date: February 25th 2003
Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

BOUGHT!


REIGN OR SHINE (Demon Princess, Book 1) BY MICHELLE ROWEN
Publication Date: September 29th 2009 (Walker Books)

As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands—the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious—and surprisingly cute—messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her gowing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew—what's a teenage demon princess to do?

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren, where we talk about what books we got over the past week (store purchases/mailbox deliveries/library, etc)



22 comments:

katie said...

Wow you got some really good books this week. I want to read pretty much all of them. Oh and Demon Princess is really good. Enjoy!

Orchid said...

Lucky you, you got Demon Princess, Sleepless, and Shrinking Violet. :)

Happy reading.

Katie said...

Such a great week of books! I've got to add so many of them to my to-read pile now.

Happy reading!

Thao said...

The Cupcake Queen and Ballad sound fabulous. I hope you'll enjoy them all.

Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. There are heaps of good ones there. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

bookalicious said...

Atonement is AMAZING, one of my fav books ever! I also got The Time of My Life this week, but not for review, I just bought it. :) And I love The Cupcake Queen cover!! Happy reading!

~The Book Pixie said...

I really want Shrinking Violet, Ice, and Ballad. I have Atonement but need to read it. Time of My Life sounds pretty good. Enjoy all those great new books! :D

~Briana

Lauren said...

What a great week! I can't decide if I'm more envious of Ballad or Ice. They all look good though. Happy reading!

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

I am totally desperate for Ballad.
Atonement is such an amazing film. The book must be awesome.

April said...

You definitely got a ton of awesome books!

Hurrah for Shrinking Violet :-D

The Story Siren said...

great books this week! just finished demon princess... very cute! lots of great titles you've got to read! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

Cat said...

You're a lucky contest person! Wow! :)

I read a review of Time of My Life on a friend's blog and I am hooked with curiosity now and will have to check this out. Plus the cover is just so beautiful!

Ceri said...

You have a fabulous selection there :-D . I love Ian McEwan's writing so I hope you enjoy Atonement. :)

Callie said...

Aww cute puppy. My mom has Atonement, can't remember if she's read it or not... Enjoy!!

Lea said...

Wow! You got some great books. Demon Princess looks so cute,

Happy Reading!

The Book Owl said...

Great books! Have fun reading. :)

towerofbooks said...

After watching movie for Atonement last week, I've wanted to read the novel. Hope you enjoy all your books!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great books! Demon Princess and Sleepless look so good. Happy reading!

PolishOutlander said...

ICE sounds lovely. Happy reading!

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Great books Kim! Happy Reading :)

Bookworm said...

The Cupcake Queen looks great. I need to go buy that this weekend! (; Enjoy!

Misty said...

This is really late, but YOU'RE WELCOME!