Saturday, 27 February 2010

In My Mailbox (9) - Lanna

In My Mailbox is a meme started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

Me: We're not buying new books this week.
Me2: Oh really?
Me: Yes, really! Our TBR pile could rival the size of Mount Rushmore!
Me2: Oo-kay, whatever you say Alanna...
Me: Don't 'choo take that tone with me! We are not, I repeat: NOT buying new books this week!
Me2: Mhmm, yeah sure, oh hey - which would you prefer, this book or that one?
Me: Well, that one has a pretty cover but - no! Stop it! I will not cave.
Me2: Then why are you adding that book to your Amazon basket?
Me: You made me do it, you're a bad influence!
Me2: Hey, don't blame me for our lack of self control!
Me: But-
Me2: No, I will not allow you to blam- Oh, get that one too!
Me: SEE! It's all your fault! conclusion: I have no self control when it comes to books. Seriously. I think I need to join a 12 step program or something. Now, onto the actual books I got:
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Summary: In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper.

He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.

Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.

But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering.

Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

I'm a sucker for Beauty & the Beast stories and this one has been on my wish list for ages but then one of the people I subbed to on youtube reviewed it today and I decided to finally get it.

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Summary: Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies.

Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

Another one that's been on my wish list for a while but a youtube reviewer convinced me to buy it. Plus, I'm in the mood to read one of those boarding school/spy type stories - the summary of this kind of reminds me of the movie D.E.B.S. (only without the lesbian twist that D.E.B.S. has).

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Summary: Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.

I've read a lot of amazing reviews for this one so I finally bought it.

Teach Me by R. A. Nelson

Summary: Carolina is a science-oriented senior in high school, living in Alabama who takes a poetry class for her liberal studies requirement. With her best friend Schuyler, they could probably name the species of every animal living in North America, and all the particles in the molecules making them up. Yet it all seems trivial when love looms into the picture: an unfamiliar feeling that cannot be graphed or charted, and even worse, has to remain a secret.

Carolina is not your average girl, but one who finds herself observing those around her rather than actually interacting with them. Yet it all ends the moment Mr. Mann stepped into the room. Who could suspect that what lies ahead of her is a year of forbidden love, a rising passion and a betrayal of the worst sort?

I have a thing for reading about teacher/student romances - even though I don't approve of it in real life, the forbidden aspect of it makes it interesting to read about.

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Summary: Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen.

I admit it, I bought it for the cover. But the story sounds interesting too.

Blood Countess: A Novel by Andrei Codrescu

Summary: I can't find a good summary of the book, but if you go here or look up the "Blood Countess" or Elizabeth Bathory then you'll find out more about it.

I kind of have a morbid fascination for stuff like this, Elizabeth Bathory was a real life old school serial killer - I first heard about her from the movie Stay Alive, which adds a modern twist to her story and I was shocked to find out there was truth to it. But anyway, I've been wanting to read some books on her for a while, from the reviews I've read I think this one mixes fact and fiction.



  1. Hah, nice inner monologue. I do that too x3

    Nice books this week! The spy book looks especially cute :)

  2. Ahhh these all look so good...and that's usually my internal dialogue, too! :)

  3. These look good! No wonder why you had no control. Happy Reading. :)

  4. I actually want to get Crazy Beautiful but it's not in paperback yet and that's all my Borders cart can afford.

  5. Lol you are hilarious!!! I'll probably be in the next seat for the 12 step program meeting!!! Very nice books!!! Happy Reading!!!

  6. Great bunch! I'm really curious about Crazy Beautiful!



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