Sunday, March 29, 2009

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis and see what books I've acquired this week. This all started on the Story Siren's blog, and was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie, two really great blogs you should check out. And yes, this is the first time I've managed to post this on a Sunday! (I'm heading to London again so am getting as much done before I go!)

But now to the books I got this week. And it was a very good week.

1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (out in April)
Much discussed in the media this week. Optioned for a movie to be directed by Catherine Hardwicke. I posted a summary in the previous post. Looks fabulous (but no, don't think it will be the next Twilight as was mentioned in The Daily Beast)

2. Fate by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The much anticipated sequel to Tattoo. OK, much anticipated by me at least. And yes, I bought this - it's not an arc. I just really wanted it.
For the past two years, Bailey Morgan has lived a double life: high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world, but in school her life is falling apart. She’s got a tattoo that was supposed to be temporary (but isn’t), friendships that were supposed to last forever (but might not), and no idea what her future holds after graduation.
Then Bailey meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty, and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before Bailey knows it, she’s being drawn into an otherworldly web more complicated than anything she weaves as a mortal Fate.

3. Surf Mules by G. Neri (out in June)
When Logan goes searching for the Perfect Monster Wave, he doesn’t expect his former best friend to be killed by it. Add to this a deadbeat dad who bankrupted his family and the possibility of college going down the drain, and Logan is suddenly in a tailspin. So when small-time dealer Broza offers Logan and his friend, Z-boy, a summer job that could make them rich, it seems his problems might be solved. But between Z-boy’s constant screwups, a band of Nazi surfers out for blood, and a mysterious stranger on their tail, Logan is starting to have some doubts about hauling contraband across country, and hopes just to make it home alive.

4. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford (out in April)
Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. Here are five things you should know about him:
1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons.
2. He battles ADD every minute of every day...unless he gets distracted.
3. He's a virgin, mostly because he's no good at talking to girls (see number 1).
4. He's about to start high school.
5. He's totally not ready.
Join Carter for his freshman year, where he'll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he'll almost kill a trombone player, face off with his greatest nemesis, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops, get caught up in a love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise everyone, including himself.

5. Sophomore Undercover by Ben Esch
For fifteen-year-old, adopted Vietnamese orphan Dixie Nguyen, high school is one humiliation after another. He shares a locker with a nudist linebacker, his teachers are incompetent, and he's stuck doing fluff pieces for the school newspaper. But Dixie's luck takes a turn when he stumbles across one of the jocks using drugs in the locker room; not only does he finally have something to write about, but the chance to strike a blow against his tormentors at the school as well. However, when his editor insists he drop the story and cover homecoming instead, Dixie sets off on his own investigation and discovers that the scandal extends beyond the football team to something far more sinister. This high school reporter just might save the world. That is, of course, if he can stay out of juvenile hall, the hospital, and new age therapy long enough to piece it all together.

Don't they sound great? Lots to read on that long plane journey across the Atlantic. Fate first, of course.

So what did you get this week?


prophecygirl said...

I hope you enjoy If I Stay - it's brilliant!

Ravenous Reader said...

What a great week. If I stay is a wonderful read. I cannot wait to see what you think of it. Make sure to take it with you on your journey :)

Disgruntled Societal Slave said...
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Bookgeek said...

Certainly will. Am looking forward to it - all of them in fact.

The Story Siren said...

great book week! I need to read Fate too! Well I need to read Tattoo first! If I Stay is great as well! Hope you enjoy!