Saturday, February 28, 2009

In My Mailbox (II)

I've decided I will keep doing In My Mailbox (which is hosted by The Story Siren). It was good fun last week :)

This week's mailbox featured...

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

Before I Die - Jenny Downham

Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of ‘normal’ life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.

Bad Girls Don't Die - Katie Alender

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

How To Ditch Your Fairy - Justine Larbalestier

Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy, like a specialized good luck charm, is vital to success. And in the case of the students at New Avalon Sports High, it might just determine whether you make the team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for 14-year-old Charlie, having a Parking Fairy is worse than having nothing at all—especially when the school bully carts her around like his own personal parking pass. Enter: The Plan. At first, teaming up with arch-enemy Fiorenza (who has an All-The-Boys-Like-You Fairy) seems like a great idea. But when Charlie unexpectedly gets her heart’s desire, it isn’t at all what she thought it would be like, and she’ll have resort to extraordinary measures to ditch her fairy. The question is: will Charlie herself survive the fairy ditching experiment?

Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....

Arrival - Charlotte McConaghy

It has been foretold. Two worlds will collide when six mortals from Earth enter Paragor through a portal.
They will face forces of terrifying darkness.
Their journey will become the stuff of legends.
It is time.

I've already finished How To Ditch Your Fairy and Bad Girls Don't Die. They were both great! And Bad Girls Don't Die was actually genuinely creepy (well I thought so at least), more on that in my review. Right now I've started on Arrival, with the author started writing when she was only 14!


  1. I have to admit I skipped right over Bad Girls Don't Die until you wrote that blurb at the bottom saying it was creepy! So I went back and looked at it closer. I'm going to have to put this on my wishlist.

    Arrival looks quite interesting, too.

    Good week for you!

  2. Arrival looks really good. Great week!

  3. Nice list. I think Bad Girls Don't Die sounds good as well.


  4. there are some great books there. Going Too Far is an amazing book.

  5. Going too Far - Awesomeness incarnate
    HTDYF - not loving it
    Before I Die - have tissues ready
    Bad Girls Don't Cry - Eager to know how you got your hands on this one. Love the cover and intrigued in general.
    Chains - Interest it peaked.
    Arrival - can't wait to jump in.

  6. YAY!! Thanks for doing another post!!

    WOW!! And you had a really good week! Can't wait to see what you think of them all!

  7. I want to read Bad Girls Don't Die. Happy reading. :)

  8. Bad Girls Don't Die looks soo good. oh I'm adding this to my TBR list. and how to ditch your faerie. great books. cool covers

  9. Before I Die is awesome but totally depressing...

  10. Good week! I've heard good things about a lot of those books.

  11. You had a great week, so many good books. Chains is amazing and Arrival is intriging. I have never seen that book until today.

    have a good week and happy reading :)

  12. Those all look really good. I've heard of Arrival, I can't believe she started writing that when she was fourteen! That's really cool, can't wait to read that one.

  13. I really have been wanting to read Before I Die.

  14. I can't wait to read The Selection. Thanks a lot for the giveaway!
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