YA book reviews, reading and recommending since 2009

In My Mailbox (32)

Raided the library, again. Read on and see what I got!

In My Mailbox:
Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith’s parents just left for vacation, and Lila’s all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.

Lila has to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. But the only person who can help her is Tyler’s older brother, Beau — a.k.a. Lila’s musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.

It’ll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love…all over again?

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala’s life and his soul.

I Will Always Love You (Gossip Girl #12) by Cecily von Ziegesar
It finally happened: we went to college. We started over. No one knows who we’ve coveted, what we scored on the SATs,where our parents live, or when we became debaucherous. We’ve learned new things, made new friends, and maybe even met the loves of our lives. We’ve changed. Or at least, some of us have. But old habits are hard to break-especially when faced with your former besties and former flames. With everyone back in the city for the holidays, this break is guaranteed to be filled with makeups, breakups, and shakeups.
Lucky for you, I’m here to report all the scandal as it happens. Let the games begin!
You know you love me,
xoxo Gossip Girl

Not a book but I also bought Teen Vogue with Dakota Fanning on the cover and Beautiful Creatures featured inside!

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley
When Emily Carson’s parents die in a plane crash, she’s left with nothing but her mother’s last words scrawled in lipstick on a tray table: “Emily, please forgive me.”

Now it’s fall and Emily moves to New York City— where she attracts the attention of two very different boys: the cute, popular Owen, and her quirky chemistry partner, Anthony. With the help of some surprising new friends, Emily must choose between the boy who helps her forget and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately heal.

Debut author Jennifer Jabaley has written a wonderful, feel-good romantic comedy with real emotional depth. Full of lovably wacky characters, Lipstick Apology is a heartwarming story about the true meaning of forgiveness.

Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers
1. I’ve got a few issues:
2. I’m a vampire now.
3. One of my classmates was found dead, with telltale fang marks.
4. I didn’t do it! (really!)
5. Nobody believes me, so . . .
6. I’m going to have to find the real killer. I’ve already got three suspects. (three very cute suspects.)
7. One more problem: I am seriously falling for one of them . . . but what if he’s the killer?

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
Life used to be so simple for Andrew Zansky–hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat and eat and eat. He’s used to not fitting in: into his family, his sports-crazed school, or his size 48 pants. But not anymore. Andrew just met April, the new girl at school and the instant love of his life! He wants to find a way to win her over, but how? When O. Douglas, the heartthrob quarterback and high-school legend, saves him from getting beaten up by the school bully, Andrew sees his chance to get in with the football squad. Is it possible to reinvent yourself in the middle of high school? Andrew is willing to try. But he’s going to have to make some changes. Fast. Can a funny fat kid be friends with a football superstar? Can he win over the Girl of his Dreams? Can he find a way to get his mom and dad back together?

How far should you go to be the person you really want to be? Andrew is about to find out.

Oh and I forgot to mention last week that I received Kay Cassidy’s bookmarks which I won. I am super excited to read all the books here as they all sound good! Especially Gossip Girl #12! It’s a personal goal of mine to own all of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, so Ballad completes my collection, for now. Can’t wait for Linger!


Comments on: "In My Mailbox (32)" (14)

  1. Great books. Looks like you had a busy week. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  2. awesome loot.

    I’ve done my own IMM this week, if you’re interested…

    Aimee 🙂

  3. Looks like you had a good week. And yay, Ballad!

  4. They all look good! I’m really looking forward to reading Ballad and The Splendor Falls. Hope you enjoy them!

  5. Wow, the new Gossip Girl book!!!
    I’ve also bought the Splendor Falls and Lipstick Apology a while ago, but sadly haven’t managed to read either. Looking forward to your reviews, happy reading. 🙂

  6. Nice books! I used to love The Gossip Girl series but I have missed that last few.

  7. Great books! Enjoy!

  8. Oooh, what an awesome week, happy reading!

  9. oh wow! you are in for a treat! you have some awesome books! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

  10. Wow! I want to read all those books! Great week!

    I hope you enjoy them all 😉

  11. great books you’ve got, enjoy reading!

  12. readwhatyouknow said:

    The Splendor Falls is one of my favorite for this year. And so is Ballad! Ack, such great books.

    Happy reading!

  13. Callie (Handle Like Hendrix) said:

    I Will Always Love You–Yay! I bought it last week. Enjoy!!

  14. Looks like you have lots of YA goodies in store! 🙂

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