In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

Ghost Huntress by Marley Gibson (ARC)
Pub Date: May 4, 2009
**Thank you Marie at the Cupcake Witch blog for this amazing gift**

The first in a trilogy. Get out your tape recorders, crystals, and extra batteries— you’re about to go where our world meets the spirit world.
Psychic Kids, Paranormal State, Haunting Evidence—these and countless other television shows are making believers out of millions of people: Ghosts exist, and they’re living right beside us. For centuries, individuals have been trying to prove the existence of ghosts. But without hard evidence, it’s been difficult to make the case. But now as science and technology have progressed, ghost hunters have been able to use scientific means, along with more traditional psychic tools, to make their case. Photographs, video recordings, and sound recordings are all producing some amazing results.
In this new series, Ghost Huntress, meet Kendall Moorehead, a seemingly typical teen. When her family moves from Chicago to the small historical town of Radisson, Georgia, her psychic abilities awaken. She’s hearing, feeling, and seeing things that seem unbelievable at first, but with the help of the town psychic, Kendall is able to come to terms with her newly emerging gift. So, together with her new BFF, Celia, Kendall forms a ghost hunting team. They’ve got all the latest technology. They’ve got Kendall for their psychic. Now they’re going to clean up Radisson of its less savory spirits.The story is fiction. The science is real. Welcome to a new reality.
Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott (ARC)
Pub Date: June 2, 2009
**Thank you Angela aka Book Geek at the BookBind Blog**

It's been seventy-five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her. And she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone, and Amy doesn't want to talk about it. No one knew Julia like she did. No one gets what life is without her.
No one understands what it's like to know that it's all your fault.
Amy's shrink thinks she should keep a journal but instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia. And as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past holds its own secrets--and that the present deserves a chance.

Purge by Sarah Littman (ARC)
Pub Date: April 1, 2009
**Thank you Angela aka Book Geek at the BookBind blog**

Janie Ryman hates throwing up. So why does she binge eat and then stick her fingers down her throat several times a day? That’s what the doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes hope to help her discover. But first Janie must survive everyday conflicts between the Barfers and the Starvers, attempts by the head psychiatrist to fish painful memories out of her emotional waters, and shifting friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (debut novel ARC)
Pub Date: June 1, 2009
**Thank you Book Geek at the BookBind blog**
BTW I began to read this book and started crying by chapter 3

"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.
Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.
Gone by Michael Grant
Out Now: purchased

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

Skelton Creek by Patrick Carman
Out Now
**Thank you to Karin from the Book Nook**

Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out. . .and then email the clips for Ryan to see.
In a new, groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts -- Ryan's text in the book, and Sarah's videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.
Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman (ARC)
Pub Date: April 28, 2009

He smiles. "Hello."
It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.
I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.
Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself.
In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is

Freak Show by James St. James
Out NOW: Purchased
**I saw this posted on the Book Nook's blog for "Say it again, Saturday" and it rocked my socks so I had to get it. **

Meet Billy Bloom, new student at the ultra-white, ultra-rich, ultra-conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy and drag queen extraordinaire. Actually, "drag queen" does not begin to describe Billy and his fabulousness. Any way you slice it, Billy is not a typical seventeen-year-old, and the Bible Belles, Aberzombies, and Football Heroes at the academy have never seen anyone quite like him before. But thanks to the help and support of one good friend, Billy's able to take a stand for outcasts and underdogs everywhere in his own outrageous, over-thetop, sad, funny, brilliant, and unique way.
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Wingarten (ARC)

Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared.
Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look.
And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush.
Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far ore shocking -- the truth.
Dead Girl WALKING by Linda Joy Singleton
OUT NOW: Purchased

Linda Joy Singleton, author of the successful Seer books, returns with another hot paranormal series.
Stars are waiting to be discovered, and high-school senior Amber Borden wants to be the talent agent for the adolescent A-list. She's not the richest or the most popular, but she's determined to make a name for herself. While Amber may be upwardly mobile, her sense of direction is lousy—so lousy that it has cosmic consequences. Instead of returning to her body after a near-death experience, she lands in the body of the wealthiest, most popular girl in school—who just tried to commit suicide. Not what she had in mind when she imagined working behind the scenes with the rich and famous! Amber soon figures out that being the queen bee isn't all it's cracked up to be.
The first in a series, this paranormal page-turner introduces a teen heroine with a unique ability to solve problems from the beyond. Dead is the new black!

Dead Girl DANCING by Linda Joy Singleton
OUT NOW: Purhcased

I can't believe I'm in the wrong body—again!
Apparently, this freaky phenomenon of stepping into someone's life—and their body—has a name: Temp Lifer. And when my dead grandmother heaped on the praise for a job well done last time, I sort of let it happen again. (Grrr... thanks, Grammy.)
So now I'm hungover and gazing in the mirror at . . . my boyfriend's older sister, who is getting ready to go wild on spring break—while being pursued by a psycho stalker and a Dark Lifer. Help!

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (ARC)
Pub Date: July 7, 2009

All her world's a stage.
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater. She is not an orphan, but she has no parents. She knows every part, but has no lines of her own. Until now.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known. Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Out Now
**Thanks to Angela from the Bookbind**
Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm.
He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.

As you can see I had a very good week. I am overwhelmed by the kindess of others and I am feeling all warm indside. So, with all of these marvelous choices, what should I start with first? and what do you have in your mailbox this week?


  1. loove the matching!!! hahaha very coordinated.

    btw ur books stack rocks!! I want like at least half those books. lol I want to read Gone before Hunger comes out... looks like a good series. and the Dead girl one too and eyes liek stars, and ghost huntress... drool....

  2. I know, my head is spinning this week and i know I forgot to put another book that was generously given to me...I will have to rectify that.

  3. Such an awesome week, I'm so jealous you got Love You Hate You Miss You and Purge!

  4. What an amazing week! So sO lucky to get Radiant Darkness and Ghost Huntress!!

  5. Crying by Chapter 3! Thanks for preparing me :)

  6. wow you had a great week! Eyes Like Stars is fantastic and thanks for the warning about 20 Boy Summer, I can't wait to start it

  7. I met Emily Whitman Friday night and learned about her book coming out. That is such a gorgeous cover! Can't wait to hear what you think.

    Happy reading!

  8. I am totally jealous! What a haul.

  9. Congrats on an awesome week!! :D It would be hard to pick which on to read first thats for sure.

  10. I really want to read Radiant Darkness. So jealous!

  11. Wow! You got a lot of books this week and they all look good.

  12. Twenty Boy Summer sounds so good to me! It is on my wishlist! Hope you enjoy it! :)

  13. Wow! You received so many interesting books this week! Happy reading. =D

  14. Twenty Boy Summer looks good. Reading people's In My Mailbox posts is making me eager for a trip to the bookstore.

  15. Omigod, I am so jealous! Wow, you had an awesome week. Happy reading!

  16. Amazing week! I can't wait to begin Eyes Like Stars--doesn't it look soooo cool?

  17. holy wow! what a great book week! just wow! want twenty boy summer! loved gone! need to check out the dead girl series too!

  18. Such a good week! Ahh! Purge *jealous*!

  19. Wow! You got a great batch of books. I really want to get Skeleton Creek, 20 boy summer,Eyes like stars, and Radiant Darkness. : )

  20. You got some brilliant books! Nice! :)

  21. So glad you liked the selection. I loved Radiant Darkness and Gone and really, really want to read Eyes Like Stars.

  22. Two book on your list I want - Marcelo in the Real World cause thats a great title and Skeleton Creek because I think boys would like it! I LOVE Gone. I havent found anyone who hearts it as much as I do. I'm trying to get a copy of Hunger, the second book, before it comes out in May. I hope you love it! Read it first and tell me, please!!

  23. Oooh, lucky! So many great books to read. I haven't heard of Purge yet, but now I really want to. If I can get a hold of it this weekend, I'll have two eating disorder books to read--that, and of course, Wintergirls, which I'm stoked for!!!

  24. I have to finish Wintergirls this weekend because I will be seeing the author this weekend...

  25. I'd love to read 20 Boy Summer.... :)


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