Picture drawn by Maggie Stiefvater, 2009. Header made by S.F. Robertson, 2010.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

In My Mailbox- Week of Aug. 31-Sept. 5

Again sorry guys no vlog this week, but I've got a friend buying me batteries tonight so I will be posting the excerpt vlogs for next week's Fresh New Voice of YA but there probably wont be any more IMM vlogs until I get a job and income and can start buying batteries or at least a battery charger. Here's what I got this week:

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate
A steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistake
Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead.

From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never should’ve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove.

Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence.

Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.

Rage: A Love Story by Julie Anne Peters
A National Book Award Finalist offers an intense portrait of an abusive relationship.

Johanna is steadfast, patient, reliable; the go-to girl, the one everyone can count on. But always being there for others can’t give Johanna everything she needs—it can’t give her Reeve Hartt.

Reeve is fierce, beautiful, wounded, elusive; a flame that draws Johanna’s fluttering moth. Johanna is determined to get her, against all advice, and to help her, against all reason. But love isn’t always reasonable, right?

In the precarious place where attraction and need collide, a teenager experiences the dark side of a first love, and struggles to find her way into a new light.

Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron
Told in a voice that’s honest, urgent, and hilarious, Struts & Frets will resonate not only with teenage musicians but with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to a favorite album, wondering if they’d ever find their place in the world.

Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.

When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?

Swag Items, thanks to Lisa Schroeder and Becca Fitzpatrick!:

(One side of Hush Hush poster, plus all swag from Lisa Schroeder)

(Other side of Hush Hush poster, plus what Lisa wrote to me on the back of one of the postcards)

(The packaging that the Hush Hush poster came in. Not sure what to do with it now. Possible weapon? Also, Maya in background)

Other Books:
No Right Turn by Terry Trueman
Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block
Muchacho by LouAnne Johnson


  1. Can't wait to read Liar. Love the poster and other swag. Really cool! Enjoy and Happy Reading!

  2. LUCKY! The poster looks awesome!
    Reggie :-)

  3. awesome books this week. looks like we got the same random packages! as usual, ha! and as you know, I hate you. :P

    happy reading.

  4. Ahhhh!!! I have been dying over The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove for months!!!! I can't wait to see what you think of it.

  5. It would make an awesome light saber for Halloween :)

    P.S. Great books!!

  6. Great books and swag you got this week. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  7. You got Struts and Frets - lucky!


    okay, that was all i wanted to say, really.