Saturday, April 25, 2009

In My Mailbox (4/20 - 4/25)

While I didn't get anything in the mail this week, I did find a few books on sale at Borders that I picked up :) $3.99 each, yay! I love book sales. I've heard of a few of these books before, so I just decided to pick up all of the YA ones I could find ;D

Also, I want to apologize for not having any reviews for any of the recent books I've been getting. I've got quite a few books from before I started blogging that I'm trying to finish first, so that's why you've been seeing mostly older books. I will get to the other ones soon, though, I promise! My review for Willow should be coming in a few days ;)

Local Girls
Jenny O'Connell

Kendra and Mona are best friends, local girls who spend their summers catering to rich tourists and the rest of the year chafing against small-town life. Then Mona's mom marries one of the island's rich summer visitors, and Mona joins the world of the Boston elite, leaving Kendra and Martha's Vineyard behind. When Mona returns the following summer, everything is different. Now Mona spends her days sunbathing with her private-school friends, while Kendra works at The Willow Inn -- a job she and Mona once hoped to do together.

Unlike his sister, Mona's twin brother Henry hasn't changed. He's spending his summer the way he always has: with long, quiet hours fishing. Early mornings before work become special for Kendra as she starts sharing them with Henry, hoping he can help her figure Mona out. Then Kendra hatches a plan to prove she's Mona's one true friend. She'll uncover the identity of the twins' birth father, a question that has always obsessed Mona. And so she sets out to unravel the seventeen-year-old mystery of the summer boy who charmed Mona's mother. But are some secrets better off staying buried?

The Book of Luke
Jenny O'Connell

Emily Abbott has always been considered the Girl Most Likely to Be Nice -- but lately being nice hasn't done her any good. Her parents have decided to move the family from Chicago back to their hometown of Boston in the middle of Emily's senior year. Only Emily's first real boyfriend, Sean, is in Chicago, and so is her shot at class valedictorian and early admission to the Ivy League. What's a nice girl to do?

Then Sean dumps Emily on moving day and her father announces he's staying behind in Chicago "to tie up loose ends," and Emily decides that what a nice girl needs to do is to stop being nice.

She reconnects with her best friends in Boston, Josie and Lucy, only to discover that they too have been on the receiving end of some glaring Guy Don'ts. So when the girls have to come up with something to put in the senior class time capsule, they know exactly what to do. They'll create a not-so-nice reference guide for future generations of guys -- an instruction book that teaches them the right way to treat girls.

But when her friends draft Emily to test out their tips on Luke Preston -- the hottest, most popular guy in school, who just broke up with Josie by email -- Emily soon finds that Luke is the trickiest of test subjects . . . and that even a nice girl like Emily has a few things to learn about love.


Rich Boys
Jenny O'Connell

For seventeen-year-old Winnie, summer can't arrive fast enough -- anything to get out of the house and escape the cold war brewing between her parents. With her older sister, Shelby, spending the summer in Boston, Winnie's left to deal with the situation all by herself. Which is why she's happy to spend all day away from home at a cushy job -- camp counselor at the prestigious Oceanview Inn.

And when the Barclays, a wealthy summer family, offer Winnie an additional babysitting job in the evenings after work, she jumps at the opportunity. Little Cassie Barclay is fun to take care of, and hanging out in the gorgeous Barclay summer house overlooking the harbor is far more pleasant than being on the front lines of the battle between her parents.

Then Cassie's older and devastatingly attractive stepbrother Jay arrives on the island after a disastrous first year at college, and he seems to want nothing more than to wreak havoc for his stepmother and the rest of his family. Winnie soon discovers that life in the Barclay summer house isn't so perfect after all, and what was supposed to be a carefree summer escapade is quickly becoming more complicated than she ever thought possible....


What Happens Here
Tara Altebrando

When Chloe's parents decide to take her to Europe the summer before senior year of high school, she's ecstatic...she only wishes her best friend, Lindsay, could come too. Living in Las Vegas, they have long imagined the world through the casinos inspired by great cities and have vowed to travel the globe together someday. Unfortunately, Lindsay's parents won't agree to send her along.

So Chloe goes to Europe and sends postcards to Lindsay every day. But when she comes home, she must cope with shocking news that rips her family -- and Lindsay's -- apart. And as she tries to uncover the truth about what happened, Chloe soon begins to feel that Lindsay's brother, Noah, is the one person alive for whom she'd go to the ends of the earth....

From the acclaimed author of The Pursuit of Happiness, this is a stunning new novel of friendship, love, and loss, set against the dazzling dual backdrops of Europe and Las Vegas.


Lianne said...

looks good!

Reverie said...

oooh fun books. Happy reading!!

Anonymous said...

Those MTV books look really good!

Ravenous Reader said...

All of your books look very good. I will have to check them out. I wonder if what happens in Vegas really stays in Vegas....LOL

Anonymous said...

Great books! I loved The Book of Luke and Local Girls. Hope you enjoy them! ;D

Anonymous said...

I've read the first three and loved them all. Especially The Book of Luke. Happy reading!! =D

Liyana said...

They look pretty fun! I really want to read The Book of Luke especially after the recommendations above. ^^v

The Story Siren said...

We bought some of the same books!! How fun! I need Local Girls!! Happy Reading!!

cat said...

You know something, I would probably be more interested in those books if they didn't have real people on them. I am turned off by real people on covers for some reason, I don't know why. Even though I looked them up on amazon and they sound interesting!

So judgemental am I. ;)

Carrie said...

I love those MTV books. They are always a lot of fun.

Anonymous said...

I bought The Book of Luke this week too.

Amy said...

the book of luke is amazing-you'll love it!

robin_titan said...

what happens here sounds sooo cool! I'm putting that on my tbr list right now! :)

prophecygirl said...

Nice week. I really want to read The Book of Luke - it sounds great!

Anonymous said...

I haven't read any of those but I've been wanting to check out The Book of Luke.

Rebecca said...

Those books look quite interesting I might have to look some of them up. Enjoy.

cupcakewitch said...

The Pursuit of Happiness was really good! Let me know how What Happens Here is!