Saturday, October 30, 2010

In My Mailbox 40

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Bought

Spells & Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski
Pub. date: April 2008
At long last, Rachel's powers have arrived and she's a bona fide get-your-broom-ready witch! And it's happened just in time. No Manhattan for her this summer—she's spending her vacation at Camp Wood Lake.

But she's having some serious issues:

Mosquitoes in the Adirondacks are incredibly thirsty.

Her stepmom keeps sending embarrassing feminine hygiene care packages.

She accidentally zapped away all her clothes.

And there's a backstabber in her cabin intent on making life miserable.

Good thing Rachel's a witch.
I really liked the first two books in this series, so I was very happy when I saw it in the Random Buzzers store. It took forever to get enough Buzz Bucks, but it was worth it. I can't wait to read it!

Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Marilyn Kaye
Pub. date: June 2009
Queen of Mean Amanda Beeson, 13, gets the shock of her life when she wakes up one morning to find herself in the body of one of her victims, Tracey Devon. Amanda discovers that Tracey, ignored at home and school, has the ability to become invisible. When Amanda finds herself in a special class that Tracey usually attends, it becomes clear that at Meadowbrook Middle School the definition of “gifted” has a whole other meaning. Can Amanda rescue her one-time target from obscurity and get her own life back on track? In order to do so, she will have to reveal her own startling gift and take her rightful place among Meadowbrook’s very secret clique.
I didn't really expect to find anything good on my third trip to the used bookstore in as many weeks, so I was very surprised, and happy, to see this tucked away on the crowded shelf. I can't wait to read it! It sounds really good! :)

Won

Banished by Sophie Littlefield (ARC)
Pub. date: October 2010
There isn’t much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll never belong—not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. Hailey never knew her dead mother, and she has no idea who her father was, but at least she has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. Once she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub far from Gypsum and start a new life where no one can find them.

But when a classmate is injured in gym class, Hailey discovers a gift for healing that she never knew she possessed—and that she cannot ignore. Not only can she heal, she can bring the dying back to life. Confused by her powers, Hailey searches for answers but finds only more questions, until a mysterious visitor shows up at Gram’s house, claiming to be Hailey’s aunt Prairie.

There are people who will stop at nothing to keep Hailey in Trashtown, living out a legacy of despair and suffering. But when Prairie saves both Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram’s house in the middle of the night, Hailey must decide where to place her trust. Will Prairie’s past, and the long-buried secret that caused her to leave Gypsum years earlier, ruin them all? Because as Hailey will soon find out, their power to heal is just the beginning.

This gripping novel from thriller writer Sophie Littlefield blazes a trail from small-town Missouri to the big city as Hailey battles an evil greater than she ever imagined, while discovering strengths she never knew she had.
I think this is the first ARC I've ever won. All the other ARCs I own were given to me by friends. Big thanks to Random Buzzers! This sounds like a really interesting read. :)

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
Pub. date: March 2009


Quiet, unpopular,non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha--cheerleading goddess and miss popularity--who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter hottie Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She's sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.
I won this during Princess Bookie's Contest Craze. This has been on my wish list for a while, and I'm really looking forward to reading it! Huge thanks to Cindy and Amanda Ashby! ^_^

That's all I got this week. Really looking forward to reading all of these. :)

Eclectically yours,

6 comments:

Reading Lassie said...

Great books! Congrats on your first won ARC. Happy Halloween and happy reading! :)

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Kailia Sage said...

Great books! Can't wait to see what you think!

Jessica said...

I so love the cover on Banished! Also congrats on your win :). Isn't it amazing?

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LMW said...

Oooh! These all sound great!! Can't wait to hear what you think of them! I'm a new follower!
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Jamie said...

Oooh Zombie Queen looks awesome!

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AngelicNytmare said...

Oh you got some books that look interesting. enjoy the reading :)