Sunday, January 10, 2010

In My Mailbox (1)

I've been blog browsing and I came across a really cool weekly meme called In My Mailbox. In My Mailbox is a meme originally hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren (click for more information) that shares all the new books you've bought, borrowed, received, or traded for the week. I decided to try it out it! :)

I unfortunately haven't bought any new books this week, but I checked out a LOAD of books from the library that I'm really excited to read.

Library/for review:

Splendor by Anna Godberson
The fourth book in The Luxe series!

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
New beginnings.
Shocking revelations.
Unexpected endings.
A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.

Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle. 

In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

I absolutely cannot wait to read Splendor! After a very very long wait I finally got my hands on it.  I would describe The Luxe series as the Gossip Girl series set back in the day (although in my opinion a lot better than the Gossip Girl series). Envy (the third book in the series) ended really dramatically, leaving me very thirsty for the next book. Splendor looks like it isn't going to disappoint. Look out for a review coming very soon.

Front and Center by Catherine Gillbert Murdock
The trilogy to Dairy Queen

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
After five months of sheer absolute craziness I was going back to being plain old background D.J. In photographs of course I-m always in the background . . . But it turns out other folks have big plans for D.J. Like her coach. College scouts. All the town hoops fans. A certain Red Bend High School junior who-s keen for romance and karaoke. Not to mention Brian Nelson, who she should not be thinking about! Who she is done with, thank you very much. But who keeps showing up anyway . . . Readers first fell in love with straight-talking D. J. Schwenk in Dairy Queen; they followed her ups and downs both on and off the court in The Off Season. Now D. J.steps out from behind the free-throw line in this final installment of the Dairy Queen trilogy.

I read the first book in the series (Dairy Queen) as a summer reading book awhile back and surprisingly I really liked it. I liked being on D.J.'s journey, so I'm excited to see what happens next. I already started reading it and I like it so far, expect a review in a few days.

Pure by Terra Elan McVoy

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Promise. Betrayal. Confession. Revenge.
Tabitha and her four best friends all wear purity rings, symbols of the virginity-until-marriage pledge they made years ago. Now Tab is fifteen, and her ring has come to mean so much more. It's a symbol of who she is and what she believes—a reminder of her promises to herself, and her bond to her friends. But when Tab meets a boy whose kisses make her knees go weak, everything suddenly seems a lot more complicated. Tab's best friend, Morgan, is far from supportive, and for the first time, Tabitha is forced to keep secrets from the one person with whom she's always shared everything. When one of those secrets breaks to the surface, Tab finds herself at the center of an unthinkable betrayal that splits her friends apart. As Tab's entire world comes crashing down around her, she's forced to re-examine her friendships, her faith, and what exactly it means to be pure. 

I actually found this book at the checkout counter last minute and decided it looked interesting. I'm not sure about it, but it looks like it a could be a good read about friendships.

King of the Screwups by K.L. Going

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everybody loves him. He excels at sports; he knows exactly what clothes to wear; he always ends up with the most beautiful girls in school. But he's got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick off his father the most.
When Liam finally kicked out of the house, his father's brother takes him in. What could a teenage chick magnet possibly have in common with his gay, glam rocker, DJ uncle who lives in a trailer in upstate New York? A lot more than you'd think. And when Liam attempts to make himself over as a nerd in a desperate attempt to impress his father, it's his "aunt" Pete and the guys in his band who convince Liam there's much more to him than his father will ever see.

I really like the cover of this book, in fact that's what made me pick it up. I haven't read the best things about this book, so I hope its a good read. The plot looks a little different than other books with similiar story lines.

Purge by Sarah Darer Littman

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
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.

 I'm really excited to read this one! I've only heard good things about it so far, so I hope it's as good as everyone says it is. I loved Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson so I hope Purge is just as good, I'll be reviewing this one pretty soon.

 What's in your mailbox?


Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I really like your blog, and I'm adding myself as a follower!

It looks like you got some good books -- most of the titles are new to me. By the way, I loved Dairy Queen and The Off Season, and I am looking forward to Front and Center.

Mine is here: When the Apocalypse Comes Nobody's Going to Be Punctuating

Jessica said...

I really liked King of the Screwups! And Splendor was good, too. :-D

Laura (The Bookie Bunch) said...

Great books! Purge looks good.

Here's what I got this week:

Take care! :D

Anonymous said...

I added Pure to my Wish List, it sounds really good.. So doesn't Front and Center!! Great books this week.

The Story Siren said...

lots of great books this week for you! i hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

Book Crazy Jenn said...

OHH Splendor I have been thinking about reading this series but then I am not much for History so I did not think it would be for me...but I look forward to reading your review! :)

Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. They all look really interesting. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

BrittLit said...

Excellent books this week, so many I want to read. Enjoy!

B.A.M. Book Reviews said...

Great IMM post! :) Tons of great looking books. I found out everything I needed to with Catching Fire. I think it was just everything coming at me all at once that kind of shocked me lol. Thanks for the offer though! Great blog :)


A Life Bound By Books said...

Thanks for the comment on my latest IMM and WOW, great books you got this week! I'm looking forward to reading some of these myself.

Happy reading! :o)

SerpentineLibrarian said...

What a great list! I loved Dairy Queen and Off Season, but I haven't read Front and Center yet. You'll have to let us know what you think of it.

Your blog is a lot of fun!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Yay for Splendor! I'm just reading Envy and I wonder what the dramatic ending will be, ooh! :)

Ah Yuan // wingstodust said...

Here from Saturday Network! (I would have commented on your newest post, but you happened to post on Front and Center and I haven't got around to reading it yet and I reallyyyyy don't want to be spoiled for it so yeah! =D)

*coughs* Anyhow, nice books you got there, particularly Front and Center!! I just finished reading Dairy Queen this week and it was amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. ♥ Am planning on reading the whole trilogy. :D

YellowBanana said...

Wow, you are so lucky you get such amazing books at your library. Where I live, the local library's pretty crap and most of the YA section's filled with Charmed, and Francine Pascal etc maybe some old Sarah Dessens. On second thought, I haven't visited my local library in quite a while....
but anyway happy reading!

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