Saturday, March 13, 2010

In My Mailbox (22)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.


The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore- Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

The Real Real by Emma Mclaughlin & Nicola Kraus- Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they've trained them on you.

When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera." . . . At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast.

As the producers manipulate the lives of their "characters" to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor- [close] Before he died, Melissa’s father told her about stars. He told her that the brightest stars weren’t always the most beautiful—that if people took the time to look at the smaller stars, if they looked with a telescope at the true essence of the star, they would find real beauty. But even though Melissa knows that beauty isn’t only skin deep, the people around her don’t seem to feel that way. There’s her gorgeous sister Ashley who will barely acknowledge Melissa at school, there's her best friend Ryan, who may be falling in love with the sophisticated Courtney, and there’s Melissa’s mother who’s dating someone new, someone who Melissa knows will never be able to replace her father.

To make sure she doesn’t lose her father completely, Melissa spends her time trying to piece together the last of his secrets and completing a journal her father began—one about love and relationships and the remarkable ways people find one another. But when tragedy strikes, Melissa has to start living and loving in the present, as she realizes that being beautiful on the outside doesn't mean you can't be beautiful on the inside.

Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling- Claire Voyante has been having strange visions ever since she can remember. But the similarity between her name and her talents is purely coincidental. The name is French and unlike the psychics on TV, she can’t solve crimes or talk to the dead.

But that all changes on Claire’s 15th birthday, when her grandmother gives her something a little more extraordinary than one of her old cocktail dresses: a strange black-and-white onyx cameo on a gold chain. It’s not long before Claire’s world becomes a whole lot clearer. And a whole lot more dangerous.


Hourglass by Claudia Gray- After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, the elite group of vampire hunters led by Lucas’s stepfather. When Bianca’s close friend—the vampire Balthazar—is captured by Black Cross, Bianca knows she has to do whatever it takes to save him. But at what cost?

Hourglass, the third book in this gripping vampire series by the author of the New York Times bestseller Stargazer, has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray’s books runaway successes.

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined


  1. A lot of people seem to be getting Before I Fall lately. I think I'm gonna have to look into this book now lol.

    Hope you enjoy! :)

  2. Before I Fall is now one of my favorite books, I hope you love it!
    I really want to read Dream Girl and Life of Glass sounds interesting!
    Thank you for the comment, I hope you enter my contest!

  3. Before I Fally sounds amazing!!! And I've been wainting to read The Splendor Falls for over a year!!! i hope you like it and the rest of your books!!!

  4. I like Before I Fall - and I have read the beginning of Splendour Falls (but I stopped due to college work) and it's great too! Happy reading!

  5. I got Before I Fall this week too. I want to read all of the books that you got from the library, and I can't wait for your reviews!

  6. These look good. I hope you love Before I Fall as much as everyone else seems to. :-)

  7. Heard great things about BEfore I Fall and I bought a copy of the book this week too. I've read The Splendor Falls a while back so hope you will like it too.

  8. Before I Fall looks amazing. I hope you enjoy all your wonderful looking books!

  9. Just finished Dream Life and have This Life of Glass in my TBR pile. Would like to add Hourglass and Before I Fall. Great titles. Enjoy!

  10. Great selections! I've heard great things about many of those books so I'm sure they're all good. Before I Fall is supposed to be fantastic! Enjoy!

    from Une Parole

    P.S. I'm a new follower! I found you on The Neverending Shelf and I'm glad that I did.

  11. Popular selections. I hope that you will enjoy them all. Enjoy your books. Here'smine

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