Saturday, November 28, 2009

On My Bookshelf (9)

(Originally by The Story Siren, as "In My Mailbox.") On My Bookshelf is used to share what books I bought, won, received for review, or got from the library this week. It's to let you know what to expect for me to read/review next. (:


"A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libba Bray: It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?


"Prada and Prejudice" by Mandy Hubbard: To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815! There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant. But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex’s heart, before her time in the past is up?

"The Hollow" by Jessica Verday: When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

"Gingerbread" by Rachel Cohn: After getting tossed from her posh boarding school, wild, willful, and coffee addicted Cyd Charisse returns to San Francisco to live with her parents. But there's no way Cyd can survive in her parents' pristine house. Lucky for Cyd she's got Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante, and her new surfer boyfriend. When Cyd's rebelliousness gets out of hand, her parents ship her off to New York City to spend the summer with "Frank real-dad," her biological father. Trading in her parents for New York City grunge and getting to know her bio-dad and step-sibs is what Cyd has been waiting for her whole life. But summer in the city is not what Cyd expects -- and she's far from the daughter or sister that anyone could have imagined.


"The Pencil Test" by James Guilford: Kendry wants a life as hearty and remarkable as the lives of the black girls. Kendry wants a cheating boyfriend who "gets on her last damn nerve." Kendry wants to smoke marijuana and be bold enough to announce it on a crowded train. Kendry wants the black girls' struggles, their tragedies, their poverty, and their resilience. Kendry wants to stand among them and complain sassily about her mother. Most of all, Kendry wants to be friends with the black girls. Kendry wants to belong.

"Explorer X-Alpha" by LM. Preston: For most kids, a trip to space camp is the trip of a lifetime for Aadi it was life altering. After receiving a camp immunization needed for travel to Mars, Aadi finds that the immunization is the catalyst of an insidious experiment. He realizes what is happening too late for a change of fate. The full experiment is set in motion when he and his co-pilot, Eirena, crash in a distant galaxy called Shrenas, where they change and realize the full extent of their power. This turn of events forces him to grow up quickly, accept his change, and to decide to save a world, or to do what he was trained to do dominate it. His power is coveted by the warring leaders of Shrenas, and he is forced to choose sides a decision that may prove just how much humanity he has left.

"Possessions" by Nancy Holder: New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn’t help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago. What Lindsay doesn’t yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead... And that someone is Lindsay.


"Two-way Street" by Lauren Barnholdt: This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation. Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet. It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care. But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot. Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.


  1. Great list of books! The Pencil Test definitely seems different, but interesting. Can't wait to see your review on that one.

  2. Great books, I will be watching for your review of the Hollow. I want to read that so bad.

    Elie (Ellz Readz)

  3. Great books! I really liked Gingerbread and the others I want to read. Enjoy : D

  4. Possessions sounds so good - I'm going to have to get it. I've been a fan of Nancy Holder's since she wrote her first Buffy book!

  5. Ohh, especially nice wins! Happy reading. :)

  6. Possessions is great! As is AGaTB. I haven't read any of the others, but they all look amazing! Great week!

    Happy reading! ;)

  7. Yeah! I loved A Great And Terrible Beauty because of the whole Victorian Era sort of thing. Love that kind of stuff. I'm putting Possesions on my TBR list since it looks so good. Have fun reading all those! :)

  8. Gingerbread and A Great and Terrible Beauty were both amazing. Happy Reading!

  9. Oh cool! Ive really been wanting to read Prada and Prejudice and The Hollow. Hope you enjoy all your new books. :D


  10. Awesome books this week. I've had my eye on The Hollow for awhile now. Happy reading! :)

  11. i neeeed to read two-way street!

  12. I finished The Pencil Test yesterday--I can't wait to see your review on it! Though it's a little dark and different, I enjoyed it for the most part.

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  13. Great books you got this week. I cannot wait to read The Hollow. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  14. Great books! I love "A Great and Terrible Beauty" and "Two Way Street" I'm getting The Hollow as a contest and I can't wait for that, too.

  15. You've got some terrific books!! I've been wanting to read Prada & Prejudice, and Possessions!
    Hope you Enjoy your fun reads :)

  16. Ooh! Super fun books! I'm really curious about this Alpha explorer x. I see you're reading it now, so I'll be super looking forward to the review!


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