Sunday, January 11, 2009

In My Mailbox

Ohhhkay, so I'm sure this will wreak havoc on my crazy dial-up, but I did get a lot of books this week and therefore, I feel the need to show them off :P

Princess Diaries, Volume X: Forever Princess
by Meg Cabot


What's a Princess to do?

It's Mia's senior year, and things seem great. She aced her senior project, got accepted to her dream college(s), and has her birthday gala coming up . . . not to mention prom, graduation, and Genovia's first-ever elections.

What's not to love about her life? Well . . .

  • Her senior project? It's a romance novel she secretly wrote, and no one wants to publish it.
  • Prince Phillipe's campaign in the Genovian elections isn't going well, thanks to her totally loathsome cousin RenĂ©, who decided to run against him.
  • Her boyfriend, J.P., is so sweet and seemingly perfect. But is he the one?
  • And her first love, Michael, is back from Japan . . . and back in her life.

With Genovia's and her own future hanging in the balance, Mia's got some decisions to make: Which college? Which guy? How can she choose? Especially when what she decides might determine not just the next four years, but . . . forever!


by A.M. Jenkins

As the Pride of the Panthers, football star Austin Reid is a likable guy, good with the ladies. Lately though, he doesn't like his life--or anything else--so much. And the worst part is that he can't seem to figure out why.

I'm really not sure what to think. It's a football book, and God knows I despise sports. On the other hand, Amazon kept recommending it to me, so *shrugs* we'll see how it goes.

Love From London
by Emily Franklin

After leaving boarding school to study at the London Academy of Drama and Music, Love Bukowski is learning a lot, especially about love. Too bad the guy she's falling for is off-limits. But she's got plenty to take her mind (if not her lips) off said British Boy. And it's not like there isn't enough going on back in the States. For starters, Love's dad has a new girlfriend, her Aunt Mable is fighting breast cancer, the guy she left behind hooked up with the biggest you-know-what on campus, and her vocal lessons keep getting harder. Maybe life is trying to tell her something-or maybe she's just distracted by all that London (and love) have to offer.

I'm excited, the series hasn't let me down yet!

Summer of Love
by Emily Franklin

After a rough spring semester at Hadley Hall, Love Bukowski is ready for some sun on Martha's Vineyard. Running her Aunt Mable's cafe might not sound glamorous, but when she's working with her best friend, Arabella, anything can be fun. Plus, Mable's set up a treasure map of clues for her to find-each one bringing Love closer to the truth about her family history.

But now that those pieces of her past are finally fitting together, Love's future isn't clear. College and senior year are ahead, but the boys of summer are more appealing than ever. Surprises, sun, summer love-no matter what happens, the next three months will be ones to write home about.

Labor of Love
by Emily Franklin

Just when Love meets her half-sister in LA, her dad calls to burst her blissful summer bubble. Her mother, whose identity was kept a mystery her entire life, is in Martha's Vineyard. Love has to cut her trip short and book it home. Unfortunately, what she finds isn't her mother, but a whole world turned upside down.

For one thing, Love's boyfriend Charlie has traded in his fishing pole for a pair of stiff khakis to please his equally stiff and overbearing parents. Meanwhile, her ex professes to still have feelings for her. Thankfully she has her friends and Dad to rely on. But even Dad doesn't have all the answers. Only one woman can clear things up, a woman who's never known Love. Has she come back to stay? Maybe ignorance was bliss.

The Boy Book
by E. Lockhart

The Boy Book by Emily Lockhart
Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver's junior year at Tate Prep:

• Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo.
• Cricket: Not speaking.
• Nora: Speaking--sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school--once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn't called Ruby, or anything.
• Noel: Didn't care what anyone thinks.
• Meghan: Didn't have any other friends.
• Dr. Z: Speaking.
• And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking.

But, by Winter Break, a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to The Boy Book and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe.

I enjoyed the first book, although that was read quite a few years ago, so I'm thinking I'm going to need to make a quick library trip to get the first book before starting this one. I've got nothing but the best expectations, though!

Fly On the Wall
by E. Lockhart

At the Manhattan School for Art and Music, where everyone is “different” and everyone is “special,” Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. She’s the kind of girl who sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of Spider-Man, so she won’t have to talk to anyone; who has a crush on Titus but won’t do anything about it; who has no one to hang out with when her best (and only real) friend Katya is busy.
One day, Gretchen wishes that she could be a fly on the wall in the boys’ locker room–just to learn more about guys. What are they really like? What do they really talk about? Are they really cretins most of the time?
Fly on the Wall is the story of how that wish comes true.

I don't have the highest hopes for this one. The premise is okay, but nothing stellar. I hope to have my mind changed.

Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star
by Dyan Sheldon

After years of angst, Lola is graduating from high school and finally
getting out of Dellwood "Deadwood," New Jersey. But destiny intervenes when Lola learns that a Hollywood movie is being filmed right in Dellwood. Is the Drama Queen ready to make the leap from the stage to the silver screen?

Did YOU know there was a sequel to Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, cause I most certainly did not. Awesome surprise!

LBD: It's a Girl Thing
by Grace Dent

Ronnie, Fleur, and Claude are the LBD: Les Bambinos Dangereuses. These inseparable best friends are hip, feisty, and ready to take on the world. Except for one thing&150their fun- hating ogre parents won't let them go to the Astlebury Music Festival. Are their social lives ruined forever? Not if they can help it! The girls soon come up with a brilliant plan. They'll put on a concert of their own, featuring the finest talent (and hottest guys) that Blackwell School has to offer. But staging a music festival isn't as easy as it looks, especially when the LBD's sworn enemy, Panama Goodyear, is the headline act. Now it's up to the LBD to use their grace, poise, and humor to make Blackwell Live a huge success, complete with post-concert snogging and all. With LBD in charge&150it's not just a girl thing; it's the best thing!

I'm sure everyone else has read this ages ago. It's about time I did so.

by Christopher Brookhouse
**LT EarlyReviewers ARC**

Days before her high school graduation, Nikki Groh runs away from the New Hampshire town where she has grown up. In the months that follow, Nikki will find her way back home, a young woman much changed from her earlier self.
Harriet Groh, Nikki's adoptive mother, is the person most affected by Nikki's absence. Much of the story is told by her, and much of the story is about her, how she "disappears" too, from an earlier self and discovers her own
voice, even if silence is the language in which she finds it.

I have no idea.

and finally...
by Maureen Johnson

Jane Jarvis and Allison Concord are desperate to get through senior year at Saint Teresa's Preparatory School for Girls, where barbed wire keeps the boys out and ancient nuns keep the girls in.
Jane and Allison have always been too quirky and different to be popular, but at least they've had each other. Then, after a hideous, embarrassing disaster, Allison comes to school transformed. Suddenly she has cute hair and clothes. She's fluent in Latin, she won't even speak to Jane, and within days, she's stolen Jane's ex-boyfriend, Elton.
A strangely wise freshman boy, Owen, helps Jane discover the outrageous truth--that Allison has sold her soul to the devil. At first, Jane doesn't quite buy it. She plays along with the weirdness--and even gambles her own soul in order to rescue Allison. But events take a turn for the real, and Jane will have to save Allison before the bizarrely exclusive Poodle Prom, a party of biblical proportions that just might blow apart the world as Jane knows it.

or something along those lines.

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