Saturday, August 7, 2010

In My Mailbox: August 2 - 8, 2010

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

For Review:

Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner

(Thanks to NetGalley!)

n. [kar-r? pil-b?] A person of high intelligence who struggles to make sense of the world as it relates to morality, relationships, sex and leaving her apartment.  

"I wouldn't have such trouble adjusting to the world if the world made sense. Which it doesn't . . . Maybe the world should adjust to me."
Carrie Pilby doesn't fit in -- and she's pretty much given up trying. A year out of college and settling in to life in the big city, this nineteen-year-old genius believes everyone she meets is immoral, sex obsessed and hypocritical, and the only person she sees on a regular basis is her therapist. When he comes up with a five-point plan to help her discover the "positive aspects of social interaction," Carrie, who would rather stay home in bed, is forced to view the world in a new light. 

See life through Carrie's eyes as she opens up to unusual characters, gets herself into compromising situations and casts her keen eye on the ways people interact. Filled with wry humor and insight, Carrie Pilby explores the trade-offs we all make to fit in.

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston

(Thanks to NetGalley!)

High school, heartbreak, a miserable job, and a family as happy as sack full of wet cats--anyone can cope with that. But add hallucinations to the mix and you’ve got either a craptastic life or a serious puzzle to crack.

FREAK OBSERVER is a realistic YA novel set in contemporary rural Montana. In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that the narrative structure is not straight-forward and the book is rife with ambiguity. It is lacking in prom dresses and predictability, but it is rich in theoretical physics, murdered chickens, and an unusual and resilient main character...Loa Lindgren.

She’s spent sixteen years getting by on duct tape, guts, and ingenuity. She has a boot load of gumption and the problem solving skills she's sharpened in physics and computer programming. She also has a crippling case of PTSD and a plan to deal with it. She's determined to debug her own short-circuiting brain. If she keeps her eyes open and her neurons busy, there will be less chance for her imagination to brew up nightmares and panic attacks--and she will understand what it means to be a Freak Observer who identifies pattern and beauty in chaos.


The Twilight Graphic Novel by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

(Thanks to Kaydence's Book Blog!)

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret... Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a must-have for any collector’s library.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

(Thanks to Pop Culture Junkie!)

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


Fallen by Lauren Kate

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Heist Society by Ally Carter

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help.

For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.

Descriptions from Goodreads.

You can purchase any of these books by clicking on their hyperlinked titles above.

Finally, finally, FINALLY I will be reading The Hunger Games and Fallen! I know I'm so behind on those series - they've been on my TBR list forever! I can't wait!

What's in your mailbox this week? 



MarthaE said...

Hey Bookish- what a good variety! The Hunger Games too. Enjoy!

Bookventures said...

Great books this week. Enjoy them all : )

Tara said...

Great haul this week! Carrie Pilby looks especially interesting to me, I'll have to add it to my list :)

resugo said...

Wow-what a selection. I loved the Twilight graphic novel and Heist Society is a really fun book. Enjoy!

The Bookish Type said...

Thanks everyone! I'm glad to hear good things about the books I'll be reading! =)

Padraig said...

Hey, how do you get books from NetGalley? Are you on a special list?

The Bookish Type said...

Hi Padraig!

If you head over to you can sign up for a free account. You fill out your profile information and then browse the catalog to find titles you think you would like to review. You request the title and soon get an email informing you whether your request has been accepted by the publisher! It's a great service and way to connect reviewers and publishers!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Great stack of books this week. I hope you enjoy Hunger Games and Twighlight graphic novel looks great too. I've heard great things of Fallen, so curious to hear what you have to say. :)

Have a great week. And if you would like to stop by I have my Monday's Beginnings up...

danya said...

The Hunger Games is amazing - enjoy! (And then get Catching Fire ASAP).

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