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Sunday, August 23, 2009

I've Been Bad

In case you haven't noticed, I've fallen extremely behind on my In My Mailbox posts (created by The Story Siren). I've been getting so many great books in the mail lately that I haven't been able to drag myself away for an IMM post. That said, here's what's in my mailbox this week:

Ash by Melinda Lo

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

(I've heard nothing but great things about Ash. I look forward to reading it.)

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Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Rin has always been the quiet, helpful girl, her mother’s shadow, her family’s helper. But a secret has been eating away at her, and the solace Rin could once find among the tall trees that surround her forest home seems gone forever. When she leaves home to join her older brother Razo, as well as Enna, Dasha, and Isi in the city, she finds intriguing answers to her questions and a sense of self she never thought she would find.

In this much-anticipated fourth title in the Books of Bayern series, Shannon Hale delivers an emotionally wrenching journey of self-discovery set in the magical and alluring world we first encountered in The Goose Girl and the other Books of Bayern.

(I'm a huge fan of Shannon's and I absolutely love the Books of Bayern. Needless to say, I'm over the moon at having won a copy from Book Divas.)

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The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret girl power society dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.

… be careful what you wish for.

Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.

What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?

(Sounds like a wonderful book. I can't wait to read it!)

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Change the Way You See Everything by Kathryn D. Cramer, Ph. D and Hank Wasiak

Conventional wisdom has us believe that being a leader, making a difference and creating change requires the wisdom of years, the passage of time and life stage experiences. Not necessarily. Armed with Asset-based Thinking (ABT), today’s youth are ready, right now, to unleash their potential to think big, step into important roles of leadership and step out into their world as never before. With ABT teens can live bigger and better lives by seeing themselves through the lens of upside factors that can make the most of the promise and potential that is uniquely theirs.

( This definitely looks interesting. I'm not a huge fan of self-help books, but I'm curious to see what this one has to offer.)

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Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-

One good...

One evil...

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.

They just know they can't trust each other.

(This book comes highly recommended by my best friend and I'm super excited to have the chance to review it.)

8 comments:

  1. Wohh, The Cinderella Society seems great!
    And the cover is so perfect...
    Happy reading!

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  2. They all look great! Happy Reading! :D

    -Briana

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  3. Great books this week! The Cinderella Society looks great, and I can't wait to read it. I like Shannon Hale's books, so I might have to pick up Forest Born. Happy reading!

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  4. Wow, great books this week! Enjoy!

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  5. Thanks for mentioning THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY, Jessica! I hope you enjoy it. :-) Oh, and I have my ARC of Forest Born sitting here waiting to be read as well. Can't wait!

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  6. I want to read the Cinderella Society so badly....it looks like my ideal book!

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  7. Enjoy reading your blog and great book selections. Thanks for including our Asset-Based Thinking book, "Change The Way You See Everything-For TEENs. In creating this book Dr. Kathy Cramer and I have become convinced that today's teens have the power and potential to be our next "Greatest Generation". We think that ABT can help them realize their potential. Keep up the great work.

    Hank Wasiak

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  8. Great books you got this week. I got Prophecy of the Sisters this week too. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

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