Sunday, March 8, 2009

My Mailbox Loves Me

Thanks to the oh-so-awesome Kristi for inventing this fun feature that explores the contents of your mailbox on a weekly basis!
Here's what my (lovely, amazing, wonderful) mailbox brought this week:

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
   All her world's a stage. 
   Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater. She's not an orphan. but she had no parents. She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own. 
   Until now.
   Welcome to the The├ítre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Theatre by The Book--and ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family--and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known....
Thanks SO much to Lisa Mantchev and Feiwel & Friends for sending me a copy. I was so thrilled when it came in the mail. I can't wait to begin! (:

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabeley
  Sometimes a good-bye is just the beginning...
   When Emily Carson's parents die in a plane crash, she's left with nothing but her mother's last words scrawled in lipstick on a tray table: "Emily, please forgive me". 
   Now it's fall and Emily moves to New York City--where she attracts the attention of two very different boys: the cute, popular Owen, and her quirky chemistry partner, Anthony. With the help of some surprising new friends, Emily must choose between the boy who helps her forget and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately heal. 
Thanks so much to Hope, who is letting me borrow this fabulous-sounding book via YA Book Swap! I have been dying to read this one--it sounds amazing and I love how unique the plot sounds!

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
   When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's coffee shop, she leaves him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some patries to tide him over, never expecting this random act of kindness to turn her life upside down. The adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is actually a real guardian angel on a break between missions, and now he won't leave until he can reward Katrina's selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Fame and fortune seem like the obvious request, but after two botched wishes, Malcolm knows Katrina is hiding something from him. But how can she tell him the truth, when her heart's desire has become Malcolm himself?
Thanks to Suzanne and Bloomsbury for sending me a copy. This one sounds (and looks) adorable, so I can't wait to begin!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
   In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future--between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
   (From Random House). Wow. This one looks intense...yet good. I've never really read a zombie novel because, to tell the truth, they freak me out. It's not really my thing. But I've heard so much hype and positive reviews about this one, so it's hard not to give it a chance. We'll see how I like it....I love the cover, doesn't it make you want to read the book and find out what happens?

   It was a short week, but it brought a bunch of great books I can't wait to start!


Cheryl & Amber said...

I've heard awesome things about all four of these books! I really like the cover to CoffeeHouse Angel!


Jessica Kennedy said...

I just finished reading my ARC of Eyes Like Stars and I'm holding a contest for that said ARC.

Spread the word!

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

I can't wait to see what you think of The Forest of Hands and Teeth! You got some great books :)

Erika Lynn said...

I really want to read CoffeeHouse Angel, it looks so amazing. I also got Eyes Like Stars!

Steph Su said...

Aww you got all great books! Coffeehouse Angel sounds great.

prophecygirl said...

I really love the cover of Eyes Like Stars. Very nice!

Anonymous said...


Good week!

Ravenous Reader said...

Yeay!! what an awesome book week. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is intense and a bit depressing, but beautifully written. The other books look so good also, which are you going to start with first?

Thao said...

Super! I wish to have a review copy from Randomhouse in the future!

Senfaye said...

So lucky that you got all of those amazing books!!! I wish I got books from publishers.

-Senfaye :)

Tempestt said...

What a great mailbox!

I would love to do a link exchange? Hope you agree!

Jen said...

They all have uber-nice covers too.