Sunday, July 12, 2009

In My Mailbox & Blog Updates

Hi everyone! Sorry for being so MIA this week....Anyway, it was a great week in mail!
Here's what my mailbox had for me (meme created by the Story Siren):

Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland (ARC, Egmont December 2009)
   Polly Madassa is convinced she was born for a more romantic time. A time when Elizabeth Bennet and Anne of Green Gables walked along the moors and beaches of the beautiful, wild land. A time when a distinguished gentleman called upon a lady of quality, and true love was born in the locked eyes of two young lovers.
   But alas, she was not.
   This however does not stop our young heroine from finding romance wherever she can conjure it up. So while Polly is burdened with the summer job of delivering baked goods from her parents' bakery (how delightfully quaint!) to the people in her small beach town, she finds a way to force...um...encourage romance to blossom. She is determined to bring lovers, young and old, together...whether they want to be or not.
I was so thrilled when this came in the mail! Just the whole plot sounds so sweet, and I loved the cover! Thanks so, so much, Lindsay!!

The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander (ARC, September 2009, Feiwel & Friends)
   Almost 15-year-old Austin Gray is tired of standing at the curb and watching the parade pass her by. Literally. She decides this is the year she'll ride on the hood of a shiny pickup truck in the annual parade, waving to the crowd and finally showing the town bully that she's got what it takes to be the Sweetheart of Prosper County.
   But far from simply being a beauty contest, becoming Sweetheart involves participation in the Future Farmers of America (FFA), raising an animal, and hunting or fishing. Austin will do almost anything to become Sweetheart, and has the support of her oldest friend, Maribel, her new FFA friends (including the reigning Sweetheart, and a quiet, cute cowboy), an evangelical Elvis impersonator, a mysterious Cajun outcast, and a rooster named Charles Dickens. If only her momma would stop overprotecting her, and start letting Austin live her own life. But Austin can't move on until Momma moves on, too--and lets the grief of losing Austin's daddy several years before out into the open.
This sounds so amazing! The plot really reminds me of The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts. 
And I just adore the cover--it's so adorable! Thanks so much, Jill!! 

The Clique #11: Boys R Us by Lisi Harrison
Massie Block: After disbanding the Pretty Committee, Massie takes charge like Visa, forming OCD's hawtest clique yet: Massie and the Crew. Even though money can't buy you love, it can buy new friends...or at least model-actresses who will act like your besties until you get real ones. Lights, camera, MACtion!

Alicia Rivera: Hearts her new role as alpha of the Soul-M8s, BOCD's first ever boy-girl clique. But when the boys head back to the newly renovated Briarwood Academy, will the remaining Soul M8s become 4Squares?

Dylan Marvil: Is happy times ten to finally have a crush who's crushing back, especially since they luh-v all the same things: marshmallows, lip-kissing, and chugging Red Bull. Buuuurp!

Kristen Gregory: Scored three goals on the soccer field last week--and Massie's crush...which earned her an ejection from her ex-BFF's heart. Can Massie forgive and forget, or is Kristen out of the game forever?

Claire Lyons: Has declared herself neutral in the battle of the cliques. But dividing her time between Massie, the Soul M8s, and Cam has left her stretched thinner than an extra-small Spanx. Can she get her friends to reunite, or will she be forced to pick a side once and for all?
...Whew, long summary. One word to describe getting the new Clique book: yyyyyyayyyyy! They're kinda shallow, but I love 'em!

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Here's what's being going on around the blog this week (meme created by Reviewer X):

Monday: I posted a review for Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
Tuesday: I was in San Diego, so on Wednesday I...
Wednesday: Posted my weekly "Cover Love" feature. This week, I was loving the covers of Amanda Marrone's Devoured and Cherry Cheva's DupliKate
Friday: I reviewed 30 Days to Finding and Keeping Sassy Sidekicks and BFFs by Clea Hantman! 

Other news: 
-I'll be going on a 2-week vacation on Wednesday, July 15, so after that you won't be seeing me until July 21! 
- Tomorrow I'm getting back to my weekly Monday Muse author feature. Tomorrow's interview is with Suzanne Selfors!
- Bookworm Readers is almost at 200 followers--yay!

Have a great Sunday!

12 comments:

katie said...

Great books. Scones and Sensibility is on my wishlist. Enjoy!

ReaderGirl said...

Awesome! Scones and Sensibility sounda AH-dorable! I'll have to get it! hehe

Have a great vaca!

xoxoxo

RG

Gwendolyn B. said...

I like the description and cover for SCONES & SENSIBILITY, too. Looking forward to your review!

Mrs. V said...

It looks like you have a lot of fun books to read.

I noticed that you commented on a review of Beautiful Americans earlier this year that you thought it sounded good. If you haven't gotten a chance to read it yet, I am doing a giveaway with it right now.

http://mrsvsreviews.blogspot.com/search/label/Mrs.%20V%27s%20Monthly%20Giveaway

Insert Book Title said...

I love the cover for Scones and Sensibility!

Windowpane Memoirs said...

I really want to read Scones and Sensibility the story sound very sweet. Enjoy your books.

Peace
Michelle

Em said...

The first one looks great. I love Austen spin offs. :)

B.A.M. Book Reviews said...

Have a great vacation :)

-Briana

Thao said...

I love Scones and Sensibilities. Can't wait for the review.

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week they look really interesting. Hope you enjoy your books and your holiday.

prophecygirl said...

Scones is on my wishlist too. Hope it's good! :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm really looking forward to reading Scones and Sensibility. Happy reading!