Saturday, September 11, 2010

In My Mailbox (57) + News

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

The Shadow Club (Shadow Club, book 1) by Neal Shusterman, 2002.
For Jared and Cheryl, nothing is worse than coming in second. Their idea to form a club of second-best kids seems harmless at first. But when the Shadow Club members start playing anonymous practical jokes on each other's rivals, things quickly spiral out of control, and innocent people get hurt. This chilling page-turner about the effects of underlying resentment on a high school population is more timely now than when it was first published.
After reading two of Neal Shusterman's other books I decided to delve a little further into his writting, and so picked The Shadow Club as my next read by him.

Vampire Knight, VOL 2 by Matsuri Hino, 2007.
Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At sunset, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, there to protect the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires.

Yuki and Zero go into town to do some shopping for the Headmaster, and they are attacked by a fiendish vampire called a "Level E". Two Night Class students, Takuma Ichijo and Senri Shiki, come just on time and slay it, and invite Yuki and Zero to their dormitory at midnight to find out why they killed one of their own kind...
I loved Vampire Knight, VOL 1, and the second one was just as good. Can't wait to read the next one.


City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, books 1-3) by Cassandra Clare, 2005, 2008, 2009.

Oh my gosh, I love this series so much. This might sound weird, but I'm glad I waited to read this series until now (it meant I didn't have to wait for the next book to be published). I first read City of Bones when I was sick earlier this year, I had a high fever so I forgot to take notes, which means I'll definitely be re-reading the all three books in the next month or so, so that I can take notes and post reviews. Can't wait to read Clockwork Angel. City of Bones and City of Ashes were bought from the used bookstore, while City of Glass came from Wal-Mart (all are paperback).

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, book 3) by Ally Carter, 2009.

Gallagher Girls is another series that I absolutely love, and the third one was fantastic so when I found a hardback copy for, like, $7 I couldn't leave Books-A-Milllion without buying it. Now I just need to get my hands on the fourth one and then I'm set till another one comes out.

Model Spy (The Specialist, book 1) by Shannon Greenland, 2007.
Teen genius Kelly James is in a lot of hot water. A whiz with computers, she agreed to help her college RA, David, uncover some top-secret information. After all, she doesn't have many friends and David has always been nice to her. It doesn't hurt that he's supercute and irresistible, too. All she has to do is hack into the government's main computer system. But a few hours later, her whole life changes--she is caught and taken in for questioning, only this isn't your run-of-the-mill arrest. Rather than serve a juvenile detention sentence, she accepts the option to change her name and enlist in a secret government spy agency that trains teen agents to go undercover. As if that wasn't overwhelming enough, she discovers that David works for this agency as well! And before she even begins to understand what is going on, she's sent on her first mission as an undercover model. And who better to partner with than David himself!

I've been looking fo this book for quite some time, so when I saw it I just decided it was high time I bought it to read. It looks like a light and quick read.

Blog Tour/Review:
My Lost Daughter (Lily Forrester) by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Sept. 14th, 2010. 
Lily Forrester is a tough judge in Ventura County, California, who has overcome adversity and heartache to achieve a position where she can help those who can’t help themselves. The current case before her is the sensational murder trial of a woman who tortured and killed her beautiful two-year-old son. Lily is determined to see justice done but she’s thrown for a loop when she receives word that her own daughter, Shana, is on the verge of dropping out of law school. Fearing for her daughter’s mental health and pressured by the looming trial, Lily takes Shana to a supposedly prestigious treatment facility.

Which is when things go horribly awry. The institution is far less interested in treating patients than it is in bilking the insurance companies out of extravagant fees…and they are less than scrupulous about patients’ rights. Lily has to use all her intelligence and street smarts to find a way to free Shana. And time isn’t on her side, for there is a sociopath who is using the hospital to stay safe.

A sociopath who has decided that Shana is his best new obsession….
I'd like to thank Stephanie of PR by the Book for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

Now that y'all have seen my mailbox, I've got a bit of blog news to pass along. Next month is my two year blogoversary and I'm looking for guest posters; more info here. Lastly, I'm hosting my very first contest on the 18th (next Saturday), I'm really excited about it and hope to see y'all there.
Hope y'all had a great week in books.

first two books came from the library.
next four books were purchased.
last book was received for a blog tour/review.


  1. Ooh, I like the cover for Model Spy. Seems like a start of an exciting series! Looking forward to your review! And YAY on your 2 year blogoversary! =D

  2. I forgot to take notes of City of Bones too! I'll have to borrow your copy so I can reread it soon and finally review it. ;)
    I LOVED Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover! So far it's my favorite Gallagher Girls book.
    Model spy sounds interesting. Can't wait to see what you think of it!
    Happy reading!


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