Monday, 16 February 2009

In My Mailbox (5)

Idea taken from The Story Siren

This week is a fabulous one! Look at what I've got!

Looking For Alaska by John Green.

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words — and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

I won this book on Korianne's site which was just a few weeks after I added it to my Wishlist. I'd never ever known John Green til I found out about the book blog community and I'm so glad I did. This book sounds amazing and the cover is so gorgeous (I like it better than the other one). It also came with a few bookmarks from Kori, very cute!

Fly Girl by Sherri L. Smith

Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn't stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy's gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her.

When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women's Airforce Service Pilots-and Ida suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something signifi cant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won't accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of "passing," of pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one's racial heritage, denying one's family, denying one's self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she must also decide who it is she really wants to be.

Another prize contest : ) this book was shipped by Penguin and also an ARC version, so it was in perfect state. I've been wanting to read it since I saw a review on Lenore's site. This will be the first YA about war I read.

Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison.

Leesie Hunt has many rules: No kissing. No sex. No dating outside the Mormon faith.

When Michael Walden-a deep-sea diver who lost his parents in a violent hurricane-arrives in town, Leesie sees someone who needs her. They fall for one another, even though his dreams are tied to the depths of the ocean and hers to salvation above.

Will their intense chemistry be too strong to resist?

Leesie and Michael must make the hardest choice of their lives: whether to follow their beliefs or their hearts.

Readers will be swept away by this tale of forbidden romance told in online chats, Leesie's chapbook poems, and Michael's dive log. It's as steamy as Twilight and just as clean.

This is the very very very ARC I got and it was signed by Angela Morrison too. After almost a month stalking her blog and Facebook I finally was picked to be one of the teen reviewers for Taken By Storm. This book feels special for me not only because it's my first ARC, but also for it'll be published on my birth month. I felt in love with the cover and the plot at first sight (and read)

I'm expecting a few more book so hopefully next week will be even better : )
So what've you got? Tell us!


The Ravenous Reader said...

You had an amazing week. Looking for Alaska is brilliant. I have heard nothing but great things from Fly Girl and Taken by Storm. I cannot wait to see what you think of them :)

Steph Su said...

Looking for Alaska is one of my favorite books of all time so I hope you enjoy it! And I agree with you; the cover of Taken by Storm is beautiful, and I'm jealous you're getting to read it. Enjoy!

Barrie said...

I really enjoyed Looking for Alaska. I haven't read the other two books, but will look forward to your reviews. :)

Genevieve said...

Looking For Alaska was SO GOOD. I love it. I only read it in December and I love it. Love love love it. I even made my boyfriend read it, I only have him read a few of my books.

susan said...

I really want a copy of Flygirl. Lucky you. First time to your blog. Really like your layout. Will link you to my blog roll. Thanks.

Brigita said...

Hey! I can't wait to read Taken by Storm.
This is my first time here, you can add me to your blogroll if you wish. I mostly blog about the books I'm translating and about the stuff I write. :)

Bookworm said...

Great week, huh? (:

Lenore said...

I hope you get my books soon!

prophecygirl said...

I hope you enjoy Looking For Alaska, it's amazing! And I love the cover you got!

Erika Lynn said...

I got Looking for Alaska this week too and can't wait to read it.

Bookgeek said...

Looking for Alaska is a really wonderful book. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.