Monday, 13 July 2009

In My Mailbox (25)

Idea taken from The Story Siren

Some great books from Houghton Mifflin just came, thanks to Nadya :)

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz Logsted.

In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself. Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her. But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

Flash Burnout by L.K Madigan.

Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who’s a girl. One of them loves him; the other one needs him.

When he snapped a picture of a street person for his photography homework, Blake never dreamed that the woman in the photo was his friend Marissa’s long-lost meth addicted mom. Blake’s participation in the ensuing drama opens up a world of trouble, both for him and for Marissa. He spends the next few months trying to reconcile the conflicting roles of Boyfriend and Friend. His experiences range from the comic (surviving his dad’s birth control talk) to the tragic (a harrowing after-hours visit to the morgue).

In a tangle of life and death, love and loyalty, Blake will emerge with a more sharply defined snapshot of himself.

Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan.

Nothing is beyond Kristi Carmichael’s disdain—her hippie high school, her friend Jacob, her workaholic mom. Yet for all her attitude and her mind-reading abilities, Kristi has a vulnerable side. She can hear the thoughts of her fellow students, calling her fat and gross. She’s hot for Gusty Peterson, one of the most popular guys in school, but of course, she’s sure he thinks she is disgusting. And she’s still mad at her father, who walked out on them two years ago. Soon, a school project brings her together with Gusty, her father comes home and drops a bombshell, and a friend comes out of the closet, and suddenly she is left doubting that she can read people at all.
Bitingly funny but ultimately poignant and positive, this YA novel is completely on the mark.

Great books aren't they? At least all of them sound really irresistible. I've been lusting for these for a while so I'm really happy to have them on my TBR pile now. You should check them out too. Which one do you think I should read first? I'm leaning towards Crazy Beautiful. It's dark and gorgeous :)

So what new books have you just added to your stacks for the past week?


prophecygirl said...

Oh wow, you got Flash Burnout! Can't wait for your review of that one :)

Bookworm said...

Vibes looks really good. I think I'll have to check that one out.

robin_titan said...

Oh those look awesome! Love the cover for Vibes and Crazy Beautiful the most. I've had Vibes on my tbr list forever... :)

I got Why I Fight, Fade to Blue, and Boy Toy :D

katie said...

Wow great books. Crazy Beautiful and Crash Burnout look amazing. Enjoy!

Marie said...

ooo- i have flash burn-out too- sounds pretty interesting, eh?

Bookgeek said...

I just read Crazy Beautiful and really liked it. Different style of writing. Hope you enjoy it as much

Diana Dang said...

Great batch! Happy reading!

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

I've had "Vibes" on my wish list for a while now. I hope you enjoy it!


Steph Su said...

Wow! I'm jealous. I want a Houghton Mifflin contact as well. :( Can't wait to hear what you think of Flash Burnout!

WordVore Prod said...

You haven't read Vibes? *gasp*
It rocks! Read! Now!
Oh, and I just started a new book blog: interviews, reviews, cover love--it's all there. Add me to your bloglist:)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I want to read Crazy Beautiful so badly! It sounds amazing.

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

You lucky little duck! You got Crazy/Beautiful?! I get serious book jealousy every time this lands up in someone's mailbox. Enjoy!