Sunday, August 30, 2009

In My Mailbox #3

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by The Story Siren. Do head on over there and check out the roundup. I find it really interesting to see what books are floating around the blogosphere.

This was a very exciting mailbox week! Here's what showed up (all blurbs are from publisher content):

Living on Impulse by Cara Haycak. (Dutton Juvenile, August 2009.)

Mia Morrow loves that feeling. The electrical charge, the dizziness, the throbbing in her temples - they're all part of the impulse high. That's why instead of caring about grades and colleges like her friends, Mia lives for chasing boys, cliff-diving, and occasionally snatching things off department store shelves. But when Mia gets caught shoplifting a pair of designer sandals, she'll have to face the consequences of her impulses for the first time. From losing her friends to taking a job in a college lab breeding flies, Mia must abandon the girl she thought she was, in order to seek out the person she truly wants to be.

When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton. (Philomel, June 2009.)

Jimmy lives in Rowlesburg, West Virginia, during the 1940s. He does all the things boys do in the small mountain town: plays a mean game of football, pulls the unforgettable Halloween prank with his friends in “the Platoon,” and promises to head off into the woods on the first day of hunting season— no matter what. He also knows his father belongs to a secret society, and is determined to uncover the mysteries behind it! But it is a midnight encounter with a train that shows Jimmy the man his father really is.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. (HarperTeen, March 2010.)

Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind... and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren't enough to deal with during her junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable , and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton. Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet's small town... and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler. (HarperTeen, December 2009.)

Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all at Paradise - a resort in the Caribbean, that is - for different reasons, but in Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. The week might take Jena one kiss closer to have a life; set Dakota on a new path; push Skye to stop playing a role, or face the consequences; or inspire Owen to take a leap from his online life to a real one, all because of a girl he met in Paradise. Whatever happens here, it will change them all.

[I'm a huge fan of Carolyn Mackler, so I'm super excited to read this one!]

Like I said, a very exciting mailbox week for me. What was in your mailbox?