Sunday, January 4, 2009

What I'll Be Reading This Week (instead of working on that project*...)

This blog has been pretty review-heavy as of late, so I thought I might as well spice it up. Here's what I've gotten in the last week. Comment with the title of the book(s) you most want to see reviewed here.

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
{Summary From FantasticFiction}

As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another's only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she's lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she's popular, happy, and dating, everything "Jennifer" couldn't be---but she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend.

When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield {Summary From Author's Website}

On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, “almost in opposition to itself.”

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Book Two) by Cassandra Clare {Summary From Jacket Flap}

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go - especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil - and also her father.

Dirty Laundry by Daniel Ehrenhaft {Summary From Author's Website}

the school:

The Winchester School of the Arts, nicknamed "The Laundromat" because it's where better schools send their "dirty laundry." Get kicked out of Exeter, Hotchkiss, or Choate? End up at Winchester.

the girl:

Carli, a gorgeous pigtailed Hollywood actress going undercover at Winchester to research her role.

the boy:

Fun (short for Fellini Udall Newport), an embittered senior and graffiti artist who was almost expelled—until his dad (and a lot of money) convinced the headmaster to let him work off his crime as Carli's assistant.

the problem:

Beautiful, talented senior Darcy Novak, one of the least screwed-up people at Winchester, has disappeared.

As Carli and Fun discover each other's hidden talents, there's a villain setting them up. Can they save Darcy—and themselves—or will they wash out?

The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard {Summary From FantasticFiction}

Meredith and Mallory Brynn, are mirror twins born on either side of midnight one New Year's Eve. They have always been inseparable. But after they are nearly killed in a mysterious fire on their thirteenth birthday, the bond that has always joined them unravels. They begin to have visions and dreams that reveal the deep secrets kept by the people around them.

Meredith and Mallory realize they have each been given a gift: Mallory can see deep into the past, Meredith can see the future. But when they discover that one boy is not what they imagined, their lives will be changed forever. If they can survive...

Next Summer (Summer Boys, Book Two) by Hailey Abbott {Summary From Back Cover}

Three girls. Too many boys. One tempting summer.

Beth: I know I love George. And everyone thinks we're perfect together. So why does that sexy new lifeguard keep flirting with me? And why do I like it so much?

: Bye-bye, bad girl. I'm trying to change my wild ways. But there are so many yummy boys around this summer. How can I resist them?

Kelsi: Tim is totally not my type. Besides, after last summer, I need a break from boys. If only I could get him out of my head...

Swimming With The Sharks by Debbie Reed Fischer {Summary From Back Cover}

Remember the Pact. Or else.

Five-foot eleven. Freckled. Flat as a surfboard. Peyton Grady sees her role on the varsity cheer squad as the only thing keeping her off the social sidelines at wealthy Beachwood Preparatory Academy. It's her umbilical cord to cool - and it's constantly in danger of getting cut.

As a base, it's Peyton's duty to be stepped on - literally - by cheer queen Lexie Court. So when Lexie hatches a fierce hazing campaign against the frumpy new girl, Peyton has no choice but to support her flier. Soon the pranks become sadistically cruel, even criminal. Suddenly, Peyton had more to lose than her new-found Alpha celebrity. Will she gamble her entire future for "the good of the squad"?

And lastly...

The A-List: Hollywood Royalty by Zoey Dean {Summary From Back Cover}


Meet the new Hollywood Royalty: Amelie, the not-so-innocent starlet; Myla and Ash, the golden couple; Jacob, the geek turned hottie; and Jojo, the outsider who'll do anything to get on the A-List.

*Note To Self: Work on that project! It's due soon, n00b, and you've barely started!


Alea said...

They all look good but I vote Sweethearts!!!!!!!!

Ali said...

I loved Sweethearts. Read it soon!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh, Dirty Laundry looks really good!!

all things non-american