March 17, 2011

In my Mailbox (1)

Okay so in my first ever "in my mailbox" I got seven books. Here is every thing I got with a summary from bottom of the stack to top:
Zombies vs Unicorns [Edited] by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier : I've been hearing tons of good things about book and am really exited. I think it's going to be epic! Here's a summary:
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull: So this book I have been waiting FOREVER for it to come out and on Tuesday it finally did! I had pre-ordered it from Amazon and usually their pre-orders are delivered the day it comes out, but it that wasn't the case with this one. Here is the summary for it:
Jason Walker has often wished his life could be less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank into a strange, imperiled world. Lyrian holds dangers and challenges unlike anyplace Jason has ever known. The people all live in fear of their malicious wizard emperor, Maldor. The brave resistors who once opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.
Lucky Cap by Patrick Jennings: So this book hasn't came out yet, but since I'm good friends with the author [Patrick Jennings] so he gave me a copy to read and review [oh and p.s. it's signed!]. The book comes out April 26! Here is the summary:
The summer before Enzo enters the 6th grade, his dad takes a job with a company cooler than Nike, Timberland, and Marc Ecko. Even better, he gets to spend the summer traveling with his father and the CEO/designer/head of the company, a cross between Steve Jobs and Lance Armstrong. Working out all Summer, meeting new people, and growing up makes him come back a different kid - more confident and self-assured. But when all the other kids, especially the girls, start paying attention and treating him differently, he ascribes it all to his cool prototype lucky cap. Flirted with, more popular, invited onto the sports teams - it's all thanks to his Lucky Cap. And when it disappears, Enzo stops at nothing to get it back, so he won't lose his new-found status, only to sabotage himself.
Dear America: A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse: So I am not the biggest fan of Dear America but it looked good so I'll give it a chance. Here is the Summary:
In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his post as a ship's captain when he is caught harboring the leader of a slave rebellion. Now he is an assistant lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, off the coast of Delaware -- a state wedged between the North and the South, just as Amelia is wedged between her warring parents. Amelia's mother blames her abolitionist husband for their living conditions, which she claims are taking a toll on her health. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.
But slavery is the deeper issue separating the two sides. As the Civil War rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she cannot stop the fighting, but by keeping watch in the lighthouse each day, lighting the lamps, cleaning the glass, and rescuing victims of Atlantic storms, she can still make a difference.
The 39 Clues: Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park: Okay so this one I just had to bye because the 11th [this is the 9th] comes out in April so I wanted to be caught up by the time that one came out. Here is a summary:
Throughout the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan have encountered some of the darkest aspects of history . . . and had to deal with the role their family played. But are they ready for the truth? In this thrilling ninth installment, Amy and Dan hit the high seas as they follow the trail of some infamous ancestors to track down a long lost treasure. However, the real prize isn’t hidden in a chest. It's the discovery of the Madrigals' most dangerous secret and, even more shockingly, the true identity of the mysterious man in black.
The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets [Introduction by Rick Riordan]: Okay so this is the companion book to the 39 Clues, so when I saw it in the Scholastic Book Orders, I decided to buy it. Here is the summary:
For the past five hundred years, the Cahills have silently dominated the world. Their desperate hunt for the 39 Clues lies behind some of history’s biggest enigmas – the curse of the Hope diamond, the race to summit Mt. Everest, the wild life and death of Harry Houdini. And now – finally – the secrets are out. With an introduction by Rick Riordan, The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets reveals the shocking truth about history’s most notorious family.

In full, lush color, The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets lays bare each hidden fact, concealed strategy, top agent, lost founder, secret base and hushed-up scandal of the Clue hunt. This complete guide to the Cahills contains information on all five branches, including the notoriously elusive Madrigals. The must-know information includes:
- Full files on the enigmatic Man in Black.
- The true purpose of the Madrigal branch.
- The complete story of the fire that split the original Cahill family.
- The truth about the night Hope and Arthur Cahill died.
- Open access to the secrets of the Lucian, Ekaterina, Tomas and Janus branches.

It’s never too late to join the hunt – especially with The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets to provide complete access to the Cahill’s most deeply-buried secrets.
Benjamin Franklinstien Lives! by Matthew McElligott and Lary Tuxbury: Okay this book doesn't look like anything special but I was wrong with Zombiekins, so I hope I'm wrong again. But anyway our founding fathers and Frankenstein- two of my favorite things. Here's a summary:
Victor Godwin’s orderly life is upended when he discovers that Benjamin Franklin never actually died– he was put into suspended animation and hidden away for more than 200 years in Victor’s basement! After an accident reawakens Ben, Victor must not only help him adjust to the modern world but also help him overcome a slight flaw–when Ben runs low on energy, he turns into a rampaging monster desperately hungry for electricity! All this while trying to take first place in the school science fair. With one of history’s preeminent scientists helping out, what could go wrong?
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