Giving Up The V by Serena Robar

Pub Date: June 2009

Summary: Are you really ever ready to “give up the V”?

Spencer Davis is known as the responsible one.

She knows she is not ready to “give up the V” at all even though her friends are becoming obsessed with everything to do with.. “It”.

Spencer’s male friends are the worst.

They all claim to be experts in the matter and offer to help her lose that one tiny letter.

This only embarrasses Spencer more.

Then Benjamin enters the picture.

He’s the new-kid at school and everyone falls for him.

Benjamin is hot and funny and great to be around.

Even Spencer agrees with her friends.

When Spencer and Benjamin become closer, she starts to rethink everyone.

Is being responsible really as great as she wants to make it out to be?

Maybe Benjamin is really the right guys go loves her V-Card with.

Rating: 4 Stars

Review: One word: AMAZING! Giving Up The V was everything I expected it to be and more! Lately I've been reading a lot of books that make me think about my life and this was definitely another one of those books. I think every girl should read this book. You should ALWAYS think about what could happen before you have sex. Giving Up The V shows how even though you might be some one of the most responsible people, you can still make mistakes. I'm so glad I read this book. Even after someone has sex for the first time and they aren't really sure where to go from there, they can read this book and really figure some things out. It can really teach you a lot of things. The most important thing that I really took from this book is that guys won't always be there for you but you're friends are. What's meant to be will always be. Read this book guys. Even if you old, there's still a lot you can take from it.

-Lexi (:

And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman

Pub Date: July 2009

Summary: A Disappearance. A Clue. A Kiss.

Delia Truesdale doesn’t know that her life is about to change forever.

She’s too caught up enjoying her Californian summer.

Delia’s mother, T.K., is our of town on business, which leaves Delia home alone.

She get’s to spend all her free time doing the one thing she loves, surfing.

Then, everything unravels.

T.K. goes missing.

Everyone, except Delia, thinks she’s as good as dead.

But Delia knows her mother too well.

She knows T.K. is too organized to just die and leave Delia all alone.

But Delia is sent to live her two aunts anyway.

They happen to be nothing alike and Delia is left in the middle.

As if that’s not enough, she has to deal with a new high school full of snobby rich kids and finds herself falling for the wrong guy.

When Delia gets deeper into the mystery of her mother’s death, she finds that maybe the wrong guy is the right now.

But also that some secrets weren’t meant to be unraveled.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Review: At first I wasn't too excited to start reading And Then Everything Unraveled. Once I started it though, I couldn't stop! Jennifer Sturman had by the first page. All of the characters were just so well written and you couldn't help but like them. This book had so many different elements to it but everything really fit together quite perfectly. I did only give this books a 3 1/2 though, but I've been pretty lenient on my ratings and such so I'm trying to get a little tougher. Over all this was a really good book. I'm glad I got the chance to read it. Sometimes I do judge a book by the cover, but this one really proved me wrong. (: If you have the chance to read And Then Everything Unraveled take it! I promise you, you won't be disappointed. Plus the ending hints at maybeeee a sequel!
-Lexi (:

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Pub Date: July 2009

Summary: Ever is learning everything she can about being immortal, her abilities, and her new world from Damen.

Soon, something terrible happens to Damen.

His powers begin to fade. His illness threatens his memories, his identity, his life, his love.

As all of this happens, Ever grows stronger everyday.

Wanting to find a way to save Damen, Ever travels to Summerland.

It's here Ever discovers his past, which he wanted to keep a secret, and an ancient text revealing the workings of time.

The approaching blue moon is Ever's only window for travel.

Ever has a big choice ahead of her.

Turning back the clock and saving her family or staying in the present to save Damen.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Review: I love Alyson Noel. She's an amazing writer and I love the Immortal series. I personally like Evermore more then this one over all, BUT this one was still really amazing . While this book did have a lot of suspense, I think it lacked a little bit in some places. I did have really high expectations though. This book didn't make me dislike the series at all though. I didn't see the ending of Blue Moon coming at all! It was so unpredictable, the whole book was kind of unpredictable. I didn't want to put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen to Ever, what decision she was going to make. The decision Alyson Noel created for Ever was something anyone would have a hard time with. But Ever handled it the right way, she took everything into consideration, she did what she thought was best for everyone involved, even her dead family. Haha, this review is really hard to write without giving anything away! Just read Blue Moon, you really won't regret it at all. (: The ending will seriously blow you away.

-Lexi (:

Annie's Baby: The Diary of Anonymous, Pregnant Teenager

Pub Date: December 2004

Summary: Pregnancy comes with not only major responsibilities but mixed emotions and big decisions.

When Annie finds out that her boyfriend got her pregnant, she’s devastated.

She feels more alone then ever before.

No one knows, so with no one to turn to, Annie pours her heart out to her diary daily.

Panic. Self-doubt. Desperate. Hope.

Every day Annie has so many different emotions running through her.

She always has hope though, that she can one day turn her life around.

Keeping the baby or giving it up.

Annie dreads making that decision every day.

But in the end, she decides to keep it.

She always dreams of loving and caring for it.

Even though Annie has no one there for support and help her, she never once thinks about giving up the baby.

But how long can she really raise a child on her own?

Rating: 4 1 / 2 Stars

Review: I've heard so many amazing things about Annie's Baby. I really wanted to read it and when I found out Ashley owned a copy I wanted to borrow it right away! Going into this book I kind of knew what to expect but yet not really. The way it's written is pretty good for just being a teenagers diary. While reading this book I started to rethink some of the things in my life and I love it when a book can do that. This book really had an impact on me. It made me remember that your decisions really can end badly even if you take the measures to try to prevent it. I think that Annie really had some hard decisions to make in the book, but in the end she made everything right again. Well as right as they could be. It would take a lot for a teenager to raise a baby. We may not like to believe it, but we're still babies ourselves. Teenagers shouldn't have to raise a baby by themselves. To prevent this and other things from happening you really just have to prevent this from happening. You can't put yourself in a situation that can end like this. I really want to own a copy of this book. I really did enjoy reading it.


In My Mailbox (Let's Play Catch Up!)

I've been a horrible blogger lately :( School has been really rough on me this year, mostly stupid drama, but I'm gonna be better at it starting now! Thanks for still being there for me guys. (:

Lots of books to post about because I haven't done an IMM in SOOO long. So this week we're just gonna play a game of catch up. (:

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. If you want more details, click here. In My Mailbox explores all the books that I get in a week, whether it's in the mail, borrowed from a friend, borrowed from the library, or bought from a bookstore.


No Right Turn by Terry Trueman (Paperback/ September 2009/ HarperTeen)

Suicide is never pretty but Jordan has no qualms about describing the day his father shot himself three years earlier. Angry and traumatized, he is slow to heal, especially since he refuses to discuss his feelings. Now 16, the teen has isolated himself from everyone and all of his former interests. When his mom begins dating again, he is barely cordial to her new boyfriend, Don, but is nevertheless intrigued by the mans vintage Corvette. Jordan becomes hooked on the thrill of riding with Don and risks the budding friendship by borrowing the car without permission. Bolstered by the adrenaline rush and sense of freedom, his joyriding becomes addictive and rewarding when he catches the attention of the girl of his dreams. He continues taking the car at every opportunity, and readers fear what his friend Walt has warned all along: Jordan is finally busted after speeding. Reclaiming his girls and Dons trust requires uncorking bottled emotions about his fathers death. The first-person point of view works well here, as Jordan acts upon gut feelings, rationalizes his behavior, and waffles back and forth with guilt. The description of the suicide scene is realistic and powerful, and great dialogue and car details keep the plot moving for reluctant readers.

Beating Heart by A.M. Jenkins (Paperback/ August 2009/ HarperTeen)

Evan, 17, doesnt think much of his creaky, fixer-upper new home. His mom seems to be spending more time on it than she does at work or with his five-year-old sister. In addition to the three of them, the rickety house is inhabited by the ghost of Cora, a teen who lived there nearly 100 years earlier, and whose effervescent, whispery poetry makes up much of the novels text. Most of her thoughts are about Evan, how beautiful he is and how much he reminds her of a past lover. Her words are hauntingly erotic as she admires him from a distance, in his bedroom, in the bathroom while he showers. He is intrigued by her story, especially when he examines a box of her familys files and photographs found hidden in the walls of the house. She begins to appear in his dreams, causing him to question whether he truly loves his girlfriend, Carrie, with whom hes had an intimate relationship for over a year. Jenkinss novel is subtly eerie–a razor-sharp plot enfolded in a bed of feathery down, and a coming-of-age story about two teenagers–one dead, one alive–who learn that the lines between love and sex are much more blurred than they could have ever imagined.

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani (Hardcover/ September 2009/ HarperTeen/ Signed)

I'm marooned.


Left to rot in boarding school . . .

Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girls school in South Bend, Indiana, far, far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. Now Viola is stuck for a whole year in the sherbet-colored sweater capital of the world.


There's no way Viola's going to survive the year—especially since she has to replace her best friend Andrew with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera.

Boarding school, though, and her roommates and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life.

But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in.

The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols (Paperback/ September 2009/ Simon Pulse/ Signed)

Brace yourself for the battle of the exes....

Hayden and Nick used to be a hot item, but their brief affair ended with a highly publicized breakup. Now the two are "just friends," excluding the occasional flirtation.

When Hayden wins the girls' division of a local snowboarding competition, Nick is unimpressed, claiming that Hayden wouldn't have a chance against a guy. Hayden calls Nick's bluff and challenges him to a head-to-head boarding contest. Their mutual friends quickly take sides, the girls on Hayden's and the boys on Nick's, making for an all-out battle of the sexes. This friendly competition is bound to get heated -- and they might end up igniting some old flames.

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure (Paperback/ September 2009/ HarperTeen)

The New York Times bestseller NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING made six-word memoirs an international phenomenon, as people around the world embraced this pithy new format. The editors of the collection found that some of the most poignant entries were coming from teens-and so this newest collection is entirely by and for those smart, sassy, and angst-filled truth tellers. From navigating the hazardous halls of high school, to dealing with extreme situations at home, these writers may be young, but their stories will resonate with people of all ages. A few sample memoirs: I live bigger than your labels. Aspiration: Colonize Mars. You-re not invited. Fifteen and my mom has cancer. Homecoming king with a septum ring. Friend. Boyfriend. Ex-boyfriend. Friend. Friend's Boyfriend.

Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison (Hardback/ March 2009/ Razorbill/ Signed)

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.

Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison (ARC/ March 2010/ Razorbill/ Signed)


Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.


When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.


When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?


The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

Secret Society by Tom Dolby (Hardcover/ September 2009/ HarperTeen)

Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . .

An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York's wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.

They didn't ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything—even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they're forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they're part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It's all perfect—until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.

Tom Dolby makes his teen fiction debut with this riveting novel about a dangerous society so secret that once you get in, you can never get out.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Paperback/ October 2009/ HaperTeen)

These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume.

When Romeo first lays eyes on the bewitching Juliet, it's love at first sight. But though their love runs true and deep, it is also completely forbidden. With family and fate determined to keep them apart, will Romeo and Juliet find a way to be together?

William Shakespeare's masterpiece is one of the most enduring stories of star-crossed love of all time. Beautifully presented for a modern teen audience with both the original play and a prose retelling of the beloved story, this is the must-have edition of a timeless classic.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Paperback/ October 2009/ HarperTeen)

I cannot live without my life!

I cannot live without my soul!

When Catherine and Heathcliff's childhood friendship grows into something so much more, what ensues is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Even as fate conspires against them and passion consumes them, nothing can keep Catherine and Heathcliff apart. Not even death . . . for their forbidden love is unlike any other.

Emily BrontË's masterpiece remains as compelling and thrilling as ever. Beautifully presented for a modern teen audience, this is the must-have edition of a timeless classic.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Paperback/ October 2009/ HarperTeen)

"Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her."

With all the forces of the world conspiring to keep Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet apart, how will fate manage to bring them together? It certainly won't be easy if they're fighting it every step of the way. But theirs is a love that was meant to be, despite all the odds against them.

One of the most captivating love stories of all time, Jane Austen's enduring masterpiece is beloved by generation after generation. Beautifully presented for a modern teen audience, this is the must-have edition of a timeless classic.

Switch by Carol Snow (Paperback/ August 2009/ HarperTeen)

Claire Martin has some serious body issues.

Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck in the fabulous body—and life—of Larissa, the icy blonde beauty who has caught the eye of Nate, Claire's longtime crush.

Will Claire ever figure out how to get her old life back? And, more importantly, will she even want to?

Snap by Carol Snow (Hardback/ August 2009/ HarperTeen)

Madison Sabatini thought she knew who she was: an almost-sophomore with a bright future. The newest photographer on her school paper. A shopaholic with great hair and a fabulous wardrobe. Then, in a flash, everything changed.

Now she's stuck in Sandyland, a gloomy beach town in the middle of nowhere, living with her parents in a crappy hotel "suite." Instead of spending the summer with her friends at home, she's hanging out with pink-haired Delilah, an artist who works in a shop called Psychic Photo, and a skater boy named Duncan who's totally not her type. Except, maybe he is . . .

Determined to make the best of things, Madison throws herself into her one passion: photography. But when strange figures start appearing in her pictures—people who weren't there when she snapped the shots, people who are later reported dead—she begins to question everything about who she is . . . and who she wishes she could be.


Hunger by Michael Grant (Hardback/ May 2009/ HarperTeen)

In the second in a planned six-book series, the children of Perdito Beach, CA, have survived without adults for three months following the FAYZ, a nuclear event that caused everyone over the age of 14 to vanish and an impenetrable barrier to rise for 20 miles around the town. Now their food is almost gone, and in their desperation and fear, the young people are beginning to sort themselves into factions; those without special powers opposing those who have them. To add to the suspense, a terrifying presence that calls itself the Gaiaphage, a being of overwhelming hunger, is insinuating itself into the minds of the susceptible. Like Gone (HarperTeen, 2008), this novel is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Nonstop action and recurring scenes of graphic violence, death, and torture will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they race toward the climactic cliff-hanger ending.

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt (Paperback/ June 2007/ Simon Pulse)

There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.

It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

Take Me There by Susane Colasanti (Paperback/ May 2009/ Speak)

This tale has likable and realistic teen characters. It takes place over an event-filled week, with Rhiannon, Nicole, and James telling the same story from their individual perspectives. Rhiannon is devastated by her recent breakup with Steve. Nicole has broken up with Danny for no apparent reason, and he is determined to win her back. James, who has always been Rhiannon's best friend, is finding his feelings for her undergoing a dramatic change. Many humorous events occur, including Rhiannon's surefire plan to get Steve back that backfires. Readers will be intrigued by how the same incidents can be seen in so many different lights. They may also gain perspective on how one action can have very different consequences for people. The story also addresses several difficult and all-too-common problems that many teens face. Nicole realizes that Sheila is being physically abused by her boyfriend and is able to get her some professional help. Nicole has her own dark secret—her father is sexually abusing her. It's through her interactions with her friends that she is finally able to acknowledge the abuse and start to get on with her life. Teens who are dealing with their own problems will benefit from the hopeful resolution of this story.


Ahh, I went to Borders last night!

I love Borders. (:

They had a buy two get the third book free sale going on! Amazinggg. (:

Just to add to that, I also had a $15 gift card that I got for my birthday.

So basically I just bought one book, haha. :D

Here's the books I got.

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Take Me There by Susane Colasanti

Hunger by Michael Grant

I've wanted to read all of these books FOREVER.

Now I get to. (:

Also, here's the only book I got as a gift for my birthday, haha.

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith

So many great books!

I'm really excited.

-Lexi (:


Yay, I actually have time to readdd!

I'm going to start reading Ash today, hopefully finish it, haha.

I have about 25 review books/ARC's that I really need to start reading!

I also need to write like 5 reivews and set them to post.

IMM post coming tomorrow! (:

-Lexi (:

Holy Crap!

I haven't posted in soooo long!

I feel like I've left my blog.

I'm only a month into school and I barely have any time left.

School is seriously crazy this year!

I thought freshman year was bad, sophomore year is worse!

Don't stop following my blog guys!

I have some review coming soon and maybe even a few contests (:

I'm also like three weeks behind on In My Mailbox.

Here's a quick look at what I've gotten:

-No Right Turn by Terry Trueman
-Beathing Hear by A.M. Jenkins
-Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
-The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols
-I Can't Keep My Own Secrets by Teens Famous and Obscure
-Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison (up for contest soon)
-Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison
-Secret Society by Tom Dolby

The official IMM post will be up coming soon!

I might write it now and set it to post tomorrow or I might just wait until Sunday, I'm not sure yet.

But I know I will try my best to be posting again soon!

Sorry guys.

-Lexi (:
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