IMM is a weekly meme that explores the contents of one's mailbox. IMM was started by Kristi at The Story Siren. Descriptions are from Amazon and book covers.
The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
(ARC/Released January 2010/Viking)
Take Romeo and Juliet. Add The Outsiders. Mix thoroughly.
Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one—not even Julia’s boyfriend— knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can’t mourn Julia openly, and he’s tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia’s journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he’s desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?
I received this for review from Around The World Tours. You can read my review here.
Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz
(ARC/Released December 2009/Egmont)
When a rumor starts circulating that Tara's boyfriend Brent has been sleeping with one of the guy cheerleaders, the innuendo doesn't just hurt Tara. It marks the beginning of the end for an inseparable trio of friends. Tara's training for a marathon, but also running from her fear of abandonment after being deserted by her father. Whitney Blaire seems to have everything, but an empty mansion and absentee parents leave this beauty to look for meaning in all the wrong places. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she's never stopped missing. This friendship that promised to last forever is starting to break under the pressure of the girls' differences.
And then new-girl Riley arrives in school with her long black hair, athletic body, and her blasé attitude, and suddenly Tara starts to feel things she's never felt before for a girl--and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay--or does she just love Riley? And can her deepest friendships survive when all of the rules have changed?
I received this for review from Around The World Tours. Sounds juicy!
Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman by Ogo Akubue-Ogbata
(PB/September 2009/Priceless Books)
The story kicks off in the early 1950s when two orphan sisters are separated against their wish because their aunt cannot afford to feed two mouths. The first sister is weak and wilts away but the second, Nkiru, digs deep and keeps on walking.
In the wake of her country's independence from British rule, Nkiru meets an aspiring diplomat with radical political views and hopes that love will put her life back on course. However, love only complicates things. Her new husband asks for more than she knows how to give and the past is filled with shameful secrets that threaten to erupt.
The plot thickens as Nkiru climbs the ladder of life, fearing the sudden loss of all that she has toiled for (her children's love, her husband's trust and the successful business she built out of nothing) all because of a single fatal mistake. At the same time, Nigeria descends further into conflict and corruption as a single foundational flaw leads to a brutal war and lingering mistrust.
Eventually Nkiru finds the courage to confront the past and seek forgiveness for an unpardonable sin. This is the only path to peace - both for Nkiru and her beloved country, Nigeria.
Set in the politically charged colonial and post-independence Nigeria (as well as the vibrant capitals of Uganda, Sierra Leone and Britain), Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman is a novel that fearlessly chronicles the history of Africa's most populous and complex country whilst tackling big themes such as ethnic identity, racial discrimination, domestic violence, gender equality, endemic corruption, entrepreneurship and self actualisation, as well as universal themes such as love, mother-daughter relationships, betrayal and forgiveness.
I received this for review from Pump Up Your Book. The author was kind enough to sign it. Thanks!
A Shadow in the Dark by Ronica Stromberg
(PB/March 2009/Royal Fireworks Press)
When Kirsten moves out to the country, she's happy to learn from a neighbor boy that another girl lives in a nearby farmhouse. Kirsten sets out to meet the girl but is told by an old woman at the house that she lives there alone.
Kirsten befriends another neighbor's granddaughter, and soon, the two overhear the old woman scolding someone in her house. They see a shadowy figure at the front windows of her house. And dresses they discover hanging on her clothesline are too small to be hers. Is someone being held captive? Who is the girl the neighbor boy saw? And why doesn't she come out?
Living It Up to Live It Down by Ronica Stromberg
(PB/November 2009/Royal Fireworks Press)
As a new believer, Kirsten Hart is looking for a Christian friend she can lean on and learn from. What better friend that ninth-grader Sarah Miles, the pretty and popular daughter of a preacher? But Kirsten's heard the old saying, "The preacher's kids are always the worst," and this school year, Sarah is living up to it. Why won't she straighten out?
I received this book and the one listed above for review from Teens Read Too. These can be purchased here.
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