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Sunday, August 8, 2010

In My Mailbox (9)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren

The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff
September 1, 2010
(i've already started reading this one and so far i love the prose!)

The absolute value of any number, positive or negative, is its distance from zero: |-1| = 1

Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisis—divorce, abuse, and a parent's illness. Yet as they try to escape the pain and reach out for the connections they once counted on, they slip—like soap in a shower. Noah’s got it bad for Lily, but he knows too well Lily sees only Simon. Simon is indifferent, suddenly inscrutable to his friends. All stand alone in their heartache and grief.

In his luminous YA novel, Steve Brezenoff explores the changing value of relationships as the characters realize that the distances between them are far greater than they knew.

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
September 1, 2010
(this was a surprise in my mailbox-- i didn't know it was coming! but i'm super excited for it because i loved Tagged!)

Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV…no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed. Something happened on my parents' research trip in Charleston—and now I'm being stalked by some truly frightening other beings. Trying to fit into a new school and keeping my parents' creepy occupation a secret from my friends—and potential boyfriends—is hard enough without having angry spirits whispering in my ear. All I ever wanted was to be normal, but with ghosts of my past and present colliding, now I just want to make it out of high school alive…


AtenRa said...

I liked The Absolute Value Of -1 very much!
Happy reading!

Abby said...

There's something about the second book which is compelling to me... want! Plus the cover is really awesome as well.

Anonymous said...

The Absolute Value of -1 sounds brilliant!

Caroline said...

Oh dear, that's exactly why I love going through other people's IMM, I find amazing books I had never heard of!
Both books look *fantastic* thanks so much for writing about them!! I can't wait for your reviews!
Have a lovely Sunday!
x Caroline

Bee said...

I haven't heard of either of these books but both sound awesome!

Anonymous said...

Hope you enjoy all your books.. Please stop by and check out my mailbox! =)

Katie said...

Nice week you've had! I hope you like all the books :0) Check out my IMM at It's Time to Read! Katie x

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

Great book week! I hope you enjoy them all. Happy reading!

Jen said...

These two are making my list!!! Thanks for sharing!

Annie McElfresh said...

I want to read Past Midnight!!

pussreboots said...

The Value of -1 sounds good. Enjoy your books. Here's what I received.

brandileigh2003 said...

Looks like some great reading! Here’s what I got

Anonymous said...

I'm hearing great things about The Absolute Value of -1, and I'm also interested in the second book.

Shantal said...

I've been wanting to read The Absolute Value of -1, better add it to my TBR pile :D enjoy !!

Mine is here

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