Sunday, January 09, 2011

IMM 19

Hello and welcome to a rather late edition of In My Mailbox. As always, this meme is hosted by the lovely Kristi of The Story Siren, in which people share the books that have come into their homes over the past week.

These are the books that I recieved this week. All books are either bought new, sent via the publisher or author, bought in charity shops, swapped using a book swapping website or borrowed/gifted by friends or other book bloggers.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

I'm not usually a fan of books about the fey or fairies, but I was convinced to read this one as it's been described as very addictive reading. And addictive reading always sounds like a good thing.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins -Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

This one is one that everyone's talking about! I haven't heard of a single negative thing said about this book so far and I couldn't be more excited to read it. Anna and the French Kiss has been chosen as February's book club choice for the online group I moderate, and I hope it'll be the perfect book to read for a romantic Valentine's Day!


Pink by Lili Wilkinson - "The pink jumper was practically glowing in my grey bedroom. It was like a tiny bit of Dorothy's Oz in boring old black-and-white Kansas. Pink was for girls."

Ava Simpson is trying on a whole new image. Stripping the black dye from her hair, she heads off to the Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence, leaving her uber-cool girlfriend, Chloe, behind.

Ava is quickly taken under the wing of perky, popular Alexis who insists that: a) she's a perfect match for handsome Ethan; and b) she absolutely must audition for the school musical.
But while she's busy trying to fit in -- with Chloe, with Alexis and her Pastel friends, even with the misfits in the stage crew -- Ava fails to notice that her shiny reinvented life is far more fragile than she imagined.

I can't really recall the first time I'd heard of this one. I'm sure it was another YA book blogger, only I don't remember which one. The title, the story and the cover have stuck with me though and this is another book that I'm super excited to read, and soon.


A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master -An extraordinarily rich debut novel, set in India in 1947 at the time of Partition. Although the backdrop is this key event in Indian history, the novel is even more far-reaching, touching on the importance of tolerance, love and family. The main character is Bilal, a boy determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition - news that he knows will break his father's heart. With great spirit and determination, and with the help of his good friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the ravages of unrest from his father. All that Bilal wants is for his father to die in peace. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth...

I'm always intrigued to read more about India. Especially as both my children are half-Indian, I feel like it should be a subject that I'm knowledgeable in. Something of their history and culture. Plus India just fascinates me. I have read some books set around India during times of political upheaval and they've been some of my favourite ever books, so I'm really looking forward to reading something from a YA perspective.


Long Reach by Peter Cocks - Seventeen-year-old Eddie Savage is shocked to learn that the body of his brother, Steve, has just been washed up in the Thames. But he soon discovers something even more disturbing: that Steve had actually been working undercover for the police – and was probably murdered in the line of duty. Determined to avenge his brother's death, Eddie relinquishes his old life and identity to take up where Steve left off, throwing himself headlong into his first mission – to infiltrate a tough south London gang. But as he becomes caught up in the world of crime, Eddie begins to question where his loyalties lie. Then he makes a terrible discovery...

You know, I don't normally like reading crime or thriller books, but the sound of this one really appeals to me. I do love gritty and a really fast-paced. I seem to really enjoy male main characters and as long as the characterisation in this one is quite good, I think I'll really love it.


Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield -In Tyranny, brisk, spare text and illustrations that deal head-on with anorexia propel the reader along on Anna’s journey as she falls prey to the eating disorder, personified as her tormentor, Tyranny.

The novel starts with a single question: “How did I get here?” The answer lies in the pages that follow, and it’s far from simple. Pressured by media, friends, the workplace, personal relationships, and fashion trends, Anna descends into a seemingly unending cycle of misery. And whenever she tries to climb out of the abyss, her own personal demon, Tyranny, is there to push her back in. The contest seems uneven, and it might be except for one thing: Anna’s strength of character has given rise to her deadly enemy. Ironically, it is that same strength of character that has the ultimate power to save her from the ravages of Tyranny.

Brilliantly and realistically presented, Tyranny is a must-read for anyone looking for a better understanding of eating disorders and for everyone looking for a compelling page-turner that is truly a story of triumph and hope.

This one sounds quite interesting. A graphic novel dealing with the subject of anorexia. Eating disorders in particular are a subject that I'm drawn to - I can't help but want to read other books that discuss this and compare the stories to my own personal experience. I'll let you know how I get on :)


And that's it for me this week. I'm hoping that next week is particularly busy for my postman, delivering parcels and such. For now, I have these wonderful books to keep me company. Have you read any of them? Where should I start? Which books did you recieve this past week?


  1. I haven't read any of these; I'm currently trying out a scifi book by an author I 'met' on Goodreads!

  2. Great books - I'm dying to get my hands on Anna and the French Kiss ... hoping the Birthday fairy is kind at the end of the month :-)

    Happy reading x

  3. Rachel - Ooh, I love when that happens. Discovering new authors outside of the normal ways, hope you're enjoying it! :)

    OneMore Page - Oh, happy early birthday! And good luck acquiring the books you really want!

    I Eat Words - You and me both! :)

  4. I don't consider myself a fan of Fae stories either. Or I certainly didn't this time last year. But The Iron King is one of several that have won me over in the past 7 or 8 months. I really liked it, but it was book 2 that really won me over and I was dying for book 3! Now I'm dying for The Iron Knight, book 4. So hopefully you'll enjoy it too!

    Happy reading!

  5. You've got some wonderful books this week. I've also recently purchased The Iron King and am really looking forward to reading it as I adore fairies :D Also dying to get Anna and the French Kiss because I've heard nothing but fabulous things about it! Hope you enjoy your reads this week!

  6. Cem - That is really good news. Every book I've read so far about fairies makes me cringe just a little bit (Tithe by Holly Black, the Melissa Marr books, some others I can't think of) But I've just heard TOO many good things about this series. I do really hope I enjoy it like you.

    Tammy - Oh I know, I'm really trying my best read some review books before I get to Anna and the French Kiss, but it's top of my pile.. after at least three more review books. I can do it!

  7. I think I am going to have to add Anna and the French Kiss to my library request list! Heard nothing but good about it!

  8. Marg - I'm reading at the moment. Only 50 pages in and I've already giggled at least 6 times. Seriously good. You must read it.


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