Sunday, January 23, 2011

IMM 21

Hello and welcome to another edition of In My Mailbox! The lovely Kristi of The Story Siren hosts this weekly meme where bloggers post details of the books that they picked up each week. As always, all of the books listed in my posts were bought new/sent for review via publishers or direct from the author/borrowed from friends/acquired via a book swapping webiste/bought secondhand in a charity shop.

Girl Meets Cake by Susie Day - Geeky fangirl Heidi, 15, has a great fantasy life thanks to her TV and her laptop - and no wonder, when she's stuck at the boarding school for crazy drop-outs where her parents teach, with only a cake-shop Saturday job to escape to. At least she's got her best mates - but when they all start coupling up, Heidi needs a boyfriend - and fast. Enter Gingerbread Ed, a sexy lovemuppet with a motorbike. He'd be perfect - if he actually existed. Heidi's mad online life collides hysterically with her real one in a laugh-out-loud uber-cool teen novel.

I am SO excited for this one. I'm going to read it very soon and then look out for a giveaway during my LOVE month (coming up sooner than I realised! EEP.). I think the idea of making up a fantasy boyfriend and calling him 'Gingerbread Ed' to fit in with all my friends sounds like such fun. It's been described as 'quirky' which, in my book, make it sound even better. Review coming soon, promise!!


Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that one love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

I can't think of a better suited book for my LOVE month than Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I've already read and LOVED it, but this is a stunning finished hardback. I'm seriously considering a re-read so soon because I really just enjoyed it that much. Look out for cool Delirium/Love month posts/possible-giveaway coming soon. You won't be disappointed.


Gladiator: Fight For Freedom by Simon Scarrow - It's Rome, 61 BC. Recruited as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior. But Marcus cannot simply forget his past. His father lies murdered by soldiers and his mother has been kidnapped and forced into slavery. Marcus is determined to find his father's old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free. Yet, unbeknown to him, Marcus is hiding a life-threatening secret. And if the Romans discover it, there will be no escape...

Ooh. So here's a very different type of book than I'd normally read. I've never read anything by Simon Scarrow before, though I am familiar with the name. Roman gladiators, a hunt for justice, secrets. It sounds very excited. I'm really intrigued by it.


Small Blue Thing by SC Ransom
- Celebrating the end of exams with best friend Grace, 17 year-old Alex rescues a swan caught on a wire in the Thames mud and finds an extraordinary bracelet. Through its disturbing and compelling powers, she finds Callum, a soul locked in a half-life of sadness and mystery following a terrible accident, and his persuasive and sinister sister, Catherine. As Alex and Callum grow closer despite the enormous obstacles to their love, the dangers mount until Alex must risk everything to save Grace and Callum must risk everything to save Alex.

I've seen enough reviews of this by now to know that it's a book that I think I would like to read. Just reading the review makes it sound a wee bit confusing, which is why I'd hesitated before now, but oh well. Who am I to resist books? :)


And that is it for me today. A far cry from the 19 books from last week and it's a sort of strange mix, but I'm excited! I'm looking forward to reading (or re-reading) each of this books for very different reasons. Which books did you pick up this week? I'd love to know. And as always, happy reading :)


  1. Delirium looks gorgeous. Must read her first book next. Small Blue Thing keeps catching my eye too.

  2. I wasn't a big fan of Delirium, though I did like it. I'm glad you really enjoyed it though!

    I keep seeing Small Blue Thing and wondering if I'd like it or not so I'm curious to see what you think of it!

    Happy reading :)

  3. I'm planning to read Small Blue Thing myself soon - it sounds really different and fresh, and it's on kindle (yay!). And I loved Delirium too.

  4. The cover of Girl Meets Cake is THE cutest! You should see the US hardback one..*love* :))

    Can't wait to read Delirium and Small Blue Thing! Happy reading! x

  5. Vivienne - Oh you haven't read Before I Fall? I thought that was incredible. And yes, I've been seeing Small Blue Thing around everywhere! :)

    Kirsty - It's brilliant. I hope you love it.

    Cem - Small Blue Thing makes me intrigued as well, I'm looking forward to it :)

    Lauren - ooh, on your kindle! :) So pretty and shiny. Hope you enjoy it too :)

    Iffath - Isn't just the cutest looking and sound book?! I've seen the US cover art, very different!

  6. Awesome Haul! Thank you for sharing, I look forward to your reviews!

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  7. You have Girl Meets Cake! I love Girl Meets Cake! Love love love! Happy reading. :)

  8. Moonlight Gleam- Hello and thank you for the comment :) Will definitely check out your IMM and blog.

    Luisa - YES, I DO :) I hope I love it too, I heard it's 'quirky'!!! :)


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