Sunday, June 05, 2011

IMM 30

Welcome to another edition of In My Mailbox. IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren in which bloggers get the chance to share with their readers the books that have recently come into their possession. I really love this meme and I look forward to seeing all my favourite blogger's books each week. Thank you to Kristi for hosting something is such fun!

Here are my books:

Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley - Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng, billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire, right down to a waterfront mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards. But most of what glitters in her life is fool's gold. Her half-siblings hate her, her best friend Adrian's girlfriend is ruining their friendship, and her own so-called boyfriend is after her for her father's name. When her broken heart results in a snowboarding accident that exiles her from the mountains—the one place where she feels free and accepted for who she is, not what she has—Syrah must rehab both her busted-up knee, and her broken heart, and learn that she's worth her weight in real gold.

Ever since reading North of Beautiful last year, I've been meaning to pick up Justina Chen Headley's other books. I never quite managed it until now. North of Beautiful was such an amazing book and made it onto my Top 10 reads from 2010, so I have high hopes for Girl Overboard!


Gone by Lisa McMann - Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her.

She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves: She has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.

Then a stranger enters her life — and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out. . . .

Gone is the third and final installmant to Lisa McMann's DreamWalker series and I really cannot wait to get to it. Yes, I've read the mixed reviews of it, I don't really care. I just love these characters and McMann's writing style too much. I think I will enjoy it no matter what.

(I've since read this and really liked it!)


A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis - At twelve years old, any proper young lady in Regency England should be sitting quietly at home, practising her embroidery and keeping her opinions to herself. But Kat Stephenson is no ordinary young lady. Kat's father may be a respectable vicar, but her late mother was a notorious witch and Kat herself is the newest target of an ancient magical Order. In the first thrilling instalment of The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, there are highwaymen to foil, sinister aristocrats to defeat and true loves to capture for Kat's two older sisters. This is the first novel in a brilliant new series for girls aged 10+

I adore Stephanie Burgis so much, she has kindly participated in several of my blog events and I've been feeling rather guilty that I haven't read her books. All that will change now that I have them both! I'm really looking forward to them, the series sound amazing!


Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr - As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy into the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reasons to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI, and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town goes missing, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.

In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed—about God, your family, and yourself—is transformed.

After reading Sweethearts recently, I knew that I would not be able to wait very much longer to read more by Sara Zarr. She just seems like the type of author that I will ADORE so I'm very much looking forward to getting stuck in with Once Was Lost. Plus, I love that pretty, pretty cover.

(I couldn't resist and have read this already. Sara Zarr is a genius)


I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert - A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones. Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?

Oh you don't even know how long this book has been on my wishlist! AGES, I tell you. I really love books involving music and this one just speaks to me in some way. Because as much as I love books about music, I think I'm attracted to books involving mother-daughter issues even more.


Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
- Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.

Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

Oh how pretty is this cover? I really enjoyed reading the first book in Alyx Harvey's series about hot vampire brothers, so I was looking forward to more from the same author. Can't wait to get started on this.


Far From Home by Na'ima B. Robert - Will I ever see my home again? I do not know. Will I ever see my father again? I do not know. Will life ever be the same again? I do not know. Katie and Tariro are worlds apart but their lives are linked by a terrible secret, gradually revealed in this compelling and dramatic story of two girls grappling with the complexities of adolescence, family and a painful colonial legacy. 14-year-old Tariro loves her ancestral home, the baobab tree she was born beneath, her loving family - and brave, handsome Nhamo. She couldn't be happier. But then the white settlers arrive, and everything changes - suddenly, violently, and tragically. Thirty-five years later, 14-year-old Katie loves her doting father, her exclusive boarding school, and her farm with its baobab tree in rural Zimbabwe. Life is great. Until disaster strikes, and the family are forced to leave everything and escape to cold, rainy London. Atmospheric, gripping and epic in scope, Far from Home brings the turbulent history of Zimbabwe to vivid, tangible life.

Since I've read and really enjoyed two of Na'ima B. Robert's previous book, I'm thrilled to recieve an ARC of her new one. Though I'm told it's very different from those books, I'm still very much looking forward to reading it!

(Read it and loved it!)


Reckless by Cornelia Funke - For years, Jacob Reckless has been secretly disappearing to another world, a world behind a mirror, a world for which his father abandoned his family. The mirror world is Jacob's escape from reality. It's a place for treasure hunts and magnificent quests. A world where witches haunt the forests and giants and dwarfs roam. A world locked in a deadly war.

Jacob's secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, with disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before Will is lost forever.

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, master storyteller Cornelia Funke introduces a lush, enchanting world where fantasy meets reality. Reckless is a thrilling adventure, a tale of heroism and loyalty, filled with danger, mystery, and magic--with fairy tales and legends re-imagined as never before.

I've already read and reviewed Reckless, but I was sent this very pretty paperback copy as well! I quite like the darker look to the cover and that red font! Because it's a duplicate, I shall be adding this book to my giveaway pile, so have a look out for that :)


City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare - City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Here's a book I've really been looking forward to read! I'm not sure I need to say anything else about this one :)

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskovitz - Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....

I can't say that I've heard very much about this book, but I'm really intrigued by the story and the layout.


The Missing by Lisa McMann - The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

I adore Lisa McMann's series of Dream Walker books, so was thrilled when it was announced she would be publishing another book. Published in the US with the title, Cryer's Cross, I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks so much to Raimy from Readaraptor! for ending it out to me :)


What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
- Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean's become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean's ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?

I'm such a huge fan of Sarah Dessen's that of course I would immediately buy her new book the second it is out! Won't be long until I devour this one.


Swim the Fly by Don Calame - Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time — quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team. In the spirit of Hollywood’s blockbuster comedies, screenwriter-turned-YA-novelist Don Calame unleashes a true ode to the adolescent male: characters who are side-splittingly funny, sometimes crude, yet always full of heart.

This one sounds quite fun and I've really been enjoying the blog tour posts I've been reading lately. I was lucky enough to win this copy from Michelle's blog Clover Hill Reviews. Thanks Michelle :) (I'm especially excited as I haven't come across too many books that cover swimming. I was on the swim team myself for many years and my father was a competitive swimmer, his best stroke? Butterfly!)


Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson - Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

This is not her story.

Unless you count the part where I killed her.

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?

Somebody (hesitantly, I think?) suggested Ultraviolet to me after my Mental Health Awareness week earlier in the year as this book is set mainly in a mental institute. I didn't pick it up for that reason though, it just sounds fantastic that I couldn't not.


Blood Red Road by Moira Young - In a lawless future land, where life is cheap and survival is hard, Saba has been brought up in isolated Silverlake. She never sees the dangers of the destructive society outside. When her twin brother is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders, she sets outon an epic quest to rescue him. The story's searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious lovestory make this a truly sensational YA debut novel.

I really love the sound of this one and can't wait to get stuck in!


Passion by Lauren Kate - "Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever."

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Sweeping across centuries, PASSION the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series hits stores Tuesday 14th June 2011.

I've already read and loved Passion! Wonderfully, the publishers have sent me another lovely copy along with my own Passion soundtrack! How cool is that? Watch out for my review of Passion soon!


Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck - Kelsey Hayes is no ordinary college freshman. In fact, the eighteen-year-old girl has just returned from India, where she risked her life—and her heart—to rescue a handsome Indian prince from a terrible curse. Back home in Oregon, Kelsey is determined to move on, despite the lingering feelings she has for the man she left behind. She meets Li, a completely average guy who offers the promise of an ordinary, curse-free life. But just when Kelsey is ready to move on, Ren reenters her life, on a quest to reclaim her heart. Danger threatens their newly rekindled love and to save him, Kelsey must journey with someone else—a man who wants her for himself. The saga begun in Tiger’s Curse continues in Tiger’s Quest, as Kelsey finds herself in an epic battle between good and evil. From the shores of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of India, the mountains of Nepal and Tibet, and the mystical realm of Shangri-la, this suspenseful tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption is not to be missed.

Honestly, this series just so fantastic and exciting. Will read very soon.


Angel's Fury by Bryony Pearce - I've started to have dreams while I'm awake. I remember music I've never heard ... I've got all this extra stuff in my head, but I'm forgetting things from my own life. I feel like I'm being taken over.

Cassie Farrier has always suffered from terrifying nightmares. On a trip to Germany she recognises scenes from her dreams and finds evidence of a sixty year-old massacre. Fearing for her sanity, her family sends Cassie to a retreat where she meets others with symptoms like her own and finds out that she has lived a number of past lives.

However, the Doctor at the retreat is not what she seems. Cassie and the boy she comes to love must escape the Doctor’s influence but can they also escape the misery of their shared past?

How brilliant does this one sound? It's been on my wishlist for awhile, so I'm absolutely thrilled to have been sent it. Look out soon for my review as well as an interview with the author as part of my Awesome Women feature!


Which books came into your possession recently? Also, where should I start with these books?


  1. My fingers are burning to dive into Tiger's Quest, I loved Tiger's Curse completely! Some fab books, enjoy!

  2. Some fab books! I'm almost finished Angel's Fury and review will be up next week!

  3. tiger's quest. I hope I have a copy coming because the wait for it is killing me!

  4. Great selection of books this week. I haven't read anything yet by Lisa McMann but I'm intrigued about the titles you've mentioned so I'll have to look out for these.

  5. Lucky you! I think you should start with 'Ultraviolet' R.J. Anderson is an incredible writer. Or maybe the Stephanie Burgis one, that sounds great. Or maybe CoFA. Oh I don't know! There's so many awesome ones!

  6. Yay, Sarah Dessen!!!! And Stephanie Burgis! Enjoy!

  7. I got What Happened To Goodbye this week too! I've also had my eye on Ultraviolet. I hope you enjoy them all :)

  8. I swear I might have to stop coming onto your blog! :(
    I want Girl Overboard and I wanna be your Joey Rammone!! They sound AMAZING!!!!
    I have just gone and added them onto my wishlist. Your bad for me! ;)
    I'm glad The Missing got to you safely! :)

  9. Cryer's Cross was a really interesting read, very creepy at times.

    I spotted Blood Red Road the other day in Waterstones, I was good and held off from buying it ;) Not sure how long I'm going to hold out for though!

  10. Wow! Lots of amazing books =) Great week.

  11. Viv - Your enthusiasm for Tiger's Curse is mostly what makes me excited for the series :)

    Vicki - Ooh, how are you liking it? I'm really looking forward to that one.

    Kirsty - Really? Oh gosh, I must start the first book immediately then!

    SJH - Gone is the third in a trilogy - so you'd have to read Wake and Fade first (all are excellent) but The Missing is a standalone. I really like Lisa McMann!

    Jenni - Thanks!

    Cliona - Haha, thanks for the suggestion advice! There really are too many wonderful books there to choose from :)

    Sophie - I'm quite excited about both of those too :)

    TLO - Me too! And thanks :)

    Raimy - Oh I am sorry! But! I think they'll be wonderful and so worth it :)

    Darren - Good luck to you. Stay strong? (It looks FAB, not sure HOW you resisted!)

    BFC - Thank you :)

  12. So many great books! Angel's Fury looks especially good, and I liked CoFA so I hope you enjoy it too! I've been wanting to read Reckless for ages - the new paperback is prettyyy. Happy reading and have a great week :).

  13. I read and reviewed Girl Overboard last year, it really is fantastic! One of those books that created memories that keep popping into my head when I'm doing something else.

  14. Liz - I'm reading Angel's Fury at the moment and I'm really liking it. I agree, Reckless does look pretty in paperback, hope you enjoy it. Happy reading to you as well!

    Julianne - Oh yeah? I might have to come look after I've read and reviewed it - I've not seen it on blogs anywhere. But I just LOVED North of Beautiful SO MUCH that I really wanted to read something else by the same author.


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