Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox 35

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 the books that I acquired this week...

Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess - Everyone says fourteen-year-old Billie is nothing but trouble. A fighter. A danger to her family and friends. But her care worker sees someone different. Her classmate Rob is big, strong; he can take care of himself and his brother. But his violent stepdad sees someone to humiliate. And Chris is struggling at school; he just doesn't want to be there. But his dad sees a useless no-hoper. Billie, Rob and Chris each have a story to tell. But there are two sides to every story, and the question is ...who do you believe?

YAY! I think this book sounds incredible. I haven't yet read a Melvin Burgess book so I'm really hoping that this book will be a great place to start and it will encourage me to read his backlist as well. Very excited about this one.


Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet - This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Clem Ackroyd lives with his parents and grandmother in a claustrophobic home too small to accommodate their larger-than-life characters in the bleak Norlfolk countryside. Clem's life changes irrevocably when he meets Frankie, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, and experiences first love, in all its pain and glory. The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in New York City as a designer, and moves from the past of his parents and grandmother to his own teenage years. Not only the threat of explosions, but actual ones as well, feature throughout in this latest novel from one of the finest writers working today.

I've heard interesting things about this book from other UK book bloggers so I was thrilled to recieve a copy for review. I'm hoping to feature this book as well as an interview with the author to go along with my British themed month coming up soon. Look out for it! :)


After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel - Aimee and Alan have unusual pasts and secrets they prefer to keep hidden. Aimee's deceased mother struggled with mental illness and hallucinations, and Aimee thinks it could be hereditary. After all, she sees a shadowy river man where there isn't one. And then there was that time she and her best friend Courtney tried to conjure a spirit with a Ouija board ...Alan is Courtney's cousin. His family moved to Maine when Courtney's father went missing. It's not just Alan's dark good looks that make him attractive. He is also totally in touch with a kind of spiritual mysticism from his Native American heritage. And it's not long before Aimee has broken up with her boyfriend ...But it's not Aimee or Alan who is truly haunted - it's Courtney. In a desperate plea to find her father, Courtney invites a demonic presence into her life. Together, Aimee and Alan must exorcise the ghost, before it devours Courtney - and everything around her.

This book showed up unexpectedly from the publishers, and I'm really looking forward to reading it. I've only read the first book in Carrie Jones' series about pixies, but am eager to read the rest and also this book!


The Scorch Trials by James Dashner - Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

I recently read The Maze Runner and I was absolutely swept away into the story and the confusion and this battle for survival. I LOVED it. So as soon as I finished, I had to order the sequel. I'm really quite excited!


Abandon by Meg Cabot - Last year, Pierce died - just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John: tall dark and terrifying, it’s his job to usher souls from one realm to the next.

There’s a fierce attraction between them, but Pierce knows that if she allows herself to fall for John she will be doomed to a life of shadows and loneliness in the underworld. But now things are getting dangerous for her, and her only hope is to do exactly what John says . . .

Oh I do adore Meg Cabot. I really think she's a genius and I'm not sure I've read a book by her that I didn't absolutely adore. I'm sure I'll still feel the same after reading Abandon, which is the first book in a new trilogy by her. I'm sure that this book won't stay unread on my shelves for very long!


Deception by Lee Nicholls - When Emma Vaile’s parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, she’s left all alone in her creepy old house. But her brother’s very cute best friend, Bennett Stern—Emma’s knight in J. Crew armor—arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family’s museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. She quickly finds friends in the popular legacy crowd at Thatcher and spends her free time crushing on Bennett. But the eerie visions she’s been hiding from everyone have gotten worse. Emma has memories of Thatcher that she can’t explain—it’s as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Finally, Emma confides in Bennett and learns she is a ghostkeeper, a person who can communicate with ghosts. Bennett brought Emma to Thatcher to protect her, but now he needs her help tracking an other-worldly murderer.

A rich New England setting filled with mystery, tradition, and prep-school intrigue make Deception the perfect choice for fans of series like Kate Brian’s Private, as well as all those paranormal fans. The shocking ending will leave readers desperate for book two.

I can't say that I'd heard anything about Deception before it landed on my doorstep this week, but it sounds quite good and I'm looking forward to reading it.


The Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert - Kara hasn't been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park....

Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.

The Ballads of Suburbia has been on my wishlist for absolutely ages. It sounds like it will be a very emotional and gritty read. The story of a girl returning home years after a heroin overdose nearly killed her in order to tell her story and face those she left behind.


One Seriously Messed-Up Week in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson - Our hero?
Jack Samsonite
His mission?
1) pass his GCSEs
2) get the girl (to notice he exists)
3) survive the week without a serious face punching
Good thing he’s got a plan. Well, half a plan…

I have heard nothing but absolutely wonderful things about this book that it imeediately went onto my wishlist. I've been dying to read it and find out if it really is as funny as everyone has said. Thankfully I had a bit of birthday money lying around and I snapped this up with it. Will definitely be a book that I get to sooner rather than later.


The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott - Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it's always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to Brianna. So even though Sarah met Ryan first, she's not surprised that he ends up with Brianna (even though Sarah has a massive crush on him).

The three of them hang out, and Sarah and Ryan's friendship grows until one night an innocent exchange between them leads to a moment that makes Sarah realize that Ryan might be interested in her after all. But if there's one unwritten rule, it's this: you don't mess around with a friend's boyfriend.

So Sarah tries to resist temptation. But with the three of them thrown together more and more, tension builds between Sarah and Ryan, and when they find themselves alone together at one point, they realize they just can't fight how they feel anymore...

Oh, Elizabeth Scott! She's one of my favourite authors at the moment and I'm absolutely desperate to read absolutely everything she's written. I'm a little uncomfortable with the storyline, cheating with your best friend's boyfriend, but as it is Elizabeth Scott, I shall of course, give it a try.


The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga - Fanboy has never had it good, but lately his sophomore year is turning out to be its own special hell. The bullies have made him their favorite target, his best (and only) friend seems headed for the dark side (sports and popularity), and his pregnant mother and the step-fascist are eagerly awaiting the birth of the alien life form known as Fanboy’s new little brother or sister.

Fanboy, though, has a secret: a graphic novel he’s been working on without telling anyone, a graphic novel that he is convinced will lead to publication, fame, and—most important of all—a way out of the crappy little town he lives in and all the people that make it hell for him.

When Fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, he finds an outrageous, cynical girl who shares his love of comics as well as his hatred for jocks and bullies. Fanboy can’t resist someone who actually seems to understand him, and soon he finds himself willing to heed her advice—to ignore or crush anyone who stands in his way.

I've been wanting this one for absolutely ages.


Love Story by Jennifer Echols - For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.

I heart Jennifer Echols!


The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway - April, the oldest, can see the future. May, the middle sister, can disappear. And June, the youngest, can read minds. At the time of their parents' divorce, the three sisters recover these strange and magical powers from their childhood, powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls must come together to save the day-and their family. But in the process they learn that there's one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.

I really loved Audrey, Wait and have been looking forward to Robin Benway's latest.


The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan - There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face when she and Elias left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as they found their way to the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

Annah's world stopped that day and she's been waiting for him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn't feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again.

Except, Catcher has his own secrets—dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah's longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah—can she continue to live in a world drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

Yay for zombies!


Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott - Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

Until the accident.

Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.

She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.

Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could...

I love Elizabeth Scott.


I did get other books this week but due to other things going on right now, I shall include them in my next post instead. Thank you to everyone who sent me books this week.


  1. Really curious to see what you make of Life: An Unexploded Diagram. It's utterly brilliant but I would argue that it isn't really YA and suspect it would have done better published as an adult title. It took my a while to get into it but was absolutely worth it. Enjoy!

  2. i'm deffo adding some of those to my wish list. great books!

  3. Wow, you got loads. I just finished Deception this week and loved it. Hope you do too. Raimy from Readeraptor is currently reading After Obsession and it sounds scary! We were chatting about it at midnight last night on Twitter as neither of us could sleep. I have it too and I'm looking forward to reading it.

    I haven't read any Meg Cabot books before but I really want to read Abandon. It sounds so good!

  4. Nice mailbox! I really want to read Abandon, it sounds really good :)

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  5. I really want to get a copy of Love Story and catch up on Carrie Ryan's series after loving TFHAT!

  6. Deception and Abandon are both really good :). So is The Scorch Trials! And love the sound of Love Story - happy reading :).

  7. Sya - I've been pretty intrigued about it after the trickle of reviews I've read. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did :)

    Thanks Jodie!

    Laura - Sorry? :)

    SB - Really? I like the sound of scary :)

    Zoe - It was pretty good, I enjoyed it.

    Vicki - I really, desperately want to dive right into Love Story, but I think I'm going to hold out for Love Month. ..Or maybe read it now and save my review for February anyway :)

    Thanks Liz :)

  8. After Obsession is terrifying!DO NOT READ AT BEDTIME! lol
    I am jealous of some of the others on your mailbox this week! I want to read some Elizabeth Scoot and that Robin Benway sounds awesome and Ive still not read Audrey, Wait! :D

  9. Raimy - That is such a good recommendation for After Obsession. I feel like a scary read :)

    (I so recommend Audrey, Wait! and Elizabeth Scott!)


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