Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox 39

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 that is such fun!

Here are the books that I acquired this week...

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick - The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

This was a swap from ReadItSwapIt. It's a lovely hardcover book, which is signed by Becca! I'm really looking forward to reading it, especially as Crescendo really took my breath away.


India Dark by Kirsty Murray - Melbourne, Australia, 1909: faced with the prospect of employment in either the match factory or the jam factory, 13-year old Poesy Swift auditions for a children’s theatre company that specialises in popular music-hall songs.

Before she knows it, she’s on a two-year tour through Asia. At first it’s all an adventure, but by the time they reach south India, many of them have been disciplined by the manager and their performances hide enormous turmoil backstage. At the end of their last show, all but two of the children turn on their minders and go on strike, then walk out into the hot Madras night.

The lovely people at Templar sent along their catalogue of new books coming out and let me choose books I'd like to read. I really liked the sound of this one, I feel like I'm drawn to books set in India lately. Can't wait to get started.


Beat the Band by Don Calame - Cooper Redmond has only one thing on his mind: tagging as many bases as possible by the end of sophomore year. He’s already picked out a prime target: the divine Prudence Nash, whose sexy serpent tattoo haunts his dreams. But when Coop is paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a semester-long Health project on safe sex, his hopes of making it to the Majors are suddenly DOA. It’s going to take something seriously epic to resuscitate his reputation — something like winning the Battle of the Bands with his best buds, Matt and Sean.

There’s just one problem: they totally suck.

Get ready for riffs on hot girls, Health class, and social hell in this hilarious follow-up to Swim the Fly.

I've had the first book, Swim the Fly, on my shelves for a little now and I'm absolutely itching to read. Now that I have the sequel, I have even more incentive to get to it quicker.


Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs - On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer-bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up. Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her dreams?

I very recently read the first book in the series, Forgive My Fins, and I thought it utterly adorable and sweet and romantic and I really, really want more of these characters and of the story!


My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent - Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

I do really love this series and I'm always excited for a new book by Rachel Vincent. It really won't be long until I've read this one!


Betrayal by Lee Nichols - Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great for battling the wraith-master Neos and horrible for her social life. Emma knows fellow ghostkeeper Bennett Stern is her soul mate, but when ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power. And until Neos is defeated, Bennett and Emma can't risk it.

When the temptation of being with Emma gets to be too much, Bennett disappears, pursuing a dangerous path to increase his powers. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school. But when the Knell, a secret ghostkeeping society, sends two new ghostkeepers to Echo Point—one a snarky teen guy, the other a British scholar—Emma throws herself into training to battle Neos. But as the team grows stronger, so do the ghosts. And worse, one of their own will betray them. One Emma never suspected. . .

This series really took me by surprise. I read Deception awhile back and it was SO addictive that I really didn't do anything until I'd finished reading it. I don't normally sending begging email requests to publishers, but I did in order to get hold of Betrayal! And I really don't regret it at all, thank you so much Emma! :)


Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead - After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St Vladimir's Academy - and to her best friend, Lissa. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere. She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true.

Aha! Finally, I've recieved the last book I need in order to complete the Vampire Academy series. I'm still absolutely kicking myself for not getting to these books before now, but better late than never, right?! I still have the fourth book to get to before this one, but at least I have this and Last Sacrifice to hand in case I want to read them back to back! Hurrah.


The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa - My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Ooh. I do love the Iron Fey series, and I'm super excited about this one! :)


Fracture by Megan Miranda - Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine—despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature—or something much more frightening?

I'd never heard of this book before it arrived, but it sounds thrilling!


And those are the books that arrived in my house over the last two weeks! Which books did you get? And where should I start?


  1. OOh I love the cover of India Dark. I haven't checked the Templar list properly yet, but I think you have just persuaded me to get that one.

  2. awesome books for you this week, I hope you enjoy them all!

  3. Great books! I loved Deception so I really want to read Betrayal too :)

  4. I got FMF too - I can't wait to read it! Fracture sounds amazing too!

    And Clover, thanks to you I have begun reading Vampire Academy. It is AWESOME! Your reviews of the series motivated me to read it and I'm so glad I did. So thank you!

  5. Some of these I haven't heard of, but the covers are so pretty!

  6. Great mailbox! I plan to read Fracture this week it sounds really good!

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  7. Wow, that My Soul To Steal cover is gorgeous. I;ve never seen one like that.

  8. Great books! =)
    Can't wait to read Fins Are Forever! =) Hope it's as good as Forgive my Fins
    Enjoy xD

  9. Vivienne - It's great, isn't it? I think there are some fab books from Templar coming in the new year.

    Laura - I know! YAY! :)

    Raimy - Thanks, me too :)

    SJH - It's pretty high up on my books I want to read immediately!

    Cliona - Fracture does sound good, doesn't it? And I'm so glad you're reading and enjoying the Vampire Academy series! Hurrah.

    Mocha - Thanks.

    Cassy - There are some good looking books there, that's for sure!

    Giselle - I hope you enjoy it :)

    Kat - It is,isn't it!

    BooksForCompany - I hope so too! I have high hopes.


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