Sunday, January 15, 2012

In My Mailbox 44

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...

Hollow Pike by James Dawson - Something wicked this way comes... She thought she'd be safe in the country, but you can't escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her. Lis thinks she's being paranoid - after all who would want to murder her? She doesn't believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn't believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you're alone in the woods, after dark - and a twig snaps... Hollow Pike - where witchcraft never sleeps.

Hurrah! I'm so excited to read this book. I'm very happy to get started on this one very soon. Beautiful cover, love the idea of witches and such. Exciting things.


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

I do love John Green, and I am so excited to read this book. I love it when there's a big thing about a book and everyone is very excited and that excitement spreads like crazy. It's a great feeling being part of something like that.


Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.


Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

Ooh, I'm very excited about this one!


Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate - What makes your heart race a little faster? Just in time for Valentine's Day, it's FALLEN IN LOVE, four wholly original new stories collected in a new novel set in the Middle Ages by Lauren Kate. FALLEN IN LOVE gives fans the much-talked about but never-revealed stories of FALLEN characters as they intertwine with the epic love story of Luce and Daniel. The stories include: Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles , Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland; Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane; and Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda.

Hurrah! This will perfect for my Love month event in February :) I'm really looking forward to it!


If I Die by Rachel Vincent - The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

This is the fifth book in the Soul Screamer series, a series that I really love. I do have some catching up to do though!


Kiss Date Love Hate by Luisa Plaja - What if you could change your friends' lives and loves through the settings of a computer game...?

Lex Murphy's group of friends have all dated, hated, ignored and lusted after each other for the last few years. If only there was a way of matching people perfectly to avoid all the unrequited love, dumping and drama! Then Lex's friend George is given a mysterious Sims-like game by his software-testing dad which involves building character profiles in the categories of Life, Looks and Love. Lex and George populate the game with avatars for all their mates, making a few 'wishful thinking' adjustments to the settings - and find that the next day these tinkerings have come true! But how long can this new calm, loved-up atmosphere continue?

EEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm very excited by a new Luisa Plaja book! This will not be unread for long, I'm sure of it.


Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty - “My parents suck ass. Banning me from the phone and restricting my computer privileges are the most tyrannical parental gestures I can think of. Don’t they realize that Hope’s the only one who keeps me sane? . . . I don’t see how things could get any worse.”

When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?

A fresh, funny, utterly compelling fiction debut by first-time novelist Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts is an insightful, true-to-life look at Jessica’s predicament as she embarks on another year of teenage torment--from the dark days of Hope’s departure through her months as a type-A personality turned insomniac to her completely mixed-up feelings about Marcus Flutie, the intelligent and mysterious “Dreg” who works his way into her heart. Like a John Hughes for the twenty-first century, Megan McCafferty taps into the inherent humor and drama of the teen experience. This poignant, hilarious novel is sure to appeal to readers who are still going through it, as well as those who are grateful that they don’t have to go back and grow up all over again.

I've been so many wonderful things about Megan McCafferty and this series, so I'm hoping that I will love it as much as the rest of you!


Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty - “Knowing that I’ve just done something that will take decades off my parents’ lives with worry, you’ll excuse me for not getting into the fa-la-la-la-la Yuletide spirit this year.... The only difference between Christmas 2001 and Christmas 2000 is that I don’t have a visit from Hope to look forward to. And Bethany has already packed on some major fetal flab. Oh, and now Gladdie doesn’t need to ask a bizillion questions about my boyfriend, because she’s already gotten the dirt from you know who.”

Jessica Darling is up in arms again in this much-anticipated, hilarious sequel to Sloppy Firsts. This time, the hyperobservant, angst-ridden teenager is going through the social and emotional ordeal of her senior year at Pineville High. Not only does the mysterious and oh-so-compelling Marcus Flutie continue to distract Jessica, but her best friend, Hope, still lives in another state, and she can’t seem to escape the clutches of the Clueless Crew, her annoying so-called friends. To top it off, Jessica’s parents won’t get off her butt about choosing a college, and her sister Bethany’s pregnancy is causing a big stir in the Darling household.

With keen intelligence, sardonic wit, and ingenious comedic timing, Megan McCafferty again re-creates the tumultuous world of today’s fast-moving and sophisticated teens. Fans of Sloppy Firsts will be reunited with their favorite characters and also introduced to the fresh new faces that have entered Jess’s life, including the hot creative writing teacher at her summer college prep program and her feisty, tell-it-like-it-is grandmother Gladdie. But most of all, readers will finally have the answers to all of their burgeoning questions, and then some: Will Jessica crack under the pressure of senioritis? Will her unresolved feelings for Marcus wreak havoc on her love life? Will Hope ever come back to Pineville? Fall in love with saucy, irreverent Jessica all over again in this wonderful sequel to a book that critics and readers alike hailed as the best high school novel in years.

And this is the sequel to Sloppy Firsts! Here's hoping I love the first book, otherwise this sequel is going to be a bad decision, eh? :)


Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon - From the moment she sets foot at her new school in Ireland, Megan is inexplicably drawn to the darkly handsome Adam DeRis. But Megan soon discovers that her feelings for Adam are tied to a supernatural fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that unites them could be their ultimate destruction.

I've been quite curious about this book of recent. Lots of mixed reviews, but I like the idea of Ireland as a setting for a paranormal YA. We'll see how I get on with it...


Desert Angel by Charlie Price - Nowhere is safe...
Angel is on the run. Her mother is dead, her body buried in a shallow grave by her latest boyfriend, Scotty, a ruthless, illegal hunter who is prone to violence and who wants Angel dead before she can talk to the police.
Angel has lived through more than a young girl should have but she's determined to stay alive.
But in the scorching heat of the open desert, where can she hide?

I like the sound of this one, I've been enjoying some psychological thrillers lately and I'm hoping to enjoy this one. Bonus that it's a fairly slim book. My concentration levels are not what they used to be! :)


Hallowed by Cynthia Hand - For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.

This is the much awaited for sequel to Unearthly, which I read over Christmas and loved. I can't wait to dig into this book and find out where the story will go between Clara, Tucker and Christian!


Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar - Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly cafĂ©. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing … and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago at schoolies week.

And then Carly meets Ryan, a local at the break, fresh out of jail. When Ryan learns the truth, Carly has to decide. Will she let the past bury her? Or can she let go of her anger and shame, and find the courage to be happy?

Let's hear it for Australian YA! I've become a big fan of it after reading Melina Marchetta and Simmone Howell over the last few years and I hope to continue reading Australian YA this year. Possibly starting with Raw Blue. Which sounds great.


Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - “I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

AHHH! I've been dying to read Dash and Lily since FOREVER. I would have preferred to read it BEFORE Christmas, but I think any time will do with this story. I really hope that every good thing I've heard about it is true.


A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner - For months, Cass Meyer has heard her best friend Julia, a wannabe Broadway composer, whispering about a top-secret project. Then Julia is killed in a sudden car accident, and while Cass is still reeling from her death, Julia’s boyfriend and her other drama friends make it their mission to bring to fruition the nearly-completed secret project: a musical about an orphaned ninja princess entitled Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad.

Cass isn’t one of the drama people. She doesn’t feel at home with Julia’s drama friends, and she doesn’t see a place for her in the play. Things only get worse when she finds out that Heather Galloway, the girl who made her miserable all through middle school, has been cast as the ninja princess.

Cass can’t take a summer of swallowing her pride and painting sets, so she decides to follow her original plan for a cross-country road trip with Julia. Even if she has a touring bicycle instead of a driver’s license, and even if Julia’s ashes are coming along in Tupperware.

Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad is a story about friendship. About love. About traveling a thousand miles just to find yourself. About making peace with the past, and making sense of it. And it’s a story about the bloodiest high school musical one quiet suburb has ever seen.

I've actually already read this one. I just couldn't wait. And it's so beautiful and sad and sweet. I cried so much reading it. And I never would have considered reading it or heard of it without the fab Caroline of Portrait of A Woman reviewing it on her blog. Thank you so much Caroline!


The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Macker - It's 1996 and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Facebook will not be invented for several more years. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD-ROM with 100 free hours. When she and her best friend Josh log on to AOL they discover themselves on Facebook... fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what life has in store for them.
Josh and Emma are about to find out.

I'll admit, I wasn't a huge fan of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, but still, I've been hugely curious about this new book. I think the cover is great and I'm very hopeful that I will love it!


And those are the books that I've recieved in the past week! Which books did you get? Have you read any of these books? Any recommendations on where I should start?


  1. I've just finished reading Hallowed and would recommend you have a whole box of tissues ready!

  2. Woah lots of great books this week. I got a few of those too.

    Happy reading

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  3. What an awesome set of books! I hope you enjoy them all!

  4. I am SO jealous of your mailbox!!!

    Especially the soul screamers book, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

    Great selection of books! :D

    Happy reading.

  5. Great haul - I'm sure you'll love them all!
    Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is AMAZING!
    I also got TFioS and I can't wait to read it :)

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  6. So many awesome books! I got The Fault in our Stars too; I think everyone did :)I really want to read Hallowed since I loved Unearthly. I'm also really curious about the Soul Screamers series. Enjoy :)

  7. Holy wow, you got a boatload of terrific books! I have a bunch of these on my TBR list, and I'm checking out the ones that aren't already on my list. Happy reading! :-)

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  8. SJH - It's sad?! Oh no. Thanks for the heads-up :)

    Nat - I'm super excited about so many of these :)

    Raimy - I'm sure I will, thanks!

    Jules - I feel incredibly with these books this week :)

    Stepping - I've only heard WONDERFUL things about Dash and Lily :) I hope you love TFIOS like I did!

    SweetMarie83 - Happy reading to you too! I just checked out your IMM and followed your blog :)

  9. the fault in our stars was simply amazing! hope you enjoy it too!
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  10. Fantastic books there, I loved Raw Blue it's break your heart fantastic. I second getting tissues at the ready for Hallowed it's a brilliant weepy and Dash and Lily is clever and funny I loved it.

    Have a great week:)

  11. What a list of books. Hope you enjoy.

  12. Great week for you! I so want to read Raw Blue. I started Future of Us and want to read more of it.
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  13. Em - OH I DID! The tears though...

    Lesley - Break my heart fantastic? Wonderful recommendation *pushes Raw Blue up the TBR pile* Thanks :)

    JC - Thank you, I hope I will.

    Alison - The Future of Us sounds like a lot of fun, hope you continue to enjoy it :)

  14. I actually just placed my order for The Fault in Our Stars-- I've heard that it's a tearjerker and yet I seriously can't wait to read it.

    1. I've already finished it, it is a definite tearjerker! :)


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