Sunday, January 22, 2012

In my mailbox 45

I have to apologise now for the sheer amount of books in this post. I'm thinking positive thoughts to all of you who make it to the end.

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...


Starters by Lissa Price - The first in a futuristic thriller series featuring a dangerously vain society where youth is coveted at an impossible price, and one girl has the ability to bring it all crumbling down.

I am very excited about this book! I went to a blogger event at Random House yesterday, where we heard more about this book and I am even more excited to read it now! I'm sure I'll be talking about this book quite soon. I'm looking forward to it.




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Stones For My Father by Trilby Kent - Corlie Roux’s farm life in South Africa is not easy: the Transvaal is beautiful, but it is also a harsh place where the heat can be so intense that the very raindrops sizzle. When her beloved father dies, she is left with a mother who is as devoted to her sons as she is cruel to her daughter. Despite this, Corlie finds solace in her friend, Sipho, and in Africa itself and in the stories she conjures for her brothers.

But Corlie’s world is about to vanish: the British are invading and driving Boer families like hers from their farms. Some escape into the bush to fight the enemy. The unlucky ones are rounded up and sent to internment camps.

Will Corlie’s resilience and devotion to her country sustain her through the suffering and squalor she finds in the camp at Kroonstad? That may depend on a soldier from faraway Canada and on inner resources Corlie never dreamed she had….


This book sounds like it covers some really interesting ground and I am very keen to read it!

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Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale - When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all... Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own - one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all...

Katie Dale was featured on the blog last year and ever since, I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of her book! Hurrah, that has been accomplished! Now to read it :)

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Empress of the World by Sara Ryan - Nicola Lancaster is spending eight weeks at the Siegel Institute Summer Program for Gifted Youth, a hothouse of smart, articulate, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer) . . . and Battle. Battle Hall Davies is a beautiful blonde dancer, and everything Nic isn't. The two become friends-and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart?

Just as last week I acquired A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner because of the fabulous review by Caroline of Portrait of A Woman, in the same wonderful theme week, she featured a review of Empress of the World and I was very taken up by it. So much so, that it arrived this week! I'm hoping to get to it for Love Month.

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The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg - Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever.

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?


This book arrived this week and I was so excited about it that it's the book I'm currently reading. So far, I'm loving all the pop culture references and the cheese jokes!


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Legend by Marie Lu - The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America's two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history....

Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X--the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in Los Angeles' wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country's highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country--until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.

Day.

And now it's June's mission to hunt him down.

The truth they'll uncover will become legend.


Ooh. I've been excited about this one for awhile! I'm so intrigued.

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Girl Meets Boy - What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and engaging YA authors writing today team up for this one-of-a-kind collection of "he said/she said" stories-he tells it from the guy's point of view, she tells it from the girl's. These are stories of love and heartbreak. There's the good-looking jock who falls for a dangerous girl, and the flipside, the toxic girl who never learned to be loved; the basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; the gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen. Each story in this unforgettable collection teaches us that relationships are complicated-because there are two sides to every story.

Here's another book I thought sounded absolutely perfect for Love month, with the very he said/she said structure of the book. Sounds like a bit of fun!

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Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt - Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.

When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.

Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?

This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth—great for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.


I do love Lauren Barnholdt. I've only only read two of her books (Two Way Street and One Night That Changes Everything) but with just those two book I've become a real fan. I'm hoping to enjoy this book just as much! (for Love month again!)


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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.


Can you see a bit of a theme with this week's books? Last year's Love month saw a review for Anna and the French Kiss and it just didn't seem right not to include the new book by Stephanie Perkins. I'm DYING to read this book.


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A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley - A summer of friendship, romance, and songs in major chords. . .

CHARLIE DUSKIN loves music, and she knows she's good at it. But she only sings when she's alone, on the moonlit porch or in the back room at Old Gus's Secondhand Record and CD Store. Charlie's mom and grandmother have both died, and this summer she's visiting her grandpa in the country, surrounded by ghosts and grieving family, and serving burgers to the local kids at the milk bar. She's got her iPod, her guitar, and all her recording equipment, but she wants more: A friend. A dad who notices her. The chance to show Dave Robbie that she's not entirely unspectacular.

ROSE BUTLER lives next door to Charlie's grandfather and spends her days watching cars pass on the freeway and hanging out with her troublemaker boyfriend. She loves Luke but can't wait to leave their small country town. And she's figured out a way: she's won a scholarship to a science school in the city, and now she has to convince her parents to let her go. This is where Charlie comes in. Charlie, who lives in the city, and whom Rose has ignored for years. Charlie, who just might be Rose's ticket out.

Told in alternating voices and filled with music, friendship, and romance, Charlie and Rose's "little wanting song" is about the kind of longing that begins as a heavy ache but ultimately makes us feel hopeful and wonderfully alive.


Here's another book that I picked up mostly due to another book blogger's review! I say mostly because I've also just read the brilliant Graffiti Moon by the same author and was keen to read more by her. Very much looking forward to this one!

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Reckoning by Lili St. Crow - Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Christophe. Not even Dru. She's battled killer zombies, jealous djamphirs, and bloodthirsty suckers straight out of her worst nightmares. But now that Dru has bloomed into a full-fledged svetocha - rare, beautiful, and toxic to all vampires - the worst is yet to come.

Because getting out alive is going to cost more than she's ever imagined. And in the end, is survival really worth the sacrifice?


I really, really adore the Strange Angels series. It's fabulous and I've been excited to read this book, but I find it strange that I haven't been able to find it in any of my local bookshops?

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Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti - Erin and Lani are best friends - and total opposites when it comes to everything, including boys. But then Erin starts dating Jason, and when Lani meets him, sparks fly. Lani is a loyal friend to Erin, but when junior year ends and Erin goes to camp for the summer, she leaves Lani behind...with Jason. Will Lani be able to put her friendship with Erin first, or will she be tempted by the guy who may just be her soul mate?

Can I just say right here and now that I'm a HUGE fan of Susane Colasanti's? Because I so am. I love her books. And while I'm not a huge fan of stories involving crushing on your best friend's boyfriend, I will still read and be excited by anything this author writes. This is another book for Love month!

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Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley - Meet Corrinne. She's living every girl's dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . .

When Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she's supposed to be living. She doesn't care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.

This week has really been a great week for purchasing books that have been recommended to me by other book bloggers! I bought this one after I saw it on Mostly Reading YA's Debut Summer event! It sounds really sweet.

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Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally - What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though - she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

I've been seeing reviews of this around everywhere as (I think?) it was on Netgalley. I sadly missed out on that, but didn't want to miss out entirely!

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My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent - Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them. Until something does.

Demon's breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked. And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves.


I have some serious catching up to do on the Soul Screamers series! This is the third book, and I do have the fourth and fifth lined up on my shelves waiting for me.

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Scars by Cheryl Rainfield - Kendra, fifteen, hasn't felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can't remember the most important detail-- her abuser's identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it's her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who's becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra's abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. Scars is the unforgettable story of one girl's frightening path to the truth.

This book has been on my wishlist for absolutely ages, as will any book about self-harm that I hear has been discussed in a sensitive manner. It's something I've dealt with personally so it can be a difficult subject matter to read, but I felt like it was time.

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Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron - Told in a voice that’s honest, urgent, and hilarious, Struts & Frets will resonate not only with teenage musicians but with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to a favorite album, wondering if they’d ever find their place in the world.

Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.

When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?


Here's a book that I picked up solely on the blog tour posts that cropped up recently! They really do work, ha! :)


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And holy crap, that is all. I've decided to not show you the books I picked up over the weekend from the Random House blogger brunch, but I felt like this lot was more than enough to share!

Where should I start? Which books did you get?

34 comments:

  1. I made it to the end :)

    What a great load of books this week, there are a few on there that are on my wishlist because of seeing other people's reviews of them so I'm sure that your reviews will only make me want them even more!

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    1. Congratulations! When I first starting writing this IMM, I did have another 8 or so books to add. There was no way *I* would have been able to finish! Yes, there are exciting books here,I can't wait to start them ALL :)

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  2. Wow, great books. I loved Anna and the French Kiss so much! Good to meet you yesterday by the way. (Imagine my avatar as the pipe smoking cat, lol)

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    1. It was WONDERFUL meeting you yesterday! :) Great day.

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  3. You got some amazing books this week!! Wow! and loads of them too! I really want to read Catastrophic History and Someone Else' Life! I cant wait for those,
    Also I read and LOVED Struts and frets and think you will love it too! Happy reading!

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    1. I finished Catastrophic History yesterday and I really liked it. I even cried. Very much looking forward to Someone Else's Life and Struts and Frets as well :)

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  4. Woah! Best book week ever, am I right?! I hadn't heard of Catching Jordan or Scarred, but now I really want to read them both!

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    1. Yes, it is a pretty great week for books! :) I'm probably the most excited to read Scarred, but I'm still waiting for the perfect time to read it. And I'm sure Catching Jordan will be just as great as I imagine it to be :)

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  5. Fabulous books! I love Susane Colasanti too (thanks to your recommendations!)
    Oh, and I adored A Little Wanting Song. I hope you love it as much as I did!
    Happy reading!

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    1. Susane Colasanti is just wonderful, isn't she? :) And I have very high hopes for A Little Wanting Song! I hope I love it too!

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  6. Oh, I LOVED Empress of the World! SO good!

    And I'm really curious about Struts and Frets. I'll look forward to hearing what you think of it!

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    1. I couldn't wait and I'm reading Empress of the World right now and really enjoying it!

      Struts and Frets is an unusual one, I hadn't heard anything about it before that blog tour and then I haven't heard anything SINCE but it was only £2 on Amazon, so I thought I might give it a try..

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  7. Wow you got some fab looking books! I got a few of the same as you too. I live the sound of scars too.

    Happy reading

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    1. I did get some great books! And Scarred is really the one I'm most looking forward to. There was all that drama recently about it, wasn't there?

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  8. njoy all
    a lot of contemps i <3 those
    imm

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    1. Yes! Contemp YA is really where my heart lies :)

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  9. Great selection this week, I can't wait to read Someone Else's Life and I love the idea of Girl Meets Boy. Happy reading :D

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    1. Thank you Jesse :) They both really great, don't they? Happy reading to you too!

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  10. I'm green with envy (in a nice way of course) of all your lovely books this week. I'm looking forward to Someone Else's Life and The Catastrophic History I was on Amazon looking at them.

    I loved A Little Wanting Song, I think I cried quite a few times reading it, it's so good. catching Jordon is good fun too.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I finished Catastrophic History yesterday and it was very sweet. I cried. Very much looking forward to Someone Else's Life after doing an interview with the author last year.

      I'm dying to read A Little Wantng Song AND Catching Jordan! :) I've been hearing such good things.

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  11. Wow, great list! I haven't heard of many of them, so it's off to Goodreads I go, to add them to my TBR list! Thanks for sharing! = )

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    1. You're very welcome! I think that's why I spend so much time doing my IMM posts, so that other readers will take note and maybe read the same books :) I hope you enjoy.

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  12. Excellent haul! I loved "Legend" and "My Soul to Keep". I hope you do too!

    My IMM this week

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  13. Wow, so many amazing sounding books this week. Love Month is going to be brilliant.

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    1. Oh that is my wish, I really hope it is! :)

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  14. Big week! I love Lola and Catching Jordan. I want to read the Colasanti book.
    My IMM

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    1. Oh you should! I haven't read it, but I already know that I'm going to love it because I just generally LOVE Susane Colasanti :)

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  15. Whoa. What an amazing haul! I hope you love them all!

    Happy reading!

    In My Mailbox #6

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  16. Omg Catching Jordan is in my top reads of last year it's amazing! I hope you love it! :D

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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    1. Top reads of the year? What a great recommendation, thank you :)

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  17. Oh great haul! Lola looks amazing, but I want to read Anna first! I should do that soon :)

    Hope you enjoy!

    Meghan at Books and a Cup of Tea

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    1. Anna was incredible so I have high expectations for Lola :)

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