Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

In My Mailbox: 17/7/11

A new week is starting soon! Very much looking forward to it....will have a reading marathon, hopefully. *stomps on real life*

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!

This week I received...

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. 

I love both covers for different reasons! The left, which is the one I have, looks adventurous and fun while the one on the right shows how the two embark on a life changing journey together! :) I'm so excited to read this. It's in a scrapbook-y format so every once in a while there are little notes, pictures, receipts, souvenirs, postcards etc. etc. so it's very interactive! Looks brilliant.

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Skye never questioned the story of her life. Until the night of her 17th birthday, when the arrival of two strangers intrudes on her cozy life. Polar opposites, like fire and ice, Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair, cold, and aloof. Skye has no idea what they want—only that their presence coincides with the beginning of some shockingly strange events. Events that Skye, if she dares to think it, might be responsible for causing. High up in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado, Skye finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient battle, one that began untold millennia ago. And as the secrets of her true identity are revealed, Skye realizes that her destiny may reside in the Heavens—or somewhere darker.

I've been looking forward to this for so long! Was shocked when it appeared on Net Galley. Once again, can't wait to read it! Isn't the cover gorgeous?

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.

Doesn't it sound absolutely magnificent? I'm so into these king/princess/wars/epic love stories right now! ..........where's that time machine of mine?

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

 When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved. Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart. 

Boyfriend brought back to life? Strange and different? Ooh, this will be a good one! Darn consequences ;) Look forward to meeting this Gabriel!

Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner

England,1640. Sixteen-year-old Isabella is forced to flee her home when her father’s radical ideas lead him into a suicidal stand against Oliver Cromwell’s army. Taking refuge in Amsterdam and desperate to find a means to survive, Isabella finds work with an elderly printer, Master de Aquila,and his enigmatic young assistant, Willem. When Master de Aquila travels to Venice to find a publisher brave enough to print his daring new book, Isabella accompanies him and discovers a world of possibility -where women work alongside men as equal partners, and where books and beliefs are treasured. But in a continent torn apart by religious intolerance, constant danger lurks for those who don’t watch their words. And when the agents of the Spanish Inquisition kidnap de Aquila to stop him printing his book, Isabella and Willem become reluctant allies in a daring chase across Europe to rescue him from certain death.

Funny story actually. I denied this review copy and it was still sent to me. My address and another blogger's name somehow got smooshed together during the sending process at the warehouse and...yeah. Still haven't told the blogger (I know her!) but I shall do so right now LOL.


A big thank you to Net Galley and Simon & Schuster for the books this week! I absolutely can't wait to read all of them :) Looking around on some American blogs...I can see some amazing and drool-worthy ARCs being sent out. I can only hope that Australian publishers start distributing soon and that I'll be lucky enough to get my paws on some!

Let me know what you think about my books this week and leave me your mailbox!
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