Sunday 4 July 2010

In My Mailbox 70

This meme was started by the fabulous Kristi who was inspired by Alea. Check out their blogs for more information. All summaries are from the book jackets.

For review:

Low Red Moon - Ivy Devlin (ARC)

Her parents are dead. She can’t remember what happened. And now she’s in love with the most dangerous creature in the forest.

The only thing Avery Hood can remember about the night her parents died is that she saw silver - deadly silver, moving inhumanly fast. As much as she wants to remember who killed them, she can’t, and there’s nothing left to do but try to piece her life back together.

Then Avery meets the new boy in school - Ben, mysterious and beautiful, with whom she feels a connection like nothing she’s ever experienced. Ben is a werewolf, but Avery trusts him - at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash an inhuman silver. And she learns that she’s not the only one who can’t remember the night her parents died.

Part murder mystery, part grief narrative, and part heart-stopping , headlong, romance, Low Red Moon is a must-read for teen paranormal fans. A powerful YA voice makes her paranormal debut ith this breathless, spooky novel - a book to be devoured.

I got this as part of Sarah’s blog tour.

Halo - Alexandra Adornetto (ARC)

Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone - especially herself - from the Dark Forces.

Is love a great enough power against evil?

Yay! So excited! A huge thanks to Fiewel and Friends/Macmillan US.

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

They say to live every day as if it’s your last - but you never actually think it’s going to be. You always think you’ll have more time.

That’s what I thought. But I was wrong.

The thing is, you don’t get to know when it happens. You don’t remember to tell your family that you love them or - in my case - remember to say goodbye to them at all.

What if, like me, you could live out your last day over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have any regrets? Are there things you’d want to change?

A surprise paperback copy from Hodder & Stoughton. You can see my review here.

Cathy’s Ring - Sean Stewart; Jordan Weisman; Cathy Brigg

You only live twice.

My rich boyfriend, Victor, is broke. My potential other boyfriend, Denny, is broken. There are creepy guys stalking my best friend. And there are three dead bodies underneath my window. All I have left is my sketchbook, a variety pack of lip gloss in Assorted Candy Flavours and a healthy dose of fear.

Thanks to Bloomsbury. I haven’t read the first two books, but I love the idea of this series.


Matched - Ally Condie (ARC)

Society matched them, but love set them free.
In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Khy, between the only life she’s ever known and a path no one else has ever dared foloow - between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and story with the resonance of a classic.

A huge thank you to Nancy who also sent me some bookmarks and the sweetest note. Thank you!


Withering Tights - Louise Rennison

I was in the barn showing Ruby my comedy version of Irish dancing. Suddenly, mid-leap, the best-looking boy I have ever seen came in.
    He smiled at me and said, “Er…hello, I’m Alex, Ruby’s brother.”
    Ruby tutted and said, “She’s called Tallulah and she goes to that Dother Hall. Tha’ knows, the bonkers hall.”
    I said, “Hahhaha. Hiddly diddly diddly diddle…” And started dancing again.

Alex had everything a dream boy should have. Back, front, sides. A head.
    He said, “That’s a cool name.”
    He said nothing against my knees.

Granted, he couldn’t see my knees, but he probably got the picture. Today I have had more boy action than I have had in 14 ½ years of life. I LOVE Yorkshire. I do.

You know what it’s like when you have your first snog, and it feels like a tiny bat in barging around in your mouth? Of course you do. So you will love Tallulah Casey as she careers about in her tights. She’s your kind of mate.

I love Louise Rennison’s books with all of my heart so all there is to say is: YAY!

Picture of Lily - Paige Toon

‘Will you marry me?’

I think of you, then. I think of you everyday. But usually in the quietest part of the morning, or the darkest part of the night. Not when my boyfriend of two years has just proposed. I look up at Richard with his hopeful eyes.

‘Lily?’ he prompts.

It’s been ten years, but it feels like only yesterday that you left. How can I say yes to Richard with all my heart when most of it has always belonged to you? I take a deep breath and will myself to speak…

Ten years ago when Lily was just sixteen, she fell in love with someone she really shouldn’t have fallen in love with. Now, living in Sydney and engaged to another man, she can’t forget the one that got away. Then her past comes back to haunt her, and she has to make a decision that will break her heart - and the heart of at least one of the men who love her.

Paige Toon is one of the few adult authors that I read religiously. She’s awesome and I get to meet her tomorrow!



  1. I really really want matched - I have it on preorder that that won't arrive until December!

    I liked Before I fall but it took me a while to get into it

  2. Wow, so many fab books! I'm looking forward to my stop on the Low Red moon tour and can't wait to read Matched and Halo! I'm really disappointed I can't come to the event tomorrow... I miss everything up in the North.... I might need to move! Have a great time and lots of pics please!

  3. You got some great books this week! Low Red Moon looks and sounds amazing.

  4. Ohhh you got some good ones this week!!Matched and Halo I want, I want!!
    Happy reading :)

  5. Halo and Withering Tights! You must be a happy girl! :D

  6. OK I am wanting Halo the more I see it :D
    Before I Fall is terrific.
    I think I am going to have to add Withering Tights to the wishlist.
    Happy reading :D

  7. What a week! Just wow! And enjoy!

  8. Awesome books this week! I'm reading Matched right now and it's amazing. I'm looking forward to starting Halo too. Hope you enjoy! :)

  9. Oh gosh, you've got Halo *severe book envy* Actually, all your books are fabulous - I'm definitely adding some of these to my books to read list :)

  10. Ooh, Withering Tights! Have you started it yet? Is it good? My copy hasn't been dispatched yet :(

    Great week Sophie! I got Halo too, and am waiting for an ARC of Low Red Moon to arrive. Both sound ace, and I hope you enjoy them along with all your others. :)

  11. Wow, great books - super jealous of Matched! And yay for Halo and Withering Tights! I also just finished Pictures of Lily and it was a great read! Hope you do a report on your meeting with the author! :)

  12. Halo and Matched? *cries* They both look awesome! Hope you enjoy:)

  13. Wow, I absolutely love the cover of Halo! And I like the sound of the story too. A girl angel who falls in love with a mortal sounds good!

  14. What a great group of books. I am really looking forward to Low Red Moon and Halo. Here is my mailbox this week. Happy reading!

  15. Those look good! I want to read Low Red Moon, it looks awesome. Before I Fall looks interesting as well.

  16. WOW! Some great books you got this week! :) I hope to have a couple of those show up at my door.

    I'm really looking forward to Low Red Moon, Halo and Withering Tights. Enjoy! :)))

  17. Wow. Very jealous of all that lovely lot! I really want Matched, that looks super :) Can't wait for your review :)

  18. I am horribly, horribly excited about Low Red Moon and Matched... and also about Halo, come to think of it! I hope that you enjoy them as they look made of awesomeness.

  19. I didn't realise Withering Tights was in the shops already! Woo hoo! Can't wait to hear what you think, Sophie!

  20. Great list. Before I Fall is one of my favs. I hope you love it. I'm a new follower.

  21. Great books! I got Halo, too, and I was jumping up and down excited!! Matched!! Wow, you lucky girl! I'm dying to read that one! Enjoy all your fun books!

  22. enjoy meeting Paige! I recently read another book by her and liked it!

  23. I am jealous of Matched!!!
    Low Red Moon looks awesome-- first time I have heard of it!
    I enjoyed Before I fall, and hope you do too! Happy Reading! Here’s mine if you wanna check it out.

  24. Ooh, jealousy. Matched AND Withing Tights. Happy reading.

  25. Oh My! The Halo cover looks gorgeous! Happy reading :)


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