Sunday, 26 June 2011

In My Mailbox 86

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:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very peculiar photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sees sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned hallways and bedrooms, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it may be – they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photographs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Thanks, Quirk! Knowing that John Green had blurbed this made me want to read this before I even knew what it was about!

About a Girl – Joanne Horniman

I remember when we lay together for the first time and I closed my eyes and fet the crackle of her dark hair between my fingers. She was all warmth and sparking light. When I was with her, my skin sighed that the centre of the world was precisely here.

Anna is afraid she is unlovable – until she meets Flynn. Together, the girls swim, eat banana cake, laugh and love. Some days Flynn is unreachable; other days she’s at Anna’s door – but when Anna discovers Flynn’s secret, she wonders if she knows her at all.

Very curious about this one. Thanks, Frances Lincoln!
Pegasus – Robin McKinley

On her twelfth birthday Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to her own Pegasus, Ebon.

For a thousand years humans and pegasi have lived peacefully in the beautiful green country beyond the wild lands. They rely on human magicians and pegasi shamans as their only means of real communication- but not Syli and Ebon...

They can understand each other.

But as their bond grows more powerful it becomes dangerous – could their friendship threaten to destroy the peace and safety of the two worlds?

Thank you, Puffin! I’ve wanted to read Robin McKinley for a very long time so I jumped at the chance to review her latest.

The Power of Six – Pittacus Lore

From Goodreads: I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight.

A surprise from Penguin. It says it’s an ARC, but it’s a hardback. Very confusing, huh? I actually didn't make it through I am Number Four so if anyone wants it, send me an email.


It was my birthday last week (the 15th) and my sister completed my Scott Westerfeld collection with these three. I was so excited about them that I forgot to put them in last week’s IMM, so here they are:

The Secret Hour – Scott Westerfeld

As the new girl at Bixby High School, Jessica Day expected some unwelcome attention. What she didn’t expect was to feel an instant connection to a stranger in the corridor...

Who is this boy dressed in black? And why can she feel his eyes following her wherever she goes?

The answers will have to wait until the sun goes down, for here in Bixby, midnight is the time for secrets; secrets that Jessica is going to find out, whether she want to or not.

Touching Darkness – Scott Westerfeld

Imagine falling for someone who can fly through the air. Imagine loving someone who can see your darkest thoughts. Imagine having secrets that could destroy the things you cherish...

Midnight in Bixby hides more than one secret, and uncovering them will put Jessica and her friends in more danger than they could have imagined.

The Midnighters aren’t the only ones seeking truth in the darkness. And if the group allow their own secrets to come between them they risk losing one of their own – forever.
Blue Noon – Scott Westerfeld

The secret hour is beginning to crumble...

The Midnighters look to Rex for a plan, but his dark side is threatening to overpower him. Melissa can taste his animal instincts leading him into taking greater and greater risks.

But as Bixby faces the darklings’ hunger, will it be Rex or another Midnighter who will make the final sacrifice to save the ones they love?



  1. Ooohhh, Pegasus is soooooo good! And we are dying to check out Miss Peregrine too. Enjoy!

  2. Miss Peregrine's looks SO interesting!

  3. Belated happy birthday - I hope you had a great time.
    Fab book week - happy reading :D

  4. They all look so good, especially Miss Peregrine and The Power Of Six. Enjoy! :-)

  5. Scott Westerfeld is one of my favorite authors!! I love his Midnighters series! I hope you enjoy all you got! Here's My IMM if you get the chance to check it out! Happy reading!

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  6. I'm jealous of Power of six- I loved I Am Number Four.
    I bought Miss Pergrine's this week- I think it looks excellent!

  7. Great set! I really want to read Pegasus. I have Miss Peregrine's but haven't read it yet. It sounds great.
    My IMM

  8. I've wanted to try the Midnighters series for a while - they look like such fun! :)

  9. I have three words, Awesome, awesome, awesome! lol. I would like all of these please! Especially Ransom Riggs book!! :)

    My IMM is here:

  10. Yay. Great books. I am interested hearing your opinion on Pegasus. I've been thinking of reading that since I do like Mckinley's writing style.

  11. I can't wait to read The Power of Six - I'm so excited to find out what happens next.
    Great books this week and happy reading!


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