Sunday 17 June 2012

In My Mailbox 119

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 unless otherwise stated.

For review:

Snow White and the Huntmans -  Lily Blake, Evan Daughterty, John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini

She is destined...
Either the queen will kill her or the huntsman will transform her into a warrior.

Ten years ago, the stunning and vengeful Queen Ravenna murdered her king the same fateful night she married him. But controlling the now desperate kingdom has begun to take its toll on the evil Queen. To keep her magic and beauty from dying, she must consume a heart that is pure. And the only one that has been  under her cruel watch all along belongs to the king’s daughter.

Ravenna calls for the imprisoned Snow White, but the young woman  escapes from the castle and seeks refuge in the Dark Forest. Because the forest is enchanted with magical flora and deadly fauna, the Queen sends for the only man who has ventured into the woods and survived: a tortured Huntsman called Eric.

With his hope long forsaken, the Huntsman bagrees to bring back the girl. But when Eric finds his prey, he hesitates. Will he kill her?

Or will he train her to become the greatest warrior the kingdom has ever known?

Thanks, Atom! I reall want to see this film and tucked in the book was a movie poster! Good, huh?

Pushing the Limits – Kate McGarry (ARC)

They say be a good girl, get good grades, be popular.

They know nothing about me.

I can’t remember the night that changed my life. The night I went from the top of the pyramid to oner freak. And my family are determined to keep it that way.

They said therapy was supposed to help.

They didn’t expect Noah.

Noah is the dangerous boy my parents warned me about. But the only one who’ll listen. The only one who’ll help me find the truth.

I know every kiss, every promise, every touch is forbidden.

But what if finding your destiny means breaking all the rules?

So excited for this! Thanks, Mira Ink/Midas!

Losing Lila – Sarah Alderson

Alex and Lila are on the run, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Unit. Alex is determined to keep Lila safe at any cost, but Lila’s only thought is of finding a way back to California so she can rescue her family from the military base where they’re being held.

Lila plans not only to save her brother and mum, but also to completely destroy the Unit and everything it stands for. But that means Lila returning to California alone, and making friends with the enemy – putting herself at risk of losing everything: Alex, her family...even her life.

Thanks, S&S!

RHCP Blogger’s Brunch Goodie Bag:

Now is Good – Jenny Downham (Before I Die)

Tessa is sixteen.

Tessa is dying.

But before that moment comes, she has an awful lot of living to do...

So she’s made a list of everything she wants to do before she dies. Number one is sex. Starting tonight.

Heartbreaking, devastating, yet sparkling with life, this internationally bestselling novel celebrates what it is to be alive by confronting what it’s really like to die.

I love this book, it’s awesome. We got a peek at the trailer at RHCP and I can honestly say that there won’t be a dry eye in the cinema.

Muddle and Win: The Battle for Sally Jones – John Dickinson (ARC)

The angel towered over him. In its rock-steady hands it gripped a great bassoon, with the mouth pointed right between Muddlespot’s eyes. ‘Say your prayers, creep.’ Said the angel. ‘Oh, I forgot – you people don't, do you?’

What if your every thought was disputed by opposing forces of good and evil – by an ange wearing Ray-bans and a demon called Muddlespot?

Sally Jones is good. And Muddlespot, newly promoted to special agent, is on a mission to make her Bad. If he doesn’t, it will be very Bad for him. But as he infiltrates Sally’s mind, all becomes unclear. Just what does it mean to be good? And can it be good to be bad?

This sounds like so much fun!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

‘Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!’

Would you be surprised to see a white rabbit take a watch out of his waistcoat pocket? It certainly seems a remarkable sight to Alice and, full of curiosity, she follows him down a rabbit-hole into a very strange world. She meets a disappearing cat, plays croquet with a bad-tempered Queen, joins a mad Hatter’s tea party and becomes entangled in the case of some missing tarts. In Wonderland nothing but out of the way things happen...

Vintage are launching a new children’s classics range and this is one of the thirty launch titles.

Never Fall Down – Patricia McCormick (ARC)

Summary from Amazon: Eleven-year-old Arn is walking through the countryside in Cambodia.

Music will save him. Hope, luck and kindness will save him. This is his story.

Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace.

This sounds like a very difficult, but very rewarding, read.

Time Between Us – Tamara Ireland Stone (ARC)

The Time Traveller’s Wife for teens; a deeply compelling story about falling in love for the first time with the one person you simply cannot be with.

Chicago, 1995
Anna is sixteen, and fiercely determiend to travel the world.

San Francisco, 2012
Bennett is seventeen...and desperately trying to stay in one place.

They were never supposed to meet. Their paths were never meant to cross. But bennett has the incredible, unpredictable ability to travel through time and space, and suddenly finds himself in Anna’s world.

They are inescapably drawn to one another – but deep down, they both know it can never last. For no matter how desperate  Bennet is to stay, his ‘gift’ will inevitably knock him right back to where he belongs – and Anna will be left alone to pick up the pieces.

Really excited about this one!! Squee!

After the brunch and infuriating the waiters in the pub next door, me, Kirsty, Carly, Non and Sarah trundled over to Foyles. I made purchases.


Enchanted Ivy – Sarah Beth Durst

Lily carter wants to attend Princeton University just like her grandfather. When she visits the campus, Grandpa surprises her: She has been selected to take the top secret Legacy Test. passing means autmatic acceotance to Princeton. Sweet!

Lily’s test is to find the Ivy Key. As she searches, Lily is joined by Tye, a cute college boy with orange and black hair. But things start to get seriously strange when a gargoyle talks to her. Her tells her that there are two Princetons – the ordinary one and the magical one – and the Key opens the gate between them.

Then Lily enters the magical Princeton, a place where knights slay monsters, boys are were-tigers, and dragons might be out for blood. She will need all her courage – and a little magic – to stop a deadly battle and unlock the secrets of her past and her future.

After loving Ice, I’ve been waiting for the rest of SBD’s books to be released over here to no avail and then I spotted this today and snapped it straight up!

So Shelly – Ty Roth

High school junior John Keats has only tiptoed near the edge of the vortex that is Gordon Byron, schoolmate and literary prodigy. That is, until their mutual friend, Michelle “Shelly” Shelley, drowns in a sailing “accident”.

After stealing Shelly’s ashes from her memorial at Trinity High, Keats and Gordon set a course for the small Lake Erie island where sher body washed ashore, and where she wanted to be laid to rest. Granting her last wish would be keats and Gordon’s way of letting their friend have one final “so Shelly” romantic journey. Setting off for Lake Erie, navigating obstacles and resisting temptations, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly’s and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her premature death.

Romantic poets! In high school! What more could you ask for?!



  1. So many good books! Me so jealous! Specially for Pushing The Limits. I just got Before I Die and it sounds really interesting. And i also watched the movie trailer and i have to say it looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and great haul!

    Happy reading! :)

  2. I really like the sound of Never Fall Down and Time Between Us. And the cover on that new Alice edition is great. Hope you had fun at Foyles :)

  3. So sorry I missed you at RHCB! I'm also sorry not to get a copy of Time Between Us as I'm dying to read that one (Time Travel FTW!!!) but hopefully they'll send me a copy! ;)

  4. Wow thats a great selection of books, I loved Hunting Lila I can't wait to get hold loosing Lila!!

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    Happy reading,

  5. Great selection of books :D **New Follower**

  6. Wow, such an awesome bunch of books :)

  7. YAY soooooo many awesome books!!!!! Time Between Us and Pushing the Limit are both totally on my tbr list!!! I REALLY want to read Hunting Lila sometime...I have heard fabulous things about it! Anyway looking forward to your reviews for all of these! Happy Reading!! Enjoy :-)

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  8. I've been wanting to read Enchanted Ivy! Time Between Us looks really good, too!

  9. I picked up So Shelly the other day and then put it down somewhere and CAN'T FIND IT. I feel that has something to do with a naughty little 4 year old in the house though. I'm so looking forward to it though. Also, I loved Ice and have been keen to read something else by Sarah Beth Durst as well :)


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