Sunday, 15 July 2012

In My Mailbox 123

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:

Debutantes – Cora Harrison (ARC)

It’s 1923 and London is a whirlwind of jazz, dancing and parties, and Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it. Stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away.

Luckily the girls have a secret ambition:

Rose – The Novelist
Poppy – The Jazz Musician
Daisy – The Film Director
Violet – The Perfect Debutante

Who will catch the eye of the prince...

So excited for this! Thanks, Macmillan!

This Dark Endeavour – Kenneth Oppel

The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.

Sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein and his twin brother Konrad are inseperable – until the day Konrad is struck down with a mysterious illness that no doctor is able to cure. Passionate, temperamental Victor cannot imagine a life without his twin, and swears to save him, no matter what it takes.

But impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle are working against him, and Victor’s dark endeavour will alter the course of their lives forever.

I have this is proof form and reviewed it at the time, but I got sent the newly-covered paperback to go with:

Such Wicked Intent – Kenneth Oppel

When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankestein to swear off alchemy for ever. He burnd the Dark Library. He vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother’s betrothed. If only these things were not so tempting.

When Victor and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with their friend Henry, they venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledgeto raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.

Thanks for book of these RHCP!

I also received a second proof copy of Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone which I’ll be passing on to the lovely Anya at An Awful Lot of Reading.

The Raven Boys – Maggie Steifvater (ARC)

From Goodreads: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love...or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aligonby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all – family money, good looks, devoted friends – but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the priviledge around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spell-binding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Ahhhhhh! So exited for this that I’m starting it straight away regardless of the September release date. Thanks, Scholastic!


Love Story – Jennifer Echols

She’s writing about him. He’s writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines.

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions – it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritence to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a local coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter...except this story could come true.

I swapped my second copy of Rebel Heart with Clover from Fluttering Butterflies for this. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks, Clover!



  1. So jealous about the raven boys!

  2. the debutante one is soo pretty! I've heard great things about jennifer echols :)

  3. So jealous of Raven Boys! And thank you for Time Between Us, even if I haven't seen you to get it yet! xXx

  4. 1920s in London sounds fab! Plus the Debutantes cover is gorgeous. There's so much buzz around The Raven Boys -let us know what you think of it!

  5. Lovely books! Happy reading, Sophie!

  6. Oh wow- The Raven Boys! Can't wait to see what you think of it :D
    Happy reading!

  7. You received some wonderful books! Debutantes, Love Story, and The Raven Boys all sound amazing!

  8. The Raven Boys!!! Oh, you are so lucky! Hope you enjoy it, along with everything else :)

  9. Oooh, Kenneth Oppel? I only recently got to the pile This Dark Endeavour was hiding in and I REALLY liked it - did not see the ending coming, and it was so abrupt too (in a good way). So jealous you have the next one!


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