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In My Mailbox #4

October 2, 2011

In My Mailbox is an idea from Kristi at The Story Siren  and is the perfect opportunity for us bloggers to show all the new books we’ve received from publishers or bought from shops. I haven’t done one of these for quite some time now, but I received such a huge delivery of books this week I thought I’d share it with everyone!

Torn by Cat Clarke (Quercus, January 2012)

I read Clarke’s previous novel Entangled and enjoyed it so I’ve been looking forward to this one!

Irenicon by Aidan Harte (Jo Fletcher Books, April 2012)

I’ve been hearing lots of great things about this one from Jo Fletcher Books. It looks and sounds really intriguing and I’m really into fantasy at the moment so definitely looking forward to this. Also loving the cover, I don’t know if the finished copy will keep it but I do like it!

Poison Heart by S.B. Hayes (Quercus, March 2012)

For fans of Lauren Kate and Becca Fitzpatrick apparently, both of whom have a massive fan base so this should appeal to lots of you!

The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell (Tor, Out now)

This is one I bought about a week ago now. It’s been on my radar for a while just because I love stories set in post-apocalyptic worlds, and the cover really drew me in. My colleague also said it was brilliant so I just had to buy it!

Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor (Firebird Fantasy, Out now)

I had to buy this after falling in love with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This was published some time ago now, but it had great reviews online and it sounds brilliant. Can’t wait to read it!

Playground by 50 Cent (Quercus, November 2011)

I have to admit I sort of sniggered when I first opened this, as I really don’t put much faith in celebrities writing fiction, i.e. Katie Price… However, the more I read about it the more it sounded intriguing. It’s a novel for young adults about bullying. I’m still dubious but I’ll give it a go.

The Feral Child by Che Golden (Quercus, January 2012)

A new 9-12 title about faeries. The blurb actually sounds better than I was expecting and I have to admit I’m a little bit excited to read this one. I also really like the cover!

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (Sceptre, Out now)

I picked up a proof copy of this at work after my colleague raved about it. I’ve never read anything by Charles Frazier before, though I have seen the film Cold Mountain.

Carrier of the Mark  by Leigh Fallon (Harper Collins, October 2011)

Okay so the cover pulled me in again! It really is quite beautiful. The story sounds a little typical but it doesn’t give a great deal away so I’m definitely intrigued as to where it will go… Looking forward to it!

A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Bloomsbury, Out now)

This is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. I really want to read Donnelly’s latest novel Revolution but I thought I’d start with this after seeing a really cheap used copy online!

The End Specialist by Drew Magary (Harper Voyager, Out now)

I was so pleased to be able to get a copy of this from the publisher after spotting it at work. I can’t help but think it looks really similar to The Book Thief’s cover. Maybe that’s what first drew me in, but really the story is completely different. I’ve heard many good things about it on Twitter too!

The Lewis Man by Peter May (Quercus, February 2012)

This is the sequel to the bestselling crime novel, The Blackhouse. I have to admit I haven’t read May’s first novel, after being in a bit of a slump with crime fiction at the moment.

Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson (Quercus, April 2012)

I love the sound of this one! It’s received rave reviews from Ann Patchett, the Los Angeles Times and Vogue. I really can’t wait to read it!

Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart (Quercus, January 2012)

I don’t know if the finished copy will have the same cover but I really hope it does because I think it’s beautiful! Again this one sounds great, and I’ve never read anything by Urquhart before. It’s also set in Canada which always appeals to me!

The Dark Winter by David Mark (Quercus, April 2012)

First of a new crime series set in Hull. It has an intriguing premise, but as I already mentioned I’m not that into Crime  fiction at the moment.

The Third Day by Chochana Boukhobza (MacLehose Press, March 2012)

I hope this cover changes!! I’m sure it will but I did pull a bit of a questioning look when I pulled it out of the package! I’m definitely intrigued by the blurb for this one. It’s supposed to be a portrait of life in 1980s Jerusalem, and will be published to coincide with Jewish Book Week.

So yes, lots of books received recently! I also bought a wonderful signed and numbered edition of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I’ve already read it and own a proof copy but I just had to buy it because it was so beautiful!  I’ve received some really great books this past week, most of which come from authors I’ve never heard of before which is always a good thing!

What did you receive in your mailbox this week?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2011 17:23

    Lovely stack of books! The covers look so pretty together. I enjoyed Entangled as well, so I’m curious to see what you think of Torn. I’m really intrigued about Irenicon too.
    Enjoy all your new reads!

  2. October 3, 2011 02:58

    Oh awesome! Carrier of the Mark sounds awesome I can’t wait to read it.

    Xpresso Reads
    P.S. I’ve also got a new giveaway on my blog for Remembrance if you want to enter.

  3. October 3, 2011 18:15

    Have to admit, I’m very intrigued by the 50 Cent book. Not a clue why, though. Oh, Nightwoods, I also got this through. Started reading it and it is nothing like the blurb, NOTHING. I ended up talking to the PR agent and tell her I couldn’t review it as it was not what I expected and really wasn’t my kind of book. Check out a few reviews on Goodreads first, it’s very harrowing and upsetting at times.

    • October 3, 2011 18:55

      I have to admit I’m a tad dubious as to how much of the book 50 Cent actually wrote…I’d bet he had the idea and someone else wrote it, seeing as on the inside cover it has someone else’s name with 50 Cent’s… How bizarre about Nightwoods, tbh I probably won’t get around to it for ages, but my colleague loved it… I’ll deffo check some other reviews out though! Thanks 🙂

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