In My Mailbox #4

In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren is a weekly post that allows book bloggers to share their excitement over new books they have received each week.

I feel like I should be renaming these posts to “On The Kindle” seeing I haven’t actually received any books in my actual mailbox and probably wont any time soon :) What do you think? On The Kindle or OTK doesn’t really have the same ring to it hey? In anycase heaps of books received this week and all seem due for release in the next fortnight eeek – what I get for going on a bit of a ARC spree not expecting to actually be accepted for them!


Even though I have heaps of Amazon credit left from my birthday I am holding off purchasing things for the moment as I have heaps of books already scheduled for review for the end of April and May.  Will probably hold off purchasing anything else until next month unless I see something I love go on sale!

Ashfall by Mike Mullin | Amazon | The Book Depository

As i requested Ashen Winter the sequel for review I figure I need to read the first book so I can understand whats going on first!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don’t know it’s there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa | Amazon | The Book Depository

I loved The Immortal Rules so much I decided to add this book to my Amazon wish list.  Imagine my surprise to discover they finally had a Kindle version now available to us Aussies!  I bought it immediately and can’t wait to start it :)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


For Review

After thinking that I was never going to get responses from my Edelweiss account, I all of a sudden got a bunch of approvals woohoo! I actually really love Edelweiss as it gives you a really good insight into how the book is being marketed and pushed by the publisher.  As someone who works quite closely with marketing teams in my day job I find this type of stuff really fascinating!

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar | Amazon | The Book Depository

Publication Details: Penguin Australia, 26 April 2012

There is a lot of buzz about this book in the Australian market and I decided at the last minute to request it and try and have it finished just before the publication date of 26 April 2012.  I’m currently reading it and wow this is just brilliant – so off the charts for regualar YA books, much darker and pyschological!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Imagine there is someone you like so much that just thinking about them leaves you desperate and reckless. You crave them in a way that’s not rational, not right, and you’re becoming somebody you don’t recognise, and certainly don’t respect, but you don’t even care.

And this person you like is unattainable. Except for one thing…

He lives downstairs.

Abbie has three obsessions. Art. The ocean. And Kane.

But since Kane’s been back, he’s changed. There’s a darkness shadowing him that only Abbie can see. And it wants her in its world.

A gothic story about the very dark things that feed the creative process.

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock | Amazon | The Book Depository

Publication Details: Harper Collins, 8 May 2012

Firstly I love love love this cover! Secondly this was my first request and approval with the Edelweiss system, which is very exciting for me as I had planned on purchasing it anyway as its one of the books I selected for the 2012 Debut Authors Challenge.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

Publication Details: Harper Collins, 24 April 2012

I love the look of this book! Moulin Rouge-esqu Dystopia? Bring it on!  I’ve been reading some of the early reviews on Goodreads and it sounds so promising too, can’t wait to get started.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

Publication Details: HarperTEEN, 29 May 2012

I read Starcrossed after it was first released last year and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I am so excited to review the sequel!

Goodreads Synopsis:

As the only Scion that can enter Hades at will, Helen descends to the Underworld in search of a way to overcome the Furies and end the cycle of revenge that has cursed the Scions. But she’s running out of time. Each descent weakens her both in mind and spirit. A mysterious stranger might be her only salvation, but the price may be her love for Lucas Delos.

As an unforgettable love triangle emerges, Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding. The eagerly awaited sequel to the internationally bestselling Starcrossed, Dreamless delivers with a huge emotional impact that will leave readers satisfied—and longing for more.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

Publication Details: HarperTEEN, 24 April 2012

The cover really drew my attention for this book.  It’s also a Dystopian so even though the blurb didn’t interest me as much as some of the other novels I’ve been approved for I’m still willing to read and review it.

Goodreads Synopsis:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


What books have you scored in the last week?  Link me your IMM or let me know in the comments!


Ahh, I’d love to receive credit to The Book Depo for my birthday. Such a lovely idea :)

With all the drama of The Selection and it’s author, I decided to drop this book from my shelves. Are you still keen on reading it or have you not heard any of that stuff yet?

Oh and deffo keep the “IMM” title… !

No I’m completely oblivious about the drama! Please do tell or point me to somewhere with more info on it :)

I went and hunted down the drama :) Meh – I think her publicist is stupid (seriously should do a social media ettiquette course or something) and the author should have shut up but I’ve done stupid things in my career too so I guess I’m willing to give the author a free pass this once!

Grace Fonseca says:

Very nice haul. Good solid mailbox. I like the new organization of the site. Come visit me as well.


Thanks Grace for commenting on my IMM :)

Nah, keep In My Mailbox. I don’t even have a mailbox! Lol.

I have the first 3 Iron Fey books on my shelf, haven’t started them yet and may be a while before I do but surprised you hadn’t yet – hope you love them! Imagine you will. :)

And hooray for Edelweiss!

I seriously had only not read them yet because they weren’t out on the Kindle and I just don’t have room for more physical books. Now that they’ve been released I can finally get to them…. after all these review books are read anyway lol.

Jennifer Messerschmidt @ Some Like It Paranormal says:

Great haul! I loved The Iron Fey series! And I’ve been dying to read Masque of Red Death, The Selection, and Hemlock for a long time! I still need to read Starcrossed as well. Happy reading and thanks for visiting My IMM!

No worries :) I have scored some great books this week I’m very pleased and so far Masque of the Red Death is pretty awesome!

Kayla @ Reading On The Wild Side says:

OMG First off I really, really, really love your blog! I love the format, simplicity, and how eye catching it is 😀 And you have some totally awesome-tastic books! Masque of The Red Death is a book I have been dying to read! They all look awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by my IMM post, have a wonderful day!

Thanks so much for the awesome layout praise – I’m so lucky I have a sister who does this type of thing for a living! I’ve just started Masque of the Red Death and its really great so far :)

Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books says:

Great IMM! I love The Iron Fey Series. And Hemlock sounds really great. Adding it to my wishlist now. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog… I’m a new follower now.

Everyone raves about how good the Iron Fey series is and seriously if its even half as good as The Immortal Rules was I think I will love them!

Janel Releford says:

Great blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also