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Sunday, December 5, 2010

In My Mailbox #22


In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren once a week which explores the weekly contents of your mailbox and books bought.


For Review:

Mercy by Rebecca Lim (HarperCollins Australia/November 1, 2010)


Mercy ′wakes′ on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else′s business -- or thinks they do. But they will never guess the secret Mercy is hiding ....

As an angel exiled from heaven and doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, Mercy is never sure whose life and body she will share each time. And her mind is filled with the desperate pleas of her beloved, Luc, who can only approach her in her dreams.

In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is now presumed dead. When another girl disappears, Mercy and Ryan know they must act before time runs out. But a host of angels are out for Mercy′s blood and they won′t rest until they find her and punish her -- for a crime she doesn′t remember committing ...

An electric combination of angels, mystery and romance, Mercy is the first book in a major new series.

I know I haven’t had too much luck with angel themed books lately but when Patricia from HarperCollins Australia got in contact and asked me if I wanted to review Mercy how could I say no? This one definitely sounds like it has potential plus Rebecca is from my town Melbourne (I like to support Aussie authors). Patricia also sent me two extra copies so I’m going to be holding a giveaway for my Aussie and NZ readers very soon so keep an eye out for that!

Big thanks for Patricia and HarperCollins Australia for sending me the books!

Oh yeah here’s the trailer for the book, enjoy.


The Ghost & The Goth by Stacey Kade (Hyperion Books/June 29, 2010)


Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star…and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?

I signed up to the Good Golly Miss Holly Arc Tour for this book ages ago and the book finally arrived on Friday afternoon, hoorah! I can’t wait to get into it, I love the whole premise.

Thanks to Holly at Good Golly Miss Holly.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Australia/March 28, 2011)


In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost.

Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive.

It is a long and harrowing journey, and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?

Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.

This one from Erin over at Penguin Australia was a big surprise, I wasn’t expecting it at all but I love when I’m surprised! I won’t be reading this for a while as it’s not released till March next year but it sounds like it’s going to be an extremely emotional read for me. For more information visit the books website, simply click HERE.

Below is a really interesting video in which Ruta discusses her inspiration for Between Shades of Gray and a little about the book. I know it’s long but you should definitely take the time and look at this video.


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