March 10, 2013

In My Mailbox #12

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren. It's a great way for book bloggers to showcase books and other literary things they've received recently.

I want to point out that this post covers all book acquisitions from the beginning of January until now - two months, more or less. No, this isn't usual. Though it does make me very happy. Who can't be happy to be surrounded by so many reading options?

For Review:
Persistence of Vision (Interchron, #1) by Liesel Hill
When Liesel Hill contacted me about participating in a blog tour for her debut novel, I was more than happy to agree. I was pleasantly surprised by the novel and found it quite thought-provoking. Check out my review and Liesel's guest post on her use of science within the series.
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
My first Netgalley approval! Woohoo! I was so psyched to find out I'd been approved for this. This book has interested me ever since I saw it featured on some Waiting on Wednesdays (and subsequently featured it on my own WoW). Although not as good as I was hoping it would be, it was still enjoyable. My review.
Fraction of Stone (The Fraction Series, #1) by Kelley Lynn
I will be reviewing this YA fantasy debut novel about a world on the verge of destruction and the two humans who possess the powers necessary to save it as part of Xpresso Blog Tours on March 21. Thanks so much for allowing me to participate, Giselle!

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
This was a Valentine's Day gift from my parents. I was so excited to receive this! I've heard some good things (fairy tale retelling of "The Snow Maiden" and it's adult fiction), so I can't wait to find some time to read it!

Bought (or, an example of how I have way too much money left on my Amazon gift card balance):
Everneath (Everneath, #1) & Everbound (Everneath, #2) by Brodi Ashton
I have mixed thoughts about this series. First of all, Greek/Roman underworld inspiration yay! But then I read that Aston apparently didn't do tons of research on mythology for this series. I understand you want a book to be your own creation, but if you're going with a similar idea to a myth, why in the world would you not read the myths and then figure out how you can warp the stories? But one night both of these were $2.99 for Kindle, so I figured why not. 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
I deliberated for a while on whether to take advantage of the Kindle deal for this book. It really has gotten incredible praise from so many reviewers I trust, however, so I decided that it was worth the expense.
Austenland (Austenland, #1) by Shannon Hale
This was really cheap on Kindle, there's a new movie based on it, and it's about freaking Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice! What's not to love? (And, yes, I am slowly buying all of Hale's works for my Kindle, apparently.)
I started writing a "Rapunzel" retelling last summer. Many things have prevented me from working on it since then, but I really do want to try to write the entire thing, if only to prove that I can and to give me confidence to write new stories. I love SurLaLune Fairy Tales and this looks like a meticulously researched compilation of all Maiden in the Tower tales. Hopefully reading this will help give me some inspiration to write more! Plus, it's just interesting to learn about different fairy tales variants, even if it did cost me more than a pretty penny. 
And All the Stars by Andrea K. Host
Once again, a super cheap Kindle deal. It's received good praise from reviewers I trust and even won some sci fi awards. And it's about an alien invasion? Looking forward to broadening the type of speculative fiction I read with this one.
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
I'm not quite sure why I'm so excited to read this book. I just really like the idea of a fairy tale/fable-inspired story where a young girl tells stories to Death in order to buy extra time in her life. A just-because Kindle purchase. :)
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness 
Yay for Kindle deals! I've heard great things about this book and have been meaning to read it for a while now, so when it became the daily sci fi/fantasy deal, I bought it without a second thought. Now if only the second and third books drop in price a little, I'll buy them all. 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) & Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) by Laini Taylor
Although I read and reviewed Daughter of Smoke and Bone back in September, I got a copy from the library. I loved it, however, and fully anticipate loving the rest of the series (especially after reading so many reviews on Days of Blood and Starlight), so I bought my own pretty copies. I will get to Days of Blood and Starlight soon, I will!

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake

I'm really going to make an effort to attend my school's YA book club at some point this year. I haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood yet, so I figured this was the perfect time to read it. And my friend wants to attend too, so no excuses. We're both reading this and going to discuss it with other students. :)
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Because this book haul covers such a long time range, this is the second book for my work book club included here. This is our March pick. Once again, a popular adult fiction book I doubt I would have picked up on my own. 
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
So many people listed Wanderlove among their top books from 2012 that I was curious to see what all the hype was about. Plus, I love the fact that it takes place in Central America since I've traveled there myself (although not by myself, as Bria does). My review will be posted later this month.
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
I know I'm a little late to the game on this. But after so many people were posting reviews of the story within a short time span, I wanted to wait a little while before picking up the book to read myself. While I liked it, I didn't love it the way I feel like so many people did. Oh well. My review will be posted in April.
Second Helpings (Jessica Darling, #2) by Megan McCafferty
Because, yes, I need to continue with Jessica Darling's story. I loved Second Helpings probably just as much as Sloppy Firsts and can't wait to move on to Charmed Thirds and witness Jessica's college experiences! My review will be posted later this month.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
At my work a few of us decided to form a book club and have discussions, and because everyone knows that I love to read and write and discuss books, I'm the leader. My coworker let me borrow her copy of this book, which was February's discussion book. My review will be posted later this month.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys
So happy to finally have the chance to read more good YA historical fiction (according to every single review I've read, that is). I love historical fiction, but I really only read adult historical fiction, so clearly I need to fix that!
Poison Study (Study, #1) & Magic Study (Study, #2) & Fire Study (Study, #3) by Maria V. Snyder
Courtney and I have both been meaning to read Snyder's debut series for a while now, so we decided to do another read along. Feel free to check out both our reviews later this week. And, after finishing and loving Poison Study, I needed to get my hands on the rest of the books in the series right away.

Thanks for bearing with me through this super long post. I don't plan on going over two months between book hauls again. Please let me know what books you've received recently!
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Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.


  1. And All the Stars, DoSaB, DoBaS, The Lost Girl, Wanderlove, and Between Shades of Gray are all some of my favorites! I desperately hope you enjoy them and The Study Series is great as well! :)

    1. haha thanks, Keertana! I am sure I will! I've read (and loved) DoSab, The Lost Girl, Wanderlove, and Poison Study. I can't wait to read the rest of those you listed, as I'm sure I'll love those as well! :)

  2. Everneath and Everbound were both very good, in my opinion. And don't even get me started on The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I could rave for days on that book. Such an important one. Hope you love it!

    Care to check out my IMM/StS?
    Hope to chat with you soon!

    1. Glad to hear it! I am definitely excited to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I haven't read many LGBT books, but this sounds like a fantastic one to start with. Thanks, Danie!

  3. Wow, some great books! Big titles there. I hope you enjoy them!
    Brittany S
    My WW:

    1. Yup! I'm excited to start reading them! Thank you!

  4. Shannon Hale is amazing! My favorite is Book of a Thousand Days. Have you read that one? I picked up Austenland when it was on sale for Kindle, too. I haven't read it, but I need to. I love Hale and Jane Austen AND P&P. Plus with the movie and everything . . . yeah I really need to get on that :)

    Happy reading :)

    1. I have not read that yet. On a self-imposed ban until I finish my own story inspired by that tale. But I own it! So hopefully I'll read it sooner rather than later. And I know! I'm loving so many things Jane Austen recently, with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and all. You can never have enough Jane Austen. :)

  5. Um, WOW. I know this is a combined mailbox post but you have some REALLY awesome books listed above! Highlights, imo: The Smoke and Bone books, The Lost Girl, Wanderlove, the Poison Study books, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and of course, Second Helpings! I loved all of these books, seriously, they are all 4 and 5 star books so enjoy!!

    1. Yeah...I went a bit crazy these past two months. But I don't regret it at all. :) And yay! So glad to hear you've liked so many of them. I'm sure I'll love them too. Thanks, Heather!


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