Sunday, January 15, 2012

In My Mailbox (71)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to share what books you received for review, purchased, or checked out from the library during the past week.

For review:

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I was thrilled to get this through the Amazon Vine program. I am a big fan of Sophie Kinsella and though the Becky Bloomwood series is my favorite, I think I will enjoy this book too.

Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves

I requested this book from NetGalley and I hope to read it soon. It sounds really interesting and the author is currently working on a guest post for my blog. 


A Million Suns by Beth Revis

I am looking forward to reading this since I loved Across the Universe. Hopefully I will get to read it this month.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I originally got this from NetGalley but once I started reading it, I knew I had to have my own copy so I bought it. Cinder is my first 5 star read of 2012. 

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

It has been such a long time since I read Clockwork Angel that I don't remember much of what happened. Hopefully it will all come back to me when I read Clockwork Prince. I may even find that I like this prequel series more than the original!

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

I am eager to read this one. I've already read an excerpt and as I am a fan of her other fantasy novels, I know I will like this one too.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

I bought this on a whim when it was on sale for Kindle. It has been years since I read Frankenstein but I have heard excellent things about this novel of Victor Frankenstein's youth.

Entwined by Heather Dixon

This is yet another retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I enjoy fairytales retold and this has been well reviewed so I bought it (it didn't hurt that it was only 99 cents!).

The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick

I've never read any of Elizabeth Chadwick's historical fiction but I've heard she is fantastic. Since Sourcebooks had this on sale for Kindle, I thought I'd give it a try. Plus I am interested in this time period and haven't read any Medieval fiction in awhile. William Marshal sounds like a real life hero and I can't wait to find out more about him.

His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kim

This is another book I bought on a whim when it was the Kindle Deal of the Day. It features the Medici family (Lucrezia di Cosimo de Medici).

The Other Guy's Bride by Connie Brockway

This is the first book I've read by Connie Brockway. It received really positive reviews including a starred review from Booklist. When it was the Kindle Deal of the Day, I decided to go ahead and buy it. While it started out well, in the end I was disappointed. I think when it comes to historical romance I should stick to Julia Quinn.

From the library:

Mozart's Last Aria by Matt Rees

This sounds like a fascinating historical mystery about Mozart and featuring his sister Nannerl as the main character trying to investigate his possible murder. 

The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

I first came across this book through the Amazon Vine newsletter and thought it sounded interesting. What increased my interest is the blurb saying that fans of Downton Abbey will adore this book. While it is not set in the same time period, the main character is a wealthy Jewish girl who flees Nazi occupied Austria to become a parlor maid in England. I think it sounds like an Eva Ibbotson novel (The Countess Below Stairs) and I have high hopes that I will love it!

Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni and Moyna Chitrakar

I've already read this graphic novel adaptation based on the Ramayana by Valmiki. I have read parts of the actual Ramayana and this graphic novel takes an interesting approach to the story by setting it through the view of the heroine rather than the hero, Rama. I also liked the illustrations that remind me of classical Indian art.

The Kite Runner Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini, Fabio Celoni, and Mirka Andolfo

I loved The Kite Runner and for me it was an emotional and gripping reading experience. I don't know if the graphic novel will live up to that but I will give it a try anyway. 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Did you find something on this list that sounds good to you?


  1. CLockwork Prince is amazing. I didn't remember a lot of ANGEL either, but it came back to me. Hope your enjoying Cinder. That book is really good. I hope that you enjoy your new books!

    Ladybug Storytime

  2. i loved kite runnr
    new folower
    my imm

    a vid book lovers will love

  3. You go girl. Awesome stuff. Mozart's Last Aria is one of those covers I'm absolutely in love with.

  4. What a wonderful assortment of books. I did read The Other Guy's Bride which was also my first Connie Brockway. I liked the interplay between the hero and heroine. I loved Touch of Power too. I started Entwined but donated it to my HS Media Center unfinished. It just didn't grab me and I have too many books on my stack to devote time to a book that doesn't. I read the ARC of Cinder over Christmas Break which made it one of the best books I read in 2011. I really should get a finished copy for my bookshelf but think I'll wait until the rest of the trilogy comes out so that I can get paperbacks with matching bindings.

    I have two blogs and do two IMMs. Here is my YA IMM and my adult IMM. Happy reading!

  5. I hope you enjoy Touch of Power and Entwined-two of my favorite reads last year!

    I also received I've Got Your Number from Vine-while I don't like the Shopaholic series, I've loved Kinsella's standalone books so I have high hopes for this one.

  6. Great books... I'm so STINKIN' jealous you got I've Got Your Number! I cannot wait to read that one... I LOVE Sophie Kinsella. I hope it's as awesome as her Shopaholic series.

  7. Fabulous books this week! A Million Suns is amazing, just as great if not better than the first book!

    Happy reading, :)

  8. WOW!! so many books and they're all different genres too. you have wonderful reading ahead of you. thanks for stopping by our blog and happy reading :)


  9. A Million Suns was amazing! hope you'll enjoy it too!
    Happy Reading!
    My IMM
    A Beautiful Madness

  10. Nice mailbox! Sophie Kinsella is amazing! Enjoy!

    Here's my IMM.

  11. Great set! I loved Touch of Power. Can't wait to read Cinder.
    My IMM

  12. I quite like that cover of This Dark Endeavor!

    ALSO just looking at your IMM is a nudge for me towards buying Touch Of Power!

  13. This Dark Endeavor, Cinder, and Touch of Power were all amazing! Enjoy

    Shorskie's IMM

  14. Wow, you got a ton of amazing stuff! Cinder was my first 5 star of the year, too. Completely amazing. I need to get my hands on A Million Suns soon, too!


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