In my mailbox is a meme that can be found over at The Story Siren, intending to share any books bought/gifted/borrowed over time. I’ve decided to post these on Mondays sporadically, with the intention to share what I’ve got my hands on recently. Thanks to primarily Goodreads for blurbs and covers.

I didn’t actually expect to have an In My Mailbox post today, as I’d checked in the shop on Saturday and not found anything worth grabbing and wouldn’t be in again until tomorrow, and I expected to perhaps grab a book from Amazon but that wouldn’t arrive until next Monday, but I decided to have a look in Asda today. Our nearest Asda has a pretty good book section. They rotate the books a fair bit as proven by the removal of The Hunger Games which was there last time I looked (was hoping to grab that one). I almost bought Starcrossed but it wasn’t in the 2 for £7 offer, same deal for Red Riding Hood, which is a shame. The other options in this offer that I was interested in, aside from the two I bought in the end obviously, were Vampire Academy, Fallen, Hush Hush, and I did eye up Dead in the Family and Graceling as well but they weren’t in the offer either. In the end, as I’ve entered a contest for Fallen (and whilst I don’t expect to win, I very rarely do, I don’t want to risk buying something that I can’t afford only to put it aside), I went with:

The Iron Witch (The Iron Witch #1) – Karen Mahoney

Freak. That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance/Faeries

Oooh! A British author! Big love. I will openly admit that everytime I read a young adult paranormal blurb, the stories all sound the same with very few details changed but in the same breath, it is the details and the storytelling of each individual author that makes a book for me. Despite the first few comments on Goodreads saying that this book is entirely unoriginal, so long as the story is interesting and well written, who cares? I’m looking for enjoyable reads at the end of the day. I do wish there would be less “X has moved to a new school and is instantly drawn to the mysterious guy and once she gets too close nothing is the same again.” Or sometimes the mysterious guy is a new guy in the school/town, but eh, I’ve already given my recipe for a great book and I have heard good things about this one so can’t wait to get around to it!

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance

This cover is so glossy, I’m going to get fingerprints all over it *whine*. I’ve seen this one given great reviews all over the place and have wanted to get a copy for ages, so here it is, finally. It sounds satisfyingly dark, and a nice easy read. Very much looking forward to reading this one.