The idea behind In My Mailbox is to share any books you get your hands on, be they borrowed, bought, gifted, received for review, with your readers. I particularly like this meme because I’m often picking up books that don’t get read, at least for a while. It’s nice to spotlight them before they are shoved into some corner of my shelf to gather dust. Hosted by The Story Siren.

Look! This week I didn’t buy a thing! *high five?* ((Actually, I typed that and then went off to Asda to raid the 3 for £10 deal they have going to cheer myself up, but that can go in next week’s IMM now because I’ve mostly done the post and pictures. It worked a little bit, nothing better than a new book to cheer yourself up when your chocolate ban is more serious than your book ban!)) Still, laying them out on the bed I can tell for sure that library book isn’t getting read.

Received For Review

Betrayal (Haunting Emma #2) by Lee Nichols | Goodreads (Bloomsbury)

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts | Goodreads (Macmillan Children’s Books)

The Eye of the Crystal Ball by T.P. Boyle | Goodreads (From the author)

Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey | Goodreads (Net Galley)

Betrayal was requested because I adored Deception so much. I haven’t got time to read it right now which I’d really have liked, but I’ll definitely be getting to it when I’ve got through The Pile (which is the official name for all of the steampunk books I have to read for Discovering Steampunk, which has become a Pile of five now, with three on the way from a publisher).

Dark Inside was a nice surprise. It was sent over unsolicited, I checked out the press release and the blurb and it sounds pretty fantastic. It’s a young adult apocalyptic, zombie, horror novel from what I can work out, and it is the author’s first published novel. The cover is wonderful, and it’s written from four perspectives. It arrived the day after I finished Deception so it took all of my energy not to start reading right away.

The Eye of the Crystal Ball was kindly sent by the author as I can’t accept ebooks yet. It is a self-published book about a girl who was left on the doorstep of her adoptive parents when she was a baby and when she was 10 years old discovered she was telekinetic, though when she was 12 her real parents came and took her home to her Romani life because she is meant to fulfil a prophecy. She had a baby brother who fell very ill and sets off on a quest to find a cure. I think it sounds like a very sweet little read even though English isn’t the authors’ first language. I can’t wait to give it a read, this is exactly the kind of story I need, I think.

So okay I caved. I’d signed up for Net Galley a while back and swore to myself that I wouldn’t request any books until I had a Kindle to put them on.. that was until I saw a book I’d been craving for a while, Becoming Marie Antoinette. I know, I’m bad. I’m having to read it on Adobe Digital Editions which isn’t all bad when I’m not half asleep (which is a lot). Just the one, though.

From The Library

Bitten (Women of the Underworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong | Goodreads

So I popped in the library yesterday to return the four books I had on my shelf that I knew I wouldn’t have time to read and while being nosy, because I do that, I found Bitten which I’d been considering buying all week. In fact, I knew there was a copy in a library in another town and I almost popped in to pick it up so I wasn’t expecting to see it in my local library and so I picked it up. This way, when I get chance to, I can see if I like the writing style first and all that. And I don’t have a clue why it has a Twilight sticker on it..

Won In Giveaways

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown | Goodreads

I won this one from a giveaway on the author’s site, I believe. It was Eleanor who contacted me telling me that Harper had added an additional 10 winners and I was one of the 10, and she is absolutely lovely. This is an adult contemporary fiction which looks like a fantastic read. I can’t wait to get around to it. It was actually a part of my Comfort Pile of 5 books last night when I was upset and didn’t quite fancy Boneshaker (though I did end up reading Boneshaker in the end) because I wanted something to read that I was actually in the mood for.

Gifted

Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia by Christopher Paolini | Goodreads

This was actually very sweet. I think Liz, the lady who I worked with on Saturdays in the charity shop, picked it up in a pound shop because she thought it was a lovely book, no idea about Eragon she just liked the book itself. She knew I liked fantasy and magic and so on the same day I was talking about cutting Saturdays she asked me if I like dragons. Of course I do, I love them. Anyway, on Mondays I work in one shop and she works in the other (we have 2 shops, one for furniture and books, the other for clothes and bric-a-brac) and she came in the shop and gave this to me. I thought that was very sweet, I love it. It has all sorts of flaps and pull-outs inside. Now I just need to get the Inheritance Cycle itself!

A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz | Goodreads

This was a Random Act of Kindness gifted to me from Birgit from The Book Garden. I didn’t actually realise this was on a wishlist of mine until a couple of days after it had arrived, haha! I’d checked Goodreads when Birgit said she’d like to send me a copy and didn’t recognise the book at all. This is why I have wishlists, else I completely forget about books that sound semi-interesting. It is a memoir about a Jewish guy and sounds like a fantastic read. Pretty chunky book too which I like. Hopefully get around to reading it, though I’m not sure exactly when I’ll get time.

Ebooks

Falling Star by Diana Dempsey | Goodreads

Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery #1) by Lorena McCourtney | Goodreads

Waterfall (River of Time #1) by Lisa T. Bergren | Goodreads

These were all free Kindle books on Amazon. I’ve heard good things about Waterfall, a lot of people seem to have downloaded this one this week and I couldn’t resist. I doubt I’ll read any of these until I get a Kindle, but at least I know I’ll have something to read when I do get it, heh.

What did you get this week?