15 May 2010

In My Mailbox #43 + A new book blog introduction!

Before I reveal which books I got this week, I want to invite you all to check out a new book blog on the block - it's called This Miss Loves to Read and the girl behind it is my friend from Uni/college, a fellow bookworm. :) She's now the first and only book blogger I know in real life (not surprising since she and I live pretty much in the Middle of Nowhere) and she's one of the few people I can discuss books with in real life. Then I got myself this blog and I started telling her how amazing the book blogosphere is and totally nagging her about how she should start her own book blog too since she reads a lot - and she finally did, yay!
So do go visit and follow her - she's already posted a whole bunch of awesome reviews, ranging from YA to paranormal to historical to classics and so much more (Twilight Saga, Fallen, The Book Thief, The Musician's Daughter, Wuthering Heights, The Luxe, The Collector, The Phantom of the Opera etc.)
I think her comments aren't working properly at the moment, but I'm sure she'll fix that soon. You can still follow her blog (she just got herself a pretty new layout, yay) or on Twitter. :)

Anyway, moving on to IMM! I'm happy to say that I've had an amazing book week, woohoo!

Firstly, here are the books I got for review:

  • THE CASTAWAYS by Elin Hilderbrand - Another surprise from Hodder! I haven't heard of this before, but it sounds and looks good, and rather intriguing too!
  • PIECES OF SKY by Kiki Warner - I've been waiting for this one for quite a while. It's actually a western (as in cowboys etc.) romance story, quite unlike everything I've read before so I can't wait to see what I think of it.
  • A RELUCTANT CINDERELLA by Alison Bond - Yaaaaay, I've been looking forward to this one for ages and I even did a WOW post on it months ago! I was so happy when it arrived and I cannot wait to read it!
I also bought a few books (shocking, innit :p):

  • HEART OF THE MATTER by Emily Giffin - I pre-ordered it a while ago and it arrived pretty much on the release date, heh. I've read two other books by Emily Giffin (Baby Proof & Love the One You're With) and loved them so I'm expecting great things from this one too! I've read the first chapter and it was fantastic, I'd totally read the whole thing in one sitting if I had the time, which I sadly really don't, argh!
  • THE FINISHING TOUCHES by Hester Browne - Other chick lit blogs have been buzzing about this book for months and I just couldn't resist it, it's too cute!
  • NO GREATER LOVE by Danielle Steel - This one was recommended to me by the awesome Juju @ Tales of Whimsy since we both enjoy Titanic-related books. I ordered it straight away - thanks for the rec, Juju! :)
  • INFINITY by Sarah Dessen -This little book thingy is a major RIP OFF! The description online is really vague and since it's only about 100 pages long, I thought it was a novella or something, cool. Imagine my surprise when this book arrived and I opened it and I saw that it contains a short story called Infinity (30 pages) and then two excerpts, one from Just Listen and the other from That Summer, each 30 pages long with huge font and like double spacing. If I hadn't pre-ordered it for like 2 €, I would totally demand my money back. I mean, who wants excerpts in a book?! No one, especially not for 3.99 GBP! Just thought I'd warn anyone who might be considering getting this book. ;)
Right, that's it from me - can't wait to see what you all got!
Have a great weekend, everyone! :)

ps: Don't forget, there are only a few hours left to enter my contest to win a copy of Spotlight or The Making of Mia by Ilana Fox!

16 comments:

Rhiana said...

A Reluctant Cinderella sounds so good, look forward to your review! Off to check out your friends blog now...

(sorry for deleted comment, crazy typo!)

Christina T said...

I have yet to read any books by Elin Hilderbrand or Emily Giffin but I've heard they are excellent authors. That is too bad about the Sarah Dessen book. When I saw it in your picture I just assumed it was another one of her books with a different title in the UK. What a rip off! I hope you enjoy your other books anyway.

Thanks for mentioning your friend's new book blog. I visited and enjoyed her reviews so I decided to become a follower.

Morgan said...

A reluctant Cinderella looks super good. I hope you enjoy all your books!

prophecygirl said...

I love the covers of all the books you got :)

I read Infinity last week and really enjoyed it. Even though it's only 30-odd pages, it's still really good. The only problem is I wanted more!

Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Oh my what a great bookish week you had! :-)
That cowboy romance sounds great and I fell in LOVE with the cover of The Reluctant Cinderella!! Me. Want. That! Now!! I love everything Cinderella themed, was my favourite tale when I was little (my mom got a little worried when at the age of 3-5 years, I sat watching Disney's Cinderella and reciting the dialogues with the movie!, so she packed it away for a few years.. lol ;-D) and I still have a soft spot for that classic tale :-)

Grrmaybe I should stop checking out your IMMs because they always fatten my wishlist! The cover of The Finishing Touches looks great too but then the synopsis of No Greater Love sounds fantastic too, mm.. love Titanic love stories.. grr, I'll stop now before I make my wishlist explode :-)

Happy reading, you won't have an easy time deciding which to start ;-)

GABY said...

I love Sarah Dessen's books, but this one I havent read it!

Enjoy!

GABY said...

By the way, I just visited This Miss Loves to Read. Its a very nice blog, but I cannot comment! :(

Sasha said...

Such pretty covers! Happy reading :)

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Thanks, everyone! :)

GABY - Yeah, the currently currently don't work, but I'm sure she'll fix it when she comes back online. ;)

Emidy said...

Great books! Hope you enjoy them all. And I have to go check out that new blog.

Marie said...

Great new reads! A RELUCTANT CINDERELLA by Alison Bond looks interesting! I'm loving the cover!

Sa Toya said...

Loving all the books you've got and the covers...off to check out your friend's blog!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Aw, sorry to hear about Infinity. I love the look of all your other books and hope you really enjoy them!

Kate at Read This Book! said...

Great haul this week. Thanks for the heads-up about Infinity. What a rip off!

Enjoy your books! Happy reading!

Good Golly Miss Holly said...

I actually can't wait to read Infinity, no idea why they thought it would be a good idea to take the short story Sarah Dessen wrote for the book Sixteen and selling it on it's would be a good idea.

This Miss Loves to Read said...

Aw, thanks for introducing me!!! And, I finally fixed the issue with comments.

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