Book Haul/In My Mailbox/Christmas Books

I hope everyone has had a fantastic Christmas, or whatever holiday’s you celebrate. I had a lovely time and was spoilt rotten, and spoilt other family members rotten.

I have not posted recently about my book acquisitions, however, that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any! Many British bloggers talk about The Works – a discount book store, and one I frequent often! Many of my purchases since my last IMM post are from The Works and from their 3 books for £5 deal! Which is a fantastic offer!

Circle of Shadows (Crowther and Westerman #4) By Imogen Robertson

Island of Bones (Crowther and Westerman #3) By Imogen Robertson

Unfortunately when picking up these two Imogen Robertson novels I did not realise they were books in a series, however, I do plan to pick up the first two novels in the series at some point in the coming year.

The Madness Underneath By Maureen Johnson

Since The Madness Underneath is the second book in The Shades of London Series my mum bought me the first book for my Christmas.

The Name of the Star By Maureen Johnson

I am really looking forward to getting into these books, they seem right up my street!

Reckless By Cornelia Funke (Mirrorworld #1)

Cornelia Funke wrote The Inkheart Trilogy, and I have read the first two books in The Inkheart Trilogy which I really enjoyed. So when I saw this I decided it would be a safe bet I would enjoy it!

Sisters Red By Jackson Pearce

Sweetly By Jackson Pearce

Ultraviolet By R. J. Anderson

Stealing Phoenix By Joss Stirling (Benedicts #2)

The Eyre Affair By Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next #1)

Lost in a Good Book By Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next #2)

The Well of Lost Plots By Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next #3)

Something Rotten By Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next #4)

For Christmas my fantastic boyfriend bought me:

I love Dr Who and CANNOT WAIT to drive in! Plus they look so beautiful all together on the book shelf! LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!

I also got a gift card from a friend and invested in a couple of kindle books from, from their 12 days of Kindle deal (all at 99p!!!!).

Four New Words for Love By Michael Cannon

Finding Sky By Joss Stirling (Benedicts #1)

Alice in Time By Penelope Bush

Angelfall By Susan Ee (Penryn & the End Of Days #1)

The Universe Versus Alex Woods By Gavin Extence

Defending Jacob BY William Landay

A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness

The Little Old Lady Who Broke all the Rules By Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

Watchers By Philip Caveney

Dance of Shadows By Yelena Black

I was also gifted, by the author for review:

The Reflections of Queen Snow White By David Meredith

I am looking forward to getting into this and telling you all what I think!

So that is my HUGE haul. I am so happy with everything I have bought myself or was given. I am very happy! I also have a lot of reading and reviewing to do!

If you have read any of these books please let me know what you think, and leave links to your reviews as I always love hearing peoples opinions!

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Well I was supposed to be on a book buying ban! But please note all these books were bought on sale and with vouchers, so this did not break my book buying ban, but was aided with the lenient rules that I used. As always click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the novel.

The Bone Dragon By Alexia Casale

Hurry Up and Wait By Isabel Ashdown

Daughter of Smoke and Bone By Laini Taylor

Divergent By Veronica Roth

Forbidden Friends By Anne-Marie Conway

The Grimm Legacy By Polly Shulman

The Eternity Cure By Julie Kagawa

The Sacrificial Man By Ruth Dugdall

A Novel Death By Judi Culbertson

Alison Wonderland By Helen Smith

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairy Land in a Ship of Her Own Making By Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairy Land and Led the Revels There By Catherynne M. Valente

All the above were from and were all either in the Kindle Summer Sale or on one of their Kindle Daily Deals. The next books were from The Works and bought with a voucher, except one which my mum got me after being completely frustrated at me spending so much time in The Works.

Fated By Benedict Jacka

The Iron Legends By Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince By Julie Kagawa

Crescendo By Becca Fitzpatrick

The Dark and Hollow Place By Carrie Ryan

Grave Minder By Melissa Marr

Devoured By D.E. Meredith

And one other book which I bought at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and managed to get it signed. And that is…

Let me know what you think of this haul/in my mailbox, and let me know if there is any books that you would like me to review sooner rather than later! I really like receiving comments so please do 🙂

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme which is currently being hosted by The Mod Podge Bookshelf in which book bloggers share the books they have received, bought, borrowed etc.

The Fault in Our Stars By John Green

Breath (The Riders of the Apocalypse #4) By Jackie Morse Kessler

The Glimpse By Claire Merle

Stop Dead By Leigh Russell

Wonder By R.J. Palacio’

Under the Never Sky By Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night By Veronica Rossi

Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) By Cassandra Clare

The Silver Linings Playbook By Mathew Quick

The Darling Girls By Emma Burstall

The Roommate By T. Scott McLeod

There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes By Robert Jacoby

Thin Space By Jody Casella

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In My Mailbox is a weekly Meme hosted by The Story Siren in which bloggers can share the books the have acquired over the past week. (Images link to Goodreads)

After my rather big haul last week I have just one book to show you all.


Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel. (From Goodreads, 11th February 2013)

What did you get this week?

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In My Mailbox is a weekly Meme hosted by The Story Siren allowing bloggers to share what books they have got there hands on that week!

I haven’t really bought any books since Christmas but decided to raid The Works and get some bargains to keep me going – even though I do have a lot of books to get round to reading! Woops! The Works is a good shop to get book bargains for those in the UK. My total cost was £21.96 but if they had all been at R.R.P it would have cost £73.90 so think I did rather well!

Click on the images and they will take you to the Goodreads page.

Books one to four in The Mortal Instruments Series By Cassandra Clare. Each just £2.99 each! I have heard so many good things about this series so I grabbed them as soon as I saw them! Looking forward to getting stuck into these!

The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4) By Julie Kagawa. I got the first three books in the Iron Fey Series at the beginning of the year and have read the Iron King and really enjoyed it. So when I saw this I knew I had to pick it up.

Extras (Uglies#4) By Scott Westerfeld. If you saw my ‘Dust of that Shelf’ post I wanted to get this series read eventually, so picked up this when I saw it!

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) By Julie Kagawa. I have heard a lot about this book so thought it was worth a try!

Silence (Hush, Hush #3) By Becca Fitzpatrick. Another series that I have heard a lot about, I still need to get Crescendo (Hush, Hush#2) but when you see a bargain you grab it!

If I Stay By Gayle Forman. I have wanted to read this for ages! So glad I saw it!

Possessed By Niki Valentine. Looked very interesting and it said if you liked Black Swan then you’d love this. Really liked Black Swan so it is work a try.

That is all I got! The last six books were on a three for £5 offer. Think I got myself quite a few bargains!

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In My Mailbox is a Meme Hosted by The Story Siren where we share the books we have received in the past week be it for review, bought, borrowed, or however you acquired them.

I haven’t got much this week as I am on a bit of a reading slump as I posted earlier this week. So I am not requesting anything from Netgalley until I am reading a bit more regularly!

I did however get some free Kindle books again this week:


Composition by Andy Elliott
Max is not your average little boy. The short life he has known has been one of pain, suffering, control & restraint. However Max has a bigger problem of late: he has started to see visions of the Devil. A short novel in four parts, Composition introduces Max alongside 3 other characters in crisis. Dark, funny, gruesome & redemptive, this surprising debut punches well above its weight.


Seasons of Wither By A. Zampino

Everyone remembers their first love
and their first heartbreak.

But what if you could never

What if you were frozen,
forever seventeen?

Both Blubs from Amazon!

What have you got his week?

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In My Mailbox is a Meme hosted by The Story Siren where we share books we have received in the past week, be it from the library, bought, borrowed, or received for review.

Free Kindle Downloads:


Jekyll and Hide Me Not By  Sherry Bach

Blurb from Amazon:

Alexis had never heard of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, nor was she educated enough to recognize the signs of mental illness when she thought she had fallen in love with Kurt, who quickly moved their relationship toward marriage after a few months of dating. Five months after the wedding, Alexis discovered why the experts say to date someone for a couple of years before marrying them and why Kurt would never be able to really love her as the world she knew turned into a four-year nightmare of rage attacks, humiliation, verbal abuse, sexual perversion, betrayal, ambiguous communications and constant contradictory messages. Nobody believed her when Alexis claimed Kurt’s behavior was bizarre and abnormal because he had made sure no-one saw the real side of who he really was. A master at manipulation, Kurt dragged Alexis through hell until that day…the day he finally crossed a line.
Do you ever wonder why God allowed you to go through a certain painful experience? Alexis wondered this for a few years until she realized that she had survived when she could have wound up dead and that God wanted her to try to help other women avoid, or get out of, relationships with men who are abusive, verbally, physically and/or emotionally; the statistics are staggering as to how many of these relationships exist. After five years of research, I wrote Alexis’ story and I am amazed at how many people have contacted me over the years because of this story to say they are in, or know someone who is in, the same situation. Most recently I was contacted by someone from Nashville whose sister-in-law was murdered by an abusive man. This book is controversial because it advocates women leaving/divorcing men who are abusive which goes against some beliefs. There are churches who preach women must stay with their husbands regardless of their behavior because God hates divorce…I disagree with that. This book is not a book to read if you are having minor marital problems; it is a serious horrifying calculation diving into the mental pathways of mental illness, abusive men and the women who are vulnerable to them. Parental discretion is advised.

(Goodreads/Amazon) – I am loving the cover!

Branded: Fall of Angels (Book 1) By Keary Taylor

Blurb from Amazon

Jessica’s had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she’s a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.

But when two men she can’t ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn’t be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion what will pull her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.


An Order of Coffee and Tears By Brian Spangler

Blurb from Amazon

Angela’s Diner has the reputation of a safe haven where patrons find a moment of peace as they linger over coffee and tears. For one young runaway, Angela’s is more than a place to tell your tale — it’s a place where with the magic of chicken and waffles, and a little bit of trust, may just save your life.

Gabriella Santiago used to be a typical teenager who enjoyed the usual teenage things. That is until a single tragic day ended who she was and within hours she ran from home, never to look back.

Only when Gabby is cold, hungry and at her lowest, does she find Angela’s Diner. Gabby embraces her new life and the family she has found in the midst of strangers and obscurity.

Acceptance is what she craves, but before long, Gabby realizes she’s not the only one in the diner with something to hide. Her new family has a secret too, and some secrets refuse to stay buried.


Children of the Fog By Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Blurb from Amazon

Sadie O’Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn’t just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It’s the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can’t tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in “little bloody pieces”.

When Sadie’s unfaithful husband stumbles across her drawing of the kidnapper, he sets into play a series of horrific events that sends her hurtling over the edge. Sadie’s descent into alcoholism leads to strange apparitions and a face-to-face encounter with the monster who abducted her son–a man known only as…The Fog.


Chasing the High By Kyle Keegan and Howard B. Moss
Blurb From Amazon

In this book for young people who are struggling with substance abuse, Kyle Keegan recounts his own remarkable story of drug abuse and ruthless addiction. Keegan, now an adult who is in recovery from his addiction, discusses his experience as a well adjusted adolescent who fell victim to heroin and whose life was almost destroyed by the devastating drug. Against the backdrop of these experiences, he also provides useful information that young people struggling with substance abuse need, such as how to recognize and accept that there is a problem, how to find professional help, and how to stay happy and healthy in recovery.

This is the second last book I need in this series that I need to read. Think I will be buying the last one very soon – ‘What Must You Think of Me’. This is a good series but it has a lot of repetition between the books about how and where to get help and insurance advice. It is an American based series so most of the supplementary advice is not relevant to me. But the journey of the Author is the interesting part.

And that is it for me this week. I am going to try and read a free kindle book from a self published author once a month. Sometimes I am pretty surprised!

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In My Mailbox is a Meme hosted by The Story Siren as a way for us to share the books we have managed to get our hands on this week!

From NetGalley:
(Goodreads/Amazon UK)

If You Find Me By Emily Murdoch

Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: 26th March 2013

Blurb –

What happens in the woods, stays in the woods…

For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in a camper van in the heart of the forest with her mother and little sister, Jenessa. When her mother disappears, Carey’s father arrives and everything changes. Suddenly Carey and Jenessa must adapt to the wider world of family, school and boys. But Carey feels trapped by a terrible secret. If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn’t, will she ever be free?

(Taken from, 11/11/12)

Bought for Kindle:

  (Goodreads/Amazon UK)

Visitor in Lunacy By Stephen Curran

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 6th August 2012

Blurb –

It is 1897, and confined to his room in Carfax Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr Richard Renfield is dying from injuries which could not be self-inflicted. His door has been barricaded from the inside and the Night Watcher swears nobody has been allowed in or out. With his last words he imparts a dire warning: “He is here.”

Moving between London, Yorkshire and Ceylon across the 19th Century, Visitor in Lunacy re-imagines the downfall of the enigmatic inmate from Bram Stoker’s Dracula: from a feared and respected member of the government’s Lunacy Commission to a resident of one of the madhouses he once oversaw. It is a tale of memory, regret and horror; of how the terrible secrets of a person’s childhood can inescapably shape their life.

(Taken from, 11/11/12)

And that is all for me this week! Really looking forward to getting into both these books!

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In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by the story siren letting people show what books they have received, bought, been given, just basically acquired over the week.

Well I never got any books last week and have only got a few to show this week.

From NetGalley:

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter By Cassandra Roes Clarke

(image will take you to the publishers website)


“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

From university library:

The Divided Self By R.D. Laing

Awakenings By Oliver Sacks

As you can see I study psychology but have included these books as many ‘lay’ readers will also have read these two books or would enjoy them. Awakenings is also a movie starring Robin Williams which many will enjoy!

And that is all for me this week!