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Sunday, December 26, 2010

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren (and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) to showcase any books that I have received for review, bought, borrowed, or won to read.

I thought I would start this week with this super cute viral video in case you haven't seen it yet:

Aw. Hopefully he'll grow out of it. I'm sure anyone reading this will agree that getting a book for Christmas is one of the best presents to receive :)

by Lauren Oliver
Received for Review from NetGalley and HarperTeen

This is the first and only book I've ever requested for review from NetGalley. Basically, I signed up for an account, requested to read Delirium on a whim, never expecting I would actually get it, and then the next day I was accepted. Just like that! I was so surprised... I didn't think it would be that easy. I am very much looking forward to this one!

Description (from Goodreads): Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love - the deliria - blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

by Cassandra Clare

I know, I know. I can't believe I only just bought this book either.

Description (from Goodreads): Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still. 
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. 
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

by Markus Zusak

I am finally going to be able to read this book! Very much looking forward to it.

Description (from Goodreads): It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . 
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

by Brian Sibley
Gifted for Christmas!

Yay! I'm super excited to read this, obviously.

Description (from Goodreads): Immerse yourself in the world of the spectacular Harry Potter film series, and learn why Yule Ball ice sculptures never melt, where Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts are really "minted," how to get a Hippogriff to work with actors, the inspiration behind Hogwarts castle, and why Dementors move the way they do. Written and designed in collation with the cast and crew that brought J. K. Rowling's celebrated novels to the silver screen, Harry Potter: Film Wizardry delivers an enchanting interactive experience, transporting readers to the wizarding world by sharing film-making secrets, unpublished photography and artwork, and exclusive stories from the stars. Full of removable facsimile reproductions of props and paper ephemera from the movies, this collectible volume offers a privileged look at the Harry Potter films and the talented group of Muggles that has made true movie magic.

Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange (Books #1 and #2 in the Wicked Lovely Series)
by Melissa Marr
Borrowed from Library

I won a Darkest Mercy ARC (Book #5) over a month ago and it's been basically just sitting on my shelf, gathering dust, waiting for me to read and review it. So I must read the first four books in this series and then this final book so that I can pass this book on to someone else to review before it is released in February!

Description of Wicked Lovely (from Goodreads): All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends' obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries. What's a 21st-century girl to do when she's stalked by a suitor nobody else can see? A debut fantasy romance for the ages; superlative summer read.

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the things I need to read so I doubt I'll be taking part in this meme next weekend, and maybe even the weekend after that. Then again, who knows... I might not be able to stop myself next time I pass a bookstore.


  1. Yay Aylee, you're back! And you're back with fabulous books:) I adored Clockwork Angel and Delirium, I'm dying for the next books in those 2 series even though I have forever to wait:( I read Wicked Lovely and really enjoyed it, but haven't gotten to the other books in that series yet, can't wait to see what you think of them!

  2. Great books! Hope you enjoy them and that video is so funny, haven't seen it before!
    Bless him, for me books is the best presents!

  3. Those are really great books. And yey you got The Book Thief! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, if not more. And about the series thing, I think it's a matter of preference, but I will definitely watch out for the next installment for Delirium. Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    Brush Up On Your Reading

  4. I won Delirium awhile back but keep loaning it out so I haven't read it myself yet. maybe I should request it from Netgalley :-))
    I won an ARC of Darkest Mercy as well. Get reading!! It's one of the few series that I've read with a satisfying conclusion. I think you'll love it.

  5. Delirium is soooo good! I really loved it.
    Can't wait to see what you think about it.
    Very cool books :D

  6. Fabulous books! I'm going to buy HP Film Wizardry in the next day or so. Hope you love Wicked Lovely. I did.

  7. You're backkkk!!!! Your books are all SO good, Aylee! I really hope you love Delirium. I thought it was absolutely fantastic :)

    Enjoy, and I hope you had a brilliant Christmas!

  8. Looks like you got some great books this week! I LOVED The Book Thief and Clockwork Angel; I'm sure you will, too!
    Congrats on your first Netgalley title! :)

  9. Great books! You have some that I really want to read! :) I'm trying to get my hands on Wicked Lovely and Delirium!

  10. I see some great books. I'm looking forward to reading Delirium and Clockwork Angel myself. Happy reading!

  11. Great books. Congrats on your Net Galley book!

  12. Great books! I'm looking forward to your review of Delirium. It liked it. It was different. I haven't read The Giver and I know it's compared to that. Awesome HP book! Happy reading :)

  13. Harry Potter gift! Yay!
    I got two official HP posters this week!:D
    It's Potter week!

  14. You got some good books there! I cannot wait to see what you think of them all!

  15. Great stack of books! I look forward to hearing what you think. Happy reading! :)

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog everyone! Like I said, very much looking forward to reading all of these!

  17. AWESOME! I can't wait to read Delirium, and yes you really need to read Clockwork Angel! It was AMAZEBALLS! =) Happy reading!

  18. Awe. That video is so cute. Books for Christmas are the best gift.

    I've been meaning to get myself a copy of The Book Thief. Hopefully I will soon.

    Oh, and congrats on your ARC win. I hope you get to review it soon.

  19. Following and commenting back!

    Hi it's T.B., and I found your blog from the Busting The Newbie Blues event hosted by Small Reviews!

    I hope you enjoy The Book Thief very much! I read it and reviewed it also and I loved it! This is one book that changes your life. I would love to know what you think of it, as i was just blown away at times. Please let me know, and congrats on all the books!

  20. I will for sure review The Book Thief when I read it. And I can also link to your review!

  21. Wow, that would be awesome! Thanks!!!

  22. The Book Thief was a great book. I really, really enjoyed it. We bought the Harry Potter book for our 9yr daughter too...I can't wait to borrow it from her ;0)

    Happy reading!