In My Mailbox #5


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren!

I was going to do a vlog, because as always, I have been rubbish in posting my IMM posts. But I didn’t have the time, so I just made the normal 🙂 All synopsis’ from!

From Walker, I received:

And Baby Makes Two by Dyan Sheldon

Lana Spiggs is fed up with everyone telling her what to do. If it isn’t her mother nagging and shouting, it’s her teachers nagging and shouting. What Lana wants is to be grown-up. She wants her own flat, her own husband and her own children – and then no one will be able to boss her around any more. When Lana meets Les on her fifteenth birthday, she knows he is The One. And when she gets pregnant without even trying, she knows it’s her ticket to freedom – even though everyone else calls it a prison sentence. But can her dream of Happy Families stand up to reality?

Also from Walker:

I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti

he hottest summer of the twentieth century. A tiny community of five houses in the middle of wheat fields. While the adults shelter indoors, six children venture out on their bikes across the scorched, deserted countryside.

In the midst of that sea of golden wheat, nine year-old Michele Amitrano discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. To come to terms with it he will have to draw strength from his own imagination and sense of humanity. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele’s eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet.

From Bloomsbury:

Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Rin, Razo’s little sister, is haunted by the forest she has always loved. When Razo invites her back to the city to be one of Queen Ani’s waiting women, she happily accepts…only to end up on the adventure of her lifetime, following the queen, Enna, and Dasha into the countryside in search of a fire-starting enemy that no one can see. As she learns more about the three women’s magical talents, she finds her own strength comes from places both expected the forest and unexpected the sound of her own voice. A brilliant addition to the “Books of Bayern’, this book is a treat for fans of this series, and stands alone for readers who might be discovering the joys of Shannon Hale’s writing for the first time.

PastWorld by Ian Beck

(previously posted the awesome trailer on FB!)

Pastworld. A city within a city. A city for excursions and outings. Pastworld is a theme park with a difference, where travellers can journey back in time for a brush with an authentic Victorian past. But what if the Jack the Ripper figure stopped play-acting and really started killing people? For Caleb, a tourist from the present day, his visit goes terribly wrong when his father is kidnapped and he finds himself accused of murder. Then Caleb meets Eve, a Pastworld inhabitant who has no idea the modern world exists. Both Caleb and Eve have roles to play in the murderer’s diabolical plans – roles that reveal disturbing truths about their origins.

From author:

Shamra Divided by Barry Hoffman

She is a young Shamra girl who, after her peaceful country is invaded, defies the patriarchal and oppressive rules of her society and leads a ragtag resistance in the hopes of defeating their conquer ors. Although she is criticized for being outspoken, “different”, and wild she never gives in to the pressure to conform. She eventually gains the respect of her people, and demonstrates to them how being true to one’s self is the greatest honor one can achieve in life. Shamra Divided continues Dara’s adventures, as she sets off to faraway lands to learn more about her heritage, why she was the one who was meant to lead her people to freedom, and what future challenges are in store for her that she must mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepare for.

From book launch:

Dead Boy Talking by Linda Strachan

Josh has 25 minutes left to live. Lying alone in a pool of blood, Josh has not much time to think. Yesterday he stabbed his best mate, and now it has happened to him. But there are questions he cannot get out of his head. Like, how did he get into this mess? Will anyone find him in time? Will his girlfriend forgive him, and what really happened to his older brother? As his life slips away, the events of the last 24 hours start to look very different.

From Bookbabblers:

Rocking Horse War by Lari Don

One sunny morning the triplets disappear, leaving only a few mysterious clues behind: an open upstairs window, three missing rocking horses and some strangely shaped marks on the lawn outside. Could they be hoofprints? Used to their silly pranks, older sister Pearl sets out to find them. At the garden gate she encounters Thomas, the snooty grandson of a local earl, who warns her that the moors aren’t safe today. But who is he to boss Pearl around? As she searches for the triplets and tries to outwit Thomas, Pearl’s journey through the rugged Scottish hills unfolds into an incredible and perilous adventure. Pearl strives to outwit living, breathing rocking horses and several powerful land magicians, who turn the very rocks of the mountains against her. But can she trust the mysterious Thomas? And can she save her brother and sisters from the unknown fate that lies ahead? This is a tale of dark magic and destiny set in the 1920s Scottish Highlands.

From Bloomsbury:

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan (Paperback)

Lou Bertignac has an IQ of 160 and a good friend called Lucas who gets her through the school day. At home her father cries in secret in the bathroom and her mother hasn’t been out of the house properly for years. But Lou is about to change her life – and that of her parents – for good, all because of a school project she decides to do about the homeless. Through the project Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou cannot bear that No is still on the streets when she goes back home – even if it is to a home that is saddened and desolate. So she asks her parents if No can come to live with them. To her astonishment, her parents – eventually – agree. No’s presence forces Lou and her parents to finally face the sadness that has enveloped them. But No has disruptive as well as positive effects. Can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together? A tense, brilliant novel tackling the true meaning of home and homelessness.


In other news…

Reviews coming up..

  • The Worst of me by Kate le Vann
  • Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  • And Baby Makes Two by Dyan Sheldon

Look out for a giveaway for the chance to win one in 10 copies of Captivate by Carrie Jones!

Hopefully I will also be giving away a brand new copy of No and Me by Delphine de Vigan!

-Jean x


One response to “In My Mailbox #5

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