Mar
18

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren, which allows bloggers to share what books they’ve received in the past week. They can be from stores, contests, tours or publishers!

Reckless by Cornelia Funke (purchased)
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (purchased)
The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan (purchased)
The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan (purchased)
Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon (purchased)
Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins (purchased)
Dead Sky Morning by Karina Halle (thanks to Author)
Lying Season by Karina Halle (thanks to Author)
Torn by Amanda Hocking (thanks to Publisher)
Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson (purchased)

I hardly get hardcovers since they don’t sell them in Australia very often, so I thought I’d treat myself on book depository and buy all of the Demon’s Lexicon series and a few others I’ve been wanting. I’m obsessed with Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing, so I knew I had to buy these, even though I already have the UK/Aus paperbacks. I’m behind on both the Chronicles of Nick and Hex Hall series. I read the first books in each, bought the second, and then let them sit gathering dust for a year. I’ve been reading Fated over the past couples days, so when my friend, Brittany, and I went to the Claudia Gray signing in Brisbane yesterday, I saw Hunting Lila on the shelves at Dymocks and gave in and grabbed it. I did get four other books when I stopped by Big W this week, but I’m at my parents’ house this weekend, so they’re going to have to wait until next week’s IMM.

Here are my latest reviews if you want to check them out:
Williams, Avery Incarnation #1, The Alchemy Of Forever

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Dec
22

Title: Red Fox (Experiment in Terror #2)
Author: Karina Halle
Published: June, 2011 by Metal Blonde Books
Thanks: Karina Halle
Pages: 287
My Rating: ★★★★☆ 
Purchase: The Book Depository

With Book Two of the Experiment in Terror Series, Perry Palomino and Dex Foray trade in the stormy Oregon coast for the unforgiving deserts of New Mexico.

In the for­got­ten town of Red Fox, a Navajo cou­ple is tor­tured by things unseen and by motives unknown. Wild ani­mals slink through their house in the dark, a bar­rage of stones pound their roof nightly, and muti­lated sheep car­casses are turn­ing up on their prop­erty. Armed with a cam­era and just enough to go on, Perry and Dex travel to the des­o­late locale, hop­ing to film the super­nat­ural occur­rences and add cred­i­bil­ity to their flail­ing web­cast. Only their show has a lot more work­ing against them than just grow­ing pains. Tested by dubi­ous ranch hands, a ghost from Dex’s past, and shapeshift­ing decep­tion, the ama­teur ghost hunters must learn to trust each other in order to fight the most ancient of myths…or die trying.

Final Thoughts:
Seriously loving these books. The series format allows for many new settings, new characters and new stories. Perry and Dex hold things together, being at the center of it all. Their relationship, or rather non-relationship, has progressed slightly from its beginnings in Darkhouse. I was both frustrated and happy with the pacing at which things moved in that regard. I know I said in my last review that books didn’t have the same scare factor that movies did, but this one pushed things closer. The paranormal has been amped up and so has the danger. Red Fox is one creepy book!

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Dec
20

Title: Darkhouse (Experiment In Terror #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Published: May, 2011 by Metal Blonde Books
Thanks: Karina Halle
Pages: 309
My Rating: ★★★½☆ 
Purchase: The Book Depository

There’s always been something a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been dealing with a quarter-life crisis and post-college syndrome like any other twenty-something, she’s still not what you would call “ordinary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts. Luckily for her, that all comes in handy when she stumbles across Dex Foray, an eccentric producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters. Even though the show’s budget is non-existent and Dex himself is a maddening enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threatens her life and seduces her with a sense of importance. Her uncle’s haunted lighthouse provides the perfect catalyst and backdrop for a mystery that unravels the threads of Perry’s fragile sanity and causes her to fall for a man, who, like the most dangerous of ghosts, may not be all that he seems.

Final Thoughts:
After reading a book that dragged on, I was happy to find myself speeding through this one easily. I was surprised by how much I loved reading it. The similarities between my life and that of the main character, Perry, were freakishly uncanny. I enjoyed slipping into her world and going along with her sometimes wacky, but often understandable trains of thought. The mystery of the lighthouse had its creepy moments, but what I loved came more through the banter between Perry and Dex. The romantic undercurrents were paced realistically, and fun to watch unfurl.

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Aug
14

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren, which allows bloggers to share what books they’ve received in the past week. They can be from stores, contests, tours or publishers!

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (won)
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (won)
Darkhouse by Karina Halle (thanks to Author)
Red Fox by Karina Halle (thanks to Author)
Playing With Fire by Katie MacAlister (purchased)
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (purchased)
Flip by Martyn Bedford (purchased)
The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn (thanks to Publishers)
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (thanks to Publishers)

The only one I actually bought this week was Flip, which I picked up while at the Maria V. Snyder signing in Brisbane. It has an interesting cover, if you flip it upside down, it has the cover model with his eyes open on the back and the barcode is actually on the spine. I ordered Eyes Like Stars a couple weeks ago from Book Depository and Playing With Fire is one my mother brought home from the grocery store because she thought I might like it – Thanks Mum. Thanks to Nina from Death Books and Tea for Shade and Perfect Chemistry, I can’t wait to get into those two. Also thanks to Karina Halle for sending me her first two books, I’ll start Darkhouse soon. Plus, another thanks to the people at Pan Macmillan for sending me the last two books in the photo. I plan on reading All These Things I’ve Done this week. I actually prefer the Australian cover over the white one with the chocolate heart.

Here are my reviews from the past week:
Kate, Lauren Fallen #3, Passion

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