IMM #13 – In my Mailbox July, 24th 2012

Again a long time has passed since I did my last IMM Post. One part of it being me MIA and one part trying to not get too many books at the library as I have way to many NetGalley books left to read (And they are constantly coming in too). Still I was a bad girl this week. It started off pretty innocent as I “just” wanted to return some books that were due… and ended up getting 6 new books *sigh*. Yeah, whatever. So here they are. (All of them exciting enough to not being able to leave them at the Library)

Books I got at the Library:

Pretty (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld   A House of Night #5: Hunted by P.C and Kristin Cast   A House of Night #6: Tempted by P.C and Kristin Cast

Uglies #2: Pretty – Erkenne dein Gesicht (Pretties) by Scott Westerfeld
A House of Night #5: Hunted by P.C. and Kristen Cast
A House of Night #6: Tempted  by P.C. and Kristen Cast

Riley #4: Der erste Kuss   Die Rebellion der Maddie Freeman   Der Nachtzirkus by Erin Morgenstern

Riley #4: Der erste Kuss (Riley Bloom #4:Whisper) by Alyson Noel
Awaken #1: Die Rebellion der Maddie Freeman (Awaken #1) by Katie Kacvinsky
Der Nachtzirkus (The Night Circus) by Erin Morgenstern

(aren’t these Covers amazing? The Riley Bloom book even has sparkle on it! I am a sucker for sparkling things!)

And now for the NetGalley books. Did I already mention that I have some kind of Obsession or NetGalley addiction or something like that?

Books I got at NetGalley:

Will write Release Date next to Titles. (Only the ones I got last week. Got way too many since my last IMM which was way too long ago)

Inbetween by Tara Fuller   The Intruders by Olive Peart   Life in Parts by Vicki Bennington and Daniel Brannan

Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) by Tara Fuller (August 28, 2012)
The Intruders by Olive Peart (February 28, 2010)
A Life in Parts by Vicki Bennington & Daniel Brannan (October 8, 2012)

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire   Pushing Upwards by Andrea Adler   Frozen by Mary Casanova

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (August 14, 2012)
Pushing Upwards by Andrea Adler (September 17, 2012)
Frozen by Mary Casanova (September 1, 2012)

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer   Pale by Chris Wooding

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer (August 28, 2012)
Pale by Chris Wooding (September 10, 2012)

The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice by Nathan Leslie   The Enchanted Truth by Kym Petrie

The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice by Nathan Leslie (October 30, 2012) (Couldn’t find a better Cover Picture for that one)
The Enchanted Truth by Kym Petrie (March 9, 2012)

Woho I’m done! What did you get last Week? See you next time and Happy Reading!


Review: Unbreak my Heart by Melissa C. Walker

Unbreak my Heart by Melissa C. Walker

Title: Unbreak my Heart
Author: Melissa C. Walker
Pages: 240
Source: NetGalley
Language: English
Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781599905280

Goodreads Summary :

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to. | | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a light quick summer read then this is for you! But be warned! You might – just as I did – desperately want to go on holiday (preferably on a boat) after you’ve read this. Don’t blame me for it in the end, I told you :).

What I like about the book that it is two stories in one. So one story is Clem going on a sailing trip over the summer with her family and the second story is the past year at school and how all the mess she got into started. So you slowly get to know Clem and her story over time.

This isn’t a book with a lot of stuff going on or twists or thrilling moments but it doesn’t have to. It’s a quiet little story more about feelings and relationships than about a big plot. I for myself liked it.

Also it wasn’t like all happiness and everything more about how to get it back. This made me think a little and also left a cosy feeling within me when I finished reading it.

Cover: I adore this cover. It is simple but I liked it the second I saw it and made me want to read the book. And it didn’t let me down.

Rating: 5 Chocolate Hearts

Rating 5

Counts for these Challenges:

Review: The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One – Genesis

The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One - Genesis by Aurelia

Title: The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One: Genesis
Author: Aurelia
Pages: 264
Source: NetGalley
Language: English
Published: June 29, 2012
Publisher: Gerber Rigler
ISBN: 9780984001965

Goodreads Summary :

The Journeys of John and Julia begin.
The Twenty-Two are watching.
Reality is about to change.

It all starts when Julia’s parents totally mess with her summer. First Julia’s dad takes off to start a whole new family. Then Julia’s mom yanks Julia from cheerleader camp to spend the summer with her grandmother in the land of no signal, no mall, no best friend Kellie. Julia’s only hope for human contact is geeky John Freeman, who is six months younger than she and about a million years behind her idea of cool.

If only Julia knew that her mom plans to dump her at Grandma’s not just for the summer, but for a whole year. If only Julia knew that a collective of wondrous beings called The Twenty- Two are watching over her and trying to make contact. If only Julia knew that they could tell Julia every thought she never knew she had and bend her reality in any way they choose. And that she’d be with John Freeman when it happened. He’d think that was way cool.

And that is just the beginning. For this seemingly mismatched pair have cracked open the door to another reality. And their enemy-to-be, the beyond evil Niem Vidalgo Oten, is about to enter the picture. | | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My Thoughts:

To be honest I’m not totally sure what to say about this book. I finished it pretty quickly and it was nice to read but…

I think I missed the connection to the main Characters. I couldn’t really connect  and feel with them. In one way they just didn’t bother me enough? Also some events or dialogues just confused me. A few times I was like “what? why did that happen now?” or  “Why did he do that?”

I mean I am aware that there is supposed to be something mystical or magical or however you want to call it in the book but sometimes I just didn’t see the reasons or connections. Probably I would have needed some more explanation and in depth description or the book was just not for me.

However I still finished it which means that it’s not totally lame and boring 🙂 otherwise I  would have stopped at some point.

Cover: I am not very fond of this Cover. It’s not bad but also nothing spectacular.

Rating: 2,5 Chocolate Hearts

Rating 2,5

Counts for these Challenges:

Review: Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame by L.L. Samson

Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame by L.L. Samson

Title: Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Enchanted Attic #1)
Author: L.L. Samson
Pages: 144
Source: NetGalley
Language: English
Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310727958

Goodreads Summary :

A hidden attic. A classic story. A very unexpected twist. Twin twelve-year-old bookworms Ophelia and Linus Easterday discover a hidden attic that once belonged to a mad scientist. While relaxing in the attic and enjoying her latest book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ophelia dozes off, and within moments finds herself facing a fully alive and completely bewildered Quasimodo. Ophelia and Linus team up with a clever neighbor, a hippy priest, and a college custodian, learning Quasimodo’s story while searching for some way to get him back home—if he can survive long enough in the modern world. | | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My Thoughts:

I just finished the Book and wanted to do the Review as long as it is still “fresh” in my mind. First of all I have to say I had a bit of a hard time getting into the book. It might have to do with the language that is used in the Book. English is not my first language so a lot of words weren’t really familiar to me and it through me a little out of the Story sometimes. But I got used to it.

Funnily a lot of the words I didn’t know where explained in the book. There happens to be a Storyteller who is telling the story to us and as he is proud of his use of the English Language he likes to use “nice” words but is at the same time kind enough to explain the complicated ones. This is especially important as this is a Middle Grade Book for Ages 9-12.

It was a nice short read but still took me ages as I kept putting it down. I am not entirely sure why. Another thing I liked about the book was that you get to know a Classic at the same time. So this is the perfect start for a younger reader who doesn’t quite dare to read “the real stuff” yet but is interested about what else there is in Book World.

Cover: It’s a well made Cover which is Age Apropriate and matches the Story.

Rating: 3,5 Chocolate Hearts

Rating 5

Counts for these Challenges:

April TBR

Pile of Books by stevecoutts (Flickr)Normally in such a Post people tell you what they are going to read this Month. I NEVER read acording to Plan and fail miserably in such things like TBR Lists. BUT nontheless you are reading an April TBR (To-be-Read) Post at the moment. So you probably are a little confused now. What I am going to do each Month isn’t telling you what I am going to read, I will list you all of the Books I SHOULD read. Either because I have to return them to the Library that Month or because they have their Release Date that Month in case of NetGalley Books (or “real” Books for Review later on but I’m not that far by now). Let’s start with the Library Books first, all of them are Due April 27:

  1. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  2. Ohne. Ende. Leben (Going Bovine) by Libba Bray
  3. House of Night #3: Chosen by P.C. & Kristin Cast
  4. Eine wie Alaska (Looking for Alaska) by John Green
  5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Oh that’s not even as bad as I thought. Let’s move on to the NetGalley Books now – I am scared of it already! (In order of Release Date):

  1. Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners by Chris Gleason
  2. David Lynch by Justus Nieland
  3. Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
  4. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  5. Hollywood in Heels by Charity Gaye Finnestad
  6. Emerald City by Alicia K. Leppert
  7. The Last Song by Eva Wiseman
  8. Dollhouse Vol. 1 by Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancheroen
  9. By Invitation Only by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
  10. Valentino finds a Home by Andy Whiteside (This is a Picture Book so it shouldn’t be too hard Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund )
  11. State of the World 2012 by The Worldwatch Institute
  12. I Spy DIY Style by Jenni Radosevich
  13. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain
  14. Download Drama by Celeste O. Norfleet
  15. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  16. Richard Linklater by David T. Johnson

This is….. a lot. Good that I don’t promise to read all of them. But a few of them I REALLY look forward to read so I might get at least a few of them done (Hopefully!). Oh, I nearly forgot. I won an ARC last Month and it is not for Review but I still want to read it until it’s Release Date. It is:

Purity by Jackson Pearce

Ok, but no I really am done with my huge List. I better go read now :). What are you planning to read this Month?

March Summary

First of all I have to apologize to everyone who follows my Blog via email. You have probably gotten a few strange emails yesterday. I was trying to install Windows Live Writer and it didn’t let me. Sorry for spamming your Inboxes, Guys!

I decided to do some kind of Summary from now on about the last Month. It could include stuff like the Books I read that Months, Challenge update, Reviews written and statistical numbers. I might split this in more than one Posts if it is getting too long. This might or might not change every month I will see how it goes and if I like it the way it is. As it is April already, this will be the Summary for March. If you want me to, I can do that for the past few months too and if we all like it, I might do it every Month from now on.


Books read:

NetGalley: 0
Library: 2
Bookshelf TBR: 0
Kindle TBR: 0
Total: 2

New Books:

via NetGalley: 26
via Library: 14
bought: 0
Total: 40

Books I had to return:

Library: 14

Total Books TBR:

(Beginning of Month / End of Month)

Bookshelf: 65/65
Kindle (excl. NetGalley): 121/121
NetGalley: 54/80
Library: 25/25
Total: 265/291

I’m not totally sure if all of these numbers are correct but I will go with that now. Too Difficult otherwise. Also I just realised that this Statistics are pretty depressing. Lol! I really should read a little quicker but I have to add that March was a really bad Month for reading. I was pretty stressed out and I did read a lot more the previous Months. I hope this will get better next month too.

The tremendous two Books I read in March are:

  1. Dash & Lily’s Winterwunder (Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (4,5 Chocolate Hearts)
  2. Blogging Queen by Jutta Profijt (4 Chocolate Hearts)

Stuff I did on the Blog:

  1. I wrote a total of 8 Blogposts,
  2. participated in the Emerald City Blog Tour,
  3. had a Cover Reveal for Pretty Amy and
  4. participated in the Bloggiesta Event.

Cover Reveal: Greta and the Goblin King

I have another Cover Reveal for you today. These are so much fun, I’m so excited! This time I am going to reveal the Cover of Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs. Let’s start with the Blurb first:

While trying to save her brother four years ago, Greta was thrown into the witch’s fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.

 To survive, seventeen-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…

That sounds interesting, doesn’t it? I also got a little bit of information on the Author to get to know her a little.

About the Author:

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she’d at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

Ok, now that we are done with that it’s time for the big reveal, don’t you think? May I have a drumroll please! Here we go:

Greta and the Goblin King

That’s a really interesting Cover, I think. Now you probably want to know where you can get the Book and all that Jazz.

If you like the Book or if you are not sure about it yet, you should check back here somewhere in September because then I might have an Excerpt for you to read!