In My Mailbox (12) / Mailbox Monday (20)


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here). This month it is hosted by I’m Booking It.

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

In My Mailbox

Title: Wither (Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Review copy purchased by yours truly.

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden’s genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Genre: Drama, Young Adult, Sensitive Topic, Romance
Review copy provided by S&S Galley Grab.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

Title: Possession
Author: Elana Johnson
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Drama
Review copy provided by S&S Galley Grab.

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.
But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them…starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous–everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.
This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

Title: The Map of Time
Author: Félix J. Palma
Genre: Historical Fiction, Drama, Thriller
Review copy provided by S&S Galley Grab.

Set in Victorian London with char-acters real and imagined, The Map of Time is a page-turner that boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.
What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question in The Map of Time, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports readers to a haunting setting in Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.

Title: Random Magic
Author: Sascha Soren
Genre: Fantasy, Humor, Young Adult
Review copy provided for the RMT Tour – Pirates! I received a complete fun package in my mailbox, along with a rubber ducky, bookmarks, a feather, a nice pirate card, and much more. Thank you so much!

When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.

Title: Eternal Knight
Author: Matt Heppe
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Review copy provided by the author. Visit the author’s website.

Hadde of Landomere is a huntress who has sworn to protect and provide for her people. But when the Wasting brings famine and destruction, she must leave the forest of Landomere to seek aid in the distant Kingdom of Salador. The return of the Orb of Creation and an unlikely alliance with a Saladoran prince transform Hadde’s mission from one to save her village to one to save the world.

Title: Daimon (Covenant #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Review copy downloaded for free at publisher’s website.

For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she’d been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she’s pretty much accepted that she’s a freak by mortal standards… and that she’ll never be prepared for that duty.
According to her mother, that’s a good thing.
But as every descendent of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she’s being hunted by the very creatures she’d once trained to kill.
The daimons have found her.

Title: Chasing the Ghost
Author: A. Grams
Genre: Ghosts, Supernatural, Drama
Review copy provided by the author.

A love that swells to obsession, time travel achieved through unbreakable resolve, genuine intentions jaded by hypocrisy.
When a woman is consumed by the compulsion to change the life of her lover, her devotion will defy time itself. She shadows his life as she attempts to eradicate all pain from his existence, not knowing that it his pain that is the very foundation of their relationship.

Science fiction, philosophy and a dark, tragic romance haunt in this premiere novella by A. Grams.


  1. I love Wither but I’ve yet to read Possession, Forbidden or The Map of Time – too many books to read!
    ComaCalm’s IMM

  2. Nice. I am so adding these books to my wishlist.
    Loving the blog btw and I am now your newest follower!

  3. Thank You so much for stopping by and following. I am a new follower.
    You got some lovely books this week. I am eager to see what you think of Possession and Map of Time. I love books set in old Victorian era. Hope you enjoy all of these books. Happy Reading!!

  4. I like the way you set up your IMM! It looks classy. You have several good books here, including Wither, which I’ve wanted to read for forever now. The Map of Time looks really good and I’ll be back to check for your review for it. I am your newest follower!

  5. I really liked Possession and Wither. It’s the dystopic in me, I guess! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. So jealous you have Wither. I really want to read it but think I’ll have to wait for the paperback.

  7. Hi Majanka, you have some awesome looking books here.
    “Wither” is definitely on my wishlist and it looks like I may just be adding “The Map of Time” and “Random Magic” to the list.
    Happy Reading!

  8. Wow! You got some incredible books this week. I’d never heard of The Map of Time before now, but it’s definitely on my to-read list now!

  9. This is a really good IMM! Heaps of awesome books. Wither is amazing! I just finished reading Forbidden and I thought that the plot/storyline was really clever. The Map of Time looks interesting and reminds me of Clockwork Angel!
    Thanks for following! I’m a new follower too!
    Heart your IMM layout, btw!!

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