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In My Mailbox #54 – The “Hey, look! A surprise book!” Edition

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Between the Lines
by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first-ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor.What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?     Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular.Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.     And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.     Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale. (

This lovely book just showed up in the mail earlier this week from Simon & Schuster Canada. My first instinct was “I have to email them and get off the adult fiction list!” because Jodi Picoult is quite a well-known adult author. It was my HUSBAND who pointed out he was pretty sure this book was YA from the summary he was reading. In my defence I’d received two other parcels that day and one was FULL OF STICKERS! And stickers make me happy, so I was distracted. 😉

Between the Lines is Jodi Picoult’s debut into YA lit, so I think this might actually count towards the 2012 YA Debut Author Challenge! It releases June 28, 2012.

When I was looking up the book on Goodreads to prepare this post, I noticed a different cover – I think this might be a UK edition? I will admit that I much prefer this cover to the one above. I don’t know if it’s the colours, or the lack of Real Person Face (I really don’t like faces of real people on my book covers!) but I don’t think I would have been quite so quick to judge this as a non-YA book. It has a much more fairytale vibe to it, in my opinion.

What do you think about the covers? Which do you prefer?

And that’s it for IMM this week. I didn’t think I’d be doing one of these for a long time.


I DID get another book for review, but I think I got it the week prior, I totally forgot! Oops.

by Catherine McKenzie

Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right.

After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she’s engaged, Anne can’t help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn’t a dating service; it’s an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it-and the company’s success rate-the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn’t it work for her?

A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out-until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all. (

Didn’t mean to forget about this one! I am totally proving my lack of interest in All Things Book these days. Geez. So, yes! I have been lucky enough to receive yet another Catherine McKenzie book for review from William Morrow Paperbacks and I am actually excited about this one, even if I can’t seem to read just now. I was totally smitten with Spin and I was able to read it when I couldn’t read anything else, so I’m looking forward to picking this one up soon. 😉

And for honest and for true that was all that was in my mailbox book-wise this week (and last)! I have a TON of  bought books on their way to me and I think they’ll all show up this coming week. If I’m feeling up to it I’ll do a video for them next weekend. 😉

Off to look at what books the rest of you bought/received this week in the hopes that something will want to make me read again!


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