In My Mailbox #5

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly feature organised by The Story Siren. IMM is a post where you can show which books entered your house and it also gives you a chance to say thank you to the people that kindly sent them. To find out more about how you can join in, click here.

Sent to me free in exchange for an honest review.

In Praise of Savagery, by Warwick Cairns.

A big thanks to Sarah A George of The Friday Project (an imprint of Harper Collins) for sending me this book for review. She described it as "a heady mix of memoir, biography, travel book and history. It’s the captivating story of the author Warwick Cairns and his curious friendship with the explorer Wilfred Thesinger, all set in Africa."

Binding: Paperback 

Pages: 256 
Publisher: The Friday Project Limited (Harper)

Taken from Goodreads

One man's journey in the footsteps of a great explorer into the heart of Africa. As a young man, Warwick Cairns met the then elderly explorer Wilfred Thesiger and the two men struck up an unlikely friendship. Invited to visit him at his African home, Cairns decides to make a bit of an adventure of it and do some of the journey on foot. When he himself was a young man, Thesiger led an expedition to explore the course of the Awash river in Ethiopia. Every westerner that had gone before him had been killed by local tribesmen. Needless to say, he survived. Alternating chapters chart Warwick's journey with that of Thesiger creating a captivating dual narrative that is part travel book, part biography, part autobiography, part history with fair doses of philosophy and humour thrown in for good measure. In Praise of Savagery is a highly original book that defies classification but is always effortlessly readable.

From the awesomeness that is NetGalley! 

Tris and Izzy, by Mette Ivie Harrison.

Format: eGalley
Pages: 272 
Expected Release Date: October 11th 2011 
Publisher: Egmont USA

Taken from Goodreads

A modern retelling of the German fairytale "Tristan and Isolde", Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.

This Girl Is Different, by JJ Johnson.

Format: eGalley
Pages: 320 
Release Date: April 1st 2011 
Publisher: Peachtree 

Taken from Goodreads

Evie is different. Not just her upbringing-though that's certainly been unusual-but also her mindset. She's smart, independent, confident, opinionated, and ready to take on a new challenge: The Institution of School. 

It doesn't take this home schooled kid long to discover that high school is a whole new world, and not in the way she expected. It's also a social minefield, and Evie finds herself confronting new problems at every turn, failing to follow or even understand the rules, and proposing solutions that aren't welcome or accepted. 

Not one to sit idly by, Evie sets out to make changes. Big changes. The movement she starts takes off, but before she realizes what's happening, her plan spirals out of control, forcing her to come to terms with a world she is only just beginning to comprehend. 

JJ Johnson's powerful debut novel will enthrall readers as it challenges assumptions about friendship, rules, boundaries, and power.

Purchased using my monthly credit. 

A Need So Beautiful, by Suzanne Young

Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes
Narrator: Hannah Smith
Publisher: Harper Audio
Audible Release Date: June 21st 2011

Taken from Audible

We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be forgotten.
Charlotte's best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she's cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what's really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need - a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiralling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become - her mark on this earth, her very existence - is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny - no matter how dark the consequences?

So another week, another bunch of good-looking books! Hope y'all did good too! :) 



  1. Oh god I NEED netgalley I NEED it

  2. I am looking forward to seeing reviews of Tris and Izzy as l don't really like fairy tales so l look forward to seeing what people think and decide whether to give this a go!

  3. I hope you enjoy them, they all look pretty darn good! :)

  4. Great Mailbox.
    I def want to read Tris and Izzie and A Need so Beautiful.
    Happy Reading.

  5. Tris and Izzy does sound really good. Can't wait to read your review :D

  6. GREAT IMM! I really want A Need So Beautiful AND Tris and Izzie.

    My IMM is here:

  7. Great set! I really want to read Tris and Izzie and A Need so Beautiful.
    My IMM

  8. Wow! I take a nap and come back to a whole bunch of comments! Thanks all, I shall check out all of your lists in a sec.

    Just thought I'd say, "Tris and Izzy" is available on Net Galley right now as a "Read Now"! No requesting needed thus no waiting with bated breath! My love for Net Galley is becoming mooshy in the I-wanna-buy-it-flowers kinda way.

    Check out NET GALLEY MONTH over at Red House Books if you're also feeling the love.

  9. I just got Tris and Izzie too - sounds really good

  10. Great books, I think I need the Girl Is Different, it sounds ace!!! :D

  11. Raimy - "This Girl Is Different" is a READ NOW on NetGalley too! Go! Go get it! Shoo!


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