Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox #38

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by the wonderful The Story Siren where we get to drool with one another over the awesome books that came in the post this week!

Harper Awesomeness:

Allen & Unwin Awesomeness:

BIGGG thanks to the wonderful, amazing, capslock God, SHIRLEY!! She sent me her copy of Hallowed because I don't own it and she doesn't want it and inside it's pages lives a charming boy named Tucker. I am so excited to read this after seeing so many gushy reviews for it! I love you, Shirley!!! <3 She also sent me an awesome bookmark which I obviously forgot to include in the photo.

Allow me to reenact the moment I got Insurgent: SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Allow me to reenact my moment upon finishing Insurgent: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

If you saw my review, you may have noticed I EFFING LOVED IT and holy crap, it's even better than Divergent, people. I know, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!?!

I'm about to start reading Fury, which is the fourth installment in the Mercy series. Cannot wait to see how it all ends, especially given the cliffhanger Muse left me on. I am SO excited to start Holier Than Thou, because I loved Laura's first novel, Good Oil. I sneaked in the first chapter of this and whoa, yeah, I'm HOOKED. Definitely reading it after Fury. I also peaked at the first few pages of Dead, Actually and it looks awesome! Methinks Brodie is going to like.

What's in your mailbox this week?
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PRETTIES! PRETTIES!
If you're a regular visitor (hi, I love you!) you might have noticed I've had a mini blog makeover! It really only looks like I've changed the header and background, but you would not believe how difficult I make things for myself and it took freaking forever. I take no credit for the amazing banner art, save for a blog title very lamely tacked on (I suck at Photoshop). Anyway, whatchoo think? Anything that's difficult to read or just plain ugly? (I'm awful at matching colours, so I will not take offence to you pointing your finger in my face and cackling in mockery). Everything looks normal size in Firefox, but stupid IE seems to make it all so biiiiiiiiiiig.

I also updated my About Me page and plan to put up a VERY belated rating system explanation soon. And probably change my blog button so it matches the new header.

I am also RIDICULOUSLY behind on blog commenting, but I promise I'll begin to play catch up tomorrow!

43 comments:

  1. Hehe, I love the new blog header. It looks fantastic. Seriously, LOVE!

    Also, INSURGENT!!!!!! There are not enough puncuation, caps and letters to express how amazingly jealous and happy I am that you got to read this. I can't wait to devour it on May 1 when it comes out! GAH!! I read your review (commenting there later today) and OMG!!!!!!

    I have Hallowed to pick up from the library actually! I am excited to get more Christian! :)

    Amazing mailbox Brodie! I can't wait for you awesome reviews for all these books!

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    1. I so, so, so adore it! I wish I was talented enough to make stuff like that haha <3

      AHHHHHHHHHHHH. OMG. Insurgent. I'm still not over it. That book did things to me. *heart stops*

      Oh yay for Hallowed! I have a couple books to read ahead of it, but I'm so eager to dive in. Maybe your Christian will win me over more... but it better not be at the expense of Tucker :P

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  2. Can't believe you were allowed to review Insurgent, I was told it had an embargo on it and nothing was allowed to be posted until release! BUT INSURGENTTTT AHHHHHH. I loved it SO much!!

    The Cait Files

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    1. Really?! That sucks :( Aussie publisher didn't say anything about an embargo date and they were fine with it when I sent in my review.

      I cannot WAIT to read your review, Cait!! NEED. THE. THIRD. BOOK. RIGHT. FREAKING. NOW.

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  3. I hope you like Hallowed! I like the cover for Fury. I haven't got a chance to read the series yet. Hope you'll enjoy your books! :)

    Here's my IMM.

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    1. The Australian covers for the Mercy series look SO gorgeous all lined up together. Really enjoy this series, hope the finale is epic!

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  4. HELLO YOU PRETTY BOOKS. I didn't like Divergent when I first read it, but now I can't stop thinking about it. Tell me if Insurgent is great. I don't doubt it will be, though. ;)

    Oh god, you're reading Hallowed NOW? You are in for such a ride, girl. Bring tissues. And extras.

    Also, hello you pretty header! Love your age list tabs, how do you make it so neat?

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    1. Gasp gasp! You didn't like Divergent at first?! :o I think you're the only one I've seen who hasn't haha. I'm glad it's constantly stalking you though :D INSURGENT WAS FREAKING AMAZING!!! No words. Better than Divergent!

      I will be reading Hallowed shortly! Maybe in 2-3 books time. Oh god. Tissues? Is my heart going to be broken?! *wails*

      I just made a link list gadget thingy and put in a html code I found on google to centre them :D

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    2. I didn't! Must be why it's haunting me now. Are there more tribe divides? There better be- you know what, I'll just check your review out. xD

      Hah, yes. Maybe you should bring glue too.

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  5. Ha! We did the same thing with Insurgent! I adored it even though the ending was killer. You're review was awesome too Brodie!! =)

    I love the AUS cover for Fury. I think there beautiful compared to the UK covers. Hope you enjoy everything and I can't wait to see you're reviews.
    Donna xoxox

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  6. Have fun with your books! I still need to start reading Rebecca Lim's series! Ugh!! Dead, Actually and Holier Than Though look good! I'll check them out! And your review of Insurgent killed me!! <3 it though.

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  7. Brace yourself, Brodie, because there is buckets of The Sads in Hallowed. I cried a bit, and the pain is so acute, because the love triangle devastates you. I'm tell you, BE PREPARED. And OJSAFHDLDKJHFLJKDNFMG you got INSURGENT. Bro, do you know how badly I need that book? I think you do now, but I just went to pre-order it yesterday because YO. Divergent was crazy and everything, but what I've been hearing about the sequel has me jumping up and down.

    AND I LOVE THE NEW LAYOUT. Especially the header, and I definitely like what you did with the background, as it all flows. LOVELY! Now I shall go stalk your about me page before I read your review of Insurgent!

    Have an amazing reading week!

    Asher

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  8. Yay for Insurgent and Dead, Actually!!!! (: And I love the header, so cute!

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  9. First of all, the makeover looks amazing!! The banner is beautiful, even the blog title that you just tacked on ;)

    Secondly, BRO YOU GOT INSURGENT!??! Alright, now I'm really ganna have to hop on a canoe and drag my lazy vegan-eating butt to the beautiful land of kangaroos and awesome vegans to steal it! And I'll probably bring along Sonia too. Two Canadians are harder to fight than one!

    Now I'm off to read you review, it better not be spoilery!

    Great IMM :)

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  10. Awww!! Hallowed is so so beautiful <3 <3 And OMG Insurgent!! Woow! :) :) Enjoy all your amazing books this week ;) :)

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  11. Ahh can’t wait to read Insurgent. But I’d prefer to wait for the US hardcover than to ask Lara for a copy to review. Heh. I still need to read Mercy and co. I will soon because Rebecca Lim is nice as!

    Enjoy the books sis!

    ;)

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  12. Can I just say how much I LOVE your blog make over? It looks gorgeous. THAT BANNER? FARK. Deviantart? You need to give me some ideas for when I start my blog..and design it. It looks GORGEOUS. <3

    EEEEEEEEK HALLOWED. SO JEALOUS! I bought Unearthly for my birthday and CAN'T WAIT to read it. <3 <3 <3 TUCKER. I NEED ME SOME COWBOY LOVE. <3 <3

    INSURGENT. I'm sure you know all my emotions about that one. ;) ;) Don't need to express them again here!

    FANTABULOUS MAILBOX CHERIE (is that how you spell it? MEH! Say it in a French accent and it sounds right!). VERY JEALOUS INDEED. I need to get a hold of the Mercy series. The Australian covers look GORGEOUS. *drools* Oh sorry got your book a bit wet there. *wipes book* *takes book*

    CYA.

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  13. You majorly teased me with your reaction to Insurgent! Dang you! LOL I haven't heard of the two book you got but they seem cute. Hope you enjoy them!
    My IMM

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  14. BRODIE! BRODIE! BRODIE! YOUR BLOG! IT HAS CHANGED! AND I LOVES IT!
    *SHAKES YOU*
    HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR BANNER?
    OMFG. If Harry was actually that cute, he'd be, like, my #1 book crush. And oh my goodness! Saphira! And I can see the Harry Potter book on the shelf to the right! And Eragon and EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    Oooooh, Brodiiiiie, AMAZERING HAUL! I asked you WHICH Fury you were reading last night, and neither I guess were right! Happy reeeeeeeading!


    Also: INSURGENT! ALKHFJHFGKAHFLAJGFAHGJFHGFKGAKJFGJHSALJ! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

    :D

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  15. I hope you like all your books! I haven't read Hallowed, so I look forward to seeing what your reaction is to it. And you got Insurgent, lucky lucky lucky! I'm in the process of reading Divergent for the first time and I love it!
    And I LOVE your new layout, it looks amazing!

    Have a great week! (:
    My IMM

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  16. Great book haul, Brodie. I can't freakin' wait to read Fury and Insurgent. And by the way, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new blog heading and the total makeover. Very nice indeed.

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  17. OH MY GAWDDDD I FREAKING LOVE YOUR HEADER!!! Awwwww HEDWIG <3 I've missed that little birdiee<3 hahaa

    AWESOME MAILBOX BRODIEEEEE <3 Ahhh Goshhh INSURGENT!! HASUIHUSAIUAIUS I'm sooo jealous :P BUT IM SOOOO GLAD YOU LOVED IT SOO MUCH :)
    I'm so happy Hallowed arrived safely :) I was starting to freak out on Tuesday and then I was like stalking my mailbox to see if it got sent back or something :/ BUT IT ARRIVEED!! YAYYY<333 I hope youu enjoy it!
    Ooohhhh Holier than thou sounds interesting...I see it's an AUSSIE YA?!! I'm definitely going to check it out then :) And Dead Actually sounds like a fun read :)
    Anywayyyy ENJOYYYY BRODIEEEEE <3
    ( hahaa, and yess I'm the CAPS LOCK GOD. Alice can be the caps lock QUEEN but I'm the caps lock GOD HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I LOVVE YOU BRODIEEEE)

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    1. Oh and Winnie the Pooh is SO CUTEEEEE <3

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  18. i so can name a couple of characters in the new banner
    i'm love lol

    Holier Than Thou looks so fun
    njoy all brodie

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  19. Yay, lots of great books! I am really looking forward to Holier Than Thou!

    And I like the new banner, too!

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  20. How puuurrrtttyyy is your blog header...gorgeous!!! Love the IMM but I am staring at your uber pretty header , very spesh:D

    Michelle

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  21. Harper defs loves you!!! So jealous! And as soon as I saw ur header, and I knew something was different, and I must say it's probably the prettiest I've seen :)

    My IMM

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  22. I LOOOOOOVE YOUR NEW BLOG DESIGN! :D SUPER PRETTY! *finishes being nice* I should smack you! INSURGEEENNNT! Oh if it's not in my mailbox tomorrow I will be one CRANKY lady. Tomorrow was meant to be full on work day but if it comes... <33 Cannot believe you didn't have Hallowed O_O *scratches head*

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  23. *ooogles at banner and background for hours*

    OOOOOH. I LOVE YOUR NEW THEME. <3

    ANNND INSURGENT. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW JEALOUS I AM OF THIS!! OR THEN, MAYBE YOU DO???

    And and and and... Hallowed!!!
    And fury!
    And... well, all your books seem awesome. just saying <33

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  24. Brodie, I LOVE visiting your mailboxes because your enthusiasm always passes right on to me! LOL I don't think I stamped your Insurgent review with enough urgentness and please-don't-torture-me-anymore gushing yet because you're still tempting me into wanting to read it so badly! x) I just KNOW that it's going to be amazing and epic and awesome and sweet, which you so awesomely pointed out in your review! :)

    And I'M IN LOVE WITH YOUR NEW HEADER. Oh my gosh, Brodie, could you design MINE?? x) That's just so much epic awesomeness right there that I squealed and jumped and giggled a bit at the mixture of Alice, Harry, and Winnie the Pooh! Only geniuses can come up with an idea that awesome. You know what that makes you then, right? ;)

    I'm in a talkative mood today :') I hope you have an AMAZING Sunday! <3

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  25. What an awesome cover for Hallowed!! I think I like it much better than the one in the States. Oh, yeah, and slam dunk on Insurgent!!! Go team Dauntless!!

    And since I'm a new follower, all I can say is that your blog is beautiful! I love the header and your photoshop texting is just fine!!! I suck at Photoshop, too. Can you say HELP button EVERY time...

    My IMM -Kristin @myparahangover

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  26. Yessss your review for Insurgent made me EVEN MORE EXCITED for the book even though I'm afraid for the end!! It seem like you've done a lot with your blog this week, go you! I love the background and the header is so qt, Harry Potter, Dorothy, Alice, Winnie the Pooh, and UNICORNS oh my. Love your mailbox. <3

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  27. Ack, I had no clue that you hadn't read HALLOWED!! Eek, can't wait to hear your thoughts! I refuse to read reviews on INSURGENT until I read it! Soon, soon! I like the new blog...and I love your header! It's so cute! Did you have an artist custom-make it?

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  28. I LOVE your new header! And, squeeeee with jealousy for Insurgent! I won't read your review until after I've read the book if that's alright, I don't want to be any more excited than I am already, hehe.

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  29. I LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER! When I clicked on it, I thought I had clicked on the wrong link or something! But then I saw THAT ADORABLE HARRY POTTER. AHHHHH SO CUTE! THAT HEADER IS AMAZING <3

    Anyways, I'm super jealous of Insurgent, although I STILL haven't read Divergent :( *flinches* I did just finish Fated though, I love Sarah Alderson and her wonderful mind!

    HALLOWED. OH. MY. GOD. CAN'T. BREATHE. READ. IMMEDIATELY.
    AHHHHH <3

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  30. INSURGENT. HALLOWED. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL IMM.

    AND YOUR BLOG'S NEW LOOK? AWESOME! <3

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  31. Hallowed and Fury are my favorite ones in your awesome mailbox! And I'm a new follower. I absolutely LOVE your blog header <3

    http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com/2012/04/in-my-mailbox-3.html

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  32. I adore the new header - it's sooo gorgeous!
    Happy reading!

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  33. Yaaay, you now have Hallowed! I've still not read it yet, but I will, SOON! :)
    Insurgent! I'm getting excited for this book, even though I'm still to read Divergent. I know, bad Jo. But I'm excited to pick them up now. There is a blogger challenge in the UK - bloggers have been split into the different factions by the publisher, the faction who posts the most reviews on May 1st wins a prize! This makes me exciiiited! :D
    Fury.. I've always been intrigued by the Mercy series, but I've never got to them :/

    I love your new header and background! WHERE DO YOU FIND THESE PRETTIES? I'd love to have my blog have a layout that says "books", but I worry about copy right, and I can't buy one. Pfft.

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  34. Oh wow, so many great ones! AND INSURGENT! My review copy literally just arrived an hour ago... I nearly fainted!

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  35. I think I'm going to move into your mailbox *nods* I'll just borrow your books in there. heheh. Yes, that would so work! Shhh.

    Seriously!!!!! Awesome. Just... awesome. Can I say anything else? o: I want? LOL. And omg... I'm about to read your Insurgent review now. ._. I'm so excited and scared for that book... aaah.

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