In My Beach Bag (24/7/11)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

 We've adapted the famous In My Mailbox to match our Summer Lovin' 2011 theme and it's become In My Beach Bag!

Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver

Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's seriously bad news. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they're not the only ones (Aug 5th Macmillan)

 Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise's parents died when she was too young to remember them. There's always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor. 

When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish. Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the bar . .  (Puffin Aug 2011)

August by Bernard Beckett

Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding, broken and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death.

As they await their fate, with only a glimmer of hope they might be seen and rescued, we discover the stories of their lives, the sequences of events that brought them together and the shocking truth behind the cause of their crash.

Tristan, a brilliant student at the privileged St Augustine’s school within the walls of the City, was the subject of an elaborate series of experiments on the seemingly contradictory concepts of determinism and free will. Part willing participant and part unknowing victim, Tristan grapples with the apparent irrefutability of a deterministic world. There is only one thing that distracts him: a woman he has glimpsed only twice, a woman he longs to know, a woman he loves.

Banished from the City at the end of the experiments, he embarks on a desperate personal quest to find the woman and to prove the existence of free will, a proof he cannot live without.

Meanwhile, Grace grows up outside the City walls, in a place of impoverishment and despair. Her life of hardship allows no place for philosophical musing. Forced through desperation into a life of prostitution, her only hope of escape from the life she leads is the young man she has seen watching her, the young man who would not speak to her. The young man who stopped at the roadside and picked her up in his car…

Part philosophical thriller, part love story, August is a compelling novel of power, humanity and desire. (Aug 4th Quercus)


  1. Eight Keys seems to be popping up a lot - I love the premise so can't wait to see what you think!

    And I love the beach bag theme...

  2. Ahh, I can't wait to read Forbidden! :D

    Lovely post!

  3. Those sound great! Love the cover for Forbidden. My IMM Happy Reading.

  4. Eight keys sounds like an interesting read!

    Happy reading :)

  5. I'm intrigued by Eight Keys too. What a great, book-filled beach bag! Happy reading.

  6. I'm really looking forward to Eight Keys as I loved Love, Aubrey. happy reading!

  7. Awesome IMM :D Happy reading with all your books ;) I hope you enjoy them all :)

    Here is my IMM

  8. Eight Keys looks great I love the sound of it! And Forbidden looks awesome, I can't wait to get started. Happy reading :).

  9. Great books this week. Looking forward to your reviews

  10. Great books. I love the cover of Forbidden. I still haven't read the first book, but OMG it looks awesome. And yay, I added another book to my tbr list. August! Never heard of that one before! Sounds good.

  11. You have a nice list of books in your mailbox this week.
    Happy Reading,
    Book Sniffers Anonymous


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