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Monday, in the Mail (Books, Books, Books!)

There WERE two Mailbox Monday #memes. One is hosted at The Printed Page (who is no longer blogging so it’s a touring meme) and the other is located at The Story Siren. (But that appears to be MIA, too.) When 2012 is over, who will be taking over Mailbox Monday??

Normally my Mondays are filled with, “Hey look what I read!! It’s MONDDdAAAY!!!” type posts. However, truth be told, I have been a horrible reader lately. It’s because Korean Drama has SUCKED ME IN!! I have been reading things here and there, but nothing that I have openly stated on Goodreads. I think the last book that I read was Want (which you should read, if you haven’t already.)

But anyway. I WILL get out of this book rut. I will! Always do. :)

I love getting books in the mail. Heck, I love getting mail!

  • Heaven Should Fall by Rebecca Coleman
  • Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Hello DYSTOPIA!)
  • Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
All were publisher sent. I will be participating in the Heaven Should Fall book tour in October so keep a look out!

Title: Heaven Should Fall
Author: Rebecca Coleman
Synopsis: (Taken from


Alone since her mother’s death, Jill Wagner wants to eat, sleep and breathe Cade Olmstead when he bursts upon her life—golden, handsome and ambitious. Even putting college on hold feels like a minor sacrifice when she discovers she’s pregnant with Cade’s baby. But it won’t be the last sacrifice she’ll have to make.

Retreating to the Olmsteads’ New England farm seems sensible, if not ideal—they’ll regroup and welcome the baby, surrounded by Cade’s family. But the remote, ramshackle place already feels crowded. Cade’s mother tends to his ailing father, while Cade’s pious sister, her bigoted husband and their rowdy sons overrun the house. Only Cade’s brother, Elias, a combat veteran with a damaged spirit, gives Jill an ally amidst the chaos, along with a glimpse into his disturbing childhood. But his burden is heavy, and she alone cannot kindle his will to live.

The tragedy of Elias is like a killing frost, withering Cade in particular, transforming his idealism into bitterness and paranoia. Taking solace in caring for her newborn son, Jill looks up to find her golden boy is gone. In Cade’s place is a desperate man willing to endanger them all in the name of vengeance…unless Jill can find a way out.

Title: Crewel
Author: Gennifer Albin
Synopsis: (Taken From

What a tangled world she weaves…

For generations, Spinsters have been called by Arras’s Manipulation Services to work the looms and determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die. Gifted with the rare ability to weave time with matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But once you become a Spinster, there is no turning back. Now caught in a web of lies and intrigue, Adelice must decide who to trust: her kind mentor, Enora; the handsome and mysterious valet Jost; or the charismatic Guild ambassador Cormac Patton. They each have secrets, but Adelice is about to unravel the deadliest one of all, a sinister truth that could destroy reality as she knows it.

In a powerful and original debut about a world where the Guild decides everything, one extraordinary girl dares to defy the power of men and the boundaries of love.

Title: Collateral
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Synopsis: (Taken From

Meet Ashley, a graduate student at San Diego State University. She was raised in northern California reading poetry and singing backupin her best friend’s band. The last thing she ever expected was to end up a military wife. But one night, she meets a handsome Marine named Cole. He doesn’t match the stereotype of the aggressive military man she’d always presumed to be true; he’s passionate and romantic, and he even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a deeply felt, sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole desperately wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a college professor, with similar professional pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.

Written in Ellen Hopkins’s stunning poetic verse style, Collateral captures the hearts of the soldiers on the battlefield and the minds of the friends, family, and lovers they leave behind. While those at home may be far from the relentless, sand-choked skies of the Middle East and the crosshairs of a sniper rifle, they, too, sacrifice their lives and happiness for their country at war. And all must eventually ask themselves if the collateral damage it causes is worth the fight.

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About Allison

Allison is a stay at home mother to two little girls (Carli & Kate). She enjoys a lot of things including reading and sewing. Allison is also a CLEC (Certified Lactation Educator/Counselor).


  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow

    Love the cover of Crewel! Enjoy your reads…and here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST
    Laurel-Rain Snow´s last blog post ..AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

  2. Crewel sounds really intriguing. Have a wonderful week and happy reading! :lol:

  3. Heaven Should Fall sounds quite heavy and desperate. Enjoy all of your books this week!
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Review: The Mirrored World by Debra Dean

  4. Elizabeth
    Twitter: login4108

    Enjoy your reads…will be interested to see what you say about them.

    I love Mailbox Monday!! :)

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