Saturday, January 2, 2010

In My Mailbox (18) + top ten 2009 posts

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.

This week I got one book for review, The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth (available now). Yay, Australian fantasy! Cat has already told me how good it is. It's one of my resolutions this year to read and review more Australian speculative fiction.

Hannah Rose Brown is twelve years old when she finds out that her family is cursed. Desperate to find the truth about her father' disappearance, she travels to her ancestral home in Scotland, and discover a chain of dark secrets that plunge her into different worlds, timeframes and dangers. This is another magical historical novel from the author of "The Gypsy Crown".

Top Ten Posts of 2009 (from May, when my blog started, not counting In My Mailbox posts)

1. AussieCon4: 68th World Science Fiction Convention

2. Review: The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

3. She Bop: Masturbation in YA Lit

4. Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

5. Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

6. REVIEW: Prophecy of the Sisters

7. INTERVIEW: Patrick Ness

8. Why I gave My Soul to Take an automatic fail

9. Review: How I Live Now

10. Dystopia Challenge Review #12: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Thanks for making 2009 an awesome year, and extra special thanks to all my followers and commenters. You rock.

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fantastic time, whatever they did. Better Days yesterday was a lovely intimate music festival--just two stages and one bar. The rain held off until just after we left, and boy, then did it storm! If you get the chance to see a Fred Falke (France) set in the future, do. He is a very talented producer and his remixes are lovely, all hands waving in the air and smiling faces. Very gentle and sweet. Here's Fred Falke remixing Will Young's "Tell me the worst".


  1. Oh, I liked The Gypsy Crown--I'll look for this one! It sounds right up my ally.

  2. Looking forward to checkingout all of these recommended posts. Hope 2010 is as prosperous as (if not more than) 2009 for you!

  3. Just looking at that cover makes me feel all giddy and swoon-ish. I love that cover. And the book. And the author! ;)

    And you've only been doing this since May? By golly, I feel like I have known you much longer than that! Happy 2010, Rhiannon!

  4. Thank you so much for the UTube Tell me the worst video. I have been looking for music like this for a while. Love IT. Keep up the posts.

  5. Oooh I hadnt heard of The Puzzle Ring. Thanks for sharing. And Happy New Year!
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  6. The Puzzle Ring looks good!
    Thanks - Happy New Year!

  7. Oooh! The Puzzle Ring looks so good! Adding to my TBR list right now :) Also, wanted to wish you a Happy New Year! Hopefully I'll be able to stop by more often now that the holidays and the fall semester are over!

  8. The Puzzle Ring looks really interesting. I am really digging the cover too.

    Here's what I got this week:

    Have a good one!

  9. It is great to see so many reviews on your top ten posts list. It seems sometimes book reviews are the least commented on.

  10. I know it's bizarre isn't it! We all write review blogs, but the reviews are the least commented on! They're the most important part, too.