In My Mailbox (Jan. 24th, 2010)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren ( inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox.  Or bookbox as they should now be called!

Only three books this week – but all ones I have been lusting over for a while!

  • 1000 Places to see before you die by Patricia Schultz
  • Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
I had planned on getting Fallen in hardcover, but needed a third book for my 3 for 2!  But the binding is excellent for a paperback – which I usually find is the case for UK paperbacks.  And 1000 places(…) is brilliant – although it is heavily slanted toward Europe and the US.  It also chooses some places that are laughably touristy (ie. best place to go in the Dominican Republic is a hotel… WTF?)  But still a great book if you don’t take it as gospel!
  

In My Mailbox (Jan. 17th, 2010)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren ( inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox.  Or bookbox as they should now be called!

I got quite a few books this week – ones I have been waiting for for a while!  (And apologies for the crappy photos – its my camera phone!)
Storm Glass and Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
I loved Maria’s The Poison Study, so I splurged and bought all her books!  These are supposed to be more YA than her Study series, but set in the same universe.
Vampire Academy (signature edition) by Richelle Mead
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
I have already read Springer’s book and LOVED it!  Look out for a review this week.  And I finally gave in and bought Vampire Academy – this is a hardcover which apparently has some sort of magical power when you hold it up to a webcam?  Haven’t tried it yet…!
The Hobbit (Illustrated by Alan Lee) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Firespell by Chloe Neil
The Hobbit is part of my LOTR Readalong and is as wonderful as I remember it.  And the illustrations are absolutely stunning!  While Firespell is part of my YA debut author challenge (also hosted by The Story Siren), and, even though I am only 8 pages in, I am already in love with it!
So what came in your mailbox this week?

In My Mailbox (Dec. 20th, 2009)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren ( inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox!  Or bookbox, as they should now be called.

I went shopping over at the Borders closing down sale.  I felt guilty about it, as I LOVED the Borders on Charing Cross Road.  I wasted many hours at their Starbucks, flicking through books. Am really sad to see them go… I guess Waterstone’s and Blackwells are all that is left for me now.

Young Adult Books:

Tithe by Holly Black

A gripping tale of a teenage girl finding out how different she is – and how she must use her ingenuity to survive, and save her friends. A teenage girl goes back to her childhood home – the place where she used to talk to faeries. Coming up to Hallowe’en, she meets her old friends – and Roibin, who tells her his true name. Discovering the truth about herself, she agrees to go along with a plan to disrupt the human sacrifice that binds her faery friends to unkind masters. But she is to be the human sacrifice, and not everyone has been telling her the truth…

My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

She doesn’t see dead people, but…
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next…

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses — or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?

Urban Fantasy:

Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow

Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night.

Not everyone tries.

But Jill Kismet is not just anyone.

She’s a Hunter, trained by the best – and in over her head.

Welcome to the night shift…

Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge

The first book in a thrilling, addictive new series by a talented new voice in dark fantasy. Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night…

Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she’s just been assigned to find the ruthless killer behind a string of ritualistic murders—a killer with ties to an escaped demon found only in legend…until now.

But when she investigates prime suspect Dmitri Sandovsky, she can’t resist his wolfish charms. Pack leader of a dangerous clan of Redbacks, Dimitri sends her animal instincts into overdrive and threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. But Luna and Dimiri will need to rely on each other as they’re plunged into an ancient demon underworld and pitted against an expert black magician with the power to enslave them for eternity…

In My Mailbox for the past 3 weeks! (Nov. 8th 2009)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren ( inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox!  Or bookbox as they should now be called.

Although I haven’t posted in a while, I have been buying books like a crazy person.  Seriously.  I actually don’t know what I got this week because it has all blurred into one gigantic spending spree.  But there are a couple of gems from the past few weeks that I want to share!

Signed Copies of Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan:

How awesome is that?  I love both authors to death so was very happy to get signed editions!
I also got some great YA novels – and these are some of my favourites:
I got a bunch of others, but I didn’t want to overload my poor phone camera.  I actually won Strange Angels over at Wonderous Reads – Thanks again Jenny!
I also went a bit crazy for J.R. Ward (this week I bought the whole series after reading the first book!)  Got all of these from Amazon Marketplace and Ebay – new and for half the price.  Brilliant.

And a fair bit of fantasy and urban fantasy – half of these were found in charity shops/used bookstores…. which always makes for a more exciting find!

The list:
  • Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
  • The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Parasite Positive by Scott Westerfield
  • The Hollow by Jessica Verday
  • The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Evermore by Alyson Noel
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
  • Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
  • Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
  • Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
  • Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
  • Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
  • Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • Already Dead by Charlie Huston
  • Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green
  • The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod
  • Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  • Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance 

*wipes brow* That is insane, right?  What was I thinking?  I actually didn’t list all of them either… I just kinda gave up.

Oh well, should I ever have any time off I will not be short of reading material!

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