In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme devoted to sharing the new books we’ve received, borrowed, or bought. For more information, visit IMM’s fantastic host, The Story Siren. You can visit other blogs that are participating in this week’s IMM here.

Bought from Borders:

Since all but two Chicago Borders stores are closing, we decided to go browsing to see what kind of deals were happening. All books were 20-40% off, which normally would send me into a frantic tailspin of purchasing chaos, but I showed impressive restraint. I’m trying to keep my house from getting overrun with books, so I bought only the books that both my husband and I would read, or that I thought I could give away, either on the blog or to Half Price Books, the library, or some other such place.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
(Books 2-4 of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)
My husband is not a big reader. He’s pretty vocal about the fact that he’s read fewer than 20 books in his life. One notable exception to his “I hate reading” mantra is the Harry Potter series. When the Percy Jackson series became a movie, I bought The Lightning Thief to read, and he ended up reading it as well and loved it. When he saw the other paperback series books on sale, he jumped at the chance to read them. I was happy to encourage more book reading from him, so they came home with us.

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
(Southern Vampire Mysteries #5)
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #1)
The Judas Strain by James Rollins (Sigma Force #4)
My other motivating factor for buying at Borders was that many of the titles were cheaper in store than as ebooks. Normally, I almost exclusively buy ebooks simply because they’re cheaper. Dead as a Doornail is the next book I need to read in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and I’ve been meaning to check out the Night Huntress series, so I picked up those two. The Rollins book I’ve already read and is one of my faves in his Sigma Force series, which I didn’t happen to own yet in ebook form. I’ll definitely re-read this one many times over.

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
(Books 1-4 of the Fever series)
The entire blogosphere went crazy when Shadowfever was released last month, and I felt very left out since I have not read any of the Fever series yet. Romance books were 30% off at Borders, so I picked up books 1-4. I’d like to do a giveaway with them when I finish reading. I don’t know how popular that will be on a mainly YA themed blog, but that just means people who enter will have more chances to win, right? 🙂

Bought for Kindle:

I also bought a few ebooks this week. It’s been a few months, and these were all books I’d been meaning to buy for a long time. As it turns out, I should have checked these purchases before my Borders spree.

Yep, that’s right. I bought Darkfever. You’ll notice that I also bought it from Borders this week. I’m an idiot.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #3)
I want to finish this one before Book 4 comes out on April 5th. I went ahead and bought it to remind myself to GET READING ALREADY!

The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini by John Courtenay Grimwood (Vampire Assassin Trilogy #1)
This series looks really interesting. Set in 1407 Venice, Duke Marco’s chief assassin discovers a young vampire boy and decides to train him as his apprentice. Historical vampire ass-kicking novel? Um, okay.

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #5)
My mom recommended this series to me a long time ago, and it quickly became my favorite urban fantasy series. Mercy Thompson is a Native American shapeshifter who can become a coyote at will. She is an auto mechanic who is tough, independent, but totally loveable. Her world involves fae, weres, vamps, and lots of suspense. It’s awesome. I also love the fact that she can have a love interest with some major spark and chemistry without sex scenes. I don’t always need my heroine and her man to get it on to make a compelling love story. Book 6, River Marked, comes out March 1st, so this purchase was another GET READING nudge.

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme devoted to sharing the new books we’ve received, borrowed, or bought. For more information, visit IMM’s fantastic host, The Story Siren. You can visit other blogs that are participating in this week’s IMM here.

Borrowed from the library:

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Lord of the Silent by Elizabeth Peters
Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein

Received for I Read Banned Books ARC Tour:

Huntress by Malinda Lo

Borrowed from Tabitha at Writer Musings:

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme devoted to sharing the new books we’ve received, borrowed, or bought. For more information, visit IMM’s fantastic host, The Story Siren. You can visit other blogs that are participating in this week’s IMM here.

Today I’m attempting my first ever vlog! Be gentle…

Received for I Read Banned Books blog tour:

Wonderland by Joanna Nadin

Won from Recovering Potter Addict:

13 to Life by Shannon Delany
Wildwing by Emily Whitman

Won from Writer Musings:

Matched by Ally Condie
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Won from Badass Bookie:

XVI by Julia Karr (autographed)

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme devoted to sharing the new books we’ve received, borrowed, or bought. For more information, visit IMM’s fantastic host, The Story Siren. You can visit other blogs that are participating in this week’s IMM here.

Click the book covers to see the summary and book information at

Borrowed on Kindle:

I know, I know. Why am I reading a sequel of a book I wasn’t crazy about to begin with? Because it was free. When I saw it was available via the new Kindle lending feature, I decided to give it a shot.

Borrowed from my local library:

I’m reading this with a few others in the Nothing But Reading Challenges group at Goodreads. I loved the first steampunk book from last week (The Alchemy of Stone) so I was excited to read another. I may have to up my participation level in the Steampunk challenge!

These two are for the YA Series Challenge. I keep reading too much about The Mortal Instruments series, so I figured I should get cracking on catching up, especially with City of Fallen Angels coming out soon. I’ve been eyeing the Uglies series for awhile now, so when I saw it was available I thought it would be a nice contrast to the other stuff I’m reading right now.

These three are for the YA Historical Fiction Challenge. It had been so long since I last read a historical fiction novel that when I read The Vespertine last week I realized how much I had been depriving myself. These should keep me occupied the next few weeks, and hopefully sate my hunger for a good, old-fashioned love story.


These two I bought because they were available for under $3 on for my Kindle. I’ve been meaning to read them anyway, and I’m a sucker for a good deal. 🙂

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme devoted to sharing the new books we’ve received, borrowed, or bought. For more information, visit IMM’s fantastic host, The Story Siren. You can visit other blogs that are participating in this week’s IMM here.

Clicking on the book covers will take you to to pre-order or order these titles.

E-galleys for review:

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan

Part of the Twisted Tales series, this book is a choose-your-own-adventure retelling of the Cinderella story, with a magical ninja twist. My review will be up within the next few weeks.

The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Summary (from Itâ??s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunsetâ??visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his ownâ??still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Ameliaâ??s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if sheâ??s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.


The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

The Kindle version of this title is on sale right now for $2.39. Of course it is, since I already bought my copy for $9.99. Sigh.

Summary (from Would you risk everything for someone you just met? What if he had a secret worth killing for?

Welcome to a future where water is more precious than oil or gold…

Hundreds of millions of people have already died, and millions more will soon fallâ??victims of disease, hunger, and dehydration. It is a time of drought and war. The rivers have dried up, the polar caps have melted, and drinkable water is now in the hands of the powerful few. There are fines for wasting it and prison sentences for exceeding the quotas.

But Kai didnâ??t seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drinking water from a plastic cup, then spilled the remaining drops into the dirt. He didnâ??t go to school, and he traveled with armed guards. Kai claimed he knew a secretâ??something the government is keeping from us…

And then he was gone. Vanished in the middle of the night. Was he kidnapped? Did he flee? Is he alive or dead? There are no clues, only questions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. We have to find himâ??and the truthâ??before it is too late for all of us.


XVI by Julia Karr

Summary (from Nina Oberon’s life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she’ll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world – even the most predatory of men – that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a “sex-teen” is Nina’s worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina’s mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past – one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother’s killer.

From the library:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Summary (from Goodreads): the cold. Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolfâ??her wolfâ??watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace…until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay humanâ??and Grace must fight to keep himâ??even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

Summary (from Mattie, an intelligent automaton skilled in the use of alchemy, finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between gargoyles, the Mechanics, and the Alchemists. With the old order quickly giving way to the new, Mattie discovers powerful and dangerous secrets – secrets that can completely alter the balance of power in the city of Ayona. This doesn’t sit well with Loharri, the Mechanic who created Mattie and still has the key to her heart – literally.

In My Mailbox (1)

My first meme!  I’m so excited!  In My Mailbox is devoted to sharing the new books we’ve received/borrowed/bought this week.  For more information on this weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, click here.  This is the last IMM of 2010, so I’m lucky to get in under the wire.  You can visit other blogs that are participating in this week’s IMM here.

Clicking on the book covers will take you to to pre-order these titles.

I’m particularly excited this week because the three books I have to report are my first ARCs from  My first commissioned reviews!

First up is Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.  Here’s the synopsis from

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into placeâ??and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to makeâ??between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

It sounds like a great paranormal romance love triangle read.  Definitely my kind of thing!  This book is being released January 4, 2011, so it is first on my list to be reviewed.

Second is Delirium by Lauren Oliver.  Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didnâ??t understand that once love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when sheâ??ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

A world without love?  Sounds pretty awful to me, which is why this book seems so fascinating.  This title is being released on February 1, 2011.

Last, but not least, I also received a copy of Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. Here’s the synopsis from

First there are nightmares.

Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.

When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Now she must hunt.

Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.

I have to admit, I love strong female characters that are capable of hunting and fighting for themselves.  This book seems really intriguing and exciting and I can’t wait to read it. This title releases on February 15, 2011.

Happy reading!