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19 July 2009 @ 09:40 am
Through the Letterbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here. (This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.) Thanks The Story Siren for this!

I managed to get some really good stuff this week so I am happy!

The Book of Luke
The Book of Luke by Jenny O'Connell

When nice girl Emily Abbot's family moves from Chicago back to Boston in the middle of her senior year, Emily and her two best friends come up with a plan that is not so nice. It's a project for their class time capsule, but it won't be the typical scrapbook or mix CD. They'll write a handbook for guys about girls. And who better to test out their theories on than arrogant Luke Preston? Emily, the three friends decide, will be the perfect person to try it out and report back. After all, Luke would never suspect the nice little Emily he knew way back when...But Emily's not what she used to be.

Plan B
 
Plan B by Jenny O'Connell

Vanessa has her life all planned out. All she has to do is survive the next nine months of senior year at the prestigious and private Cabot Academy, ace her SATs, and then spend a year touring Europe with her best friend, Taylor. After that, she'll be more than ready to enroll at the same college in Connecticut that her boyfriend, Patrick, attends, and life will be perfect.

Except life isn't perfect, and it's the definite fault of Reed Vaughn, Hollywood "It" guy, the most good-looking hottie to have graced the planet with his existence in the last several years. Taylor is already ga-ga over him, and although Vanessa can appreciate his good looks, she's not entirely sure about his appeal. Appeal is the last thing on her mind, though, when she finds out that there's more to Reed Vaughn than meets the eye--he's actually her half-brother, the son her father never knew he had.

 
When It Happens

When it Happens by Susan Colasanti

When her senior year starts, Sara's attention is focused on college and on Dave. Dave is a new student and a popular athlete, and Sara thinks he may just be a candidate for the "something real" she wants to find. Tobey, however, is focused on his music and on Sara. He wants Sara to fall in love with him (as he is in love with her, despite the fact that the two are not close), but unfortunately he's got Dave as competition.

Two-Way Street

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Courtney and Jordan are about to begin a three day trip from their homes in Florida to their college orientation in Boston. Usually this would be cause for excitement, but this trip is bound to be uncomfortable. The reason is because, two weeks ago, Jordan broke up with Courtney, supposedly because he met a girl on MySpace. Since the plans for the trip have already been made, Courtney's parents are insisting that she stick with those plans and travel with her ex all the way to Boston.

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers by Niki Burnham

Jenna Kassarian strives to have everything in her life exactly how she wants it--perfect. She has the perfect boyfriend, the perfect friend, and the perfect grades that got her into the top college of her choice. Jenna enjoys working hard because, in the end, it actually pays off. Now that everything seems to be going her way, and it's her last year of high school, all she wants to do, well, actually all her boyfriend wants her to do, is relax and enjoy life. Unfortunately for Jenna, relaxing just isn't in her vocabulary.

So now Jenna is trying her best to let go and have fun. That's not at all possible if what she has worked for has started to change. Her best friend is beginning to act weird and her boyfriend is pressuring her even more for their "first time". Along with that, it seems like her best friend is keeping something from her, something that just might have to do with Jenna's boyfriend.

Acheron (Dark Hunter) (Dark-Hunter World)

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron endured a lifetime of hatred. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind. Only it was never that simple...For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he never wants revealed. Now his survival, and ours, hinges on the very woman who threatens him. Old enemies are reawakening and uniting to kill - them both.

And that's it!

What did you all get?

Live Long and Prosper

xoxo

 
 
NOT MINE!!! property of Laurell Hamilton et al


title: Skin Trade
author: Laurell K. Hamilton
series: Anita Blake
genre: horror

No spoilers! Just want to say that I know this series has been a little (ok, a lot) iffy over the past few books. While I don't think that Skin Trade has completely recaptured the feel of the earlier books, it's headed the right direction. Not that sex is absent from this book--that would be a bit hard for Hamilton to swing given how much sex this series has seen lately--but it is much reduced in volume and intensity. And since it is so sparse in this book, it's easier to appreciate than in other books.

Anita Blake is going back to what she does best--hunting monsters and blowing shit up.
 
 
Current Mood: tiredtired, and so much more to do
 
 
05 July 2009 @ 02:03 pm
Through the Letterbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here. (This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.) Thanks The Story Siren for this!

Silent on the Moor (MIRA)

Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn

This is a wickedly witty Lady Julia Grey mystery. 'There are things that walk abroad on the moor that should not. But the dead do not always lie quietly, do they, lady?' It is England, 1888. Grimsgrave Manor is an unhappy house, isolated on the Yorkshire moors, silent and secretive. But secrets cannot be long kept in the face of Lady Julia Grey's incurable curiosity. In the teeth of protests from her conventional, stuffy brother, Lady Julia decides to pay a visit to the enigmatic detective, Nicholas Brisbane to bring a woman's touch to his new estate. Grimsgrave is haunted by the ghosts of its past, and its owner seems to be falling into ruin along with the house. Confronted with gypsy warnings and Brisbane's elusive behaviour, Lady Julia scents a mystery. It's not long before her desire for answers leads her into danger unlike any other that she has experienced - and from which, this time, there may be no escape.

[Could not wait to get my hands on this book. Really love the first two in the series. Hopefully this one is just as brilliant!]

Angel with Two Faces

Angel With Two Faces by Deanna Raybourn

Inspector Archie Penrose has invited Josephine Tey to his family home in Cornwall, a struggling but beautiful country estate on a magnificent stretch of coastline. Still haunted by the dark events of the year before - depicted in An Expert in Murder - and disillusioned with the London stage, Josephine is ready to begin work on her second mystery novel and finds much to inspire her in the landscape and its legends - in particular, a lake on the estate which is said to claim a life every seven years, and the nearby Minack Theatre, an open-air auditorium which overlooks the sea. But death clouds the holiday from the outset: Josephine's arrival coincides with the funeral of a young estate worker, killed in a mysterious riding accident, and another local boy disappears shortly afterwards. When the Minack proves to be a stage for real-life tragedy and an audacious murder, Archie's loyalties are divided between his friends and his job, and he and Josephine must confront the violent reality which lies beneath a seemingly idyllic community - a community with one face turned towards the present, and another looking back to the crimes of the past.

[I loved the first book in this series and when this came in the post I did jump up and down for a while]

Falling

Falling by Sharon Dogar

Neesha is afraid - haunted by the fragments of a nightmare about a girl falling, far away and a long time ago. Just when the echoes in her head threaten to overwhelm her, a boy unexpectedly comes to her rescue. Handsome and talented, Sammy finds himself strangely drawn to Neesha - but it's only when they come together, that they begin to realise why. Are they falling in love or being pulled into the past - fated to replay a love affair that ended in blood?
Lock and Key

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Ruby Cooper likes to expect the worst. That way, she’s never disappointed. Abandoned by her mother and forced to leave the house she calls home, Ruby is facing too many changes. Her lonely world has been transformed into a life of luxury by her long lost sister, but all Ruby wants to do is leave – she can make it on her own. Even Nate, the gorgeous boy-next-door can’t seem to change her mind. Will Ruby realize first impressions don’t always count? And that sometimes, people can surprise you, so it’s ok to let the closest ones in . . .

Anyway what did you all get??
 
 

Percy Jackson and the Last OlympianTitle: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Author:  Rick Riordan

Genre(s): action

Plot Summary:

The greatest monster of all, the storm giant Typhon, is on the loose, wreaking havoc and destruction across the U.S. - while Kronos's army lays siege to Manhattan. Soon Percy Jackson must make the hardest choice of his life - a choice that will save or destroy the world


My Raing:  3/5

My Review: See comments (spoilers!)


 
 
22 June 2009 @ 01:41 pm
Through the Letterbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here. (This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.) Thanks The Story Siren for this!

Not many books this week. But good ones!

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The greatest monster of all, the storm giant Typhon, is on the loose, wreaking havoc and destruction across the U.S. - while Kronos's army lays siege to Manhattan. Soon Percy Jackson must make the hardest choice of his life - a choice that will save or destroy the world.

Storm Glass (MIRA)

Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Untrained. Untested. Unleashed. With her unique magical abilities, Opal has always felt unsure of her place at Sitia's magic academy. But when the Stormdancer clan needs help, Opal's knowledge makes her the perfect choice - until the mission goes awry. Pulling her powers in unfamiliar directions, Opal finds herself tapping into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. Now Opal must deal with plotters out to destroy the Stormdancer clan, as well as a traitor in their midst. With danger and deception rising around her, will Opal's untested abilities destroy her - or save them all?

[Isn't the cover AMAZING??]

And that is sadly it. I already have so much to read that I didn't go crazy this week. Now I wish I did!!

Anyway, what did you all get?

Live long and prosper!

xoxo

 
 
 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! (Quirk Classics)Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Author: 
Seth Grahame-Smith anbd Jane Austen

Genre(s): romance, horror, spoof

Plot Summary:

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone crunching zombie action

My Raing:  3/5

My Review: See comments (spoilers!)
 

 
 
19 June 2009 @ 09:54 am
Through the Letterbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here. (This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.) Thanks The Story Siren for this!

I got some good books this week. Some signed ones again and they made my days. I also went to the library and raided the place! Firstly the library books.

Wuthering High (The Bard Academy)

Wuthering High (The Bard Academy) by Cara Lockwood

Fifteen-year-old Mia is not exactly thrilled when she gets the news that her parents are shipping her off to boarding school. It's not like she did anything that bad - all she did was wreck her dad's car and max out her step mum's credit cards. So, off she goes, from Chicago to Bard Academy, an exclusive prep school that treats troubled teenagers with a healthy dose of higher learning and old-fashioned discipline. But all is not what it seems at this educational institute, and Mia and her classmates soon discover that the teachers are actually ghosts, stuck in limbo, some of them famous authors who died before their time, including Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, and Charlotte Bronte. And what's even more disturbing is that not all the ghosts have good intentions. Mia and her friends must stop one evil instructor's plan to bring down the school - and the entire student body with it.

Armed and Magical

Armed and Magical by Lisa Shearin

My name is Raine Benares. Until last week I was a seeker—a finder of things lost and people missing. Now I’m psychic roommates with the Saghred, an ancient stone with cataclysmic powers. Just me, the stone, and all the souls it’s ingested over the centuries. Crowded doesn’t even begin to describe it. All I want is my life back—which means getting rid of the stone and the power it possesses. To sort things out, I head for the Isle of Mid, home to the most prestigious sorcery school, as well as the Conclave, the governing body for all magic users. It’s also home to power- grubbing mages who want me dead and goblins who see me as a thief. As if that’s not enough, Mid’s best student spellsingers are disappearing left and right, and I’m expected to find them. Lives are at stake, goblins are threatening to sue, mages are getting greedier, and the stone’s power is getting stronger by the hour. This could get ugly.

One Fifth Avenue

One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell

Sex in the City goes middle-aged, mordant and slapstick in Bushnell's chronicle of writers, actors and Wall Street whizzes clashing at One Fifth Avenue, a Greenwich Village art deco jewel crammed with regal rich, tarty upstarts and misguided lovers. When a Queen of Society dies, a vicious scramble for her penthouse apartment ensues, and it's attorney Annalisa and her hedge-funder husband, Paul Rice, who land the palatial pad, roiling the building's rivalries. There's Billy Litchfield, an art dealer who slobbers over the wealthy; strivers Mindy and James Gooch, and their tech-savvy 13-year-old Sam, the most hilariously bitter (and strangely successful) family in the building; gossip columnist Enid Merle and her screenwriter nephew, Philip Oakland, who struggle to uphold traditions and their souls; actress Schiffer Diamond, who lands a hit TV series, and her old love; and Lola Fabrikant, a cunning Atlanta gold digger whose greatest ambition is to become Carrie Bradshaw. Here are bloggers and bullies, misfits and misanthropes, dear hearts and black-hearts, dogfights and catty squalls spun into a darkly humorous chick-lit saga.

Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect by Julian Fellows

Damian Baxter is very, very rich - and he's dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern: who should inherit his fortune...PAST IMPERFECT is the story of a quest. Damian Barker wishes to know if he has a living heir. By the time he married in his late thirties he was sterile (the result of adult mumps), but what about before that unfortunate illness? He was not a virgin. Had he sired a child? A letter from a girlfriend from these times suggests he did. But the letter is anonymous. Damian contacts someone he knew from their days at university. He gives him a list of girls he slept with and sets him a task: find his heir...

And these are my signed books for the week. The first book still makes me SQUEAL!!

The Strain

The Strain by Guillermo Del Torro and Chuck Hogan

Best known as an innovative film director, Mexican Guillermo Del Toro makes his first foray into literature alongside thriller writer Chuck Hogan with this entertaining mix of action blockbuster and vampire myth. With an obvious nod to bram stoker's Dracula, The Strain follows the story of a plane that lands in New York with nearly all passangers dead and a mysterious, earth filled coffin in the hold.
Whether it's the curious dual authorship or just a desire to set the scene accurately, the beginning of the story is a disappointingly sluggish mass of technical description. Thankfully, once The Strain is unleashed and a host of half-zombie, half-vampire creatures start laying waste to New York, the book shifts up a few gears, with Del Toro's talent for creating fantastical, macarbre characters shining through. As part of an intended triology, The Strain ends on a hesitant note but it's still an exciting page turner, perfect for those with a taste for the gruesome.

'The Strain takes a horror staple and gives it a modern patina'


[Sadly I wasn't there to meet him personally because the signing was in Manchester and I live in London, but he was good enough to sign a copy and it was posted to me!]
The Demon's Lexicon

The Demon Lexican by Sarah Rees Brennan

Nick and his brother Alan are on the run with their mother, who was once the lover of a powerful magician. When she left him, she stole an important charm - and he will stop at nothing to reclaim it. Now Alan has been marked with the sign of death by the magician's demon, and only Nick can save him. But to do so he must face those he has fled from all his life - the magicians - and kill them. So the hunted becomes the hunter...but in saving his brother, Nick discovers something that will unravel his whole past...

[Sadly again I missed her but I had to buy myself a copy!]


And that is it, what di you all get??

Live long and prosper!

xoxo
 
 
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title: Dead and Gone
series: Sookie Stackhouse
author: Charlaine Harris
genre: fantasy

Dead and Gone, or the latest Sookie Stackhouse book, is rather disappointing. Or maybe I'm just sick of the same ol same ol that seems to be plaguing this series. I've been extremely bored with the past two books. In fact, I might not even buy this one when it comes out in paperback. To me, there really hasn't been anything of import since FoTS blew up that pyramid hotel. Yeah, supe wars are bad, but still...I don't care. What's more, an author's main concern is to get the readers to care.

I'm not saying that it's Harris's fault that I don't care. I'm just saying that I personally feel that she's lost the line of her books. Hamilton has done the same with Anita Blake, but that's a different review.

If you're a fan of Sookie, by all means read it. But I'm sad, in a way, because it was not what I had hoped for after the somewhat tame events of the last book.
 
 
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
 
 
NOT MINE! property of DJ MacHale and publishers, et al


title: Pendragon #10, Soldiers of Halla
series: Pendragon
author: DJ MacHale
genre: YA fantasy

OK, I like this series. A bit draggy in places and not as well-written as some others, but entertaining and somewhat thought provoking. And the way MacHale keeps stringing us along for nine books is more than just a bit frustrating; but the finale... I don't really know what to say.

I guess I liked it about as much as I liked the rest of the series, as long as I ignore the epilogue. The epilogue was not only strange, but completely inconsistent with the rest of the books and the "rules" that MacHale set down for his 'verse. The book itself answered a lot of questions and made the "rules" make sense. Everything was going well, action-wise, right up to the epilogue. Not much character development or resolution, but I suppose MacHale had a hard enough time answering all the questions and never mind the characters. But I digress.

I would reccomend the series if you're bored and have absolutely nothing else besides a biography of George W to read (no offense intended, I personally don't like him. feel free to make your own analogy).

The end of the series was an acceptable end, but I still feel...let down, somehow. I don't know why. If you're looking for a good series in the realm of YA scifi/fantasy, I would tell you to go with Keys to the Kingdom by Nix.

Pendragon isn't bad, but it isn't great. If you have something better to read, don't waste your time.
 
 
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: shop boyz, party like a rock star
 
 

Author: Catherine Jinks

Genre(s): urban fantasy

Plot Summary:

The trouble with being a vampire is...You can't get a decent haircut. You live on guinea-pig blood. And even worse, most of the world's population wants to kill you for no good reason. Nina Harrison became a vampire in 1973, when she was fifteen. Since then, life's been one big drag - mostly because she spends all her time with a bunch of vampires, in a vampire therapy group. Then one of them gets staked by an anonymous vampire slayer, and things become even worse: while tracking down the culprit, Nina and her fellow vampires end up in the middle of an illegal werewolf-fighting racket, and find themselves the target of some genuine villains who'll stop at nothing to get their werewolf back.


My Raing: 4/5

My Review: See comments (spoilers!)