Sunday 24 May 2009

In My Mailbox 17

This was started by the fabulous Kristi who was inspired by Alea. If you want more information check out their blogs. All summaries are from the book jackets.

Unsticky - Sarra Manning


Money makes the world go round - that’s what twenty-something Grace Reeves is learning. Stuck in grind where everyone’s ahead apart from her, she’s partied out, disillusioned, and massively in debt. If she’s dumped by another rock-band wannabe, squashed by anyone else in her cut-throat fashion job, or chased by anymore bailiffs. Grace suspects she’ll fall apart…


So when older, sexy, and above all, wealthy art-dealer Vaughn appears, she’s intrigued against her will. Could she handle being a sugar daddy’s arm-candy?


Soon Grace is thrown into a world of money and privilege, at Vaughn’s beck and call in return for thousands of pounds in luxurious gifts, priceless clothes - and cash. She’s out of her depth. Where’s the line between acting the trophy girlfriend, and selling yourself for money? And, more importantly: what ever happened to love?

High fashion, high art, high expectations - this is Pretty Woman for the twenty-first century.

This is Sarra’s first adult novel and I’m so excited to read it as I love her books. But as it is adult, do you all still want me to review it?

Beautiful Dead: Jonas - Eden Maguire

Not alive. Not dead. Somewhere in between lie the Beautiful Dead.

The first of four books that will leave you restless...

Something strange is happening at Ellerton High. Jonas, Arizona, Summer, Phoenix. All dead within a year.

Darina, Phoenix's grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can't escape her intense heartache, or the impossible apparitions of those who are meant to be dead.
And all the while the sound of beating wings echo inside her head...
Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

I reviewed the ARC here and I loved it so I’m really happy to have a finished copy at last. You can also enter my contest to win the ARC of this book here.

Magic Study - Maria V. Snyder

Confronting the past.
Controlling the future.

With an execution order on her head, Yelena has no choice but to escape Sitia, the land of her birth. With only a year to master her magic - or face death - Yelena must begin her apprenticeship and travels to the Four Towers of the Magician’s Keep.

But nothing in Sitia is familiar. Not the family to whom she is a stranger. Not the unsettling new facets of her magic. Not the brother who resents her return. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her rare powers, a rogue magician emerges - and Yelena catches his eye.

Suddenly she is embroiled in battle against good and evil. And once again it will be her magical abilities that will either save her…or be her downfall.

Fire Study - Maria V. Snyder

The apprenticeship is over.
Now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her in her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before.

Honour sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies and enemies. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself - and save the land she holds dear.

Moonlight: A Dark Guardian Novel - Rachel Hawthorne

I see him and know what this turmoil inside of me means: He’s the one. My forever.

Kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can’t understand why she’s so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she’s inherited a terrifying - and thrilling - gene that will change her life forever.

Lucas is dangerous, gorgeous . . . And a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect the pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harms way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.

Ghost Huntress: The Awakening - Marley Gibson

Kendall Moorhead can’t sleep. Not a wink.

Ever since her family moved from Chicago to the small town of Radisson, Georgia, Kendall hasn’t gotten a decent night’s sleep. It’s just too freaking quiet.

To remedy the situation, Kendall’s father brings home a white noise machine. The soothing sound of static should Kendall drift off to la-la land.

But what Kendall hears is anything but relaxing: A voice comes through the machine. A Voice? Has Kendall completely lost her mind? Or is she waking up to a world she never knew existed?

Stargazer - Claudia Gray

The vampire in me was closer to the surface…

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all - vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas - a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross - or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca’s secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

Yet Bianca isn’t the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning…

I’m so excited about reading this. I can’t wait to can start it!

Lord of Misrule: The Morganville Vampires - Rachel Caine (signed)

Morganville, Texas. Just south of normal.

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, a master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule.

But Bishop isn’t the only threat.

Violent black clouds promise a storm of devastating proportions. As student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against the elements - both natural and unnatural - the unexpected happens: Morganville’s vampires begin to disappear one by one. Discovering why leads Claire one last choice: swear allegiance to Bishop…or die.

I bought this at Rachel Caine’s signing yesterday. She was lovely enough to sign all five books in The Morganville Vampires series for me. I also got a Morganville wristband and a glow in the dark sticker which I'll probably post about tomorrow.

After getting nothing last week I was extremely pleased with this week’s haul. I’ve got so many amazing books that I don’t know what to read next!



  1. Pretty much all these books look amazing! I hope you enjoy them, and look forward to your reviews!

  2. The books sound so good and it's cool to see them with UK covers. Happy reading!

  3. Beautiful Dead looks awesome. Can't wait to read that one. Guess I'll have to order it from Amazon.UK

  4. Those are really great books! Ghost Huntress looks slightly creepy but a lot intriguing. I'm not sure if I want to read it or not. Happy reading!

  5. awesome book week! love the caine and synder covers!! Beautiful Dead sounds really good too! happy reading!!

  6. Woow! Those are some great books. Have fun reading~! :)

  7. Well, those Beautiful Dead books are now on my wishlist. Hmm. I need to stop reading these IMM posts. Ha!

  8. Great books! I'd definitely love to hear what you think of Unsticky.

  9. WOW!! for some amazing books this week. Beautiful Dead has been on my wish list since I saw it mentioned in your blog last time. Unsticky looks to be interesting and I cannot wait to see what you think of it. I love the Maria Snyder covers they are the best I have seen yet.

  10. great week! sigh, such beautiful jealous :) hehe
    I really need to read the morganville series! and it takes place in the state I live it..must read it! :D

  11. Nice week Sophie. I would definitely want to read your review of Unsticky! Also glad you enjoyed meeting Rachel Caine - I can't wait to hear all about it!

  12. My gosh those Snyder covers look gorgeous! What an excellent week for you! Enjoy and Happy reading!

  13. You got alot of great fantasy! Happy reading!

  14. You got some really great books this week. SO many of them are on my reading list. Enjoy.

  15. Beautiful dead sounds AWESOME! Must check that one out..

  16. Wow, you got some amazing books. Hope you have fun reading them :)


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