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Sunday, April 17, 2011

IMM - In My Mailbox (#4)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Story Siren

The purpose of it is to post about the books we received during the past week (ARC, electronic galleys, books won in giveaways, bought or borrowed from the library - you can list anything you want!)

Here are the books I've received this week:

Tired of reading scifi and fantasy stories that take themselves too seriously? Zaftan Entrepreneurs is a unique First Contact story; it is part adventure and part corporate and political satire spiced with comic relief. Here, you'll find nasty, snarly aliens, fantasy creatures, humans, romance, magic, and--just like the real world--incompetent politicians and feuding bureaucracies. What more could a fantasy/scifi reader ask for?  (Goodreads)

I got a signed copy of this book straight from the author, with two lovely bookmarks. Thank you, Mr. Quense! I'm starting to read this one today!

Sarah Stonich’s family had once owned land—an island in Lake Vermilion that was lost after the Depression—and while her father still managed to give his daughters the quintessential Minnesota cabin experience, it was on a patch of leased land.
Long after her father passed away, a newly divorced Stonich fi nds herself yearning for a piece of land to call her own, that perfect spot on a lake, tall pines, a sense of permanence, a legacy for her son, and a connection to her paternal heritage.
“Perfect” turns out to be roadless, raw wilderness near where her immigrant grandparents settled a century before and where the family name is now a postscript. Stonich recalls stories of her relatives, meets admirable and remarkable characters in the community, considers another go at love, and, finally, builds a small cabin. But when “progress” threatens to slice her precious patch of land in half, she must come to terms with the fact that a family legacy is no less valuable with or without a piece of earth.

Another book I got from the author for review. Thank you Sarah! I'll be reading your book soon!~*

In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren't talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an elite few, The Change means long life and health, but to the increasing masses, it means starvation, desperation, and violence.

Four centuries after The Change, Grace Harper, a blacklisted P.I., sets off on a mission to find the man responsible for it all and solicit his help to undo The Change – if he's still alive. To complicate matters, Grace's employer is suspected of murdering his father, and when the police learn of their connection, they give her a choice – help them find the evidence they need to convict Matthew Stanton, or die. But if they discover Grace's true mission, they won't hesitate to kill her in order to protect their shot at immortality.

And one more book that was sent to me by the author, Christine Amsden, for review :) I heard some good opinions about it and I can't wait to read it!

Love at first sight is a myth to aspiring journalist Melissa Williams, but when she meets Jason McAlister at a friend’s wedding, a Cinderella-like fantasy turns her no-nonsense world upside down. She sees in his penetrating blue eyes not just an evening, but a lifetime together that includes much more than a glass slipper and a kiss.

Realizing she shared a few salacious emails with Jason months ago, a humiliated Melissa loses herself in the crowd, thankful he doesn’t know who she is. But he does know—and with a gentle touch and a steamy kiss, he soon picks up their flirtation right where it left off.

As midnight strikes, Melissa succumbs to Jason’s sexy pull, unaware that a woman’s body has been discovered in the wake of the party. When evidence points to Melissa as the killer’s next target, the lines between fantasy and reality blur. She goes into hiding, charmed by one mysterious man and hunted by another.

Cinderella lost a shoe—Melissa could lose both her handsome prince and her life.
I won this amazing book in The Library Thing giveaway! yay~ I got it this week in my mail and it came signed by the author with a beautiful, hand made bookmark (it's like a thin green ribbon, with amazingly cute beads on one side and two champagne cups on the other. It looks so awesome!!!) Thank you so much Robin~!

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
I won this book on Library Thing website, too. I got my eBook copy in mail last week :) Thanks a lot, Debora!

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around—and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.
Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards—and Tara’s increasingly ominous dreams—suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationship with the mysterious order known as Delphi’s Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen. . . .
I won this awesome book in a giveaway, too. I got a signed, beautiful copy from the author and two gorgeous postcards! Thank you so much Alayna!!!

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.
I bought this book on Book Depository - it was shipped within a week - you gotta love this site!

So this is all I got this week. Stay tuned for reviews! :)
    And what did you get?


Vy (Vy's Blog) said...

Congrats on all of your wins. I loved Wither and hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did! I should definitely check out the Book Depository!

Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. They all look really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Kayla (Shattered Memories Reviews) said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Eeek Wither! I NEED that book! :)

WildIrishRose33 said...

I'm echoing Vy's comment, congrats on all your wins! The first book looks totally cool :-P and I'm gonna add that to my list of books to read! And I love the cover for the second one. Hope you enjoy them all!
Thanks for stopping by!

A Musing Mother said...

I loved Wither and I'm dying to read Book of Witches! Great selection!

The Slowest Bookworm said...

The Immortality Virus sounds interesting. I've not heard of that one before. I think I'll have to look into that one :) You've had some great books this week. Hope you enjoy them.

Sally said...

I really want to read 'Wither' but hadn't heard of any of the others. The cover of 'Rogue Oracle' is gorgeous. Happy reading! x

MiaandSofia said...

A great mailbox! They all look fab. I can't wait to read Wither :)
Check out what's In My Mailbox

Mia @GrippedintoBooks

Tammy G. said...

Hi, Evie! Thanks for the follow! I follow you (cluedn). Nice blog! Tammy over at Tammy's Book Parlor =)

Alison said...

Fab set! I liked Wither and Shelter sounds really interesting.
Get a free download of Wings by Aprilynne Pike at my blog!

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

A great selection here!

I can't wait to read wither and the discovery of witches!


thereadingdate said...

Awesome books! I really enjoyed Wither and hope you like it too. Congrats on your LibraryThing wins!
Happy reading :)

A Backwards Story said...

Some good books to keep you busy! Esp. Wither. Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Brittany said...

I am so jealous that you got Wither! Happy reading :)

Jessica said...

You got some awesome books there. A Discovery Of Witches I have heard lots of great things about and thanks for visiting I do recommend Winter's Bone it's a great book as is the movie.

Jaime said...

I am sooo jealous of your haul! Enjoy!

I responded to your comment on KDramas, lol, I am so excited to have another person who can relate to "The Addiction" hahaa

Lauren B said...

Hi Evie,
Thanks for following my blog and I look forward to reading your reviews.
I am jealous of your post layout, lol! How do you get the image and post to line up that way?

Lauren B said...

Thanks for the tip.

blackplume said...

great books you got here. Can't wait to get my own copy of wither. I've heard a lot of good things about it. And yes, I ordered it from book depository. I love BD too, one of my favourite site to buy books online. I don't live in US and shipping here in the Philippines is too costly. Thanks God book depository ship here for free.

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