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In My Mailbox: Week 52

Just a quick note: I hope everyone had an awesome holiday! Mine was great. Hubby was home since Christmas and started back to work today. 😦 I miss him so much! See my previous post about where I’ve been! I will be posting reviews so stay tuned. 🙂

Here’s what I got the last few weeks!

Christmas Gifts

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Swoon by Nina Malkin

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

All of these I requested (all but 1 came from hubby!) and I can’t wait to read them all!

I’m currently reading Fallen. It’s not as good as I was hoping it to be. It’s rather slow and anti-climatic.

I also got a ton of necklaces! My favorite is this one:

Necklace

It was purchased at The Well Dressed Reader, which has some awesome book lover jewelry!

Well Dressed Reader

Contest Prizes

Truly, Madly: A Novel by Heather Webber

I won this via a Goodreads giveaway. I devoured this in a short amount of time. It was very good! I have a second copy and will hold a contest after I post my review.

My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald

I won this on the 2K10 blog for the graduation of the 2K9 class! Thanks guys!

Close To Perfect by Tina Donahue

This beauty was won over at I Do Not Want to Wait, I Want The Book Now. It’s signed and looks delicious!

For Review

Shadow by Jenny Moss

In a time of kings, queens, and conspiracy, it’s impossible to know whom one can trust. . . .

In a kingdom far away and long ago, it was prophesied at her birth that the queen would die before her sixteenth birthday. So Shadow, an orphan girl the same age as the young queen, was given the duty to watch her every move. And as prophesies do tend to come true, the queen is poisoned days before her birthday. When the castle is thrown into chaos, Shadow escapes with a young knight, whom she believes was betrothed to the queen.

Unsure of why she is following Sir Kenway, but determined to escape as far as possible from the castle, her long-time prison, Shadow sets off on an adventure with the handsome knight who has been charged with protecting her. As mystery builds, and romantic tension does, too, Shadow begins to wonder what her role in the kingdom truly is. Soon, she learns, it is up to her to save her land.

Jenny Moss’s novel is a lyrical, fast-paced adventure filled with mystery, magic, honor, and romance that will lead readers on an incredible journey.

So that’s what I’ve received! I can’t wait to read all of these!

Here are some upcoming reviews you’ll be seeing from me.


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vamps,
Book 2) by Chloe Neill

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, book 2)
by Rachel Vincent

Firespell (Dark Elite, Book 1) by Chloe Neill

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

As you  can see I’m quite a bit behind on reviews. To the authors of the new releases I’m sorry and will be reviewing your books first!

Jess Sig

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Secret Santa Gifts!

It rained Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

No one got Saturday’s mail until 2:00 p.m. Sunday. 😦

3 packages sat on my porch all day through the rain!

Luckily nothing was damaged by the rain. My postal delivery person is lucky. That is all.

Among the three packages was my Secret Santa gift that was hosted by The Neverending Shelf.

So, here’s what my lovely Secret Santa sent me!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Unbound by Kim Harrison

The M&M’s are only one tube, not 24, but I wanted to include a link. 😉

So, thank you Secret Santa!!! I’ve been wanting both of these books.

I would have loved to have put these gifts under my tree to open Christmas Day. Yes, I would have been able to wait ‘til then, but they weren’t wrapped. 😦 And the box was soaking wet and didn’t indicate it was from the Secret Santa. 😦 Just a note for next years Secret Santa participants!

I hope everyone that participated got something they really wanted! It was a pleasure to share the joy of gift giving!

Jess Sig

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In My Mailbox: Week 50

I received a few great books this week!

Contest Wins

I won a copy of Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen over at Bookworm Readers. Thanks Claire!

Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen

I also won a copy of Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev for promoting her contest she was holding on her LJ blog. Thanks Lisa! I’m giving this away as a Christmas present to a cousin who loves theatre!

Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I by Lisa Mantchev

I also won a Thanksgiving contest hosted by author Anya Bast! She sent me The Chosen Sin signed!

The Chosen Sin by Anya Bast

Lori over at Pure Imagination hosted a giveaway for two books that I won! Thanks Lori!

Night World No. 1: Secret Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Spellbinder by L.J. Smith

Night World: The Ultimate Fan Guide by L.J.
Smith

For Review

The lovely publisher Penguin sent me a copy of Firespell by Chloe Neill! I was so excited to receive this. I’m about half way done already. It’s not as awesome as I thought it would be but it’s a first book of a new series and it’s heating up now so I’m still holding on that it’ll end nicely.

Firespell: A Novel of the Dark Elite by Chloe Neill

Bought

I’ve been wanting this book for sometime now. I’ve been reading great reviews and just had to have it. At $4 on Amazon.com I couldn’t have been happier. And I hear there’s a follow up coming out soon too!

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

I also received my Secret Santa gift. I’m doing a separate post so check back later!

IMM is the brain child of Kristi, The Story Siren.

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In My Mailbox: Week 49

I skipped a few weeks of IMM posts so here’s a catch up post.

Don’t freak out! It’s only two books! 🙂

Contest Prizes

I won a contest on author Jillian Cantor’s blog

$25 Sephora gift certificate and an ARC of:

The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor

The Life of Glass — Coming February 2010

Before he died, Melissa’s father told her about stars.  He told her that the brightest stars weren’t always the most beautiful—that if people took the time to look at the smaller stars, if they looked with a telescope at the true essence of the star, they would find real beauty.  But even though Melissa knows that beauty isn’t only skin deep, the people around her don’t seem to feel that way.  There’s her gorgeous sister Ashley who will barely acknowledge Melissa at school, there’s her best friend Ryan, who may be falling in love with the sophisticated Courtney, and there’s Melissa’s mother who’s dating someone new, someone who Melissa knows will never be able to replace her father.

To make sure she doesn’t lose her father completely, Melissa spends her time trying to piece together the last of his secrets and completing a journal her father began—one about love and relationships and the remarkable ways people find one another. But when tragedy strikes, Melissa has to start living and loving in the present, as she realizes that being beautiful on the outside doesn’t mean you can’t be beautiful on the inside.

This is a lyrical tale of love, loss and self-discovery from the author of THE SEPTEMBER SISTERS

For Review

  The Girl Made of Cool (First Edition) by Alan Sean Fox

Featuring a new novel and two other stories by Alan Fox. —- Author ALAN FOX writes love stories, filled with a sense of awe and wonder, and set against a brutal world. "THE GIRL MADE OF COOL" is his vibrant new novel and the centerpiece of this collection. Here, Fox tells the story of a young man and woman who are falling in love with each other, but the young woman doesn’t know it. She believes that she’s falling in love with the man’s far more handsome, more perfect friend. … As the story unfolds and deepens, we see how these two highly talented young men must suffer, struggle, and wage battle to woo this young woman. This, as all the while, she grows into an ever greater beauty, a more charismatic personality, and an all-the-more alluring woman. … This, as all the while, this young lady grows to become an elegant woman made of shining love and elusive cool. — Also featured here in this collection, you will find: The Novel "HELL HAS BLUE SKIES" — A love story about intense relationships in an office, whose unusual line of business is to train people to become ‘world-class experts.’ And the short story "THE LOVELY LADY AT THE LOVE MUSEUM" — A colorful tale of romance and high-level maneuvering in the big city. —- ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Alan Fox writes love stories about people looking for a sense of wonder in a brutal world, people pursuing beauty in the face of insanity. His previous novel, "The Seeker in Forever," is now available in a second revised edition.

So that’s what I got!

As always, In My Mailbox, is the brain child of Kristi of The Story Siren.

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IMM: Week 46

I received quite a few books this week! 🙂

For Review

Beauty’s Curse (Boadicea series) by Traci E. Hall
I received this from Medallion Press

In this reversal of the Sleeping Beauty story, gorgeous Galiana Montehue—resisting her family’s efforts at arranged marriage—scorns all her suitors and finds true love only after she awakens an injured knight from a deep sleep. As the novel begins, Galiana has come to view her beauty as a curse, and she fears for her future. Wishing for an adventure, just one, before she is forced to settle down and marry, she takes a stroll in winter’s first snowfall with her younger twin brothers and, following them into the forest, is horrified by the sight of a knight drawing a sword on one of the boys. Without thought, she throws a rock and hits the knight on the back of the head, knocking him unconscious. Taken prisoner by the knight’s men, Galiana finds herself locked up in a strange manor house where she is forced to care for the incredibly handsome victim of her well-aimed throw, but when the young man finally wakes from his coma, the household’s happiness turns to sorrow upon hearing he is now blind. By this time, Galiana has become very fond of her knight, and he in turn is fascinated by her gentleness and her wit. Because he is unable to see Galiana’s beauty, she trusts him, and by the time his eyesight returns, the young knight is ready to ask for her hand in marriage. He also reveals his true identity—as a spy for Prince William. As he describes his life-and-death mission to find an ancient, magical stone known as the Breath of Merlin, Galiana knows her wish for meaning and adventure has come true, and she joins her prince in his fight against the forces of treachery and ancient magic.

Love’s Magic by Traci E. Hall
I received this from Medallion Press

While her sisters are tall and beautiful, Celestia Montehue is the misfit in a royal family—petite, with one green and one blue eye. The only thing she has in common with her ancestors is her magical healing ability. Fearing no one will ever accept her, she vows never to marry. Meanwhile, Nicholas Le Blanc, a haunted man, was trained as a knight but his childhood has convinced him he is a bastard. He is captured while on crusade and eventually forced to kill for his freedom. An arranged marriage between the two does not bode happiness, nor does Celestia’s new home—a broken-down keep haunted by the ghost of Nicholas’ mother. Soon a curse is set upon them, and they must decide if their love will save them or, ultimately, doom them.

Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) by Chloe Neill
I received this from NAL Trade. I can NOT wait to read this!

The story of a young heiress’s initiation into the dark society of the Chicagoland Vampires continues…
Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they’re enjoying a celebrity status usually reserved for the Hollywood elite. But should people learn about the Raves-mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle-the citizens will start sharpening their stakes.
So now it’s up to the new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers, and keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media. But someone doesn’t want peace between them-someone with an ancient grudge…

Contests

I won a HUGE contest hosted by Juiciliciousss Reviews! I won these 9 books. Yes, 9!

The Ex Games (Simon Romantic Comedies) by Jennifer Echols
Won this on Katie’s Book Blog.


Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie
Another prize trickling in from a Debs contest.

Purchased

Need by Carrie Jones

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.
Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

So that’s what I got. 🙂
As always, In My Mailbox, is the brain child of Kristi of The Story Siren.
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IMM: Week 45

It was a great week!

Purchased

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (purchased with gift certificate)

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

 

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (purchased with gift certificate) This is shipping early from Amazon.com!

Beautiful Creatures, The Caster Chronicles, Book I

There were no surprises in Gatlin County
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

 

Contests

Amazon Gift Card I won a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com from PlotMonkeys! I bought the two books above with it.

 

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IMM: Week 43 & 44

I didn’t do an In My Mailbox post the week before so I’m combining last weeks with it! 🙂

 

For Review

The lovely Hyperion sent me the entire series of Blue Bloods, which I am devouring in earnest. They aren’t OMG Awesome but I’m enjoying them very much. 🙂 I’ll be reviewing Masquerade and Revelations sometime very soon. 🙂 I’m reading The Van Alen Legacy now.

 

Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Masquerade (Blue Bloods, Book 2) by Melissa De La Cruz

Revelations (A Blue Bloods, Book 3) by Melissa De La Cruz

The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, Book 4) by Melissa De La Cruz

The Taker and the Keeper (The Red Monocle) by Pat Perrin

Contest Prizes

I won a Debutantes contest over 4 months ago and some prizes were never received so they are coming in now. 🙂

Won from the Widget contest on Debutantes:

Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne

Great Call of China (S.A.S.S.) by Cynthea Liu

Breathing by Cheryl Renée Herbsman

 

And this awesome book was won on Babbling About Books and More. Thanks Katiebabs. I had already purchased a copy so I’m sharing this with my BFF Lori. 🙂

Covet (Fallen Angels, Book 1) by J.R. Ward

And the lovely and amazing Rachel Vincent held a contest for her newest anthology, signed! 🙂

Immortal: Love Stories With Bite (Smart Pop) by Rachel Caine

And last, but certainly not least, Gena Showalter showed me some love with a surprise duo signed copy of her and Kresley Cole’s latest release!!! I was so excited to get this one. I can’t wait to read it!

Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole

line_separatorSo that’s what I’ve been getting! As always this post is the brain child of Kristi at The Story Siren. :)  

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In My Mailbox: Week 42

I didn’t do an IMM post last week. 😦 So I’m playing catch up.

IMM is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

 

Contest Winnings:

Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while now. I’m so excited to have won a copy! 🙂 Thank you Frenetic Reader for the contest!

Dawnbreaker Large Dawnbreaker (Dark Days, Book 3) by Jocelynn Drake

I was sooo excited to win this one! Thanks to Doug at SciFiGuy.ca! I read this and it took me longer than expected but that’s okay. It was a good read. I’m a little disappointed and I’ll cover that in my review. It’s a great Urban Fantasy series though. I read and reviewed the first two books: Nightwalker and Dayhunter.

 

For Review

Some Girls Bite: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe Neill

I read this book already and it was AWESOME! Super awesome writing. I feel in love with the character, Merit, right away and can’t wait for the follow up to arrive for review! My review should be posted this week. 🙂

First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student’s introduction into a society of vampires.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker—and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.
Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude— and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

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My Soul to Save

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, Book 2) by Rachel Vincent

I can’t wait to start this! This is book 2 of Rachel’s Soul Screamers series. The first one, My Soul To Take was really good. You can read my review.

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Candle Man, Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin

I don’t know much about this one but it sounds really neat!

Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . .
But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift.
A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm. When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo’s “illness” and change his life forever.
Molded into an exhilarating steampunk adventure that gives birth to the next great fantasy hero, Theo Wickland, Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Glenn Dakin.
Ages 8—12

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What did you get?

I’m reading Covet by J.R. Ward right now. It is amazingly good. Love her writing style!

Jess Sig

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In My Mailbox: Week 40

I received two review (e-book) copies this week! 🙂 I’ve started the first one and plan to start the second one right after I finish the first one. What are they? Take a peek!

 

Rowan of the Wood by Christine Rose & Ethan Rose

Rowan of the Wood, Winner of the Indie Excellence Award for Young Adult Fiction, tells the story of a young boy Cullen who meanders through the redwood forest every day on his way to school, losing himself in books and fantasy worlds full of elves, fairies, and wizards. He loves to escape to these magical lands because reality for him is not fun at all. Cullen and his two misfit friends, Maddy and April, are terribly unpopular amongst the other kids, and they regularly endure ridicule and bullying. Cullen’s life changes incredibly one day when he uncovers an ancient magic wand that is inhabited by a powerful wizard, Rowan. Inadvertently, Cullen releases Rowan from the wand and finds himself possessed by the wizard, with a great power and an obsessive need to find a lost love. When danger is near, Rowan emerges from the frightened child to set things right. He and Cullen try to understand what has happened to them, only to discover a deeper problem. Nearly fourteen centuries ago, Rowan and his bride Fiana were separated on their wedding day. Rowan manages to survive, trapped in time, until Cullen releases him from the wand. Fiana uses dark magic to stay alive as she continues searching for Rowan. Over the centuries, Fiana descends deeper into the darkness becoming something evil and eventually giving up her search…until a young boy brings Rowan back to her.

Witch on the Water by Christine Rose & Ethan Rose

"Witch on the Water" chronicles the continuing adventures of twelve-year-old Cullen and his friends, Maddy and April. Cullen thought he had enough trouble surviving school, dealing with his miserable home life, and being possessed by Rowan, a 1400-year-old wizard. But when Rowan’s wife, the sadistic vampire Fiana, comes back seeking revenge, Cullen and his band of misfits must do what they can to stop her. This time Cullen’s favorite teacher is Fiana’s first target. Imaginative and poignant, the adventures of Rowan and Cullen thoroughly enchants the reader and promises to be a great series for readers of fantasy, young and old. "Witch on the Water" is the second book in the award-winning "Rowan of the Wood" fantasy series.

 

I’m enjoying Rowan of the Wood very much. I’m not too far into it but it is very entertaining. 🙂

 

I’ll be participating in the blog tour for Witch on the Water on Oct. 18th. Check back to see what you could win!

Jess Sig

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In My Mailbox: Week 39

IMM is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Books Won

While being one-handed this week, I made out pretty well! I’ve won a few contests recently and they arrived this week.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler – Won at Hope’s Bookshelf

"Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?"
"Don’t worry." I laughed. "It’s our secret, right?"
According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie—she’s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.
Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner – Won at Booking Mama

Some bonds can never be broken…

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat.

Flash-forward fifteen years. Valerie Adler has found a measure of fame and fortune working as the weathergirl at the local TV station. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house in their small hometown of Pleasant Ridge, Illinois, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. She’s just returned from Bad Date #6 when she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat. "Something horrible has happened," Val tells Addie, "and you’re the only one who can help."

Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together.

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater – I won from the publisher

Remember us, so sing the dead, lest we remember you

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala’s life and his soul.

Up For Renewal by Cathy Alter – Won at Book, Line and Sinker

By age thirty-seven, Cathy Alter had made a mess of her life. With a failed marriage already under her belt, she was continuing down the path of poor decisions, one paved with a steady stream of junk food, unpaid bills, questionable friends, and highly inappropriate men. So she sat down and asked herself what she truly wanted. A decent guy. A nicer home. More protein. When she took a closer look at her wants, she noticed something that seemed very familiar — with the addition of exclamation points, her list could easily be transformed into the cover lines on every women’s magazine: Find the love you deserve! Paint to the rescue! Eggs-actly perfect meals!

So Cathy gave over her life to the glossies for the next twelve months, resolving to follow their advice without question. By the end of her subscriptions, she would get rid of upper-arm jiggle, crawl out of debt, host the perfect dinner party, run a mile without puking, engage in better bathtub booty, ask for a raise, and rehaul her apartment.

Well, at least that was the premise of her social experiment. What actually happened was much less about cosmetic change and much more about internal transformation. Singular in its voice and yet completely universal, Up for Renewal will appeal to all who have ever wondered if they could actually make their life over.

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Book Bought

Dreamfever

Dreamfever (Fever Series, Book 4) by Karen Marie Moning

Amazing series. I finally caved and bought the Kindle Edition. I was waiting for the price to drop to $9.99, which it did a few weeks ago. But with my sore hand holding a book was proving to be cumbersome so I bought this to help me cope better. I’m about 3/4 done and loving it. I forgot how much I ❤ Barrons! And Mac of course. If you haven’t read this Urban Fantasy series you’re missing out! There’s only one more book left to be published and I’ve been told that Dreamfever ends leaving you wanting, which KMM is the master of doing with each of her books.

What did you get!?

Jess Sig