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In My Mailbox: Week 24

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Here’s what I got this week.


  The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret – he is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now the creatures under the hill want him back, and Mackie must decide where he really belongs and what he really wants.
A month ago, Mackie might have told them to buzz off. But now, with a budding relationship with tough, wounded, beautiful Tate, Mackie has too much to lose. Will love finally make him worthy of the human world? –

  Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?
His son, that’s who.
Ever since his father’s arrest for the murder of Little
Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept
a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . .
until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe
his father may have been framed.
Now, with the help of his kleptomaniac roommate,
Jack, and a daring she-wolf named Fiona, Henry will
have to venture deep into the heart of Dust City: a
rundown, gritty metropolis where fairydust is craved
by everyone—and controlled by a dangerous mob of
Water Nixies and their crime boss leader, Skinner.
Can Henry solve the mystery of his family’s sinister
past? Or, like his father before him, is he destined
for life as a big bad wolf? –

  Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

This is Incarceron Book 2, as well as my second copy. Does anyone have a copy of Incarceron they are willing to swap with this one? If so, email me.


Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1)

Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. –


Virals by Kathy Reichs

A new series: “young adult forensic thrillers with a touch of fantasy”, the Viral books will feature Tory Brennan, the 14-year-old great-nephew of Reichs’ adult series character, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Tory is one of five teenagers living on an isolated island who, after a veterinary experiment goes wrong, are left with heightened powers of smell, sight and hearing, increased memory, and improved strength and speed. These powers are triggered by strong emotions and cannot be called upon at will. –


What Is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman

Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is suddenly orphaned when his parents, within hours of each other, jump off two different bridges—the result of their separate involvements with the same compelling neighbor, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress. The suicides cause Wyatt to move to small-town Middle Economy to live with his uncle, aunt, and ravishing cousin Tilda. –

I didn’t know this was coming and I can honestly say I probably will NOT read this. If anyone is genuinely interested in this please email me.

That’s what I got. 🙂 I can’t wait to read a few of these. What did you get? Did you read these yet? What did you think?

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In My Mailbox: Week 23

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

This week I got two books!


  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga) by Stephenie Meyer

Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood… life before she became a vampire.
All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself and, above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.
Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they know only as "her". As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagines, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trus. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth? –


  Promise by Kristie Cook

Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.
When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.
Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell. –


Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, lives a quiet life working at her stepfather’s bakery. One night, she goes out to the lake for some peace and quiet. Big mistake. She is set upon by vampires, who take her to an old mansion. They chain her to the wall and leave her with another vampire, who is also chained. But the vampire, Constantine, doesn’t try to eat her. Instead, he implores her to tell him stories to keep them both sane. Realizing she will have to save herself, Sunshine calls on the long-forgotten powers her grandmother began to cultivate in her when she was a child. She transforms her pocketknife into a key and unchains herself–and Constantine. Surprised, he agrees to flee with her when she offers to protect him from the sun with magic. They escape back to town, but Constantine knows his enemies won’t be far behind, which means that he and Sunshine will have to face them together. A luminous, entrancing novel with an enthralling pair of characters at its heart. — Goodreads


God Is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein

Fifteen-year-old Grace Manning is a candy striper in a nursing home, and Mr. Sands is the one patient who makes the job bearable. He keeps up with her sarcasm, teaches her to play poker . . . and one day cheerfully asks her to help him die. At first Grace says no way, but as Mr. Sands’s disease progresses, she’s not so sure. Grace tries to avoid the wrenching decision by praying for a miracle, stuffing herself with pancakes, and running away from all feelings, including the new ones she has for her best friend Eric. But Mr. Sands is getting worse, and she can’t avoid him forever.  — Goodreads

  Montana Destiny by R.C. Ryan

They’re the McCords…three rugged, sexy cowboy cousins who’ll inherit the family range–if they seek the treasure hidden on it. But even more precious are the women who can tame their wild hearts…
Emergency medic Marilee Trainor likes her freedom and lives for trouble. But when she stumbles upon a clue to the legendary McCord gold, she ‘s suddenly in a mysterious killer’s sights–and the arms of irresistible playboy Wyatt McCord. This McCord cousin has been everywhere, yet the ranch is the only place he feels at home. Now Marilee’s courage and independence make him want to protect her, win her heart, and finally settle down. But trust is the one thing Wyatt and Marilee can’t easily give. And their survival and everything they cherish depends on whether they can surrender to each other–to fight for their…

What did you get?

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In My Mailbox: Week 22

I just wrote my Post BEA 2010 post so check it out to see what I got at BEA!

This week I got two books in the mail.

Both are technically for review but one is extra special because I wanted to grab it at BEA but she wasn’t signing it on Wednesday when I was there but Thursday. She was so thoughtful to save me a copy and then ship it herself to me!

Thank you so much Gena!

Unraveled by Gena Showalter
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Book 2 of the Intertwined series.

Intertwined by Gena Showalter


And author Carolyn Crane sent me her new release:

  Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.
Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears. –

Thanks Carolyn! I’ll be getting to this soon.

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Post BEA 2010!

I know I’m WAY behind on posting this so please accept my apologies!

Here’s a brief explanation of my visit to BEA in NYC!

Basically I walked the booths and stuck to my schedule of events.

I met up with a good friend of mine, Lacey, and her friend Valerie. A great big thank you to them both because with out them I would have missed out on a few of these books. The author signing area was a mad house and a few of the signings took forever and I couldn’t be in two places at once so thank you ladies!

Here’s a Goodreads widget of the books I grabbed.

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And here are a few pictures of the pile!


Stacked up!


What a helpful kitty. Only NOT!


There were a few books I didn’t get my hands on, again with the can’t be in two places at once issue, such as Beautiful Darkness and Unraveled by Gena Showalter, who is such a super sweetie because she saved me one and shipped it to me herself! How cool is she? I can’t wait to read it because I just LOVED Intertwined.

So, overall it was a great day. I was very picky with the books I grabbed. I think I only got 3 books I didn’t intend to get.

And some of the booths were madhouses! Take the Harlequin Teen signing for example. I’m in this crowd, can you find me!?

I also meet quite a few bloggers! So many I can’t even shout them out here. Here’s a picture I stole from Bloody Bookaholic’s blog.

BEA Bloggers 2010

Stay tuned for some giveaways! I’ll be scheduling a giveaway of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer very soon. 🙂

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In My Mailbox: Week 19

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Only one book this past week!


  005Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Avery Hood is reeling from the loss of her parents–and the fact that she can’t remember what happened to them even though she was there.
She’s struggling to adjust to life without them, and to living with her grandmother, when she meets Ben, who isn’t like any guy she’s ever met before.
It turns out there’s a reason why, and Ben’s secret may hold the key to Avery finding out what happened to her parents…
But what if that secret changes everything she knows about–and feels for–Ben? —

I’m really looking forward to reading this one. Thanks to Ivy Devlin who advertised her ARCs on Twitter.

About the Author

IVY DEVLIN is the pseudonym of a popular and critically acclaimed author of teen fiction. With Low Red Moon and the Ivy Devlin name, she makes her paranormal fiction debut. She lives in Virginia.

Do you know which author she is? I do! 🙂