Sunday, May 23, 2010

In My Mailbox: May 17 - May 23, 2010

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where bloggers can share what books they've received (for review, bought, from the library, won, etc) in the past week. The purpose is to encourage interaction amongst bloggers and to get new books on the radar, as well as to share what we're going to be reading! This is my first week participating in this great meme!

I received one book this past week that I won: Long Time Listener, First Time Werewolf by Carrie Vaughn! I won this book from the wonderful blog Reading Angel!

From Goodreads:
Contains the first three Kitty Norville books: Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty Goes to Washington, and Kitty Takes a Holiday, as well as a short story "Kitty Meets the Band".

DJ Kitty Norville never much liked doing the nightshift at K-NOB, Denver's alternative radio station - that is, until the attack that made her a werewolf. Now her habits have become decidedly more nocturnal, not to mention reckless. One night, in a fit of boredom, she ditches the stations dull '90s format in favor of posing a question to her listeners: Do you believe in vampires? The startling answer: Yes. Suddenly calls from anguished, alienated, self-proclaimed vampires, werewolves and witches begin pouring in, with Kitty dispensing on-air advice with unexpected aplomb. And all at once The Midnight Hour - late night radio's scariest, most surreal talk show - is born.

But not everyone's thrilled with Kitty's newfound success. Carl, the alpha-male leader of Kitty's werewolf pack, takes her on-air bravado as a challenge to his authority. And Arturo, head of Denver's vampire families, is terrified she may let loose some privileged information that will be fatal to his kin. Either way, both honchos want her to quit. Then a deranged bounty hunter specializing in lycanthropes threatens to kill her on-air, forcing her to take werewolf form right in the studio... causing the most privileged information of all to go public: her own secret identity.

Ahh, but it'll take more than coming out as a werewolf to keep Kitty Norville sidelined. And here are her first three other-worldly adventures: In addition to Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty Goes to Washington, where she is invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of all supernaturals... by a paranoid, bible thumping senator determined to expose her a monster; and Kitty Takes a Holiday, but her longed-for Colorado vacation gets cut short when nearby livestock turn up mutilated... with evidence of black magic afoot.

I received two books for review this week - Of Witches & Warlocks and The Demon Kiss by Lacey Weatherford! I've finished and enjoyed Of Witches & Warlocks already - the review will be posted soon, along with an interview with the author! I can't wait to start the sequel, The Demon Kiss!

From Goodreads:
Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant from a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school's handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance's checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.

 From Goodreads:
Can someone else's past come back to bite you? After being drained of nearly all the blood in her body, novice witch, Portia Mullins, wakes up to find that her warlock boyfriend, Vance Mangum, has fled in search of his demon father. Determined to keep him from facing the evil alone Portia follows after him, unknowingly setting herself on the path of a new adventure that will take her, Vance, and their coven over international borders, into a foreign place where they will discover that the black magic which awaits them is far worse than they ever imagined. Portia finds herself tangled up in a web of lies and deceit in another's quest for demonic power in the excitingly romantic second paranormal novel in the Of Witches and Warlocks Series, The Demon Kiss.

Finally, I picked up one book at the library for my book club: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott! I'm about to start this one now - it's been on my TBR list for ages!

From Goodreads:
He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects; the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

Well, those are the new reads I came across last week! Look out for the reviews coming soon! What new books have you picked up?

Happy reading!

PS - Don't forget that it's the last day to enter my Monsters in May Giveaway of The Host by Stephenie Meyer and Twilight Swag Giveaway #2!


Amelia said...

ohhh I have heard REALLY good things about the Alchemyst! Hope you like it :D

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Those are some wonderful books up there! I love how people are getting really creative with book titles these days!

GMR said...

Nice mailbox! The OF WITCHES AND WARLOCKS book is suppose to be really good...heard some wonderful things on it. Glad to see you trying the Michael Scott series! I discovered this gem when the last Harry Potter book was coming out and yeah...I was hooked! Happy reading!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Some GREAT sounding books! I have had The Alchemyst on my list for some time as well. I am looking forward to your review on it and the others here too. Have a great week!

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