In My Mailbox #34

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Welcome to In My Mailbox, a meme run by The Story Siren where each week over 200 bloggers post on their blogs the books they have bought, received to review or won in the past week.

To find out more information, get involved yourself or see what’s in other bloggers mailboxes this week head over to The Story Siren or to find out what is in my mailbox this week, keep reading.

Don’t forget to comment and post your IMM link or just let me know what’s in your mail box this week.

Another week of quality over quantity. Which is not a bad thing as it allowed me to catch up on some of my reading :-). Just some great books from the library this week. All synopsis’ via Goodreads:

Library:

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Vulpi (Thyla #2) by Kate Gordon

Synopsis: Cat Connolly is a Thyla now. She’s not sure where her life is heading, but she knows she doesn’t want to go back to the human world.

But all is not well among the shapeshifters. The treaty between the Thylas and the Sarcos is causing tension and the malevolent Diemens are still on the hunt.

Then into Cat’s life wanders someone who should be an enemy but acts like a friend – and everything changes again. She discovers more about shapeshifters and Diemens, about Tessa, and about her own heart.

Vulpi continues the story of Tasmania begun in Thyla. It is the story of how the shapeshifters were created, and a clue to what they might become. It is the story of what happened to Cat, and about the decisions we all must make as we learn how to be.

Comment: I reviewed the first book in this series Thyla last year and really enjoyed it so couldn’t help but grab this one at the library 🙂

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Synopsis: Jarrod Thornton is mesmerising.

But Kate Warren doesn’t know why.

The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.

Jarrod doesn’t believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her “hocus pocus” notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate’s theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey — one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod’s family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

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Reckoning (Strange Angels #5) by Lili St. Crow
Defiance (Strange Angels #4) by Lili St. Crow
Black Heart (Curseworkers #3) by Holly Black

Comment: no synopses for the above, alas, as I have not yet read books 1-3 of Strange Angels series nor book 2 of the Curseworker series and did not want to inadvertently spoil myself. However if you click on the titles, they will take you each books’ Goodreads page.

So what was in your mailbox this week?

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On My Wishlist #3

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Welcome to On My Wishlist!

On My Wishlist is a meme that was originally created by Book Chick City and is now hosted by Cosy Books where we can showcase (and squee about) books that are on our individual wish lists whether already or still awaiting publication.

For more information or to get involved yourself, head over to Cosy Books and check it out!

Lastly, don’t forget to comment and let me know what books are on your Wishlist this week.

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Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold by Terry Brooks
Publication Date: April 1986

Synopsis: Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, complete with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement had promised. But after he purchased it for a million dollars, Ben Holiday discovered that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention. Such as the fact that the kingdom was falling into ruin. The barons refused to recognize a king and taxes hadn’t been collected for years. The dragon, Strabo, was laying waste to the countryside, while the evil witch, Nightshade, was plotting to destroy no less than everything. And if that weren’t enough for a prospective king to deal with, Ben soon learned that the Iron Mark, terrible lord of the demons, challenged all pretenders to the throne of Landover to a duel to the death – a duel no mere mortal could hope to win. But Ben Holiday had one human trait that even magic couldn’t overcome. Ben Holiday was stubborn.

Comment: I first read this series years ago and enjoyed it but then lost track of it. Since then, there have been some new books published but its been so long, I need to go back and start at the beginning. Alas, however my library does not have the first couple of books of the series. So I have put this on my wishlist as I would very much like to read this series again.

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Red Glove by Holly Black
Publication Date: 5 April 2011

Synopsis: Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe’s world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.

That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she’s human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila’s been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila’s love is as phony as Cassel’s made-up memories, then he can’t believe anything she says or does.

When Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can’t trust anyone—least of all, himself?

Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

Comment: I read the first book in this series (and loved it) a few weeks ago Now I need to read this so I can read the third book which came out in April 🙂

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Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Publication Date: 9 July 2011

Synopsis: Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother’s elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.

Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother’s scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she’s known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

Comment: The first thing that drew me to this book was the title. I am a sucker for any kind of ghost type story and stories with characters that can talk to ghosts are right up my alley. This has actually been on my wishlist for a while and I will have to actually get it eventually.

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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Publication Date: 1 April 2011

Synopsis: Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?

Comment: I have heard many many things about this book but never gotten around to getting it or reading it. Now with the second book in the series just having been published, it might be about time to get myself into gear.

So what has been put on your wishlist this week?