In My Mailbox #33

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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.

So despite thinking (and planning) for a slow week to concentrate on reading and reviewing what I already had, somehow it turned into a ridiculously huge week! Virtually every day that had post, a new parcel of books appeared in my mailbox ( or in my case on my front door step) and actually that was pretty exciting. Every morning during the week bar one, I would get up and open my front door and there was a new book parcel sitting on my door step and in fact on Friday, I got a parcel in the morning and the afternoon. Pretty awesome huh? Now I just need to read them all! 🙂

For Review (with thanks to HarlequinTEEN Australia)

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Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Giveaways Won

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On Friday 13th July, Fiktshun held a #direday giveaway giving away 30 of Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning. I was one lucky winner :-). Thanks to Rachel of Fiktshun and Harper Children’s.

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Also won three books in Date a Book’s epic 3rd anniversary giveaway:

Twisted Heart by Eden Maguire
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

June RAK

Received and awesome June RAK from Michelle at Beagle Book Space. Yes I know it’s August. This book was originally ordered and sent to me in June but went astray on its way from The Book Depository however Michelle was nice enough to follow up with them and they sent it out again. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to read this:

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Purchased:
From Book Depository

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Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

I made the mistake of going to a discount book store this week (always dangerous) and couldn’t pass up the books below. Brand new the most expensive book below was $4.95 and the majority were just $2! Could you have passed them up? 🙂

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Everlasting by Alyson Noel
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Winter’s Shadow by MJ Hearle
Legacy by Cayla Kluver
Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Library:

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Lover Reborn by J R Ward
The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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Lover Unleashed by J R Ward

So what was in your mailbox this week?

On my Wishlist #5

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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 released 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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Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Publish Date: 26 July 2012

Synopsis (via Goodreads ): The #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers the novel her fans have been clamoring for: The epic finale of the Otherworld series.

It’s been more than ten years, a dozen installments, and hundreds of thousands of copies since Kelley Armstrong introduced readers to the all-too-real denizens of the Otherworld: witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons, among others. And it’s all been leading to Thirteen, the final installment, the novel that brings all of these stories to a stunning conclusion.

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.

Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, Thirteen is a grand, crowd-pleasing closer for Armstrong’s legions of fans.

Comment: Book thirteen and the finale of the Woman of the Otherworld series. I love this series and don’t really want it to end. That being said I cannot wait or this,the final installment.

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Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

Publish Date: 5 March 2013

Synopsis (via Goodreads ): When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in the town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that a curse has been placed on his family that will cause him to go insane. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone in the town. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.

Comment: I want this book purely because it is written by Claudia Gray. I have loved all her books so far, theEvernight series, Balthazar, Fateful. The fact that it is about witches makes it that much more intriguing. Gonna be a long wait till March next year for this one.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publish Date: 3 July 2012

Synopsis (via Goodreads ): Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything–her family, her future–to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Peaches” comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

Comment: I have always loved Peter Pan and anything to do with Peter Pan. When I was little I would ask my parents to leave the window open in the hopes that Peter would find and take me to Neverland. Alas that never happened, but the magic of the story remained with me so this story of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily from Tinkerbell’s point of view is right up my alley. Have yet to see it in Australian stores but hope to get it ASAP.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

Publish Date: 18th September 2012

Synopsis (via Goodreads ): Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.

Comment: I first came across about this book when looking for BEA titles to feature in my ABEA giveaway in early June. Set in the 1920s with a dash of supernatural/occult and the fact it is written by Libba Bray, whom I have read and enjoyed before, makes me think that this will be another book that I will enjoy.

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Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Publish Date: 22 January 2013

Comment: Another title not due out till early 2013, Boundless is book 3 in the Unearthly trilogy. I loved both Unearthly and Hallowed and can’t wait for this. The cover was just revealed recently. Isn’t it gorgeous?

What has gone on your Wishlist this week?

In My Mailbox #27

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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.

A good this week. Got some awesome titles!

For Review:

This week a title from one of my favourite authors, Kelley Armstrong. Can’t wait to read this one.

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The Hunter and the Hunted by Kelley Armstrong

Giveaways Won:

Won an awesome giveaway from Gypsy Book Reviews. Check it out:

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Storybound by Marissa Burt (signed) + bookmarks, magnet, signed poster and tin of cocoa

Purchased:
I have been anxiously waiting to receive this titles and have already read it! As expected, it was awesome. Review to come.

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Library:

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Lover Enshrined by J R Ward

What is in your mailbox this week?

Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Gathering (A Darkness Rising Book)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Released: 12 April 2011
Source: Purchased
Reviewed by: Sapphired Dragon

Sapphired Dragon rating : *****
Purchase: Amazon | The Book Depository

Synopsis ( back of the book):
Maya Delaney has always felt a close bond with nature. The woods around her home are a much-loved sanctuary – and the pawprint birthmark on her hip feels like a sign that she belongs.

But then strange things begin to happen in the tiny medical-research town of Salmon Creek. A young girl drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Mountain lions appear around Maya’s home, and won’t go away. her best friend Daniel starts experiencing bad vibes about certain people and things. One of those people is Rafe – the new bad boy in town. What is he hiding – and why is he suddenly so interested in Maya…?

Review:

I loved this book. I literally devoured it from start to finish in just a couple of sittings (well one sitting broken up only by having to work and get just a little sleep). Its set in the same world as most of Kelley Armstrong’s books and having read both the women of the Otherworld series and Darkest Powers series, entering May’s world, a little medical research town in a larger world where names like St Cloud and Dr Davidoff (among others) have some significance from previous novels, was like visiting one of those favourite vacation spots that you like to go to once in a while, forget about the where you normally live and catch up on what been happening since youlast visited and discover some new places there to explore.

In The Gathering, the first novel of the Darkness Rising series, we meet Maya, a regular teenager living in a small town, adopted but happy with her lot and not overly curious about where she came from. From the beginning I connected with Maya. She is strong and comfortable in who she is and her place in the world. She is still getting over the drowning of her best friend but this hasn’t stopped her from continuing to tackle the world arond her and get on with life.

Now any veteran of Armstrong’s books will have a fair idea of at least part of what Maya’s birthmark means but Armstrong, who is using this book also a a set up for a new trilogy (series?) creates a story that leaves even the veterans with more questions than answers. While part fo the mystery might be solved in this book, that also gives the reader more questions than answers and the ending leavves the reader gasping for more.

I most definitely recommend this book to both the avid Kelley Armstrong fan and those who are newer to her books as while there are titbits there for the veterans, they are not necessary to know to still enjoy the story being told and as always its an awesome story.

I have no hesitation giving this book 5 stars.

Sapphired Dragon xx