Mailbox Monday (4)


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here). This month it is hosted by Rose City Reader.

In My Mailbox This Week


Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
This novel was a gift to me by my boyfriend. You have to love your boyfriend when he gives you excellent novels like this one 🙂

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Title: Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian Series #1)
Author: Kerri Arthur
Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Werewolves
Another book my boyfriend gave to me as a present.

In this exciting debut, author Keri Arthur explodes onto the supernatural scene with a sexy, sensuous tale of intrigue and suspense set in a world where legends walk and the shady paths of the underworld are far more sinister than anyone envisioned.

A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races–and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker–until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn’t be worse. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the weeklong period before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming.…

Luckily Riley has two willing partners to satisfy her every need. But she will have to control her urges if she’s going to find her brother….Easier said than done as the city pulses with frenzied desire, and Riley is confronted with a very powerful–and delectably naked–vamp who raises her temperature like never before.

In matters carnal, Riley has met her match. But in matters criminal, she must follow her instincts not only to find her brother but to stop an unholy harvest. For someone is doing some shifty cloning in an attempt to produce the ultimate warrior–by tapping into the genome of nonhumans like Rhoan. Now Riley knows just how dangerous the world is for her kind–and just how much it needs her.

Title: Polyxena: A Story of Troy
Author: Herb Allenger
Genre: Historical Fiction
Review copy provided by Cindy Dashnaw at BohlsenPR.

After Troy falls, Neoptolemus claims Polyxena as his prize, but she rejects his advances. In a fit of rage, Neoptolemus contrives a story that dooms the ill-fated Polyxena. She knows what she must do to survive, but she cannot change her destiny. Polyxena, the daughter of King Priam of Troy, knows her misfortune has been to have Neoptolemus fall in love with her. As she prepares to die at the commemoration rites for Neoptolemus’s father, Polyxena reflects over her past year, relating her thoughts to Aphrodite, the Goddess she believes is responsible for orchestrating the events that have beset her. As she tries to make sense of it all, Polyxena converses with all the well-known personages associated with the Trojan myth-Achilles, Agamemnon, Cassandra, Helen, and many others-while seeking solace in the hope that her existence has not been futile. In this moving story of forbidden love, a young woman who is an integral part of the romantic legacy surrounding Troy comes to a surprising and satisfying conclusion about the life she has lived.

Title: Mojo
Author: Kris Sedersten
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Supernatural, Horror
Review copy provided by the author. Visit the author’s website.

When Scottie Brown, a New Orleans college student, is aggressively haunted by vivid nightmares and daytime apparitions, he begins a search for answers; unwittingly putting himself and those closest to him in a confrontation with evil. To defeat the energy that torments him, he recruits a team of paranormal investigators, friends from high school, and a psychic medium. Together, they pursue the ghosts of Scottie’s ancestors in a haunted plantation deep in the Louisiana countryside. They uncover dark family secrets and the spiritual energy of a malevolent patriarch who projects an unholy prophecy that has deadly consequenes for all mankind. The power of an elusive mojo amulet becomes central to fighting Scottie’s demons as the journey through the haunted mansion, filled with twists and turns, takes on a life of its own against time. Mojo is a fast-paced paranormal mystery-thriller. Edgy and fun, this book will show the reader how having faith in a power greater than ourselves will lift us through even the most unforseeable obstacles in life.

Title: The Poison of a Smile
Author: Steven Jensen
Genre: Supernatural, Gothic Horror, Romance
Review copy provided by Night Publishing. Visit their website.

She will take her pleasure in your destruction ….

When Gabriel Holland and David Leigh are lured to the haunted town of Carliton in search of their beloved Helena, they find only mystery and malice. And Christian Salazar, connoisseur of torments, master of Alatiel, the creature that Helena has become, awaits their company…

Title: Empty Chairs
Author: Stacey Danson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Child Abuse

Although I do not normally read non-fiction novels and biographies, the description of this novel urged me to ask for this one anyway. Review copy provided by Night Publishing. Visit their website.

Much more than a story about child abuse…

Did you hear a child screaming again last night? Did you ignore the sound?

In your own neighborhood, children are being given an education. They are learning the facts of child abuse: pain and suffering that will shape their futures. Except many of them won’t have futures at all.

Meet Stacey. She graduated Child Abuse 101 with honors. She ran, and at age 11 hit the streets. She kept on running… until now.

Now… it’s time to talk.

Title: The Vampire Voss
Author: Colleen Gleason
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Review copy provided by Harlequin, MIRA Books.

Regency London – a dizzying whirl of balls and young ladies pursued by charming men. But the Woodmore sisters are hunted by a more sinister breed: Lucifer’s own. Voss, also known as Viscount Dewhurst, relishes the sensual pleasures immortality affords. A member of the Dracule – a cabal of powerful, secretive noblemen marked with a talisman that reveals their bartered souls – the mercenary Voss has remained carefully neutral…until Angelica. Angelica Woodmore possesses the Sight, an ability invaluable to both sides of a looming war among the Dracule. Her very scent envelops Voss in a scarlet fog of hunger – for her body and blood. But he is utterly unprepared for the new desire that overcomes him – to protect her.

Title: Ascension: A Dark Breed Novel
Author: Sable Grace
Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Werewolves
Review copy provided by HarperCollins.

The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed — vampyre, demons, shape shifters — and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen… and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission — to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity — Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort… Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both…


  1. That’s quite a haul of books you’ve got there! How will you find time to read them all?!

  2. Alas, I still have Fallen on the shelf unread. Enjoy your books

  3. Those should keep you on the edge of your seat for awhile.

    When I saw the cover of The Poison Smile, I though of my daughter, who has announced a preference for books with pictures of pretty dresses on the cover. I don’t think that one looks like a good fit for my 12 year old, although I think I might like it.

    Have fun with your reading!

    • Well the dress sure does look very pretty, but I’m pretty sure the novel is way too dark and scary for a 12 year old 😉

  4. Nice stack of books this week. That’s great that your boyfriend buys you books. If my husband ever bought me one I’d faint in shock! He’s not very bookish.

    • My boyfriend isn’t very bookish either, but he knows how much I like books, so occasionally he asks me if there are any new books out that interest me (the answer is always yes, of course :p) and then he surprises me with new and lovely books!

  5. Nice list of books. Enjoy!

  6. Polyxena looks great! I have been reading a lot of books in this time period lately. I will have to add this one to my WL. Enjoy all your new reads!

  7. You got some great books! I loaned my copy of Fallen out and can’t wait to read it. 🙂 Your boyfriend has great taste. Ohhh – wish I had the Vampire Voss – I’ll need to see if I have a contact at Harlequin… 🙂 Happy reading

    Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

    • Hey Wendi! I actually got The Vampire Voss through Netgalley. It’s on there and you can just request it, if you want to read it!

  8. You received a great pile of books this week. Fallen is sitting on my TBR shelf.

  9. What a great haul of books you had!

  10. What a massive haul! Enjoy.

  11. You should be busy for a while!

  12. Great IMM this week!! I LOVED Fallen!!! I hope you enjoy it as well! 🙂

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature

    My IMM

  13. SO many books! Don’t you just love the cover of Fallen? It’s one of my favorites! I am just about to start Torment!

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