Mailbox Monday (5)

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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 Library of Clean Reads.

In My Mailbox This Week

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
My boyfriend bought this novel for me as a present. This is the second week in a row he has provided me with stuff to read!

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

Title: The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Fantasy, Faeries, Young Adult
Another present from my boyfriend. Yay!

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Title: Bella Maura (Beautiful Justice #1)
Author: Dawn Dyson
Genre:
Review copy provided by the author. Visit the author’s website.

How far would you go to protect the ones you love?

When novelist Sienna Emory receives a desperate call from an old college friend, she feels compelled to try and help her. The Cheney she remembers was a free-spirited song writer with an amazing ability to translate all of life’s pain and joy into her work, but drugs and alcohol have made her a shell of her former self.

When Sienna arrives at Cheney’s house, she finds Cheney passed out in the driveway; what she doesn’t expect to find is Jonathan Driscoll, a handsome single father living nearby, who has obviously been there before.

Never able to have children of her own, Sienna is delighted to get to know Jonathan and his daughter Bella. However, Bella is not a typical five-year-old girl. She tells stories that she couldn’t possibly know, and when she prays, she seems to communicate on a direct line to God.

As Sienna and Jonathan’s love grows, while dealing with their friend Cheney’s issues, Sienna discovers more about God’s plans for them. Will their faith be strong enough to protect them against evil?

In her second novel, author Dawn Dyson seamlessly weaves together a touching love story with weighty spiritual topics such as overcoming abuse, trusting God, and stepping into your spiritual gifts.

As Sienna and Jonathan search for answers regarding Bella’s gifts, they must draw on a strength of character and trust in God they aren’t sure they possess. Their search leads them to Jonathan’s hometown in Ireland and a family secret.

Title: Rogue Oracle
Author: Alayna Williams
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Review copy provided by Bewitching Book Tours.

The more you know about the future, the more there may be to fear.

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around – and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.

Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards – and Tara’s increasingly ominous dreams – suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi’s Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen…

Title: Claming The Evil Dead
Author: Mary Abshire
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult
Review copy provided by Bewitching Book Tours.

Half-demon Jessie Garrett is searching for an evil vampire that’s been preying upon children. She wants to claim the rogue vamp’s soul and send it to hell. To find the dead man walking she must partner with another bloodsucker, Drake, even though she doesn’t trust him. While Jessie works with Drake, she learns not all vampires are killers and discovers the cold-blooded vamp is a temptation too difficult to resist.

After the fiend abducts another child and Jessie has a near fatal experience with vampires, she turns to Jeremy, a demon she bumped into at a club, and makes a deal with him for his help. Drake disapproves, and Jessie soon finds herself wedged between two volatile creatures. When the chance comes to save the child’s life and claim the evil vamp’s soul, she must decide whom she can trust—a vampire who cools her feverish desires, or a demon hell-bent on seducing her.

Title: Darklands: A Vampire’s Tale
Author: Donna Burgess
Genre: Horror, Supernatural
Review copy provided by Bewitching Book Tours.

Halloween night, twenty years ago, college student Susan Archer watched as her beloved twin brother was brutally murdered at the hands of a stranger she invited into their home. Still haunted by the guilt of that night, Susan is now a tough but bitter cop in a nowhere town, trying as best she can to lead a normal life. When she is nearly killed during a wild shoot-out, she realizes she is not as strong as she first thought.

Fearing a breakdown, she flees the confines of her safe boyfriend and familiar surroundings to find salvation in the arms of “Deathwalker” Devin McCree—the very man who killed her brother.

But things aren’t always what they seem and she quickly realizes Devin was not the monster she originally thought, but a kind of guardian angel instead.

On the run from a crazed Nazi vampire-hunter named Kasper, she and Devin must find a way to endure the dreary urban landscape of a dying metropolis and escape Kasper’s wrath.


Title: Monsters in the Attic
Author: Blaine C. Readler
Genre: Science Fiction
Review copy provided by the author. Visit the author’s website.

Gabe didn’t go looking for the role as Earth’s defender against marauding aliens; in fact, quite the opposite. Pet sitter by day, jump-blues guitarist by night, Gabe’s plate is, as they say, quite full. He has his ducks all in a row. He and life are reading off the same page. You get the picture. But fate is not some bleeding heart, Mr. Rogers, do-gooder. Oh no. Once he decides that it’s Gabe’s turn at bat, he reaches out his gnarled hand — or in this case, raccoon paw — clutches Gabe’s shoulder, spins him around and impresses in no uncertain terms that the fate of the world is no longer in fate’s hands, but that fate has put the fate in his hands. That’s Gabe’s hands. Adding to the non-trivial problem of saving the world, though, is Gabe’s growing suspicion that fate in the form of a raccoon is lying.

Title: The House on Blackstone Moore
Author: Carole Gill
Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Gothic Romance
Review copy provided by the author. Visit the author’s website.

The themes are vampirism, madness, obsession and devil worship set in 19th Century England.

This is a very dark paranormal romance with a story that goes beyond vampires as the issue of child abuse is integral to the plot.

Rose Baines, only survivor of her family’s bloody carnage (perpetrated by her incestuous, suicidal father) survives a madhouse only to be given a position as governess at Blackstone House, a house built on accursed moorland. Nothing is as it seems for those that dwell there have hideous secrets. But the most hideous secret of all is in the cellar.

The story is about love and betrayal. About human and supernatural evil and the ironies that abound with regard to which is the worst.

There are demons and fallen angels and a glimpse into hell itself. But there is also love from one who is damned but it comes at a terrible cost.

The story endeavours to take gothic romance where it has never gone before, incorporating within the storyline, themes and characters that would never have been acceptable in years past.

This is not paranormal romance with racy bits. This is gothic romance as you’ve never known it to be.

Comments

  1. enjoy your week in books; lots of new to me titles.

  2. Wow! You got in a lot of great books! Enjoy your reading!

  3. Wow, quite the mailbox! That should keep you busy for a few days at least. Enjoy!!

  4. Thanks for sharing your books. Thanks for stopping by my mailbox. I’ve been blogging for nearly 4 years!

  5. These are some great looking covers! Enjoy your latest books!

  6. I love the selection in your mailbox!

    Bella Maura and Darklands have captured my attention. I’m a coverholic and I would love to covet these 2.

    Noticed your Vampire Diaries up on the banner… Love Damon… Hmmm yummmy

    • I love Damon as well – my favorite character in the series! I’m hosting a Vampire Diaries themed week in march, to celebrate the release of the latest novel in the series, Midnight, on march 15th, hence the banner 🙂

  7. What a sweet boyfriend! I really enjoyed The Iron King and hope you do too!

    • I finished reading The Iron King and I absolutely loved the story, the characters, everything! Can’t wait till I get my hands on The Iron Daughter 🙂

  8. Oh, you got some good ones this week!! I love the Iron King series and I enjoyed Paranormalcy, too. Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading 🙂

    • I already finished reading The Iron King and Paranormalcy (yes, sometimes I’m a remarkably fast reader) and all I can say is “wow”. I really loved both novels, and I can’t even say which one I enjoyed the most, since they’re equally incredible.

  9. What a nice group of books! I’m curious about The House on Blackstone Moor.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  10. Hi Majanka,

    I haven’t visited your site before, so it’s nice to meet you.
    I love the site ans now I know it is here, I shall be back often to visit. I have signed up as a follower and twitter follower already.

    You certainly have a whole pile of books to keep you busy reading this week.

    Some of the titles veer a little too much towards the paranormal, which is not one of my most favourite genres, although I do have to admit that I have not read a great deal in the category, so perhaps I haven’t given it a fair chance. It is one of my self-challenges for 2011, to diversify and get to know some of the books a little better.

    I particularly like the look of ‘The House On Blackstone Moor, and I love the cover art for ‘Bella Maura’, so perhaps those would be a good place to start my adventure?

    • Hello Yvonne,

      Nice to meet you! I’m glad you discovered my website, and I’ll be off to take a look at yours as soon as I finish typing this comment! Thank you for following me here and on Twitter.

      One of my self-challenges for 2011 is to diversify as well. My favorite genres are paranormal fiction, fantasy and historical fiction, but I have challenged myself to read other genres as well this year. For instance, gothic horror. It’s a genre I didn’t particularly enjoy at first, but I’ve grown to like it a lot. The House on Blackstone Moor is gothic fiction, involving some horror (the eerie haunted mansion type of horror, think Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights) and I find that I really enjoy that. So maybe that’s a good place to start your adventure as well 🙂

      I agree with you on the cover art of Bella Maura – it’s absolutely gorgeous.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll make sure to check out your website as well!

  11. Hi, that’s quite a mailbox! Hope you enjoy each book 🙂

  12. You got a lot of great books last week! Paranormalcy looks like a really fun read.

  13. Some of these look really good! I have been wanting to read the Iron King for a while, but I hadn’t heard of most of the others.

  14. Should get The Iron King soonish and Paranormalcy sounds good! Enjoy!

  15. Nice stack of books this week and most of them new to me. Enjoy your reading.

  16. Wow, cool looking books there! Bella Maura sounds like it has amazing potential.

    Have a great week, and enjoy your books!

  17. You have some amazing books on here..loving the covers!! Enjoy! 😀

  18. Great group of books. Happy reading!

  19. You have such a great stack of books here. Your boyfriend is so nice to send you some books. I can’t wait to read your reviews.

    • Heh, thank you 🙂 It might have to do with the fact that I keep nagging about the books I want, and with the fact I finish them in less than a week after I get them. He then feels obligated to buy me new ones. It’s a win-win situation really! 🙂

  20. Huge mailbox here. Enjoy. Sorry I am late to the comments – it has been a busy week.

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