Sunday, 12 December 2010

My Book Haul/In My Mailbox

The Story Siren hosts a weekly meme where bloggers can share what goodies they've purchased/received this week. If you get a chance head over to The Story Siren and check out what everyone is up to!
This week I've been distracted by Christmas shopping so I've only picked up a couple of books both free from netgalley.
The Sevenfold Spell - Tia Nevitt
Publisher: Carina Press (e-book format) September 2010
Have you ever wondered what happens to the other people in the fairy tale?
Things look grim for Talia and her mother. By royal proclamation, the constables and those annoying “good” fairies have taken away their livelihood by confiscating their spinning wheel. Something to do with a curse on the princess, they said.
Not every young lady has a fairy godmother rushing to her rescue.
Without the promise of an income from spinning, Talia’s prospects for marriage disappear, and she and her mother face destitution. Past caring about breaking an arbitrary and cruel law, rebellious Talia determines to build a new spinning wheel, the only one in the nation, which plays right into the evil fairy’s diabolical plan. Talia discovers that finding a happy ending requires sacrifice. But is it a sacrifice she’s willing to make?
I received this from netgallery for review but it's been on my wishlist for a while so I can't wait to start reading this!
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Kindle Book
Does anyone not know the story? Just in case...
Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him.
I've been challenged to throw some classics into the mix so thought I'd start a little early than January with A Christmas Carol. I've never read it but it's never Christmas without watching at least one film version each year (preferably the Muppets version!). So, this will the next book I read so I can get the review up before the big day. And as an added bonus the kindle version is free!

The Iron Duke - Meljean Brook
Publisher: US - Berkley
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power -and fear - of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession. But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England.

This was a surprise gift this week from one of my lovely friends as a late birthday present. I love that my friends know what type of book I will love! :)
What have you picked up this week? :)


  1. Great books. Hope you will enjoy "The Iron Duke", IMO it's an amazing book.

  2. Hope you enjoy "A Christmas Carol", I've read it a few times around Christmas and enjoyed it. It's the only Dickens I've read that I actually liked.

  3. i've never attempted A christmas carol - high school dickens put me off - the other two look really interesting

  4. @Sabrina - I think your review was one of the reasons I had The Iron Duke on my wishlist! Looking forward to trying it in the New Year

    @Sam+Kirsty - I've never read and Dickens - managed to avoid it at school somehow so I'm hoping it's not a difficult read. At least it's not a long book!

  5. I LOVED the Iron Duke, it was one of my favorite reads this year, hope you enjoy it as well! I'm really looking forward to her next book in that series though I'm sure I have a bit of a wait. Happy Reading!

  6. The Sevenfold Spell is one I've not heard of before, but it got my attention straight away just by that lovely cover. I"m looking forward to your review of this one.

  7. Happy reading!

    If you want to know what I got in my mailbox this week, check out my blog here-
    Merry Christmas!
    Gabrielle Carolina

  8. i've been wanting to read meljean brook. i heard iron duke is awesome. enjoy!

    stop by our IMM if you have time :)

    happy holidays!

  9. *sneaks off with your Iron Duke book*

    *looks innocent*


    Oh yes, those two books you have listed look great!

    *whistles nonchalantly* :D

  10. The Sevenfold Spell sounds cool - great premise, looking at other people in a well known fairy story. I might have to find that one :-)
    My IMM is here: The Book Bundle

  11. I hope that you enjoy your books. Happy Reading. Wanna check out what I got this week In My Mailbox?

  12. Great books, Mel! I've heard some interesting things about The Sevenfold Spell, and I look forward to your review! I'm your newest follower, by the way :)

    Be sure to check out my international blogoversary giveaway going on now!

  13. @Melissa(B&T) of my books appears to be missing...*stares at you*...give it back... :D