Sunday, 8 May 2011

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!

Tales of Terror - Chris Priestley
Publisher: UK - Bloomsbury

Uncle Montague lives alone in a big house and his regular visits from his nephew give him the opportunity to relive some of the most frightening stories he knows. But as the stories unfold, a newer and more surprising narrative emerges, one that is perhaps the most frightening of all. Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, it transpires, are not so much works of imagination as dreadful lurking memories. Memories of an earlier time in which Uncle Montague lived a very different life to his present solitary existence.

I won these books from Book Chick City and they arrived this week. They look like some fun, spooky short stories!

The Gathering - Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: UK - Atom
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 and terrible things begin to happen in the tiny medical-research town of Salmon Creek (population: 200). The captain of the swim team 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 ...?

As a long term fan of Kelley Armstrong, it's no surprise I've picked this new YA trilogy by her. Although I do want to read it I suspect I may keep it on my shelf until the next in the series is out so I don't have to wait too long between books!

Gone - Michael Grant
Publisher: UK - Edgemont
Suddenly there are no adults, no answers. What would you do? In the blink of an eye, the world changes. The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive. But everyone's idea of survival is different. Some look after themselves, some look after others, and some will do anything for power...Even kill. For Sam and Astrid, it is a race against time as they try to solve the questions that now dominate their lives...What is the mysterious wall that has encircled the town of Perdido Beach and trapped everyone within? Why have some kids developed strange powers? And can they defeat Caine and his gang of bullies before they turn fifteen and disappear too? It isn't until the world collapses around you that you find out what kind of person you really are.

I've been hungrily eyeing this for a few months and while I was doing my weekly food shop, the supermarket had a pile of them for £4! My lucky day.

Goddess of Spring - PC Cast
Publisher: UK - Piatkus
 Lina's trendy bakery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is proving to be less than lucrative and she must come up with a plan to save it. When she stumbles upon an Italian Goddess cookbook, she can't help but think she's found the answer to her problem - even if it means invoking a goddess to save her business. Soon enough, Lina finds herself face-to-face with Demeter, who has a plan of her own. She proposes that Lina exchange souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, who will breathe new life into the bakery. In return, Lina must set order to the Underworld. Before all this, Lina's problems mostly involved dough and second dates. Now that she embodies the enchantingly beautiful Persephone, Lina has weightier things on her mind - like the formidable task of bringing Spring to a world of spirits. But when the handsome, brooding Hades kindles a spark in her heart, Lina wonders if this Lord of the Underworld might be the man of her dreams...

I do like some paranormal romance...and the it's also the third wishlist book I've picked up this week! :)

So what have you received this week?


  1. I'm interested to see what you think of The Gathering. I want to read it, I just haven't got around to it. Lol.

    Here's my IMM:

    Donna x

  2. Gone is an amazing series - I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did! :)

  3. Oooo such pretty covers on the Tales of Terror books! Love those:) I've heard good things about The Gathering too, I can't wait to read that one!

  4. Great books this week. I love the covers of the Tales of Terror books. The Gathering and Gone are both on my tbr pile.
    Happy reading.

  5. I have Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror waiting to be read, I got it in the spring spectacular kindle sale.

  6. Congratulations on your wins and they really do look good. If you enjoy them I think I'll be getting them too :-D

  7. Ohhhh Armstrong's book looks cool :D

  8. I want Kelley's book and I really enjoyed the Goddess of Spring! Nice IMM!

  9. I've been wanting to read Gone, too, but my local bookshop has only got the second one in the series. So I'm going to have to wait for a bit...

    Hope you enjoy all the books you got this week!


  10. Fab set! I haven't heard of the Tales of Terror books before. Interesting.
    My IMM

  11. Goddess of Spring looks like a great read.

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  12. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Great haul. I have heard great things about Kelly Armstrong but havent read any of her books. I have had gone in my to read pile for a while just havent got round to reading it but I love the sound of it, sounds like a programme I used to watch called The Tribe years ago!

  13. Those Prestley books look amazing! Creepy look. I like!

    Well, have a great week and enjoy those books. :)

  14. Hi Mel! I purchased a couple of Kelley Armstrong books not long ago, but I haven't read them yet. I've heard great things about her books though.

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  15. Looks like I'll have to look Chris Priestley's books. I love the cover.