Sunday, 19 June 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!

For the second week in a row I've had a bumper selection of books arrive thanks mostly to competition win and some fabulous friends. In fact I've been dancing round the room a lot this week and trying to figure out how I can read all these yummy books as soon as possible! :-)

Enclave - Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

I've just finished Shady Lady by Ann Aguirre and loved it (review & giveaway here) so I wanted to try some of her other books including Enclave which has been gaining some very positive remarks. Knowing I was feeling down, my lovely, lovely friend Karen got me this to cheer me up - and it worked! You're the best!

The next few books I won as part of the All Male Genre Review hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader and Logan E Turner - I was lucky enough to win the international pack! This included $15 from Book depository which got put to good use with the following -

Hounded - Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Ray
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

My Soul to Keep - Rachel Vincent
Publisher: UK - MIRA Books
When teenager Kaylee screams, someone dies. And Kaylee's about to scream her head off... A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them. Until something does. Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends one of whom is already hooked. But so is someone else. Nash.

The prize also included 4 ebooks which are mostly books I don't think I would have looked at otherwise but I like the sound of these!
Ethereal Messeanger - Scott Nicholson
An omnibus edition of three supernatural novels by bestselling author Scott Nicholson.
THE RED CHURCH: A young boy and a sheriff must solve the mystery of a haunted Appalachian church after a strange preacher returns to town. A 2002 Stoker Award finalist.
DRUMMER BOY: One misfit kid is all that stands between a mountain town and a chilling supernatural force when the past and the present collide.
SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD: A paranormal conference at the Blue Ridge Mountain's most haunted hotel goes haywire when ghost hunters accidentally stir up demons

Shades of Atlantis - Carol Oates
Since the death of their parents, Triona Pryor and her brother, Ben, have lived with their aunt and uncle in Camden, Maine. Now in her senior year of high school, Triona loves her family and friends, but she has always felt that she didn't quite fit Camden, or anywhere else. Enter Caleb Wallace, the devilishly handsome man who has recently moved to Triona's small town. While their attraction to each other is instantaneous, it also proves to be dangerous...and deadly. When tragedy strikes, Triona flees to London for solace and to start her life anew. It's there she discovers from an unlikely source that her family has been keeping secrets from her - secrets about not only her birthright, but her ultimate destiny as well. Armed with this knowledge, Triona finds herself thrown into a whole new world and into a battle to save the lives of everyone she loves.

Life, Liberty and Pursuit - Susan Kaye Quinn
When college-bound Eliza falls into a cruise-ship pool, she doesn’t expect to fall in love. And when navy recruit David pulls her from the water, he finds her surprisingly hard to resist. But a whirlwind of rescues, candlelit nights, and beachside misunderstandings pulls them into a four-day love affair that threatens to break their hearts before their love has a chance to start. When David leaves for endless drills and physical training in boot camp, and Eliza returns to Albuquerque to prepare for Princeton in the fall, they dare to keep loving each other and struggle to imagine a future when they can be together. But when miles and mistrust pull them apart, they are forced to choose between keeping true to their dreams and having the courage to love.

Breaking Point - Jess Bowen
Phoebe Johnson and Ethan Smith had everything they needed: loving parents, great friends, and admission letters to Ivy League schools they’d be heading to in the fall. If only they knew that they were never going to reach the end of that summer--at least, not in the world they knew. A secret waits to be revealed on the eve of their nineteenth birthday, a secret that is going to change their lives forever when it leads them to a place they never believed existed, love they could never imagine living without, and power they never suspected they possessed.

Iron Crowned - Richelle Mead
Publisher: UK - Bantam
Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land’s queen, she’s fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful fear…
But who can she trust to help her? Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her. To control the Crown’s all-consuming powers, Eugenie must confront an unimaginable temptation – one which puts her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal danger…

And finally, I've been waiting for this for ages, but sadly the first copy I bought got lost in the post :-( Happily the replacement book arrived this week!

So what books have you picked up this week? 


  1. Excellent haul this week. I loved Enclave and Hounded both were fantastic.

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  2. What a fantastic book week. I am going to go have a closer look at some of these :D Have a great week & Happy Reading

  3. Jealous of Enclave and Breaking Point! Nice haul!

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  4. That's a great stash of books! Hope you enjoy them all :)

  5. Mel you have a fantastic mailbox this week! I adore Rachel Vincent but I haven't read her Soul Screamers series yet, it's on my list though:) I really enjoyed Enclave, hope you do as well!

  6. A great mailbox! They all look great! I can't wait to read My sOUL TO kEEP :)
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    Mia @ Gripped into Books

  7. Enclave and Hounded are both AMAZING! Lots of awesome books this week!

  8. Great books this week, congratulations on your win! I'll look out for your review of Hounded, it looks so good. x

  9. I'm liking the sound of Live, Liberty, and Pursuit! *Adds to TBR list*

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    NoraBell, The Bookery

  10. You've had an excellent haul this week. So many titles there I really want to read. I really must put that Richelle Mead series on my wish list.

  11. You have a great IMM! Oh I want Hounded! I hope you enjoy them all!

  12. Enclave looks great, and I love the cover of Iron Crowned! I really enjoyed My Soul to Keep as well, hope you enjoy it too :). Happy reading!

  13. Oooo, I have Enclave but haven't got to it yet. :) And I WANT Hounded. :) Hope you have a great week and enjoy all your books.

  14. Great books - I'm finally reading Hunger Games.

  15. Awesome books! I really want to get Enclave and I loved Hounded - can't wait to read the next book in the series.
    Happy reading.
    Sally @ elifylop

  16. I love the UK covers for Iron Crowned and My Soul To Keep, hope you enjoy Enclave as much as I did and am jealous you got Hounded so when you read it let me know as would like to see how much you like it or not Mel...