Sunday, 31 July 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!
This might be my last Mailbox for a while as I'm planning on not purchasing anything throughout August in order to reduce the TBR slightly - by not adding to it this month. Who knows if it will work or not...
Deceived By The Others - Jess Haines
Publisher: Zebra
They're here, and they're real. . .werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated. . .
Shiarra's relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family—or in this case, bringing Chaz's entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.
Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it's the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack's hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that's even closer than she knows. . .

I won this from the fabulous Kristin at My Bookish Ways during her Favourite Things month - and it's signed by the equally fabulous Jess Haines herself! I read the first in the series, Hunted By The Others while on holiday (review to come this week) so I can't wait to get to the third one in the series...only trouble is Taken By The Others is the second one...

Taken By The Others - Jess Haines
Publisher: Zebra

Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest's most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she's dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia - for very different reasons. Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce's interest is a lot more personal. That's not sitting well with Shia's werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she's discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties - and even her desires.

Okay, as I had the third book, I had to buy the second, didn't I?

Bryant and May Off The Rails - Christopher Fowler
Publisher: UK - Bantam
Arthur Bryant, John May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit are on the trail of an enigma: a young man called Mr Fox. But his identity is false, his links to society are invisible and his home yields no clues. All they know is that somehow he escaped from a locked room and murdered one of their best and brightest.

I won this in a facebook competition from Transworld publisher. I've read a couple in the Bryant and May series already and enjoy the quirky mysteries so this should be fun.

Kitty's Big Trouble - Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: UK - Gollancz
Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever.  Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat. Have any famous names in our own history might have actually been supernatural?  She's got suspicions about William Tecumseh Sherman.  Then an interview with the right vampire puts her on the trail of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter. But her investigations lead her to a clue about enigmatic vampire Roman and the mysterious Long Game played by vampires through the millennia.  That, plus a call for help from a powerful vampire ally in San Francisco, suddenly puts Kitty and her friends on the supernatural chessboard, pieces in dangerously active play.  And Kitty Norville is never content to be a pawn...

I love Kitty Norville and this is the ninth in the series. I pre-ordered it ages and it finally came through! Now I just have to figure out when I can start reading it...

Shift - Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: UK - Simon Pulse
Aura's life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can't deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she's not sure that she wants to. Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift. As Aura's search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

I read Shade last year and loved it so I'm really looking forward to seeing Aura's up to next!

So what did you pick up this week? :)


  1. True, if you got the 3rd you gotta buy the 2nd :D I will read the 3rd soon, yay

  2. I really need to read Shade and Shift, I have Shade sitting on my bookshelf but haven't got round to it yet- story of my life!

  3. You've got some great books there :)
    I haven't read any of the Kitty Norville books yet but I really need to start!!

    Happy reading

  4. I love the sound of shift! I hope you enjoy all of your books! :)

  5. Great set! I really want to read Shift, as well as Shade.
    My IMM

  6. Cool. I hadn't seen that Shift cover before. And I've heard that the Jess Haines series is pretty good.

    Enjoy, Mel.

  7. Yay Shift! I hadn't seen that cover before either, but I really enjoy that series. Shift was full of a bit more angst for me than Shade, but I got so emotionally involved with the story:) Can't wait to see what you think!

  8. Shift! I wasn't as fond as Shift as I was of Shade, but I still hope you enjoy it! Nice haul this week, happy reading :).

  9. I love the covers of all of those books! I hope you enjoy them! Here's my IMM if you want to check it out! Happy reading!

  10. Oooo, some great books here. And a few that are new to me. :) Have a great week this week and enjoy all your reading.

  11. These books look so interesting, enjoy your reads :)