Sunday, 28 August 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 week I recieved my first book from Transworld as part of their summer reading challenge and the parcel from Amazon that broke my book buying ban turned up!
Twelve - Jasper Kent
Publisher: UK - Bantam
The voordalak--creature of legend, the tales of which have terrified Russian children for generations. But for Captain Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov--a child of more enlightened times--it is a legend that has long been forgotten. Besides, in the autumn of 1812, he faces a more tangible enemy: the Grande Armee of Napoleon Bonaparte. City after city has fallen to the advancing French, and it now seems that only a miracle will keep them from Moscow itself. In desperation, Aleksei and his comrades enlist the help of the Oprichniki--a group of twelve mercenaries from the furthest reaches of Christian Europe, who claim that they can turn the tide of the war. It seems an idle boast, but the Russians soon discover that the Oprichniki are indeed quite capable of fulfilling their promise ... and much more. Unnerved by the fact that so few can accomplish so much, Aleksei remembers those childhood stories of the voordalak. And as he comes to understand the true, horrific nature of these twelve strangers, he wonders at the nightmare they've unleashed in their midst....

This is the first book I asked for from the Transworld Reading Challenge. It's vampires in the nineteenth century, so it's a little different from my usual reads. I've just finished it and really enjoyed something outside my usual UF - review should go up on Tuesday! :)

Timecaster - Joe Kimball
Publisher: Ace Books
Chicago, 2064: Talon Avalon is a timecaster-one of a select few peace officers who can operate a TEV, the Tachyon Emission Visualizer, which records events (most specifically, crimes) that have already happened. With crime at an all-time low, Talon has little to do except give lectures to school kids and obsess on his wife's profession as a licensed sex partner. Until one of her clients asks Talon to investigate a possible murder. When Talon uses the TEV to view the crime, the identity of the killer is unmistakable-it's him, Talon Avalon.

This is one of my Amazon purchases - it's about time travel or rather time 'seeing' with a crime element. Really looking forward to this!

My Life As a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland
Publisher: DAW
Angel Crawford is a loser. Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken. That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue--and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse. Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey--just when she's hungriest!
Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat. Literally.

Diane Rowland's Demon is series is a lot fun so I knew I wanted this new series as soon as I heard about it - and now I have it!

Bitter Night (Horngate Witches 1) - Diana Pharoah Francis
Publisher: Pocket Books

Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom…and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle’s personal magic weapon — a Shadowblade — and she’s lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before….
The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances — including one with a rival witch’s Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him — and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right — if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is….

This is one book that I've had on my wishlist for a long time as it sounds a little different from the usual UF.

Grimspace - Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Ace Books
Sirantha Jax is the carrier of a rare gene, which gives her the ability to jump ships through grimspace. This talent shortens her life expectancy but allows her to work as a navigator for the Corp, who can then provide Interstellar travel to the paying customer. When the ship she's navigating crashes, Jax is imprisoned and interrogated. But she has no memory of the crash. A man called March breaks into her cell and offers to help her, she accepts his offer, because she really has no place left to go. But the Corp haven't finished with her yet.

As regular followers know I love Ann Aguirre's Corine Solomon series and I've heard so many good things about her Sirantha Jax series I've been wanting this book for ages. Last week I finally made the jump and bought a copy! :-)

So what have you picked up this week? :)


  1. You've got a fantastic selection of books this week! :D I think I want all of your books!:D

    Happy reading.

  2. I'm doing the Transworld challenge as well and was debating about getting Twelve but decided against it in the end. I'm looking forward to your review of it :)

  3. Totally diverse selection I love it. Happy reading :D

  4. Ohhh Bitter Night is one of those series I've been meaning to read I will need to look out for your review on that one.

  5. Ooooohhhhh! I do want Bitter Night, but I'm still wanting White Trash Zombie! I needs that one! NEEEDS it!! I needs brrraaiinnnsss.....

    Excuse me... ;)

  6. Twelve sounds really good - not normally something I'd pick up, but I really like the sound of it. Bitter Night sounds good too.

    Megan @ Read It, See It

  7. Great mailbox! Of all those, Twelve appeals the most to me! I'll keep an eye out for your review :)

  8. OMG that White Trash cover is freaky!

  9. Great selection of books this week. I like the look of White Trash Zombie :-)

  10. Oh MAN, sign me up for Bitter Night. Is that the first book or are there there other books in this series?

    Great selection of books and I am a new follower, Mel. Have a great week

  11. Great Books, I really want White Trash Zombie, cant wait to see what you think!

  12. Nice set of books this week. That cover for White Trash Zombie is INSANE!
    Happy reading,
    Book Sniffers Anonymous