Sunday, 25 September 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've been fairly good and only purchased one book - a kindle one, but I've been lucky had a couple of wins come through and swap so it's quite a big mailbox this week! :-)

Karma Girl - Jennifer Estep
Kindle Book
Investigative reporter Carmen Cole gets the surprise of her life on her wedding day when she discovers that her fiance and best friend are sleeping together  and that the two of them are her town's resident superhero and ubervillain. Shocked and hurt, Carmen reveals their secret identities and then decides to devote her life to unmasking every superhero and ubervillain who crosses her path. A series of successful unmaskings lands Carmen a job at The Expose, one of the biggest newspapers in Bigtime, New York, a city that's full of superheroes and ubervillains. Carmen is in her element; until she gets kidnapped by the Terrible Triad, Bigtime's most dangerous ubervillain team. The Triad orders Carmen to uncover the secret identity of Striker, the leader of the Fearless Five, Bigtime's most popular superhero team or else they'll drop her in a vat of radioactive goo. With that threat hanging over her, Carmen sets out to unmask Striker, but what she doesn' count on is falling for the sexy superhero. But with the Terrible Triad lurking around, this is one story that just might be the death of her ...

Jennifer Estep is one of those authors I'm convinced I will love if only I started reading any of her books! I already have Spider's Bite and A Touch of Frost waiting to be read on my to be read pile, but when I spotted this for a couple of quid on Amazon, I couldn't resist adding it to my book list!

Three Days To Dead - Kelly Meding
Publisher: Dell Books
When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue—in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there—her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night she and the two other members of her Triad were the city’s star bounty hunters, mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor—and she can’t even remember what it was. Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice—and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days Evy will die again—but this time there’s no second chance. . .

I got this in a swap on Read It Swap It as I've been eyeing up this series for a long time and love the idea of a body swapping UF adventure!

The Assassin's Prayer - Ariana Franklin
Publisher: UK - Bantam
In 1176, King Henry II sends his daughter Joanna to Palermo to marry his cousin, the king of Sicily. Henry chooses Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to travel with the princess and safeguard her health. But when people in the wedding procession are murdered, Adelia and Rowley must discover the killer's identity . . . and whether he is stalking the princess or Adelia herself.

I won this in a facebook competition. I've read the first in this series - Mistress of the Art of Death a while ago (read my review here) and enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to see what's next in the series!

The Last Seal - Richard Denning
Publisher: UK - Mercia Books
A powerful demon has been trapped under the city of London for over 300 years. Now, however, malevolent forces are at work in the 17th century, planning to unleash terror and chaos on the world. Two rival secret societies the Liberati and the Praesidum - are caught in a battle that threatens to destroy the city and its unknowing inhabitants. When a truant schoolboy, Ben, finds a scroll revealing the location of magical seals that bind the demon, this throws him into the centre of a dangerous plot that leads to the Great Fire of London. Ben must overcome his own problems - fear of failure, desire for revenge, guilt over his parents deaths - if he is to protect the city, and confront the evil demon. As the plot unfolds, a little more of the mystery about Ben s own past and his parents deaths is made known. Ultimately, Ben and his friends must combat sorcery, defeat the evil Liberati and destroy the demon if they are to save their city and themselves.

I won this from Karen at The Slowest Bookworm which is one of my favourite blogs as well as fellow UK blogger. I love the sound of the book especially as it is London based and set in the past. Think I will be picking this up soon!

Forgive My Fins - Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: UK - Templar
Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush. Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life. When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned...

This is the first of my book wins from the lovely Jess & Donna at Book Passion for Life - also fellow UK bloggers! This has been book I've been desperate to read. It sounds like a lovely fun read!

Libertator - Richard Harland
Publisher: UK - Templar
Col and Riff lead the oppressed Filthies to victory, but now the revolution on their mountain-sized juggernaut is falling apart. A saboteur strikes, and suspicion and paranoia reign. Will Riff deny her love and brand Col a traitor? Can anyone stop the extremists taking over? And can they defeat the Imperialist juggernauts massing for war? Liberator picks up the story three months after the revolution. The Filthies have given Worldshaker a new name—it's now Liberator. But the revolution is under threat on all sides: from a secret saboteur on board the juggernaut, from other Imperialist juggernauts that want to crush this liberated society, and from fanatical extremists who want to push the revolution into a new form of tyranny. Col and Riff could stand against the extremists if they could stand together at all. As a member of the old elite, Col is persecuted by Riff's friends and fellow Council members, until she's embarrassed to be seen talking to him.

This was another from Donna & Jess. I have to confess that I haven't heard a lot about this book, but even though this is a second in a series, I do like the sound of this and a quick scan of the first page passes my usual test for readability!

As well as  these two books Jess and Donna sent through a selection of lovely swag - I'm especially enamoured of the signed bookmarks from various authors! Have a look at this! :-)
Lovely New Bookmarks and assorted swag!
So what have you picked up this week? :)

And stop by this week when I'm having a special week dedicated to Rachel Aaron's The Legend of Eli Monpress week! So spread the word! :-)


  1. Great set! I've heard good things about Jennifer Estep. Forgive my Fins was super cute.
    My IMM

  2. Fantastic swag Mel, I really need to check out Kelly Meding her books look right up my street I love a bit of UF.

  3. Nice to see you got everything we sent and hope you enjoy Forgive My Fins :) Donna

  4. I've read the first one of kelly Meding but I have a mixed opinion about it... I have to try the second, I've heard great things. I do hope you will like it

  5. awesome books and swag this week--enjoy!! :D

    hope you can stop by our IMM.


  6. Great IMM! I really need to read Three Days to Dead, everyone loves it :) And I've heard of The Lost Seal, will be looking forward to your review of such an interesting book :)

  7. THose are all new to me. A few of them seem like my type of books though I'll check them out.

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    Don't forget to enter my giveaways for some ARCs.

  8. Really good IMM-New follower. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog. I really like all the books. Never heard of Karma Girl, and i'm a big fan of jennifer Estep's books.

  9. Oh glad The Last Seal arrived! It's fab - hope you enjoy it. Forgive My Fins was great too. I don't think I've heard of any of the others but they look great!

  10. Forgive my Fins is such a sweet book, great fun. You've had a great week this week- lots of wins!
    Enjoy all your books.

  11. Forgive My Fins has been on my wishlist for a while now, I've heard nothing but good things about it.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books!


  12. I look forward to the coming week :D

    And enjoy your new books now

  13. I have your button on my giveaways page!!

    Oh and I can't wait to read the Jennifer Estep books. I have them for review. Squee!

    You sure do have a good IMM! Can't wait for the reviews!

  14. Three Day to Dead looks really good, I will have to look into this book :D

    Thanks for stopping by my IMM

  15. Nice IMM this week!! Can't wait for the reviews!!

    My IMM

  16. Oh I loved Three Days To Dead. :) I hope you do as well! And looks like it was an amazing week in books again. :) Have a great week this week.

  17. What an eclectic haul of books! There is something of everything there. I will look out for the review of Karma Girl - it sounds intriguing. :)

  18. woohoo! Love the swag. And the cover for Three Days To Dead is hot! I'll have to check that book out.