Sunday, 18 December 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!
Still not bought anything so just two giveaway wins that arrived this week.

666 Charing Cross Road - Paul Magrs
Publisher: Headline
In a Manhattan gallery, a strange, undead woman who’s been lost for centuries, is found in a basement and becomes the centrepiece of Shelley’s new museum show. Nicknamed Bessie, the Scottish Bride, she is an overnight celebrity as Christmas approaches. From the dusty vaults beneath the famed bookshops in Charing Cross Road, Shelley’s bibliophile aunt Liza receives crumbling volumes by post, while her friend Jack prefers brand-new books and his brand-new lover. When a small leather-bound book of spells arrives, Liza finds it repellent. But its arcane magic brings Bessie to life, and enthrals Shelley’s posh boyfriend Daniel – literally. It contains the quintessence of evil in the form of a dark bloodstain marking several pages: vampire blood. As Daniel’s power grows, everyone’s lives are infected. Soon the vicious vampire infestation rife in NYC threatens to spread to London – and only the Scottish Bride and her new friends can stop it...

I actually won this a few weeks from Book Chick City but it had taken so long to turn up, I'd kinda forgotten about it. It was delivered by a specialist delivery guy who apologised profusely for it taking so long!

Magic in the Blood - Devon Monk
Publisher: UK - Berkley
Allie Beckstrom knows better than most that there's a price to pay for using magic; she's suffered her fair share of migraines and gaps in her memory during her time working as a Hound, tracing spells back to their casters. But now Allie's been visibly marked by it with a mysterious iridescent tattoo. She's not only lost all memory of how she got it, but also of the man that she's supposedly fallen in love with. Oh, and as usual, she's completely broke.So when the criminal magic enforcement division of the police asks her to consult on a missing persons case, things start to look up. At first, it seems to be a fairly straightforward way of earning some money but like most things in Allie's life it soon turns into a dangerous mix of underworld criminals, ghosts and blood magic. This time Allie is going to discover it takes more than magic to survive . . .

I won this on the new Berkley UK Facebook page. I read the first in the series Magic to the Bone a while ago (I got hold of a US copy) and haven't been able to get hold of the rest of the series so I'm happy Berkley UK have started publishing them over here! :-) 

So what did you pick up this week?


  1. Ohh both book are new to me. Awesome haul this week!

    Care to check out my IMM this week?

    Jay @ We Fancy Books

  2. There's nothing bettter than winning books! I've read a few of the Devon Monk series they are pretty good but as usual I'm not up to date with the series.

    Have a great week Mel.

  3. 666 Charing Cross Road is on my wishlist! :) Awesome books this week. I hope you enjoy both!

    Here's my IMM for this week

    Have a nice weekend,
    Books, Biscuits & Tea

  4. Oh I didn't know about 666 charing cross road it sounds like a book I could like! I can't wait to read your opinion about this one. I really live the Devon Monk series.

    My IMM

  5. Great wins. Both new ones to me. Hope you enjoy them.

  6. I hope you enjoy everything you got this week! Come check out my IMM!!

  7. 666 Charing Cross Road sounds intriguing.

  8. I definitely want to read 666 Charing Cross Road. I can't wait to hear more about it.

  9. Cool that Berkley is expanding :)

  10. Yay! Congratulations on your wins! Love those UK covers. Hope you enjoy.

  11. Ooh these are both new to me and they both sounds awesome! Great haul! :)

    Xpresso Reads

  12. 666 Charring Cross sounds great, Mel! I'll be waiting for your review :) I also read Devon Monk series - she is really good, but I'm behind on the last couple of books. Enjoy your reads and have an awesome week! :)