Sunday, 26 February 2012

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!

Dark Frost (Mythos Academy 3) - Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington
Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects — and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me — and I’m in for the fight of my life.

I don't usually put netgalley books on my IMM, but I just had to show off that Dark Frost is up there and I got approved! Yay! :-)

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives Edited by Justin Gustainis
Kindle Book
Got Vampires? Ghosts? Monsters? We Can help!Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives, is your one-stop-shop for Urban Fantasy’s finest anthology of the supernatural. 14 sleuths are gathered together for the first time in all-original tales of unusual cases which require services that go far beyond mere deduction! Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives brings together popular characters from many Urban Fantasy paranormal investigative series, for your enjoyment. Meet the Detectives: Danny Hendrickson - from Laura Anne Gilman's Cosa Nostradamus series. Kate Connor - from Julie Kenner’s Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series. John Taylor - from Simon R. Green’s Nightside series. Jill Kismet - from Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series. Jessi Hardin - from Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series. Quincey Morris - from Justin Gustainis’ Morris/Chastain Investigations series. Marla Mason - from T. A. Pratt's Marla Mason series. Tony Foster - from Tanya Huff’s Smoke and Shadows series. Dawn Madison - from Chris Marie Green’s Vampire Babylon series. Pete Caldecott - from Caitlin Kittredge’s Black London series. Tony Giodone - from C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp’s Tales of the Sazi series. Jezebel - from Jackie Kessler’s Hell on Earth series. Piers Knight - from C. J. Henderson’s Brooklyn Knight series. Cassiel - from Rachel Caine’s Outcast Season series. Demons may lurk, werewolves may prowl, vampires may ride the wind. These are things that go bump in the night, but we are the ones who bump back!

I picked this up for £1.91 on kindle as there are a lot of my favourite authors involved and I do like the odd short story.

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe - Jenny Colgan
Publisher: Sphere
Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that – Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own caf√©. It should be a piece of cake, right? Wrong. As her friends point out, she has trouble remembering where she left her house keys, let alone trying to run her own business. But Issy is determined. Armed with recipes posted to her from Grampa, and with her local bank manager fighting her corner, Issy attempts to prove everyone wrong. Following your dreams is never easy and this is no exception. Can Issy do it?

This looks like a fun, light read - and I have to admit the main character who bakes gorgeous cupcakes reminds me a lot of one of my best friends, who does the most fantastic cakes!

Evernight - Claudia Gray
Kindle Book
Bianca wants to escape.
She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in. Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

This was a free download on Amazon UK this week and looks like a good YA romance series.

Witchblood - Emma Mills
When Jess steals a glance at a gorgeous guy in a Manchester nightclub, little does she realise how he is going to change her life…or should that be death? Yet, the vampire clan could never have predicted what they were taking on. With Luke pronounced ‘off-limits’ and the blood of a vampire simmering in Jess’s body, can she forget the love of her life and move on? If not, she will risk exposing the entire Northern vampire clan to untold dangers, in order to live her life the way she wants.
Can Jess be sure that Luke is all he appears to be? Will she succumb to the attraction she desperately tries not to feel for Daniel? And why does she still crave a packet of crisps more than a tasty teenage boy’s blood?

I won this from the Cait Files - I love the idea of some paranormal set in the UK in a different part of the country than just London.

I also picked up two other books this week - The Minority Council by Kate Griffin and Fated by Benedict Jacka but I want to tell the story behind these purchases during the week so look out on Tuesday!

What have you picked up this week? :)


  1. Evernight is an awesome read Mel! I've read the whole series so I hope you enjoy it! ~ Donna

  2. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe sounds so cute and Witchblood looks creepy! Happy reading.(:

  3. I'm so curious about dark frost, I hope you"ll enjoy it! Can't wait. Enjoy all your new books.

    My IMM

  4. O_o_o! Suddenly I'm overcome with giggles thinking of vampires with Manchester's accent, and they just have to love football! :))) You have to tell me, Mel, if it's worth buying, and I'll get it!
    Great book haul this week, I've just finished first book of Mythos Academy and bought the second because it was really good.
    Also, have you gone to the signing to Forbidden Planet, if you've got a story about Fated and The Minority Council? I'm insanely jealous! Enjoy all your reads! ;)

  5. I just finished Dark Frost I loved it I hope you do too Mal.

  6. Happy reading :)

    I got bday books, yay

  7. I have Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe on my kindle, got it really cheap in the summer. I'm looking forward to reading it at some point.

  8. Wonderful book haul this week! I really want to read the Evernight series by Claudia Gray-- I read Fateful by her, which is about werewolves on the Titanic (I know, awesome right?!) and absolutely LOVED it! Also, Witchblood has the creepiest cover I think I've ever seen haha :)

    Enjoy everything you got this week! You can check out my IMM at the link below :)

    Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

  9. Evernight looks really good. I hope you enjoy it! Come check out my IMM!

  10. I know I've said it before but I have GOT to read the Mythos Academy books soon- everyone seems to love these books!
    I bought that free Evernight for kindle as well, but completely forgot to put it in my IMM. I have already read it though last year and loved it (up until the last book anyway).
    Enjoy all your new books :D

  11. Oh I have Evernight here on the shelf to read. :) ANd I sooooo need to get Jennifer Esteps' YA books. they sound amazing, and I need to get to reading her adult series too. Ga! Where does the time go? ;D Thank you!

  12. Hope you like Dark Frost! Jennifer Estep is yet another author who I haven't tried yet but would really like to.
    My IMM is here, as usual :)


  13. Jealous of Witchblood, really want to read that book! I hope you enjoy!