Sunday, 5 August 2012

My Book Haul/Showcase Sunday

I've decided to join Books, Biscuits and Tea's Showcase Sunday to share my lovely book hauls each week. Have a look back at Vicki's link up to see what everyone is up too!
So I've been very good again - and haven't bought any books. However, this plan to try and cut into my TBR pile by not purchasing any more books doesn't seem to be working out quite how I thought - I seem to have got caught up in plenty of giveaway wins recently. Oh, well - I can't complain! :-) Plus a couple of pre-orders came through and a review book!

Alliance Forged (The Light Blade #2) - Kylie Griffin
Publisher: Berkley
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a blind priestess lays claim to a half-breed warrior, body and soul…
Hunted and marked for death by Na’Reish demons for their half-blood heritage, the Na’Chi are searching for a new home—something an alliance offered by the human leader could provide. With both races divided by prejudice, when Light Blade rebels brutally attack the Na’Chi, the alliance seems doomed to fail. Varian, leader of the Na’Chi, a hybrid race of gifted warriors, is cursed with the darker impulses of his demon heritage. Controlling the part of himself that craves the high of the battle is a struggle he’s afraid he’ll lose—until he meets Kymora Tayn, a priestess driven to serve her deity. While he’s unwilling to trust anyone outside his people, he finds himself drawn to Kymora’s strength and passionate nature, and discovers she has the power to calm the darkness inside him.
When the Na’Reish raid human territory for blood-slaves and kickstart a war, the key to the survival of both races—Na’Chi and human— is an alliance. However, when Kymora is kidnapped, pitting human against human, Varian realizes he must embrace his darker half, not only to save the alliance…but also the woman he loves.

I won this from the lovely Kylie Griffin on a Guest post at The Quillery. I just adore the handsome guy on the front cover and it's reminded me that I have the first book in the series, Vegeance Born still to read. But I think this series sounds fantastic!

Ghost Story (Dresden Files #13) - Jime Butcher
Publisher: Orbit
When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.  But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

The Dresden files are always pre-orders for me (in paperback) as I think it is one of the most consistently good Urban Fantasy out there. After the cliffhanger at the end of Changes, I can't wait to see what this means for Harry.

Gunmetal Magic - Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Ace Books
Some people have everything figured out — Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.
When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano — the male alpha of Clan Bouda and Andrea's former lover — die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate ... and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a backseat to saving the world .

Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series is another automatic purchase for me so when this companion novel focusing on Andrea was announced I had to have! I was so excited when it arrived this week!

Breathe - Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury
The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.
has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.
should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.
wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.
And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

I got this for review from Bloomsbury. It sounds like an awesome dystopian tale. Not due out until October though...

What did you all get this week?


  1. Oh Breathe is on my want list! I think it sounds pretty amazing! I'd like to read that soon! Lol Enjoy your goodies!

  2. More great looking books this week- especially Breathe, that definitely sounds like my kind of book! I'll look out for your review.
    Congratulations on your book win- enjoy!

  3. Great haul, I have heard of the first two books but have not read anything by these authors.
    I love Ilona Andrews and I need to pick up a copy of Gunmetal Magic. I have Breathe but I do prefer the US cover

    Thanks for stopping by my haul

  4. Great book haul. I too got Breathe this week and I can't wait to get stuck into it. I've only read the first book in the Dresden files series, I did enjoy it. Happy reading!

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  5. you got some great looking reads, Gunmetal Magic is awesome, happy reading! Book Savvy Babe

  6. Breathe looks amazing! Hope you enjoy your books, happy reading :)
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  7. Yay for ilona andrews! I had it as well and can't wait to start it. happy reading!

  8. YAY, we are almost on the same books, Mel! Really really great picks! Enjoy them all, I know I will :)

  9. I've been wanting to read Illona Andrews's writing for some time now. And I have an ARC of Breathe, too. It sounds great! Happy reading. :)

  10. I have to read Gunmetal soon! But I got loads of review books first

  11. I saw Dresden Files the series in Netflix and it was super fun! I'm sad that it's over, I wish there were more.

    Thanks for stopping by our BB&B earlier, enjoy the rest of the week.

  12. Oooh, Breathe is on my can't-wait list! And I keep hearing things about the Dresden Files and think I REALLY need to start that series. Great haul! Happy reading. :)

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  13. Oh, Breathe!!! I can't wait to read that one. I hope you'll love it! :)

  14. Breathe looks pretty good I can't wait to read it and I love the cover! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week. Here's my IMM =)

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  15. Great Collection in books! I need to get the next Dresden book...I'm only up to 2. lol. Have a great week.

  16. Would love to get my hands on these books. I personally think Sarah Crossan is a great author.

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