August 29, 2009

In My Mailbox

I bought two books this week!

Strange Angels

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Razorbill (May 14, 2009), Young Adult, 304 pages, $9.99 (Amazon.com, 08/29/09), Kindle Ed. $7.99(Amazon.com, 08/29/09))

Summary (Lili St. Crows web site)":

Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.

Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?

Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.

And she has to do it by sundown, or it’s all over…

I’m reading it now and it’s AWESOME! :)

And:

Hunting Ground

 Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, Book 2) by Patricia Briggs

Ace (August 25, 2009), 304 pages, $7.99 (Amazon.com, 08/29/09)

Summary (Amazon.com):

Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son -and enforcer -of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles's reputation makes him the prime suspect, and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer -or Charles will take the fall.

I received a few books for review:

Karma for Beginners

Karma For Beginners by Jessica Blank

Hyperion Book CH (August 18, 2009), 320 pages, Young Adult, $11.55 (Amazon.com, 08/28/09)

Here’s a summary description from Amazon.com:

Fourteen-year-old Tessa has never had a normal life. Her mother, a frustrated hippie with awful taste in men, has seen to that. But when her mom pulls her out of school to live at an ashram in the Catskills, Tessa goes from being a freak among normal people to being an outcast among freaks. Freaks who worship an orange robe-wearing guru. And while her mom is buzzing with spiritual energy, and finding a little too much favor with the guru, all Tessa feels are weird vibes. 


Unless she's with Colin, the gorgeous boy who fixes trucks for the ashram. The connection they share is the most spiritual thing Tessa has ever felt. But he's older-like illegally older-and Tessa's taking dangerous risks to spend time with him. Soon her life is blooming into a psychedelic web of secrets and lies and it's clear that something's about to give way. When it does, will she have anyone to hold on to? Will she even know herself?

A few are ebooks:

MiddlewitchMiddlewitch by Heather Parker

Drollerie Press (July 24, 2009), Kindle Ed. $3.03 (Amazon.com, 08/29/09)

Summary (Amazon.com):

Being a witch isn't always easy. She's managed to learn love potions with only one real mistake, and that was hardly her fault. She can whip up a mean maths retention spell, but it's not all cake and roses. Take dating, for instance. As Alicia Meldrew puts it, how does one even bring it up? -Hobbies? Yes, I usually practise the black arts on Mondays, Thursdays and every other weekend. You?-

Alicia is a young witch with a mission: to protect the citizens of Middlewitch, a sleepy little hamlet consisting mostly of a church, a senior citizen's home, a pub, and two constables. You'd think such a small town wouldn't have problems with dark forces, but you'd be wrong. With the help of her cats, Domino and Tango, the Women's Institute, and even the Vicar, Alicia faces down demons, vampires, satanists, an American...and even the City.

She finally has a boyfriend, but is she really able to learn to share her life with James? And if she can, is she strong enough to learn to get on with his mother?

I started this and am enjoying it. It’s light and British, which is always fun!

Three Seeds

Three Seeds by Gabriel Madison

eTreasures Publishing (August 19, 2009), 290 pages (I have the PDF), $15.00 (Amazon.com, 08/29/09)

Summary (Amazon.com):

An unnatural cold front grows each day, bewildering world leaders and scientists, while leaving people across the world in a state of panic. All of North America is covered in snow, as Earth slowly reverts into a frozen oasis, causing religious groups to scream of the end of days, while others believe it’s the beginning of a new and foretold era. Rosemary Anderson finds herself working as a receptionist, living on an old southern plantation and wishing for excitement. David, the man claiming to have rescued her from a car wreck three years earlier, has maneuvered himself into her life, but only shows up occasionally to ask Rose strange and cryptic questions about a past she no longer remembers. Rose’s desire for adventure comes true, when strange men arrive at her plantation, and suddenly assaults her. Rose narrowly escapes with the help of her mysterious friend, David. David flees to Atlanta as he leads Rose through a hidden and treacherous world filled with death, power, secrets and passion. While trying to protect her from immortals shrouded by shadows, a secret society and ancient beings from a forgotten time determine to either capture, or kill her.

I LOVED this summary! The author has a great site with some excerpts and a promo video. I’ll be reading this one very soon!

I’m excited about all of these! I’m really enjoying Strange Angels and I’ll probably start Karma for Beginners next, then maybe Three Seeds. Depends on when Catching Fire arrives! :)

What did you buy or receive?

Jess Sig

14 comments:

Ravenous Reader on August 30, 2009 at 12:13 AM said...

Hiya!! You have some great books this week. I just had the pleasure of meeting Lili at the Richelle Mead event. I have not read her book, but after meeting her I am eager to start.

Enjoy your reads :)

Casey on August 30, 2009 at 12:29 AM said...

Loved Strange Angels! Can't wait to read the next book, Betrayals.

Karma For Beginners sounds good. I'll have to add that to my wishlist.

Hope you enjoy your books.

Juju from Tales of Whimsy on August 30, 2009 at 9:09 AM said...

Middlewitch sounds awesome.

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] on August 30, 2009 at 11:28 AM said...

I'm looking forward to reading Hunting Ground myself. Enjoy your reads!

bookalicious on August 30, 2009 at 11:37 AM said...

Wow, great books - happy reading and reviewing! :D

ps: Just discovered your blog and I love it, it's so nicely organized! I've already added myself to your followers. :)

Lizzy on August 30, 2009 at 12:47 PM said...

I'm definitely going to add Middlewitch to my list. It looks light and cute, which is always good. Karma for Beginners also sounds interesting, and the cover reminds me of a friends car (she decorated the dash similarly). Enjoy your books!

Jaime on August 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM said...

I bought Hunting Ground a week ago, also!
Lots of good books! Enjoy!
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Rachel on August 31, 2009 at 12:54 AM said...

Patricia Briggs is the bomb! I also just got Hunting Ground. I really want to read Strange Angels and Karma For Beginners. You got some good books this week.

Book Chick City on August 31, 2009 at 5:08 AM said...

All your books look great. I have just read Strange Angels and will be reviewing soon. Hope you have fun reading them all :)

Serena on August 31, 2009 at 1:11 PM said...

Looks like you got some great books. Happy reading

Wrighty on August 31, 2009 at 3:10 PM said...

Great books! I have Strange Angels too and haven't gotten to it yet. I need to get back to that one! Have a great week!

Anna on August 31, 2009 at 7:24 PM said...

Those are some fun-looking titles. Hope you enjoy them.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Callie on September 1, 2009 at 3:18 PM said...

I really want to read Strange Angels. Enjoy!

Serena on September 4, 2009 at 11:04 AM said...

Looks like some good books to me; love the cover of Karma for beginners.

Strange Angels sounds good.

Happy reading.

 

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