Saturday 5 June 2010

In My Mailbox (36)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. Check out her awesome YA reviews.

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A few good ones this week!

Gifted/For Review:

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz ZafonThe Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - signed and personalised! See below! Thanks to Nina!

In 1943 Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the Atlantic coast. They move into a house built for a prestigious surgeon, Dr Richard Fleischmann and his wife but abandoned when their son drowned in a tragic accident. Behind the house Max spies an overgrown garden surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star. When he goes to investigate, Max finds statues like troupe fill the garden. In the centre is the large statue of a clown set in another six-pointed star. Max has the curious sensation that the statue is beckoning to him. As the family grows increasingly uneasy when they discover a box of old films belonging to the Fleischmanns, his sister Alicia has unsettling dreams while little Irina hears voices whispering to her from an old wardrobe. But Max spends most of his time with his new friend Roland, who takes him diving to the wreck of a boat that sank close to the coast in a terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach. During the dive, Max sees something that leaves him cold - on the mast floats a tattered flag and on it is the symbol of the circle and six-pointed star. As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of a legendary figure called the Prince of Mist begins to emerge... From Amazon UK

signed the prince of mist
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The Alchemist and the Angel by Joanne OwenThe Alchemist and the Angel by Joanne Owen - Thanks again to Nina!

Everything changes for orphaned Jan when his beloved uncle, Gustav - anatomist, natural scientist and aspiring alchemist - enlists his help in a quest to create a life-generating serum. To test the serum, they must follow a set of ancient instructions and play a dangerous game of bringing the inanimate to life... When Gustav dies suddenly, it's up to Jan to continue his work - little does he know that his beautiful, calculating aunt dreams of using the serum for her own purposes - eternal life. Under the facade of her grief, she convinces Jan they must move from Vienna to Prague, and when she mysteriously disappears, Jan searches for her. In the plague-ridden ghettos and the court of the mad Emperor Rudolf, he must pit his wits against an extraordinary cast of characters and events. His only ally is Zuzana, a girl with secrets of her own. Set against the vivid backdrop of 16th century Prague and the equally breathtaking Vienna, a magical, historical adventure from a talented author. From Amazon UK

Nicholas Dane by Melvin BurgessNicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess

When Nick's mother dies suddenly, the fourteen-year-old is sent straight into a boys' home, where he finds institutional intimidation and violence keep order. After countless fights and punishments, Nick thinks life can't get any worse - but the professionally respected deputy head, Mr Creal, who has been grooming him with sweets and solace, has something much more sinister in mind. The scarring, shaming experience he suffers at the hands of Mr Creal can never quite be suppressed, and when the old hatred surfaces, bloody murder and revenge lead to an unforgettable climax. From Amazon UK

Blood Feud by Alyxandra HarveyBlood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey

It has been centuries since Anais St. Croix survived the French Revolution. Now she's made her way back to the living and must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who turned her into a vampire and left her buried for two hundred years. That's if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks... From Amazon UK


The Vampirates Series by Justin SomperThe Vampirates Series by Justin Somper, all five books - from Bitten By Books

The jacket image and summary below are of first book, Demons of the Ocean.

The year is 2505. The oceans have risen. A new era of piracy is dawning.

A vicious storm separates twins Connor and Grace Tempest, destroying their boat and leaving them fighting for their lives in the cruel, cold water.

Picked up one of the more notorious pirate ships, Connor soon finds himself wielding a cutlass. But does he have the stomach to be a pirate?

Grace finds herself aboard a more mysterious ship. Kept under lock and key she’s assured no harm will come to her, just as long as she follows the enigmatic captain’s rules…

The following won from Kate at Read This Book:

Privilege: Beautiful Disaster by Kate BrianPrivilege: Beautiful Disaster by Kate Brian

She's Back....

After wasting away in a mental institution for a year and a half, Ariana Osgood is finally back where she belongs. She has a new look, a new name, and a new life -- all thanks to her former friend Briana Leigh Covington.

Now enrolled as a junior at the exclusive Atherton-Pryce boarding school just outside of D.C., Ariana sleeps in Frette sheets, flirts with the captain of the crew team, and gossips with the most beautiful girls on campus. She killed to get back her life of privilege. Just how far will she go to keep it?

From the author of the bestselling Private novels comes a series about the dark world of wealth, secrets, and privilege.
From Amazon US

Handbags and Homicide by Dorothy HowellHandbags and Homicide by Dorothy Howell

HANDBAGS AND HOMICIDE, set in L.A.'s Garment District, is the first book in an exciting new series featuring the hilarious and irresisitible Haley Randolph.

When Haley says she’d ‘kill for’ the latest fashions, she doesn’t actually mean it. Of course, she’d quite happily stamp on feet, pull hair and elbow rivals out of the way to get to a new designer bag. But when her boss at Holt’s department store is discovered dead in the store room fingers are pointed firmly at her! If Haley’s going to escape jail (not to mention the orange prison jumpsuits) she must find the murderer and prove her innocence. At least the hunky Ty Cameron seems to be on her side...
From Amazon UK

And a whole lot of bookmarks, postcards and business cards! The signed ones are:

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer bookmark - says "Love & Lattes" and name.
The Dark Devine by Bree Despain promo card - just name.
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus bookmark - just name.
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White bookmark - says "Pansies for thoughts of you!" and name.
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker bookmark - just name.
Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards postcard - just name.

won swag
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I'm a happy girl! :)


  1. Oh color me jealous, lol! I'm reading Privilege by Kate Brian at the moment. These books are trashy but fun :)

  2. I LOVE the cover for Blood Feud, although it reminds me a little too much of the Twilight series.

    Great books this week! =)

  3. Wow, great books:) Your blog was featured here:

    Have a great day!

  4. Great books! Bloodfued looks amazing so I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Nice swag! I'm really looking forward to reading Blood Feud and melvin Burgess is always awesome. Hope you enjoy them!

  6. Bella - I've not read a Privilege book before. I'm not sure if they're my cup of tea, but we'll see :)

    Dazzling Mage - Thank you! Yeah, I think it's a pretty awesome cover too! I don't think you can have a black background with a red-included image without thinking of Twilight these days. I think it's a little sad.

    Bobbie - Thank you! :)And cheers so much for linking to my blog! I really appreciate it! :)

    Morgan - Thank you! I'm sure I'll enjoy Blood Feud, My Love Lies Bleeding was just awesome!

    Sophie - Cheers! OMG, YOU SHOULD HAVE COME TODAY! You'll see later, but Melvin Burgess is just amazing! And Blood Feud will be great!

  7. Fab week Jo! Isn't Carlos's signature lovely? Enjoy them all :)

  8. Thank you! :) It is a pretty awesome autograph, yeah! :)

  9. Okay, I am dying to know what you think of The Alchemist and the Angel. Like crazy dying to know!!! Enjoy!

  10. Oooh, thank you! Have you read it? It may take a while for me to get to it, I'm afraid!

  11. The Prince of Mist looks really good, as does the Alexandra Harvey. Enjoy!

  12. Great books! I also got Blood Feud to review! Enjoy! =)

  13. Vanessa - Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading both! :)

    Trisha - Thank you! I'm so looking forward to Blood Feud! It looks so good! :)

  14. I did not know Zafon had out a new book-I really enjoyed Shadow of the Wind.

  15. It's recently been translated, and just been released in the UK. I'm sure it'll follow soon in the US, or you could order it from The Book Depository :)