Sunday, March 11, 2012

In My Mailbox #8

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Hey everybody. Since this was Spring Break, I have been relaxing. Relaxing for me equals book shopping. Here is what I got this week. 

Fair Game
By: Patricia Briggs
Bought from

Synopsis from
They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...

Homer's Odyssey
By: Gwen Cooper
Bought from this really cool book warehouse that we have once a year!

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Once in nine lives, something extraordinary happens...
The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.
Everyone warned that Homer would always be an "underachiever," never as playful or independent as other cats. But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo, a tiny daredevil with a giant heart who eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path. Homer scaled seven-foot bookcases with ease and leapt five feet into the air to catch flies in mid-buzz. He survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen’s life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the night.
But it was Homer’s unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that inspired Gwen daily and transformed her life. And by the time she met the man she would marry, she realized Homer had taught her the most important lesson of all: Love isn’t something you see with your eyes.
Homer’s Odyssey is the once-in-a-lifetime story of an extraordinary cat and his human companion. It celebrates the refusal to accept limits—on love, ability, or hope against overwhelming odds. By turns jubilant and moving, it’s a memoir for anybody who’s ever fallen completely and helplessly in love with a pet.

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago
By: Douglas Perry
Bought from that same awesome book warehouse!

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The true story of the murderesses who became media sensations and inspired the musical Chicago

Chicago, 1924.

There was nothing surprising about men turning up dead in the Second City. Life was cheaper than a quart of illicit gin in the gangland capital of the world. But two murders that spring were special - worthy of celebration. So believed Maurine Watkins, a wanna-be playwright and a "girl reporter" for the Chicago Tribune, the city's "hanging paper." Newspaperwomen were supposed to write about clubs, cooking and clothes, but the intrepid Miss Watkins, a minister's daughter from a small town, zeroed in on murderers instead. Looking for subjects to turn into a play, she would make "Stylish Belva" Gaertner and "Beautiful Beulah" Annan - both of whom had brazenly shot down their lovers - the talk of the town. Love-struck men sent flowers to the jail and newly emancipated women sent impassioned letters to the newspapers. Soon more than a dozen women preened and strutted on "Murderesses' Row" as they awaited trial, desperate for the same attention that was being lavished on Maurine Watkins's favorites.

In the tradition of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City and Karen Abbott's Sin in the Second City, Douglas Perry vividly captures Jazz Age Chicago and the sensationalized circus atmosphere that gave rise to the concept of the celebrity criminal. Fueled by rich period detail and enlivened by a cast of characters who seemed destined for the stage, The Girls of Murder City is crackling social history that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the age and its sober repercussions.

Out of the Blue
By: The Chicago Tribune
Bought from the book warehouse!

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A chronicle of the Cubs memorable 2003 season, from opening day through the regular season to the Central Division Championship and the playoffs.

By: Melissa Marr
Checked out from the library

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Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown—and the man—she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene's death was not natural . . . and there was good reason for her odd traditions. In Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected—and beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. From this dark place the deceased will return if their graves are not properly minded. And only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk. 

Faery Tales & Nightmares
By: Melissa Marr
Checked out from the library

Synopsis from
Faery Tales and Nightmares is a collection of short stories.

Current Table of Contents:
"Where Nightmares Walk"
"Winter's Kiss" (Fairy Tales)
"Transition" (Vampires)
"Love Struck" (Selchies)
"Stopping Time" (WL World)
"Old Habits" (WL World)
"The Art of Waiting"
"Flesh for Comfort"
"The Sleeping Girl and the Sumer King" (WL World-ish, the short story that started the series)
"Cotton Candy Skies" (WL World)
"Unexpected Family" (WL World)
"Merely Mortal" (WL World)

By: Aimee Agresti
Checked out from the library

Synopsis from
Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Won from Word Spelunking!

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The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

Blue Bloods
By: Melissa De La Cruz
Purchased from McKay's Used Books 
I already have this book on my Kindle, but since I love the series so much, I decided to start the collection on my bookshelf, too. 

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When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner...and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead... drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn't know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

By: Richelle Mead
Purchased from McKay's Used Books
This is another one I have on my Kindle, but wanted to add to my bookshelf. 

Synopsis from
The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

Hush, Hush
By: Becca Fitzpatrick 
Purchased at McKay's Used Books
This is yet another one that I have on my Kindle, but wanted to add to my bookshelf

Synopsis from
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.


  1. great haul. hope you enjoy them all! I also have Shadows.


  2. Very jealous of Faery Tales and Nightmares! Homer's Odyssey looks like something I might need to add to my in-classroom library! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your great books!

    Melanie @ Reviews of YA Lit

  3. Wow...I am so jealous of you rigt now! lol

    1st of all...I just found out about Homer this week and want to get that book!!

    2nd...well...I have about 1/2 of your other books on my TBR!

    Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by My IMM!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  4. Great books this week! Hush Hush has an amazing cover, and it sounds so good! I really want to read it.

    Here is my IMM.

  5. Great books! I really want to read Melissa Marr's Fairytales and Nightmares - it looks awesome! I really liked the Blue Bloods book, though I'm so far behind in the series - I must catch up!

    Happy reading!

  6. Great books. I've heard great things about Paricia Briggs and I really want to read Graveminder.
    Happy Reading!
    My IMM 

  7. Wow! Awesome mailbox!!! It's great that you like Blue Bloods too ^_^ Graveminder seems like a chilling read, though I've never tried a Melissa Marr book before; do you like her books?

    Also, Bloodlines!! Waiting upon your opinions, I was a bit wary about that one, haha! Happy reading!!!

    Vivian's IMM

  8. Great books! I loved Hush, Hush. I hope you enjoy them all!

    Celine ~ Nyx Book Reviews
    My IMM

  9. I love how you include info about the books! I have a copy of Illuminate I need to get to and anything by Melissa Marr is great. Enjoy your books! :)


  10. I heard a great review of Graveminder this weekend so hope you enjoy!

    Here is my IMM

    Happy Reading!
    Lindsay @ Turning the Pages

  11. Very nice shopping trip! I like the look of those Melissa Marr books!

  12. Hi there Amber, very nice layout of the books. And with summaries to boot! Thanks for taking the time to lay this out for us in a lovely fashion. Similar to the others, the Melissa Marr titles caught my eye. Graveminder sounds mighty interesting.

    Here's mine over at GatheringBooks:

  13. Quite of a few of these books are ones that I really want to read. I can't believe I have picked up Illuminate yet and The Girls of Murder City looks interesting.

  14. First off I have to jump around about Bloodlines!! WOOT WOOT :D I'm such a huge VA fan and Bloodlines is amazing, can't wait to get to the rest of the series :D

    I'm totally drooling over Graveminder and Faery tales :D Both sounds amazingtastic!

    Homer's Odyssey it sounds so poignant and heartwarming and I already love cats <333

    Illuminate already is on the WL along with Blue Bloods.

    I haven't seen The Girls of Murder City looks fantastic! I haven't heard of that one before but I LOVED Devil in the White City, so if it's compared to that... *drools* :D

    Have a great week and happy reading!

    April @ My Shelf Confessions


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