Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mailbox Monday - 9/7

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Quite a few books again this week. I broke down and bought "Blood Promise" (Vampire Academy, Book 4) brand new in hardcover. I really love this series so that is my excuse there. See below for the full list!


"Blood Promise" (Vampire Academy, Book 4) by Richelle Mead
Absolutely love this series. So I had to go out and the the book right away!
First Sentence: "I was being followed"
From "How far will Rose go to keep her promise? The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri. He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?"

The Adventures of Fan Boy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
Since I got the second book in this series through Vine; I needed to acquire the first one :-)
First Sentence: "I want to not ride the bus to school every day, but that would be a waste of a really big want - it'll take care of itself eventually."
From "On good days, Fanboy is invisible to the students at his high school. On bad ones, he's a target for bullying and violence. When a classmate is cruel to him, Fanboy adds him to The List and moves on. His only real friend, Cal, is a jock who can't be seen with him in public. Their love of comics, though, keeps them close friends outside of school. Reading comics and writing his own graphic novel, Schemata, are the only things that keep him sane. He dreams of showing his work to a famous author at a comic-book convention and being discovered as the next great graphic novelist. When Goth Girl Kyra IMs him with photos of him being beaten up, he's skeptical. Why does she care what happens to him? He learns, though, that she's as much an outsider as he is. The two form a tentative friendship based on hatred of their classmates, particularly jocks, and her interest in Schemata. Fanboy is a rule follower, but Kyra is a rebel with a foul mouth. She teaches him to stand up for himself, and gives him the confidence to do it."

From Amazon Vine:

Flight of the Phoenix (Nathanial Fludd, Beastologist, Book 1) by R. L. LaFevers
I really liked LaFevers Theodosia novels. So I decided to go ahead and pick this book when I was offered it through Amazon Vine.
First Sentence: "It was one of the most important moments for Nathaniel Fludd's life, he was stuck sitting in the corner.
From "Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin—the world’s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone. Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the world’s mythical creatures and extinction. Too bad Nate’s not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure . . .yet. "

Flesh and Fire (Vineart War, Book 1) by Laura Ann Gilman

I wanted to read Laura Ann Gilman's Retrievers series. But she is kind of far into that series. When I heard she was writing a fantasy series I thought that was even more up my alley. So, I am really looking forward to this book.
First sentence: "When I preach, I remind myself that the Collegium was created for one purpose: That the world not forget Sin Washer, and how - and why - He came to us."
From"Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

But now rumors come of a new darkness rising in the vineyards. Strange, terrifying creatures, sudden plagues, and mysterious disappearances threaten the land. Only one Vineart senses the danger, and he has only one weapon to use against it: a young slave. His name is Jerzy, and his origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts' craft offers a hint of greater magics within -- magics that his Master, the Vineart Malech, must cultivate and grow. But time is running out. If Malech cannot teach his new apprentice the secrets of the spellwines, and if Jerzy cannot master his own untapped powers, the Vin Lands shall surely be destroyed."


Tangled Webs (Black Jewels, Book 6) by Anne Bishop
Loved the Black Jewels Triligy and also really enjoyed the stories in "Dreams Made Flesh". I am hoping that this is a good addition to the Black Jewels world. Although I have heard it's not a great book; we will see.
First Sentence: "He laid his hand on the cover of his latest book, closed his eyes to shut out the world around him, and savored this new reality that was still so painfully sweet."
From "In Bishop's bewitching latest Black Jewels adventure (after 2005's Dreams Made Flesh), a tour of an old house becomes a hellish matter of life and death. Lady Surreal SaDiablo receives an invitation to preview the silly, spooky house that Queen Jaenelle Angelline has created to parody myths about the magically gifted Bloods, and she persuades her friend and fellow magic user Warlord Prince Rainier to join her. The only snag is that Jaenelle didn't send the invitation. Crazed, jealous novelist Jarvis Jenkell has discovered his Blood heritage and developed his own haunted house with the goal of trapping other Bloods and using their travails to inspire his fiction. As Surreal, Rainer and several local children struggle to escape Jenkell's deadly snare, Jaenelle's husband, Daemon Sadi, and Sadi's half-brother, Lucivar, must call upon all their Craft skills to free the trapped. With feverish pacing and terrifying twists, Bishop's surefire spell craft will leave readers' hearts pounding."

That's it for this Monday! Thanks for visiting; hope you all have a great week :-)


  1. Love the first sentence of Blood Promise! Enjoy your loot!

    Here is my list if you'd like to stop by

  2. Looks like a great set of books. Couple of them are on my TBR list.

  3. They all look like good books.
    Hope you enjoy them!!

  4. You got some great sounding books - I've been wanting to check out the Vampire School series. I love the Amazon Vine program and Paperback Swap!!!

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  5. Hi Wendi!
    I love the Amazon Vine program too! It's been a wonderful way to get some new and wonderful books to read :-)