Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mailbox Monday - 3/1

 Mailbox Monday can be found at: The Printed Page

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This was another crazy Mailbox Monday week.  Mostly because it was Vine week and I got some wishes granted on

I got both "Fireflies" and "The Well of Ascension" through  Both books I am looking forward to reading.

Then I got two great books through the Amazon Vine program this week too.  Those were "The Iron King" and "Hourglass" (Evernight, Book 3).  I already finished Hourglass and you can read my review of it here.  Again two books I was/am very excited to read.

Lastly I got three books that just came into the library this week.  "Black Magic Sanction" (The Hollows, book 8) by Kim Harrison, "The Gates" by John Connolly, and "Dancing on the Head of a Pin" (Remy Chandler, Book 2) by Thomas Sniegoski.  All books I am super excited to read.

So I guess I am excited to read them all :-)  See below for more info on the books.  Hope you all have a great week and happy reading!

Fireflies by Ally Blue
First Sentence: "Mama!" Joey raced into the kitchen as fast as his five-year-old legs would carry him, letting the screen door slam in his excitement.
"A Sidhe warrior in exile. A young man with powers he's only beginning to understand. In their hands, the fate of two worlds. A childhood encounter with one of the Sidhe sets Joseph Vines' life on a fateful course. Unable to forget the beautiful creature who promised to one day return for him, Joey spends the next twenty years learning, dreaming and waiting. Braeden Shay, a warrior of the Sidhe, has spent those same twenty years watching Joey from a distance, waiting for Joey's heritage to make itself known. When the time is ripe, Braeden steps in to protect Joey from those trying to kill him, and to help him deal with the changes turning his life inside out. During the days that follow, as Braeden teaches Joey to harness and control his newfound power over the natural world, Joey finds himself falling for the gentle, patient Braeden. Braeden, who has watched over Joey for most of his life, is already deeply in love with him. When the forces targeting Joey for death catch up with them, it will take all their magic-and the power of their love for each other-to survive, and to save both their worlds."

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, Book 1) by Julie Kagawa
The Iron King (Harlequin Teen) 
First Sentence: "Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared."
"Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart."

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2)  
First Sentence: "The army crept like a dark stain across the horizon."
From "Evil has been defeated. The war has just begun.

They did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule had lasted a thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire.

They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge."

Hourglass (Evernight, Book 3) by Claudia Grey
Hourglass (Evernight Novels)  
First Sentence: "Get Out," I pleaded.  "Get out of town from good.  That way we don't have to kill you."
From "Bianca will risk everything to be with Lucas.
After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas take refuge with Black Cross, a fanatical group of vampire hunters. Bianca must hide her supernatural heritage or risk certain death at their hands. But when Black Cross captures her friend—the vampire Balthazar—hiding is no longer an option.
Soon, Bianca and Lucas are on the run again, pursued not only by Black Cross, but by the powerful leaders of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they travel, Bianca can't escape her destiny.
Bianca has always believed their love could survive anything . . . but can it survive what's to come?"

From Library:
Dancing on the Head of a Pin (Remy Chandler, Book 2) by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Dancing on the Head of a Pin: A Remy Chandler Novel
First Sentence: "It isn't easy being human."
"Still mourning the loss of his wife, fallen angel Remy Chandler has immersed himself in investigating dangerous supernatural cases. His latest: the theft of a cache of ancient weaponry stolen from a collector who deals in antiquities of a dark and dubious nature. The weapons, Remy knows, were forged eons ago and imbued with unimaginable power. And if they fall into the wrong hands, they could be used to destroy not only Heaven but also Earth."

The Gates by John Connolly 
The Gates: A Novel 
First Sentence: "In the beginning, about 13.7 billion years ago, to be reasonably precise, there was a very, very, small dot."
"Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween, which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe, a gap through which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out....
Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?
Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy, who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power.
In this wonderfully strange and brilliant novel, John Connolly manages to re-create the magical and scary world of childhood that we've all left behind but so love to visit. And for those of you who thought you knew everything you could about particle physics and the universe, think again. This novel makes anything seem possible"

"Black Magic Sanction" (The Hollows, Book 8) by Kim Harrison

Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan, Book 8)  
First Sentence: "Tucking my hair back, I squinted at the parchment, trying to form the strange angular letters as smoothly as I could."
"Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind . . . until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.
It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price."


  1. Oooh I'd love to get The Gates! I hope it's good. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  2. Enjoy your books! They sound great!

  3. These all sound good. I like how you post the first sentence of the books. They all have sentences that pull you in. Enjoy them all!

  4. The John Connolly book looks interesting. I've been wanting to read Book of Lost things for awhile now but this one looks good too :)

  5. Beth,
    I am glad you enjoy reading the first sentence of each book! I usually find the first paragraph or so of a book really sets the mood of a book :-)

    I absolutely loved "The Book of Lost Things". I just finished read "The Gates" today and it was pretty good too; "The Book of Lost Things" is definitely better though.

    - Karissa