Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mailbox Monday - 5/31

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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. 

I got six books in my mailbox this week.  The first I got from the publisher off of for review and that was "Wildthorn".  I feel in love with Wildthorn's cover and thought the premise was intriguing.

The second book I got direct from the author requesting a review; "The Hunted of 2060" by Ami Rebecca Blackwelder.  Thanks to Ami for a copy of this book.

The third and fourth books were both from  BloodAngel looked like a good read.  Before Midnight is another fairy-tale retelling which I am eager to read.

The last two books were from the Amazon Vine program.  I was super excited to get Kraken by China Mieville.  I also got a really neat anatomy book called The Atlas of Anatomy.  Both very cool books that I am excited to read.

So that's it for my books this week.  I hope you all got good reads.  Have a great week and happy reading :-)

Wildthorn by Jane England 
First Sentence: "The carriage jolts and splashes along the rutted lanes flooded by the heavy November rains."
"Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor's daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key..."

The Hunted of 2060 (Volume 1) by Ami Rebecca Blackwelder
The Hunted of 2060 (Volume 1)
First Sentence: "I am torn."
From "by Ami Blackwelder America 2060. Three Lovers. Two Species. One Way to Survive. Set in Alaska in 2060, when April enters her Sophomore year at University, she thought Robert might be the love of her life, but as she discovers, she is hiding something inside her, something the rest of the world believes to have died out. She struggles with who she was and who she is becoming as she learns of a family she never knew existed and of enemies she will have to outrun, outfight or outwit to survive. Order on Kindle as an ebook and the .pdf directly from the author."

BloodAngel by Justine Musk 

Blood Angel 
First Sentence: "The girl came from nowhere."
"In downtown Manhattan, a rising young painter is haunted by disturbing dreams...In small-town Minnesota, a teenage orphan struggles with a knowledge beyond his years-and a destiny he wants no part of...In California, young and old, hipsters and hippies, fall under the spell of a wildly charismatic singer whose voice breaks down all barriers-including the ones between heaven and hell.
The fans of Asha are finding one other-and the world is running out of time."

Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey 

Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella" (Once Upon a Time) 
First Sentence: "What do you know about yourself?"
"Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and court, he brings a second child to be raised alongside her, a boy whose identity he does not reveal.
The girl, La Cendrillon, and the boy, Raoul, pass sixteen years in the servants' care until one day a very fine lady arrives with her two daughters. The lady has married La Cendrillon's father, and her arrival changes their lives.
When an invitation to a great ball reaches the family, La Cendrillon's new stepmother will make a decision with far-reaching effects. Her choice will lead La Cendrillon and Raoul toward their destiny -- a choice that will challenge their understanding of family, test their loyalty and courage, and, ultimately, teach them who they are."

Kraken by China Mieville 
First Sentence: "An everyday doomsayer in sanwhich-board abruptly walked away from what over the last several days had been his pitch, by the gates of a museum."
"With this outrageous new novel, China MiĆ©ville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis duxbetter known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.

As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens—human and otherwise—are adept in magic and murder.

There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity—and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC—the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit—a branch of London’s finest that fights sorcery

with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city’s entrails. There is Grisamentum, London’s greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying—yet darkly charismatic—demonic duo.

All of them—and others—are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be."
Atlas of Anatomy by Anne M. Gilroy, Brian R. MacPherson, and Lawrence M. Ross 
Atlas of Anatomy (Thieme Anatomy)  
From "Atlas of Anatomy contains everything students need to successfully tackle the daunting challenges of anatomy.
Complete with exquisite, full-color illustrations by award-winning artists Markus Voll and Karl Wesker, the atlas is organized to lead students step-by-step through each region of the body. Each region opens with the foundational skeletal framework. The subsequent chapters build upon this foundation, adding the muscles, then organs, then vessels, then nerves, and finally presenting topographic anatomy for a comprehensive view. Each unit closes with surface anatomy accompanied by questions that ask the reader to apply knowledge learned for the real-life physical examination of patients.
-2,200 full-color illustrations of unsurpassed quality
-Brief introductory texts that provide an accessible entry point when a new topic is presented
-Clinical correlates and images, including radiographs, MRIs, CT scans, and endoscopic views
-Muscle Fact pages that organize the essentials, including origin, insertion, and innervation--ideal for memorization, reference, and review
-Navigators that orient the reader with location and plane of dissection
- A scratch-off code provides access to Winking PLUS, an interactive online study
aid, featuring over 600 full-color anatomy illustrations and radiographs, “labels-on,
labels-off” functionality, and timed self-tests
This atlas provides everything students need in just the right format, making the mastery of human anatomy eminently achievable."


  1. Kraken's on my wishlist. I have four books this week, one is a review book and the others I bought. Pussreboots.

  2. Love the look and sound of Wildthorn...

    Here's mine:

  3. That's quite a bunch.

    <a href=">Here's mine for the week</A>

  4. These all sound very interesting. Before Midnight and Wildthorn have both caught my eye. Enjoy all your new reads!

  5. ooh i'm jealous! you got a lot of really good books this week. i'm looking forward to your review of kraken and blood ange. although wildthorn sounds really good too.

    have fun reading this week!