Sunday, May 8, 2011

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Each week I will post books (or book-related things) that I've bought, won in contests, or received in the mail.

Books I've bought this week:

The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos.

The Emerald Talisman (Talisman Series, Book 1)Summary from Goodreads:
 
To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience--past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.
 
I won this week:
 
I was lucky to win giftcards from Wyld Hollow http://thewyld-hollow.blogspot.com/ during the Spring Fever Giveaway.
 
Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Overprotected

Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.

Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.
Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.
Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.
Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.
Daddy was wrong.


Delirium by Lauren Oliver

DeliriumSummary from Goodreads:

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.


The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Summary from Goodreads:

The Notebook
"Somewhere," muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in the moonight, "there were people making love." The Notebook, a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she hook up with Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago? We're not telling, but you have two guesses and the first one doesn't count. Decades later, after Allison develops Alzheimer's, her beau uses "the notebook" to read her the story of the great love she's plumb forgot.

I got the gift certificates and these were the books I chose.

Besides that I won a book from Jennifer Laurens, but I don't know which book it is. It will be a surprise when I receive it!

Treasure MeBooks I received for reviewing:

From authors directly:

Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi

Summary from Goodreads:

Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.



The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freedwoman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, she carried untold riches on her journey north. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.


If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, Birdie begins to discover a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she could imagine.

BellaBella by Steve Piacente

Summary from Goodreads:

A striking widow intent on proving the military lied about her husband's death lures a Washington journalist into the investigation. Working together, they discover the power of temptation, the futility of revenge, and the consequences of yielding to either.

For reviewing from NetGalley:
 
Dark Obsession by Suzanne Rock
Women Count by Susan Bulkeley Butler and Bob Keefe
Feast by Merrie Destefano
By His Majesty's Grace by Jennifer Blake
Sacred Evil by Heather Graham
Three Wishes by Jenny Schwartz
 
As you can understand, I have lot of reading and reviewing to do! Next review will be up later today, because I just finished Dark Obsession.
 
Happy reading, everybody!

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