Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox (21)

Happy Sunday!



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 have received for reviewing:

Dark Days by C.A. Kunz

Surviving tenth grade is the least of Cat Colvin’s worries.



Cat Colvin wants more than anything to just be an “average” teenager and blend in, but having found out the secret of her adoption has Cat questioning her entire life. Unfortunately, there are much deeper and darker secrets being withheld from her that may prove to threaten her very existence. Cat will be forced to make a choice: stay in Astoria and possibly endanger all that she loves, or flee and hide amongst her kind.


Friendships will be tested, family bonds will be tried, and even Cat herself will be pushed to her limits both emotionally and physically; all while trying to maintain a somewhat normal relationship with her boyfriend Ryan. What is actually going on in the quaint port town of Astoria, and are Cat and her loved ones prepared for the dark days that loom ahead? Find out in this continuation to the “*…thrilling, unputdownable story,” The Childe.


*Meera Patel -RT Book Reviews

The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin


The Darkening Dream is the chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.



Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.


1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.


With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal?


No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.
 
Books I have won:
 
Stray by Rachel Vincent
 
 
There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .



And I'm one of them.


I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.


Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.


I'd been warned about Strays -- werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.


This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever -- and whoever -- I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays -- 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them . . .

Received through Random Acts of Kindness - RAK 2012 February:



Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack's alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything - her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?


That's it for today.

Happy reading!

10 comments:

  1. the darkening dream looks good. i like dark fantasy a lot.

    Check out my IMM

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  2. I really loved Nightshade. I need to catch up with the rest of the series though. Enjoy :D

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  3. Rachel Vincent is a great author! Hope you enjoy them all x
    Nina @ Death Books and Tea

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  4. Great Mailbox, all of your books look good!
    http://simplykayla0203.blogspot.com/2012/02/in-my-mailbox-3.html

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  5. Nightshade is fabulous. I'm quite curious about Rachel Vincent's books.

    Happy reading :-)

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  6. Oooh I really want to read Nightshade, it has been in my TBR pile forever now!! Enjoy everything else you got as well :)

    If you'd like you can check out the awesome books I got in my mailbox this week, just click the link below! ;)

    Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

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  7. I'm curious about Nightshade. That's such a beautiful cover!

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  8. Stray looks awesome! Enjoy

    Here is my IMM

    Happy Reading,
    Lindsay @ Turning the Pages

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