Sunday, May 30, 2010

In my mailbox (2)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I've received 5 books this week and have to admit to being really excited about reading all of them. 

Not sure where I'm going to find the time, as I still have to get through last week's pile and I'm swamped with 2010 World cup editorial (yup, that's less than 20 days away now and the excitement is at fever pitch here in South Africa right now!) stuff for the week, but knowing me, I'll always make time for reading.

Anyway, here's the books that I've received this week.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Summary:
The Real World is a frightening place. Just ask sixteen-year-old orphan Dru Anderson, a tough girl who has taken on her fair share of bad guys. She's armed, dangerous, and not going down without a fight. So it's gonna take her a while to figure out who she can trust...

Poor Dru. Her parents are long gone. Her best (okay, only) friend Graves has been bitten by a werewolf. And she just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn't entirely human. Now Dru's strange and handsome savior, Christophe, has her hidden away at a secret Schola for djamphir and wolfen teens. Trouble is, she's the only girl in the place. The really bad news? Dru's killer instinct says that one of her schoolmates wants her dead.

With all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide...
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Summary:When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. 

They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm.

She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a girl from her school is found dead... drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn't know what to think.
 
Could those vampire legends really be true? Steeped in vampire lore and set against the heady backdrop of the rich, young, and powerful in the heart of New York City, Blue Bloods will be devoured by Melissa de la Cruz's legion fans.

Masquerade by Melissa de La Cruz
Summary:
Schuyler Van Alen is starting to get more comfortable with her newfound vampire powers, but she still has many unanswered questions. 

A trip to Italy in search of her grandfather only serves to make things more confusing. What secrets are the leaders of The Committee hiding? 

Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball. 

In true Blue Blood fashion, the ball is totally fab, complete with masks, and hidden behind this masquerade is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire's destiny.



Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
summary:
Second of the Sevenwaters trilogy of novels (Daughter of the Forest was the first) about the last days of heroic Ireland, Son of the Shadows takes up the story of the children of Sorcha, who saved her enchanted brothers, and Hugh, the Briton she married. 

Sorcha's daughter Liadan is a gifted seer and healer who thinks, in spite of her visions, that she knows what the future has in store for her--caring for her dying mother and then an alliance marriage to Eamonn. 

A chance meeting on the road carries her off to care for a dying man -one of the mercenaries of the sinister Painted Man, Eamonn's archenemy and a killer for hire. Liadan discovers that she cannot choose whom she loves and that she and the Painted Man are as bound up in destiny as her mother and father were before her. 

And finally, an adult urban fantasy thrown into the mix for good measure.

Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
Summary:

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need...exquisite pleasure. 

But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her. Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. 

But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn...

That's it from me. Looking forward to read these books and even more so to reviewing them. So, what's in your mailbox this week?

6 comments:

geekyreads said...

I just started Strange Angels this morning. Blue Bloods looks really good, I've just put it on my TBR list.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I've heard great things about the Blue Bloods series. I hope you enjoy your books!

PK Reeves said...

Good Loot!
I really liked that cover for Blue Bloody. The vampiric bite with the pearls very classy with a touch of "hmm did I really see those bites?" effect.

Read your Fallen Review and I really loved it too. I can't wait for Torment to come out. So are you Team Cam or Team Daniel?
PS Loved the hardcover version with the beautifully soft paperslip cover.

thebookfairyhaven said...

@ PK Reeves I was going to respond on your blog, but I can't seem to find you through your profile. I also love the Pearls cover and can't wait to start reading it.

As to which team I'm on... At the moment, Daniel, but I get the feeling that that could possibly change in the future. Oh, how fickle I am. What about you - which team are you on? :)

-k said...

Oooh your Blue Bloods covers are absolutely gorgeous! Much prettier than the North American ones. And I hope that you enjoy Son of Shadows; it was my favourite of the bunch.

PK Reeves said...

Hey Tammy!
Team CAM Big TIME! I love the darker side of Cam and Daniel is just too ... good?? Cam is appealing for his gentleness yet he also has that "must be salvaged" aspect ... especially at the end when he is with Daniel. What a closure!

I've actually posted my review on Fallen, just go to http://aisleb.tumblr.com

or go to Archives for Fallen review & submit comment there.

You can always use the email
aisleb@hotmail.com

No worries will be back to see your other reviews.

Have your read Hush Hush yet??
I have that on the back burner until I can get my readings done.

PK Reeves
Aisle B