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In My Mailbox November 14

November 14th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

In My Mailbox is brought to you by The Story Siren.   Here is what I got last week:

From LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer:

Black Rain by Graham Brown


Description: Covert government operative Danielle Laidlaw leads an expedition into the deepest reaches of the Amazon in search of a legendary Mayan city. Assisted by a renowned university professor and protected by a mercenary named Hawker, her team journeys into the tangled rain forest—unaware that they are replacements for a group that vanished weeks before, and that the treasure they are seeking is no mere artifact but a breakthrough discovery that could transform the world.

Shadowed by a ruthless billionaire, threatened by a violent indigenous tribe, and stalked by an unseen enemy that leaves battered corpses in its wake, the group desperately seeks the connection between the deadly reality of the Mayan legend, the nomadic tribe that haunts them, and the chilling secret buried beneath the ancient ruins.

I won:

Shadowlight by Lynn Viehl


Description: With just one touch, Jessa Bellamy can see anyone-s darkest secrets, thanks to whoever tampered with her genes. What she doesn-t know is that a biotech company has discovered her talent and intends to kill her and harvest her priceless DNA.Gaven Matthias is forced to abduct Jessa himself so he can protect her, but Jessa has a hard time believing the one man whose secrets she can-t read. As a monstrous assassin closes in and forces them to run, Jessa will have to find another way to discover if Matthias is her greatest ally-or her deadliest enemy.

Werewolves by Jon Izzard


Description: From ancient legend to pop-culture icon, from monster to antihero, here is a complete look at werewolves.

Fans of the complex beasts will howl with pleasure at this passionate handbook incorporating legend, lore, trivia and art. Author Jon Izzard stalks both the fiction and the facts: transformations, inner rage, extra-human strength, silver bullets, mysterious curses, modern cures and more.  With werewolves now haunting movie screens and literature the way they have haunted our nightmares for millennia, readers won’t wait for the full moon to devour this fascinating volume.

Vampires by Joules Taylor


Description: Dangerous yet seductive, the vampire plays with our heart as he preys with our soul, commanding respect and inspiring complete devotion.

For anyone touched by the vampire’s flight through recent movies, TV shows and novels, here is a feast of vampire stories and lore. Charting the development of the vampire from prince of pure evil to poignant anti-hero, the VAMPIRE HANDBOOK, is a comprehensive guide to the vampire’s nocturnal realm, exploring the dark mysteries of his eternal allure, irresistible charm and vulnerability.



Description: Since her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number pops into her head – the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen.

Half Priced Books Purchases:

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder


Description: Yelena is a survivor. Kidnapped as a child, held prisoner as a teen, then released to act as a poison taster, she is now a student of magic. But these magic skills place her in imminent danger, and with an execution order on her head, she has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. But nothing in Sitia is familiar. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her powers, a rogue magician emerges and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in a situation not of her making. And once again her magical abilities will either save her life or be her downfall.

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can’t help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways and her new-found friends and relatives don’t think it’s for the better. Despite the turmoil, she’s eager to start her magic training especially as she’s been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia’s throne for a lost prince and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians. If that wasn’t bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies.

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder



The apprenticeship is over— now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before.…

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.

Succubus On Top by Richelle Mead


Description: Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses Seth Mortensen, the shy, sexy, incredibly gifted Seattle writer she’s been dating, she’ll drain his life force. Georgina is a succubus – a demon who draws her power from other men’s pleasure. Admittedly, the shapeshifting and immortality perks are terrific, and yes, Georgina did choose to join the ranks of hell centuries ago. But it seems completely unfair that a she-demon whose purpose is seduction can’t get hot and heavy with the one mortal who knows and accepts her for who she is…It’s not just her personal life that’s in chaos. Doug, Georgina’s co-worker at a local bookstore, has been exhibiting bizarre behaviour, and Georgina suspects that something far more demonic than double espressos is at work. She could use help finding out, but Bastien, an irresistibly charming incubus and her best immortal friend, is preoccupied with corrupting an ultra-conservative talk radio star – and giving Georgina some highly distracting come-hither vibes. Georgina is going to have to work solo on this one – and fast because soon, Doug’s life won’t be the only one on the line…

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead


Description: Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid.

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven’t stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess getup complete with whip and wings. And she can’t have a decent date without sucking away part of the guy’s life. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore–free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny…

Homecoming: Star Trek Voyager by Christie Golden


Description: After seven long years in the Delta Quadrant, the crew of the Starship Voyager™ now confront the strangest world of all: home. For Admiral Kathryn Janeway and her stalwart officers, Voyager’s miraculous return brings new honors and responsibilities, reunions with long-lost loved ones, and for some, such as the Doctor and Seven of Nine, the challenge of forging new lives in a Federation that seems to hold little place for them.

But even as Janeway and the others go their separate ways, pursuing new adventures and opportunities, a mysterious cybernetic plague strikes Earth, transforming innocent men, women, and children into an entirely new generation of Borg. Now the entire planet faces assimilation, and Voyager may be to blame!

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20 Responses

  1. zia

    Wow you got a lot I think I would like. Happy Reading! Half price book prices are so hard to resist lol!

  2. Elie (Ellz Readz)

    Great mailbox. I have those RM books on my list, I just haven’t gotten there yet.

  3. Alita

    So many books this week! I’m jealous that you got Numbers, that sounds like such a great book. I hope you enjoy all the new additions to your library!

  4. gwendolyn b.

    Oooo! I’m a little afraid of your mailbox! Hope you have fun!

  5. dsuzuki

    I know, Half Priced Books is dangerous to go shopping at especially with coupons.
    Alita-I know, Numbers isn’t due out in the US until next year but I found a used copy from the UK. The description looks the same so hopefully it’s good.

  6. Kailana

    Yay for Maria Snyder!

  7. Sheila DeChantal

    Magic Study and Fire Study have great covers!

  8. J. Kaye

    I have Shadowlight by Lynn Viehl on my shelf. It’s going to be Feb’s Read-Along! I want VAMPIRES! First time for me to see that book. Adding it to my list. ;)

  9. Page

    I think I’m going to have to buy the Study series. I got them from the library, but can see myself rereading them.
    What a great batch of books this week!

  10. dsuzuki

    Kailana, Sheila and Page-I loved Storm Glass by Maria Snyder and I’ve read that her Study series is even better.
    J. Kaye-oh good. It is always nice to have that added motivation to move a book to the top of the pile.Vampres looks cool so can’t wait to check it out.

  11. Kathy

    It looks like you hit the jackpot. I really liked the books by Maria V. Snyder and Richelle Mead when I read them.

    Have you won other books from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program? I have only tried a couple of time and won once. It was readable but not a favorite.

  12. thestorysiren

    awesome books! i really want the vampire and werewolf one… saw them at B&N should have bought them! argh! hope you enjoy them all you have some great titles! happy reading!

  13. dsuzuki

    Kathy-good to hear. I loved the Vampire Academy series so hope her other series are just as good. I’ve one one other LT book. Not much luck with it or GoodRead’s giveaways.
    thestorysiren-I hope the vampire and werewolves books are good.

  14. Rebecca

    Great books you got this week. They all look really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  15. MarthaE

    Ohh! I loved the Study trilogy! Enjoy!

  16. Sophie

    Numbers is fantastic and I love Richelle Mead’s books. Hope you enjoy all your books!

  17. Jamye

    I loved the first two Study books! I haven’t read Fire Study yet but it’s in my TBR pile.

    I’ve seen the Vampire Academy books in stores but haven’t heard anything about them. Do you recommend them? A fellow blogger recently recommended the House of Night series so I was thinking about trying them out. Anyone know how they compare to Vampire Academy?

  18. dsuzuki

    Glad to see the Study trilogy is so popular.
    Jamye-yes! You need to read the Vampire Academy series. I enjoyed it much more than the House of Night series.

  19. Jamye

    Oh really? I’ll have to check them out then. Thanks!

  20. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    Nice looking books…can’t wait to read your thoughts on these babies. Happy reading.

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