Sunday, October 21, 2012

In My Mailbox - 3 & Sunday Post 2


In My Mailbox is a weekly post hosted by The Story Siren where bloggers can share what books they received over the week.

I won my first contest during Fraterfest (Thanks to Kody at The Fabled Cross Roads!) and received that book this week.  So I was pretty excited about that.  More on that book in a moment. 

Listed in order of receipt, here are the books I scored this week:

Uses for Boys
By: Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Publication Date: January 15, 2003 by St. Martin's Press
Source: Publisher ARC via Netgalley
(Goodreads / Amazon)
Summary:
Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical,  Uses for Boys  is a story of breaking down and growing up.


The Raven Boys
By: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: September 18, 2012 by Scholastic Press
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
(Goodreads / Amazon)
Summary:
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


Pretty When She Dies
By: Rhiannon Frater
Published: November 24, 2008 by Createspace
Source: Won in a contest hosted by Kody at The Fabled Crossroads
(Goodreads / Amazon)
Summary:
Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry...

... in a new, horrific, unimaginable way...

Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.

All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what's worse is that he's a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.

But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation... or her death?



Hearts at Stake (a.k.a. My Love Lies Bleeding) (The Drake Chronicles #1)
By: Alyxandra Harvey
Published: December 29, 2009
Source: Owned on Kindle app ($.99 deal on Amazon)
(Goodreads / Amazon)
Summary:
The Drakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.


Blood and Snow (Volumes 1-4)
By: RaShelle Workman
Published: August 1, 2012 by Polished Pen Press
Source: Owned on Kindle app ($.99 deal on Amazon)
(Goodreads / Amazon)
Summary:
"Lips red as rubies, hair dark as night. Drink your true love's blood, become the Vampire, Snow White."

EVERY THOUSAND YEARS THE VAMPIRE QUEEN SELECTS A NEW BODY, ALWAYS THE FAIREST IN THE LAND, AND THIS TIME SHE'S CHOSEN SNOW WHITE. 

BLOOD AND SNOW: Snow White isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet.

REVENANT IN TRAINING: Snow has become something not quite human. She must discover how to live with the changes, hopefully without killing anyone.

THE VAMPIRE CHRISTOPHER: Snow White craves blood. Especially the blood of her Hunter. But will drinking from him save or enslave her?

BLOOD SOAKED PROMISES: Snow White must come to terms with her bloodlust. It's one thing to drink the blood of her Hunter, something else entirely to drink the blood of a human.





Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewerhttp://www.caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/. Book bloggers participate each week to share upcoming news, recap the past week, and showcase books we've received.

Since I've showcased the books I've received above for the In My Mailbox post, below is my recap of this week and what's ahead on my blog this week.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Sunday: I participated in In My Mailbox and Sunday Post.

Monday: Review of Rape Girl by Alina Klein

Tuesday: I participated in Top 10 Tuesday, Top 10 Favorite Authors in "X" Genre.  Review of Deadlocked 2 by A.R. Wise.

Wednesday: I participated in Waiting on Wednesday, featuring Waiting on Blood Prophecy.  I also made it up to 28 followers by the end of this night.

Saturday: Review of Hearts at Stake (The Drake Chronicles #1) by Alyxandra Harvey.

It was a good week in the blogging world!  I absolutely love the comments and the follows and I try very hard to reply back to each and every comment and follow back those that take the time to follow me.  

WHAT'S AHEAD:

Top 10 Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Review of The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

These are the things I know I will be posting this week.  Hopefully I will have a second review to post as well.

Thanks for taking the time to read my In My Mailbox & Sunday Post.  Leave me a comment with a link to the news on your blog from this past week!  


32 comments:

  1. Awesome week on the blog and such a sweet book haul..i hope you like Pretty When She Dies as much as I did. thanks for sharing your news on the The Sunday Post

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    1. I'm excited to read it. All good reviews so far so my expectations are up.

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  2. You got a great haul this week. I'm excited to read Uses for Boys manly because I like the cover lol. And I hear Raven Boys is great. Hope you enjoy! My STS/Sunday Post

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  3. Great haul. You got some really amazing titles. Have a fantastic week..


    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's The Sunday Post

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  5. What a lovely recap for the week! So many great books there. Happy Reading!!! My Sunday Edition @ Paulette’s Papers

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  6. Great haul, especially jealous of Raven Boys but I'm getting curious about Uses for Boys after seeing it so much around the blogosphere this week! Nice weekly recap as well, thanks for sharing & happy reading :D

    my StS

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

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    1. I've seen Uses for Boys around a bit today too. When I read the summary on Netgalley last week it was new to me. I'm interested to see how well I like it.

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  7. You got some good books this week! I'm glad you got The Raven Boys from NetGalley...though I would have let you borrow it. Uses for Boys looks really good. And Pretty When She Dies is on my TBR list too! Great week!

    Check out my IMM & SP.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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    1. Anytime I can get a Netgalley book I get excited. Actually didn't realize you owned that one. Oops!

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  8. Great haul this week! I cant wait to read Uses for Boys! Feel free and stop by check out my IMM...
    http://asoutherngirlsbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/10/in-my-mailbox-imm-3.html

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  9. Lovely Haul!!! Great books this week. Love the cover and synopsis for uses for boys!!

    New follower :D

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    1. I've seen Uses for Boys on several others posts for this week. Looks like a popular book and I love the cover too!!

      Thanks so much for the follow and for commenting!!!

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  10. Great mailbox this week. I also got Blood and Snow and have The Raven Boys on my wishlist. Please come and check out my IMM.

    IMM

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  11. I really want to read Raven Boys. I love Maggie - she is such a character. I also keep wanting to start Hearts at Stake. Just need to put it on my TBR list. Great books!

    Jenny @ Book Sojourner
    new follower :)

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  12. Uses for Boys sounds SO good! It's now on my to-read list! Thanks for the follow, and I'm following back! Love your blog!

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  13. I hear great things about Raven Boys, hope you enjoy it! Uses for Boys sounds really cute too.
    Thanks for visiting Bookmunchies (:

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  14. Hello,
    Thanks for stopping by my IMM and for following! I followed you back and love the books on your list!
    Brittany @Spare Time Book blog

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  15. Hello,
    Thanks for stopping by my IMM and for following! I followed you back and loved the books on your list!
    Brittany @ Spare Time book blog

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  16. Your books are totally apt for Halloween. And they look awesome! I haven't read Raven Boys yet but I'm planning to. Hope it's good.

    Thanks for stopping by! Have a good day! :)

    Janus @ The Blair Book Project

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  17. Wow, super awesome book haul. I so want to get my hands on The Raven Boys. I look forward to your review. ;)

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. New follower of yours.

    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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  18. Looks like a great haul for Halloween:) Have a happy reading:D *New follower

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