Hi guys! I have a few really great books to share with you this week. I spent way too much money but I was in London and walked by a bookshop that had a 30% closing down sale, so I just couldn’t resist! I also received a few for review as well and they look like great reads. For the books I’ve bought I’ve added a link to Goodreads so you can read the synopsis.
Author: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Publication Date: 27 Oct 2009
Hardback: 319 pages
Zoey Redbird needs a break after some serious excitement. Sadly, the House of Night school for vampires doesn’t feature breaks on its curriculum – even for a High Priestess in training and her gang. Plus juggling three guys is no stress reliever, especially when one is a sexy Warrior so into protecting Zoey that he’s sensing her emotions.
Wider stresses lurk too, and the dark force in Tulsa’s tunnels is spreading. Could Stevie Rae be responsible for more than a group of misfit fledglings? And Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from the immortal Kalona and his dark allure – but they also show that only Zoey can stop him. She’s not exactly keep to keep up, but if Zoey doesn’t go to Kalona he’ll exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. She just has to find the courage to do what’s necessary or everything that’s important to her will be destroyed.
Title: Bound to Shadows
Author: Keri Arthur
Publication Date: 5th Nov 2009
Paperback: 346 pages
Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don’t play well with others. But she’s never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups—and the victims aren’t just killed, they’re beheaded. Now Riley is launching into action, toying with a seductive—and highly suspicious—club owner, and finding herself in the middle of another mystery: women being killed one by one, without a trace of violence.
For Riley, solving multiple cases—in a world going mad with human and vampire passions—would have been tough enough. Instead she has two jealous lovers on her hands: Kye Murphy, the amber-eyed werewolf who makes Riley’s wolf blood howl—and Quinn, the cool, elegant vamp who has over a thousand years’ experience at fulfilling women’s desires. While she’s busy juggling these two sexy beasts, Riley’s detective work takes a stunningly violent turn. Finding a murderer is now a matter of life and death. Especially since the killer has long since found her . . .
Title: The Jewell Box
Author: Anna Davis
Publisher: Black Swan
Publication Date: 5 Nov 2009
Grace Rutherford is the one and only Diamond Sharp, the “it” girl of 1920s London, whose weekly newspaper column delights readers with tales of her nightly escapades — the dinners, the dancing, the fashion, the men. Caught up in the glitz and glamour of the day, Grace begins a passionate affair with charming, flirtatious American author Dexter O’Connell. Soon, though, she falls for John Cramer, the charismatic neighbor her widowed younger sister adores. Irresistibly drawn to both men, Grace discovers they are bitter enemies and finds herself tangled up in the mesh of secrets and lies that binds them together. Which man, if either, can she trust?
Title: The Gathering Storm
Author: Robert Jordon
Publication Date: 27 Oct 2009
Hardback: 784 pages
In this epic novel, Robert Jordan’s international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward—wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders—his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.
Egwene al’Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower—and possibly the world itself. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Title: The Dresskeeper (YA)
Author: Mary Naylus
ARC: 238 pages
When 13-year-old Picky’s Mum forces her to look after Gran, who has dementia, she is accidentally locked in Gran’s dusty old attic. There she finds a chest full of old clothes, and tomboy Picky is forced to don what appears to be a ball-gown when the freezing night temperatures hit. As soon as the dress is pinned together, Picky is transported back to the year 1700, where a man who appears to know her as Amelia is trying to kill her. Managing to get the dress off just in time, Picky returns to the present with the dress covered in blood. Did the man kill the girl called Amelia? Will wearing the other dresses in the chest take her back in time too? And will she be in danger again should she try it? “The Dresskeeper” uses a contemporary 13-year-old viewpoint to explore this murder mystery, set in the early 18th Century.
Title: Metal Gear Solid 2
Author: Raymond Benson
Publication Date: 26 Nov 2009
METAL GEAR SOLID: THE BEAST IS BACK.
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?
In a torrential downpour, former FOXHOUND agent Solid Snake stands on the George Washington Bridge–ready to launch himself onto the deck of the U.S.S. Discovery as it passes below. Inside Discovery is a new generation of Metal Gear. But in the next hour, Snake’s world explodes. Two years later, a young, unproven agent code-named Raiden must penetrate the mystery of what went so insanely wrong that night.
In a labyrinthine superstructure in New York Harbor known as the Big Shell, enemies, allies, secret agents, and double-dealers converge: Russian commandos, a cyber Vamp, a long-legged, leather-clad, rifle-bearing beauty named Fortune, a deformed, finely manicured bomber called Fatman, and a mysterious Mister X. Somewhere in the maze, as well, is the president himself–his biometrics coded to a bomb that can take out Manhattan, his loyalties unknown. Now the rookie Raiden is fighting his way to one discovery after another, including the rebirth of Solid Snake himself and a nightmare organization with a history, a plan, and a terrifying superweapon hidden in plain sight.
So, that’s what was in my mailbox – what was in yours?