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Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend. This week I received five books for review and bought a couple as well. I must say I really cannot wait to review Vampires: From Dracula to Twilight as it is an absolutely gorgeous looking book. Also, I received a few ‘chick-lit’ books and although I don’t review ‘Chick-Lit’ anymore publishers do keep sending them, which is kind of them but they won’t be reviewed on my blog. Because of this I thought I would give them a little ‘air-time’, some are also going to new homes where they will be reviewed.
Vampires: From Dracula to Twilight
Charlotte Montague (Sphere)
Publication Date: 4 March 2010
Hardback: 191 pages
Tags: Vampire Mythology
In the West the vampire myth is widely thought to have been based on the life of Vlad the Impaler, a 15th century Wallachian warrior-prince whose devotion to cruelty and killing made the lives of his subjects miserable, bloody and short. However, bloodsuckers of all shapes and sizes feature in many cultures. The most famous of these is the chupacabra, or ‘goat killer’, a creature that is rumoured to have attacked and mutilated as many as 2,000 animals in Puerto Rico and Latin America.
The chupacabra is variously described as half alien, half tail-less dinosaur with quills running down its back, a panther with a long serpent’s tongue and a hopping animal that leaves an unbearable sulphurous stench in its wake. Whatever his form, one thing is for sure, the chupacabra shares little with his dark-cloaked, virgin-biting, garlic-hating, European cousin, apart from his lust for blood. VAMPIRES explores these diverse myths and legends, their impact upon popular culture and the possible explanations behind such phenomena.
(The Seven Deadly Sins #1)
Allison Brennan (Ballantine Books)
Publication Date: 4 March 2010
Paperback: 453 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Haunted by chilling memories of demonic possession and murder, Moira O’Donnell has spent seven years hunting down her mother, Fiona, whose command of black magic has granted her unprecedented control of the underworld. Now Moira’s global search has led her to a small California town that’s about to become hell on earth.
Tormented by his own terrifying past and driven by powers he can’t explain, ex-seminarian Rafe Cooper joins Moira’s dangerous quest. But Fiona is one devilish step ahead. Hungry for greater power, eternal youth, and stunning beauty, the sorceress is unleashing upon the mortal world the living incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins. Together with a demonologist, a tough female sheriff, and a pair of star-crossed teenagers, Moira and Rafe are humanity’s last chance to snatch salvation from the howling jaws of damnation.
Carmen Reid (Corgi)
Publication Date: 23 March 2010
Paperback: 336 pages
Tags: Young Adult
You’d think that being stuck in a stuffy girls boarding school would mean life was dull and dreary, but this term the St Jude’s girls are in for some serious drama! Gina can’t wait for her mum and friends to make the trip over to visit her from sunny California, but things don’t exactly go to plan and she finds herself stuck in the middle of them and her new friends and hunky boyfriend. And things don’t get better as the rest of her dorm-mates have their own dramas to deal with…Niffy is not happy about her best friend and her brother becoming a couple – yuck! Min wishes she had the confidence to finally kiss her new boyfriend, and poor Amy is starting to do anything to look thin for the school play. Will all the drama be resolved…
**This one one is on it’s way to you Carla (aka LovesSam) at The Crooked Shelf!**
The Celebrity Mother
Deborah Wright (Headline Review)
Publication Date: 4 feb 2010
Paperback: 532 pages
Karina West was once the darling of the gossip pages and the top of the British pop charts. But now all that’s fading away, and she needs something more – something both to make her life more fulfilled and more importantly, to get her back in the tabloids. And how better to achieve this double whammy than by adopting a poor, needy child from a far-off country?
All that sweet, ten-year-old Devika wants is a new mummy who will take her away from her Delhi orphanage and let her have a home and a family again. She prayed to Krishna for this to be so, but was she ready for a blonde, British popstar to sweep her up and back to London? Karina and Devika are soon front-page news, but neither of them realise just how far their emotional journey will take them.
Take A Chance on Me
Jill Mansell (Headline Review)
Publication Date: 18 feb 2010
Hardback: 410 pages
Cleo Quinn doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Will’s come along. Handsome and attentive, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo… apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing’s Hill and tormenting her as if he’d never been away.
Meanwhile Cleo’s sister Abbie has a problem of her own – husband Tom has become distant and withdrawn, and she’s determined to find out why. But will the shocking truth mean the end of their idyllically happy marriage? The sisters are about to discover that the past can come back to haunt you, and that love can flourish in the unlikeliest of places…
The Ice Cream Girls
Dorothy Koomson (Sphere)
Publication Date: 18 feb 2010
Hardback: 384 pages
As teenagers Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press and were dealt with by the courts.
Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while married mother-of-two Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past. But some secrets will not stay buried – and if theirs is revealed, everything will become a living hell all over again… Gripping, thought-provoking and heart-warming, The Ice Cream Girls will make you wonder if you can ever truly know the people you love.
**This one one is on it’s way to you Leah at Chick-Lit Reviews!**
Bought: On the recommendation from Mark at Walker of Worlds!
• Necropath by Eric Brown (Science Fiction)
• Xenopath by Eric Brown (Science Fiction)
• Cosmopath by Eric Brown (Science Fiction)
Don’t you think these covers are just awesome! They scream sci-fi – love them!
So, that’s what was in my mailbox – tell me what was in yours!