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In My Mailbox (#33)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a good Easter break. Over the last couple of weeks (no IMM last Sunday) I have received 6 for review and bought 5. I also received quite a few books from the World Horror Con, Odyssey (EasterCon) and the Headline event I attended.

FOR REVIEW:

Jane Slayer
Sherri Browning Erwin
& Charlotte Bronte (Gallery Books)
Publication Date: 13 April 2010
Paperback: 416 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads Summary:

In the bestselling tradition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this clever and funny literary mash-up rewrites Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre so that Jane is a vampire slayer and Rochester’s wife is a werewolf.

Raised by vampyre relatives, Jane grows to resent the lifestyle’s effect on her upbringing. No sunlight, nighttime hours, and a diet of bloody red meat is no way for a mortal girl to live. Things change for Jane when the ghost of her uncle visits her, imparts her parents’ slayer history, and charges her with the responsibility of striking out to find others of her kind and learn the slayer ways. After trying her luck at a school full of zombies, Jane finds a position as a governess, where she meets and falls in love with Mr. Rochester. But evil strikes in the form of Mr. Rochester’s first wife, a violent werewolf he keeps locked in the attic. Jane departs to study the slayer tradition with her cousins, but finds herself yearning to reunite with Mr. Rochester. She returns to find that Mr. Rochester has been bitten by the werewolf, and only she can release him from his curse.

Lean Mean Thirteen
Janet Evanovich (Headline)
Publication Date: 12 June 2008
Paperback: 288 pages
Genre: Mystery

Goodreads Summary:

In her rollicking 13th Stephanie Plum adventure (after Twelve Sharp), bestseller Evanovich is in top, quirky form. Plucky, bumbling New Jersey bounty hunter Plum is reunited with her two-timing lawyer ex-husband, Dickie Orr, while doing a favor for the mysterious, sexy Ranger. But when Dickie disappears from his house leaving behind only bloodstains and bullet holes, Plum becomes the prime suspect in his alleged murder.

Determined to clear her name, Plum and her on-again off-again Trenton cop boyfriend, the irresistible Joe Morelli, uncover Dickie’s ties to a shady group of men involved in everything from money laundering to drug running. And when Dickie’s jilted business partners decide Stephanie holds the key to the $40 million they believe Dickie stole from them, she’s in for a wild ride. With the author’s usual cast of eccentric side characters—everything from a taxidermist with a penchant for bombs to a grave-robbing tax man—Evanovich proves once again that Stephanie Plum and her entourage are here to stay.

Child of Fire
Harry Connolly (DEL REY)
Publication Date: 29 Sept 2009
Paperback: 343 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Goodreads Summary:

Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He’s the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him–or let someone else do the job.

Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise’s next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who’s sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find–and destroy–the source of that inhuman magic.

The Last Letter from your Lover
Jojo Moyes (Hodder & Stroughton)
Publication Date: 8 July 2010
ARC: 489 pages
Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

Amazon Summary:

When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper’s archives for a story, she doesn’t think she’ll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband – and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man.

In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can’t remember anything – her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for. Ellie and Jennifer’s stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel – interspersed with real ‘last letters’.

The Horse Dancer
Jojo Moyes (Hodder & Stroughton)
Publication Date: 29 April 2010
Paperback: 502 pages
Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

Goodreads Summary:

In a hidden corner of London, Henri Lachapelle is teaching his granddaughter and her horse to defy gravity, just as he had done in France, fifty years previously. But when disaster strikes, fourteen-year-old Sarah is left to fend for herself. Forced to share a house with her charismatic ex-husband, her professional judgement called into question, lawyer Natasha Macauley’s life seems to have gone awry. When her path crosses that of Sarah, she sees a chance to put things right. But she doesn’t know that Sarah is keeping a secret… one that will change all their lives forever.

The Summer I Turned Pretty
Jenny Han (Puffin)
Publication Date: 3 June 2010
ARC: 276 pages
Genre: Romance
Reading Level: Young Adult

Amazon Summary:

Everything that happened this past summer, and every summer before it, has all led up to this. To now. Every year Isabel spends a perfect summer at her family friends’ house. There’s the swimming pool at night, the private stretch of sandy beach… and the two boys. Unavailable, aloof Conrad – who she’s been in love with forever – and friendly, relaxed Jeremiah, the only one who’s ever really paid her any attention. But this year something is different. They seem to have noticed her for the first time. It’s going to be an amazing summer – and one she’ll never forget…

EVENT BOOKS:

Click HERE to see books from Headline event.
Click HERE to see books from World Horror Con event.

Books from Odyssey 2010 (EasterCon)

Moxyland by Lauren Beukes (Science Fiction-Angry Robot Books)
Hilldiggers by Neal Asher (Science Fiction-Tor Books)


WON:

• Silver by Steven Savile (Thanks to Adele from UNBOUND)


BOUGHT:

Patient Zero by Jonathan Mayberry (Horror)
Unmarked Graves by Shaun Hutson (Horror)
Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough (Horror)
Feeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough (Horror)
The Song is You by Magan Abbot (Mystery)


Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

21 Comments


Book Monster April 4, 2010 at 8:36 am

Jane Slayer's cover looks so creepy, but eye popping. If I saw in store, I would definitely pick it up on cover alone :)

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Bookalicious Ramblings April 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

WOW, I loooove the cover for The Last Letter from Your Lover! Thanks for bringing the book to my attention, I haven't heard of it before!

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ck.twilighter April 4, 2010 at 9:53 am

Rocking books this week!!
There is a few books that I am seeing for the first time so thanks for posting!!=)

Enjoy your reads this week and come by my blog:
Chasity @
Lovin' & Livin' Life in the 808

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So Many Books, So Little Time April 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

Great books this week! I really want to read The Summer I Turned Pretty. Happy reading!

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Natalie April 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

"Jane Slayer" looks amazing! I love all of the classics that people are turning into horror books.

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Lenore April 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

The books you bought all look super scary!

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LovesSam April 4, 2010 at 11:17 am

You got some fab books this week and I love the UK cover for The Summer I Turned Pretty. I didn't even know that was being released here so thanks!! you just made me add another fab book to my wishlist. And I agree with Book Monster the cover for Jane Slayer's book is so eerie! Happy Reading

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booksploring April 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

Oooh! Fantastic selection of books!

Jane Eyre is an all-time favourite of mine…knew it was only a matter of time before it got the "zombie" treatment!

And I love love love the Stephanie Plum books! :-)

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Trillian April 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Some awesome books this week. Hope you enjoy them!
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Sheila (Bookjourney) April 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Great looking books! Jane Slayre cracks me up! Enjoy all your reading :)

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fickle fan April 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

That's a load of books! :)
Thanks for sharing your experiences with both book events !

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Ryan G April 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Love the cover for This Song Is You.

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fredamans April 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm
prophecygirl April 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Hee, Jane Slayre looks like it'll be a fun read. Hope you enjoy!

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Kris (Voracious YAppetite) April 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I really want to read The Summer I Turned Pretty. Jane Slayer and The Last Letter from Your Lover look really good! Happy reading!

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Marie April 4, 2010 at 11:20 pm

The Last Letter From Your Lover sounds incredibly interesting! I can't seem to find it on Amazon just yet though, even to wish list :(

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Melissa April 5, 2010 at 4:08 am

I'm reading Jane Slayre right now. So far, it's not bad. :)

Great books this week!

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Anna April 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Jane Slayer sounds like fun! Looking forward to your thoughts.

–Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

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Serena April 5, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I'm jealous. I want to read Jane Slayer! Hmm, should I have read Jane Eyre first?! LOL Happy reading.

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Lori April 6, 2010 at 1:06 am

Wow you really do read pretty much anything. I hope that you will enjoy your books.

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Book Chick City April 6, 2010 at 6:32 am

Lori – No, I don't do pretty much anything but I do get sent pretty much anything LOL – if you come to my blog regularly you will see that I only really read speculative fiction and the occasional mystery. I did start out with chick lit but changed quite early on to what I love to read, but publishers keep sending women's fiction. Most weeks I give them away to other bloggers who are interested with that particular genre but I forgot this week! :)

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