Monday, December 20, 2010

In My Mailbox Monday, Dec 20

Seen both at The Printed Page (hosted in Dec at Let Them Read Books) and The Story Siren, my Mailbox Monday/In My Mailbox for December-ish... Another great few weeks -- plenty of reading for my holiday!  Have you ready any of these?  What did you get?


In Dreams Begin by Skyler White, thanks to Candace's Book Blog

Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange, thanks to Feed Your Reading Habit

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman, and The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery by Regina Jeffers; both thanks to VVB32 Reads


The City and The City by China MiƩville
Blackout (All Clear #1) by Connie Willis

For Review!

Original Sins: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom by Peg Kingman


  1. Great mailbox this week :)

    Original Sins is the one that I think I would most want to read.

    Enjoy your week and your books!

  2. ooohh, gorgeous Mailbox! The City & The City and Blackout are both on my TBR list at the library. Thanks for linking up to Mailbox Monday. Happy reading!

  3. @TheBookGirl: It's technically for the last three or four weeks -- every week isn't so lovely for me! ;) I'm v excited for Original Sins -- looks intense but good!

    @Q: It's so funny you say that -- I had requested both via my library system, and for the last three months it feels like I've been 68 out of 72 so finally, I gave up and just bought them!

  4. I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers.

    Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

    Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

    But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.

    I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author.

    In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

    As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

  5. The China Mieville book and the Pemberley book are the two I am eyeing!!! Enjoy your reading.

    Merry Christmas.

  6. I love reading Pride and Prejudice spin-offs - it is so fun to see what other authors do with the classic characters. :) Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  7. Mr. Darcy Vampyre wasn't my favorite Ausen-esque book, but it was fun. Happy reading!