In my mailbox is hosted over at The Story Siren, the intention is to share any books you got your hands on whether received for review, in a giveaway, bought, borrowed or gifted. I post these on Mondays sporadically, as that is the day that I tend to pick up most of my books.
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) – Charlaine Harris
With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit – and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can’t ‘read’ vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human – and that there is a new Queen on the board…
Genre: Paranormal Romance Mystery
Source: Won in giveaway
I won this one in a giveaway hosted by the lovely Beth of A little sun shy. She truly is a lovely person and her blog is a great read!
As for the book, it’s about damn time I got around to reading this series. I adore True Blood, and so I’m picking up the books properly this time. I didn’t think much of book one but I don’t give up that easily and book two was a good read. With this one, I only need to get hold of Dead in the Family and then I can sink my teeth in. Can’t wait! Huge thank you to Beth.
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl#1) – Eoin Colfer
Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories — they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.
Genre: Children’s Fantasy Adventure
Source: Second hand bookshop
Urg! I actually had this one and the second one in my teens but it just wasn’t my thing back then and now my tastes have changed a fair bit I want to give it another read and naturally my dad gave them away after a clear out. So I grabbed this for £1.50 in a second hand/bargain bookshop in Tenby and hopefully I’ll have chance to read it sometime.
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38) – Terry Pratchett
It starts with whispers.
Then someone picks up a stone.
Finally, the fires begin.
When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . .
Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren t sparkly, aren t fun, don t involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.
But someone or something is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.
Chilling drama combines with laughout-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Humour
This is the gem of them all. See, I won’t be reading this one. Not this copy anyway because it is signed, by Sir Terry Pratchett himself with the official stamps and all. This is my precious.
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
You see, there was a bit of a mixup when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunter downwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale. Like top agents everywhere, they’ve long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in. The only person who knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them.
Genre: Fantasy Humour
I’ve wanted to read this one for years, more so since I discovered I also love Gaiman, and that is one heck of a plotline. While away, I was talking about it with a friend, probably because of the incoming series, and she lent it to me. So I should read this sooner rather than later, eh?
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) – George R.R. Martin
The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud; beyond their Northern borders, the men of the Night Watch fight the coming of a great cold and the walking corpses that travel with it; on the other side of the ocean, the last of the Kingdom’s deposed ruling house mourns her horseclan husband and rears the dragonets she hatched from his funeral pyre. This is character-driven fantasy—we see most events through the eyes of the sons and daughters of the Stark family, the once and future Kings of the North, whose father’s judicial murder started the war.
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Being very near to the end of Game of Thrones (which, by the way, would have been spoiled for me today if I hadn’t already caught the spoiler on twitter – grr) and loving it, I wanted to grab this one. Though, I definitely need a break from the big, chunky epic fantasies for a little bit. They’re harder to read when it’s noisy, and thus become such a struggle to read, no matter how wonderful they might be. Either way, I am very excited to read this one even if it will be a little while yet.
The Queen’s Sorrow – Suzannah Dunn
A queen brought low by love compromised and power abused – the tragedy of Mary Tudor. Plain, dutiful and a passionate Catholic, Mary Tudor was overjoyed by joy when she became England’s queen. After the misery of her childhood, when her father had rejected her mother, and effectively disowned his daughter, Mary felt at last that she was achieving her destiny. And when she marries Philip of Spain, her happiness is complete. But Mary’s delight quickly turns sour as she realises that her husband does not love her. In fact he finds her devotion irritating. Desperate for a baby, she begins to believe that God is punishing her. Her people are horrified at the severity of the measures she takes and begin to turn against their queen who is lonely, frightened – and desperate for love. Rafael, a member of Philip of Spain’s entourage, is a reluctant witness to the unfolding tragedy and as the once-feted queen tightens her cruel hold on the nation, Rafael becomes closer to Mary and his life – and new-found love – are caught up in the terrible chaos that follows.
Genre: Historical Fiction Tudor
Source: Charity shop
I haven’t found a historical fiction from my wishlist in the shop in a long time, so hurray! I adore the Tudor era, so naturally, Tudor historical fiction interests me and this one is no exception. Though the rating is a little low on Goodreads and the reviews I read weren’t glowing, I’m still very interested in it. You have to give things a go, because one person’s junk is another’s treasure. Or something.
The Truth About Melody Browne – Lisa Jewell
When she was nine years old, Melody Browne’s house burned down, taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and old Christmas card with it. But not only did the fire destroy all her possessions, it took with it all her memories – Melody Browne can remember nothing before her ninth birthday. Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in a council flat in the middle of London with her seventeen-year-old son. She hasn’t seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody doesn’t mind, she’s better off on her own. She’s made a good life for herself and her son and she likes it that way. Until one night something extraordinary happens. Whilst attending a hypnotist show with her first date in years she faints – and when she comes round she starts to remember. At first her memories mean nothing to her but then slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her to the seaside town of Broadstairs, to oddly familiar houses in London backstreets and to meetings with strangers who love her like their own. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises, with every question she answers another appears. And Melody begins to wonder if she’ll ever know the truth about her past.
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Charity shop
I don’t know. I had a chick lit urge even though I already have a few floating around unread, but.. okay so I judged a book by it’s cover and I read the blurb and it sounded pretty interesting so.. Shutup. I’m actually considering reading this one “next”, whatever my version of “next” is. It seems like a nice summer read and I’m looking forward to testing the waters again – I haven’t read chick lit, or watched for that matter, in years.
What did you get in your mailbox? Have you read any of these?