Sunday, January 6, 2013

In My Mailbox - 34 & Sunday Post 27

In My Mailbox is a weekly post hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where bloggers can discuss the books we got in the mail this week.


By: Colleen Hoover

Published: December 2012

391 pages

Source: Purchased for my personal Kindle library as soon as I could get my hands on it.

Already finished. Review to come this week.

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

The One That Got Away

By: Kelly Hunter

Expected Publication: January 22nd 2013 by Harlequin KISS

224 pages

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

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Goodreads description--Good job? Tick. Newly purchased apartment? Tick. Evie's life is on a pretty even keel at the moment. The only thing missing? A man with an edge to keep things interesting. Enter Logan Black. Tortured, distant and sexy, Logan has edge written all over him. He's also the man who tipped Evie over the edge a few years back - she gave him everything, but he didn't know when to stop taking. Leaving Logan was the hardest thing Evie's ever done. Until now. Because Logan's back, the chemistry is as blistering as ever, and this time he's not going anywhere...

Waking Up Married

By: Mira Lyn Kelly

Published: December 1st 2012 by Harlequin KISS

224 pages

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

Already finished. (Review)

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--Her first thought: "Who are you?"

It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy...husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?

"I don't want a divorce."

Onyx (Lux, # 2)

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Published: August 14th 2012 by Entangled Teen

366 pages

Source: Borrowed my SNL's Kindle, Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

Already finished. Review coming soon.

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Opal (Lux, # 3)

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Published: December 11th 2012 by Entangled Publishing

452 pages

Source: Borrowed my SNL's Kindle, Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

Already finished. Review coming soon.

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Shadows (Lux, # 0.5)

By: Jennifer L Armentrout

Published: February 21st 2012 by Entangled Publishing

179 pages

Source: Borrowed my SNL's Kindle, Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

Already finished. Review coming soon.

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

Lullaby (Watersong, # 2)

By: Amanda Hocking

Published: November 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin

290 pages

Source: SIGNED COPY! As a Christmas gift from my friend Paula! Thanks PB!

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Goodreads description--Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers.

While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she's drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Prepare to fall under the spell of Lullaby, the second book in the Watersong series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, # 2)

By: Laini Taylor

Published: November 6th 2012 by Hachette Audio

15 Hours on Audio Version/517 pages for Hardback version

Read By: Khristine Hvam

Source: Christmas Gift from my brother, SNL Holly @ Words Fueled by Love, and niece and nephew

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Goodreads description--Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Firelight (Firelight, # 1)

By: Sophie Jordan

Published: September 7th 2010 by HarperTeen

326 pages

Source: Christmas Gift from my sister

Already finished. Review coming soon.

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--A hidden truth.

Mortal enemies.

Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Vanish (Firelight, # 2)

By: Sophie Jordan

Published: September 2011 by HarperTeen

294 pages

Source: Christmas Gift from one of my SNLs

Already finished. Review coming soon.

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--An impossible romance.

Bitter rivalries.

Deadly choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, # 3)

By: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Published: March 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin

480 pages

Source: Christmas Gift from my brother, SNL Holly @ Words Fueled by Love, nephew, and niece

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Goodreads description--Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known, or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about. Even himself.

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

By: John & Stasi Eldredge

Published: April 7th 2005 by Nelson Books (first published January 1st 2005)

243 pages

Source: Christmas Gift from one of my SNLs

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Goodreads description--Every woman was once a little girl. And every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to" be" the Beauty of the story. And yet―how many women do you know who ever find that life?

Most women think they have to settle for a life of efficiency and duty, striving to be the women they "ought" to be but often feeling they have failed. Sadly, too many messages for Christian women add to the pressure. "Do these ten things, and you will be a godly woman." The effect has not been good on the feminine soul.

The message of "Captivating" is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, # 2)

By: Julie Kagawa

Published: August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen

359 pages

Source: Christmas Present from my MIL

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Goodreads description--Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, # 3)

By: Julie Kagawa

Published: January 25th 2011 by Harlequin Teen

358 pages

Source: Christmas Gift from my MIL

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Goodreads description--The "New York Times" Bestseller My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Forever Mine

By: Elizabeth Reyes

Published: September 6th 2010

335 pages

Source: Free Kindle Download (as if I needed any other books to add to this IMM)

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Goodreads description--Mature YA-romance

Seventeen-year old Sarah’s life is turned upside down when her single mom is sent to jail. She’s forced to move, leaving behind everything she’s ever known, including her best friend Sydney. Lost and bitter in a new school, her one goal is to save money and move back home. Then she meets Angel Moreno.

Enigmatic but gorgeous, Angel is almost too good to be true. Except for one thing, his archaic belief that guys and girls can never be “just friends”. The problem? Sarah’s best friend Sydney is not a girl.

With their unexpected romance intensifying to places neither ever experienced, how long can Sarah keep Angel in the dark about the guy waiting for her back home?

Forever Mine is free for the holidays and Amazon and Smashwords!

The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green

Published: January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books

313 pages

Source: Purchased with a Giftcard I received for Christmas for my personal library

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Goodreads description--Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Love and Other Perishable Items

By: Laura Buzo

Published: December 11th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

256 pages

Source: Purchased with a gift card I received for Christmas

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Goodreads description--Love is awkward, Amelia should know.

From the moment she sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It's problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, is 15.

Amelia isn't stupid. She knows it's not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia's crush doesn't seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?

Through a year of befuddling firsts—first love, first job, first party, and first hangover—debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This has been a good week. The president of the company I work for let us go home early on New Year's Eve which was a surprise and super awesome. New Year's Day we had off and I spent it mostly reading and taking down Christmas decorations. My husband started getting sick Friday. Bless his heart. I don't think he has the flu (though it seems like almost everyone else in my family has had it with my mother and sister being sick right now too), but he will go to the doctor on Monday if he's not feeling better by then. And last night we celebrated my sister's boyfriend's birthday with my family and had a good time doing that. I hope everyone else had a Happy New Year.


Monday: Recapping 2012 - Looking Forward 2013 AND 2013 Reading Challenges

Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Resolve to Read in 2013

Wednesday: Waiting on Crash

Thursday: Review of Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly (4 Stars)

Friday: Review of Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout (4.5 Stars)


Monday: Review of The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Tuesday: Top 10 Bookish Goals for 2013

Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesady

Thursday: Review of Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

That's it for my mailbox and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you get in your mailbox this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!


  1. Wow.... That is an awesome group of books. There are really good one there. Happy reading.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's Sunday Post

  2. What a fantastic list of books. My review for Hopeless goes up this week. Psst...It was awesome. Enjoy all of your books.

  3. Nice ya all got out early NY eve. Hope the hubby is better soon and OMG girl your book haul is awesome. I love the covers on HQN's Kiss seires! enjoy! The Sunday Post

  4. Holy cow that's a great haul!!!!! Congrats on all the great reads!!! The Lux Series - *swoon* I <3 Daemon!

    Happy Reading!
    The Ramblings of a Toddler’s Mom

  5. I loved Iron Fey Series :D Awesome haul; I'm pretty jelly, XD.
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on Bookwryming Thoughts' Sunday Post! :)


  6. Wow, lots of good books for you :D
    I so want to try a book by Laini Taylor

  7. OMG you got some great books this week! I'm jealous! I REALLY want to read The Fault In Our Stars!

  8. WOW. You got some AMAZING books. I loved the Lux Series. Daemon is so hot! And The Iron Fey Series is one of my all time favorites. :D Enjoy your goodies!

  9. Ooo nice haul, Sandy! I need to read Lullaby SOON.

  10. Nice haul, Sandy. I looks like you have some great books there. I am seen the cover to the Amanda Hocking's book is lovely.

    Thanks for stopping by and happy reading.

  11. Ah the big book haul! Great collection! Happy readings, thanks for stopping by Bookmunchies (:

  12. What an epic book haul! So many gorgeous covers! I hope you enjoy them all! :)

  13. Wow, great haul this week. Hopeless seems to be the book of the week, I've yet to start it, but can't wait. Love Firelight and the Iron Fey series, they're awesome. I've got Obsidian, but haven't started it yet. Happy reading.

    Katie ~ My Mailbox

  14. I hope your husband feels better! I really need to buy Iron Daughter and Blood and Starlight, but they keep getting pushed back because of all the other amazing books I find.

    Enjoy your week!

  15. Wow lots of great books!!! I loved Love and Other Perishable Items, it's one of my fav's of 2012. Hope you get to read all of those, there's a lot there :)

    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

  16. Woah! That's a lot of books!
    Jealous you got The Fault in our Stars, I really need to get round to that. I feel like I'm the last person on earth, well book community, to read it!
    I like the look of Waking Up Married and I have heard so many good things about Love and Other Perishable Items.

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your background is really pretty, by the way. Waking Up Married looks interesting. I'm going to check that one out! Have a great week.

  18. I've been wanting to read Love and Other Perishable Items! Curious to see what you think of it! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  19. Woah!! What a haul!! I hope you like The Iron Fey series, I did, and I have just started the spin off series, with The Lost Prince.

    OMG the Lux series, I read over the Christmas New Year break... loved them!! You will be addicted!!

    Thanx for visiting my StS and Sunday Post!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace