Sunday, September 16, 2012

In My Mailbox - 20 & Sunday Post - 11

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.

These first two are from my friend, Paula. She's still letting me borrow her kindle. I only have these two and maybe one more that I'll read before giving it back to her.

Torn (Trylle Triology, # 2)

By: Amanda Hocking

Published: February 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2011)

324 pages

Source: Borrowed from my friend, Paula's Kindle (THANKS PB!!!)

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world. Step into the world of the Trylle, and prepare to be enchanted….

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.

Ascend (Trylle Triology, # 3)

By: Amanda Hocking

Published: April 24th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2011)

326 pages

Source: Borrowed from my friend, Paula's Kindle

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself. If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.

Everything has been leading to this moment. The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.

This next book is from an author I read as a teen. I'm not sure whether as an adult I'll be as blown away or not, but since I loved her books as teen, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to request this from NetGalley.

Twisted Window

By: Lois Duncan

Published: August 28th 2012 by Open Road Young Readers (first published May 1st 1987)

184 pages

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--The new guy at Tracy’s school is handsome, intense, and desperately needs her help—but there’s something about him that isn’t quite right...

High school junior Tracy Lloyd is unsure about the new guy in school. Brad Johnson is attractive, smart, and polite, but Tracy can’t help but feel he watches her too closely. Then one day Brad confides in Tracy a horrible secret: His little sister Mindy has been kidnapped by his stepfather, and he needs Tracy’s help to get her back. But even as Tracy commits to a plan to help her vulnerable new friend, details emerge that suggest nothing is what it seems.

The Twisted Window is a zigzagging thriller that keeps readers guessing up until the final page. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Duncan including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Slammed (Slammed, # 1)

By: Colleen Hoover

Published: January 5th 2012 by Colleen Hoover

314 pages

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Point of Retreat (Slammed, # 2)

By: Colleen Hoover

Expected Publication: September 18, 2012 by Simon & Schuster

300 pages

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’

Crimson Midnight (Crimson Series, # 1)

By: Amos Cassidy

Published: March 15th 2012 by Kindle Direct Publishing

374 pages

Source: Own/Personal Library (I got this as a kindle freebie.)

( Goodreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--Rose wants excitement, bright lights and late nights, but she gets more than she bargained for when she swaps her wholesome country life for the hustle and bustle of London.

The city night is home to hungry shadows, eager to consume her. Rose discovers there is more to this world than what the mundane eye sees, and that she herself is a part of it. Unexpected friendships are forged and unwanted, sometimes dangerous, attractions flare.

London becomes a playground for magic, danger and supernatural threat. While her life, and those of who she loves, hangs in the balance, she must endeavour to embrace her new nature and assist in identifying the hidden threat before it succeeds in its dark purpose.

An Urban Fantasy filled with moon-praising, flat-dwelling vampires, chic corporate werewolves, bar-tending warlocks, ravenous demons and much, much more.

Step inside…

Untraceable (The Nature of Grace, # 1)

By: S. R. Johannes

Published: November 29th 2011 by Coleman & Stott (first published November 15th 2011)

315 pages

Source: Own/Personal Library (I got this as a kindle freebie.)

( Gooreads | Amazon )

Goodreads description--16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.

When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

That's it for my mailbox. Big haul this week!

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.

Because I already participate in the In My Mailbox meme (above), I'm just going to use this one as way to recap my week.


Monday: Review My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking (4 Stars)

Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Make You Think

Wednesday: Waiting on Days of Blood and Starlight

Thursday: Review of Dante's Girl by Courtney Cole (3 Stars)

*Side note: I started a Chronological Bible Reading Plan in October of 2011, and even though it wasn't a New Year's resolution, it was a goal of mine this year to finish that plan and finish reading the Bible by October. I completed this goal and a month early. I'm pretty stoked because this is my first time to read it front to back (so to speak).


Monday: Review of Fate (My Blood Approves, # 2) by Amanda Hocking

Tuesday: I will participate in Top 10 Tuesday. This week's topic is: Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet (Authors, Bloggers, etc.), but I may or may not be planning to cheat on this one.

Wednesday: I will participate in Waiting on Wednesday. But you'll have to come back to see which book I'm anxiously awaiting!

Thursday: Review of Forgotten God by Francis Chan

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. I have several of these books waiting to be read - Torn (as well as book 1 in that series), and also Slammed. All waiting on my iPad. Patience books...I will eventually get to you. Ha!

  2. Crimson Midnight sounds interesting. Thanks for following, I followed back! :)

  3. Oh boy! That's a lot of books I want to read. Enjoy them! <3

  4. You got some great books this week... The Slammed series is one that I would like to start. Enjoy... Thanks for stopping by..

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  5. Great job on the Bible reading, it's always awesome to complete a goal. Lovely haul this week and I look forward to the posts ahead. Thanks for being a part of The Sunday Post

  6. You got so many books! I hope you enjoy them on.


  7. I definitely have to check out your reviews of Amanda Hocking's books!

    Happy Reading! (:

  8. Wow props to you for reading the Bible. I See you are still on Hocking I need to get to that series. I have wonderful things about Slammed. I just read your review of Dante's Girl and I enjoyed it. A sweet fast fun read but very predictable and just not believeable, but still I liked it! Have a great week!

  9. Amanda Hocking. Good book series!

    Happy reading!


  10. I hope you like the Trylle series, it gets better and better. :)

  11. Wow - congrats on finishing reading the Bible! That's pretty awesome.

  12. You got some great books! I hope you enjoy them. :)

  13. Great mailbox! Ascend and Torn look good! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  14. You have had a busy week! Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Here is my Sunday Post.

  15. Congrats on reading through the Bible! I did that a long time ago and I really should do it again.
    Happy Reading!!

  16. Great books, the Amanda Hocking ones look lovely!

    And congrats on finishing the Bible (: That's one of those things I'd love to do as well sometime.