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"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday at The Printed Page is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Last week was a busy one getting ready for our garage sale and attending a few graduation parties (it's rough eating, drinking and chatting with friends for hours but somebody has to do it!) so I didn't get to my books as often as I wanted to. I still had fun stuff to read and was fortunate enough to have more goodies come in. How about you?

Web of Lies
by Jennifer Estep

Won from Babbling About Books and More

Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.

I'm Gin Blanco.

You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.

Infinite Days
by Rebecca Maizel

for review from St Martin's Press

When Lenah Beaudonte, a 500-year-old vampire queen, wakes up a human teenager at an ultra-cliquey prep school, she must choose between embracing the humanity she’s always craved and saving her new friends from her vicious coven. The first in a sizzling new YA series.

Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?

The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart

request from Paperback Swap

Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.


  1. They all look good! I hope you have a great week in books!

  2. This is the first I have heard of all of these...enjoy!

  3. Infinite Days looks good. I like the cover, though it sort of creeps me out. Happy reading!

  4. They all look interesting. Enjoy!!

  5. I got Infinite Days this week too. And I'm jealous you have Web of Lies...its on my WL!

  6. These all look very good. Happy reading!

  7. You got some got some really good books. I am anxiously awaiting Infinite Days to come in.


  8. The Mysterious Benedict Society is on my children's TBR list. I've heard such great things about this series.

  9. That's a really nice diverse mailbox. Hope you enjoy them all. Sounds like you had a fun week with graduation. Have a great week this week as well.

  10. LOVE that description for Web of Lies. Gin Blanco sounds like a fun heroine! No books for me this week, but I've got a copy of Captivity to give away over on my blog if you'd like to stop by!

  11. I also got Infinite Days. Web of Lies is next on my to be purchased list.

  12. Oooh, I have The Mysterious Benedict Society sitting here waiting to be read, too. I've heard such good things about this series!

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  16. I've loved Spiders Bite by Jennifer Estep and want to read Web of Lies.

  17. I received Infinite Days too..enjoy your books! And I love the look of your blog!!

  18. Nice mix of books. I hope you enjoy reading them.

  19. I love The Mysterious Benedict Society. I still need to read the rest of the books in the series. Have a great week and enjoy all the books.


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