Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mailbox Monday: May 9

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour! This month's host is Mari Reads!

Hey ya'll. It's been a while since I put a Mailbox up, but it's been a little slow around here. Not that I'm complaining! I'm really behind on reading my review copies, so I'm trying to play catch up! I got two good-looking otherworldly books for review from publishers:

WildefireEvery flame begins with a spark. Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her.

But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

The Map of Time: A NovelSet in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time is a page-turner that boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existance.

This also came with a pocket-size version of S&S's Enriched Classic version of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

And this one from Amazon Vine:

Divergent (Divergent Trilogy)In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

And two romances I won in the blogosphere!

Welcome to Last ChanceDear Reader,

Yes, our town is way off the beaten path, but strange, wonderful miracles happen a lot around here. I've owned the Cut 'n' Curl beauty shop for years, and I've seen folks come for a visit, then stay for a lifetime. Take Jane-that pretty firecracker of a girl who just arrived in town. I would swear she's running from something. She came with only five dollars in her pocket but she's worked real hard to make a fresh start. She's turned my son Clay's life upside down without even realizing it. And thank goodness for that! Ever since Clay left his country western band, he's played everything too safe. He needs to take a chance on Jane. Besides, the more he tries to keep his distance, the more he'll realize that he and Jane are singing the same tune. But I should quit ramblin' and go check on Millie's permanent wave. Next time you're in Last Chance, be sure to swing by. We've got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip in town.

See you real soon,
Ruby Rhodes

The above novel came from Freda @ Freda's Voice, and the one below from Teddy @ So Many Precious Books, So Little Time. Thanks, ladies!

Treasure Me (The Legend Hunters)The Legend Hunters . . .

The Men of Solomon's meet in secret, their very existence only a rumor among the best of Victorian society. They are treasure hunters, men of wealth and title, seekers of myths and legends. And no legend is as captivating as the Loch Ness monster . . .

Graeme Langford, Duke of Rothmore, has always been torn between his beloved Scottish homeland and his duty to the English Crown. Yet his is truly an adventurer's soul-and he's determined to find a long-lost stone hidden near Loch Ness.

Bookish Vanessa Pembrooke heads to the Highlands to prove the existence of the legendary beast. Instead she finds the first man who has ever shared her hunger for adventure. Soon Graeme and Vanessa are fighting a dangerous battle as well as their own simmering attraction. As their passion grows, so does the danger. Ultimately, they must risk everything to keep the cursed stone out of a murderer's hands. But can they survive without losing the greatest treasure of all-their love?

That's it for me! Have you read any of these books?
What did you get this week? Leave me a link so I can visit!


  1. Love the new header of your blog! Jealous that you got Divergent, looks like such a great read. And of course I like the looks of Treasure Me. There is just something about those covers! Hope you have a great week!

  2. Great books this week. Congrats on the wins. Wildefire looks awesome I'm looking forward to reading it.
    Happy reading.

  3. congrats on the wins and the Map of Time. I love my Map of Time book - I was mesmerized the first time I opened the box... I could not stop looking at it.
    And... WOW what a gorgeous new look! Bravo and kudos on the whole new feel.

    Enjoy the reads ;)

    PS How is Divergent turning out?? I pre ordered my copy since I've been seeing so many positive reviews. Tell me: should I cancel the pre order or do I pray it will come NOW in the mailbox???

  4. I love the cover for The Map of Time! It's awesome. I also just read the first book in this Treasure Hunters series by Robyn DeHart. I loved it and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  5. Great mailbox. The Map of Time sounds really good - I'm going to add it to my own wish list.

  6. Map of Time sounds very good. I hope you enjoy all your new reads.

  7. I too am swoony/jealous about Map of Time -- enjoy!

  8. The Map of Time is making the rounds this week. Looks like a good one. Enjoy all your new books!

  9. The Map of Time sounds like an intriguing mash-up. Will look forward to your review!

  10. I've wanted to read Divergent. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

  11. What a great group of books this week! The Map of Time looks really interesting. Happy reading!

  12. I also have The Map of Time and I'm really looking forward to reading that one. I'm saving it for the train trip to BEA in a couple of weeks. Enjoy your books!

  13. Nice mailbox list! I read the first in the Legend Hunters series but I need to catch up. Have a great week!


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