Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mailbox Monday: August 22 - The Early Edition

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 Life in the Thumb.

I have a problem, ya'll.
I can't stop buying books!

Barnes & Noble had a one-day 50% off sale,
so I snagged three from my wishlist:

StarcrossedStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini. How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Supernaturally (Paranormalcy)Supernaturally by Kiersten White. Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be... kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

Aftertime (Luna Books)Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield. (This one's a Nook Book.) Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls surviving something terrible. Having no idea how many weeks have passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: Ruthie has vanished. And with her, nearly all of civilization.

Where once-lush hills carried cars and commerce, the roads today see only cannibalistic Beaters—people turned hungry for human flesh by a government experiment gone wrong.

In a broken, barren California, Cass will undergo a harrowing quest to get Ruthie back. Few people trust an outsider, let alone a woman who became a zombie and somehow turned back, but she finds help from an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. Smoke is her savior, and her safety.

For the Beaters are out there. And the humans grip at survival with their trigger fingers. Especially when they learn that she and Ruthie have become the most feared, and desired, of weapons in a brave new world…

And I won this one!
From my girl Audra @ Unabridged Chick:

Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIVBefore Versailles by Karleen Koen. Louis XIV is one of the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. But what was he like as a young man—the man before Versailles?

After the death of his prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s still a young man, but one who, as king, willfully takes everything he can get—including his brother’s wife. As the love affair between Louis and Princess Henriette burns, it sets the kingdom on the road toward unmistakable scandal and conflict with the Vatican. Every woman wants him. He must face what he is willing to sacrifice for love.

But there are other problems lurking outside the chateau of Fontainebleau: a boy in an iron mask has been seen in the woods, and the king’s finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, has proven to be more powerful than Louis ever thought—a man who could make a great ally or become a dangerous foe . . .

Meticulously researched and vividly brought to life by the gorgeous prose of Karleen Koen, Before Versailles dares to explore the forces that shaped an iconic king and determined the fate of an empire.

That's it for me!
Have you read any of these books?
If so, I'd love to know.
If you've got a Mailbox, please leave a link :)


  1. I'm with you - it's hard to resist books! Haven't read any of these but enjoy!

  2. New to me but no one can resist a book sale!

  3. Great mailbox once again, Jenny! Starcrossed sounds particularly interesting. I have Before Versailles to read myself.

    Have a great reading week!

  4. Will be interested to hear your thoughts on Starcrossed, I keep seeing that on the blogs.

    BN 50% sales can be dangerous. Probably a good thing I didn't know about it, given my visits to Borders.

  5. I have been wanting to read Before Versaille- hope you enjoy it.

  6. I haven't read any of these, but I totally sympathize with not being able to stop buying books. I keep telling myself I need to stop until the books in my TBR bookcase actually FIT inside the bookcase, but they have quickly become double-stacked (not including the ones stacked on top). These all look like great reads - enjoy!

  7. I haven't read any of them but they look good!

  8. What a great mailbox! I just read Aftertime last week and absolutely loved it. I hope you enjoy it just as much!

  9. I hope they're all as good as they look! Enjoy!

  10. Lady Q, I so am with you on the "Can't-stop-buying-books" faze. lol And I was sucked into Barnes & Noble's 50% off sale, too, buying Starcrossed along with 2 others. :) It's nice to know I'm not the only one with that weakness. Enjoy your new books!

  11. It's pretty hard to resist a good sale. I haven't read any of these. I hope you enjoy them all and have a wonderful week, Jenny!

  12. They all look so good, enjoy them.

  13. I've pretty much banned myself from going into a bricks-and-mortar bookstore because I'll walk away with too much -- I envy your purchases. So glad you got Before Versailles -- can't wait to see what you think of it!

  14. yes, I read before Versailles, and enjoyed it very much. here is my review:
    Emma @ Words And Peace

  15. I haven't read any of them but I do have the first one on my Kindle!! How can you resist 50% off!! enjoy and thanks for leaving your link today!!

  16. I missed that sale! I would have bought books too. I can't resist especially when you have a wish list just waiting for you. I hope you enjoy all your bargains!

  17. I wouldn't have been able to pass up such a sale! Enjoy your new books!


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