Monday, October 31, 2011

Mailbox Monday: October 31 ~ Happy Halloween!

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 Savvy Verse & Wit.

Two came for review last week:

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes.

Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy. Others are not so lucky.

On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period's glitz and glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the contradictory emotions of young love.

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

I purchased this special edition as part of Penguin's Read Pink campaign for breast cancer awareness:

Plagued by rumours that she poisoned her fiance, Lucinda Bromley manages to live on the fringes of polite society, tending her beloved plants - and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation. For the notorious botanist possesses a unique talent: she can detect almost any type of poison. But the death of a lord has shaken Lucinda to her core. At the murder scene, she picks up traces of a poison containing a very rare species of fern - stolen from her conservatory just last month. To keep her name out of the investigation, and to find the murderer, Lucinda hires fellow Arcane Society member, Caleb Jones. As a nearly overwhelming desire blooms between them, they are drawn into a deadly conspiracy that can be traced to the early days of the Arcane Society - and to a legacy of madness that could plunge Caleb into the depths of his own tortured soul...

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From the day she arrives at the Biltmore, Tillie Reese is dazzled—by the riches of the Vanderbilts and by Mack Danvers, a mountain man turned footman. When Tillie is enlisted to help tame Mack's rugged behavior by tutoring him in the ways of refined society, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie's efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt's lady's maid. But the stakes rise even higher when Mack and Tillie become entangled in a cover-up at the town orphanage. They could both lose their jobs...and their hearts.

And I treated myself to the entire Iron Fey series. I read them all as eARCs and now that the series is over I wanted to have them all on my bookshelf!

The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1) The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2) The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3) The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)

That's it for me!
Have you read any of these books?
If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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Win your choice from the spooky books I've read this year!


  1. Great mailbox! The Dressmaker is on my wish list. I've read the first two books of the Iron Fey series and I plan to read that last two soon. Have a great reading week!

  2. Great books you got there, can't wait to see what you think of The Dressmaker. I have my eye on that one!

  3. It looks like you had a good week to me!

    I got a few more gray hairs watching football Saturday! When is the offense going to wake up! Did you watch the Georgia Tech-Clemson game? Tech is going to have their hands full with the Yellow Jackets. I'm getting worried about the UVA game!!

  4. I am jealous. I want shatter me so bad! The dressmaker seems interesting

  5. I got Maid to Match too, it looks like it will be a good read. I love the cover of The Dressmaker- hope you enjoy them all!

  6. Ooh, The Perfect Poison looks tempting. Hope you enjoy all of your books.


  7. I'd love to read The Dressmaker! The Iron Series is one that I would eventually like to read as well. Enjoy your reading week!

  8. I received The Dressmaker also. I think it sounds like it will be a great read!

  9. Some of these are right up my alley, enjoy!

  10. Hi Jenny,

    What a great selection of books this week and all of them by new to me authors.

    I really like the sound of 'The Dressmaker' and 'The Perfect Poison' and whilst 'Shatter Me' may not be the book for me, I love the cover art.

    Enjoy your reading week


  11. I'm really looking forward to hearing yout review of Shatter Me. I have The Dressmaker on my wishlist !

  12. Oooo! The Dressmaker sounds fantastic. I must add it to my wishlist.

  13. I have my eye on The Dressmaker, it sounds so good. Enjoy your books!

  14. The Dressmaker is making the rounds this week! Can't wait to see what you think about it. Happy reading!


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