Monday, December 26, 2011

Mailbox Monday: December 26

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! Next month's host: At Home with Books.

This is my second December hosting Mailbox Monday, and I love that it coincides with my favorite time of the year! Fa la la la la . . .

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Last week's Mailbox Monday giveaway winner was Ryan @ Wordsmithonia

I received three for review last week:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Joanna Stafford, a Dominican nun, learns that her favorite cousin has been condemned by Henry VIII to be burned at the stake. Defying the sacred rule of enclosure, Joanna leaves the priory to stand at her cousin’s side. Arrested for interfering with the king’s justice, Joanna, along with her father, is sent to the Tower of London.

The ruthless Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, takes terrifying steps to force Joanna to agree to spy for him: to save her father’s life she must find an ancient relic—a crown so powerful, it may hold the ability to end the Reformation. Accompanied by two monks, Joanna returns home to Dartford Priory and searches in secret for this long-lost piece of history worn by the Saxon King Athelstan in 937 during the historic battle that first united Britain.

But Dartford Priory has become a dangerous place, and when more than one dead body is uncovered, Joanna departs with a sensitive young monk, Brother Edmund, to search elsewhere for the legendary crown. From royal castles with tapestry-filled rooms to Stonehenge to Malmesbury Abbey, the final resting place of King Athelstan, Joanna and Brother Edmund must hurry to find the crown if they want to keep Joanna’s father alive. At Malmesbury, secrets of the crown are revealed that bring to light the fates of the Black Prince, Richard the Lionhearted, and Katherine of Aragon’s first husband, Arthur. The crown’s intensity and strength are beyond the earthly realm and it must not fall into the wrong hands.

With Cromwell’s troops threatening to shutter her priory, bright and bold Joanna must now decide who she can trust with the secret of the crown so that she may save herself, her family, and her sacred way of life.

He never saw her coming…

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero…

And I received four books from my wishlist for Christmas!
(Click the pics to read their descriptions)

Daughters of Rome The Courtier's Secret  Torrent (River of Time, #3)

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, #1)

That's it for me!
Have you read any of these books?
Thank you for joining me this month!


  1. I've heard good things about Cinder. Hope you enjoy all of your reads!

  2. It looks like you had a very nice Christmas! I have been wanting to read the Kate Quinn books. They look very good.

  3. You got great books! I've heard good things about Donna Russo Morin and I loved Kate Quinn's first book. And Crown sounds interesting too :)

    And Merry Christmas :)

  4. I read one of the books in the Kate Quinn series - very entertaining.
    Thanks for hosting MM in December!

  5. I got The Crown too, but my sister will be reviewing it. I hope you had a great Christmas and a good week in books.

  6. happy reading with your new books.

  7. Congrats on the new books and I will get looking at Barnes & Nobles website and email which one I would like, thank you!

  8. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy your new books!

  9. Nice selection! Crown sounds very interesting to me.

  10. The Crown caught my attention. I look foward to checking that one out.

  11. Merry Christmas.
    They all sound good, I am a fan of Lori Fosters. Happy reading :)

  12. I've heard good things about Cinder. I'm excited that you got Torrent. I will be starting the series for my Time Travel Challenge. Soooo looking forward to it!

  13. Kate Quinn and Donna Russo Morin are two new to me authors I definitely plan on reading this year. I'm looking forward to The Crown too. Enjoy your new books!

  14. I got The Crown too. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  15. I've only read Cinder, which I loved!

  16. Great mailbox. I loved the Kate Quinn book, and just ordered the Donna Russo Morin book about 30 minutes ago :-)

    Looking forward to your reviews!

  17. Enjoy :D I have heard good things about a few of those, and the rest I can't comment on

  18. Great reads! Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  19. Daughters of Rome will be on my list for next year. I'm looking forward to seeing reviews of Crown since several people have been getting it

  20. You got some good books as gifts. Torrent looks really good and I've been wanting to read Daughters of Rome. I can't wait for the tour of The Crown! It looks and sounds like such a great book.

    Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year! Thanks for hosting MM this month. =O)

  21. I also received Cinder. I hope you had a great holiday

  22. You've got some wonderful goodies.

  23. Thank you for allowing to Link to a fun weekly event.



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