Sunday, November 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (Nov. 26th)

Hey guys! I hope that you had a great week. I certainly know I did. It's been crazy getting everything around here decorated for the holidays and sorting out all of the details before Christmas can catch me off guard. Some of you might already know, but my novel Moon Dance takes place during the Christmas season, so I've been spending a lot of time recently working on edits. Anyway, let's get to what you're here for: seeing what books I got this week. I didn't buy anything -- although I am going to Chapters buy 3 get 1 free sale tomorrow morning -- but I was fortunate to receive some very lovely books for review.

Mute, heartless, and tormented by auditory hallucinations, Madeleine Lavoie never questions why her family has hidden her from the world. But the night her brother casts her out, she learns the mysterious voice she thought existed only in her mind is no delusion, and no matter how hard she tries, she can never disobey it.

Now Madeleine must find her own voice in a cacophony of powerful tyrants, monsters, and gods. If she fails, she will forfeit her life and the lives of everyone who loves her. But if she succeeds, she may finally gain the ability to love someone in return.

If someone were to ask me the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word Golem I would have to respond "Shale", who was a character in Dragon Age: Origins. I highly doubt that is what we will be dealing with here, but I am extremely curious to see how Jodi Lamm will make Golem myths work in her book. I would like to thank Jodi so much for contacting me about reviewing Titan Magic. I am really looking forward to curling up with this one and diving in.

A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn't have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn't know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn't helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it's time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she's stepped back in time.

When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes - he's unlike anyone she's ever met before, the kind of man she didn't even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don't always need a plan - sometimes life steers you where you're meant to be.

Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it's time for her to help Nicholas the way he's helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.

I received this book from Marie Landry and I am taking part in her blog tour for Blue Sky Days this January. I'm pretty excited about reading this since I love YA romance. On the other hand, reading something by a friend is sure to present its own challenges and my family has quite a history with Cancer so there is definitely a personal issue here. Of course, I will be reading this the same way that I read everything. I've started already and am enjoying it this far, so I'm optimistic. 

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

I received this for review from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley. I've already read and reviewed Obsidian. I actually dropped everything and read the entire book in one sitting. Does that tell you how much I loved it? You can check out my review here. Trust me, this book is a must read. If it's not already on your to-read or Christmas wish list, make some space because it's totally not to be missed.

Well, that's my week. It's not the largest or longest IMM that I've ever posted, but I must say that the quality of the books is definitely really high as far as the "Oh man I want to read that!" factor is concerned. Anyway, stay tuned next week because I'll be showing off my Chapters goodies and any other surprises that might happen to show up. I hope that this week has been good to you. Have a great day!


  1. I'm so curious about Obsidian! I've heard a bit of mixed things about it. But I'm super intrigued and can't wait to get my hands on a copy, even so! ;) Enjoy!

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  2. I got Obsidian, too! I'm so excited to start it. I just recently heard about Blue Sky Days and I'm really looking forward to it! Nice books this week :0)

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  3. I received Titan Magic too and can't wait to read it!
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  4. Blue Sky Days sounds very interesting, I'd LOVE to read it :) Can't wait to hear what you think. Hope you enjoy all of them!

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  5. Great Mailbox this week!
    Enjoy your books :)

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  6. Yay we both got Marie's book! Also looking forward to your review for Titan! Wonderful mailbox Kathy!

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  7. Obsidian looks amazing! I haven't heard of any of these books before but now I really want to check some of them out. :)

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  8. Titan Magic sounds awesome! Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I'm definitely going to have to hunt this one down. Enjoy!

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  9. I've read Obsidian too, and I loved it! Happy to see you felt the same!
    Happy Reading!
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  10. Obsidian is pretty high on my wishlist!! I can't wait to read it too. Happy Reading and have a great day. :)

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  11. I want to read Obsidian!

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  12. TITAN MAGIC sounds really good! I want to read it now :)

    *envious of your OBSIDIAN snag!* Oh well,not much longer now! <3

  13. @ Bonnie: Obsidian was sheer dumb luck. :D They were letting 25 requests be approved and announced it on Twitter. :p I think it took me ten seconds to get my butt over there. :) I loved that book though. Definitely getting an actual copy.

  14. It is SO exciting seeing my book up there, Kathy! I know how awkward it can be to review books for a friend...I've come to hate doing it myself lol. I do want you to treat it like any other book and be completely honest, I would never expect special treatment just because we're friends. I'm just so glad you're reading it and that you're going to be part of the tour! :-)

  15. I wish I can get Obsidian! I am dying to read that book! Happy reading!

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