Books Bought & Received - 7/12/09

Side note at the top: I've been a little lax on writing books reviews. Something about the summer time, everything just seems laid back. Well, I'm going crack the whip and get those out here sometime this coming week.

Ah, the sweet, soothing smell of new books. *takes a deep breath*

Strange Brew Edited by P.N. Elrod
Bought by Pre-Order
Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble)

Today’s hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic!

In Charlaine Harris’ “Bacon,” a beautiful vampire joins forces with a witch from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband. In “Seeing Eye” by Patricia Briggs, a blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother—and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected. And in Jim Butcher’s “Last Call,” wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark powers—the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.

For anyone who’s ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who’s imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
Bought by Pre-Order
Synopsis (from author's website)

A year ago Jane nearly lost her life taking down an entire blood family of deadly rogue vampires that preyed on the helpless local populace of an Appalachian town. Now, after months of recuperation, she’s back and ready to fight again. Except this time, she’s hired by those she’s trained to kill—vampires…

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind—a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. Back from hiatus, she’s hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katies’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps.

Amidst a bordello full of real “ladies of the night,” and a hot Cajun biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission—or else the next skin she’ll need to save just may be her own…

Witch Fire by Anya Bast
Bought at Borders
Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble)

After a chaotic marriage and a rough divorce, all Mira Hoskins wants is stability and normality. But when sexy Jack McAllister enters her life, she discovers that what you want isn't always what you need.

Jack is a powerful witch with the ability to command fire and is anything but normal. As the head of a security detail for The Coven, a national organization that governs national witches, Jack has been assigned to watch over Mira. She is a natural born witch with the ability to call the air. And although she is unaware of her talent, a group of renegade witches has discovered her existence and are determined to steal her power--and her life.

The Dark Hunters Vol. 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Bought at *gasps* Walmart!
Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble)

In the war against vampires, mankind has only one hope: The Dark-Hunters. Ancient warriors who died of brutal betrayal, the Dark-Hunters have sworn themselves into the service of the goddess Artemis to protect us.

It’s a pact with pretty good perks. Immortality, power, psychic abilities, wealth and a cool wardrobe. But it comes with a few drawbacks: fatal sun poisoning and a new, irreparable dental problem. But aside from the fangs and nocturnal lifestyle, it’s not so bad. Until Kyrian meets the most frightening thing imaginable. An accountant who’s being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. If Amanda Devereaux goes down, so does he and no offense, he doesn’t want to die (hence the whole immortality thing). And he doesn’t want humanity dead either which is a good thing for us since he and Amanda are all that stands between us and oblivion. Let’s hope they win. From the wild imagination of Sherrilyn Kenyon comes the humorous and suspenseful manga debut of the #1 internationally bestselling Dark-Hunter series. The world of manga will never be the same again.

Winter Duty Book 8, Vampire Earth Series by E.E. Knight
Received from Fantasy/SciFi Lovin' News & Reviews
Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble)

Major David Valentine and his fugitive battalion are the remnants of an expeditionary force shattered in its long retreat from disaster in the Appalachians. Between a raging blizzard, bands of headhunters, and the need to recover wounded soldiers lost during the retreat, Valentine is in for the toughest winter of his life.

And Valentine is losing allies fast. Some of the clans in the region have declared themselves in favor of the Kurians, throwing Kentucky into civil war. But the Kurian overlords have determined that the region isn't worth the effort of another conquest. Their order: extermination.

Carpe Corpus Book 6, Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine
Won at Fantasy/SciFi Lovin' News & Reviews
Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble)

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace—until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants—the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

These last two books I bought for my stepdaughter's birthday presents. The fun thing about this, she loves to read paranormal YA books, so when she is done reading these, guess who gets to read them also? *grins* Also, when I do review these books, she going to give me a mini review of her own to add to it. Kewl, huh? She's very excited about getting her own words and thoughts out here too.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Bought at Borders
Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble)

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Bought at Borders
Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble)

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.


Anna said...

LOL! I was shocked to find The Dark-Hunters Vol. 1 at Walmart too.

I have Strange Brew sitting at the post office waiting for me to pick it up.


Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

I almost bought Strange Brew last night. Decided I have enough books at home to read and not enough money to spend $10 on it. :(

I <3 Anya Bast! Enjoy that book!

And your daughter is lucky! Those are two amazing books! The Hunger Games was awesome! Can't wait to get my hands on Catching Fire!

SusiSunshine said...

I would love to read Skinwalker and Strange Brew but I decided to stop buying books till the exams are over. Because when they are here I will read them, no way around that. I don't have enough self-control.

I read Witch Fire a while ago and it's a really good book. Good choice!
Have a nice Sunday!

Unknown said...

Great bit about the smell of new books... :) How true. Old ones aren't to bad either.

Donna said...

@Anna - Yeah, I picked it up today. I couldn't believe they had it. They only had two copies left at that.

@Jessica & @SusiSunshine - I've been wanting to read the books from Elemental Witches for awhile, glad I picked it up.

@SusiSunshine - How much longer until exams are done?

@Shellie - I luv the smell of new books, old ones too. I read a post the other day, they are now selling a can spray of New Book smell for eBook readers. Can you believe it?

Lea said...

What a nice haul! You've got some amazing reads to look forward to there Donna!

Enjoy.. :)


SusiSunshine said...

My last one is on 7.August.
After thinking about it 3 weeks seems a little long without new books. We will see.
I still got a few books at home mostly German non-fiction and a few Russian fantasy and science-fiction books(They are from Russian authors and I read them in German- don't speak on word Russian).

Donna said...

@Lea - Thanks, now just gotta find the time. ;)

@SusiSunshine - Wow, 3 weeks does seem a bit long. Good luck with that! I would probably break by the 3rd or 4th day. :)

Michelle Greathouse said...


I have a few of these on my wish list. :) Happy Reading.


Donna said...

@Michele G - Thanks! ^_^

Amy C said...

Hey Donna, you got a nice pile of books this week!

How do you like E.E Knight? I've seen those books browsing in the store.

Mandi said...

I want ALL of those books!!

Donna said...

@Amy C - Thanks! Yes, I do like E.E. Knight Vampire Earth seris, they are set in the future and the earth is ruins from an vampire like alien species. The romance is minimal, very dark, gritty series with some mystical elements. So, yeah, I like it. :)

@Mandi - *grins* I want to read them all at once but I'm a one book at a time gal. Very frustrating.

Keri said...

The Graceling is in my wishlist right now, so I can't wait to read your review.

Btw, do we have a thing with vampires? ;)

Donna said...

@Keri - Um, yeah, I'd say we have a thing or two for vamps. *g* Truthfully, vampire stories have always been interesting to me, whether they are drop dead, sexy or stomach curling, horrifying. I like 'em all. :D

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

So I'm so totally hanging out with you for the summer =) Not just for your books of course <3 I can't wait to see your upcoming reviews!

P.S. I have an award for you here:

Donna said...

@Mishel - Oh, please do hang out with me! ;) Thank you for the award, I'm going over now. :D

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