Sunday, February 13, 2011

In My Mailbox #8

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme/link-up hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren on Sundays. The idea is to share with other readers which books you have received for the week either in your mailbox, bought, from the library, etc.

I recieved lots of books for review this week. All are either PDF's, .mobi files, or Adobe Digital Editions.

In my e-mail box:

Steam Queen by Jack Hessey
Synopsis: Europe is a dangerous, virtually lawless place. Armed bandits prowl the railway lines in their armed Steam Locomotive looking for easy marks, and heavily armed mercenary engines travel from town to town looking for work in a world where every day is a struggle for its civilians.

Erica, an emotionally disturbed girl from England finds herself joining one of these mercenary teams. What follows is a trek across Europe to where two mighty cities, each representing a different way of life, stand on the verge of a war which will shape the way Europe develops.

On one side are the Steam using traditionalists of St Vith, led by the charismatic and cunning General Roosje Cuvelier. On the other, stands the mighty Winterscheid Diesel Empire under the iron fist of the merciless Kaiser Sigmund Eisenburg.

Two vicious armies, treachery from her own allies and the world's deadliest super-weapon are just a few of the dangers that Erica must face in her journey.

Thank you Jack!

 Three Sisters (The Emily Castle Mysteries) by Helen Smith
Synopsis: It's bonfire night in London. Emily has been invited to a party in the big house at the end of her street by the new owners, whom she has never met. Emily's dog Jessie has recently died so Emily is feeling a little raw and emtional. How could she know, as she left her house that evening, that she was making an appointment with death?

Three Sisters is short fiction - approximately 17,000 words, equivalent to around 70 printed pages. It is the first story in a new comic mystery series by award-winning novelist Helen Smith, featuring amateur sleuth, Emily Castles.

It's a cozy mystery and it contains no swear words or sexual content.

Thank you Helen!

From NetGalley (I plan to review at least one ARC per month for my upcoming fun YA blog):

In th Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane
Synopsis: Two years ago, Brenna did the unthinkable. She witnessed the aftermath of a murder and accused her only true friend—the first boy she ever loved—of being a killer.

Now sixteen, Brenna returns to Oklahoma only to discover that Isaac “White Bird” Henry isn’t in juvie. The half-breed outcast is in a mental hospital, frozen in time, locked in his mind at the worst moment of his life. And when Brenna touches him, she’s pulled into his hellish vision quest, seeing terrifying demons and illusions she doesn’t understand.

Feeling isolated and alone, she’s up against the whole town, targeted by bullying former classmates, a bigoted small town sheriff, and a tribe who refuses to help one of their own. But when Brenna realizes she’s as trapped by the past as White Bird is, this time she won’t turn her back on him. She’s the only one who can free them both.

Even if she has to expose her secret—a “gift” she’s kept hidden her whole life.

Picture from Author Website. Pub June 2011
 Queens of All the Earth by Hannah Sternberg
(Goodreads) (Author Website) (no Amazon links available)
Synopsis: As her freshman classmates move into dorms at Cornell University, Olivia Somerset suffers a nervous breakdown. When months of coaxing and analyzing fail to rouse Olivia from her stupor, big sister Miranda decides the sisters should fly off to Barcelona for some "vacation therapy."

When a mistake at their Barcelona hostel leaves the Somersets in a large co-ed dorm room, Olivia and Miranda are saved by kindly Mr. Brown and his son Greg, who happily volunteer to surrender their private room. But while Olivia feels an instant connection with brooding Greg Brown, Miranda sides with fellow guest and cocky American travel writer Lenny:

The Browns are just plain weird, and must be avoided at all costs.

In the midst of urbane Peruvian priests-in-training and Scottish soccer fans, from the shops of La Rambla to the waters of the Mediterranean to the soaring heights of Montjuic, Miranda works to protect her still-fragile sister while Olivia struggles to understand her burgeoning adulthood, her feelings for Greg, and the fear that makes the next step in her life so impossible to take.

Inspired by E. M. Forster's classic novel A Room with a View, debut author Hannah Sternberg's Queens of All the Earth is a poetic journey of young love and self-awakening set against the beauty of Catalonia. Teenagers and adults alike will be riveted and moved by this coming-of-age novel about the conflicting hearts and minds of two very different sisters.

Thank you NetGalley publishers!

Thanks for dropping by and checking out my mailbox. What was in yours?


  1. Looks like a great selection of things this week.
    I haven't decided if I'm going to read Stone Angels yet... I'm waiting to read some reviews and see what other people think first.

  2. ooh I have Queens of All the Earth too. I don't want to start it yet though, since it's not going to be released for a while.

    About the button for the Indie Blog Hop.. I am having some crazy issues with the coding. For some reason, the link never works. I am still trying to get it to work right, but please feel free to just use the direct link to my image.


    That Bookish Girl

  3. New follower. Hope you enjoy your new books!! My IMM post is here. Happy Reading,

    Zakiya LadyWings

  4. Great reads! New follower.
    So cool that you feature indie reads. I don't read enough of those. Steam Queen sounds very interesting. I'm intrigued by the steampunk genre.
    My IMM

  5. Interesting books you got this week! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm a new follower :)

    Happy Reading!

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    i have received the stylish blogger award and am passing it on to you and your lovely blog! thanks! :)


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