Mailbox Monday

25 Jul

My mailbox looks a little like this one!Welcome to Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home– including paper books, e-books and audio books.

Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia, who is now blogging at A girl and her books. When Marcia was ready to move on from being the weekly host, she was kind enough to set up the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour, July’s host is Gwendolyn at A Sea of Books

As for my mailbox:

Books for review:

Pirate King by Laurie R. King

It’s here!  I have it at last!  My most anticipated book of the year arrived last Monday, and I couldn’t read it until Thursday– the horror of it all!

I’ve read it, but I won’t publish my review until release date, September 6.  I will say that fans of the series must read this book, and that it stands alone even better than most of the others, so feel free to pick it up if the description intrigues you !

In England’s young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. Nevertheless, at the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell is dispatched to investigate the criminal activities that surround Fflytte’s popular movie studio. So Russell is traveling undercover to Portugal, along with the film crew that is gearing up to shoot a cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. Based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, the project will either set the standard for movie-making for a generation or sink a boatload of careers.

Nothing seems amiss until the enormous company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, where the thirteen blonde-haired, blue-eyed actresses Mary is bemusedly chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. But when the crew embarks for Morocco and the actual filming, Russell feels a building storm of trouble: a derelict boat, a film crew with secrets, ominous currents between the pirates, decks awash with budding romance—and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only to their dangerous outlaw leader, La Rocha. Plus, there’s a spy on board. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout.

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

I’m reading this for a TLC Book Tour.  It’s been getting fantastic buzz, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Tom Violet always thought that by the time he turned thirty-five, he’d have everything going for him. Fame. Fortune. A beautiful wife. A satisfying career as a successful novelist. A happy dog to greet him at the end of the day.

The reality, though, is far different. He’s got a wife, but their problems are bigger than he can even imagine. And he’s written a novel, but the manuscript he’s slaved over for years is currently hidden in his desk drawer while his father, an actual famous writer, just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His career, such that it is, involves mind-numbing corporate buzzwords, his pretentious archnemesis Gregory, and a hopeless, completely inappropriate crush on his favorite coworker. Oh . . . and his dog, according to the vet, is suffering from acute anxiety.

Tom’s life is crushing his soul, but he’s decided to do something about it. (Really.) Domestic Violets is the brilliant and beguiling story of a man finally taking control of his own happiness—even if it means making a complete idiot of himself along the way.

Black Light by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, & Stephen Romano

The debut novel from the writers of the multi-million-dollar-grossing Saw movie franchise.

Private investigator Buck Carlsbad’s psychic abilities place him in high demand among those looking for quick solutions to supernatural problems. But for Buck, each case is only a link in the chain of a lifelong obsession: to locate the long departed spirits of his mother and father, killed in an unsolved murder when he was only a child.

Then Buck gets a call from a reclusive billionaire with a very strange request, and finds himself on a bullet-fast train headed straight to hell.

BLACK LIGHT is the explosive debut that combines a noir sensibility with supernatural suspense and high concept action, as Buck leads the reader through an underworld of exotic darkness and adventure.

Tithe by Holly Black (audiobook)

Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Your turn

What came in your mailbox this week? Let me know, then go to A Sea of Books to check out others!


Posted by on July 25, 2011 in books, meme


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5 responses to “Mailbox Monday

  1. pk @ aisle b

    July 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I love the diversity here plus the covers have me really intrigued. I am a complete coverholic 🙂

  2. BermudaOnion

    July 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Domestic Violets is supposed to be amazing! All of your books look good to me. I hope you love them.

  3. Bailey - the window seat reader

    July 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Ooh I’m so glad you reminded me about Pirate King! I read King of the Hive last year and loved it… I really should go back to the beginning of the series and read them all but that’d take awhile 🙂

  4. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    July 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    That is a great looking cover on Pirate King. I’ll have to come back to read your thoughts on it.

  5. Mystica

    July 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    A mixed bunch of books – the best kind. Enjoy them all.


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