Thursday, April 16, 2009

In My Mailbox [3]

Here's what arrived this week....

Night's Rose by: Annaliese Evans
Book Description: For nearly one hundred years, Rosemarie Edenberg has worked tirelessly to wipe the dreaded ogre tribe from the earth. Now the tribe has gathered in London to work a spell that will destroy the scourge of their kind, the one they call the Briar Rose.

Two magnetic men will unite to aid Rose--her mysterious fey advisor, Ambrose, and the vampire Lord Shenley, an earl of scandalous reputation and even more scandalous appetites. One will save her, one will betray her, and both will challenge her to face the past that haunts her.

Once upon a time, she was ensnared in the mists of enchantment, cursed to sleep one hundred years. But this beauty wasn't awakened with a kiss and has never known happily ever after. But with the help of her handsome allies, Rose may find it yet.

Dragonhaven by: Robin McKinley
Book Description: Jake Mendoza lives at the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park. Smokehill is home to about two hundred of the few remaining draco australiensis, which is extinct in the wild. Keeping a preserve for dragons is controversial: detractors say dragons are extremely dangerous and unjustifiably expensive to keep and should be destroyed. Environmentalists and friends say there are no records of them eating humans and they are a unique example of specialist evolution and must be protected. But they are up to eighty feet long and breathe fire.

On his first overnight solo trek, Jake finds a dragon--a dragon dying next to the human she killed. Jake realizes this news could destroy Smokehill-- even though the dead man is clearly a poacher who had attacked the dragon first, that fact will be lost in the outcry against dragons.

But then Jake is struck by something more urgent--he sees that the dragon has just given birth, and one of the babies is still alive. What he decides to do will determine not only their futures, but the future of Smokehill itself.

On The Way To The Wedding by: Julia Quinn
Book Description: Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except...

She wasn't the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with someone else. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except...

Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar...

Sunshine by: Robin McKinley
Book Description: Rae, nicknamed Sunshine by her stepfather, is the baker at her family’s coffeehouse. She’s happy getting up at 4 am to make cinnamon rolls for the breakfast rush, and dealing with people and food all day. But one evening she needed somewhere she could be alone for a little while, and there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years.

She never thought of vampires.
Until they found her.

Royal Blood by: Rona Sharon
Book Description: England, 1518. During the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter, Michael Devereaux arrives in King Henry VIII’s court on a mission for his benefactor. The celebration’s endless feasts and sumptuous women delight the charismatic newcomer, who becomes captivated by the enigmatic Princess Renée de Valois of France. But evil, it seems, has followed Michael to the court. Shortly after his arrival, an unknown killer claims several victims, including the queen’s lady-in-waiting, and the powerful Cardinal Wolsey asks Michael to help with the investigation. As he searches for the killer, Michael is haunted by disturbing images of the victims—flashes of violence that lead him to doubt his own sanity. Michael soon realizes that the key to solving the crime is connected to both the pope’s imperial vault in Rome and a mystery from Michael’s own past—revealing a secret that is so damning, it could forever alter the future of mankind.

Turn Coat by: Jim Butcher
Book Description: Harry Dresden, professional wizard, has done his best to keep his nose clean where the White Council of Wizards is concerned. Even so, his past misdeeds have cast a constant shadow of suspicion over him in the eyes of the Wardens, those wizards responsible for enforcing the Laws of Magic. Now Dresden finds himself faced with a nightmarish dilemma: Morgan, formerly his chief persecutor among the Warden, has been wrongly accused of treason against the White Council - and has come to Harry for help. Dresden faces a daunting task: clear Morgan's name while simultaneously hiding him from the Wardens and the supernatural bounty hunters sent to find him, discovering the identity of the true turncoat and, of course, avoiding accusations of treachery of his own. A single mistake may mean that heads - quite literally - will roll. And one of them could be his own ...

The Lace Reader by: Brunonia Barry
Book Descritpion: Every gift has a price . . . Every piece of lace has a secret . . .

My name is Towner Whitney. No, that's not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time. . . .

Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

The Furthur Observations of Lady Whistledown- Anthology
Book Description: Society is abuzz when the Season's most promising debutante is jilted by her intended -- only to be swept away by the deceitful rogue's dashing older brother -- in New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn's witty, charming, and heartfelt tale.

When the scandalous actions of his beautiful fiancée are recorded in Lady Whistledown's column, a concerned groom-to-be rushes back to London to win his lady's heart once and forever, in Suzanne Enoch's romantic gem.

Karen Hawkins captivates with an endearing story of a handsome rogue whose lifelong friendship -- and his heart -- are tested when the lovely lady in question sets her cap for someone else.

A dazzling and delightful tale by Mia Ryan has a young woman cast out of her home by an insufferable yet charming marquis -- who intends to take possession not only of the house... but its former occupant as well!

Confessions Of A Little Black Gown by: Elizabeth Boyle
Book Description: Thalia Langley spied him in the shadows and in an instant, knew the man before her was no pious saint. He might claim to be the Duke of Hollindrake’s unassuming country cousin, Milo Ryder, but no man that handsome, so arresting could be anything but... well, he simply must be an unrepentant rogue. His cat-like grace and power leaves Tally shivering in her slippers at the notion of all the wicked, forbidden things he might be capable of doing . . . to her, or the secrets he could uncover.

Indeed, Lord Larken is no bumbling vicar, but a master spy there in His Majesty’s service to find—and murder—a notorious pirate freed in a daring prison escape. Devoted to the Crown, Larken’s not about to let an interfering (and not entirely innocent) Mayfair miss disrupt his ruthless plans. He cannot be tempted . . . not even by the little black gown she dons to tantalize him . . . a dress revealing enough to lead even Larken astray.


  1. Night's Rose, sweet :)
    Enjoy your books

  2. Yes, I'm enjoyed Night's Rose very much. :)

  3. That is a wonderful haul Anna...

    I love the McKinley cover - very D'arc..I love dragon books..


  4. Wonderful choices Anna!

    Night's Rose is going on my next book order. I'm looking forward to the read. :)

    Warm Regards

  5. Thanks EH! I'm looking forward to the Dragon book.

    Lea, I hope you like Night's Rose. It's very unique story, I'm having a hard time putting it down. :)

  6. Wow! Great haul Anna. I've only read one novel out of your new stack and that was Julia Quinn's 'On The Way To The Wedding'. I thought the ending was really cute and a great way to wrap up the Bridgerton Series.

    Have a great Weekend!

    Happy Reading,

  7. What a great selection of books! Night's Rose and Sunshine are great reads. I'm reading Turn Coat right now and really enjoying it. I'm looking forward to reading what you think about Royal Blood, Dragonhaven and The Lace Reader. They sound interesting. :-)

  8. Great books! I'm waiting fom my copy of Night's Rose, it should be in my mailbox next week!

  9. Hi Anna!

    OMG girl, you are the book goddess!!

    What a haul...WOW!!

    Have a fun reading weekend Anna! I'm going to try Julia Quinn -- thanks for the recommendation!!

    Dottie :)

  10. Looks like a great selection, Anna! Hope you enjoy them. ;) I saw Night Rose and Boyle's newest romance at the store the other day, and I barely managed to control my urge to buy them! Next time I go bookshopping though....

  11. I can't wait to see what you think of Sunshine. I've been eying that book for awhile, sitting on the edge about it.

    Happy Reading!

  12. Actually I read Sunshine a few years ago. It's one of my favorites that I highly recommend. If your a fan of vampire novels you should enjoy this one. :)

  13. Nice package Anna! Will all be going to the top of the TBR? NIGHT'S ROSE and CONFESSIONS OF A LITTLE BLACK GOWN and ROYAL BLOOD are all on my wishlist to get.

    I love Julia Quinn! Thinking of hers is making me want to read hers again!
    I never read Robin McKinley but I have heard many speaking about SUNSHINE so I'm looking forward to your review on it.

    I'm actually reading PRIDE & PREJUDICE! I haven't read it since HS and wanted to re-read before I dig into more of these sequels!

  14. Really great haul this week! I'm looking forward to the reviews to a lot of these 8)

  15. Great haul, Anna!

    I know Amy loved Night's Rose, so I'll be looking forward to your impressions.

    I loved McKinely's Sunshine. I thought the middle dragged a bit, but the beginning and ending are great! You're going to want cinnamon buns when you read it. Or you'll be sick of them. One or the other. LOL

    I almost bought the Elizabeth Boyle novel twice merely on the merits of the gorgeous cover. Which says a lot since I don't usually buy historical romances on a whim. They have to come highly recommended first. Maybe you'll recommend this one to me and then I'll have the excuse to finally buy it! ;o)

  16. Thanks, Caffey & Mishel.

    You know Christine, I did the same thing. I saw Boyle's book twice at the store, before I actually picked it up. I haven't read her yet, but it looks like it'll be good.

    I loved Sunshine when I read it back in 2006. One of my favorites. I was hoping for a while there'd be another book based on the characters but the author has no plans to write it.

  17. I liked Sunshine a lot but I felt like the author should have turned it into a series.

  18. Don't you just love weeks like that? :-D Of those three i've read On the Way to the Wedding, Sunshine and Lady Whistledon, all for very different reasons. I have Turn Coat on order, can't wait to read it, I've heard it's one of Butcher's best yet.

  19. I only know of one of those books, Night's Rose.

    Dragonhaven sounds interesting though. I'll see what you think when you get around to reading it.

  20. When you read Sunshine will you let me know if you like it. I've yet to decide if I would read it.



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