No work today, due to Memorial Day. I’m enjoying having a long weekend, but I wanted to take a minute to show the books that arrived at my house last week.

Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

(Won at vvb32 reads. Thanks, Velvet!)

No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger’s subservient bride banished to the inner quarters.

But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn’t only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imagined.

Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help.

It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help . . . and perhaps more.

A Scottish Ferry Tale by Nancy Volkers

(Won at So Many Books, Here’s Mine. Thanks, Pia!)

Once upon a time, a young woman had her heart broken. She was cynical enough to close the door on love, but idealistic enough not to lock it. Instead, she escaped to an island off Scotland’s west coast, where she met someone who might change her life, if she would only allow it. Does she? And who is this life-changing person, anyway? Are there any dragons? Fairy godmothers? Chocolate cake? And is there a happily ever after? Hey….is this a *kissing* book?!

Sanctus by Simon Toyne

(ARC from the publisher)

The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies …

A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is witnessed by the entire world.
But few understand it. For charity worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others in the know, it is what they have been waiting for. The cowled and secretive fanatics that live in the Citadel suspect it could mean the end of everything they have built – and they will kill, torture and break every law to stop that. For Liv Adamsen, New York crime reporter, it begins the next stage of a journey into the heart of her own identity. And at that journey’s end lies a discovery that will change everything.

Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Mari at MariReads. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Here’s my report for today.

Last Week’s Reviews:

Other posts:

Finished Last Week:

  • “The Fountain of Youth” translated by Lafcadio Hearn
  • In Christ Alone by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh

Currently Reading:

  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Currently Listening to:

  • The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (with Amber)
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Up Next:

  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler
  • The Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards

What have you been reading?