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Mailbox Monday – 5/16

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Mailbox Monday

Two books arrived at my house this week. Head over to the Mailbox Monday blog to find everyone’s links and add your own.

EBook

I received The Witch Who Came In From the Cold: Season One  from Serial Box via NetGalley.

Mailbox Monday – 5/16The Witch Who Came In From The Cold: Season One by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Ian Tregillis, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Michael Swanwick
Published by Serial Box Publishing on June 1, 2016
Genres: Spy Thriller, Fantasy
Pages: 382
Format: eARC
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Through a haze of cigarettes and vodka there lies a version of Prague in the heart of the Cold War, where spies practice sorcery in their games of intrigue. While the political lines may be as clear as the Iron Curtain, the battles of magic seldom stay clean and the combating forces of Ice and Flame dance across borders and loyalties. Tanya Morozova is a KGB officer and the latest in a long line of Ice sorceresses; Gabe Pritchard is a CIA officer and reluctant Ice recruit. Enemies at one turn, but forced into alliances at the next, their relationship is as explosive as the Cold War itself.

Audiobook

I picked up In a Dark, Dark Wood with an Audible credit thanks to @MikaylaAmbrose.

Mailbox Monday – 5/16In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on August 4, 2015
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Length: 9 hrs 34 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

Mailbox Monday – 5/9

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Mailbox Monday

If you’re my friend on Facebook or follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that my dog has been sick this weekend. He’s got some meds, so hopefully he’ll start feeling better soon. On the good side, today’s the start of the Bout of Books Read-a-thon.

I bought a few books this past week. Head over to the Mailbox Monday blog to find everyone’s links and add your own.

Paperbacks

Amber’s reading Julius Caesar this in her English class and I don’t think I’ve ever actually read it.

Mailbox Monday – 5/9Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Published by Simon & Schuster on July 26, 2005 (first published 1599)
Genres: Play, Classic
Pages: 239
Format: Paperback
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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history, which also include Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra.

Although the title is Julius Caesar, Caesar is not the most visible character in its action, appearing alive in only three scenes. Marcus Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines, and the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus' struggle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship.

Amber and I read Volume 1 of Hinterkind and enjoyed it enough to pick up the other two.

Mailbox Monday – 5/9Hinterkind Vol. 2: Written in Blood by Ian Edginton
Illustrator: Francesco Trifogli
Published by Vertigo on December 2, 2014
Genres: Graphic novel, Post-apocalyptic, Fantasy
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
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The second volume of the hit series begins with Princess Tersia, who has a vision of the future and the shape of things to come. In this vision she's married to Jon Hobb and carrying his baby. Oh, and there's a dragon! Is it a dream or a nightmare? Meanwhile, bounty hunters Starla and Jubal find the tables are turned as they're run to ground by a Centaur posse.

 

Mailbox Monday – 5/9Hinterkind, Vol. 3: The Hot Zone by Ian Edginton
Illustrator: Francesco Trifogli
Published by Vertigo on July 14, 2015
Genres: Graphic novel, Post-apocalyptic, Fantasy
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
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The Blight spread around the world like wildfire, reducing the human race to ashes. In its aftermath, the Earth was ripe for the picking - and the Hinterkind stepped out from the shadows of myth and legend to reap the harvest.

But where did this global scourge originally come from?

Now the secret of the Blight is finally revealed, as our tale flashes back to a time just before the infection began and then forward to the world as it now is - an era on the cusp of a great war between the regal Sidhe, the brutal Skinlings, and the vicious Vampire Nation. As betrayals and bodies pile up on all sides, a handful of heroes and rogues seek to harness the ultimate weapon - a force that will either stop the bloodshed or destroy everyone that remains!

Audiobook

I was trying to decide which audio to listen to next after a couple of hours trying Audible’s channels. Then I realized Midnight Shift was out, so immediately spent my credit.

Mailbox Monday – 5/9Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
Narrator: Susan Bennett
Series: Midnight Texas #3
Published by Recorded Books on May 3, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 10 hrs 54 mins
Format: Audiobook
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At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...

 

 

Mailbox Monday – 5/2

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Today is definitely a Monday. This morning was just tough, but it’s gotten better since I finished my coffee.

I received two books for review this week, both of which look good. Head over to the Mailbox Monday blog to find everyone’s links and add your own.

Paperback

Semblance of Guilt came from Word Slinger Publicity.

Mailbox Monday – 5/2Semblance of Guilt by Claudia Riess
Published by Archway Publishing on March 30, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback
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Ellen Davis's husband left her for another woman. Post-divorce, she's trying to reassert her independence and lands a job as a reporter for her local newspaper. One of her assignments is covering weekly items on the police blotter, which is how she gets to know Lieutenant Pete Sakura—a handsome, witty Japanese- American Ellen is drawn to immediately. Another of Ellen's assignments is interviewing for the paper's "Around The Town" column, and in this capacity, she meets Graham and Sophia Clarke, newcomers to the community. He's an administrator at Columbia; she's his beautiful Greek wife. Ellen and Sophia become fast friends, so it comes as a great shock when Sophia ends up dead. Sophia Clarke is found murdered, and to all appearances, Ellen is the last person to have seen her alive. When Ellen's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, she's arrested, and evidence steadily mounts against her. Ellen takes matters into her own hands as her romantic feelings for Pete intensify. Closing this case could either save Ellen or lead to her destruction.

EBook

Curious Minds came from Bantam via NetGalley. I tend to enjoy Evanovich books, as long as they don’t feature Stephanie Plum.

Mailbox Monday – 5/2Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
Series: Knight and Moon #1
Published by Bantam on August 16, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
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Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.

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