In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, and gives us an opportunity to talk about all the books we’ve
begged, borrowed or stolen recently acquired!
Ali’s In My Mailbox
This is my third In My Mailbox Video. I think I’m getting better, well I hope I am anyway!
And if you can’t watch video, here’s what I got:
- A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry #1) by Laurell K Hamilton
- Wood Angel by Erin Bow
- Elixer by Hilary Duff
- Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Revivalist, Book 1
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Published: October 2011
Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment–until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated–literally, and with extreme prejudice.
With the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem–pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She’d better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave–a real working stiff. She’d be better off dead…
I was quite disappointed with this book. I have never read a Rachel Caine book before (although I am collecting the Morganville Vampire books so that should change soon!) and as the MV books are of the paranormal genre and so loved, I thought that Working Stiff would have more of a ‘paranormal’ story to it than it did.
As I mentioned in my Teaser Tuesday post, the ‘zombie’ aspect in this book isn’t traditional. It’s a very different take on zombies. The zombies in this book are simply people who have died and then been revived with a drug. They go back to living normally afterwards and simply have to have a shot of the drug each day to maintain their body functions. So the story is more of a crime/thriller about the company producing the drug rather than a paranormal/fantasy story as I had expected.
I can’t really say much else of the storyline itself as this was one of those books where something major happens right at the beginning. So to say any more would spoil the whole book I’m afraid.
I did enjoy the writing style and I thought the idea was quite original but unfortunately it just didn’t grip me. It took me a while to get into and became a bit of a chore to pick up until about two thirds of the way in. I also wasn’t really fond of the main character Bryn. I felt that she didn’t have much character and gave in too easy and just sort of went along with what ever she was told to do. And the only character I found I did really love was her dog, Mr French!
As I mentioned, the story picks up a lot towards the end. I enjoyed these parts and I started to feel more of a connection toward Bryn and what was happening to the characters but unfortunately it was just a bit little too late.
One other thing I feel I must point out to any potential readers is that there are some seriously disturbing scenes in Working Stiff. This is an adult book, not for romance reasons but more for violence, torture, murder and generally just creepyness!
This will NOT stop me reading Morganville Vampires. I think this was simply a problem of picking up a book (mistakenly) that wasn’t my thing. However if you like this type of genre, then this is a very well written story.
Author: Lili St Crow
Series: Strange Angels, Book 3
Published: July 2010
It’s a good thing Dru Anderson is fast. Because the sucker chasing her isn’t slowing down—and he won’t rest until he has tasted her blood and silenced her heart . . .
Dru’s best friend, Graves, and her strange and handsome savior, Christophe, are ready to help her take on the ultimate evil. But will their battle for Dru’s heart get in the way of her survival?
Jealousy is the third book in the Strange Angels series. And I just loved it! It has all the amazing action of the first book, a lot of questions are answered (thank goodness – I hate it when I don’t know what’s going on!) and there is finally some romance – but I shall not spoil as to whom the romance is with!
This book starts off about 3 days after the end of Betrayals. Dru, Graves and their friends have finally made it to the correct Schola – the one they were supposed to go to in the first place. And as usual, Christophe has done a disappearing act again. There is still the ongoing issue of finding the traitor – who could be anybody, but Dru is still no closer to finding out who it is than she ever has been. And she still has the small matter of the vampire, Sergej, trying to find and kill her before she blooms hanging over her head. So Dru still can’t completely relax. But at least she is being kept busy by learning how to use her powers in this Schola. And becomming even more kick ass than she already was!
She also has the ‘Red Queen’ to contend with (Anna – the other Svetocha and head of the order). It is quite clear that Anna does not like Dru and Dru doesn’t know why. However as she begins to piece together the pieces of her and her mother’s past she unravels a truth that will blow the whole order apart.
I loved the character development and relationship development that happens in this book. We finally get to know Dru and Graves better now that they can relax a little more and I enjoyed this. It made me feel more connected to them and therefore more worried for them when things started to go downhill.
Jealousy has that great ‘Strange Angels’ feel to it of the first book. The second book was good but I thought it was lacking something but I’m happy to say this was not the case with Jealousy, and I just loved every minute of it. The ending. Oh my god the ending. One of the most evil cliff hangers ever. I just coulnd’t believe what happened… and then it ended there!! Well played St Crow. There is no way in hell anyone could possibly read this book and not need the next one IMMEDIATELY.
If you enjoyed Strange Angels but thought Betrayals dropped off a bit, do not hesitate to pick this one up! I promise you wont be disappointed!
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Published: January 2011
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
When I first read Harry Potter, I wanted to go to Hogwarts. I wanted to see all the wonderful things described in those books. I wanted to visit Hogsmede and Diagon Alley and the Quiddich World Cup. Such was the way that the story was written. When reading The Night Circus I felt exactly the same. I wanted to go to the Night Circus. I wanted to experience everything there was to offer there. From the illusionist to the ice garden, to the bonfire, the statues, the animals, the wonderful desserts and many many more extraordinary things. This for me is what made this book truly magnificent. The detail, and the way in which this detail is brought to life through beautiful and imaginative descriptions.
The story itself is one that cannot be compared to anything else I have ever read. It is completely unique. And it is written in the most unusual of ways. It follows the story of Celia and Marco. Both of whom have been brought up by powerful magicians to take part in a game of magic and illusion that will bring about the existence of The Night Circus. We see how they have both been taught in different ways to use magic and how, through their magic, The Night Circus is brought to life and everyone involved in it is enhanced in their abilities, thus making The Night Circus more spectacular than any other circus. The question however is, when and how will the game end? Neither Marcus nor Celia seems to know the precise rules of the game, yet they are magically bound to compete against each other over the decades travelling around the world with the ever more popular Night Circus.
Another story that we follow is that of Bailey. Bailey’s story is a curious one which follows his path of discovering the circus at the age of 9 and his subsequent visit to the circus several years later. This storyline is set around 10 or so years in the future to that of the main story. And each time we return to Bailey, the time gap between the two stories has closed slightly until they come together at the end.
I loved this story. I was completely blown away by it. It is not a book that I think you can rush through and read into the early hours. But rather, one that needs to be savoured. I enjoyed reading at a leisurely pace and having time to take in every aspect of the story. As I mentioned, I loved all the intricate and beautiful descriptions we were given of the The Night Circus. It made me feel like I was there experiencing the whole thing for myself. And I enjoyed how I was kept guessing all the way to the end as to what was going to be the outcome of the ‘game’. When I closed this book I had a massive smile on my face and I could think of nothing else all night. I recommend this to all. I think anyone who loves to read will appreciate this beautifully written, magical story. This is certainly a book that I know I will read again!