Sunday, January 1, 2012

In My Mailbox

IMM (In My Mailbox) is a weekly meme hosted and created by Kristi at The Story Siren

This is a way to share books we received for review, bought, and borrowed from friends or library.

Received for review

Catch and Release, a romance/suspense novel, is the story of two lives from vastly different backgrounds, drawn together by fate and a common love of the great outdoors. The crossing of Jennifer and Steve’s paths releases an explosion of love, passion, adventure and ultimately a reason for a shared journey. Within 24 hours, they catch a few trout, have a passionate affair, shoot and kill a man, are involved in two gun battles, receive wounds and end up in Miami, Florida. All this, and as Steve says, they still have six days of vacation left. Their relationship touches long-buried feelings in Jennifer, while shattering the mundane existence suffocating Steve.

In this bold re-imagining of Dante's Divine Comedy, the Old Testament demon Astaroth forges an unlikely alliance with Mona, a human soul he's supposed to tempt into damnation. 

Several thousand years ago, a routine temptation goes awry and Mona — a young Hopi woman — saves the life of a snake who happens to be Astaroth's adored pet. The encounter sparks a crisis for Astaroth when he breaks a cardinal rule of Hell and must prove to his fellow demons that he still has what it takes to be part of Hell's inner circle. 

Across Mona's multiple incarnations on the Purgatory (Earth), the demon and the human come to rely on each other in ways that neither anticipated, culminating in a tour of Hell that will change them both forever.

Six small-town teenagers decide to make a ghost hunting documentary for a school project. Their exploration throws them blindly into the realm of the paranormal be careful what you look for. 

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.


Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Nice! Most of these are new to me, but I hope you enjoy them all!

Here's my IMM

Have a GREAT day and Happy New Year!

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Annette Mills said...

Wow, that Catch and Release cover really grabs you. I have Discovery of witches on my list too. Enjoy!

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