Friday, September 25, 2009

What Did I Receive?

Wow, two weeks in a row of book deliveries? That's almost unheard of for me! :D But I won't complain, of course! *Wink*
All three even came on the same day (Tuesday, just FYI), which means that my mail box was, to say the least, stuffed. Well, two of them were in the mail box, the other came from the UPS man about an hour after I came home.
Here's what I received:

Title: Magic Under Glass

Author: Jackie Dolamore

Pub. Date: December 22, 2009 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Genre: YA, Magic, Fantasy, Romance Pages: 240 ISBN-13: 9781599904306

Summary (

Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.

Thanks again to Jackie for holding the contest for this book last month (maybe you guys remember, I posted it as my WoW for the week along with giving you a heads up about the contest)! And a BIG thanks for the amazing drawings she put in the ARC copy I won of the book-- I think I'm going to have just as much fun looking at the pictures as I will reading the book!

In fact, when I do my review of the book in the next week or so, I think I may have to take a picture or two of the drawings Jackie did to show you how fantastic they truly are! Seriously girl-- you could do illustrating along with writing! :D


Title: Poison Study

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Pub. Date: December 2008 (reprint) Publisher: Mira

Genre: Fantasy, Magic

Pages: 416

Series: Study Ser. ISBN-13: 9780778327110

Summary (B&N):

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooma in the palace--and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust--and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

Thanks to the newly formed Harlequin Teen for sending this copy to me! Even though it's not a new release, I've been dying to read Snyder's books after hearing rave reviews around the blogs over the years! And I personally love the cover on my copy (pictured above) rather than the reprint cover. But if you go to buy a copy of this yourself, be warned: the cover like mine is out of print....

And finally....

Title: Postmistress

Author: Sarah Blake

Pub. Date: February 09, 2010 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

Genre: Fiction

ISBN-13: 9780399156199

Summary (B&N):

Filled with stunning parallels to today's world, The Postmistress is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women-and of two countries torn apart by war.

On the eve of the United States's entrance into World War II in 1940, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: She doesn't deliver a letter. In London, American radio gal Frankie Bard is working with Edward R. Murrow, reporting on the Blitz. One night in a bomb shelter, she meets a doctor from Cape Cod with a letter in his pocket, a letter Frankie vows to deliver when she returns from Germany and France, where she is to record the stories of war refugees desperately trying to escape.

The residents of Franklin think the war can't touch them- but as Frankie's radio broadcasts air, some know that the war is indeed coming. And when Frankie arrives at their doorstep, the two stories collide in a way no one could have foreseen. The Postmistress is an unforgettable tale of the secrets we must bear, or bury. It is about what happens to love during wartime, when those we cherish leave. And how every story-of love or war-is about looking left when we should have been looking right.

Thanks to B&N's October First Look program! I was surprised that for the first time ever I was able to get my request for the book in before they ran out of copies. Which, if you've ever been on their First Look program, takes only a few days!

I love the cover on this one, it's so pretty! And I can't believe I've got a book in my hands that won't be out until Feb. of next year. It's almost surreal to me... Lol. I'm used to having either books that are already out or ones that come out in a month or two, so this is something really new for me.

~~~~~~~ Luckily my cold has almost passed, mainly it's just a small cough left over. Good thing too-- tomorrow I have a family reunion, and I really didn't want to have to miss it in order to help prevent them from getting sick as well! :D

I finished The Healing Spell and Other Stories by Kiki Howell today (received ARC to review last week), and I'm going to work on my review over the weekend. Hopefully find it up no later than next Tuesday.

After that, my next review will probably be...either Magic Under Glass or Poison Study. I just can't decide! That's the only problem with getting multiple books in one week-- however do you choose which one to read and review first?

Off to work on the dishes I'm taking tomorrow (Triple Chocolate and Nutella Brownies, homemade bread sticks, and an Apple Pie dip. Yum!), and finish up my current read, The Black Hills by Nora Roberts (loving it!).


Until Next Time, The Book Queen


Lea said...

You got some great reads there TBQ and the cover art is beautiful and unique on all the books!

You enjoy, will look forward to your thoughts.


Jackie said...

I'm glad it got there safe and sound and you're enjoying the drawings! =D

Marg said...

I really enjoyed the two Snyder books I have read, and I really like the sound of The Postmistress.