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Monday, June 22, 2009

Mailbox Monday: June 22, 2009

Mailbox Monday was started over at the Printed Page by Marcia.

Hello everyone! Though my mailbox was empty today, I was fortunate enough to win two exciting novels this weekend and I thought I'd share them with you. I can't wait to read them!

Vacations From Hell by by Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Mlynowski, courtesy of Confessions of a Wandering Heart!

Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead?

in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers—Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks)—tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive. . . .

SIDE NOTE: I read on Claudia Gray's livejournal that her contribution entitled, "I Don't Like Your Girlfriend", was where she got the idea for her new Spellcaster Series. Both Spellcaster and the short story sound amazing and I can't wait to read them. Claudia says the following in her journal about Spellcaster-

"Spellcaster will be a 3-book series in which a well-meaning young witch finds she must call upon darker powers to defeat a dangerous enchantress and break the curse on the man she loves."

Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Reese Brennan, courtesy of Fantastic Book Review.


Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole --a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again.

Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon's mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase...and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is des-perate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.

Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians' Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.

This is the Demon's Lexicon. Turn the page.

(To read a sample chapter, click HERE.)


Kristen said...

Loved Vacations from Hell, so I hope you enjoy it! I have the Demon's Lexicon from the library sitting on my shelf - need to read that soonish. :) Great books this week!

bermudaonion said...

I want the puppy in that mailbox! Vacations from Hell looks like a lot of fun!

Fantastic Book Review said...

I'll have to check out Vacations From Hell. I'm glad to hear about Claudia's new Series. I loved The Demon's Lexicon. Happy Reading!

infiniteshelf said...

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Vacations From Hell! And I have the Demon's Lexicon "en route", I can't wait to read it finally!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh nice, you won some contests I see. I'm reading The Demon's Lexicon now. SO good. I love your dog picture. :)