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Sunday, December 6, 2009

In My Mailbox (13)

IMM is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren!

I got some great books for review this week! Some weren't even expected, which is always exciting! I won Bella Andre's novel in a Twitter contest... and was surprised to see that there was an excerpt of it in Cosmo this month! :) I haven't read a romance in forever, so I'll have to give it a try!

Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw (Amulet Books, 5/1/10)
“Evangeline,” he repeated, calling at a whisper. “Evangeline.” He was not calling that she may hear, he was calling that somehow her soul might know that he was devoted entirely to her, only to her. “Evangeline, I will find you.”

Eva and Gabe explore the golden forest of their seaside Maine town, unknowingly tracing the footsteps of two teens, Evangeline and Gabriel, who once lived in the idyllic wooded village of Acadia more than one hundred years ago. On the day that Evangeline and Gabriel were be wed, their village was attacked and the two were separated. And now in the present, Gabe has mysteriously disappeared from Eva.
A dreamlike, loose retelling of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous love poem “Evangeline,” Anxious Hearts tells an epic tale of unrequited love and the hope that true love can be reunited.

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (Three Rivers Press, out now)
In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.
Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.
Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.

The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (out now)
Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they've trained them on you.
When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera." . . . At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast.
As the producers manipulate the lives of their "characters" to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

Wild Heat by Bella Andre (Bantam Dell, out now)
Maya Jackson doesn’t sleep with strangers. Until the night grief sent her to the nearest bar and into the arms of the most explosive lover she’s ever had. Six months later, the dedicated arson investigator is coming face-to-face with him again. Gorgeous, grinning Logan Cain. Her biggest mistake. Now her number one suspect in a string of deadly wildfires.
Risking his life on a daily basis is what gets Logan up in the morning. As the leader of the elite Tahoe Pines Hotshot Crew, he won’t back down from a blaze — or from beautiful, lethal Maya Jackson. She may have seduced him with her tears and her passion, but it’ll be a cold day in hell before Logan lets down his guard again. But when Maya’s life is threatened, his natural-born-hero instincts kick in, and Logan vows to protect the woman sworn to bring him down. And as desire reignites, nothing — not the killer fire nor the killer hot on their trail — can douse the flames...


  1. Great Books! Anxious Hearts sounds great!

  2. Lots of these look really good. Wild Heat looked so good that I immediately bought it for my Kindle. Thanks for adding to my TBR pile. Enjoy your books.

  3. Great books! I'm really anxious to read Anxious Hearts (ha-ha). Happy Reading!

  4. Anxious Hearts looks so good! I'm adding it to my to read list!! I read Cleopatra's Daughter by Moran and loved it! Hope Heretic Queen is just as good!

  5. Eagerly awaiting anxious hearts. So jealous of you.

  6. All of these books sound so great! Oh no! Anxious Hearts still hasn't been released? I'm so anxious to read it!

  7. Anxious Hearts looks GREAT! And sounds too!
    Happy Reading!

  8. Sara, I don't think I've ever been jealous of anyone like I am of you right now. First Jekel Loves Hyde & now Anxious Hearts? Lucky! But happy reading! :)

  9. I really want to read The Heretic Queen! Love the author!

  10. The Heretic Queen & Anxious Hearts ones look great!

  11. I really want to read the Heretic Queen because I loved Cleopatra's Daughter! Also, I love the cover of Anxious Hearts. Enjoy : D

  12. OMG, you already got Anxious Hearts??!!?! So jealous, can't wait for your review!

  13. Heretic Queen was an excellent read. Happy reading!

  14. Great books. Hope you enjoy Anxious Hearts. It looks really good.

  15. Anxious Hearts has a gorgeous cover. I am really intrigued by the premise -- it sounds terrific. Enjoy!

  16. Anxious Hears has such a pretty cover! I'm so intrigued by the synopsis too. All the books sound great this week - have fun reading!! :)

  17. Beautiful colors. These sound great. Happy Reading!


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