15 January 2012


IMM is hosted by The Story Siren - drop by and see all the other participating blogs with their overflowing mailboxes! It's a great way to learn about new books coming out and books that you may never heard of before.

It's that time of week again - and my second book-buying-banned IMM. Sigh. So to make up for it, I'm going to actually give you more information on the books for the first time ever!

Purchased (was pre-ordered, doesn't count as a 2012 purchase in my mind!)

Fighting to Survive (As the World Dies #2) by Rhiannon Frater

Picking up where The First Days ends, Fighting to Survive features the further zombie-killing, civilization-saving adventures of a pair of sexy, kick butt heroines and the men who love them. A hundred or so survivors of the zombie plague have found tenuous safety in the walled off center of a small Texas town. Now the hard work of survival begins—finding enough food; creating safe, weather-resistant shelter; establishing laws; and fighting off both the undead who want to eat them and the living bandits who want to rob and kill them.

I loved The First Days (I haven't reviewed it because I read it before my blog was born), and I immediately put Fighting to Survive on pre-order when I finished it!

Free For Kindle

Just because I'm not buying books, the Kindle still gets a workout! These books are really not my normal genre, but I thought I'd be adventurous!

Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy #1) by Nicole Williams

College sophomore Bryn Dawson is a self-proclaimed poster child for normal. However, the day William Hayward enters her life, normalcy is the last thing Bryn will be able to count on if she wants to be with him. Too mysterious and appealing to be good for a girl, Bryn feels drawn to him in a way that seems out of her control—as if fate is orchestrating it.

Despite every red flag and warning siren going off in her head telling her not to, Bryn falls hard for William, knowing he’s categorically different from anyone she’s ever met. She never imagined how right she was. When William takes her deeper into the rabbit hole of his world, Bryn must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to be with him, knowing no matter what, fate always finds a way to have the last laugh.

When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. A beautiful and mysterious neighbor offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom.

But in exchange she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a protector of human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions her motives for helping him.

Marked (Soul Guardians #1) by Kim Richardson

Sixteen year-old Kara Nightingale’s ordinary life is suddenly turned upside-down when she dies in a freak accident, and she wakes up in a strange new world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara hurtles towards dangerous missions with the help of her Petty Officer and friend, David.

But when she discovers a Mark on her leg, the entire Legion accuses her of being a Demon spy. Angels are dying, and David begins to pull away from her. Can Kara prove her innocence as she becomes the Legion’s only hope?

It’s going to take a miracle to save the Legion, and Kara’s luck has just run out...

If anyone has read any of these three, I'd be interested to hear what you thought of them!

For Review

Wormwood by Michael James McFarland

Provided by the author - thank you!

“We strongly caution viewers that the footage about to be broadcast is of a highly graphic and unsettling nature.”
The blonde anchor glanced nervously off-camera, as if there were a gun pointed at his head, then gazed back into the lens.
“I’d like to remind our audience that it has never been the policy of this station to panic or unduly alarm our viewership in bringing such events to public attention, or exploit or sensationalize any such footage we may receive. That said, the videotape we’re about to present is uncensored and unedited in hopes that viewers might better prepare themselves for what is happening in the eastern portion of the country and which, by all reliable indicators, may spread our way in coming weeks.
“This footage comes to us from our affiliate station in Chicago and was shot by W.N.C. cameraman Dennis Kabrich in the neighboring community of Elmhurst. Once again, what you are about to witness is real and is attributed to the so-called ‘Wormwood’ or ‘Yellowseed’ virus, first reported near the town of Willard, Pennsylvania, just two short months ago. This footage is of an extremely graphic nature and viewer discretion is strongly advised.”
With that, the cautions ceased and the videotape rolled.

Stolen Pawns by R.S. Carter

War-driven abductions of children who are forced to join murderous armies and trained to kill are nothing new in other countries, but it’s about to happen within the United States on an inter-planetary scale.

When over eleven thousand teenagers who happen to have the same date of birth are simultaneously reported missing on their sixteenth birthday, no explanation offered can help console a struggling nation as towns, cities and religious communities teeter on the brink of civil war out of confusion and fear.

Joshua and Gabriel are twin brothers among the missing. When they awake in the parallel world of Askival, they are told of a precarious conflict with a rival country and are asked to participate in a war to help prevent the annihilation of an entire race.

Under the influence of a mysterious airborne drug, most of the abducted teens eventually embrace their new calling, but Joshua, Gabriel and their friend Heather are among the few who have nagging suspicions of folly. If their suspicions are correct, that means all eleven thousand were meant to serve as a brainwashed army on the wrong side of the war, and time is running out before they are sent to the front lines.

Burn in Hades by Michael L. Martin Jr.

Cross never forgives because he never forgets.

Haunted by the Hell of his past transgressions, he sets out on an epic journey across the underworld to paradise--not to frolic in the gardens with the righteous, but to drink from the river Lethe which causes complete forgetfulness.

He's a rare soul who remembers his life before death, known throughout the underworld as "The Man Who Remembers". There's a bounty on his memories, and envious spirits hunt his head to steal them.

Erasing his mind will get the spirits off his neck and allow him to keep his crown on its throne, but he will have to continue his afterlife in an ignorant bliss. Even more unfortunate for him, paradise is guarded by a great wall that annihilates any soul that gets too close. No member of the damned has ever broken in.

And last but definitely not least, from NetGalley

New Girl by Paige Harbison

They call me 'New Girl'...

Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her.

Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault.

Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be.

And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back.

Not my biggest mailbox ever, but I'm quite pleased with this one!  What did you get this week?  Leave me a link, I'd love to see!


  1. Hello there Kat! For someone with a self-imposed book-buying-ban - you have quite a number of books here!! And most of them look pretty amazing. I have to confess that I won't be able to have as much self-control as you seem to have. All my resolve go to mush when I hunt for rare finds in book bargains!

    Among the titles you have here, several have caught my interest: Wormwood, Born in Hades, and Marked (is that an award-winning-book? I see a stamp somewhere at the book cover). I know that I also have to start reading up my recent book buys, but yup, life does get in the way, on occasion.

    Here's my IMM over at GatheringBooks. Do drop by and visit!

  2. Great IMM! New Girl and Fighting to Survive both look really good! I hope you enjoy them all!

  3. reading new girl right now i's awesome
    njoy all


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  4. Love the covers of Eternal Eden and Marked. I got New Girl, also! :)

    Happy Reading!
    iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books

  5. Great set! Eternal Eden looks especially good. Enjoy!
    My IMM

  6. Thank you for visiting my IMM today - Zomblog was free on Amazon Kindle this morning. Take a look, maybe you can still grab it for free :)

  7. I got New Girls too a couple of weeks ago. Hope you'll enjoy it!
    Happy Reading!
    My IMM
    A Beautiful Madness

  8. I also have Eternal Eden, The SoulKeepers, and Marked on my kindle but haven' read them. I have had New Girl for review for awhile too and plan to read it soon since it comes out soon. Thanks for visiting.

  9. Awesome books. I can't wait to read New Girl. The cover is so pretty. Happy Reading!

  10. I want to read all three of the freebies - they all sound great!
    - Jessica at Book Sake.

  11. The Soulkeepers looks really good! Awesome IMM.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. I actually snagged all of those freebies from Amazon too! The other books look interesting too. Enjoy!

    Heather from Bewitched Bookworms

  13. Marked sounds interesting and I can't wait to read New Girl!

    Happy reading!

  14. The Soulkeepers looks good! I missed it when it was free. I will be reading New Girl very soon! I hope we enjoy:D

    Racquel @ The Book Barbies♥
    -thank you&come again.

  15. I've heard a lot of good things about the As the World Dies series.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Megan @ Between the Lines

  16. New follower here! I have New Girl from Netgalley too, and I'm looking forward to reading it! Here is my IMM if you'd like to follow me back: http://theonceandfuturelibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/01/in-my-mailbox-3.html

  17. As the World dies looks so creepy and I'm super curious about them. And I'm really curious about New Girl too and can't wait to read it! Hope you enjoy & thanks for stopping by! :)



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