Sunday, September 19, 2010

In My Mailbox #31

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
*I received this ARC through Book It Forward Tours. I hope the book is as fabulous as the cover!
Goodreads says, "Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth."

Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliott
*Thanks to Stacy from Simon and Schuster/Touchstone for sending me this book for review. She thought I would enjoy this series since I am a fan of historical fiction and fantasy. I think she's right, because anything that involves Tristan and Isolde is right up my alley.
Goodreads says, "She is a healer, a storyteller, a warrior, and a queen without a throne. In the shadow of King Arthur's Britain, one woman knows the truth that could save a kingdom from the hands of a tyrant...  Ancient grudges, old wounds, and the quest for power rule in the newly widowed Queen Isolde's court. Hardly a generation after the downfall of Camelot, Isolde grieves for her slain husband, King Constantine, a man she secretly knows to have been murdered by the scheming Lord Marche -- the man who has just assumed his title as High King. Though her skills as a healer are renowned throughout the kingdom, in the wake of Con's death, accusations of witchcraft and sorcery threaten her freedom and her ability to bring Marche to justice. Burdened by their suspicion and her own grief, Isolde must conquer the court's distrust and superstition to protect her throne and the future of Britain.  One of her few allies is Trystan, a prisoner with a lonely and troubled past. Neither Saxon nor Briton, he is unmoved by the political scheming, rumors, and accusations swirling around the fair queen. Together they escape, and as their companionship turns from friendship to love, they must find a way to prove what they know to be true -- that Marche's deceptions threaten not only their lives but the sovereignty of the British kingdom.  In Twilight of Avalon, Anna Elliott returns to the roots of the legend of Trystan and Isolde to shape a very different story -- one based in the earliest written versions of the Arthurian tales -- a captivating epic brimming with historic authenticity, sweeping romance, and the powerful magic of legend."

Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliot 
*This is the second book in the Twilight of Avalon series.  Thanks to Stacy from Simon and Schuster/Touchstone, I'll get to see what happens after the first book!
Goodreads says, "She is a healer, a storyteller, and a warrior. She has fought to preserve Britain’s throne. Now she faces her greatest challenge in turning bitter enemies into allies, saving the life of the man she loves . . . and mending her own wounded heart.  The young former High Queen, Isolde, and her friend and protector, Trystan, are reunited in a new and dangerous quest to keep the usurper, Lord Marche, and his Saxon allies from the throne of Britain. Using Isolde’s cunning wit and talent for healing and Trystan’s strength and bravery, they must act as diplomats, persuading the rulers of the smaller kingdoms, from Ireland to Cornwall, that their allegiance to the High King is needed to keep Britain from a despot’s hands. Their admissions of love hang in the air, but neither wants to put the other at risk by openly declaring a deeper alliance. When their situation is at its most desperate, Trystan and Isolde must finally confront their true feelings toward each other, in time for a battle that will test the strength of their will and their love. Steeped in the magic and lore of Arthurian legend, Elliott paints a moving portrait of a timeless romance, fraught with danger, yet with the power to inspire heroism and transcend even the darkest age."

What did you get in your mailbox?  Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think.  I look forward to checking out everyone's mailboxes. Have a great day!  This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.


10 comments:

  1. I didn't really enjoy Halo, but I'll be interested to see what you think of it. I had some pretty strong opinions on the main character, so maybe we can compare thoughts!

    Happy reading! :)

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  2. Great books this week. Hope you enjoy them! My mailbox is here.

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  3. Great IMM content this week, Christina. Both of the first two books are on my wish-list :)

    I hope they are good and that you like them once you get a chance to read them.

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  4. Lucky you! Halo is getting rave reviews and jealous to the bits.

    Love the cover of Avalon... very beautiful.

    have a great read.
    Aisle B loot
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  5. I am loving the sound of Twilight of Avalon. Cannot wait for your review!
    I have Halo but who knows when I will find the time to read it. Being back at work is hard! :-)

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  6. Awesome books! I love Tristan and Isolde too! They are one of my favourite couples. I hope the book is good, I'm looking forward to your review. Enjoy!

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  7. I am in LOVE with the Halo cover. Everytime I see it I just fall in love! Can't wait to see your review on it! I've heard mixed reviews!

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  8. I was so happy to stumble upon your blog. I'm going on for my Master's in middle childhood education (Language Arts and Social Studies) in January. Can't wait to have an excuse to read more teen fiction!

    Feel free to check out my blog at http://literary-explorations.blogspot.com

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