Posted by : Ruby Escalona Saturday, December 5, 2009

In this week's mailbox, I didn't buy any books [brand new or used]! Instead, I got the following as parcels from contests I've won from Cherry Mischievous and Bitten By Books! =)


From Cherry Mischievous:
"The Magicians" by Lev Grossman and a bunch of swag [postcards of "The Cracked Throne" by Joshua Palmatier, and a postcard from Cherry too]. This looks like a really awesome book! I can't wait to read it, although I'll have to find more reading time first!

"The Magicians" Synopsis from Amazon.com

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.
He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.
 
The other book is MaryJanice Davidson's "Drop Dead Gorgeous" from Bitten By Books
 
It's a chick lit book, I think? Another genre I so adore! I have one of her Queen Betsey vampire series in my TBR too!
 
Product Description from Amazon.com
Ah, weddings - every single woman's reminder that she'll probably die alone, covered in cat hair and dressed in unflattering sweatpants. And as far as bad wedding experiences go, my friend Stacy's could take the cake - I'm dateless, I'm a bridesmaid, and someone just attempted to whack the groom (known, no kidding, as The Boss) in the middle of the ceremony. Whoa...hang on. I might not relish reception food or doing the Electric Slide, but anyone who tries to ruin a girlfriend's big day by bumping off her true love will have to go through me first. So now I, assistant hairdresser Jenny Branch, am helping to hunt down a real-life bad guy, and the prime suspect is Kevin Stone, who claims to be working undercover for a group called Covert Ops Protection. All of this is hard to believe - my new role as spy-in-training, the fact that I'm surrounded by people with freaky superhuman powers, and most of all, the way that this unbelievably sexy villain/double agent/whatever Kevin is makes every (and I mean every) nerve-ending tingle the second he comes into view...and it appears to be mutual. Living with flying bullets and constant danger is a long way from sweeping up hair at the end of the day. But if it means being around Kevin, a girl could get used to it...

13 Responses so far.

  1. Nina says:

    Yay for winnings! :)

  2. Cherry says:

    I haven't read The Magicians (not my genre) and I hope you'll enjoy it! Happy reading!!

  3. Bitsy says:

    Congrats on your awesome haul! Those books look really cool.

    I love your blog, the design is so cool and very slick. I love the colors!

  4. Esme says:

    Ruby-hello The Magicians is on my wish list-great winnings.

  5. congrats on winning those :) enjoy them!

  6. Drop Dead, Gorgeous was a fun read. I started The Magicians but didn't finish it before I donated it to my HS Media Center. I guess I wasn't in the right mood and knew I had students who would like it. I'll have to try again one of these days.

  7. Drop Dead Gorgeous looks really good. I've just bought Undead and Unwed by the same author :) Enjoy your books!

  8. Milka says:

    Drop Dead Gorgeous looks really good! :)
    Happy Reading! :)

  9. Great mailbox!! Enjoy your books!

  10. The magicians looks fantastic!

  11. ~*Ruby*~ says:

    @Nina - i know! :)

    @Cherry - many thanks for hosting the giveaway! Will email you or post a comment with my review of the book. It looks really interesting! Many thanks again for the Uk edition of the book! :)

    @Bitsy - many thanks! :)

    @Esme - I'll deffo post a review of the Magicians once I've gotten round to reading it. Have you received the book you won from me from Random House yet?

    @miss cindy - thank you!

    @Kathy - thank you for those suggestions! I'm lucky that I got some fab books to read from the contests in the blogosphere

    @Carolyn - I have Undead and Unwed in my TBR too! lol. I managed to get a hardbound one from a used bookstore. I <3 used bookstores!

    @Milka, @inthehammock blog, @Sheila - Thank you! :)

    :) :) :)

    Now off to see some other readers In My Mailbox posts, work, read & catch up on blogging!

    What a busy day ahead lol!

  12. cessie says:

    Lucky girl to win two books!
    The chicklit sounds like real fun! Curious what you will think of it after reading!

  13. ~*Ruby*~ says:

    Was browsing through "Drop Dead Gorgeous" yesterday night and lo and behold, it was autographed!!!

    *squees in delight*

    Thank you again BittenbyBooks and MaryJanice Davidson :D

    Now I can't wait to read it -- this is my second autographed book, like, ever :D

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