Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? January 14 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at Mailbox Monday. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Lori at Lori's Reading Corner is hosting for the month of January. You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.

This is what I got in my mailbox this past week.

Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent (Book tour)

In 1861 London, Violet Morgan is struggling to establish a good reputation for the undertaking business that her husband has largely abandoned. She provides comfort for the grieving, advises them on funeral fashion and etiquette, and arranges funerals. Unbeknownst to his wife, Graham, who has nursed a hatred of America since his grandfather soldiered for Great Britain in the War of 1812, becomes involved in a scheme to sell arms to the South. Meanwhile, Violet receives the commission of a lifetime: undertaking the funeral for a friend of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. But her position remains precarious, especially when Graham disappears and she begins investigating a series of deaths among the poor. And the closer she gets to the truth, the greater the danger for them both...

The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini (Audiobook)

John Quincannon is a staid, stuck in his ways not young private eye. Sabina Carpenter is his younger partner, who is inclined to make sport of him and his ways. Sherlock Holmes makes an appearance in this novel set in San Francisco in the early part of the last century, the days of the Barbary Coast.

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill (Audiobook)

In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales. Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being--called the Nybbas--imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true--not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumphÉor its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.

Read and reviewed:
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Great sequel)
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (Amazing audio drama)
A Good Trade by Alma Fullerton (Heartwarming children's story)

Finished reading:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (upcoming review)

Currently reading:
The Widow's Redeemer by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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