In My Mailbox (18)


June 2, 2012 by Heidi

IMM (18) at Bunbury in the Stacks

Hi all!  As you may have noticed, it’s been fairly busy round these parts this week, mainly with my transfer to WordPress!  I’m still working on getting everything finalized, so if there are any blank pages at the moment, there won’t be soon.  I knew going in to my blog that I would eventually want to be on WordPress, but at the time it also seemed more complicated, and I wasn’t sure if I’d even like blogging, so I went with what I saw as the more intuitive platform with the lower learning curve, Blogger.  Blogger was fine, but now that I’ve decided I’m likely going to be doing this for a while, I wanted more of the options and ease that WordPress can provide.  Luckily, since my blog was so young, I didn’t lose any posts or comments in the transfer the way many bloggers seem to, and I’m already much happier!

Next week will be a quiet one here at Bunbury in the Stacks, because I’m going to be out and about at BEA.  I could have scheduled posts for when I’m gone, but it’s less stress for me to just take a couple of days off.  There will be plenty to post about after!  Besides, I’m commuting, so it’s only 3 days of quiet (for you) and train rides (for me).

Anyway, let’s talk about what we’re actually here for—my mailbox!

book cover of Law of the Broken Earth by Rachel Neumeierbook cover of The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeierbook cover of The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeierbook cover of House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier

This week I got all things Neumeier!  One of my earliest reviews on Bunbury in the Stacks was for the first book in Rachel Neumeier’s Griffin Mage trilogy, Lord of the Changing Winds.  I really enjoyed it as a piece of wonderful and intriguing high fantasy, and have been wanting to read more of her stuff ever since!  When Rachel contacted me about reviewing her forthcoming book, House of Shadow, I enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity, as it’s been on my TBR since before I started blogging.  Rachel was kind and generous enough to also send me copies of the other books of hers that I didn’t already own, and you can be certain I’ll be marching through them in the rest of the year!

Side note: Aren’t her covers beautiful?  I love them all.  I was literally petting The Floating Islands when I got it.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for matte and some pretty art.

Thanks to both Rachel Neumeier and Orbit!

Law of the Broken Earth: The Griffin Mage: Book Three | GoodReads|Amazon
The Floating Islands | GoodReads|Amazon
The City in the Lake | GoodReads|Amazon
House of Shadows | GoodReads|Amazon

book cover of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Brackenbook cover of Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm

Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm | GoodReads|Amazon
This was one of the titles I was most excited about seeing featured during Fairy Tale Fortnight, and thanks to Jodi Lamm and Misty’s giveaway at The Book Rat, I now own it!  I’ve heard simply awesome things about this self-published book from people I lurv like Asher of Paranormal Indulgence, so I’m excited to read!

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken | GoodReads|Amazon
This was one of those books that I know is going to be at BEA, but I still couldn’t resist requesting it on NetGalley just in case I don’t get to it!  It’s a highly anticipated YA fantasy for the fall, and I can’t wait to read it.  Thanks Disney-Hyperion!

This Week of Bunburying

Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas
You’re more than just a book to me, John Green
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
With Bated Breath: June New Releases

That’s it for me, let me know what’s going on in your neck of the woods.  I look forward to meeting many of you at BEA next week, and I’ll be missing a lot of you unable to attend.


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  1. So, ok. Darkest Minds sounds AMAZING and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get it at BEA. But I am psyched about your Rachel Neumeier haul! I have The Floating Islands in one of my piles, waiting to be read, and House of Shadows sounds FANTASTIC!! Rachel is THE BOMB, YO!!!

    • Heidi says:

      Doesn’t it? And YES, Rachel IS the bomb! I’ve heard fantastic things about The Floating Islands, so we both need to get on that. I had better see you at BEA on Wednesday! I really want to meet you.

  2. Ohh I want to read The Floating Islands too!! Her covers are so gorgeous and I actually didn’t know she was the author of House of Shadows, which I am also anticipating reading! I am so excited we will be at BEA soon!! YAY!

    • Heidi says:

      Aren’t they pretty? If I had more time before BEA, I’d read it and bring it to you, but alas, I probably won’t even finish Daughter of the Forest before then. I seriously am so excited to hang out with you irl!!

  3. Heidi, JUST FYI, I <333 you and will miss you! I'm sorry I haven't stopped by lately, but it wasn't for lack of trying let me tell you. I think I shall spend some time tomorrow just backtracking on your blog posts since I've missed reading them so much 😉 HAVE SO MUCH FUN AT BEA. Seriously.

    And just HOW MUCH do you love Lord of the Changing Winds. Because, depending on the percentage here, maybe I will pick up a copy…?

    *fist-pumps* Titan Magic! I REALLY hope you like it. So much so that I'm nervous right now. But, it's so fab and isn't the cover gorgeous? (By the way, I'm really digging House of Shadows and The Floating Islands for their covers alone :DD)

    I'M SUPER JEALOUS OF YOUR COPY OF DARKEST MINDS. Netgalley goes and tells me no blogger requests at this time *grumbles* I am DETERMINED to read that book, darnit. I looooove Brightly Woven, it's insane. Total special shelf, so that's what I expect from Bracken's second book.


    • Heidi says:

      Lord of the Changing Winds is one I recommend to someone who likes some old school high fantasy. It’s not huge one character depth, or, since the characters featured largely aren’t technically human it’s different than normal, and not very emotional. It’s political, but in a good way. I’d say I really liked, but didn’t love…maybe I’ll be more pushy after I finish the rest of the series?

      I haven’t read Brightly Woven yet, but I really want to, I’ve heard so many good things! And thank you, I’m hoping BEA will be tons of fun. Hoping that I’ll get to meet you at an event sometime! Maybe at Book of Wonders sometime?

  4. VeganYANerds says:

    Hi Heidi! I discovered your blog thanks to The Readventurer/twitter! I love your about page, I think I’m often bunburying 😉

    Great books this week, I love the cover of The Floating Islands!

    Mands xox

    • Heidi says:

      I’m so glad you found me! I <3 The Readventurer, and have been seeing your name in the comments of tons of my blogging buddies, so I think that's a sign we're destined to be blogfriends!

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