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Sunday, March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox #115 & Weekly Feature

Happy Sunday! Welcome to this week's edition of In My Mailbox. IMM is a weekly feature hosted by the Story Siren where bloggers post about the goodies they received the week before in their mailbox. Here's what arrived in my mailbox this week:

For Review:

Mundie Kids:


I received the coolest surprise package in the mail this week from Malissa C. She surprised me with a lovely card, a Barnes & Noble gift card that has my logo on it (it looks so cool) and a Flynn Rider doll. There is a story behind that doll... Thank you Malissa!! Please DM or message me so I can contact you. I can't find your contact any more.


I bought a few books this week, but I'm waiting for them to arrive. I'll have them featured next week.

Thank you to:

Harper Teen, Scholastic, Disney Hyperion, Penguin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Clavis and Malissa C for this week's awesome goodies! What goodies arrived in your mailbox this week?


Weekly Feature:

This week had a lot of exciting news from CASSIE about her new book series and the TMI movie!

Cassie/ TMI movie news: these links are from this week's posts and are linked from most recent blog posts to this week's oldest post

Book Review: Bourne by Lisa T. Bergren

Published by: self published
Released on: February 28th, 2012
Source: e-book from author to review
4.5 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords
Series: Book #4 in The River of Time Series

BOURNE, a novella (1/3 the length of a normal novel), picks up right where TORRENT left off...Find out what has happened to men returning from the battle, gravely wounded, to the Betarrinis, fighting for the men they love, and just who is hunting them next... -quoted from Goodreads

Picking up right where Torrent leaves off, Gabi and Lia find themselves awaiting the arrival of their men, Marcello and Luca, along with their armies and Lord Greco. War still rages on, danger is an ever present thing, and someone's life is on the brink of ending. With everything that goes on in this book, I love how Lisa is able to blend together her suspense, love, action and humor. It's one of the things I've come to love about her series. BOURNE made me fall in love with this series all over again. I loved being back in 14th century Italy with Gabi, Lia, Marcello, Luca and Lord Greco. My only compliant is that this book had to end. I wanted more.

One of the things I loved about BOURNE is the dual points of views between the two sisters, Gabi and Lia. This is not something that's featured in any of the other books, and something I thought worked wonderfully for this novella. I loved being able to get glimpsed into both Gabi & Marcello, and Lia & Luca's relationships. I felt like I got to know each of them on a more in-depth level. In the previous three books I got to fall in love with Gabi and Marcello, and this time around I got to do that with Lia an Luca. I completely adore Lia and Luca!! They not only make me snicker, they make sigh over their sweet romance, and complete devotion to each other.

Lisa's writing with this novella is just as stellar as it is with the rest of the series. I love the attention to detail that she gives this delicate, and often times uncertain time period. She has a talent for bringing 14th century Italy to life in this story. The setting is one of my favorite things about these books. I feel like I'm getting a glimpse back in time with it. Lisa also does a wonderful job at making her characters stay as lovable and enjoyable as they've been through out the series. I seriously can't get enough of them, and this time around I was left wanting so much more from Lord Greco. Which is surprising given how he first started off in this series. His character has really come full circle with how much he's changed over the course of each of the books. I can't wait to read more about him in TRIBUTARY, the 5th book in the River of Time Series.

This is a must read for fans of The River of Time series! I am completely in love with this series, and featured it as one of my top favorite reads for 2011. I couldn't read Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent fast enough. Lisa Bergren has created a series that's full of romance, action, love, historical references, faith, friendship, betrayal and so much more. This entire series will make you wish you could take a trip back to the 14th century Italy to spend the day with Gabi, Marcello, Lia and Luca. If you're looking for a series that is full of sweep you off your feet romance, tough heroines, exciting action, and fabulous story telling, I highly recommend picking this one up!