Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mailbox Monday - 6/28

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This week I got 6 books.  The first three were from they were: "The Hero of Ages" by Brandon Sanderson, "Fall of Thanes" by Brian Ruckley, and "A Countess Below Stairs" by Eva Ibbotson.  The first two books finish up two fantasy series that I have been wanting to start, but have been waiting for the final books in the series before starting.  The third book I got because I absolutely loved Ibbotson's book "A Company of Swans".

The third book I got through the Amazon Vine program and this was "Belly Up" by Stuart Gibbs.  This looks like a hilarious read and I am excited to read it.

The last two books I got on loan from a friend (my mom actually) and they were: "Doppelganger" by Marie Brennan and "Tempest Rising" (Jane True, Book 1) by Nicole Peeler.

You can see more info on the books below.  I hope that you all got a lot of wonderful books and that you have a great week of reading!

The Hero of Ages (Book 3, Mistborn Trilogy) by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn 
First Sentence: "Marsh struggled to kill himself."
"Who is the Hero of Ages?
To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness---the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists---is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.

Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can’t even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave readers rubbing their eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream."

Fall of Thanes (The Godless World, Book 3) by Brian Ruckley
Fall of Thanes (Godless World Series #3) 
First Sentence: "The movement of birds."
"The True Bloods are in disarray, their alliance crumbling and their armies humbled by the forces of the Black Road. Aeglyss, falling ever deeper into madness, casts a shadow across all. At the court of the High Thane, Anyara faces a savage struggle for survival against the na'kyrim's possessed agent: Mordyn Jerain, the Shadowhand.

In the GlasValley, Kanin, the embittered Horin-Gyre Thane, plots a desperate rising against the halfbreed. But ultimately it will be Orisian, Thane of a Blood that no longer exists, who must stand face to face with a darkly transcendent Aeglyss and make the sacrifice - of himself and others - required to end the threat he represents.

FALL OF THANES is the spectacular conclusion to the Godless World trilogy, a sweeping epic of war, politics and empire. "

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
A Countess Below Stairs 
First Sentence: "In the fabled, glittering world that was St. Petersburg before the First World War there lived, in an ice-blue palace overlooking the river Neva, a family on whom the gods seemed to have lavished their gifts with an almost comical abundance."
"After the russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young russian countess, has no choice but to flee to england. penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties—not to mention her instant attraction to rupert, the handsome earl of westerholme. to make matters worse, rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then there’s the small matter of rupert’s beautiful and nasty fiancĂ©e. . . ."

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
Belly Up  
First Sentence: "I'd just been busted for giving the chimpanzees water balloons when I first heard something was wrong at Hippo River."
"12 year old Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt Fitzroy has got a murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. Henry, the hippopatamus at the brand-new nationally known FunJungle, has gone belly up. Even though it's claimed he died of natural causes, Teddy smells something fishy and it sure ain't the polar bear's lunch. Dealing with the zoo's top brass proves to be nothing but a waste of time. They want to see any trace of Henry's death disappear like yesterday's paper. So Teddy sets out to find the truth. With the help of Summer McCraken, a fiesty girl with secrets of her own, the two narrow down their prime suspects. Is it Martin Del Gato, FunJungle's head of operations who hates kids and hates animals even more? Or J.J McCraken, the owner of FunJungle and and hates animals even more? Or J.J McCraken, the owner of FunJungle and Summer's father, who has more concern for the dough he's raking in than the animals in the zoo? As their investigation goes on, Teddy gets squeezed on all sides to quit asking questions or Henry won't be the only animal in the zoo to turn up dead. The deeper Teddy and Summer get, they had better make sure they want to know what they want to know because when it comes to hippo homicide, the truth can't be kept in a cage!"

On Loan From a Friend:

Doppelganger by Marie Brennan
First Sentence: "Rain pattered steadily through the leaves of the wood and dripped to the ground below."
"When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. For the witch to master her powers, the twin must be killed. But what happens when the doppelganger survives? Mirage, a fierce bounty hunter, lives by her wits and lethal fighting skills. She always gets her mark. But her new mission will take her into the shadowy world of witches, where her strength may be no match against magic. Miryo is a witch who has just failed her initiation test. She now knows that there is someone in the world who looks like her, who is her: Mirage. To control her powers and become a full witch, Miryo has only one choice. To hunt the hunter and destroy her."

Tempest Rising (Jane True, Book 1) by Nicole Peeler
Tempest Rising (Jane True)  
First Sentence: "I eyeballed the freezer, trying to decide what to cook for dinner that night."
"Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel. "


  1. Enjoy all your new books!

  2. These all look tempting and they're a diverse group of books. I like that kind of mailbox.

    Here's mine:

  3. Belly Up looks like a really cute read and I think i would enjoy Doppelganger too. Hope you have a great week reading.

  4. Ooh, Countess Below Stairs sounds fantastic to me. You got some nice ones this week. Enjoy them all and have a great week.

  5. Belly Up does look cute. Happy reading!

  6. Looks like you got some good summer escapism! Enjoy. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  7. I picked up A Company of Swans at my library's sale a while back, glad to hear someone say they liked it. Enjoy your books! No books for me this week, but I've got a copy of Captivity to give away over on my blog if you'd like to stop by!

  8. Belly Up looks cute. The Countess Under The Stairs sounds like a good read! Enjoy!