Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mailbox Monday - 7/12

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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. 

I got a billion books this just kidding :-)  I actually got seven but it seemed like a lot.

From early reviewer program I got The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell and Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn.  You can read my review of Discord's Apple here.

From bookmooch I got The Rise of Renegade X by Chealsea M. Campbell.  

From I got The Book of Time by Guiluame Prevost.  

Lastly from the library I got The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong, the final book in the Darkest Powers Trilogy.  You can read my review of this book here. 

I got two books through  Those were The Best American Comics of 2010 by Neil Gaiman and Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book by Kersten Hamilton.  Both of them are e-books. 

I am eager to read them all!  Hope that you all have a great week of reading, you can find more info on the books mentioned above below.

The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell

The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel  
First Sentence: "God is a slick god."
Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.
For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks"

Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn
Discord's Apple  
First Sentence: "Finally, after driving all night, Evie arrived."
"When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope’s Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she stands to inherit. Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again. The magic of the storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items. But just because it has never been done does not mean it cannot be done.

And there are certainly those who will give anything to find a way in.

Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them. Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to undermine her most desperate gambits. At stake is the fate of the world, and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse. In the same month, along with this all-new hardcover, Tor will publish a new novel in Carrie Vaughn’s popular, New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series featuring werewolf talk radio host, Kitty Norville. Kitty Goes to War will be the eighth book in this successful mass market series."

The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell

The Rise of Renegade X  
First Sentence: "Golden City isn't your average tourist trap."
"Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she's been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father's too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he has only six weeks to prove he's not a hero in any way, or else he's stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.

To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dad's "flying lessons" that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the city--despite his nearly debilitating fear of heights--thwarting the eccentric teen scientist who insists she's his sidekick, and keeping his supervillain girlfriend from finding out the truth. But when Damien uncovers a dastardly plot to turn all the superheroes into mindless zombie slaves, a plan hatched by his own mom, he discovers he cares about his new family more than he thought. Now he has to choose: go back to his life of villainy and let his family become zombies, or stand up to his mom and become a real hero."

The Book of Time by Guilaume Prevost

Book Of Time 
First Sentence: "Samuel Faulkner's trouble with time started at 9:48 Saturday morning."
"A statue; a coin; an old book. They look as dusty as everything else in the Faulkner Antiquarian Bookstore, where 14-year-old Sam Faulkner seeks his father, who's been missing for days. But when Sam slips the coin into the statue, he's swept back in time -- to Scotland in 800 A.D. -- where he must find both the statue and another coin in order to return to the present. It's the first step in an adventure that will take him to ancient Egypt, World War I, even Dracula's castle -- and a mystery that will end only when Sam saves his father, or loses him in time . . ."


The Reckoning By Kelley Armstrong

The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, Book 3)  
First Sentence: "After four nights on the run, I was finally safe, tucked into bed and enjoying the deep, dreamless sleep of the dead...until the dead decided they'd really rather have me awake."
My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.
But normal is one thing I'm not.
For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.
Not normal.
My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.
Definitely not normal.
And finally, I'm a genetically altered necro-mancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.
As far away from normal as it gets."


Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book by Kersten Hamilton

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book  
First Sentence: "Teagan Wylltson's fingers curled in American Sign Language as she spoke."
"Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.  Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming."

The Best American Comics of 2010 by Neil Gaiman
The Best American Comics 2010 (The Best American Series (R))  
From "The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Neil Gaiman—one of the top writers in modern comics and the award-winning author of novels and children’s bookshas culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Internet to create this cutting-edge collection. With entries from luminaries such as Tim Hensley, Michael Kupperman, and Dash Shaw, “it’s hard to flip through this book without finding a lot worth reading (and rereading)” (The Onion, A.V. Club)."


  1. I'm curious, will you be reading The Best American Comics on your computer or an e-reader? I'm curious how that will work out-- maybe I should request it...

    You've got a bunch of great books (and I agree, 7 can seem like a billion!). Enjoy your reading!

  2. Hi Laura,
    I plan on reading it on my computer. It is just too big of a file to put over on my Kindle. I am not sure yet how many color images are in the file but I am sure there are plenty of them and those just don't translate over well onto the Kindle!

    Thanks for the comment :-)
    - Karissa

  3. yeah, 7 books in one week is quite the windfall. Lucky you! Have a great week, happy reading and enjoy all your new books!

  4. I so want to read Discord's Apple! I've had my eye on Reapers, too, and I also downloaded Tyger, Tyger from NetGalley. Haven't had a chance to read it yet. Here's my Mailbox. Happy reading!

  5. Congrats on the LibraryThing reads! Enjoy! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  6. You had another great week. I'd love to read The Best American Comics of 2010 - I bet it's a good one.

  7. A book a day keeps the doctor away! Enjoy!

    My mailbox is smaller

  8. I have the Neil Gaiman book to review as well. It came two weeks ago. Two books for me this week. Pussreboots.

  9. You have a beautiful blog!! I forgot to add my e-books that I've received this week! I also have Tyger Tyger to review! Check out my Box here!

  10. Julie,
    Thanks, I have been trying to work on it to make it look nicer! Hope that you enjoy Tyger Tyger. Looks like you got a lot of nice books too!
    - Karissa