Sunday, November 28, 2010

In My Mailbox and Mailbox Monday

IMM is a meme started at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.

Mailbox Monday can be found at: The Printed Page

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 four books.  The first two were from Amazon Vine and these were: Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports, Book 1) by Cherie Priest and Vesper (Deviants, Book 1)  by Jeff Sampson.  I am excited to read them both but especially excited for the new Cherie Priest book since I have absolutely loved everything I have read by her.

The third book was Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, Book 13) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson and I got this one from Tor Publishing for review.  Thanks to Tor and I am very excited to progress in the Wheel of Time series...hopefully someday I will get to the end :-)

The fourth book I bought because I had this awesome 50% off coupon from Border's and that book was: Havoc (Malice, Book 2) by Chris Wooding.  The first book in this series was Malice and it was an awesome book that was part graphic novel part novel.  Very cool, check it out if you get a chance...anyway Havoc is the continuation of that story.

So that's my books for the week, you can see more on them below.  Hope that you all have a wonderful week of reading!

Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports, Book 1) by Cherie Priest
First Sentence: "You wouldn't believe some of the weird shit people pay me to steal."
From "Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist—even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files—documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride."

Vesper (Deviants, Book 1)  by Jeff Sampson
Vesper: A Deviants Novel
First Sentence: "I was halfway out my bedroom window when my cell rang."
From "Emily Webb is a geek. And she's happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up in her room to watch old horror flicks, she's never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. And she's definitely not the kind of girl who starts fights or flirts with other girls' boyfriends. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates--also named Emily--is found mysteriously murdered.

The thing is, Emily doesn't know why she's doing any of this. By day, she's the same old boring Emily, but by night, she turns into a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it's no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. When she wakes up one morning to find herself covered in scratches and dried blood, she realizes that she's not just coming out of her shell . . . there's something much bigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is she becoming something else entirely--something not human? 

As Emily hunts for answers, she finds out that she's not the only one this is happening to--some of her classmates are changing as well. Who is turning these teens into monsters--and how many people will they kill to get what they want?"

Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, Book 13) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time)
First Sentence: "Mandarb's hooves beat a familiar rhythm on broken ground as Lan Mandragoran rode toward his death."
From "The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.

The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age.

Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod and find a way--at long last--to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.

Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways--the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn--have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.

This penultimate novel of Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling series--the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007--brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near.

Dovie’andi se tovya sagain. It’s time to toss the dice."

Havoc (Malice, Book 2) by Chris Wooding
Havoc (Malice)
First Sentence: "Seth had never seen a storm gather so fast."
From "Getting into the sinister comic-book world of MALICE is just the beginning. Getting out of it is much, much harder -- as it surviving while you make your attempt.

Part novel, part comic book, all thrill -- welcome to MALICE."


  1. Ooh, some interesting reads there. Bloodshot and Vesper both looked good. I liked Towers of Midnight, although I wish we could have seen Jordan finish the saga with 1 book instead of having Sanderson stretch it into three.


  2. I've heard good things about Vesper. It seems like such a wonderful book. Can't wait for you review! Happy reading!

  3. I've been meaning to read the WOT books for awhile now. I have all of them except Towers but its on my x-mas list. Happy reading!

  4. Hi Guys,
    I am very excited about both Bloodshot and Vesper.

    Sally, I haven't read the last few WOT books yet because I am waiting for the series to finish before I start up on that again. I am glad that they picked Sanderson to finish the series...even though he expanded it some. I really enjoy his writing a lot!

    - Karissa

  5. Interesting reads! :-)

    My mailbox:

  6. I received for review Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore from The Book Tree.

    Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London's cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits-like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton.

    A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There's just one problem: Jack isn't interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn't have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack's past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day he'll be either married to Rebecca or dead.


    I received for review A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins from Berkley Trade.

    A twisting debut novel of murder and dark family secrets from a riveting new voice in crime fiction.

    A murdered woman. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped adult with a history of violent outbursts. A very simple case. Or is it?

    Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA once blamed for setting free a notorious child-killer, is eager to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs below the surface he discovers more than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed wife, a husband who'd do anything to escape his disastrous marriage, and an accused young man with no apparent means of defense. But with each shocking new revelation, Leo is only led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable trap of blood bonds and twisted family secrets.

  7. One of my New Year's resolutions is to grab up some Cherie Priest and Brandon Sanderson books! You have an awesome mailbox! Enjoy all of the great new reads!