In My Mailbox (#20)

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Received three great sounding books for review this week. I also went a bit nuts again and bought quite a few too. I think I made up for not buying any for nine days when I was on my ‘book buying ban’. I also went to London and passed the same bookshop I did last time and as it is still having a closing down sale I went in and picked up a few bargains. I have linked all review books to Goodreads, Amazon UK and Book Depository, however for books that I bought link is to Goodreads. 

For Review:

Seeds of Earth
Michael Cobley (Orbit) 
Publication Date: 21 Jan 2010 (this edition)
Paperback: 622 pages
Genre: Science Fiction

Summary (book cover)

The first intelligent species to encounter mankind attacked without warning. With little hope of halting the invasion, Earth’s last roll of the dice was to dispatch three colony ships, seeds of Earth, to different parts of the galaxy. Over a century later, the planet Darien hosts a thriving human settlement. But mankind’s new home harbours secrets dating back to the dawn of history. Secrets that could yet see a devastating war erupt across the entire galaxy…

The Judging Eye (#1)
R. Scott Bakker (Orbit)
Publication Date: 21st Jan 2010 (this edition)
Paperback: 510 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Summary (book cover)

Wielding more power than even the greatest sorcerer, Kellhus now leads a holy war deep into the wastes of the Ancient North, intent on destroying the stronghold of Golgotterath and preventing the Second Apocalypse. Meanwhile his wife and consort, Esmenet, struggles to rule not only his vast empire, but their murderous children as well. And Achamian, who lives as a Wizard in embittered exile, undertakes a mad quest to uncover the origins of the Dunyan. But Achamian, of all people, should know that one must be very careful what one seeks…

The Agency (#1)
Y. S. Lee (Walker Books)
Publication Date: 6 April 2009
Paperback: 341 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Detective Mystery

Summary (back cover)

Mary Quinn leads a remarkable life. At twelve, an orphan and convicted thief, she was miraculously rescued from the gallows. Now, at seventeen, she has a new and astonishing chance: to work undercover for the Agency. It is May 1858, and a foul-smelling heat wave paralyses London. Mary enters a rich merchant’s household to solve the mystery of his lost cargo ships. But as she soon learns, the house is full of deceptions, and people are not what they seem – including Mary herself. This is the first is a Victorian detective trilogy.

Monster Republic
Ben Horton (Corgi)
Publication Date: 7 Jan 2010
Paperback: 279 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Horror

Summary (book cover)

An Explosion in a nuclear power plant. Kids patched up with scavenged body parts and bionic implants. A growing army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. Cameron Riley is about to discover that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…

I received an ARC of Monster Republic back in October which I reviewed for my All Hallow’s Eve event and thought it was absolutely brilliant. This is the finished copy and it looks great. You can read my review HERE. Also, watch out for an interview and contest with Ben Horton during the week of release in Jan 2010!


Flood by Stephen Baxter (Sci-Fi/Post-Apocalyptic)
Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson (Paranormal Romance)
Blood Sinister by Celia Rees (Young Adult, Fantasy)
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Young Adult, Fantasy)
Keeping it Real by Justina Robson (Science Fiction)
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Horror)
Under the Dome by Stephen King (Science Fiction/Horror)

Lastly, I just wanted to share this with you. I have since become a big fan of Paul Magrs Brenda & Effie series and so I asked him if I could send him a copy of his latest book to sign – which he did!! I was so excited when I received it. Thanks Paul!

So, that’s what I got in my mailbox – what did you get in yours?


Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!


Bookalicious December 6, 2009 at 8:59 am

Woohoo, that's a lot of books! I had no idea Celia Rees had written a vampire YA story, I'm only familiar with her historical works.
Happy reading! :)


Becky December 6, 2009 at 9:55 am

Wow, an awesome bookish week. Looking forward to your reviews.


GFDesignz December 6, 2009 at 10:06 am

Wow you got some great ones this week!


Sandy Nawrot December 6, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I'm really interested in the Stephen King book, as well as the Heart Shaped Box. Good stuff, but girl, you have some kind of addiction!


bermudaonion December 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I've read one Mary Janice Davidson book and I enjoyed it – hope you do too. Happy reading.


Pearl December 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Wow, what a loot! Enjoy your books!


Kathy Martin December 6, 2009 at 2:07 pm

You certainly got an interesting variety of books this week. I'll look forward to hearing what you thin about them once you have read them. Happy reading!


ladystorm December 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm

You got a lot of cool books this week, thats cool that you got your book autographed.

Here is mine:



inthehammockblog December 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm

The Agency looks really cool!


Ryan G December 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Awesome books this week. I know you bought Flood for your own enjoyment but I hope you do a review on it anyway since I've been curious about the book.


Sab H. December 6, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Awesome books!! I keep hearing that Agency one! ENJOY ;D


Anna December 6, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I've read Eternal, Blood Sinister and Undead & Unwed. All of them were pretty good. Hope you enjoy them too.


gapyeargirl123 December 6, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Loads of books there!
I like the Undead & Un(whatever) books, although I've only read the first two.

I didn't get any books this week, or last :(


Donna December 6, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Monster Republic looks really interesting. I remember your review, so I need to check that one out.

Enjoy your new reads!


Sheila (Bookjourney) December 6, 2009 at 5:57 pm

The Agency looks good!


Robin of My Two Blessings December 6, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Wow! They all look so good and adding a few to my wishlist. I already have Under the Dome. That will be an interesting read.


...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... December 6, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Great books! Monster Republic sounds good, enjoy girlie!


Alexia561 December 6, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Great selection of books this week! And I can never resist a closing down sale either, especially books. And how cool that Paul Magrs agreed to autograph a book for you! Happy reading!


Fiction Vixen December 6, 2009 at 9:19 pm

You always have the BEST IMM posts. Enjoy your books! :)


Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com December 6, 2009 at 9:24 pm

The Agency sounds good. I've had that on my list for a while now. Looking forward to the review.


miss cindy :) December 6, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Wow, you bought a lot of books :) Hope you enjoy them all!


Stephanie December 7, 2009 at 12:46 am

These look really good. Happy reading!


Callie December 7, 2009 at 2:51 am

I would be very curious to know what you think of Heart-Shaped Box. Enjoy!


prophecygirl December 7, 2009 at 10:03 am

Great week! Love the signed book, and hope you enjoy The Agency – I liked that one! :)


Ladytink_534 December 7, 2009 at 11:14 am

I want Undead and Unwed (love that cover), Eternal, and Under the Dome. Heart-Shaped Box is really good and I hope the movie gets off the ground soon.

Happy reading!


Serena December 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm

you had a great week! Happy reading


Benjamin December 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Hi, I'm brand-new to your blog. :)

I've had my eye on Seeds of Earth and Under the Dome for a while now so I look forward to your reviews.


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