Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Books in the house

Two wonderful people have weekly memes about what has shown up in our mailbox the previous week.

Kristi at The Story Siren
& Marcia at The Printed Page.
Jump over to see what others have received this week.

Review books that have arrived this week:

What happens when the spouse you think you know turns out to have a hidden dark side capable of violence? Jane and Tom Nelson represent an average American family, with twins Simon and Sarah. But one incomprehensible act forever changes their lives.

Life After 187: Enter a world where only the toughest survives as Wade J. Halverson tells a heart-pounding tale of three men whose life sentences lead them to a dangerous life of passion and brotherhood.

Purchased (physical store):

Blaze of Memory (book 7 in a series and I truly believe you should NOT read this one first. - and already read ;-)

Dev Santos discovers her unconscious and battered, with no memory of who she is. All she knows is that she’s dangerous. Charged with protecting his people’s most vulnerable secrets, Dev is duty-bound to eliminate all threats. It’s a task he’s never hesitated to complete…until he finds himself drawn to a woman who might yet prove the enemy’s most insidious weapon.

Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor, and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder, Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her sanity itself. Her only hope is Dev. But how can she expect to gain the trust of a man who could very well be her next target? For in this game, one must die…

Purchased (Mail order delivered):

Santa Clawed

As Harry well knows, there’s hardly a place on earth cozier than Crozet, Virginia, at Christmastime. Snowflakes, carolers, it’s all picture-perfect until Harry and her husband, Fair, find the tree they’ve chosen grimly decorated with a corpse. The tree farm is run by the Brothers of Love, a semimonastic organization whose members live atop the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Now, as the season grows merrier, a murderer is growing bolder. One by one, prominent men of Crozet are being crossed off Christmas shopping lists and added to the morgue. And if Harry and her four-legged helpers aren’t very good–and very careful–this Christmas will be her last.

(from Brandon's site) The setting is the city of Elantris and the surrounding suburbs. There's a force in Arelon known as the Dor that randomly chooses people and grants them divine powers. Elantris was once the city of the gods, where anyone who was 'chosen' went to live. Ten years ago, the Elantrians lost their powers and caught a terrible disease instead. From that point on, Elantris became a prison city/contamination zone for any who caught that disease—for the Dor continues to choose people and curse them.

The book follows the experiences of three people as they interact with the people of Elantris. Raoden, a prince, catches the disease in chapter one and is thrown into the city by his own father. Sarene, Raoden's sight-unseen fiancee from a political treaty, arrives in the city and gets involved in schemes, troubles, and politics involving Elantris. Hrathen, a priest and missionary, is sent to convert the people of Arelon—and is told that if he fails, the people of the country will need to be killed instead.

The three stories intertwine as the truth of what happened to Elantris, and its inhabitants, ten years ago is unearthed.

(from Brandon's site) During development, the story moved further and further away from the heist. It's still there—don't worry—but it's more of a backdrop now. Instead, the book focuses on Vin, a young a young girl who gets recruited into the team. Beaten down by a life on the streets, Vin doesn't realize that she has the power of a Mistborn (the magic in this book, which many say is its prime selling point.) Her dynamic with Kelsier, the charismatic leader of the gang of thieves, is really what drives this novel.

The book has a little of everything for everyone. Romance, lots of action, a wiz-bang cool magic system, dark lords running amok, great visuals, and character tension. And that's just book one.


Alice said...

Ooooh new books! Enjoy them!

fredamans said...

Life After 187 by Wade Halverson is a great book!

DCMetroreader said...

Santa Clawed? I wonder how Santa got clawed & hope he is ok for the holidays LOL. Happy reading & enjoy your books!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Great list - and one is already read? Sounds like me : )

Jennifer said...

I haven't heard of any of these!!! Off to investigate - the titles are intriguing!

Thanks for visiting my blog today! :)

Happy Reading!

Serena said...

Nice variety! Happy reading.

Elysium said...

Janeology and Life After 187 looks interesting. Enjoy!

Bekah said...

Elantris sounds quite interesting. I shall add it to my check it out list.


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