Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 371 - Book Arrivals


From Contests/Giveaways & Misc.:

The Stand :: Stephen King
(Given to me by a friend - Thanks Kathi!)

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail -- and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.
Matters of the Blood :: Maria Lima
(Book one in the Blood Line series)
(Given to me by a friend - Thanks Crystal!)

If you thought your family was strange...
Try being Keira Kelly. A member of a powerful paranormal family, Keira elected to stay among humans in the Texas Hill Country when the rest of the clan moved (lock, stock, and grimoire) to Canada. But family duty means still having to keep an eye on cousin Marty — a genetic aberration who turned out 100% human, poor guy. And recently Keira's been having violent dreams — or are they visions? — featuring Marty as the victim of a vicious murder. Something sinister seems to be brewing in little Rio Seco. Can Keira get to the bottom of it all while avoiding entanglement with her former lover, Sheriff Carlton Larson? And what does she plan to do about the irresistible and enigmatic Adam Walker? When this old friend shows up as the new owner of a local ranc and wants to get better acquainted, Keira is more than happy to be welcoming...until she suspects that Adam could be intimately connected to the dangerous doings in Rio Seco.

The Vampire's Assistant and Other Tales from the Cirque Du Freak :: Darren Shan
(Book one-three in the Cirque Du Freak series)

Darren Shan is just an ordinary schoolboy who loves to ride bikes and hang out with his three best friends. Then one day Darren and his friends stumble across an invitation to visit the Cirque Du Freak, a strange and mysterious freak show. Almost as if by destiny, Darren wins a ticket and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires. This is Darren's story.

New movie edition features the first three books—Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire's Assistant, and Tunnels of Blood— bound up in one volume!

Fire :: Kristin Cashore

She is the last of her kind...It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don't need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven't, you'll be dying to read it next.

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker :: Leanna Renee Hieber
(Book one in the Strangely Beautiful series)
(Thank you so much Leanna!)

What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Considering how few of Queen Victoria’s Londoners knew of it, the great Romanesque fortress was dreadfully imposing, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met the powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadow, the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She knew simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow-white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gifts. But this arched stone doorway offered a portal to a new life, an education far from the convent—and an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death….

Dark Hunger :: Rita Herron
(Book two in the Demonborn series)
(Won from Cheryl - Thanks!)

Telepath Quinton Valtrez wants nothing from Annabelle Armstrong except her luscious body. One peek into her mind, however, and he knows that that this CNN reporter has uncovered his identity as a government assassin and is determined to expose all of his dark secrets, one by one. He'll never let that happen, his uncontrollable hunger for her be damned. But when a bomber strikes as they're both in range, killing hundreds, Annabelle devotes herself entirely to the story. Thrown together by danger and desperate to stop the violence, Quinton and Annabelle uncover that the serial bomber is a supernatural attack, perpetrated by an evil force that exerts mind control over people and turns them into killers. But when the forces of evil unite to overpower them, targeting Annabelle in order to ensnare him, Quinton must face his own destiny as one of the Demonborn and join forces with his brother Vincent (from Insatiable Desire) to save Annabelle and fight the evil threatening to overtake them.

The Christmas Secret :: Donna VanLiere
(Book five in the Christmas Hope series)
(Received for review)

When a struggling young single mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination, all the while setting her on the path to finding true love. Christine Eisley is the mother of seven-year-old Zach and five-year-old Haley. Her ex-husband provides little, if any, child support and makes life difficult for Christine by using the children as pawns. She works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, but her job is in jeopardy because she's often late to work due to the unreliable teenaged sitters she's forced to use. When Christine saves the life of a woman who works in Wilson's department store, the owner of Wilson's wants to find her, to thank her, but Christine has disappeared, losing another job once again. He sets his grandson, Jason, to the task of finding the mysterious 'Christy.' Jason, an accountant by trade who has lost his job to downsizing, thinks he is 'above' working at Wilson's. Soon, he discovers that this new task gives him more than he bargains for. The Christmas Secret is a novel for anyone who wants to see how love is a gift that keeps giving back; that hope is a treasure that never runs dry, and that faith is a miracle that is reborn with each new day.


From Paperback Swap:

The Golden Compass :: Philip Pullman
(Book one in His Dark Materials series)

The action follows 11-year-old protagonist Lyra Belacqua, accompanied by her daemon, from her home at Oxford University to the frozen wastes of the North, on a quest to save kidnapped children from the evil 'Gobblers,' who are using them as part of a sinister experiment. Lyra also must rescue her father from the Panserbjorne, a race of talking, armored, mercenary polar bears holding him captive. Joining Lyra are a vagabond troop of gyptians (gypsies), witches, an outcast bear, and a Texan in a hot air balloon.

The Subtle Knife :: Philip Pullman
(Book two in the His Dark Materials series)

"What is he? A friend, or an enemy?" "He is a murderer." Will has just killed a man. He's on the run. His escape will take him fa beyond his own world, to the eerie disquiet of a deserted city and to a girl, Lyra. Her fate is strangely linked to his own, and together they must find the most powerful weapon in all the word.


Just wanted to re-iterate how awesome Leanna Renee Hieber is! I receieved an ARC copy of her book to review when it came out in August and I absolutely loved it (See what I thought). I gave away my copy in hopes of spreading the love around for Miss Percy Parker. Leanna generously offered me a finished copy that she signed for me...I was so excited when I opened the book =) Thank you again Leanna!!!

Happy Reading Everyone!!


Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

I have Matters of the Blood but I haven't read it yet and I've seen so much good hype on this series lately. You have some good reads this week, enjoy them!

lilly said...

I hope you'll like The Stand. It is by far the best dystopian, end-of-the-world novel in my opinion. After I read it for the first time (I might be biased here since King is my favorite writer) no YA dystopian books can measure up.

Mishel said...

Donna - my friend gave me her copy after reading it. She absolutely loved it =)

Lilly - I've heard it's amazing. I can't wait to get the chance to read it, you're opinion makes it even more appealing!

LuAnn said...

I agree with Lilly! In fact, in my opinion, The Stand is probably the best book ever written. It's very intense and hard to put down, but you have to follow it word for word. Don't try to skim through parts because you'll be confused later on. Every line is important in this phenomenal novel.

Leanna Renee Hieber said...

You're so very welcome, Mishel!

You'll be hearing from me next month when I'll be revealing my book trailer for The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, sharing some excerpts, and hoping my favourite bloggers like you will help get in on the action. I'm so excited!

Again, it was your kindness that deserved reciprocity and I'm very grateful for your support.

Happy Holidays!!

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