"Dragons sleep in the earth here. I feel them. Sometimes I see them - in my head, in my dreams, in the hunched shape of the mountains curled around the flattened bowls of the valleys"
Totally enjoyed Dragons in the Earth and read it twice, getting something different out of it each time. Claire is an interesting character, a psychic in tune with nature and can talk to animals, sense them everywhere to the extent she can sense the dragons asleep in the earth. Mix in horses, Gods and Goddesses, a mysterious invisible presence gliding and hunting over the land, and you have the makings for a intriguing story. I just wish there was a sequel because I enjoyed all the characters and the personalities of the horses surrounding Claire.
(Category: Dragons, Arizona, U.S.,e)
"Bookstores were supposed to smell of old leather and dry paper. This one smelled of onions, of musty dry air trapped for centuries, smells that hung in the frigid air like invisible curtains. Aside from my own breath, the store was perfectly still, without even the whoosh of passing traffic to remind me of the world outside."
The Book of Secrets, the first book in the Last Oracle series is a fascinating story. Helena wants a job, any job better than McDonalds and answers a ad for a clerical job at Abernathy's bookstore. By the end of the day, the owner has been murdered and she's thrown into the deep end, placed in charge of the bookshop with a mind of its own. While learning on the job, she is caught between the police, two magical factions, all the while trying to balance her normal home life with the needs of the mysterious, mystical bookshop. I'm looking forward to reading more in the 9 book series.
(Category: Fines and misdemeanors, e)
And last but not least, Christopher Paolini's To Sleep in a Sea of Stars which was absolutely awesome.