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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Quick Reviews:

So I've been reading tons, but terrible about posting reviews. So here are some Great Reads that I've finished lately and recommend:

"Tithe", "Valiant" and "Ironside", by Holly Black. This trilogy is the story of a changling who thinks she's human, learns the truth and fall in love for a fallen Faerie. "Valiant" is a story set in the same world, but doesn't have any of the characters from "Tithe", but some of them do show up in "Ironside." So it's not a direct sequel, but connected. The books aren't typical "fairy tales" they're set in modern times with modern language (re: swearing) and adult situations. But they're really great books with engaging characters that do change and grow.

"Earthly Pleasures" by Karen Neches. "Earthly Pleasures" is the hottest new show in Heaven and Skye Sebring is addicted. Particularly after the greeter (her "job" is to greet the new arrivals) meets Ryan Blaine after his brush with death following a motorcycle accident. Their time together is brief, but Skye feels immediately connected with him and starts watching his life on TV. It's a love story that transcends time and space and is full of great twists and turns that will surprise you. I loved the book, but would've liked a little more at the end.

"From Dead to Worse" by Charlaine Harris- the latest in the Southern Vampire chronicles. Poor Sookie can't escape her connections with the vampires and weres, and things only get worse. Between a vampire coop, a were war and learning about some interesting family connections, Sookie's life just gets increasingly complicated. The good: She dumps Quinn, the bad: still no decision concerning Eric and Bill, but those relationships also get more complicated (as if them being vamps isn't bad enough). Definitely a good read, though these novels are more for older teens and adults.

"Witch Season: Winter and Spring" by Jeff Mariotte. This combo book, available from Barnes and Noble, finishes the chronicles of Kerry and her remaining friends as they hunt for the witch named Season who has killed the love of Kerry's life, Daniel, and two of their friends. But all is not as appears, and the lines between good and evil blur the closer Kerry gets to Season. The two books to end the series were very good, fast moving and surprising. Not everyone makes it out alive, but the series ends on a hopeful note. Read "Summer and Fall" first- but I definitely recommend the series.

Coming soon: "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer. I'm not really far into it, but so far so good! I'm curious how it's going to end- but I don't see a super happy ending on the horizon. But I've been wrong before.

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