Book Reviews

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is the story of a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire. It’s not your typical vampire story, there is no gore, no sharp teeth, and very little blood.

Despite that, this book has it all! It gets your heart racing with all of the twists and turns that one novel can manage. Read more…

Marked by P. C. Cast is the story of a teenage girl who is chosen to become a vampire. Once marked she is sent to the House of Night, a school strictly for vampires, where she learns to grow and ‘change’ into her new life. Read more…

 

The Mists of Avalon is a book that is very near and dear to my heart!  The book is older than me and within its pages is a legend, a fairytale, or a version of some distant truth that has been told every different way imaginable.  The late Marion Zimmer Bradley told it in a way that no one has ever attempted to and by doing so, she created a version of the King Arthur legend that surpasses all others – in my opinion.  The story unfolds through the eyes of the women in King Arthur’s life: Read more…

Under the Skin by Michel Faber is similar to Animal Farm (by George Orwell) in a way. Isserley belongs to a ’species’ of animal rather than human. This species is wolf-like and they prey and feed off of captured humans. The world is reversed; humans are treated like wild dogs needing to be captured and crated, and the story is told from the perspective of the species doing the crating. Read more… 

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is the twisted story about a group of writers with writers’ block. They answer an ad to have this cured. Basically they all think they are going to a secluded place for a month to focus on their thoughts and write the best story known to man. They compete in a warped game of “who can survive the worst amount of pain and suffering” so that when they leave the house they will be the one with the most gut-wrenching but heroic survival story. Read more…

 

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer is part two of the Twilight Saga.  In this epic love story, your heart breaks as Edward decides to part ways from Bella. This story is how she copes with the loss of her love. She loses many friends as she tries to accept the world without Edward and she can’t seem to fill the void that he’s left behind. Read more…

 

 

 

Betrayed by P. C. Cast is the second book of The House of Night series. Zoey and her friends now have more responsibilities as they attempt to lead their elite vampyre club – The Dark Daughters. It becomes increasingly harder to find and capture an enemy that they cannot comprehend. Zoey remains strong, positive, and determined and with the Goddess Nyx on her side she will not fail. Read more…

 

 

In 9th grade English, we were told to read the Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe.  I was already a fan of Poe, but this short story quickly became one of my favorites!  Montresor, who is telling the tale, has obviously been offended or insulted by a prominent man and self-declared wine connoisseur, Fortunato.  Read More

 

 

I saw Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz on the discount table at my favorite used bookstore and was intrigued.  The cover promised deep, dark secrets and a complex look into the dynamics of family.  Throw in some heartbreak, cheating and fits of hysteria – I was prepared for a pretty good read.  What I got was much, much more.  Christina’s story centers on two sisters…  Read more…

 

 

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is a classic novel, supposedly thrilling in the sense of the word. From what I gather it’s about a woman who babysits two very odd children. The two kids have been expelled from school for reasons unknown and have no one to care for them. Not really sure how the woman gets the job but she’s basically a live-in nanny. Read more…

 

 

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a story about four people who stay at a place called Hill House. The house itself was designed and built by a crazy, abstract thinker. Everything is angled and crooked but only slightly, not enough to be visible. The house is said to be corrupt and never inhabited for more than three days at a time. Read more…

 

 

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer is part three of the Twilight Saga and is a page-turner from the beginning. Edward and Bella are back together and spending every day with each other. Soon enough Bella finds herself in trouble… again. Edward and the rest of the Cullens put Bella in lock-down. She has to be ‘babysat’ at all times because a war is brewing and she is the cause. Read more…

 

 

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer is the fourth and final book of the Twilight series and I’m very sad to see it end. It was the perfect conclusion to a fabulous series with everything you need to feel satisfied. It’s a happy ending for almost everyone. But alas I’m moving along too quickly.

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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris is the first book of the Southern Vampire series, also known as the Sookie Stackhouse series. It’s about this telepathic woman (Sookie) and a vampire named Bill.  The story says that one day a man gets infected with a virus which makes him pale-skinned, allergic to the sun and silver, ‘thirsty’ and basically undead. Even in this novel part of the story is myth but you’re left to read more…

 

All is Vanity by Christina Schwarz is the author’s second book, and one more reason that she is now among my favorite authors.  What do you do when you badly want to write a novel – one that will make all those people who ever thought you were ‘mediocre’ see you in a completely new light?  What if you have no great ideas…well, no ideas at all for that matter?  read more…

 

 

living-deadLiving Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris is the second in the Southern Vampire Series. Sookie Stackhouse now has a business agreement with Eric. Eric loans her service out to the vampires in Texas and some new characters are introduced. This novel is not as sexual as the first. This can be good or bad depending on what you’re into. It still has some juicy sex scenes including an orgy, read more…

 

chosenChosen by P. C. and Kristin Cast is the third book in the House of Night series and I’m just going to say it. This is the worst book ever written. I read just over 100 pages, which is over one/third the book and here is what I learned. Zoey makes out with Professor Blake Loren and now has three boyfriends, yet denies being a tramp. Aphrodite replaces Stevie Rae read more…

 

becomingThe Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein is the first book of the Anna Strong vampire series. Anna is a bounty hunter with her ex-football player David. While tracking down their newest skip, both are attacked and left for dead. David survives with nothing more than a concussion and some memory loss, while Anna slowly discovers her change. She’s ‘becoming’ a vampire. Read more…

 

39cluesThe 39 Clues Book 1 by Rick Riordan is an interactive story. The fate of the world is resting on young Dan and Amy Cahill as they travel the world on a quest to find the secrets of their family history. They are up against several other Cahill teams, and have a few enemies outside the family as well. There are 39 clues to solve, read more…

 

 

strayStray by Rachel Vincent is about a werecat named Faythe Sanders. Something like 10% of the werecat population are females and one by one these females are disappearing. Faythe doesn’t want to be part of the pride, she doesn’t want to conform to the standards that a werecat should. She just wants to live her own life and follow her own rules. Her dad is the Alpha male of the Pride and he doesn’t want to let Faythe go. Read more…

 

love-elle1Love Starts With Elle by Rachel Hauck is a novel about love and faith. Elle Garvey is an art gallery owner and artist. She falls in love with Jeremiah Franklin, who is an ex-football pro turned Pastor. His career takes him to a new state, so he asks Elle to join him. She leaves her world behind in a huge leap of faith, but soon discovers that sometimes love cannot conquer all; read more…

 

 

enchantedEnchanted by Nancy Madore is a book of short stories and the first erotic novel that I’ve ever read. First of many, I should say. Each feature is based on a fairy tale or classic bedtime story. There is Cinderella, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, The Goose Girl, etc. The entire book

is about sexually pleasing women.  Read more…

 

 

 

when-wind-blowsWhen the Wind Blows by James Patterson is about an 11 year old human experiment named Max. She is, by all appearances, a girl with wings. Genetically, it’s much more complicated. Dr. O’Neill is a vet who lives essentially in her animal hospital. She lost her husband in an unsolved murder case. Read more… 

 

 

twilightmovieThe Twilight Movie Companion by Mark Cotta Vaz is an illustrative paperback edition and has very little to do with Stephenie Meyer’s novel, Twilight. It is a behind the scenes look at how the movie was made. If you are not interested in the movie business, or Twilight in general than this is clearly NOT the book for you. Read more…

 

 

placehereA Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern is about a place where all missing things (both living and non) turn up. Those people who vanish without a trace, and those socks that go missing from the dryer, all end up Here. Sandy Shortt runs a missing persons agency. She has been consumed with thoughts of missing things and missing people since… Read more… 

 

 

 

seeing-naked1Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer is a novel about Elisabeth Page. She’s a pastry chef in an upscale restaurant in L.A. She’s the daughter of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning, novelist Ben Page, and heiress to the Foster Family Fortune, Ballard Foster. Her brother, Rascal Page, is also a famous writer following in his father’s footsteps. Elisabeth has some mighty big shoes to fill and read more…

 

 

geekloveGeek Love by Katherine Dunn is an insightful journey into the world of a rather functional dysfunctional family. During the days when circuses traveled from town to town – the term, ‘geek,’ was used to describe a carnival performer who typically entertained audiences with something peculiar or “different.”  Read more…

 

 

  

ask-alice

Go Ask Alice is the diary of an anonymous person. Names have been changed or blacked out entirely. Places and dates are also irrelevant. I get the sense that it takes place in the late 60s but I can’t be too sure. This book was published over 30 years ago, read more…

 

 

 

 

peepsPeeps by Scott Westerfeld is not your stereotypical vampire book. It’s not even close. This is a story about ‘parasite positives’ AKA peeps. Being a peep is just not as glamorous as being a vampire might sound. The parasite will slowly and ultimately drive one insane. Read more…

 

 

 

 

touch-darkTouch the Dark by Karen Chance is the story about a clairvoyant named Cassandra. She has the ability to see, hear, and speak to ghosts. She also gets unpredictable glimpses at the future and the past. She owns and wears a jewelled necklace that is haunted by a ghost named Billy Joe. She was raised by the vampire mafia. Read more…

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