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Review: Ghost Town

Review: Ghost Town Ghost Town Author:Rachel Caine  Release Date: October 26, 2010 Publisher: NAL Hardcover Morganville Vampire Series Book #9  ISBN: #978-0451231611 Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Format(s): Hardcover (352 pages), e-book, audio I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From Goodreads:       The fragile peace between humans and vampires in Morganville is in trouble, and when Claire takes drastic action, she’s put under serious pressure to re-establish the barriers that keep the town residents inside, and wipe the memories of those who leave. But working with her half-crazy vampire boss Myrnin means that things don’t always turn out as planned … and as the people of Morganville begin acting strangely, Claire and her friends must solve the mystery and try to put things right. But one by one, her allies are turning on her … even the ones she trusts most. What I’m talking about:       This is my first Morganville Vampire book. Yes, I skipped books 1 through 8 and started here with #9. This goes against all of my rules for reading, but I received the book from the publisher and was told that it would be okay to jump in.  And she was right – I was able to read and enjoy the story without knowing the entire history of Morganville. HOWEVER – it was very clear to me that I have missed out on a rich backstory and a lot of character development. I think fans of the series will get much more of an emotional impact from the book than I did.  However, the story captured my interest, and I find that now I want to read the first 8 books to fill in those holes.       Here is the brief background I inferred from reading Ghost Town – Morganville is a unique town – one where humans and vampires coexist in a tenuous relationship. Vampires founded the town (here is where one place I wish I knew more), and they make the rules. Apparently residents cannot leave unless permission is granted by the vampires. Our heroine, Claire, is a student at the local university and is a very special and bright girl. She works for/with the town’s “mad scientist” Vampire, Myrnin. Clare lives with boyfriend, Shane, and best friends, Eve and Michael (a vampire). They have some special privileges granted from the “head” vamp, Amelie – clearly something that happened in earlier books.       In Ghost...
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Review: DUST

Review: DUST DUST Author: Joan Frances Turner  Release Date: September 7, 2010 Publisher: The Berkley Group (Penguin) ISBN: #978-0-441-01928-1 Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal/Zombies Format: Hardcover I received this book from the publisher for purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Nine years ago, Jessie had a family.Now, she has a gang.Nine years ago, Jessie was a vegetarian.Now, she eats very fresh meat.Nine years ago,Jessie was in a car crash and died.Nine years ago, Jessie was human.Now, she’s not. After she was buried, Jessie awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. Jessie’s gang is the Fly-by-Nights. She loves the ancient, skeletal Florian and his memories of time gone by. She’s in love with Joe, a maggot-infested corpse. They fight, hunt, dance together as one—something humans can never understand. There are dark places humans have learned to avoid, lest they run into the zombie gangs. But now, Jessie and the Fly-by-Nights have seen new creatures in the woods—things not human and not zombie. A strange new illness has flamed up out of nowhere, causing the undeads to become more alive and the living to exist on the brink of death. As bits and pieces of the truth fall around Jessie, like the flesh off her bones, she’ll have to choose between looking away or staring down the madness—and hanging onto everything she has come to know as life… What I’m talking about: I’m going to start by telling you that this is my first zombie book. I didn’t know what to expect, but my ideas of zombies were formed by horror movies. This is NOT what Jessie is about. She is a teenage girl that died and was reborn into a new life of the “undead.” The undead don’t feed on human brains (unless they want to), but rather the freshly killed flesh of any animal.  The story, told in the first person POV of Jessie, opens with a hunt for a deer and slides into Jessie’s memories of being “reborn” and meeting her gang. It took me a while to adjust to reading the gore that is zombie. It’s not that this is a gruesome tale or a horror show, it’s just that well, these characters are undead. They are missing body parts, full of bugs, black-bloated gas-bags and turning to dust.  Ms. Turner does a wonderful job provided detailed descriptions of her world and its inhabitants. Just be prepared to see maggot-infested bodies...
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Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon Infinity: Chronicles of Nick Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon Release Date: May 25, 2010 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Chronicles of Nick Series Book #1  (with direct tie-in to the Dark Hunter Series) ISBN: #0312599072 Genre: Young Adult – paranormal From GoodReads: At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.  Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.  But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.  As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that? What I’m talking about: WARNING: there are mild spoilers contained in this discussion. Nick is your “typical” 14-year old boy… trying to fit in, hoping the girls will like him, etc. Little does Nick know that his city (New Orleans) is full of paranormal activity and his classmates range from human to shifter to demon (and some other things we don’t know about). Oh, and not to mention that Nick is destined to be the destroyer of humanity and evil incarnate.  Sounds like a lot, but surprisingly, this tale is lively, witty and full of action. It highlights the best of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter (DH) world and expands on the already amazing series. Nick is a good kid, and it will be interesting to watch him struggle with right and wrong as he comes into his powers and gets closer to the betrayals that set him on the path of destruction.   One of the best themes through the book is Nick’s love for his mom. It is tender and sincere. Their moments together are...
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Guest Post – Rum: Books In The Spotlight

Guest Post – Rum: Books In The Spotlight Greetings friends… Once again, I am honored to have a guest post. Today I would like to introduce you to another good friend of mine, Rum. She has a wonderful new book review blog, Books In the Spotlight, and is holding her FIRST giveaway. Please help me welcome RUM… Hi, my name is Rummanah, but most people call me Rum. I met Twimom on the Twilight Lexicon and ever since then we’ve been online pals. I started my blog, Books In the Spotlight for two main reasons: One, I wanted to keep up with my reading where I can keep track of what I’ve read, what I thought about it, and more importantly discuss it with others. My reading goal for this year is to read 200 books. So far I’m on 120 so 80 more to go. Two, I work as a teacher-librarian in a high school setting and I’m constantly asked by parents and teachers on what books are appropriate for their kids/students, so I wanted to give them a place where they can find that info on my blog.  My blog has challenged me to go beyond my YA boundaries, which is why I also review contemporary Adult literature, children literature, and graphic novels/manga. It also challenges me to state why I don’t like a particular book. I love my blog and am continually learning on how to make it better. Now I can’t believe that my blog will be 3 months old, and I now have over 30 followers. I’ve enjoyed sharing my book reviews and thoughts with the online population. I look forward to sharing my passion for reading with all of you every day. Thanks to my readers and followers, blogging has been really fun. I want to continue to grow, get better at blogging, reach new book lovers and followers, which brings me to my first giveaway. Please help me reach my next goal of 60 followers. For those that have been following my blog from the beginning, you will know that I have a soft spot for YA literature. Like many of you, I’m also counting down the days for Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay, the third and final book of the blockbuster seller Hunger Games series. So to celebrate my first 3 months and my first 37 followers, I am going to give away a copy of Mockingjay! Why not start off the first giveaway with a bang?! If I reach my goal of...
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My Blood Approves – review

My Blood Approves – review My Blood Approves Author: Amanda Hocking  Release Date: currently available Publisher: lulu.com also available in Kindle format from Amazon My Blood Approves Series Book #1 ISBN: #0557364639 Genre: Paranormal Young Adult NOTE: An e-copy of this book was given to me by the author for review purposes. From the author’s website: Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham’s life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack’s unlike anyone she’s ever met. Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he’s around. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him. But falling for two very different guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood… What I’m talking about:  Alice is your average high school Junior, with a best friend that likes to party and a younger brother who is more of a parent than her mom.  She likes to hang out, sleep all day, text her friends, etc. Then she meets Jack. He’s cool and different, and Alice likes to spend time with Jack. He takes care of her, but leaves Alice in a world of confusion when he refuses to explain the “strange” things that she notices about him and his family. We spend the first half of the book reading how Jack and Alice become friends and learn to trust one another. But I just don’t know WHY Alice would ever trust Jack. He never once answers her questions – always avoiding the truth. Yet over and over she says she trusts him and wants to be with him and his family. I didn’t buy it. And, I have to say, I spent the first half of the book comparing Jack and his family to another famous literary vampire family: The Cullens. Jack and his family are unbelievable gorgeous, his family is wealthy and he has a fondness for driving fast in fancy cars. He even saves Alice from a car wreck. Mae was the perfect “mom” figure and doted on Alice. I have to say that there were so many similarities, I found it a bit distracting.  However, the story changed pace for me about halfway through the book. Once Alice FINALLY figures out the truth and the family opens up to her, I became engrossed. I wondered what...
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