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Bite Club (The Morganville Vampires, #10)

Hardcover
 340 pages
Published
May 3rd 2011
by NAL Hardcover (first published May 2nd 2011)
 After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.
 There’s a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville…  
This book contains:  Violence, Gore, Death, Romance and Vampires.  This is a Paranormal series.
THE PLOT:
This is number ten in the Morganville vampire series.  In this book we find a whole new challenge for the gang.   Old enemies return and cause more problems for Claire and her friends.   Shane gets himself caught up with a fight club that has Vampires vs humans in cage matches.  Claire and the gang have to figure out how to help Shane and stop the fights before Amelie does.  Also, Claire must help Amelie find an escaped prisoner before a war breaks out.

THE CHARACTER:

You have Claire, Shane, Eve and Micheal as always.  Then you have Amelie the founder and Oliver her co-leader.  You have Mrynin who is Claire’s boss and the brains behind Morganville.  Side characters are Gloriana, Bishop who is Amelie father, Jason who is Eves brother, Kim a crazy girl obsessed with Shane and Frank who is Shane’s deceased father and brain for the computer.

MY THOUGHTS:

I really enjoyed the way this book was written.   I liked seeing into Shane’s  head and knowing what he was thinking.  I would like more of Mrynin and what he is thinking though.  I love how complex of  a character he is and to see inside his head would be awesome.  I love how Claire is becoming this really strong young women.  This was just an amazing new installment to an already incredible series.

The Fire Wars (Fire Wars, #1) by Kailin Gow

The Fire Wars (Fire Wars, #1)

Paperback
 262 pages
Published
October 17th 2011
by The Edge (first published September 30th 2011)

A dystopian romance that takes place on an island and is the melding of mythologies from two different cultures.
Her destiny was written in the books…but can she change a course that has already begun thousands of years ago?
Mackenzy Evers had moved with her mother from Angel Island to Aeros Island during her senior year. What can be worse than to finish her senior year at a new school?
Living during the post-Erosion period on Earth where there is less land than before, Mac is happy to discover an island of rich beauty and lush landscapes, not to mention mysterious handsome boys and an ancient prophecy that is set to come true in Mac’s lifetime.
Chance Cutter claims she is his Queen, his goddess to his Fire King, whom he had been searching for years. Their attraction to each other is undeniable, yet why does he seem to hate her? And who is she really?

 

What this book contains:

This is a fast paced greek mythology based book with other mythologies thrown in.  There is a love trinangle and some violence. It is a Dystopian series.

The plot:

The world has under gone an erosion period and is basically being taken over by the ocean.  The only thing that can stop it seem to be if  Vesta the fire goddess awakens and joins with her fire king and brings back fire to the land.   But no one seems to know who the real Vesta is so the girls that believe that they might be must under go a test, if they fail they die.

The book is basically about a young girl who moves to Aeros island because her mother takes a new job with a large hotel.  On the island she meets the owner son and nephew.  This is where the love triangle comes into play.  She feels an attraction to both boys, one makes her feel calm and safe.  The other makes her feel on fire and out of control.  She soon learns that the boys are the embodiment of gods and that one is looking for Vesta his fire goddess.   The boys both are falling for her and they both are trying to keep her safe in their own way.   One feels that she is Vesta but they both feel that it is to dangerous for her to find out.  What will she decide?

My Thoughts: 

Book is very well written and very fast paced.   I found myself sucked in right away and didn’t want to put it down.  Kailin never disappoints her book are fun, quick and always leave you wanting more.  She is fast become one of my absolute favorite authors!

Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires #9) by Rachel Caine

Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires, #9)

Hardcover
 338 pages
Published
October 26th 2010
by NAL Hardcover
Get ready for “non-stop vampire action” (Darque Reviews) in the latest Morganville Vampire novel from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine.
 While developing a new system to maintain Morganville’s defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she’s able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders.
 But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town’s little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville…
This book contains:  Romance,  violence,  a little gore and humor.
I am going to do this review a little different then the others  so let me know if this is something you guys like.
This is the ninth book in the Morganville Vampire series and I have to say this series just seems to get better and better.  You would think that after all these books about a town ran by vampires that  Rachel Caine would have run out of plot lines.  Well, that doesn’t seem likely to  happen any time in the near future.  If any thing her  storylines just seem to be fresher and even more exciting than the first.  Every book brings a new dimension to this  town and it inhabitants.  I find myself  sucked in more and more by every book. 
THE CHARACTER:
Claire is still living with Shane her boyfriend, Eve her bedazzled stake wielding best friend and Micheal who is Eve’s vampire boyfriend.  Amelie is still the head of the town with Oliver as her second until a strange twist turns things upside down.  Then you have the very funny charismatic Mrynin who tends to find himself along with Claire and the gang in the center of the trouble.  In this book the characters are really starting to figure out their strengths and what sets them apart from the rest of the town.
THE PLOT:
In the beginning of the book you have Claire and Myrnin working on a new computer system since the old one went crazy and had to be destroyed.  Claire is forced to finish the computer system at all cost.  After the system is up and running people start acting extremely strange and Claire soon thinks that the system is failing but when she tries to fix it  Mrynin seems to have forgotten who she is.  So she has to figure out how to get to the system and fix it without Myrnin snacking on her. 
This is just one fantastic ride from the very first chapter.   The pacing in this book  never drags and you never feel that any of the chapter are just fillers .   Rachel as alway does a tremendous job of knowing what her readers like and  she delivers with an outstanding story  every time.  This is a must read for anyone who is a fan of the series.

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2)

Hardcover
325 pages
Published
April 5th 2011
by Margaret K. McElderry
 Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe’s world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.
That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she’s human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila’s been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila’s love is as phony as Cassel’s made-up memories, then he can’t believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can’t trust anyone—least of all, himself?
Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.  

I thought White Cat was a very well written first book.  It had very complex characters and an amazing plot.  I am very glad to say that Holly has totally lived up to the hype for Red Glove and that is very hard thing to do when the first book is that good.

This book still has the very complex and intense family issues as it had before.  Although, now one of the brothers are dead and the feds want Cassel to work for them.  He also, has his brother Baron and other crime families wanting him to use his gifts for them.  To top it all of he has Lila who has been cursed to love him and he has to figure out how to help and still keep her in his life.

This book seemed to have more character developement than the last one.  This one  took a look at who Cassel is and who he sees himself wanting to be in the future.  This book had its own unique feel to it which, sometimes can really hurt a book when it is part of a series.   That is not the case with this book and I think it is because Cassel is growing and the book depicts that.    Holly has done a wonderful job in showing that you can take a storyline and change it up so that you are not reading the same type of storyline over and over again.   This is just a really great second book and I cant wait to read more in this series.

Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Sing Me to Sleep

Hardcover
 301 pages
Published
March 4th 2010
by Razorbill

THE TRANSFORMATION
Beth has always been “The Beast” – that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.
THE LOVE AFFAIR
When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion – for music, and for Beth – leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.
THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?
THE HEARTBREAK
The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

In a word this was just amazing.  I am not a big reader of contemporary but I was told that it was a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast so I gave it a try.  I don’t know how much of that is true because I didn’t see a lot of similarities.   Although this book turned out different from what I expected I was still blown away by this book.  I didn’t expect this book to be this beautiful, complex or full of emotion .   The title to this book couldn’t have been more accurate.   “Sing me to Sleep” is perfect and it captures the true essence of the story.

First off let me say there were parts of this book that were your typical ugly duckling story but it set the scene for what was to come.  I liked the beginning with the best friend Scott.  The author could have written a story just about Beth and Scott and it would have been good.  What makes this book great is the fact that she introduces Derek to this story.  Then the story takes a whole new direction which, I wasnt anticipating.  This book is about self discovery, love, loss and moving on.  It would be hard to go into details without giving too much away so I will say that this book will make you smile and cry.  

Like I said before this isn’t something I normally would have picked up but I am extremely glad that I did.   I think this book has changed how I feel about contemporary books.  I look forward to reading other books by this author.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other Day

Hardcover
 352 pages
Published
December 27th 2011
by EgmontUSA
  Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She’s human.
And then every day in between . . . She’s something else entirely.
Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.
When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she’ll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends.     

I reread this story again after reading it from NetGalley and not being able to finish it because of my nook being broken at the time.  I was pleased to say that I liked it even more than the first time around. I also loved the fact that it was more science fiction than paranormal.  That was a very pleasant surprise because I am a huge fan of sci-fi.   I love Jennifer’s books and she never fails to weave a very realistic book that just seem to suck you right in.  This book is just so believable that you can almost picture this world with preternatural creatures.  I love how she mixes Darwin’s discovery of evolution with the supernatural.  I love how everything is explained by science in this book and you are not left wondering what or why these creatures are.

The main character Kali is part human and part preternatural which is not a new twist for a character but the fact that she is only it every other day is.  She is definitely the type of character that I enjoy the most.  She is smart, strong and not afraid to kick but when she needs to.  The only thing I didn’t like is that she seemed to have a little self pitting going on but give her life that is to be expected.

I know this is a stand alone but it would be great if Jennifer decided to write a sequel to this one I would definitely buy it as soon as it was out.   Also, this cover is absolutely phenomenal.  I highly recommend this book it is a great ride!