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Archive for July, 2007

To read or to stop reading Plum, that is the question.  I have to admit that I started out quite amused by Stephanie Plum and all her antics as a bounty hunter.  In fact I would still definitely recommend the beginning books in the series to people, but the last few books have been a bit stale.  There is not really any character development.  I feel like we are caught in an endless circle or Morelli, Ranger, and Stephanie and none of them are changing or developing in any way.  Of course, there is still the humorous side of Stephanie and Lulu trying to be bounty hunters which is always fun.  What with cars blowing up (or being shot at), grave diggers, and more it is a good read….just not really different than the other 12 books in the series.

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Set 100 years in the future, the story tells the tale of a girl named Anna who is a Surplus.  About 60 years ago, drugs that would make people live forever were developed.  Everyone started taking them and soon their was “The Declaration” which said that if someone wanted a child they would have to Opt out of the drugs.  A life for a life because resources were scarce.  Anna’s parents had her anyway and she is taken to Grange Hall to be turned into something useful that will help society.  Enter Peter who shakes up Anna’s world and shows her there is more to life than being a dutiful Surplus. 

I enjoyed this book, but was reminded of the Haddix series starting with “Among the Hidden.”  That being said, it was a well crafted and interesting tale that I would definitely recommend to people.

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From the author of the Bubbles series, Sleeping Beauty Proposal is delightfully fluffy and fun.  When her bf of 4 years proposes to another woman on national television, Genie Michaels decides (with a little help from her friend) to take matters into her own hand.  She neglects to let her family and friends know that she is not engaged and before she knows it she is planning for a wedding that will never take place.  Meanwhile (because of course in romance novels there is a meanwhile) she is keeping her eye on the hot carpenter, Nick.  This is not just a fluffy book about screwing your ex, but rather a book about finding happiness within yourself and learning to love who you are not who someone wants you to be.  Very cute and fun.

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The latest book in the Chronicles of Fearie is just as engaging as the rest.  It tells the tale of Dana Faolan who is giving a quest by a beautiful half faery-half teenage girl.  She must deliver a message to Lugh of the Mountain before August 1st to warn him of the dark thing coming to ravage both the lands of faery and the human world.  She meets a host of fascinating creatures along the way.  At only 12, Dana is young for her task, but her desire to complete it is fueled by the knowledge that she will be able to wish for her mother back.  But all is not as it seems in Faerie (of course) and Dana’s road is harder than she expects.  It is a thrilling tale that hearkens back to days of old when faeries roamed the world and it’s environs and played havoc with humans.  Plus it is set in Ireland which I love!

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Apparently, this book is part of the Women of the Otherworld series.  I had not read any of hte previous books in the series and while there were some references that would have made more sense if I had read all of the other books, it was able to stand on its own.  It reminds me of Anita Blake except that the main character here, though a necromancer, is much more of a girly girl.  Jaime Vegas is a necromancer/ famous spiritualist and has been asked to do a reality TV show with two of her fellow spiritualists.  So they stay at this old house and work on the show, but that is not really the main story line.  There are some weird specters in the garden that Jaime can’t contact.  She knows that something is wrong and decides to investigate.  Throw in help from a couple werewolves, a half-demon, and an angel and you have a pretty good story.  I wish there had been more background for some of the things, but I think if I read the others there would be. 

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Meg Cabot once again brings a delightfully funny book to the world of chick lit.  This is the sequel to Queen of Babble and is just a delightful, if not more so, than the first book.  Fluffy and fun this is a great summer read.

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