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In this prequel to Widdershins(which I still have not read, but definitely will now that I have finished this one) We meet (or re-meet if you have read the other book) Jilly Coppercorn and learn a little about her early life of abuse, hardship and trauma.  She makes it through all that only to meet up with her friend Donna one Halloween.  She has not seen Donna in years and Jilly is invited to a party where Donna’s band is playing in a few days.  Jilly goes and is transported to a world filled with peace, prosperity, and happiness.  But something is not right.  Jilly has to decide whether she wants to stay or return to a world of struggle and hardship. 

This reminded me of Holly Black’s books a little bit, but a little less jagged around the edges.  It is a great story with that element of magic thrown in to make it seem otherworldly.  I loved it and can’t wait to read Widdershins now (despite the hideous cover)

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My mother recommended that I read this and so though it took me a while to get to it, I finally read it.  It was quite interesting.  I have read about Enneagram, Myers-Briggs (sp?) and other “Why you are the way you are” books, but this one seemed to make the more sense to me.  He explains different characteristics of each birth order and how birth orders can be reversed.  He warns you about pitfalls and strengths in each area which I found interesting.  In addition, he talks about how one birth order can interact with others at work, in relationships, etc.  I quite enjoyed it and feel I have a better grasp of why people behave they way they do now.

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I am constantly amazed by Carey’s writing and storylines.  I keep thinking that they will get old or stale, but they are so well crafted, so intricate, that they keep me reading much too late into the night.  This is the 5th book in the Kushiel series and continues the tale of Imriel de la Courcel.  We see all the old characters we have come to know and love and meet many new ones who are just as delightful.  This is obviously a set-up book for the next one, but it is still rich in plot and character development.  I could not put it down! I loved this just as much as all the others and my only gripe is that I will have to wait so long for the next one 😦

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This is the sequel to Peeps which was a great vampire novel with a totally new spin (not that I will say what it is here since that would ruin the entire plot)  This book takes off in the same world, but with a new cast of characters for the most part.  It again deals with vamps in an entirely new way and brings to life music in a fascinating way that somehow also ties in with the vamps in a way that totally makes sense.  A good, if not great, sequel to a fantastic YA book.

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Deception by Amanda Quick

Typical historical romance with a dash of mystery.  Boy meets girl.  They fall in love, there is a bit of tension, all is right.  The End.  I needed a bit of fluff.  Plus there was buried treasure and some cool legends which can be fun.

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I try to read Nancy Farmer, but just can’t.  However, when the prequel to this book came out, I listened to it on audio and loved it.  I did the same with this book and had the same result. 

Jack is back in the sequel to Sea of Trolls and embarking on another journey.  His sister Lucy is kidnapped yet again only this time it is to Elfland she has gone.  Jack, along with a girl named Pega, and an assorted cast of interesting characters, must journey deep into the bowels of the earth to search out Lucy.  There is a wonderful mix of celtic, christian, fey, and arthurian legend thrown together to create a wonderful fantasy novel.   I highly recommend the audio.  Gerard Doyle read it and did a fantastic job.

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Ok here’s what bugs me about book like this….it is part of a series, but you don’t really see anywhere in the title or on the cover that it is part of a series.  If it is hard to tell if it is in a series, it makes me upset.  But despite that, it was a well crafted tale. 

Elissa has been raised by Nana, the village wisewoman, as an orphan until one day her father comes to take her away.  She is plucky and can talk to animals and ends up going on some interesting adventures.  She is destined for great things, but no one is really explaining it to her which makes her a tad angry.  There are some well developed characters and an intesreting storyline.  This is the first book in the Phoenix Rising Trilogy (not that you would know it from the cover) and it should prove to be a passable trilogy. 

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