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This is the first one I have picked up of Shayne’s Wings of the Night series.  It tells the story of Reaper and his band of misfits that he picks up.  Reaper is a vampire bounty hunter essentially and has been sent to kill a rogue vampire.  Along the way he picks up Seth, one of The Chosen, who is nearly beaten to death before Reaper swoops in to save him.  The duo is then joined by Roxy, another of The Chosen (btw The Chosen are people who have a rare antigen in their blood that allows them to eventually become vampires) and finally Topaz, a beauty bent on revenge. 

While Reaper always works alone, this time he is surrounded by people, but it is thanks to them that they are able to corner Gregor and maybe take him out.  But there is more at stake and more people will enter into the fray before the book comes to a climax.  These are extremely complex characters that we only scratch the surface of in this book.  I hope that we seem them again in other books in the series.  It is an interesting world of vampires, shape-shifters, and a very rigid code of conduct. 

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 is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  At first feted because many believe her family will be showered with land and titles by the king, Abrielle is hard put to decide if all the young men want her for her money or herself, but when the king does not grant her family anything, soon Abrielle is left without a suitor in sight.  It depends on her, however, to save her family from ruin; even if it means marrying a despicable man in order to do it.  Then there is Raven Seaburn, a mesmerizing Scott who occupies too much of her mind.  There is the usual cross purposes where she doesn’t think he likes her and he thinks she wants to marry the other man.  But after a few deaths, war, and some talking all is made right.  This is an engrossing novel and shows the time period without relying too heavily on the history aspect.  while elements of the time are incorporated into it, the story does not revolve around the politics of the time. 

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Anne and her son deliver another tale in the Dragonriders of Pern series.  I was so worried when Todd started writing with his mom because children of authors who try to continue a series usually do not do so well.  But he was great and I believe that if Anne McCaffrey were to stop writing, Todd would be able to carry on in the same world with stories I enjoy.  This book focuses on Kindan, a young Harper boy who has ties to holder and weyrleader alike.  He has many talents and many friends which bode him well in the story.  It is set in a different time than any of Anne’s own books, but is the third in the series written by her and her son.  It deals once more more closely with the Harper Hall.  In this novel, a plague threatens to strike and it is up to Kindan and his friends to find a means of stopping it.  It is finely crafted with characters that are three dimensional.  I look forward to reading more from this pair. 

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Evanovich delivers another novella about Stephanie in this St. Patricks’ Day Tale.  An obvious ploy to work the holiday market, this is not that engaging of a tale.  I hate to say it, but I think I am done with Stephanie Plum.  The storyline was lackluster and the characters have become rather flat.  It is no longer funny when Stephanie’s car gets blown up (it’s happened so often by now) and the tension between her, Morelli and Ranger just isn’t really there.  Evanovich needs to spice up her characters like Nora Roberts has continued to do in her Eve Dallas series.  So, if you want a funny, entertaining read….look somewhere else. 

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Paris Jackson has come up with a revolutionary way to improve running shoes.  There’s only one problem……it doesn’t work.  So when someone suggests designing comfortable high end women’s dress shoes she is slightly taken aback.  Luckily, her friends are there to support and guide her.  In this slightly funny chick lit book, you delve into the life of a woman who wants to make a big impact on the world, but it doesn’t quite work out the way she had planned.  Add a little romance into the mix and you have a fun, cute book.

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I pride myself on the fact that I di not read Danielle Steel.  Or at least I used to.  Though I read romance, I have never fallen in love with Steel’s work.  But my sister said that I should read this one so I did.  Unfortunately, I really liked it which means I can no longer look with distaste on her work.  It may even mean I should read some of her other stuff.  It just goes to show that you can change.  This is a great book about sisters that all have happy successful lives until a tragic accident leaves them without their mom and with their artist sister blinded.  It is a happy and sad book that shows he year after the death of their mom and the blinding of their sister.  They stick together and show what true family is.  Though all is not sunshine and roses at the end, there is definitely a ray of light shining down on them

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In her new Sign of the Seven Trilogy, Roberts takes reader to a little town where something horrible is happening.  30 years ago, three best friends, born on the same day, open up the world to something truly evil.  Every 7 years, it takes over their town and makes people do crazy things to themselves and others.  It is up to them to stop it, but they cannot do it alone.  Enter three women who may be able to help.  Of course it comes out that they are meant to complete this together and then (or maybe before) each will fall in love with one of the others.  It is typical Roberts fare, but I like it so I read it.  This one is a little more Stephen Kingesque than some of her others, but I like the premise.

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