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In the second book in her post Apocalyptic trilogy, Hunter takes us once more into the world of Thorn St. Croix, a mage who, after living among humans for a decade, has been outed to the city she lives in.  The Kirk Elders call her before the tribunal to answer charges waged against her.  Of course, this is all horribly ironic since Thorn actually protects the city and has never done anything whore-like or otherwise.  She is found innocent, but many in the town still do not trust her or her abilities.  Meanwhile, devil spawn have been creeping into town and Thorn may have a bigger problem to deal with than angry villagers.  A Major Darkness wants Thorn and is creating an army to get her.  Fearful for Mineral City and her friends, Thorn must travel down into a hellhole to stop the insanity or die trying.

Though I had a hard time getting into this book as well, once in I was completely hooked.  I think, mayhap, that I waited too long in between reading the first and second book.  I won’t let that happen with the last book.

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In the second book in her Heart Trilogy, (not that I read the first…oops!)  Martin introduces a young woman bent on finding out who killed her sister.  Coralee Whitmore is convinced her sister did not commit suicide, but rather was murdered.  In an effort to find her killer, she dresses up as a poor country cousin and descends on the home of the Earl of Tremaine.  Though she at first suspects that the earl could have been the killer, she soon feels differently.  But someone in the house is a killer and she is determined to discover who.  Meanwhile, she falls for the Earl, but her father finds out he has ruined her and they are forced to marry.  Never fear, our two lovers do indeed fall in love.  The killer is caught.  And all ends quite happily in the end.  The mystery aspect was great and I was kept on my toes until the bitter end.  A great mix of mystery and historical romance.

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In his second adventure, Ben is made manager of Kids Birthday Wishes Ages 3 to 12.  But when his first assignment goes horribly wrong, Ben will risk Wishworks entire future.  It seems that his annoying cousin Penelope has learned his secret and is bent on making him miserable….along with everyone else in Wishworks.  Soon the factory is taken over by Penelope and horrible changes are taking place.  Though not as engaging as the first, there is still enough in here to keep the reader interested.  I have the 3rd on reserve so we’ll see how that one shapes up.

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Though I don’t particularly care for the cover, this was a great book.  Fans of Blue Balliett’s work will be equally pleased with Berlin’s.  Winston Breen is a puzzle enthusiast.  He looks for puzzles everything and loves nothing more than solving a good riddle.  For his sister’s birthday, he buys her a pretty box not realizing that it will lead him on the greatest puzzle quest he has ever had.  When Katie opens the box and discovers a fake bottom with pieces to a puzzle in side, Winston knows they are onto something big.  Along with Katie and Winston, soon the town librarian, two treasure seekers, an ex-cop, and a reporter are on the case so to speak of a treasure.  Winston is really only in it for the puzzles and, almost too late, discovers that others have much more nefarious reasons for wanting to find it.  This book is chock full of great mind teasers that will have you twisting your brain in new and fun ways.  I hope we see more books from Berlin.  This type of read is one kids are always looking for.

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Yeah Maggie and St. Just!  This was a great mystery, a well developed set of characters who grow with each book and a fully satisfying read.

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I have been waiting for this book for awhile and was a bit saddened by the contents within its covers.  I love the Sherbrooke series, but in this one it felt like Coulter was trying to take the series to another realm.  It did not work.  The humor of old, the beloved characters we know were still there, but there was this weird magical element that she tried to introduce and it fell a bit flat.  I love magic and romance combined, but it did not work in this book.  I just wish she had stuck to what she does so well, but I suppose that authors do get tired of staying in the same formula time after time.  Maye she wanted to branch out, I just wish she hadn’t gone so far out on the limb with this one.

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I loved this book!  It is a fascinating premise that was well carried out.  First off, the main character’s name is Becker Drane!  What a great name.  He is a Fixer in The Seems.  Turns out the world as we know it does not really exist.  It was create by a place called The Seems and is kept running by all the people who work there.  Everything from weather to sleep to meeting your soul mate is orchestrated by them.  Don’t worry though, it doesn’t make Earth come of as this place devoid of free will.  There is A Plan, but no one is privy to it (not even the higher ups in The Seems).  Unfortunately, things do not always go as they are supposed to and on the night Becker gets his first job as a Fixer, there is a Glitch in sleep causing everyone in the world to be awake and unable to fall asleep.  Can Becker fix it or will the world as we know it come to an end?  Well, if I told you that wouldn’t be a good incentive to go read the book now would it?  This is a great start to what looks like a great new series in kids lit.  I also highly recommend it for a book discussion.  It is very meaty and would make for some great discussion.

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