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A Novel I believe I have read some of her other P&P sequels, but I can’t say for certain.  This story centers on Charlotte and Eliza, the two daughters of Charlotte and Mr. Collins.  Mr. Collins is now a bishop and his daughters are of marrying age.  Through a series of events, both find themselves under the wing of their great aunt in London, enjoying a season.  Eliza is much like her namesake, while Charlotte seems to be as cold as ice.  You see much the same wit and humor as in Austen’s original work and some similar plot characteristics.  All of which I like since I love P&P.  I love the fact that Mr. Collins is just as he always was, but that his daughters, thankful, do not seem to be a bit like him!

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Darkmage I love Hambly’s Stranger at the Wedding, and so when I saw this book at the resale shop, I had to grab it.  Unfortunately, while it still spun a good yarn, it did not intrigue me the way Stranger at the Wedding did.  This is actually two books in one.  Antryg, a wizard who has seemingly lost his mind, and Caris, a warrior, accidentally travel to our world where they meet Joanna, a computer programmer.  There is a dark force at work and it is upto these three to stop it.  Unfortunately, Caris is convinced that Antryg is a criminal; Antryg doesn’t alleviate suspicion with all his joking; and Joanna doesn’t know who to believe.  This was written in the 80’s and has computers woven into the fabric of the story, but of course they are computers from the 80’s so it is a rather surreal experience reading about them.  A good, if not great, fantasy read. 

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 The cover and title are reminiscent of fairy tales, but this story is anything but.  Hegland tells the tale of a world gone bad.  Electricity is gone, plagues are ravaging the land, and two teens are left orphaned in their home, miles from civilization.  This story is not only poignant, but terrifying.  It tells of Eva and Nell, ballerina and scholar, who must overcome nature to survive.  At first, they think that the world is in a temporary state and that eventually everything will return to normal.  But as first their mother and then their father die, they realize that maybe things won’t change.  Hegland weaves an engrossing narrative with brilliant, vivid characters.  This is the type of book that once you start you won’t be able to put down until the very end. 

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  So this was book 2 of the Jaz Parks books.  I guess I thought that after reading it I would have less questions since I skipped ahead and read book 3 first.  But instead, I have more questions.  I still like the series, but I guess I am looking for answers to some of hte weird stuff that happens to Jaz.  Maybe I’ll have to wait til book 4 to find my answers.  In any event, it was still a great story about a man who Jaz and her team have to take down because he wants to become a dragon.  Interesting premise and the characters are great as they were in the other two books.  Fast-paced and suspenseful, this was great!

 

 

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The Golden Rose In book two of the War of the Rose series, Averil must go to her Uncle’s court and scout for eligible husbands, while all the while her yearns for Gereint.  Meanwhile, Gereint rises up in the ranks of the Order of the Rose.  Of course, evil is still afoot and though at the beginning of the book, Averil and Gereint are far apart, they eventually come together again.  A very satisfying second book in the series. 

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 For some reason, I thought this book had been written a long time ago, but it was, in fact, written in 2007.  It is the 1st book in the War of the Rose andcenters around Averil and Gereint, two people whose destinies are inexplicably linked.  Magic is the order of the day and it is all done through glass.  It is structured and ordered and safe.  But when an evil rears its head, the world will realize that the safe magic is not going to save them.  Luckily, Averil and Gereint have a penchant for wild magic which will save everyone (hopefully).  This is an interesting pseudo Christian based fantasy.  This book, being the first in the series, sets the stage for what I presume will happen in the next two books.  Unfortunately, only the 2nd book has been written which means I will have wait for the third *sigh*  Somehow I will survive.

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 Jaz Parks continues to kick the bad guys butt in Biting the Bullet.  I might have gotten a little impatient waiting for book 2 so I read book 3.  I know it’s bad etiquette, but I couldn’t help myself.  There are still some monstrously bad dudes out there, but this book strikes closer to home.  Jaz hooks up with her brother who she hasn’t seen since she dusted his wife (after she turned into a vamp).  So things are a bit strained.  Plus she meets some new magical beings and gets to take a nice ride into hell.  She is still learning about her new powers/senses.  Something good happens with her vamp boss, Vayl, but she has another man she has been unintentionally dangling on a string that she also has to deal with.  I do look forward to going back and reading book 2 when it arrives for me.  It’ll help fill in the blanks.

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