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 In her latest installment in the Queen of Babble series, Cabot brings us back into the life of Lizzie Nichols.  Things are once more turned upside down in Lizzie’s life when her ex-boyfriend proposes after she has spent the next with his best friend (who is also her best friend’s ex-boyfriend)  Lizzie immediately accepts the proposal of Luke and assumes that what she and Chaz shared was just a fling.  However, life takes her through some twists and turns before she realizes what she really needs in her life.  On the job front, Lizzie is now incredibly in demand because of her wedding gown restoration for a big society wedding.  Now she is being run ragged (even more so because her boss had a heart attack and she is running the store herself).  But the rug is pulled out from under her with both a family tragedy and an employment nightmare.  But as always, Lizzie pulls through.  A delightful fun read as Cabot always provides!

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Deep Down Popular by Phoebe Stone

 In this heart-warming tale, Jessie Lou  Ferguson becomes friends with formerly popular boy Conrad Parker.  Jessie Lou has always liked Conrad, but she is no where near his league.  But when Conrad develops a problem with his leg and must drop soccer, he suddenly is not so popular anymore.  Jessie Lou is asked by their teacher to help Conrad home and soon they start to hang out.  A mystery, friendships, and a seeming miracle all combine to create a sweet tale about life for one girl.

 

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 In the latest installment of twins John and Philippa Gaunt, they are on several missions.  They must save their mom from becoming the Blue Djinn of Babylon, stop the evil Ifrit from carrying out a nefarious plot, and save the world from a group of evil terra-cotta warriors.  I like these books to a point, but I always feel like there is too much going on in them.  I think if there were fewer story lines it would be more entertaining.  John and Philippa are great main characters. and the world Kerr created is rich and vibrant.  It is just that there is too much being crammed into a book.  Plus, each book ends on a fairly major cliff-hanger.  I know that is how Dickens got his audience ot come back, but it just makes me ticked off.  The first book remains the strongest and best in teh series.  If you, like me, become attached to the characters, you will end up reading the rest of the series even though it is not that great. 

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This YA vampire series is very, very fluffy. It appears scary, but is really not at all. Jason Freeman has just moved to Malibu from Michigan and is trying to figure out his place in the school hierarchy. Soon, he is at the top thanks to being on the swimming team. He becomes friends with Brad, who is the top A-list guy, and Adam, a kind of wacky, crazy guy who is no where near the A-list. Jason starts to feel at home, but then a girl is murdered at a party he attends and suddenly he has lots of questions. He soon discovers that Brad and his stunningly hot girlfriend, Sienna, are vampires. The premise of the series is that Jason keeps getting caught up in the vampire world (almost getting himself killed in Ritual. While it is not deep and meaningful with lots of character development, it is a great light summer read. (NOTE: these are just the first three books in the series)

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 In book 2 of the Lords of the Underworld, we meet Lucien, the keeper of Death.  He is the leader of the Lords and will do anything to protect them.  Enter Anya, goddess of anarchy.  She is enthralled with Lucien, but he doesn’t believe her.  So they get off to a bit of a rocky start.  Meanwhile, Lucien and the other Lords are trying to find a way to stop the Titans and gain some control for themselves.  While that is going on, Lucien is ordered to kill Anya by Cronus, king of the titans.  Of course he is inexplicably drawn to her and can’t make himself kill her.  This is just as much a book about a tortured soul as Darkest Night was.  I loved both.  The only beef I had with this one was the cover.  It clearly states that Lucien has scars and is somewhat marred because of them.  However, I do not see a single scar on his body in the cover.  Do you?

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 In this stunning conclusion to her second Kushiel trilogy, Carey wraps up the tale of Imriel and Sidonie.  Star crossed lovers, they have not been able to openly declare their love until now.  No one trusts Imriel, too many remember the atrocities committed by a mother he doesn’t know and think him likely of trying to do the same.  Sidonie, as heir to the throne, has always been seen as respectable and a little cold.  But she knows she needs Imriel and nothing will sway her.  When Queen Ysandre makes an umtimatum, the two lovers will have some difficult choices to make.  Sidonie can marry Imriel if she: 1) steps down as heir to the throne or 2) Imriel brings his mother back to be executed for her crimes. As Sidonie was bred to the throne, this seems like a no brainer.  But finding Melisande Shahrizai is no easy task.  And just when it seems all hope is lost, Imriel learns of his mother’s whereabouts.  But when he arrives on her doorstep, he comes not seeking to bring her back for her execution, but for her help.  A great wrong has been perpetrated in Terre D’Ange and only Imriel can fix it. This is a tale of intrigue, love, politics, and so much more.  Carey not only crafts a story, but creates a whole new world where the reader can dive in and feel as though they have lived there too.  Though I am sad to see the story end, it was so artfully done that I cannot complain. 

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 Take one dark and brooding male with a troubled past, add one female, and voila you have the newest book in Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series.  First off, I love the premise.  The ancient Greek Warriors are punished after one of them opens the box Pandora was guarding (yep, that Pandora).  As punishment, each of them must take one of the demons into his body and live with its appetites forever more.  The first book focuses on Violence.  Maddox has been battling with his demon for centuries, and it is not until Ashlynn shows up on his doorstep that he is given a chance at peace.  These books are dark and tormented, but they don’t leave you without hope.  The demons cannot be parted from the bodies so the men must learn to deal with them.  But can the women learn to deal with the demons as well?  Ashlynn and Maddox have a rough rode, but they find their way our of the night into the day.   

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