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So I will admit that I only picked up Faerie Path because of the pretty cover.  Then I realized it was a trilogy and so grabbed the other 2 since I had a Borders g.c.  I love anything Faerie and this seemed to fit the bill.  While I have been reading more urban faerie fantasy like Melissa Marr and Holly Black, I liked this trilogy.  It is definitely lighter than Marr and Black’s works, but well told.  Anita is just your average teenager and on the day before her birthday, her boyfriend takes her on a boat ride that turns deadly.  When she wakes up in the hospital, strange things start happening.  Soon, Anita is transported to what she thinks is a dream world, but is actually a parallel world.  Turns out, she is not Anita, but is Tania, the lost daughter of the King of Faerie.  Her return brings much joy and happiness, but with it an evil lurks.  Tania must return to the mortal world and find her lost faerie mother, defeat an evil enemy, and rejoin with her true love.  While there is not a horribly involved plot, it is sufficient to keep the story moving along.  The best part of the books is the vivid descriptions of faerie including the scenery, clothing, food, and animals that Jones describes.  I really enjoyed these books and think they offer a less scary introduction to the world of Faerie for people who are not looking for something really gritty.

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In this funny fractured fairy tale, a young prince goes in search of a sleeping princess only to discover that the sleeping princess is really 3 sleeping princes.  Apparently there was a transcription error when the story was being written.  But he discovers a princess in the castle but she is sleeping and won’t wake until the princes are woken.  So he goes to fetch his cousin, a princess, who can kiss the princes and unite him with his true love.  She, unfortunately, only wants adventure, but agrees to come along.  When they get back to the castle, they find a witch who claims that Vevila must take a princess test (spin straw into gold).  Three crazy magicians also enter the fray and soon it is a bit crazy.  With a mix of sleeping beauty, Cinderella, and Rumpelstiltskin, Lickiss weaves an enchanting tale full of mayhem and mischief.  In the end, Vevila does not have to marry the princes and Prince Althelstan gets his princess.  A lighthearted, funny tale.  I wish there was a sequel though.

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In the sequel to Devil’s Embrace, we meet the daughter and son of Anthony and Cassie.  Arabella is head strong and at 20 she still has not found a man to love.  Adam on the other hand is a bit of a rake and does not expect to fall in love but of course does.  When two of his father’s ships go missing, Adam goes to Naples to track down the perpetrators.  Arabella finagles her way along as well.  We see many of the same ties from Devil’s Embrace and Coulter does a nice job of having the story in Devil’s Embrace come full circle.  Arabella ends up being kidnapped while Adam finds a stowaway in the form of Rayna Lyndhurst on his boat.  Things wrap up rather quickly, but I like how Coulter weaves the two books together to make a single story almost.

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 I loved Whispering to Wishes and was just as pleased with Spellbound.  Athene can’t stand her little brother Zach and it shows.  She and her family end up going to a farm for vacation.  One night, Athene wanders out into the garden and meets a strange human-like looking creature.  She finds out that it is a Gloam.  They are like humans, but they are nocturnal.  She, on the other hand, is a Glare.  She hangs out for several nights with her new friends having fun until her brother discovers what they are doing and wants to tag along.  In a fit of anger, Athene tells Zach to hide in a tree that she knows leads to the treacherous low Gloams.  Zach falls in and is taken away.  Luckily, the Gloams can do magic and so they make her parents believe that Zach never existed.  At first, Athene thinks this is exactly what she wants, but she soon realizes she must save her brother.  So with the help of two of her Gloam friends, Athene goes into low Gloam to find and save her brother.  But all is not as it seems down below and Athene will have to solve several mysteries before she can escape with her brother.  A very satisfying fantasy adventure story.

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Kelley Armstrong is back with another powerful book in her Women of the Underworld series.  This story centers around several characters we have seen as peripheral in her other books, Hope Adams and her boyfriend werewolf Karl.  This time, Hope’s friend, Robyn gets involved in some supernatural mischief.  the only problem is Robyn has no idea of the world in which Hope lives in every day.  With a cabal on their back and a police officer tracking Robyn, it is up to Hope and Karl to clean up the mess and figure out what is going on.  After several weird incidences and murders, Robyn is understandable freaked out, but she manages to hold it together pretty well.  All things said and done, this was a great book in the series and hints at bigger things to come.  I can’t wait!  (although to be fair, Dime Store Magic is still my favorite)

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I knew I was going to like this book, but it still surprised me with how good it was.  Joe is adopted by a rich and famous Hollywood couple after his family is killed in a war.  He is the poster child for whatever his parents decide.  When his dad comes up with the idea of having him write a biography, Joe thinks he will finally get to tell things his way.  But a ghost writer is going to be doing the actual writing.  Soon however, Joe realizes that he may still get to tell things his way.  In a coming of age story, we see how Joe learns to live with his family and the trials and tribulations that come with being the adopted son of the rich and famous.  Heartwarming with a hint of mystery, this will be a favorite of many.

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Lucky by Rachel Vail

Since all the teens have been talking about this book, I thought I should read it. It reminded me a bit of the Clique series, but not as catty. Phoebe Avery is used to living high on the hog and getting everything she wants, until one day it all falls out from underneath her. In an effort to hide it from her friends she says and does some things that maybe are not horribly nice. She has a hard time grappling with the fact that her family really doesn’t have enough money to buy the things she wants. She is ashamed and embarrassed and doesn’t tell her friends. Meanwhile, she and all her friends are supposed to be planning this huge 8th grade graduation party and she feels like it is getting completely out of control. While I did not like all of Phoebe’s friends, I can see why teens would. I thought this was a great story that is light and fluffy, but at the same time delves into some pretty serious issues. I would recommend it to any teen girl.

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