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Somehow I missed this series and was happy to receive an advanced reader copy of the newest book.  This is right up my alley.  It is the tale of a werewolf who is also a radio talk show host.  She deals with vampires, lycanthropes, and other magical beings.  She is funny and fun and is always getting herself into interesting situations.  Vaughn’s book reminds me of Patricia Brigg’s series on Mercy.  I look forward to reading more.  While this is the most recent one in the series, I will definitely go back and read the earlier ones.  A great series for those who like vampire/ werewolf books.

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Notwithstanding the incredibly trashy looking cover, Showalter spins an interesting story of love, war, redemption, and of course Olympic Gods and Goddesses.  Layel is pissed at the dragons for killing his beloved and so wages war on them for 200 years.  Delilah is an Amazon Warrior who cannot admit that she wants to feel loved and cherished.  When they, along with others are brought to an island for the gods entertainment, they are placed on opposite teams.  Yet, that does not deter their attraction to each other.  While they duke it out, they also fall in love and heal old wounds.  This is part of the Atlantis series by Showalter.  It is an interesting mix of mythologies and legends.

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I have never read Who Moved My Cheese, and, after reading this book, I know I never will.  I thought this would be a profound book with insight and wisdom, but instead, it is just a parable that tells how to live life.  It is not earth shattering and I was left feeling like these were things that most people would already know.  However, though I did not care for it, I know there will be people out there who will love it.  They will embrace it and find great truth in it.  For them, I say wonderful, but for me,  all it did was waste about a half hour of my time.

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  Rachel is back and more confused than ever.  Trying to unlock her memory so she can remember who killed her boyfriend, fighting off a crazed banshee and being shunned by the witch community all lead to a very bad day (or days rather).  But Rachel seems to be coping and learning to deal with some of her problems.  Throw in lessons with a demon and an old friend who happens to be a ghost and you have a great book by Kim Harrison.  These are pretty dark books, and you feel for Rachel and everything she has going on in her life, but you are also left with a feeling that in the end it will be ok.  At least I hope so.

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  Eve Dallas is back in a very heart wrenching book.  A police officer who had been dating Morris (the Chief ME) was killed.  Eve is in charge of the case, but there is not a lot to go on.  This book was about the mystery, but mroe about dealing with grief, losing friends and lovers, and loss.  It was very well done and I was so happy that Eve got to actually sleep a lot in this book.  It always seems like she is constantly sleep deprived which bothers me.

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As always, Binchy weaves a captivating tale.  This time, she takes up her pen and writes about a heart clinic.  As usual, there is a vibrant cast of characters that jump off the page.  We see people that have shown up in other books which I always love.  There are sad and happy stories, but what makes her books so amazing are the reality of them.  Each of the stories could happen in your neighborhood.  The one that touched my heart the most was of the priest Father Flynn who was stalked by a disturbed young woman who was trying to get him in trouble by sending herself emails and text messages that were seemingly from him.  He is out of his depth until his wonderful friends swoop in to help him figure out what to do.  But that is only one of many stories that interweave with one another to make this great book.

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This book is the third installment in the Cahill saga.  Amy and Dan are headed to Japan in this book to unlock another installment of the 39 clues they must find in order to win the race.  Unlike the first two books, I was not as impressed with this book.  It left me feeling a bit flat at the end even though we found out some (what I think will be) crucial information.  However, it was a lot of the same plot elements as the other books and while there is still quite  bit of mystery left, this one left me feeling a bit let down.  But there are still seven more books to go until the end, so hopefully things will pick up again in the next few books.  These books are only just starting to catch on which surprised me based on the amount of marketing scholastic did.  Kids are finally starting to find them, but that might be due to all the hand selling we have been doing.  I think they will probably take off around book five or so.

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