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I am ashamed to say that it took me this long to read Hunger Games. Everyone told me how wonderful it was, but I was in my non-reading phase and therefore did not pick it up. But, I finally did this past weekend. I loved it! Katniss is chosen to compete in a game where kids from different districts must fight to the death. She is paired with a boy who was once very kind to her and the thought of having to possibly kill him is horrible. This story is complex and describes a highly complex world that is somewhat apocalyptic. Fast paced, you might think Hunger Games would not have a lot of character development, but that is not the case. At times triumphant and others heartwrenching, Hunger Games whets your appetite for more from the author of Gregor the Overlander. Too bad I now have to wait for the sequel ūüė¶

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This is like¬†Gossip Girls and Peeps combined.¬† There are the elite vamps which are considered to be Old Blood and then newer vamps called New Blood.¬† Call Monture thinks she is a New Blood, but when her unknown father sends her to Bathory Academy to learn with the Old Blood elite, she learns that her life is not as it appears.¬† Meanwhile, she falls in love with a vampire slayer and has to ward off the evil intentions of Lilith Todd, the most popular girl in school.¬† ¬†Light and fun, these are good reads.¬† The first two were well done and I can’t wait to see where Collins takes this series.¬† Definitely a good vamp book series to put on your list.

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  Bishop crafts anotheramazing tale in the Black Jewels series.  This time, however, it is not focused on the truly powerful, but rather on a land ravaged by evil who needs a Queen to make it whole again.  Cassidy is a queen, but she is not what anyone expects.  Plain, serious, and possessing a light jewel, sheis shunned at first by the members of her first circle.  But they soon realize that it is Cassidy or nothing.  In the end, she surprises them by showing a way to make the land whole.  The land which Bishops writes about is intricately crafted and seems so real.  The characters are complex.  They have their strengths and weaknesses and Bishop shows the good and the bad.  I am so happy there is another book I can add to my Black Jewels collection.  I love rereading them and now I can add another to the pile to reread!

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¬† This same author wrote the Wedding Planner’s Daughter which I really enjoyed.¬† This book was interesting, but a bit odd.¬† Kip Cambell is the son of the local funeral director.¬† He has no desire to be a funeral director, but has a job to do nevertheless.¬† He must help those who have died with unresolved problems to find their way to the “ship.”¬† If the book had been left at a boy trying to find his place in the world without the mystical element, it would have been very good, but because of the odd job Kip has, it turns it into a very bizarre little book.

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Talia is just starting middle school and she is terrified her mother will do something to ruin her chances at a social life.  You see, Talia’s mom happens to have a local TV show where she does news, but also talks about all the little hiccups in Talia’s life.  Talia is constantly being embarrassed by what her mom talks about.  On top of having to deal with her mother, Talia has to figure out why two of her best friends have changed and why the other is suddenly bugging her. 

But, there is a way she can figure it all out thanks to prodding by one of her friends.  She joins the school’s local TV show.  Suddenly, Talia is able to dish about her life the way she sees it, while also sticking in a few jabs at her mom.  No one ever said middle school was easy, but Talia finds out that it might be fun anyway. 

The only thing that is truly bizarre is the cover.¬† I don’t get the whole iPod look.¬† There is nothing in the book that suggests iPod.¬† Buy maybe, I am missing something.

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¬†Amy is back in the third book in the¬†Ivy League Novel series.¬† Part of a secret society, Amy gets to visit the society’s island during Spring Break.¬† What she thought would be fun, relaxing week turns into a nightmare.¬†¬†The characters from the other two novesl continue to develop and more secret society info is divulged.¬† A quick read, this is a good YA book.¬† Especially if you like¬†The Marked Series or the Jennifer Lynn Barnes spy series.¬† The last one in teh series comes out in May and I can’t wait to find out what ends up happening to Amy!

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