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So I am fabulous at reading things out of order.  I picked up the most recent book in this series a while back, but just now got around to reading the first in the series.  I loved it!  Kitty is your typical werewolf who was bitten and now transforms on the full moon every month.  In this first book in the series, we see the start to what will become her wildly popular radio show in which she airs all the dirty laundry of the supernatural community.  Her alpha doesn’t like it, but Kitty won’t stop.  Amidst death threats and trying to still figure out how to be a werewolf, Kitty manages to put on a hit radio show.  It reminds me of the Mercy Thompson series.

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In the 7th book in the Riley Jenson series, Riley is once more involved in a high stakes mystery,  A sorceress who appears to have the ability to raise zombies is on teh loose and it is up to Riley to stop her.  MEanwhile, vampires are being killed leaving Riley with another mystery to solve.  Add to the mix a hot werewolf that Riley has no interest in and you have a sizzling, fast paced book.  Riley is 1/2 vamp, 1/2 werewolf and she is always struggling to balance the two halves.  That had never been more evident than in this book when she struggles between her love for her vamp bf Quinn and the hot new werewolf she meets.

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Brida by Paulo Coelho

I love The Alchemist.  It is one of the best books I have ever read (or re-read).  I have never read anything else by Coelho  (how do you pronounce his name…I have always wondered) until Brida.  I was feeling like something a little bit more philosophical and reflective so I picked it up at Borders to read while at a weekend wedding in Detroit (no, not actually AT the wedding).  I thought it would sooth something inside me.  I have been rather restless lately and am looking for answers and thought this might have some.  I mean the main character is Irish!  But it did not really do it for me.

It is about a girl (did I mention she’s Irish?)  who learns hat path she must take in life and what she needs to know to find peace.  It is an interesting book, but it did not strike me in the same way that The Alchemist did when I read it for the first time many years ago.  That being said, I will try more of his books.

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  I love her books.  I think they are brilliant.  This one is fascinating.  A man, Justin, is conned into giving blood.  A woman, Joyce, just lost her baby and receives a blood transfusion.  But Joyce also receives Justin’s memories.  She starts dreaming of a girl iwith blond hair.  She accidentally bumps into Justin and both feel connected in some way.  As her life continues to spin out of control, Joyce goes on a hunt to find out who donated her blood while Justin does the same on his end.  In a quirky, endearing tale, Ahern once more creates memorable characters who are not sugar coated and fake, but real people in the real world.  A great read.

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I grabbed this because I like Harrison’s adult books.  I think this series could grow on me, but I have to say that it could have been tighter.  It is about a girl who is sort of dead.  She should be completely dead, but she stole the amulet of the reaper who killed her so she is not completely dead.  Confused?  Yeah, me too.   Harrison throws in bits and pieces throughout the book of how this happened.  I understand that it is how she writes, but I would have preferred a more head on approach for the first book in the series.  Being thrown into the world halfway into the story is a bit disconcerting.  I didn’t get what was happening for a good quarter of the book. But, all that being said, I think it has promise to be a solid series.  It certainly has an interesting premise with the idea of light and dark reapers, light reapers believing humans have the right of free will while dark reapers believe in fate.  We’ll see where she goes with it.

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 The newest Roberts quartet will focus one book on each of the owners of Vows, a wedding planning business on the east coast.  Mac is the photographer and doesn’t really believe in happily ever after.  Her parents have both been married multiple times and her only real family are her three friends who own Vows with her.  Enter geeky Carter Maguire, an English Lit prof at the nearby high school.  Though totally not her type, he and Mac start to see each other.  Things progress, but then Mac’s own incsecurities get in the way and she almost loses him.  But you know that’s not going to happen so don’t fret too much!  A great beginning to the series.

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I love PCW and have to say that this book rocked.  It tells about a world where magic is real, but it is much like the wild west, frontier time.  Eff is a 13th child, the twin of a 7th son of a 7th son (meaning she is horribly unlucky, while her twin brother is horribly lucky…..supposedly).  Her father takes a teaching position on the edge of the frontier where no one knows what Eff is.  This is such a spellbinding book that I could not put it down.  Eff is a great character and the setting (not normally one I like) is fascinating.  There is adventure, scandal, humor, and fun all packed into this book.  I hope she will write more in this universe.  I am still upset she did not write more in the Mairelon world!

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