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I listened to this book on audio and it was hysterical.  It chronicles some of Geist’s more amusing trips into veryy rural America.  He talks about watermelon spitting contests, school bus demolition derbys, interesting museums, quirky townspeople and more.  Filled with some great little vignettes, it will show you an America you never even knew existed (or at least I didn’t know).

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Maybe Janet Evanovich should read some of Andrews books and then she will better understand what character development is.  Andrews once again crafts a humorous murder mystery.  Meg joins her bf Michael at a convention for the TV show he is on.  Odd fans, quirky family, and of course death.  This time, it is the leading lady who bites the dust.  So Meg tries to “help” the police while helping Michael deal with crazy fans, man her blacksmithing booth, and keep out of the way of all the parrots and monkeys that are let loose in the hotel.  This was laugh out loud funny!  I have to say, having never been to a convention like this, if it is half as entertaining as how Andrews’ describes it, it sounds like a blast!

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Poor Meg, she finally has a house, but it is so filled with junk that she and Michael decide to have a yard sale.  And what is a yard sale without plenty of family members wanting to horn in and sell their stuff too?  So Meg ends up with a two acre yard sale (I will admit it sounded like something that would be a blast to go to) and a dead body in a trunk.  Poor Meg is trying to keep people from stealing, solve a murder, and not go crazy with all the demands from her relatives.  This is once again a great read by Andrews.  I can’t wait to see what she cooks up next!

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Wow.  I thought this was going to be a gritty urban fairytale, like Melissa Marr’s or Holly Black, but it was not and yet it was.  Morgan is just your average high schooler who happens to be able to catch glimpses of the future.  She has been friends since birth and is now dating Cam, a totally hot jock who is adored by all.  Morgan is a bit of the odd man out, but as long as she has Cam, she doesn’t care.  Then suddenly her world is turned upside down when a strange boy that seems to be from another planet comes to live at Cam’s house.  Her world starts to quickly spin out of control until she doesn’t know what she wants anymore.  Intertwined with Morgan’s dilemma is a story of a boy switched at birth, an evil fairy, and a heart breaking love story.  This was a riveting and slightly unsettling tale.  It will leave you breathless

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  Carey has started another series in the D’Angeline world she startedwith Kushiel’s Dart.  This series center around Moirin, a descendant of Alais from the other series.  She is given a destiny and must seek it out.  She travels from ethe wilds where she has lived with her mother to many different lands including Terra Nova and Ch’In.  What is great about Carey’s writings is that she takes territories that are here in the world now and makes them more exotic and just a trifle different.  Along the way, Moirin makes new friends and lovers.  this is a rich vibrant tale and I can’t wait to see where Carey takes the next books in the series.  Though it does not have the intensity of the Kushiel series, there is still the rich, vibrant storytelling that makes these very enchanting books.

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Meg Langslow is back and better than ever.  These books are hysterical and each book has  a well developed mystery (I had no clue who the murder was for any of them) and a great cast of characters.  Meg and her boyfriend Michael are going strong and their relationship is just as well drawn as the mysteries.  Meg is a great heroine/detective and Andrews’ writing is fantastic.  I can’t stop gobbling these books up!

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I did not like this book.  It was too gritty and there were certain mystical elements that were never properly explained.  I am pretty sure it is part of a series, but you could not really tell.  I usually have a hard time finding a romance that I don’t enjoy, but this one definitely fits the bill.

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