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I much prefered this tale of the Goddess of the Sea.  It is a retelling of Hades and Persephone.  And while this one also has holes, it is still a fabulous tale.  Lina trades bodies with Persephone so she can help Demeter while Persephone saves Lina’s bakery.  But the favor turns out to be helping Hades in the Underworld.  BUt of course he is nothing like what she was expecting.  And love happens.  What I loved most about this story is that Cast paints a vivid picture of the Underworld unlike any I have ever read.

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Having loved the House of Night series by Cast and her daughter, I picked up a few of her earlier titles for adults.  This is the first in a series that is a semi- retelling of a Greek myth.  It deals with a mermaid and her love of the land, but this time it is a mortal woman who becomes enamored of a merman and wants to stay in the water.  An interesting tale, but you can definitely see that her writing has gotten much better.  The intro on this and the other one in the series I read are a bit shaky and there are many holes left in the stories.  But, nevertheless, the are good tales.

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Can anyone ever understand Lisbeth Salander?  In the sequel to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, readers can try.  We get more insight into her background, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that one will understand her.  In this book, Salander is accused of the murder of three people.  She is an intensely private person and the fact that she is now making national headlines is quite upsetting.  She doesn’t know who she can trust so she doesn’t trust anyone.  Blomkvist is once more a major player and the only one who believe in Salander’s innocence.  Once again Larsson puts together an amazing story that leaves you on the edge of your seat to find out what will happen.  This is a series that could change your view of the way life and society works.  The ending is rather unfinished which makes me mad because it is not coming out in the states til May 2010.

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A patron recommended this to me at work one day and I finally got around to picking it up.  I didn’t really know what it was about and so picked it up without any preconceived notions.  Unfortunately, it was so totally engrossing that I stayed up way too late reading it the first night.  This book is hard to define.  It is a mystery; it is a character study; it is a treatise on society; it is phenomenal.  At the center of the book is Lisbeth Salander, a hard to understand girl with amazing computer and research skills.  She works for Milton Securities.  Then there is Mikael Blomkvist who is a journalist that has just been accused of libel.  He is given the task of solving a decades old mystery.  Lisbeth is hired to do a background check on Mikael before he is offered the job.

Sounds so simple, but it isn’t at all.  Mikael and Lisbeth eventually cross paths and that is when the story gets interesting.  This book was fantastic and though it isn’t necessarily action packed, it is brilliantly written so that you are always anxious to turn the next page.

It is a shame Larsson died after he wrote the Salander trilogy.

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This amazing autobiography graphic novel is poignant and terrifying.  It is the story of the author’s bout with cancer and how his family never tells him that is what it is.  The illustrations are harsher than in his picture books to reflect the tone of the book.  It is such a sad tale, but one that also offers hope.  David is a truly talented artist and this book is a great memoir of his early childhood.  I imagine it will end up on the same pages as Gantos’ Hole in My Life and Paulsen’s Guts.

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A new graphic novel that will surely become popular, Secret Science Alliance is about three kids who love inventing.  They each have different strengths and weaknesses, but together they are a force to be reckoned with.  When a renowned inventor steals their notebook of inventions, the team comes up with a plan to get it back.  Of course they don’t realize that the scientist is set on using their inventions to break into a museum to steal a priceless artifact!  But together, they will come up with a daring, adventurous plan.  Based on the ending, this looks like it will be a great new series.

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I love Pride and Prejudice and read all of the read alikes that come along (or as many as I can find I should say;  there are pry many that I have missed).  Reynolds takes the idea that Darcy decides to court Elizabeth after her dismissal of his proposal and that things get a little hot and heavy between them.  There were many elements of the story that I strongly enjoyed including:  Reynolds ability to integrate parts of the real story in with this one; Elizabeth’s character which I felt was in keeping with the real Elizabeth; and the language of the time.  However, I do not think that Darcy would ever have seduced Elizabeth in that manner.  I know it is an interpretation and I was glad to have read it, but I must disagree with this What If?  I think it highly unlikely that Darcy would have undergone such a change in character no matter how he felt.  In addition, she changed his overall demeanor.  He became much too silly in my opinion.  That being said, I thought it was a clever adaptation and I may pick up the modern adaptations she has written.  I have a feeling those won’t be quite so hard for me to bear.

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