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Archive for February, 2010

I am alternately elated and case down by Blackout.  On the one hand, Willis does another phenomenal job with her Historian time travels, but on the other, the sequel is not due out til fall!!!!!  Some of our favorite characters are back including Polly, Colin, Merope, and Mr. Dunworthy….kind of.  But of course they are all sporting different names so it takes a bit to get them all sorted out in your head.  Set during WWII in England, Blackout chronicles the tales of several of the time traveling Historians.  Merope is chronicling the role of evacuees in the English countryside, Polly is learning about shop girls, and Michael is finding out about heroes.  But soon things start to go terribly wrong and suddenly the three are stuck in London with no way to get home.  What is going on with the drops?  Why hasn’t Colin come to save Polly like he always promises.  And what is Mr. Dunworthy up to?  Hopefully all will be made clear in the sequel, All Clear due out in October 2010.

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Fallen by Lauren Kate

This is going to be big.  It reminded me a lot of Twilight, but better written.  But it has all the anguish of the star-crossed lovers with angels as the mythical creatures instead of vampires.  Luce has just been sent to Sword and Cross after her crush is burned to a crisp when they sneak off into the woods.  She can’t really remember what happens nad many people feel that she is guilty of something, but she doesn’t know what.  Sword and Cross is a creepy school for troubled kids.  They must wear black and they have strict requirements for what behavior is acceptable.  On her first day there, she spots Daniel, who she is instantly captivated by, especially since he flips her off the first time he sees her.  But they keep drawing together again and again until Luce must figure out what the heck is going on.  Little does she know that her life is not as insignificant as it may seem and that everything will change….whether for the better or worse is yet to be determined.

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A great, fast paced urban fantasy novel, Eternal Hunter is about two shifters and a serial killer.  Erin Jerome is 1/2 shifter, 1/2 human and has tried to run from her past so she can just be “normal.”  Enter Jude Donovan, a lethal white tiger shifter who immediately senses the animal in Erin.  But when a serial killer starts leaving presents for Erin, Jude steps up to the plate to take care of her.  he recognizes something in her that he needs and is going to be damned if anyone tries to mess with her before he figures out what that something is.  A fun book that delves into different folklore about shifters.

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This is pure fun, fluff.  Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, has been banished to Earth by Zeus to act as a fairy godmother.  She has been setting people up for over two millenia, never knowing where she will end up next.  This time, she lands in a sleep little town to help out bookstore owner Haydee Miller.  Venus is flighty and vane, but has a good heart and really tries to help Haydee.  Haydee has a plan and needs to marry before she turns 33 which means that she only has a few months to find a guy and marry him.  No problem with Venus on the scene, until Venus tells Haydee who she is meant to be with.  But of course, the guy broke her heart and has been incognito for the past 11 years.  No matter, Venus is going to make it happen.   With lots of miscommunication and hilarious antics, Venus Guy Trap tells a great tale of love.

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I don’t usually care for short stories, but in this instance, I couldn’t resist.  Mary Balogh is a superb writer and she brings four tales of christmas love to the reader.  Each story is well crafted and surrounds new found love, rekindled love, and love that has languished.  Each of her couples must face decisions they regret and make up for past mistakes so that they can have a christmas they will not forget.  Poignant tales such as these always put me in the mood for the holidays, which is rather inconvenient as it is February, but they still bring warmth to my heart.

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This is the first in the Rarest Blooms series.  Audrianna Kelmsleigh has had a rough year.  Her father kills himself in the face of imminent scandal and her outlook does not loo much better.  She moves in with her cousin where she finds a measure of peace.  But when she goes out seeking information that might lead to the clearing of her father’s name, she is instead catapulted into another scandal, this one even worse.  Though she resists at first, she ends up marrying Lord Sebastian (who was complicit in the scandal…though they of course did not do anything).  She soon finds that married life might have more perks that she might have originally thought.  But Lord Sebastian is still hunting for answers, as she herself is, into the scandal that caused her father to take his life.  But passion blooms and soon the two must decide what is important in life.  A beautifully wrought tale.  Can’t wait for the next in the series!

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This was an enjoyable book even if I don’t agree with it.  Lady Lydia Eastlake inherits an enormous fortune, but at the beginning of the book, finds that she has spent it all.  Captain Ned Lockton has just returned from serving in the Navy and is expected to fix his family’s coffers which have been similarly depleted by marrying a rich heiress.  They meet, fall in love, and then find out that the other is broke.  So they split up for a bit only to be reunited once more in love.  Here’s the thing, I can’t stand people that have all this money and don’t pay attention to how they spend it.  I mean come on! If you are so filthy rich, you should have some business sense….but I know that is often not the case.  And, they do end up getting together, but my question is, with both mortgaged up the hilt, how the heck are they going to live?  On love?  I was hoping for A Little Princess moment when we find out that Lady Lydia’s ships were not really captured by pirates and that she will have an abundance of riches once the cargo has been sold, but that did not happen.  Nevertheless, it was an engaging book.

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