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I picked these up because they looked cute and they were, but I have no desire to read the rest in the series.  Glory is a vampire who has been around for over 400 years and is constantly getting into trouble and being saved by her long time bf Jeremy Blade.  Somehow, she never seems to have any money and won’t take Jeremy’s.  I think the real issue I have is that she reminds me of Stephanie Plum who is a bounty hunter, but is constantly being saved by men.  I mean, come on ladies, let’s bust some butt!  Not that Glory isn’t interesting, but it just seems that she is a little too flaky blond. This is veyr chick lit vampire book, but I think I’ll stick with Kimberly Raye’s books instead.

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In this companion novel to 11 Birthdays, we find out what happens when Rory Swenson turns 12.  She has been keeping a list of all the things her parents told her she could do once she finally hit that magical age.  But things do not go as she planned and soon Rory learns that maybe all those things she thought she was missing out on aren’t so great.  With a tinge of magic, Finally charts what happens when you finally turn 12 and all the things that can go oh so wrong, and so right!

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Thanks to Gretchen for spotting this on the Book Sale racks at work!  This is a single volume of two previously published works by Balogh.  Jennifer and Samantha are cousins and friends who are embarking on their first season together.  Jennifer is already betrothed and cannot wait to get married.  But her betrothed is not what he seems and soon is leading Samantha down a path of debauchery.  He ends up exposing Jennifer to scandal, but she survives thanks to Gabriel Fisher.  Samantha swears never to love again and seven years later had held to that promise…until she meets who she thinks is merely a landscape gardener.  She finds out after she accepts his proposal that he is actually Lord Carew, the neighbor of her cousin’s husband, Lord Lionel.  But she accepts for what she thinks are the wrong reasons, mainly to get away from Jennifer’s ex-fiance who duped her so many years before.  But she soon realizes that she mistakes what she feels for Lord Carew and must set matters right if she wants to live happily ever after.

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The second book in the Dreamlight Trilogy, this is also an Arcane Society Novel.  I have not yet read the first Dreamlight book, but can’t wait to read it and the 3rd in the series.  We meet several characters from other Arcane Society novels, but this is definitely part of its own story arch.  Griffin Winter’s fears he is going mad and seeks out the help of Adelaide Pyne who has the power to manipulate dreamlight.  But she is a social reformer and he a crime lord.  She wants nothing to do with him at first, and he needs her in order to stay sane.  She soon agrees to help him, but they don’t really trust each other until he saves her life.  Then, they are thrown together to solve a mystery and naturally fall in love.  Though different than the other Arcane Society novels, this book does have the usual well developed characters and intriguing plot line that mark Quick’s books.  I am curious about the final book in the series since it will be set in modern day which seems to be a melding of her Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krantz personas.

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I had hoped there would be more to Cassidy’s story, but was thrilled when I saw the book.  This leaves off where The Shadow Queen ended.  Cassidy has found the treasure and is well on her way to healing the people and the land when a young Queen shows up at her court.  She was the one that took Cassidy’s court away from her and is determined to do the same again.  But this time Cassidy will fight for her life, her people, and the land.  Unfortunately, Theran falls for Kermilla and so Cassidy leaves, with the court.  At first, Theran is confused, then angry, then furious.  He feels he has found the Queen the land needs, but cannot see Kermila for the vindictive harpy she is.

Meanwhile, Cassidy and her court move to the Shalador reserves where a battle will rage where no blood is spilled, but where the future of a land is decided.  Fantastically well done!

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Mercy Thompson is back in this new installment.  This time she is trying to return a powerful Fae book, but can’t because the owner is MIA.  She soon finds herself neck deep in faery affairs which is never a good thing.  Meanwhile, Sam, her long time friend, is battling to keep his werewolf side in check.  Mercy knows that if he can’t, his life will be forfeit by his father, the Marrok.  Life is never easy for Mercy and this book is no different, but she has grit and nerve which helps her tremendously.  She won’t go down without a fight and she has some seriously bad ass friends that can help her out.  She never goes looking for trouble, but it often comes to find her!

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Wow!  I received several ARCs at PLA a month or so ago, this being one of them, but read the others first.  This one, though, was outstanding.  But now I am mad at myself because once again I read the first book in a series and now must wait patiently for the next one which will take even longer! Ok, 2011, hurry up and get here!

Caity is just your average teenager who is stuck on a Scottish castle with her parents for the summer instead of in San Francisco with her friends.  After inheriting the castle, her parents decide it would be fun to turn it into a B&B and drag Caity along.  But there are some perks like the cute neighbor and the col monkey that can fold origami.

But the castle holds secrets that Caity soon starts to unlock.  And they tell of a prophecy relating to her!  Soon Caity find out that she is part of the Mayan prophecy for 2012 and that it is up to her to ready the world’s teenagers for a shift in reality.

Fabulous book.  It definitely made me very interested in the Mayan prophecy which I had not been really familiar with before. I admit that after reading it, I went out and read more about 2012 and have a movie on hold at the library that will hopefully explain more (not the movie 2012, that is just nonsense).

Maybe I’ll be really lucky and get another ARC for the sequel.  I will definitely be recommending this to anyone I can!!!!!

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