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I am continually amazed at the skill Mass has.  Each of her books is unique and utterly captivating.  I really enjoyed this one as it took place in a candy factory.  Logan is the candymaker’s son and he, along with three others, are entering the candymaker’s competition to create a new type of candy.  The book is told in alternating points of view between Logan, Daisy, Miles and Phillip, the contestants.  It was a fascinating way to tell a story and I quickly grew very fond of the characters.  But this book is not only about making candy, but about secrets and friendship.  In all of Mass’s work, there is a certain quality that makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story.  It is my belief that she puts her own secret ingredient in the books she writes and it shows in her books.

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I had read the first few in this series and for some reason stopped reading the books.  But, I stumbled upon this one and decided to read it.  Skullduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are back and better than ever.  Under Skullduggery’s excellent tutelage, Valkyrie is coming along nicely in the use of magic and combat.  But, when an evil Baron escapes from prison, intent on releasing the Faceless Ones, it is up to Valkyrie and Skullduggery to stop him.  Of course, there is mayhem and humor throughout and a surprise concerning Valkyrie’s uncle, who was murdered.  A thoroughly enjoyable romp in a world of magic and madmen.

 

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Ok, I’m going to admit it, I think I have grown fond of short stories.  I keep saying that I never read them, but that is obviously not the case since I have been reading a bunch lately.  In Bishop’s collection of short stories, we learn more about Surreal, Daemon, and of course, Janelle.  The stories give us more depth to the characters that we already know and love set in this magical world.  While each story holds its own charms, my favorite is definitely the last one which tells the story of Daemon after Janelle dies.  It brought me to tears and laughter (sometimes at the same time).  Daemon was heartbroken after Janelle dies.  I was terrified that she would have gone early into the darkness, but she lived a full life.  Although, for Daemon, it was still too short.  I was so happy that he finds love and life after Janelle’s passing.  A wonderful book, although I definitely want Bishop to write some more full length novels.

 

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I really appreciate that Eve Dallas is getting some, if not easier, at least less sleep deprived cases.  Dallas’s partner, Peabody, stumbles upon some corrupt cops.  Using their amazing talents and cool futuristic technologies, they put together a case to bring down the dirty cop and her subordinates.  There wasn’t as much of a Roarke and Dallas storyline, but he was there helping as always.  This was an intriguing mystery and I truly enjoyed it.  Dallas is getting used to the bureaucracy and I wouldn’t be surprised if she made captain in the next book based on some of the conversations she has with Commander Whitney in this one.  Another successful tale for Roberts.

 

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I really loved this one.  I was getting a little weary of this series, but Harrison’s newest book dragged me right back in.  Rachel Morgan has been shunned and is on a quest with Trent (her once enemy) to get it revoked.  Needless to say, troubld follows in her wake and soon she is collapsing the St. Louis Arch and blowing things up.  It was a wonderful book and I really felt that Rachel is finally coming to terms with her dark side.  Not in a bad way, but in a very good way.  She is embracing who she is instead of hiding from it.  And of course we have Jenks and Ivy who are fabulously well drawn characters and add a lot to the stories.  I really enjoyed this one and am now once more excited for the next one in the series.

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I had somehow not read this book by Bradley, but stumbled across it when shelf-reading last week.  I very much enjoyed it although I did not like it as much as I have liked others of hers.  For instance, Leslie discovers she has some psychic gifts and goes from trying to escape them to fully accepting them in an amazingly short time.  I never felt like she really made a conscious decision to embrace her powers.  Instead, it seems like Simon, her lover, told her what to do and she did it.  I was not overly thrilled with Simon either mostly because he did not seem, until the last page of the book, to feel any remorse for what he had done in the name of reclaiming his music.  That is not to say that I did not like it.  Combining music with magic is always interesting, but I was certainly not as captivated by this book as I have been by others in the past.

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Monster ‘s job is to catch the things that go bump in the night.  Judy is a young woman at drift in the world.  When she discovers that the weird creatures we all thought were imaginary, well, aren’t, she decides that she is going to explore the world of magic.  The only trouble is she can’t remember any of it after a few hours.  Hilariously funny, very much in the style of Christopher Moore, Monster is a wonderful, and surprisingly insightful.

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