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In the latest Erec Rex installment, Erec is on a mission even more important than the quests to make him king.  His best friend, Bethany, has been kidnapped by Bastania, an evil sorcerer.  But the fates know what is up and going on his next quest will be the only way to save Bethany.  More secrets are unveiled and Erec is faced with even harder tasks.  What is great about these books is that we see, in each one, Erec grow as a person.  In that regard, they remind me a lot of the Harry Potter books.  Erec is not perfect, but he has some amazing friends and family who help him achieve his goals.

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This series has really become a bit stale, but it is still enjoyable for a quick read.  Zoey is no longer dead, but the problem of Neferet, the former Nix high priestess gone bad, is still there.   At the end of each book, I feel like a decision has been reached only to have it fall apart in the next book.  Unfortunately, this one was no different.  It seems like for every step forward Zoey and her friends make, they end up taking five steps back.  However, maybe I am being unfair.  After all, I do keep reading them.  I guess I would like to see more meat in the books.  Perhaps, though, I should just accept them for what they are…fluff.

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Thanks to Dana for recommending this awesome post-apocalyptic ya book to me.  It is not released until October, but it is bound to be incredibly successful.  Alex is a sullen teenager who is staying home alone for the weekend while his parents and sister go to visit his uncle’s house in Illinois.  But the day after they leave, disaster strikes.  A supervolcano in Yellowstone goes off and plunges the country into chaos.  At first, Alex stays with his neighbors after a part of volcanic rock destroys his house, but soon he makes up his mind to travel to Illinois to reach his family.  Along the way he meets people who help him and people who try to hurt him.  He ends up staying for a time at a farm where he meets Darla.  After a horrible accident, he and Darla take to the road together.  There are many challenges along the way, but you really see Alex grow as a person.  This is the first in a new series that is just as riveting as Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It.  A must read for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction!

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  The Jefferson Key is the newest installment in the Cotton Malone series by Berry.  This time, rather than traveling the world, Malone stays in the U.S.  After an attempt on the President’s life, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt are hired to uncover a plot that is hundreds of years old.  The Commonwealth was given free license to harry enemies that the U.S.  was engaged in war with back during the time of Washington.  They have continued their pirating ways, secure in the knowledge that they would not be persecuted.  However, they have not gone too far and it is up to Malone to track down a missing document that gives them license for their pirating and deliver it to the President.  Plots abound and the book is told in alternating narratives between the good guys and the bad guys.  A riveting read that takes us to some key sites in the U.S. and also explores our country’s past.  I liked this a lot better than The Emperor’s Tomb.  A very good adventure story.

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Suzette needs a poor husband, fast.  Her father has fallen into debt and the only way to save the family estate is to marry someone who will agree to give her control of her money so she can buy her father out of debt.  When she meets Daniel Woodrow, she thinks she has found her man.  Though not poor, Daniel tells her he is because he thinks she is a fortune hunter.  But she is thrilled and promptly asks him to marry her.

Daniel is floored, but also drawn to Suzette.  He lets her think he will marry her, but doesn’t tell her about his fortune.  Soon he is caught up in a mystery as his feelings for Suzette grow and deepen.  Together with her sisters and friends, they must uncover a nefarious plot.

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Mercy Franklin has found herself destitute and has taken a job as a governess.  But it is an entirely unconventional household and Mercy has never been a governess.  First of all, she is incredibly drawn to her employer.  And his niece, her young charge, is strangely withdrawn.  Soon Mercy finds herself helping her employer turn his home around, teaching a little girl to come out of her shell, and falling in love.  A surprise comes too which makes everything more interesting.

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Claudia Martin runs a school for girls in Bath, but is visiting former teachers on a holiday when she meets Joseph, Marquess of Attingsborough.  She knows she can never be part of his world, but is drawn to him anyway.  Joseph has a secret that he has never told anyone, but he lets Claudia know his dangerous secret.  She feels even more drawn to him after learning of his bastard daughter.  Despite all the odds being stacked against them, these two unlikely lovers will find a way to be together.

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