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Archive for October, 2011

Passion by Lauren Kate

The most recent offering in the Fallen series, this book sees Luce traveling through time to find out why she and Daniel have been cursed to love but never be together.  She travels to many different points throughout history and slowly unravels the reason behind the curse that keeps them apart.  I enjoyed this one, but feel like she purposefully leaves each of the books as a cliff hanger

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A bit of a farfetched story in which a young man who is the bastard of an English gentleman is really the king of a country ruled by evil dictators.  Set in Victorian England, this novel is a lighthearted historical romance.  Victoria is the young woman who falls for Saber, the (hopefully) soon to be king of a company overrun by the French.  In some interesting twists, we get to see before during and after the revolution that will (hopefully) put Saber back on the throne.

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Unbelievably, this is a historical romance with a perfectly normal man.  When Lady Angeline spies Edward, Earl of Heyward, she is instantly captivated.  He is amazed at her wayward actions.  Their families want them together since it would be a great dynastic match.  Edward is nothing like Angeline’s family or his own deceased brother, but he is exactly what she wants.  He is not a rake, nor astoundingly handsome, but he is a gentleman.  Angeline is a wonderfully interesting heroine.  At first Edward seems boring, but he is anything but.  I quite enjoyed this tale by Balogh.

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I was so sad to learn that Rardin had committed suicide and that this would be her final Jaz Parks book.  But, I was thrilled to read this last installment and she does wrap things up fairly well.  Jaz still has a demon in her head that she must, with the help of Vayl, her vampire boyfriend, will journey to hell and back to get rid of it.  As usual, this book is packed with lots of action, interweaving storylines and humor.  However, it does wrap everything up pretty nicely I thought.

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I accidentally read the second in the trilogy first, but I came back to this one later.  This is a very funny tale of intrigue and romance.  Christina marries a man she thinks is Ricahrd FAirgrave, only to find out, after he drops dead, that he was his twin brother and her marriage is a sham.  She is not happy the twin is dead, but is facing ruin.  Luckily, the real Richard Fairgrave is an honorable man and offers to marry her.  They also have to work together to find out who killed his twin.  Humorous and touching, this is a good quick read.

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Vanessa Pembrooke is shocked to find her sister rolling around on the floor with her fiancé two days before the wedding.  She immediately leaves and decides to go on an archeological dig (it makes more sense in the story) in Scotland.  Along the way, she is accidentally hand fasted to Graeme Langford, who is also hunting for treasure.  With tales of mythical beasts and magic, the two must uncover a mystery before anyone gets hurt.  A wonderful blend of romance, history and magic.

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Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe

 Jake has OCD and takes to counting to get through the day. But he hides it from his family and friends so no one, except his little sister, knows anything is wrong. He is a soccer champ and only needs to make it through a few more days to get to the perfect day when all the numbers will be aligned for the big soccer match. But slowly his life starts spinning out of control. This was an amazing book about what it is like to have a mental disorder that you try to hide from people. Great for people wanting a better understanding of what someone with OCD is suffering. It does a great job of showing Jake from many sides.

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