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Moon Called

Patricia Briggs is an incredible writer. Mercy Thompson is the kind of woman that I would love to grow up to me. A badass, loyal, tough, fierce, strong, and determined woman who puts her friends before herself. 

As she says, she is not a member of the pack. But that does not stop her from diving head first to save the alpha’s daughter. She could have stepped aside, and kept out of it. But instead, she risked her life, multiple times, and, with the help of others, saved the alpha and his daughter. 

She gets along with everyone but does stand up for herself. She won’t let someone walk on her, but she also respects others’ opinions. 

She is the kind of woman that we should raise our girls to be. 

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Among the Hidden

I loved reading Margaret Peterson Haddix‘s book, Turnabout. When I saw this series, I knew I had to give it a try. From Amazon:

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

To start, imagine how horrible of a life that would be for Luke, to know that according to the government, he shouldn’t exist. Thankfully, he has an extremely loving family, who is willing to risk everything for him. But he still has to live a “hidden” life, which is not easy for anyone.

This book follows a common theme of government population control. With the premise being that there is not enough food to sustain the current population. But yet Luke’s family, who are not wealthy, are always able to feed their 3 children.

When Luke meets Jen, he feels hope for a future for himself. He knows that he isn’t the only third child. There are others.
He is willing to sneak out of his house as much as possible to be able to see her. But his fear gets the better of him, and he does not go to the rally with her. Which worked out favorably for him.

Jen’s dad shows that not everyone in the government wants to kill the third children. He saves Luke and gives him a new identity. He gives Luke’s family hope for his future.

This book is written for a young-teen audience but is still enjoyable to the older audience as well. It was a quick and simple read but was also engaging. I loved seeing Luke grow up and mature thanks to Jen.

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Deadtown by Namcy Holzner is fantastic. I read this book at the suggestion of my mother, and I was very happy that I did. From Amazon:

First in a brand new urban fantasy series that’s “fresh and funny, with a great new take on zombies” (Karen Chance) and “full of dangerous magic and populated with characters so realistic, they almost jump off the page” (Ilona Andrews).

If you were undead, you’d be home by now…

They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders-but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human.

I love Victory Vaughn. I love the way that she stays true to her beliefs, ideals, and values even when others are trying to change her. She sticks with her values to protect an “innocent” man, even when her boyfriend is asking her not to. She doesn’t compromise her values and she stays true to who she is.

My favorite part is how they portray the vampires as being fun and silly rather than “terrifying” in other books.

This is one of very few books, that as I was reading, I was wondering how they would portray it was a tv series and/or movie. I would love to see that.

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Grave Sight

I absolutely love Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse series, so when I saw this series (Harper Connelly), I knew I had to give it a try. Here is the description of Grave Sight on Amazon:

Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living – but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent – even if the dead can wait forever.

First off, I absolutely love the premise behind this book. Being struck by lightning is rare. Surviving it is even more rare. Who’s to say that going through something that traumatic can’t cause some sort of extra sense from developing. This is a subject that has fascinated me for awhile.

When I first started this book, I was somewhat reminded of Meg Cabot‘s Mediator series. However, the similarities were not very strong. Harper Connelly cannot see/talk to ghosts. But she is able to see how someone dies, providing she is with the body. She uses this talent to bring closure to the  loved ones. And, of course, people are willing to pay for this. She does do quite a bit of pro bono work, and she does do more than she is asked to do. Most people don’t believe her, and is that really so surprising? Most people condemn that which they cannot prove.

This book is definitely a page-turner. You are taken on an adventure with Harper and you are easily able to relate to her. Charlaine Harris does a great job of developing the characters, as well as the plot line.

Harper’s relationship with her step-brother, Tolliver, is wonderful. As an only child, I love seeing the protective older sibling that wants to take care of the younger sibling and protect them, regardless of their age. And Harper has grown to understandably rely on Tolliver.

This book will draw you into a mysterious story and all you will want to do is continue reading until the end.

And then you will want to read the next one!

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Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

Kate Brian wrote a wonderful story in this book. Here is Amazon’s descripton

When she was nine, Megan Meade met a group of terrible, mean, Popsicle-goo-covered boys, the sons of her father’s friend — the McGowan boys. Now, seven years later, Megan’s army doctor parents are shipping off to Korea and Megan is being sent to live with the little monsters, who are older now and quite different than she remembered them.
Living in a house with seven boys will give Megan, who has never even been kissed, the perfect opportunity to learn everything there is to know about boys. And she’ll send all her notes to her best friend, Tracy, in…
Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys
Observation #1: Being an army brat sucks. Except that this is definitely a better alternative to moving to Korea.
Observation #2: Forget evil, laughing, little monsters. These guys have been touched by the Abercrombie gods. They are a blur of toned, suntanned perfection.
Observation #3: I need a lock on my door. STAT.
Observation #4: Three words: six-pack abs.
Observation #5: Do not even get me started on the state of the bathroom. I’m thinking of calling in a hazmat team. Seriously.
Observation #6: These boys know how to make enemies. Big time.
Megan Meade will have to juggle a new school, a new family, a new crush — on the boy next door, as in next bedroom door — and a new life. Will she survive the McGowan boys?

This book was a very quick and hilarious read. For a girl who claims to be very inexperienced, and can barely talk to boys, Megan learns very quickly. She is able to draw Miller out of his shell, learns how to stand up to the boys, and is even able to dethrone the queen of the soccer team. She does all of this just by being herself and without being mean.

I love that her and Finn kissed. I would have been very disappointed if she had ended up with Evan, and I am very glad that it ended up being Finn. I also love that she connected with Sean over the motorcycles.

She even went out of her way to save Doug from being suspended, or expelled, even though he had never said one nice word to her.

My issues with the book:

  • How was she able to convince her parents to let her stay with the McGowan’s after she told them she wanted to go to Korea. Most parents would at least want an explanation and there was no mention of any in this book.
  • Does she end up with Finn? Do they kiss again? Do his parents let them date?
  • What happens next?! The ending was way too vague.
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I have very mixed emotions when it comes to Endless by Kate Brian. But first, here is the description from Amazon

Rory Miller didn’t just fall in love with Tristan Parrish. She fell in love with the idea of forever. He was the one who told her the truth about her existence in Juniper Landing: that her mortal life is over, and she will now spend eternity on the island, helping others in limbo move on. But like Juniper Landing, a bright island with dark secrets, Tristan is too good to be true. The mysterious, heartbreakingly beautiful boy Rory thought she knew is responsible for unthinkable evil—sending good souls to the Shadowlands in order to get himself a second chance at life on Earth. He has already claimed Rory’s friend Aaron and her own father, but when Tristan sends her sister, Darcy, to the Shadowlands, too, Rory decides to take matters into her own hands. She will do anything to save her family, even if it means going to hell and back.

So I was very happy that Tristan was not responsible for sending Rory’s family over to the Shadowlands. But I was also very disappointed to hear that it was Krista. That one did surprise me, although after I read it, I felt that I should have expected it since we knew from the beginning that she never actually wanted to die.

I did not like the love triangle between Rory, Tristan, and Joaquin. I felt that it was very cliche, as was the ending. As soon as they established that Tristan was not the bad guy, you knew him and Rory would end up together. It was expected and was a cliche.

With that being said, I loved the lengths that Rory went to in order to save her family. She was willing to sell her soul to a monster, that had originally killed her, in order to save her dad and sister. I loved that in the end, everything worked out and everyone was safe.

This was a great conclusion to the story line but I was also left wanting more. It wrapped up into such a neat little package, that I was actually left disappointed by the ending.

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As Time Goes By

Mary Higgins Clark has done it again with another thrilling masterpiece, As Time Goes By.

From Amazon:

In this exciting thriller from Mary Higgins Clark, the #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense,” a news reporter tries to find her birth mother just as she is assigned to cover the high-profile trial of a woman accused of murdering her wealthy husband.

Television journalist Delaney Wright is on the brink of stardom after she begins covering a sensational murder trial for the six p.m. news. She should be thrilled, yet her growing desire to locate her birth mother consumes her thoughts. When Delaney’s friends Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy offer to look into the mystery surrounding her birth, they uncover a shocking secret they do not want to reveal.

On trial for murder is Betsy Grant, widow of a wealthy doctor who has been an Alzheimer’s victim for eight years. When her once-upon-a-time celebrity lawyer urges her to accept a plea bargain, Betsy refuses: she will go to trial to prove her innocence.

Betsy’s stepson, Alan Grant, bides his time nervously as the trial begins. His substantial inheritance hangs in the balance—his only means of making good on payments he owes his ex-wife, his children, and increasingly angry creditors.

As the trial unfolds, and the damning evidence against Betsy piles up, Delaney is convinced that Betsy is not guilty and frantically tries to prove her innocence. A true classic from Mary Higgins Clark, As Time Goes By is a thrilling read by a master of the genre.

I’m normally not a fan of the Alvirah books, she is an irritating character to me. So when I started reading this book, and I saw that it was another Alvirah book, my expectations were lowered. I am so glad that my expectations proved incorrect!

While Alvirah was part of this book, she was not the main focus, (yay!). And the role she did play made sense throughout the book.

I loved watching Delaney believe in Betsy from day one, even without knowing the truth of her circumstances. She could see the truth in Betsy rather than the media portrayal. And as a reporter, was able to give a fair depiction of what was going on, rather than sensationalizing the story.

I won’t lie, I did suspect Alan from the beginning, but I love the way that Mary Higgins Clark developed the story without directly telling us it was him. I’m a huge fan of plot twists and turns, and how in depth she can go with each character.

Each book is a stand alone book which I also love. While this is part of a “series” of Alvirah and Willie, you do not need to have read the previous books in order to understand this one. And that is one of my favorite things with this author.