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Wednesday, April 17
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House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7)- Chloe Neill
Well, well, well Cadogan House is in a bit of a pickle. This is surprising to no one who reads the Chicagoland series. House Rules focuses around the consequences of Cadogan’s decision to leave the GP, but also includes the larger themes of racism, the question of oversight, questions of corruption and power, and so much more. Once again, Merit saves the day with her combination of reckless bravery, Nancy Drew style sleuthing skills, and general bad-assery. She is honestly my favorite heroine of the moment and her sharp tongue and keen intelligence are definitely part of the reason why. And while Ethan and Merit have their rocky moments, DEAR GOD, it is so good to have them back. I will never, ever, ever take them for granted again after what Neill pulled in Hard Bitten. I also like how Mallory and her relationship with Merit is realistic after the previous events have all but destroyed their friendship. I am growing more concerned about the political situation which I’m sure will be a big part of the next book. I just want a shirt or something that says "I stand Sentinel for Cadogan House" just to wear around on weekend. Bonus if it comes with the sword.
Overall: A 
House Rules is out now. Get your copy here.

House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7)- Chloe Neill

Well, well, well Cadogan House is in a bit of a pickle. This is surprising to no one who reads the Chicagoland series. House Rules focuses around the consequences of Cadogan’s decision to leave the GP, but also includes the larger themes of racism, the question of oversight, questions of corruption and power, and so much more. Once again, Merit saves the day with her combination of reckless bravery, Nancy Drew style sleuthing skills, and general bad-assery. She is honestly my favorite heroine of the moment and her sharp tongue and keen intelligence are definitely part of the reason why. And while Ethan and Merit have their rocky moments, DEAR GOD, it is so good to have them back. I will never, ever, ever take them for granted again after what Neill pulled in Hard Bitten. I also like how Mallory and her relationship with Merit is realistic after the previous events have all but destroyed their friendship. I am growing more concerned about the political situation which I’m sure will be a big part of the next book. I just want a shirt or something that says "I stand Sentinel for Cadogan House" just to wear around on weekend. Bonus if it comes with the sword.

Overall: A 

House Rules is out now. Get your copy here.

Tags:   #i read #books #adult #paranormal #fiction #vampires #chicago #chicagoland vampires #chloe neill


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Monday, April 15
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Stolen Nights (A Vampire Queen Novel)- Rebecca Maizel
I have waited a long, long time for this book. I loved Infinite Days and this sequel has been years in the making. I was excited to pick up Stolen Nights especially considering the unbelievable ending of Infinite Days which was a cliffhanger to say the least. I love Lenah and Rhode and this book made me love them even more. It also made me love Vicken, like move to Scotland kind of love. The plot was good, nothing revolutionary as far as I’m concerned—I saw the twist coming. I had a minor problem with the portrayal of the Aeris but nothing that I couldn’t overlook. What I had a major problem with was the Epilogue. This book’s ending prior to the epilogue was perfect. It was heartbreaking and sweet, full of love and duty and sacrifice. But then the epilogue, which sets up for a next book I’m presuming, diluted that whole experience for me. I would have liked to linger a bit longer emotionally in the strength of her love and the sacrifice that she had made. I will say Infinite Days is a hard book to follow up, but Stolen Nights does a decent job and the end before the epilogue is quite powerful and moving. It’s worth reading just for that.
Overall: A-
Stolen Nights is out now. Get your copy here. 

Stolen Nights (A Vampire Queen Novel)- Rebecca Maizel

I have waited a long, long time for this book. I loved Infinite Days and this sequel has been years in the making. I was excited to pick up Stolen Nights especially considering the unbelievable ending of Infinite Days which was a cliffhanger to say the least. I love Lenah and Rhode and this book made me love them even more. It also made me love Vicken, like move to Scotland kind of love. The plot was good, nothing revolutionary as far as I’m concerned—I saw the twist coming. I had a minor problem with the portrayal of the Aeris but nothing that I couldn’t overlook. What I had a major problem with was the Epilogue. This book’s ending prior to the epilogue was perfect. It was heartbreaking and sweet, full of love and duty and sacrifice. But then the epilogue, which sets up for a next book I’m presuming, diluted that whole experience for me. I would have liked to linger a bit longer emotionally in the strength of her love and the sacrifice that she had made. I will say Infinite Days is a hard book to follow up, but Stolen Nights does a decent job and the end before the epilogue is quite powerful and moving. It’s worth reading just for that.

Overall: A-

Stolen Nights is out now. Get your copy here

Tags:   #books #i read #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #vampires #paranormal #infinite days #stolen nights #rebecca maizel #st martin's press



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Tuesday, March 22
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Love Sucks!

Love Sucks!- Melissa Francis

In the sequel to Bite Me, AJ once again wows with her attitude and spunk.  In addition to dealing with the awkward former romance with her now step-brother,  AJ has attention from Lex, a smexy Brit.  The tension in this triangle is palpable and at points steamy.  There were several moments in the plot when I wanted to hit Ryan with a 2 by 4, and as a result I’m not sure I love the ending.  Love Sucks! was short simple read perfect for sitting outside on a sunny day.

Overall: A-

Tags:   #love sucks, #i read #young adult fiction #ya lit #melissa francis #vampires #warlocks #witches #paranormal romance



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Tuesday, October 26
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Tags:   #dracula, #bram stoker, #paranormal, #classics, #i read #vampires #comic strips



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Thursday, September 9
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Insatiable

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

In a world saturated by vampire novels, Meg Cabot does the near impossible—creates a thrilling vampire novel that isn’t cliche.  Despite the jabs at the public’s obsession with vampires, Cabot creates a gripping mystery full of danger and (gasp) the undead.  The romance between Lucien and Meena is epic, and while I remain skeptical about Alarics newfound feelings, I appreciate that Cabot didn’t tie her ending in a bow.  There are problems preventing a happy ending, and it’s clear it’s only going to get more complex.  Bravo for creating a new classic in an oversaturated market. The only thing that’s insatiable is my appetite for the next book.

Overall: A+

Tags:   #i read, #insatiable #meg cabot #young adult fiction #fiction #vampires


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Tuesday, July 13
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Ebooks and Chicagoland Vampires

That’s right, hell has frozen over, I actually purchased and read an ebook on my computer.   I first tried my local bookstore  to see if they had a copy of the newly published Twice Bitten in stock. They didn’t.  I really wanted to read it like right that second!  So I did what I had not done before, I bought an ebook.  I have read ebooks before, however they were always free ARCs. I had never paid for an ebook until Friday.  It was a historic day for me.  Now onto the review

Twice Bitten- Chloe Neill

The third book of the Chicagoland Vampire novels was excellent.  Neill’s plot held my interest as much as the first two books.  Finally we see some development in the relationship between Ethan and Merit;  there is also the introduction of a new love triangle (or is it a square since Morgan still likes Merit?).  Merit really comes into her own as a vampire while maintaining her will that may bend but not break.  I felt like Mal, Catcher and Grandpa Merit were token characters in this book.  That being said, the only thing I truly dislike is having to wait to for the next one to come out.

Overall: A

Tags:   #twice bitten #chicagoland vampires #vampires #i read #paranormal #romance #chloe neill



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Tuesday, June 29
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What’s in a name?

A lot if you’re Alex Van Helsing.

Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

This book was smart.  I like smart.  It was also rich in literary tradition.  Does it get any better?  Henderson’s use of Frankenstein as the base for a vampire novel is brilliant!  I like Alex, who is all hero and without all the woe-is-me angst that you find in oh, say, the boy who lived Harry Potter.  Action from first to finish, this book was a fantastic read and a great start to the series.

Overall: A+

Tags:   #jason henderson, #young adult fiction, #alex van helsing #vampire rising #paranormal #i read #vampires #frankenstein #mary shelley


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Monday, May 31
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Infinite Days

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

This book was an addiction for me. I skipped meals, holing myself up with this book until I was done.  Then, I read it again.  I don’t know what I loved more the originiality of the plot, the ernestness of the characters or the thrill of danger lurking at the door. While romantic and paranormal, Maizel’s debut shines most for her heroine’s compelling desire to be human in every sense of the word.  It is this heart-breaking, fragile humanity that may be her saving grace.

I can only compare this first book to how I felt when I read Twilight and the first Harry Potter.  Maizel has the brilliant gift of creating characters you don’t just love despite their flaws, but characters whose story you NEED to hear creating a compulsion to listen and experience that story for yourself.

There is no doubt that I am buying a copy of this book for myself and copies to give to all my friends. 

Soundtrack Song: “Halo” Haley James Scott

Overall: A++

Tags:   #humanity, #rachel maizel, #young adult fiction, #boarding school #infinite days #paranormal romance #vampires #i read



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Wednesday, April 14
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Bite Me!

Melissa Francis’ Bite Me! is not just another vampire story.  I mean it is a vampire story, but she creates a clever and intricate history which AJ Ashe must discover.  I liked AJ, but I loved Ryan.  They like each other, but then their parents marry and well, it is a southern cliche to hook up with your sibling, right?  Meanwhile, antics ensue left and right with death, lying, and crazy, prophesy-weilding scrolls.  And all this in the course of a week! 

I can’t wait to see the mystery continue to unfold in her new book, Love Sucks! out this year.   

Overall: A

Soundtrack Song: “Sweet Southern Moon”, Benjy Davis Project.

Tags:   #book review, #melissa francis, #young adult fiction #vampires #bite me #love sucks #aj ashe



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Monday, February 22
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Never Bite a Boy on the First Date

Tamara Summer’s novel of the above title was an easy, light read.  The writing was actually rather accurate for a 16 year old girl, when Summers wasn’t forcing terrible vampire puns into the mix.  There were some interesting plot twists given that it was a young adult vampire novel.  I don’t know if I like the ending.  Daniel over Milo?  No Thanks. 

Overall: B+

Sidenote: when checking this book out at the library the man helping me said of the title, “Hmm thats good advice.  Only when I was in highschool I kind of liked that.”  Oh hi, TMI.  Just laughing at this made the book worth it.

Tags:   #Never Bite a Boy on the First Date, #young adult fiction, #tamara summers #vampires #i read



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Monday, December 21
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House of Night Part II

I just found out that the 6th book Tempted is already out!  I will read it tonight so look for the continued post on the HON series.

xoxo

VV

Above you see the excitment I had for reading this book.  Here, you can read my frustration.  I understand that there is a brilliant marketing strategy in leaving the action to the end of the book and leaving the story incomplete so that readers will be inspired to buy the next book of the series.  However, I am sorry to say that doing this so often raises a reader’s ire especially when you pull this crap 6 books into a series.  Frankly, I don’t know if I want to read the next book if it is going to leave me as unfulfilled and the story woefully incomplete as this one did. 

As always Zoey was Zoey.  Erik was a tool.  Heath was annoying but sweet.  Stark is the doubting, brooding, insecure warrior who is frankly perfect for the doubting, brooding, insecure Zoey.  I still do not believe the Kalona romance though at least this book they gave a better explanation of why it exists.  The book leaves off with a death and on the cusp of much adventure.  Poaching Harry Potter VI anyone?

Overall I give the book a B, it could have been better if the authors/editors weren’t trying so hard to sell the next edition than this one.

Tags:   #House of Night, #P.C. Cast, #Tempted #Kristin Cast #Book Review #vampires #romance



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Sunday, December 20
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House of Night

Last night I read the two most recent novels in the House of Night series by the mother/daugher team of P.C. and Kristin Cast: Untamed and Hunted.

 Characters: It’s hard to relate to Zoey Redbird at first, but once you do there’s no turning back. 

Plot: Somewhat Predictable.  As in all of the House of Night series books, the reader often finds he/she has figured out what Zoey needs to do before she knows herself.  The action is often heavily weighed toward the end of the novels. This is countered though by the particularly gripping romantic plotlines between Zoey and Heath/Erik/Stark/Loren.  The half heartedly done love connection with Kolana is laughable at best.  He never really presents a threat to Zoey’s heart in Hunted, though he does present a threat to her life. 

Writing: Sometimes I think the attempt at catching accents in dialogue is overdone.  The incorporation of poetry is particularly good.

Ending: Each books leaves you wanting more which is both good and bad.  Good in that you have connected to a character and want to see her growth. Bad in that when you have reached the end of Hunted, as I have, you must wait at least a year for the next one.

House of Night Series Overall: A

The three most recent books:

Chosen: A-

Untamed:A

Hunted: A-

Tags:   #House of Night, #vampires #P.C. Cast #Kristin Cast #Book Review #romance



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