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Here it is. The moment you've all been waiting for with baited breath. Six new book reviews. There would be more, but I actually have to do reading for school and I've been stuck on one book for the past week and a half. So here are the reviews.

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. It's come down to the final battle for Percy Jackson and Camp Half-Blood. Titan's forces are moving to take Manhattan and they are all that stands between the gods and destruction. Lives are on the line, and some may not survive the battle. Can Percy and his friends prevent the Titan uprising? Spoilers in the review.
The Last Olympian )

The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox. Lizzie has always just been a normal woman. But on her thirtieth birthday her life is turned upside down when her biker Grandmother locks her in a bathroom and then saves her from a demon. Lizzie's meant to be the family's next demon slayer and there's bad stuff coming for her fast. But what does a sexy griffin have to do with that? Lizzie better learn her lessons quick before the crap hits the fan. No spoilers here
The Accidental Demon Slayer )

Snow Queen by Emma Harrison. Tomboy Aubrey came to Vermont with her best friend to see some snow and play some hockey. When she finds out she's been entered in the annual Snow Queen pagent, she wants to get out as quick as possible. But after meeting Grayson, the competition isn't looking so bad. Too bad his sister is determined to bring hell for anyone who gets in the way of her winning the Snow Queen Crown. Can Aubrey find win the crown and Grayson or will it all avalanche to disaster? No spoilers here
Snow Queen )

The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison. I'm not quite sure how to give a blurb for this book. Secrets is the key words. Secrets shall be revealed. Major spoilers ahead
The Outlaw Demon Wails )

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan. The companion guide to The Percy Jackson series. No spoilers
The Demigod Files )

Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is the only wizard in Chicago's phonebook. As a detective he works for the Chicago PD on some of their more supernatural cases. When a particularly hairy murder turns up, he has to solve it quick or he could be next. Spoilers for the book and later in the series.
Storm Front )

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red_reaper: (Buffy reading)
So I took a bit longer than I had planned to get these book reviews up. I got caught up in Halloween, which was fantastic with the Disney Club caroling I did, and starting Nanowrimo. I'm slowly but surely doing some pretty good writing. I like Charly much better than last year's heroine. Charly has some spunk. But anyway, I have eleven book reviews for you! Yes, I've read twelve books in the last six weeks or so. So let's get started shall we?

The Devil You Know by Jenna Black. This is the second in the series and in it Morgan has to face some dark secrets in her past. Secrets she could never imagine. After her escape in the last book, Lugh's brother has sent an assassin after her. She no longer knows who she can trust and could even those she believes to be on her side have ulterior motives? No spoilers under the cut except for previous books
The Devil You Know )


The Princess by Jude Deveraux. When JT Montgomery rescues a young woman from those trying to kill her, he's shocked when she informs him she's a princess and demands he wait on her hand and foot. He's even more shocked when he returns home and the government asks him to keep her safe. He never thought he find himself falling for the passionate girl he finds. But can their bond survive when they must return to her kingdom? There are spoilers here. Beware!The Princess )


1001 Things Every College Student Should Know. This is actually not so much a novel as an advice book. Covering pretty much every aspect of college life, it give it's reads tips for adjusting so they don't flunk out and head home degree-less.
1001 Things Every College Student Should Know )

Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. As the illegitimate son of Cassanova, Jack knows about lust and seduction. And no one throws a bachelor party like Jack. But when it gets out of hand, he gets the shock of his undead life in Officer Lara Boucher. She's immune to mind control and that makes her dangerous. But Jack can't resist her charms. Will he be able to find true love or will she betray the vampires' secret to the world? No spoilers

Secret Life of a Vampire )


Last Nights of Paris by Phillipe Soupault. I'll be honest, I only have a vague idea what this book is about. The nameless narrator spends his night wandering Paris, looking for an end to his monotonous life. He finds this in part by following a young prostitute through the streets of Paris, being sucked in to the group she associates with. No spoilers, but not a favorable review
Last Nights of Paris )


Covet by JR Ward. Jim doesn't care about anything but laying low to stay under the radar of his old bosses. But it's endgame between the Angels and the Demons (as in the ones in Heaven and Hell) and Jim is the one guy they decided on to tip the scales. Seven souls to save or damn and Jim is the one standing between world peace and total oblivion. No pressure. Soul Number One belongs to Vin DiPietro, a businessman as cold as the cash he brings in. But when he starts falling for a woman with a secret past, can Jim help them to their happily every after? Or will the demons claim Soul One as their prize.
Covet )


Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster. The author's memoir about falling from her cushy job to near homelessness. Avoiding foreclosure, working temp jobs, doing self waxes along the way, Jen shares her experiences and puts even the most desperate situations in a funny light. No spoilers
Bitter is the New Black )


Down and Out In Paris and London by George Orwell. Follow the author as he becomes destitute in Paris and spends a few days starving while searching for work. Then to London where it is "impossible to starve". An interesting look at the lives of poor immigrants in Paris and London and their living conditions No spoilers
Down and Out in Paris and London )


Ill Wind by Rachel Caine. Joanne is a Weather Warden, giving her control over the air and water. Well not so much control as ability to fight air and water. But when one of her superiors screws her over, she's getting blamed for something she couldn't avoid. Now she's racing for her life, trying to reach an old friend's protection. But with the weather pursuing here as well as the Wardens she runs from, is there any way she can escape? Spoilers ahoy. Be afraid.
Ill Wind )


Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey. A retelling of the Ballad of Mulan. When Mulan's mother dies in childbirth, her father is so brokenhearted he seems to forget about his only child. While he's gone, Mulan grows into an unusual combination of young woman with the skills of a young man. After her father returns and war breaks out again, Mulan takes his place to save him. But will her feelings towards the Prince make her reveal her secret? And what happens when she is found out? No Spoilers
Wild Orchid )

 



Every Which Way but Dead by Kim Harrison. Rachel made a deal with a demon to put a dangerous vamp behind bars and now she has to pony up, becoming his familiar. On top of that, Ivy's old "friend" is making Rachel question just how far Ivy will go to claim her; Nick is acting weird and distant; and Kisten keeps trying to seduce her. And she likes it. But if she can find a way to outwit a demon, everything else should be a piece of cake right? Yeah, don't hold your breath. No spoilers
Every Which Way But Dead )

Well, happy reading everyone! I now have to Nano my brains out so that I can at least try to keep up with the daily goal.
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Wow, I haven't posted here in a long time. And I'm sorry for that. I just got wrapped up in doing things the last two weeks before going away to college. I spent all this last week packing and I leave for my new home on Saturday. Plus I've been trying to hang out with my friends a little before I go, since I probably won't see them until Christmas. It's been a little crazy. But I have been reading and I wanted to post the book reviews for you.

The first book is Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott. This book is about a girl who attracts these really geeky and sometimes obnoxious guys. They all flock to her and want to be her friend or even more. The girl KJ is the stage manager for the show Grease at her high school and the book is broken up into acts. It's a really fun book. Review is under the cut and beware of spoilers
Geek Magnet )

Next I read Kitty Goes to Washington. This is the sequel to Kitty and the Midnight Hour which I reviewed a little while ago. In this one, Kitty is brought to Washington DC to speak to a committee about the existence of paranormal creatures. She meets new people and learns bit about how a pack doesn't have to be like the one she had before. She also has another run-in with Smith, the nut-job who boasts a cure. Review is under the cut. Beware the spoilers
Kitty Goes to Washington )

Last book is I Was A Non-Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott. This book is about a girl named Annisa who moves from New Jersey to Florida when her dad gets a new job. Everyone at her new school is blonde, even those who wouldn't naturally be blonde. Oh, and they all hate her for various reasons. So when se tries out for the cheerleading team, can it only lead to disaster? Review under the cut, but no spoilers here.
I Was Non-Blonde Cheerleader )

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I spent yesterday at my mom's friend's house while mom and her friend scrapbooked. Now I got a lot of reading and writing done, but there was also a small child who kept interrupting me. I think I have a small child beacon that draws them to me when all I want is to be left alone. She kept trying to get me to scrapbook (which I don't do because I suck at it) and she would sit next to me and read. But she had to read out loud and then show me stuff. And it didn't work to pretend I was engrossed in my book because she would just repeat it over and over until I paid attention. I was so glad when the girl's mom finally came to take her home.
But I did get to finish one book: The Good, The Bad and the Undead by Kim Harrison. This is the second book in Kim Harrison's Hollows series. And I have to say, I'm really enjoying the series so far. I think I'll ask for the set for Christmas. This book was about Rachel Morgan, former I.S. runner, tracking down a serial killer who was hunting ley line witches. For this case, she's teamed up with the FIB, who've hired her as a consultant, and she's working with this guy Glenn who is one of the few humans not intimidated by the fact that Rachel's a witch. It's a really good book. Review is under the cut and beware the spoilers.

The Good, The Bad and the Undead )

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Haven't posted in a couple days, even though I finished this book a little while ago. It was my sister's birthday today and we had her party last Saturday. It was a lot of fun. We did a scavenger hunt and this game where you had to unfurl a frozen tee shirt first. Plus the cake was cool. We made it with white cake mix and food coloring so it was rainbow. I have to say though, I'm getting tired of my sister making me feel like crap because I can't eat certain foods or get sick if I eat too much. Today I went to look for the leftover ice-cream, only to discover it's gone. Mom, Meg, and Meg's friend had finished it off. I was disappointed so I said, "Oh, I didn't get any." Meg said, "Well you should have had some at the party" knowing full well that I'd already had macaroni salad, diet coke, and cake. If I pushed it, I was going to be sick. The digs are eventually going to push me over the edge I've been slowly approaching due to my, now more restrictive, diet. I just have to make it another twenty days though, thirteen of which she'll be in school and I won't have to deal with her until mid-afternoon.
Anyway, back to the book review. This book is Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs. It's the sequel to Oh. My. Gods. and it continues to follow Phoebe, who still doesn't have control of her demi-god powers. So she's forced to attend a camp that'll help get her powers under control. Review is under the cut and this time there aren't really spoilers, unless you missed the first book.
Goddess Boot Camp )

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This is a book I've had on hold for quite some time at the library. And I have to say it was worth the wait. It was a great book and I hope to read the next one soon. I love the irony of a werewolf named Kitty. Review is under the cut. Beware the spoilers.
Kitty and the Midnight Hour )

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Recently I got sucked into the show Greek, which I'm really enjoying. I finished season one on Sunday. I think my favorite character has to be Cappie. But watching Greek has meant that I haven't finished a book in a while. Yesterday though, I finished reading How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. This is part of her Love at Stake series, which I ended up starting in the middle of. Luckily, they're able to stand on their own so you don't have to have read the previous books to understand what's going on. I personally suggest reading them in order though, then you get to know all the characters ahead of time. Anyway, the review is under the cut and beware of spoilers
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire )
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Well, I had a pretty good time at the beach. We went to the aquarium and it was so nice to be away from the heat. While I was there I finished the newest Jeaniene Frost book, which luckily came a day early so I got it before I left on my trip. It was so awesome and I cannot wait for the next one to come out. The review is under the cut and beware of spoilers
Destined for an Early Grave )
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More lazy summer has gone by. Nothing really noteworthy has happened though. I think the highlight of the week was watch True Blood and taking my sister's friend to the airport for her flight home. I have tried to do a little editing in my novel though. In between long bouts of Facebooking. But today I finished The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair. The book was sort of "eh" for me. The review is under the cut. No spoilers.
The Kitchen Witch )
Well, in another hour I have to go keep my two cousins occupied while Uncle Mike gets his divorce stuff in order with my mom and Talima. Oh and Talima is living with Uncle Mike, along with her new "husband" and their baby girl Lydia. Plus Uncle Mike's girlfriend lives there with her two boys that visit on weekends. What a dysfunctional world my family lives in.
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Yes, you found me out. I am a Harry Potter nerd. I grew up with the books and they've been there for most of my life. So last night I went to the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I even dressed up because that's the kind of nerd I am. I had a white t-shirt, black cape, knee-length black skirt, black flats, and a red and gold clip-on tie that used to be black. It was fun taking pictures and hanging out with fellow nerds. The best part about midnight premieres is you don't usually get people talking during the movie or being obnoxious, because they're all fans as well.
So the movie was great. There were some things I didn't like, but overall they did a great job with it. They did a wonderful job of adapting the story for the big screen and putting in the details we needed. There was a lot of humor in the movie, which was great as times get darker. I also loved that it was two and a half hours long. Time zipped by, but it didn't seem too choppy or disjointed. The movie also did a good job of making Dumbledore look older and more fragile. Overall, the movie was amazing and I can't wait for the next one. Hopefully, it'll be done just as well as this one
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My sister is finally off to camp for the week! Yes, four days of freedom. Then she'll be back for three days and we won't see each other for another three weeks. I love my sister, but I love to love her from afar. On another note, today I finished reading Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. I found this book surprisingly not shallow and fluffy. It was fun and not too deep, don't get me wrong. But I didn't find it over the top and cheesy. The review is under the cut. No spoilers this time.
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side )
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Between finally getting all my books put back on the shelves from rearranging my room, I finished Oh. My.Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs today. It's about this girl who moves to a Greek island and finds out she has to go to a school for the descendants of Greek Gods. It's a fun book and my review is under the cut. As always, beware of spoilers
Oh. My. Gods. )
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Normally I won't do movie reviews because I don't go to the movies very often, but last night I went to see Up. This movie was so sweet and so funny. I loved all of the talking dogs, which were so cute and funny. They sound exactly like what I think a talking dog would sound like. And both the old man, Fredrickson, and the little boy, Russell, had back stories that really made you connect with them. I felt so sorry for Fredrickson at a couple points and near the end when he decides to do the right thing, I was like "Yeah! Go Fredrickson!" It was a great Disney/Pixar movie that reminded me of watching classic Disney movies as a kid. I would really recommend that you go see it or rent it when it comes out on video.
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Yesterday was a fun day for me, although it got a little too hot for me to stay outside the whole time. We did a BBQ at my mom's friend's house. Our fireworks were a bit Special Ed though. Most of them sputtered or feebly worked. One Roman Candle just gave up entirely, though Dad kept trying to light it with the torch. I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth, whether you celebrate the holiday or not. Anyway, while I was staying inside to keep from overheating, I finished reading Turn Coat by Jim Butcher. I loved this book and I always love Harry's humor. It's interesting to watch Harry change as the years go by. He hasn't changed a ton, but the changes are still there. My review is under the cut. Beware of spoilers
Turn Coat )
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I am an impulsive and stupid girl-child sometimes. I have a disorder adversely affected by too much dairy, any red meat, any high fructose corn syrup, and a few other things. Usually, I'm pretty good when it comes to ice-cream and have maybe a half a cup, at the most. But today I had about half a pint of Ben and Jerry's Fossil Fuel. I told myself to stop but then I'd be like "Ooo look at the fudge dinosaur. I can have one more." "I want one last taste of brownie/fudge" or "There's not really enough to put back in the freezer. I'll just finish it". Maybe next time I go for that one extra bite, I'll remember the stomach pains it causes and stop myself
On another note, today I finished reading What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I enjoyed it to some degree, but it's not a book that will join my top favorites. I liked the verbal sparring between the two main characters and the very end. And a lot of the sex stuff was pretty tasteful for a romance book, but it was also a little awkward. The full review is under the cut. Beware of the spoilers it contains
What I Did For Love )
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