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Intertwined by Gena Showalter ISBN 978-0373210121

Intertwined

Aden Stone has always had many problems: when he walks too close to a cemetery the dead wake up, he hears voices in his head and he has no family.

Aden has been shuffled from foster homes to juvie his whole life and he is trying desperately to stay out of trouble and pretend to be normal.

Aden has just been shuffled to one more home and his good behavior has been rewarded and he can go to public high school.  He is finally achieving his goals.

At school he meets someone he thought was impossible — a person who quiets the voices in his head.  He is enthralled and wants to spend as much time with her as he can because he is finally calm.  With much hesitation he reveals to her what is happening and so she begins to wonder about her own life and the death of her mother when she was a young girl.

This is a great paranormal story: vampires, werewolves, and speakers of spirits … a great combination and a story I will continue reading.

 

From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—Aden Stone is not your typical 16-year-old. Since birth he has had four souls trapped within him that possess special powers: the ability to time travel, raise the dead, possess a body, and predict the future. As a result, he has spent his whole life in and out of mental institutions diagnosed as a violent schizophrenic. Now able to control the voices in his head, Aden has moved to Crossroads, OK, to live in a halfway house for delinquent boys. His goal in life is to find a means to free these souls and at last be at peace. When he meets Mary Ann Gray, she miraculously acts as a neutralizer, and for the first time in his life, he truly feels normal. The two become fast friends, establishing a sibling-type bond. Little do they realize that when they first met, their connection sent a power surge throughout the world drawing every paranormal creature from fairies to vampires to Crossroads on a quest for power. To complicate matters, Aden becomes romantically involved with a vampire princess and Mary Ann with her werewolf bodyguard. Together the teens must figure out a way to protect themselves, and all of humanity. This fast-paced, action-driven plot has many unexpected twists and turns. Well written, with a unique story line and strong characters, Intertwined is fresh and original at a time when there is an overload of paranormal romances on the market.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (read by Johanna Parker)

cover art from Dead Ever After

cover art from Dead Ever After

The conclusion to the Sookie Stackhouse series was a very interesting.

I enjoyed listening to this book.

The maneuverings of the vampires.  The jealousy of Eric.  The confusion of Sam, brought back from the dead with special elfin magic.  Demons and pacts with the devil.  A death in town that is blamed on Sookie who through the bail hearings and investigation finds out who her friends are.  This story has so many twists and turns that it is hard to find out where exactly you are in the whole book.  You almost need a flow chart.  It wrapped up many of the characters quite nicely — leaving it so that we had a nice feeling of resolution and though we may not liked how things turned out, it made a certain amount of sense.

It holds a logic and sense of continuity that holds to the authors beliefs and follow the story line of the series.

It is hard for an author who has a successful series to hold firm to the thought that this is a good time to end.  I give Charlaine Harris credit for having the fortitude to do that now.

 

Editorial Reviews

Review

“The Sookie Stackhouse series seamlessly mixes sensuality, violence, and humor.”—Boulder Weekly

“Harris’s creation offers a magical and mysterious twist on traditional vampire stories.”—Houston Chronicle

“What sucked me in? Definitely the books’ oddly charming, often funny mix of the mundane and the absurd. And the chills and thrills in boudoirs and various locales around the South aren’t too bad either.”—The Seattle Times

 

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City of Glass: the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare ISBN 978-1416914303

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

cover art from City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The dramatic conclusion of the Mortal Instruments and it was fabulous.

The Lightwoods need to go to the City of Glass which is the capital of the Shadowhunters to speak about the incident at the river with Valentine.  Clary had wanted to go but Jace, in his desire to protect her, changes the departure time and doesn’t tell her.  He tries to convince Simon, Clary’s friend who was just turned into a vampire, to tell the others in his family that Clary changed her mind.  While Jace and Simon are arguing about Clary’s safety demons attack and people are injured.  Jace throws a wounded Simon over his shoulder and launches himself through the portal.

There starts a great story of discovery and personal development.  The characters are rich and deep.  The story complex.  The world building holds true to itself and is a pleasure to read.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and alternate realms.  It is a great book!

Book Description

Publication Date: August 3, 2010 | Series: Mortal Instruments (Book 3)
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

Includes an exclusive sneak peek of the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Fallen Angels! And don’t miss the teaser from Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.

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Trial by Fire: a raised by wolves novel by Jennifer Lynn Barnes ISBN 9781606841686

Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

cover art from Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Bryn was selected by her pack to be the Alpha in the previous book — however, though she is strong enough mentally to be Alpha she is a human among wolves her hold is precarious and she doesn’t know how precarious until a new wolf seeks sanctuary with her pack.  Devon and Lake, her two best friends, are supportive and want her to be their leader — most of the other pack members are really very young.

Her mentor Callum sends her a gift of a hand-carved horse, it’s lovely and she is appreciative of the gift, yet she knows that there is a missing meaning behind the gift.

Lucas, the wolf seeking sanctuary, has been beaten and abused not only by his own Alpha (who happens to be Devon’s older brother) but also a coven of witches.  This whole situation is one of politics, friendship and trying to understand mysterious mentors.  Bryn walks a fine tight-rope in a very skilled way.  I do look forward to reading the next book and learning how the pack develops.

By the way, Bryn finally does figure out why the horse was sent!

Book Description

Publication Date: April 24, 2012 | Series: Raised By Wolves
Bryn is finally settling into her position as alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack—or at least, her own version of what it means to be alpha when you’re a human leading a band of werewolves. Then she finds a teenage boy bleeding on her front porch. Before collapsing, he tells her his name is Lucas, he’s a Were, and Bryn’s protection is his only hope.

But Lucas isn’t part of Bryn’s pack, and she has no right to claim another alpha’s Were.  With threats—old and new—looming, and danger closing in from all sides, Bryn will have to accept what her guardian Callum knew all along. To be alpha, she will have to give in to her own animal instincts and become less human. And, she’s going to have to do it alone.

Bryn faces both the costs, and the rewards, of love and loyalty, in this thrilling sequel to Raised by Wolves.

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Twilight ISBN-13: 978-0316015844 

New Moon ISBN-13: 978-0316024969

Eclipse ISBN-13: 978-0316160209

Breaking Dawn ISBN-13: 978-0316067928

It isn’t often that I will speak about a whole series, but since this series has claimed great significance in the current culture I thought I could safely mention it with enough information to help determine whether you want to attempt it, however not giving too much away.

I avoided this book for a very long time — I thought to myself, “I am not a vampire person, I never read any of the Stoker or Ann Rice books — why should I read these?”  However, when I noticed that it was circulating not just with our youth but also with adults were reading the series, I thought I should know what people were talking about.  I finally succombed and with much hesitation I checked out “Twilight” and brought it home.

Ten days and 2560 pages later I returned “Breaking Dawn” to the library reserve shelf where I had borrowed it at closing on a Saturday promising that it would be returned before opening on Monday.  During this time I had worked full-time, taken an on-line course and still fed my children and did  laundry.  As you may be able to tell I stayed up until 2AM far too often!

Why was I so enthralled with the life of a teenager in Washington who complained rather bitterly at first about how miserable the weather was in Washington, as opposed to the bright sunshine of Arizona where she grew up?  Well the characters were quite attractive in a complex way.   The relationships between child and parents, girl friend and boy friend, how a new student slowly fits into a small community, how a childhood friend develops into an almost boyfriend — then add the stranger relationships between fantastical creatures of vampires, werewolves, and don’t forget mere mortals.  Yet despite the fantasy — it is a consistent and strong story.  From one book to the next (and the next and the next) the premise is strong and cohesive.  I have heard mention that between the “Twilight Series” and “Harry Potter” our youth have gotten back to reading … if that is truly the case then they deserve medals not only for great stories but connecting to the imagination of our youth.

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