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Book 121: "Bitten" by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: Bitten (Women of the Otherworld Series #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher:  Penguin Group (USA)
Read In: Nook ePub
Genre: Urban Fantasy

After American Psycho, I needed something less disturbing and easier to read, so I picked up Bitten. This book is fluff fiction; it takes very little thought and is gripping to keep you reading. I liked it. So far, there are 13 books in the Women of the Otherworld Series. While I'm pretty sure I won't read all 13, I may read a couple more. This book is well written. It reminded me of Sookie Stackhouse; supernaturals with a mystery to solve. The main difference is that this book is less humor driven and about werewolves.

Elena, the protagonist, is a werewolf. In fact, she is the only female werewolf. When we meet her, she is struggling with her werewolf identity and her longing to have a place in the human world. Of course, a crisis drives her back to pack life, where she must reconcile who she is and who she wants to be, while helping …

Book 120: "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis

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Title: American Psycho
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Read in: Nook ePub (eBook)


WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS (Which I figure isn't too big a deal since the book was published in 1991)
This is not a book for the faint of heart. In fact, it is the most graphic book I have ever read. It is graphic in every possible way; it is violent, sexually explicit and violent, verbally explicit, racist, and sexist. But it works. This book, for many reasons was very hard for me to read. I'm very glad to have read it and really have enjoyed tearing into it. It is not something I will ever read again.
The book is (mostly) told in first person narrative by Patrick Bateman. Bateman is very wealthy from both family money and his job as a wall-street exec. His friends are all also wealthy. They live in New York City. The majority of the book takes places in restaurants and clubs where they do nothing but rack up exorbitant checks and ta…