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From the Archives: Books 40 and 41: Two Vampire stories

Book 40: "Awakened" by Kristin and P.C. Cast
Verdict: Don't Read
Since I have thoroughly covered the House of Night series before, I will keep this review very short. 
The latest installment of the House of Night series has simply taken all the series old problems and made them worse. The grammar was so awful, I could barely understand some sentences. The dialogue was awkward and un-natural. The plot is going nowhere. I will not be reading any more of this series.

 Book 41: "Dracula" by Bram Stoker Verdict: Must Read Classic
I can't believe that I did not read this book sooner. It is definitely now one of my favorite classics. "Dracula" is the second Victorian novel that I have read that is written in a Gothic style. Printed for the first time on May 26, 1897, the book is written in and epistolary format. Epistolary is the use of letters, journals, and newspaper clippings to tell a story. The epistolary format works wonderfully with a Gothic style. It …

From the Archives: Books 36-39. Two Short and Sweet archive reviews.

Book 36: "Secrets of a Shoe Addict" by Beth Harrison Verdict: Fun, non-thinking read- definitely geared towards the female gender I was given this book by a co-worker, who, upon reading the title immediately thought of me. However, Beth Harrison's " Secrets of a Shoe Addict" really has nothing to do with shoe addiction except for the descriptions of some pretty fabulous shoes.  This book is about a group of women who form a "Shoe Addicts" group as a cover name for their burgeoning business of being phone sex operators. They form this business because they are in need of fast cash for a variety of reasons. As the book progress these four acquaintances become friends.
This book does not have a deeper level- it really was a fast fun read. The women are likable and there are definitely some funny moments. If you're looking for a good by-the-pool or on the airplane book, this is it.

Books 37, 38, and 39: The Immortals Series by Alyson Noel Verdict: Don't…

From the Archives: Books 32 and 33: "Outlander" and "Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gabalon

Books 32 and 33: "Outlander" and "Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gabaldon Verdict: Definitely Read, especially if you're female.
I first learned of "Outlander" while working at Borders Books and Music. My coworkers strongly suggested I read it. Not wanting to get bogged down with such an extensive read, I started recommending the book to customers, but did not read it until after leaving Borders. At my mother's insistence, one of the many I recommended the book to, I finally have read this book. I'm so glad that I did. This book has everything the heart desires: romance, adventure, folklore/history, magic, and, of course, a handsome Scottsman.
I have, so far, read the first two of Gabaldon's ongoing series.
"Outlander" is book one. The story is set just after WWII. You meet Claire, who is vacationing in the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank, hoping to rekindle and enjoy each other's company after years of separation during…

Book 146: "The Dark of Twilight" by Kate Danley

Title: The Dark of Twiligh
Author: Kate Danley
Publishier: CreateSpace Publishing
Read In: Kindle eBook
Genre: YA Fantasy

Though I finished this book a few days ago, I just can't seem to get a handle on how I feel about it. I rated it 3 stars on most the sites I participate in, but I really wish that 2.5 was an option. I really, really want to like this book. And I don't dislike it. I enjoyed reading it. However it has some issues that I simply can't get past.

The first is that the development of characters and relationships between characters doesn't really happen. Things are just thrown at the reader, out of the blue. A few examples:
- The main character goes from a novice/ okay warrior to one of the best, basically overnight.
- Two love interests are introduced- both go from being friends/comrades to suddenly being head-over-heels in love with the protagonist with absolutely no prior indication.
- Supporting characters who play a major role are flat and incredibly see t…