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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 read- these books are terrible
As anyone who ran into me shortly after finishing the two and a half books I gave this series, this series reaffirmed my belief that the Young Adult genre is quickly declining into badly written, shallow plot lines for almost every new series. 
"Evermore", "Blue Moon", and "Shadowland" are the first three books of the Immortals series by Alyson Noel. They are based on - you guessed it- unrequited love with a supernatural element. "Evermore" introduces you to the main character Ever Bloom, who has unknowingly been turned immortal by the man who loves her and has followed her reincarnated soul for centuries. Each time, she is killed just before they can be together. Now that she is immortal, however, she can't die. So they go on to fight whatever evil comes their way for the next however many books.

I have only one good thing to say about this series; it sucks you in.
These books are full of grammatical errors, plot holes, idiotic characters, pointless plot tangents, and more. They name drop classical authors and artists in the author's sad attempt to prove she is legitimate- however they serve no greater purpose within the text. These books were going nowhere fast, so to save myself the frustration I stopped reading about a quarter of the way through "Shadowland".
Please do not buy these books, they are truly awful.


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