Teeth: Vampire Tales by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Hardcover, 272 pages

Published April 5th 2011 by HarperCollins

Sink your teeth into these bite-sized tales exploring the intersections among the living, dead, and undead. The vampires in these stories range from romantic to chilling to gleeful—and touch on nearly every emotion in between. The one thing they have in common? Their desire for blood…. – Goodreads

My Opinion: Some of these stories were amazing and it was great to see the take of some authors  have on vampires especially some well known authors like Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Garth Nix and more. Some of the stories were fun and interesting.
I really enjoyed the poem by Neil Gaiman. There were some stories that weren’t as great as the others but they still rocked.

Plus the cover is gorgeous.

Overall: 3.75 out 5

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Vesper (Deviants #1) by Jeff Sampson

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
Emily Webb is a geek. And she’s happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up to watch old horror flicks, she’s never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. And she’s definitely not the kind of girl who starts fights or flirts with other girls’ boyfriends. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates—also named Emily—is found mysteriously murdered.
The thing is, Emily doesn’t know why she’s doing any of this. By day, she’s the same old boring Emily, but by night, she turns into a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it’s no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. And soon Emily realizes that she’s not just coming out of her shell . . . there’s something much bigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is Emily Webb becoming something else entirely— something not human?
As Emily hunts for answers, she finds out that she’s not the only one this is happening to—some of her classmates are changing as well. Who is turning these teens into monsters—and how many people will they kill to get what they want? – Goodreads
My Opinion: This was interesting. I don’t think that I have read a werewolf book similar to this in a long time so that’s a plus and it was interesting how Sampson portrayed them. I also love the title of the series, Deviants, it definitely fits sort of the image that the author is trying to create. I was sort of disappointed by the ending because it was such a big leap from how Emily’s account of the events that happened and the last report done by the Vesper company. It was weird and then also with what Amy can do. But hey that just leaves room for the next book, doesn’t it? Anyways it was an interesting read and it was entertaining some of the things that Emily would do during the night.

Emily was also an interesting character because it was fun going through her transformation with her. It was an fun watching her go from timid to wild and then back to timid and her freaking out about it and the theory that she comes up with it interesting if nothing else. It would have been interesting if that was what actually happened.

Overall: 4 out of 5

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Abandon (Abandon, #1) by Meg Cabot

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Scholastic Inc.
New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld. – Goodreads
My Opinion: Meg Cabot is one of my all time favorite authors and I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed. the Persephone/Hades myth has been one that I have been interesting in since my Language Arts class in 8th grade did a unit on Greek myths. I liked the way that Cabot wrote the story with the plot that it had with the flashbacks of the “incidents” that have happened since Pierce death.
Pierce and John seemed like very interesting characters. Pierce seems to be a character that has hardened since her experience with death and everything that has happened since then, but she has also retained what made her unique and what attracted her to John in the first place. John seems to be equally interesting because of who he is and what he is willing to do to protect her. However, my favorite character was the cemetery sexton. He just seemed like a very nice person that was trying to look out for Pierce and John.
The plot I think might be close to genius. I loved the idea of the Isla Huesos and what it represents to the Underworld and its history with John is pretty interesting. I can’t wait to read the next in the series. If you are looking for a good and fast read (I read this in about 3 hours) this is definitely a book that you should pick up because you will not want to put it down, especially if you a Meg Cabot fan.

Overall: 4.25 out of 5

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Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2) by Holly Black

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe’s world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else. That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she’s human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila’s been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila’s love is as phony as Cassel’s made-up memories, then he can’t believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can’t trust anyone—least of all, himself?
Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose. – Goodreads
My Opinion: Why is it that sequels are almost never as exciting as the first in a series? This is  the sequel to White Cat and it seemed as though Cassel was was sort of whiny he loved Lila so much but that she didn’t because she was just cursed to love him. It sort of got  a little tedious and repetitive of him saying or implying it. I get that he was trying to do the right thing but it felt like a filler for when there wasn’t anything important to say.
In this novel, Cassel is more worried about figure out who he killed and how to cover it up so that the FBI don’t find out that he did as well as he has to figure out who killed his brother. I have to say that Holly Black did a good job disguising the murdered, I never even thought that the murderer would even be that person that it was possible.
I feel as though some of the characters were a little more complicated in this book. But it was only some of them, like Daneca and Sam.
But overall, it was a good mystery and it was less of a conning/mob thing than the first.
Overall: 4.25 out of 5
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Darkness Becomes Her (Gods and Monsters, #1) by Kelly Keaton

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Simon Pulse
Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued. She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.
Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed. – Goodreads
My Opinion: I have to say that I am really enjoying the Greek Myth theme happening in books. I love the Greek myths especially the one that this story consists of. Kelly Keaton definitely put a very interesting story in a modern setting.
The book kept my attention the whole time and it was hard to put it down. You are always finding out something new. It kept me guessing the whole entire time who/what was trying to kill her and what she was. I didn’t figure it out until she did. That’s amazing. What I didn’t really like about it is how trusting Ari was and how quickly she started calling the house in New 2 home. That was surprising and unrealistic.
My favorite character had to Sebastian though. He was just someone that had the power to do something and he new how to control it. Another of my favorite characters is Violet. She is so cute and I understand her fascination her Ari. She is most likely some sort of reptilian shifter, because of her relationship with Pascal.
I also really enjoyed the setting. New Orleans has a lot of history and I love how it was incorporated into the novel. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series is set to come out in 2012. Can’t wait!
Overall: 4.5 out of 5
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White Cat (Curse Workers, #1) by Holly Black

Hardcover, 310 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories. – Goodreads
My Opinion:  I did not think that a book could be this interesting. What has been stopping me from picking this up before and reading it? (Well time really, but WOW.) The book was great.

Cassel was an interesting character especially since everything that had happened to him and who was that cause of it. It can really mess up a person and it even messed him up but he got over it which is empowering.

The plot was also very interesting. There was suspense and action and mystery. There were many times where I was just like Cassel waiting to see what happened and trying to solve it with him. That is something the Holly Black did very well. She made it so easy for the reader to fall into Cassel’s way of thinking and to think of the story as though it was happening right in front of. There aren’t that many book that actually make me read the book as though it’s a movie, at least not lately. I love it when that happens, it makes the reading go faster and easier and FUNNER.

Overall: 5+ out of 5

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Sanctuary (Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales #1) by Melissa Marr

Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by The Bowen Press
Discover Melissa Marr’s mesmerizing world of Faerie . . .
The desert is far away from the schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that’s how Rika likes it. Once a mortal and now a faery, Rika seeks isolation and revels in her ability to appear invisible to humans. Then, she meets him. Artistic and kind, Jayce is the last person Rika wants to hide from.
But change is coming, challenging Rika’s freedom and her new romance, as her past pursues her, even into the heart of the desert. . . . – Goodreads
My Opinion: This is a manga of the series and the art is well done in my opinion. It starts off with the main character, Rika, and she is a solitary fae that Keenan wants in his court. However, she doens’t want that because she used to be a Ice Princess, one of the girls that had the winter’s chill in her thanks to picking up the staff. The story is set in the desert.

Rika falls in love with a human and she tries to protect him. Its a short story that has two more volumes in the series, Challenge and Resolve.  This is what the story is basically.

Overall: 3 out of 5


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River Marked (Mercedes Thompson, #6) by Patricia Briggs

Hardcover, 326 pages

Published March 1st 2011 by Ace Hardcover

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.
An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help… – Goodreads

My Opinion: I have to say that this wasn’t as interesting as the other books in the series. There were moments that were action packed and crazy with suspense but it was mostly based on Mercy finding out more about herself and who/what she is. The plot moved quickly which is a plus because you don’t get stuck with one point where you are actually bored and just waiting for something to happen.

Adam didn’t have as big of a role as in the other books I feel like. He was just there in the background wanting to protect her all the time. And then he was just wolf thanks to Wolf. There were some characters that weren’t in the story at all such as Sam. He was mentioned maybe twice the whole book but that was it. Something else that sort of bothered me was that we never actually find out what river marked means. It’s open to interpretation from the reader, I guess. Some of you might like that.

The crazy monster this time was actually interesting. And all the background of the myths and legends of the Native Americans actually inspired me to go look up some legends that they have and I will be doing that. It was interesting overall and I think this is the best cover so far in the series. Can’t wait for the next one to come out!

Overall: 4 out of 5

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