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Book Review: Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson

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From Goodreads:
MaryJanice Davidson gives vampire queen Betsy Taylor a Christmas to remember in this fourth funny outing in her bestselling Undead series. This time, Betsy’s holiday cup runneth over. For starters, Betsy’s mother has finally erected Betsy’s tombstone in the local cemetery. A psycho nut job serial killer is targeting tall, thin blondes in the Twin Cities: women who look like Betsy. Her vampire mate, Eric Sinclair, is balking at wedding planning and at the modern notion of communication, while her hateful stepmother has just had a baby. Of course, it’s time for the irrepressible Betsy to launch an advice column for vampires trying to cope and to team up with a freshly killed ghost to track down her murderer. But why does her sister, Laura, keep taking out that sword? As usual, Betsy floats triumphantly in a sea of chaos, helped and hindered by the usual madcap cast of vampires and humans.

I read the first book of this series, Undead and Unwed, back in 2009 and have been reading my way through the series off and on. Starting off fun and unique, the series is a cross between Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series and Molly Harper’s Naked Werewolf series, with a vampire twist. I really enjoyed reading 1-3 but this one just didn’t live up to my expectations.

The story does not advance at all with this installment. It’s more of a review of the first 3 books and should have been more appropriately numbered 3.5. There’s no plot whatsoever and no growth to the characters at all and, although Betsy is still the humorous self-absorbed character I know and love from the previous installments, her plight was considerably too blah to make this one worth reading.

I’m not sure why some authors feel they need to constantly reintroduce their characters in every series installment. By book 4 I feel like I have invested enough in this series not to be dumbed down by repetition. If great authors of intricate stories like George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series don’t see a reason to repeat everything that has happened in past installments, certainly a light series like this doesn’t have to.

Unfortunately, I think I’ve already read the best this series has to offer and don’t intend to continue.

I encourage reading books 1-3 though. This really started out as a fun series with a unique take on vampires, a steamy love interest and some mystery solving on the side.

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Quiz on Quotes – Test Your Knowledge on 2 Books with Bite

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Head over to Mental Floss and take the quiz to see if you can tell the difference between quotes from Dracula and Twilight.

I missed 3 which wasn’t too bad! How did you fair?


Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intelligently written, A Discovery of Witches is a smart, historical creature feature sure to please all genre lovers.

We meet Diana, a Bishop witch, who has been denying her inner magic since her parents death when she was small. Diana is strong, intelligent and fiercely independent. When she summons an aged manuscript from the Bodleian, her life changes forever. She becomes entwined with other witches, vampires and daemons and they must work together to fight for what they believe must change and in the process finds a love beyond her greatest expectations.

I loved this book! It’s so smart and expertly written with such detail. If you’re fan of historical fiction, this will definitely appeal to you. The history of the characters and the things around them are so intricately woven into the present that it makes you feel like you’re seeing both at the same time.

Diana is a strong female character who comes to accept who she is, her family’s past and what her future may hold. It was such a pleasure to see how much she grew throughout the book. How her priorities shifted and her relationships changed. She becomes empowered in ways she never would have imagined. Falling in love can change all of us, but for Diana, it opens more than just her heart.

Matthew. You can’t help but fall in love with him yourself. He isn’t a teenage sparkling vampire. He’s complicated, but I don’t think you can be a vampire with a past as long as history and not be complicated. He’s handsome, witty and strong. The authors descriptions and actions of the stories vampires really sets her book apart from other vampire tales. She gives new meaning to their history, myths and family groups. Her take on vampires was the most realistic version I’ve read so far.

When I got to the last 1/3 of the book I was unable to put it down. The convergence of characters and their response to it made me want to be there with them.

You don’t want to miss reading this one!

The second novel in the trilogy, Shadow of Night, is due out July 10th. Get reading!

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Live Video Chat with Seth Grahame-Green

Via Goodreads

Live Video Chat with Seth Grahame-Smith.

Date: May 23, 2012 04:00PM
Location: The United States
Description:
Join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT for a live video chat with author Seth Grahame-Smith. We’ll be discussing his latest novel, the wickedly imaginative Unholy Night. This is your chance to ask a question of the author of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies! Will he reveal any secrets of the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie? Tune in to find out!

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