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Book Review: Fall of Night – Rachel Caine

Fall of Night –Rachel Caine
Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity.  Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.
Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind.  Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make…
4/5 stars (really liked it) I always look forward to reading a new Morganville book and this book does not disappoint.  Claire is in a new town and when she thinks she’ll left all that vampire bus…

Book Club: Stuck In Neutral – Terry Trueman

Stuck In Neutral – Terry Trueman Shawn McDaniel’s life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him.  He is glued to his wheelchair, unable to voluntarily move a muscle—he can’t even move his eyes.  For all Shawn’s father knows, his son may be suffering.  Shawn may want a release.  And as long as he is unable to communicate his true feelings to his father, Shawn’s life is in danger.
To the world, Shawn’s senses seem dead.  Within these pages, however, we meet a side of him that no one else has seen—a spirit that is rich beyond imagining, breathing life.
2/5 stars (it was OK) I think the idea of this book was great but the delivery not so great.  So his dad only wants to kill him because he thinks he’s suffering.  By the end it comes down to will his dad do it or not and Shawn is just helpless and can’t tell anyone that he is not suffering.  I thought the book was too short and it ended abruptly.  

Our next book:  Night – Ellie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel

Book Review: The Stone Demon – Karen Mahoney

The Stone Demon – Karen Mahoney After being tricked into opening the doorway to the Demon Realm by Aliette, the Wood Queen, Donna Underwood is faced with a terrible ultimatum from the newly released demon hordes.  They demand that the alchemists deliver the Philosopher’s Stone, or their reaper storm will plunge the world into a devastating modern-day Dark Age.
Donna is sent to London, England, where she must complete her alchemist’s training and learn how to recreate the Stone.  But time is running out.  Between facing the vengeful demon king, Demian, and collecting the Stone’s elements, Donna realizes she must give her own life in order to succeed.  And this time, even braving death may not be enough to save the world.
2/5 stars (it was OK) I did not really remember what has happened in the previous books and so I had trouble with the beginning.  I did not like that there really wasn’t enough Xan in the story.  Also I found the story a little boring.  Overall by the end of the book I did…

Book Review: The Resurrectionist: The Lost Works of Dr. Spencer Black – E.B. Hudspeth

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Works of Dr.Spencer Black – E.B. Hudspeth
Philadelphia, the late 1870s, a city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black.  The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis:  What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?
The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one.  The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from a childhood spent exhuming corpses through his medical training, his travels with carnivals, and the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life.  The second book is Black’s magnum opus:  The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed anatomical illustrations.…

Book Review: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan – Robin Maxwell

Jane:  The Woman Who Loved Tarzan – Robin Maxwell Cambridge, England: 1905.  Jane Porter is hardly a typical woman of her time.  The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, she is far more comfortable in a lab coat, dissecting corpses, than she is in a corset and gown, sipping afternoon tea.  A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of traveling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.
When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father on an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck.  Rising to the challenge, Jane finds in Africa that is every bit exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined.  But she quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets—and so is Ral Conrath.  When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man:  Tarzan of the Apes.
Jane is the first version…

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked TheHornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson In the concluding volume of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.
But she’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll stand trial for three murders.  With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she’ll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence.  And, on her own, she’ll seek revenge—against the man who tried to kill her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.
4/5 stars (really liked it) I thought the first two books in the trilogy were really good but this is by far the best one.  I could not put the book down.  I love the writing style and how the author gives me so much information on characters.  People and stories that I would never thing would fit together do and it works.  I really liked the conclusion to this sto…

Book Club: One Day – David Nicholls

One Day – David Nicholls It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met.  But after one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another.  Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day –July 15th—of each year.  Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears.  And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
I did not care too much for this book.  I read the first chapter and really found myself not liking Emma or Dexter.  The chapters really did not give me much insight to the characters and I was never rooting for them to have a happy ending.  By the end of the book I was glad that the book was over.  I think this book would have worked better if the author hadn’t focused so much on seeing where they were on July 15th every year for 20 years.  I feel like the characters were not developed enough for me to really…