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Book Club: Night – Elie Wiesel

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Night – Elie Wiesel Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania.  Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald.  Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.  This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel’s testimony to what happened in the camps of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.
3/5 stars (liked it) This was a very sad book as well as should be expected when writing about a concentration camp.  It still shocks me to think of how people were treated and what they had to endure.  Anyone that has survived that kind of brutality deserves to be heard and live out the rest o…

Book Review: The Sookie Stackhouse Companion – Charlaine Harris

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The Sookie Stackhouse Companion – Charlaine Harris Charlaine Harris has topped the bestseller charts and become a nationwide phenomenon, thanks to the unconventional, and otherworldly life of Sookie Stackhouse.  Now take a closer look at Sookie and her family, friends, enemies, adventures, and-of course-the lovers who set her world on fire…
Visit Bon Temps, the small Louisiana town that Sookie calls home, with a detailed map created by Charlaine herself, and learn the characteristics of the supernaturals who live there: vampires, two-natured, and fae.  Examine all the branches of Sookie’s family tree.  And eavesdrop on the private conversations between rival vampires Eric and Bill.
Also, enjoy the compelling, never-before-published novella “Small-Town Wedding,” in which Sookie accompanies her shape-shifting boss, Sam, to his brother’s wedding in Texas, where happily-ever-after seems very far away…
Exclusive interviews with True Blood creator Alan Ball and author Charlaine Harris- complied…

Book Review: Gameboard of the Gods – Richelle Mead

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Gameboard of the Gods– Richelle Mead In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims.  But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA).  Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger.  As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
4/5 stars (really liked it) I LOVE Richelle Mead and have read almost everything she has written.  So when I heard there was a new…

Book Review: If I Should Die – Amy Plum

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If I Should Die – Amy Plum I will not lose another person I love.  I will not let history repeat itself.
Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered.  He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him.  Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage war to get what they want.
It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality.  I now Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.
After we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable.  He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together.  How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?
3/5 stars (liked it) The conclusion to the series was good and really gave it an ending.  After loosing Vincent to Violette and having his body destroyed, Katie is desperate to find a …

Book Review: Saved At Sunrise – C.C. Hunter

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Saved At Sunrise –C.C. Hunter Nestled deep in the woods, Shadow Falls is a secret camp where teens with supernatural powers learn to harness their abilities and live in the normal world.  But Shadow Falls is facing a problem that could finally expose them to the rest of the world.  Humans are showing up dead, and rogue vampires may be to blame.
Camp resident Della Tsang, who’s still coming into her own vampire powers, is assigned to help find those responsible.  If she succeeds, maybe she’ll even land her dream job: working for the F.R.U., the enforcers of the supernatural world.  But when she sees her new partner is a hunky shapeshifter, things get complicated.  Steve, too gorgeous to be trusted and capable of seeing through her tough-as-nails exterior, knows just how to get under her skin.  And only hours into the mission, Della realizes rogue vampires aren’t the only threat she’s facing.  If she’s ever going to complete her assignment, she’ll need his help…but learning to trust him w…

Book Review: Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris

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Dead Ever After – Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s.  After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed.  But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut.  He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence.  And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.
Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.
But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail.  Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie.  What passes for justice is more spilled blood.  And what passes for love is never enough…
3/5 stars (liked it) I have not been too happy with the last couple of books, I feel like the stories have gotten dragged out.  So in a way I was glad that this book concluded Sookie’s story.  Although I thought Charlaine Harris tried too hard to bring back old characte…

Book Review: High Five – Janet Evanovich

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High Five – Janet Evanovich In her fifth high-octane thriller, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum sets out to find her missing uncle—and along the way smacks slam-bang into: a dead body, a nasty bookie, a stun-gun-toting grandmother, two very sexy men, an angry little man who won’t leave her apartment, and a Mafia wedding…
Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter has never been better!  With high hair, street smarts and plenty of attitude, Steph’s sure to nail this case—or risk life and Spandex-clad limb trying…
4/5 stars (really liked it) I love to just pick up one of these books and read them, they are so fun and not very long.  Stephanie made me laugh so many times in this book.  Be it her car troubles or her trouble with men.  Also still laugh at the fact that she stores her gun in her cookie jar.  Her relationship with Morelli is so real and the way he is always after her and she pushes him away and then comes back.  I love how new fun characters are also introduced in each book.  This book was gre…