Overview: Jael lives with her parents in the middle of nowhere, 30 miles outside of town in Nevada. She is 15 and already an expert in many different forms of martial arts. Why? Jael is The Chosen One. Just a few weeks before her 16th birthday, she finds out that she comes from Amish lineage, and she was chosen to be the next Vampire slayer. Jael also learns why they have moved around every couple of months during her childhood, before settling down in Nevada. The Bishop of Loon Lake Amish Community in Minnesota, is a vampire that is out to kill the next slayer before she comes into her powers at 16. Inevitably the Bishop’s men find her, and kid nap her best friend to drawl her out.
Opinion: It sounds like it would be awesome, Buffy meets the Amish. Amish vampires in general would be prime specimens considering they are already extremely strong, vampire strength would be spectacular in them. I was sadly disappointed. The book is entertaining, but almost a complete knock off of Buffy. Buffy is even referenced in the book. I am not an expert on Amish, far from it, but I have lived near a community and interacted enough to know little mannerisms, this book has like no Amish presence at all except for the way the Amish vampires dress. Obviously, Jael and her parents have left the community and don’t have to live the lifestyle but they don’t even act as if they were previously Amish. Which is why it is a big surprise that she comes from an Amish line of slayers. In theory, Buffy vs. Amish Vamps is a great idea it is poorly executed in this book.
Overview: Avalon and friends have survived their tests and been given a gypsy crystal that can help Avvi control help shifting. The Ancients, are growing weary of her slow progress and force a member of the council to brainwash her to forget her old life and remember he is her father. Her friends are now on a quest to fix her.
Opinion: The fun continues. It is as great as the first one, but this one begins to show plot holes…or they are plot holes because not all has been explained yet. The ending was cool as they were fighting the guardians of the mountain.
Overview: Avalon is a 15 year old girl with a big secret…she transforms into a dragon at night. She was left outside of a barn one morning and found by her adopted father Edgar. He was scared at first, but loved her and took care of her until her 15th birthday when he felt she was ready to attend a special boarding school for others like her. On her first day she makes an enemy of two boys and four male friends. For a previous wallflower she starts to become a leader as she goes through a survival test and battles another dragon.
Opinion: My first dragon-shifter book. Honestly loved it. It is fast paced, but seems a bit slow in the beginning as we are getting to know her and her home life. For instance it takes a few pages to figure out Avalon is a girl. It may seem obvious by the name, but I also think the name could be used for either a boy or a girl. Then everything picks up once she gets on a plane that can travel through time zones in minutes. Once at school, we are hit with more and more questions that drive you nuts, as there are no answers yet.
Overview: After find a very, very old book that holds vampire secrets and turning it over to the somewhat nice vampire Amelie, Claire and friends are thrown into even deeper trouble. Shane called his dad when things were looking grim for the group, and Frank (his dad) came thundering in with biker friends armed to the hilt ready to kill vampires. One thing leads to another and Shane is under arrest, sentenced to death for killing a vampire that he didn’t have anything to do with. Claire has her mission, save her new boyfriend from being burned to death and save her nemesis from a house fire of her own. Michael has his own issues to deal with as he is 1/2 ghost 1/2 vampire that can’t leave the house. Once everything is straightened out, Claire has a decision to make for the whole household but doesn’t know what to do.
Opinion: I am loving this series! Claire is just an ordinary nerdy girl who is basically being punished for being smart. She goes to college at an early age and has to face her worst fears. Then once she thinks everything is going to settle down the madness returns. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, but have to. For I am broke and do not have money to buy the next 13 installments. :( Well 12, my uncle was kind enough to buy me one for Christmas, but didn’t check the number because he got #8 instead of 3.
For some reason my page wasn’t loading in right so I could scroll down or see the end of my post. I had to break it up into to parts, sorry. It’s doing it again so there might be a part three….
My target total word count is only 30,000. My strategy is start small and hopefully go beyond. Here is an excerpt from the book hope you enjoy!
“I was overweight in high school, so this uniform didn’t look half as good on me then as it does now. Boys and girls a like would pick on me and drive my self-esteem lower and lower. Then one day I met Alex. Handsome and smooth talking Alex. We bonded over our love for music
and when we sang in choir, it was magic. We started out as friends but wanted to take it a step further.
“So we tried dating. Everything went smoothly for the first few weeks, we would hold hands and kiss each other goodbye on the cheek. He took me to movies and watch sunsets from high up on the ridge of the rock query, he was a perfect gentleman
but then he tried to force himself on me.” I looked over at her to see how she was taking it so far. Monica seemed OK so far, but the tale is only starting to go dark.
I continued, “I fought him off and just treated it like he was joking around. He persisted and I broke up with him. Of course he spread it around that he broke up with me because I was too clingy or something.
“Then a few months later, he roped me in saying he was sorry and wouldn’t try anything like that again until I was ready. So we tried again and everything started the same as before. After awhile he began to force himself upon me and I would fight him, this time he would shame me into having sex with him.
Last year I did my first NaNoWriMo and failed. Lol I was totally not prepared, but this year I know what to expect and am getting ready. Part of my preparation is doing Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m using a work in progress, that was previously titled “Drug Deal,” but I gave it its official name this morning as I finished the working cover.
“Love and Drugs” Synopsis:
Magdalene is a senior in college
, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working
for a flower shop
(that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school. Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order
, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down?