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The Help

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Great Books After you get over trying to correct the bad English the black maids talk. Truthfully I so wish I’d have picked it up in audio book because having to actually read what the maids were saying drove me about half mad. I almost never read books like this set in this time at least. I prefer a historical to be set in England in the 1800-1900 so it still has bad English but its England English not American early Ebonics. I read the book because a friend of mine kept pestering me to and then I won it in a PBS Games Swap so I said what the hey why not. After reading it I will say it is an excellent book. They character dynamics in the book are great it shows a couple points of view so you get the white point of view and the black maid’s point of view on what happened in Mississippi during the time. My favorite character was Celia Foote she was by far the most interesting character and all she did was lay around all day. I had to keep reading to find out what was going on with her. Though I was pretty sure what she was doing after the first time Minny and her met when Minny asked her when she was going to have children and then after that with everything that she did. I felt deeply sad for this character she had everything she wanted in life Money, A loving husband, A large house everything that is except kids. I can’t imagine what this character was going though but even for the times it would have been hard. I only felt a little shafted in the end because it just cuts off with skeeter leaving and doesn’t really tell us what happened to the maids or Celia. That would have to be my only complaint was the ending.
Hit List: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

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SO SO SO SO Much better than the last few books! I felt like the old Anita we had loved in the beginning was starting to peek her head out a little in this new book. I received this book yesterday in the mail and just couldn't wait to read it so two other books got put on hold so I could have time to speed through it. I've already finished it though and I'm dying for more. This book brought Anita back in the field doing her work the fact that it also happened to revolve around the Harlequin as being the serial killers she was after was a plus. Though I did feel a little cheated because The Harlequin were suppose to be the big bad or the vampire world and it just seemed that she defeated them too quick and with not quite enough explanation. There could have been another 50- 75 pages in the quick explanation of the last chapter but oh well I still loved the ending. Some of the book bordered on redundant and seemed to be fillers. However with the ending she left us with and Anita going back to work I think I was happy to read a little filler. The 5 million dollar question will be "Can Miss Hamilton Keep It Up And Make Anita Back Into The Woman We All Loved To Read." I think we all know what the back drop for the next story will be and who she will be hunting so can she keep her hands to herself and love the men she's accumulated or will she continue her slutty ways?
Poison

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So not my cup of tea. The writing was not bad but it was written for an age group of I'd say 8-12. The writing is more along the lines of a classic fairy tale and not really a great one. The books was really very predictable.
Iron Crowned

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WOW too much yo-yoing between love interests in this series. Dorian is still my favorite character in the whole book. To me this book started off great and then Mead just had to get in one last switch of love in before she knocked her up for real. And seriously antibiotics really it would have been more empowering if she had just decided that it was what she wanted as opposed to it just happening. How many times can one person switch who they love before they decide that maybe they shouldn’t be with either? HUM Lets see. Kiyo – Dorian – Kiyo – Dorian – Kiyo – Dorian save me please seriously *sigh* she really should have known better. Oh well I can’t wait to see how she ends the series truthfully I’m hoping for some more action with Dorian that would totally make this whole series worth my time.
Cloaked

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Cute, Funny, and Entertaining read. It was a retelling of several fairy tales rolled into one short book. Again Alex writes of people transformed into animals by an evil witch. Jhonny who is who fixes shoes in a big Florida hotel is given a quest by a Princess who is staying at the hotel. Her brother has been turned into a frog and now no one can find him.So with a cloak that will take him anywhere he wants he sets out to find the frog prince only he's not the only one looking for him.
Fated

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I'd like to thank St. Martins Griffin for the lovely ARC I got. Ok having said that I'm a fan of Alyson Noel, so I probably would have purchased this book anyway. Getting an ARC does not affect my review however, being a fan makes it biased : ) I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Cover. I frequently choose my books only on how good the picture is on the front, and this cover is beautiful. It made me what to find out who the girl was and why she was surrounded by birds even before I opened the book. Having read and liked the whole book I can say I did have a problem with two things. # 1 being that after I read 300 pages I still have no clue what exactly a soul seeker does. To me I felt that this should have been explained better through the book. #2 would it hurt for names that are eaiser to pronounce. Here were just a few I questioned Daire, Jennika, Xotichl Auden, Dace, Chepi, Django. I’m sure there were more along the way and she gets points for creativity but I started calling Xotichl (Sochee) plain X every time I saw her name. May contain spoilers: The main character Daire was strong, quick witted, and very likable. I’m not sure why she and the mother had to have a dysfunctional relationship. It seems to me that in most of alyson’s works that the main character and the mother figure have to have a dysfunctional relationship complete with distrust. It worked for this book but I’d love it if she wrote one where the mother and daughter had a loving relationship that worked like it should. Long story short here is the plot in a couple of sentences. Jennika (Daire’s mother) falls in love with Django at 15 or 16 and ends up pregnant. Django being so young refused to believe his mother Paloma and ran from his gifts. Having not learned how to properly protect himself he ends up dead before Jennika even knows she’s pregnant. Django since he didn’t believe didn’t tell Jennika anything about his gifts. So you now have baby Daire’s who is a soul seeker being raised by a young mother who knows not what she is. So when at 16 Daire starts having visions and acting crazy Jennika does what any parent would do she medicates her and when that doesn’t work she then ships her off to a grandmother she’s never met for herbal treatments. There Daire is set on her destined path to become a soul seeker. This book also comes prepackaged with special twins one evil (Cade) and one good (Dace) who happen to be part of a family of evil Sorcerer’s whom Daire’s family has been trying to stop for centuries.
Graveminder

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I loved this book. All and I mean all of the characters were unique and very well though out. As with all of Melissa Marr's books there is a sinister secret that must be uncovered and a secret world. The story is told from at least 7 (maybe more) different character points of view usually I mind this but it was a smooth transition from character to character in this bookI don't read a lot of zombie books so I'm not sure but I think that this was a totally unique outlook on zombies. Usually in the zombie books I've read or the shows I've watched there is some virus that creates the zombies, or some voodoo queen/king that raises them, there are none of those things in this book. In this book all that are born in Claysville must be burred there and there grave must be minded or they will rise. It is the job of the graveminder to keep the dead in the ground.Rebekkah has had a hard life, bad things have happened in her past. However now she must go home to the place and the man she had been running from for the last nine years.Also there are dark parts to this book but none of it was really creepy to me. I was not creeped out by the land of the dead or the characters there. I was not upset by anything written in the book and overall it could have use a little more creep factor truthfully. It was however with out that a very entertaining book that kept me turning the pages for the last 4 hours. I read it straight through not putting it down once."
Gravity

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May contain spoilers: I had to change my rating after thinking about the book I wasn't sure it deserved 3 starts. This book was just not up to par with other paranormal ya books on the market. I know that this is a young author who is trying to make something of herself. However I just didn't feel that I would call it a paranormal read, maybe in the next installment there will be more to the story that I can see why the author called it a paranormal but I don't see it. Also my copy contained lost of grammatical errors and the writing was juvenile at best.The town was called HELL and they are in a state of perpetual Halloween which I found totally ridiculous I'm sure some teens might have liked this but I however did not. The girl Ariel doesn't quiet fit in to Hell which is the way that every ya novel seems to be starting now a days she's not quite sure but she knows that she is different. Which was not too original. She gets a freaky necklace for her birthday which seems to have some magical powers again not to original.The story basically revolves around mysterious disappearances of girls in the town of Hell and the police are doing nothing about finding them. Ariel's best friend is missing and everyone is treating her like a freak because of this (actually I found this to be over the top and annoying I was not sure why everyone would be treating her so awful when her best friend just went missing it was almost like she needed the character not to fit in and this gave her a reason for everyone to hate her). The plot moves slow with most of the book is her going school to classes and home some of those parts could have been moved out and interesting parts moved in. To me though this was more of a teen mystery with a little bit of romance with a minor backdrop in the paranormal. Since the main character can apparently see ghosts I'll give it a minor back drop in the paranormal but she doesn't know what she is seeing and she ignores or disproves most of this. Also I think there will be some references to demons in the next book and maybe hell is really hell on earth but I can't be sure so I'm will not say this book will get more into the paranormal because I'm not sure. It did seem to be leaning that way though by the end of the book.I'm just not seeing what everyone else is seeing maybe after this books gets buy an editor who changes some things I'd give it another go other wise I'm not sure I'll be reading anymore of this authors stuff.
Thorn Queen

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I have to say again that Dorian is my all time favorite character in this series. I don’t care if he has motives for his actions he is the most honest and forth coming character in this book. I understand him and know that while he loves Eugenie his main concern is in getting more power. We know what he wants and that makes him easy to understand. Loved what he did in the end of the book though it will bring trouble in the next. Yet while I love Dorian I’m so tired of Kiyo already and this is only the second in the series not sure what I want to really say about him other than seriously he can’t love her that much after what he does in the end of the book. I just don’t understand how he validates himself his actions are so hypocritical it’s not funny he can kill in defense but not for love really that makes no sense. And he can live in both world but Eugenie can, oh and he can embrace his whole self but Eugenie is not supposed to. He acts like he being part gentry is something she can just turn off like her powers are not a part of her when they are as much a part of her as his fox is him. Seriously him not wanting her to use her magic is so hypocritical it’s not funny I just can’t stand the way he acts. I’m not sure I really felt that sorry for Eugenie at the end of the book I mean sure it wasn’t exactly the best thing to happen to a person but then she goes yo-yoing again between Kiyo and Dorian really I wouldn’t have expected that after everything. Sad to say I wasn’t impressed with the way Eugenie’s character acted in this book. I think she should have figured this out much sooner than she did she should have been paying better attention or at least listened to Dorian when he told her what to do.
Black Sands

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This was not one of my all time favorite Colleen Coble books. I think it was an ok book with an overdone plot. I think why I was not too impressed with the book was that it was a plot she's already used in way to many of her books. Guy is Christian who is a good little christian and he needs to have a christian wife. Ok there is also a murder along the way and someone else goes missing. Girl is lost and struggling in life and can't seem to find her way. Everyone she know tells her that god is the way to end her struggling and she pretty much ignores them untill half way through the book until something makes her change her mind (a sign). Then she struggles with letting god into her life through the rest of the book while she also tries to solve a kidnapping. Ok I'll quit hating on the book now but before I do I want to know why she can't write a book about the girl being strong in her christian ways and the guy being a struggling christian. Why is the girl always the one who can't find her way in life and the guy sitting back and instead of helping her he says something like I'd love to marry you but you need to find god first. Why can't I for once read a book where its the other way around. Authors there are girls who have there lives figured out have wonderful jobs and pray to god every night that they will one day find a good man so why can't this be the heroine of the books you write???????Ok Ok now I actually didn't hate this book although you might think so It just needed a little more action and maybe a smarter Heroine : )
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