Tuesday, June 1, 2010

One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

One Foot in the Grave, A Night Huntress Book by Jeaniene Frost

This is more vampire romance. My family thinks I'm obsessed. Maybe I am, but I'd like to state for the record that I loved vampires long before Twilight (which I, of course, read in it's entirety). I read Bram Stoker's Dracula and everything Anne Rice wrote.

This is Book 2 in the Night Huntress Series, a fact that I had a hard time figuring out. No where on the book or in the library catalog does it state which book is which, but the Night Huntress books obviously build on one another and it would be confusing to read them out of order. Book Publishers--please indicate somewhere on the books which book in the series it is so I don't have to compare publishing dates!

Okay, now about the book. Half-vampire, Cat, in order to protect everyone she loves, leaves her vampire, lover, Bones. The book covers more supernatural intrigue and the reunion of Cat and Bones. No real surprises here, interesting and fun. I have an issue with the outfits the author has Cat wearing. This is supposed to be a romance, which mostly women read. So why is Cat dressed like a slut wearing what is basically no more than a swimsuit and high heels to fight vampires with? I also thought the sex scenes were a bit much--most of the time I think less is more with sex scenes. I'm not looking to read porn, which this book seemed like at times. Yes, I will probably read the other two books in the series anyway. I like the characters and how they are trying to work out a life together.

The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong

The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
A 2011 Rebecca Caudill book

I really liked this book for young readers. I find myself thinking about it several days after I finished it, even as I read another book. It follows a family as they sail the Bahamas after the tragic death of their mother. The author only gives you just enough information and leaves you to think/wonder about the rest. The sailing and island tropics descriptions make this a great summer read. Take it along on vacation. I thought the stranded on the island part was a bit common, but the rest of the book was wonderful. I definitely recommend it. This is also a book boys might like.

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
A spin off novel from the Night Huntress Series

This is vampire/supernatural romance. This book is based on the Heroine of the Night Huntress Series' best friend, Denise. Denise has had enough of the supernatural world and tries to avoid it after her husband is killed. She is drawn back in when her family is being killed by some supernatural being. She enlists the help of her best friend's, husband's' best friend and fellow vampire, Spade. The story line/action is interesting. This author's romance is a little on the weak side, but still good. Her supernatural writing is better. Overall, not classic fiction by any means, but a fun book.

Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan

Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
Book 1 in The Saga of Darren Shan

This is a Vampire book for Younger Readers. I decided I wanted to read the book after seeing the movie The Vampire's Assistant. The book is the first of 12 books in the series, the Saga of Darren Shan. The Vampire's Assistant is actually the second book in the series--the movie covers more than the first book. I actually didn' t like the movie. It was campy and the effects were really stupid, plus toward the end the plot seemed muddled. I wanted to see if the books were better.

The movie follows the book fairly closely. There are some differences. I did like the book better. The author tried to make the book kind of creepy and for a young reader it probably would have been a bit creepy. I thought the freak show, Cirque Du Freak, was stupid, but I liked the main character, Darren and his interactions with his friends, parents, sister, and the vampire. I'm intrigued enough that I will probably read the next book.

I would recommend this book for grade/early middle school boys. I also think it would be a lot of fun for a parent to read aloud to a child at Halloween; parents of boys that are reluctant to read especially.