Anita Blake is a vampire hunter and an Animator: she raises the dead and kills them, too. She's tough, although stereotypically pretty and petite. I like that she admits when she's scared, but puts up a fight anyway. The author is from St. Louis, and that's where she based these books. She puts a lot of fun references to the city in there, which is fun for me because it's where I'm from. It's neat to read a bestselling book that talks about taking Hwy 70 to the Zumbehl exit for some reason.
"SHE is a director of dog food commercials who's just been
recruited to finish a four-day movie shoot. But as soon as Lucy
Armstrong arrives on set, she discovers that the staff is in chaos, the
make-up artist is suicidal, and the stunt director just happens to be
her ex-husband. That, and the temperamental lead actor has just acquired
as an advisor a Green Beret who has the aggravating habit of always
HE thought that hiring on as a
military consultant for a movie star was a to-die-for deal: easy work,
easy money, easier starlets. But his first day on the job, Captain J.T.
Wilder ends up babysitting a bumbling comedian, dodging low-flying
helicopters, and trying to find out who's taking "shooting a movie" much
I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out, because I find this man to be so funny. I really enjoyed "The Year of Living Biblically", and was super stoked to be reading about his adventure in becoming the 'healthiest person alive'. I was not disappointed. He shares his experiences trying the Paleo diet, removing all toxins from his home, and even turning his treadmill into a desk he can work from. I really recommend this book.
Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy - by Richard Greene
A fun addition to the pop culture and philosophy series of books. I enjoyed reading about what makes the Undead actually undead, and if they deserve the same rights as regular humans. :) It was just fun!
James and I made a deal, he would read one of 'my' books and I would read one of 'his'. This was what he picked. It was a pretty fast read, short chapters make it go faster. He's got an interesting style, switching back and forth between characters, going chapters with no action and then BAM everything is happening. It was pretty good.
I usually enjoy Napoli's books but this one was a bust. Irish princess gets kidnapped by Vikings. She survives in part because of her choice to be mute. Then she gets sold to another Viking who rapes her. She remains mute. But then she grows fond of her owner and when she discovers she is pregnant, she is happy.
The real-world inspiration for the movie Mean Girls, this book is fabulous. It reminds older women and moms what it was like to be in middle school and high school, as painful as it was. It breaks down the social hierarchy girls form, how they interact with themselves, boys, and parents, and the best ways to communicate with them. Even though I'm not a parent, I found this a really interesting read.
Paul's family is a bizarre mixture of Quaker, Minnenite, Amish...a whole mishmash of religions that make him an outcast in his small town. When his mother stands up for him and allows him to work at a gas station in town, he learns a lot more about life than he ever did in the strict farm he grew up on.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Winner of the Pura Belpre Award
Esperanza has it all in her village in Mexico. Her father is a wealthy farmer, they have the best of clothes, many servants...there is nothing more that she could ask for. Until the day her father is killed by bandits. The family sweeps in, destroying the empire he had worked so hard to create. Esperanza and her family flee to America, where they are forced to work long and hard for the barest essentials.
Beautifully written, my heart ached for this little girl who had turned into one of the peasants she had previously turned her nose up to. But she becomes stronger, and learns what it takes to build a home where family can be together.
Allen Walker walks into a deadly trap, where he must choose to either save innocent lives, or himself.
I think I'm starting to get the main idea of these books. The Black Order, which Walker is in, are sent to protect the innocent by using thier "innocence" (weapons sent by the divine to repell demons).
Beyond Heaving Bosoms, by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan
Smart, funny, and very vulgar, these two women pull apart the modern day romance novel from the tropes to the covers to the authors themselves. They do interviews with famous authors, and even talk about the problems of racism and plagiarism within the genre.
Jeremy is your stereotypical high school dork. When he hears rumors about a tiny computerized pill that will rewire his brain to make him more popular, he has to go for it. But almost instantly the pill works in the exact opposite way he wants it to. He wants Christine, his crush, but his computer convinces him that making her jealous by getting him every other girl is the way to go.
Storyline was interesting enough. About a group of people who have genetically engineered their people to be blind, in order to be more focused on what is important. I didn't find it interesting enough to look at the sequel.