Michelle’s Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon


Michelle’s Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana GabaldonDragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Delta Trade Paperbacks on 1992
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Romance, Time Travel
Pages: 743
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-half-stars
With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters -- Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser--delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander.... For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.... Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....

After reading Outlander, I was so hooked on the story that I…

spoiled the series for myself.

There’s no good reason why, but I did. I read reviews with spoilers and different wikipedia articles, learning more about the events of each book. Why I didn’t just read the book, I don’t exactly know. But it’s safe to say that many of the reveal moments in this book was not exactly news to me.

However, I still enjoyed the book. It was lovely to go back to Jamie and Claire and see how their marriage evolves. They became very different people in France than they were in the Highlands, which unfortunately took away some of my enjoyment from the book. France became very tedious, dealing more with political intrigue and domesticity. Compared to the crazy adventures in the Highlands, this shift was almost too much and it was comforting to hear the same things echoed by fellow readers. (Including my mother who is reading it now. I have told her the same thing I was told: just get through France and it gets better.)

And that’s true. Without going too much in the details to spoil other potential readers (like I had done myself), the book does get better towards the end. Is it enough for me to give it a higher rating…likely no.

I am torn with my rating. Is it a three, where I liked it but didn’t love it thanks to France and the lack of novelty making it seem a little more ridiculous? Or is it a four, that I loved it enough to want to keep reading the series?

This series has become a little problematic to me. I’ll say more in my Voyager review, but it’s suffice to say that at a minimum I will likely see Jamie and Claire to the end, regardless.

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Michelle’s Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin


I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Michelle’s Review: The Walled City by Ryan GraudinThe Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2014-11-04
Genres: Action & Adventure, Asia, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Family, General, Love & Romance, People & Places, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars
730. That's how many days I've been trapped.18. That's how many days I have left to find a way out.DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible....JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister....MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She's about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window.....In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

Writing this review a couple of months after finishing it, I still remember my overarching feeling towards this book: Wow. That’s messed up.

I don’t mean the book itself, the writing or really my enjoyment of it. The world is describes is what is messed up. It is dark and dangerous with elements that shocked me considering that this was being marketed as a young adult book.

There are drugs and the use of drugs for coercion. There are sex slaves, kidnapping, and torture. There are broken families and broken individuals. The scenes that those things occur in were very shocking to me, and even given my poor memory of books after finishing them, I can still remember my reaction to the book.

The three different narrators were fun to me, and once I became immersed in the book I was able to more easily tell them apart (especially given that their situations and environments were completely different). I remember being most confused about the status of the Walled City in the first half. What was it? Why was it there? What time is this story taking place in? Obviously all of that becomes clearer by the end and particularly by the note that explains that this type of urban environment is based on reality. But I think I would have benefited from knowing that bit in the beginning or at least a little earlier.

I will agree with other reviewers about the note of the happily ever after not quite matching what the rest of the book was like. I wanted the characters to be happy and I was left in suspense over certain events in the plot, but to have everything tied up like that in the end was almost more jarring than the corruption and evils by that point.

I would definitely recommend this book for those looking for a darker read in a dystopian environment that could actually exist.

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Christina’s Review: Bella Gioconda by Richard Heket


I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Christina’s Review: Bella Gioconda by Richard HeketBella Gioconda by Richard Heket
Published by Lavender and Chamomile Press on 2014-04-20
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Pages: 167
Format: eBook
Source: the publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
Five hundred years can confuse identity. An old chalk drawing of a girl, Maria, the daughter of a Chianti vintner leaves a Swiss art collector, Claude Beauvin entangled in a Renaissance love story from the past. The drawing is currently owned by a reclusive young widow, Andrea Garibaldi-Chase, who puts the drawing up for auction. With smoldering rumors that Leonardo da Vinci is the artist of the portrait, history is set on fire by a New York art dealer, an art history professor, and an intellectual property crimes investigator from INTERPOL who are all caught up in the drawings history. It's not until after the auction that Beauvin learns who the girl really was, what influence she had over da Vinci and the centuries since, and how his growing feelings for Andrea transcends time and identity.

This book was refreshingly different from others I have read recently. It was short (less than 200 pages) and had a storyline that hit my interest. Art, history, wine… what more could I ask for!

The story crossed over a period of 500 years, alternating between Leonardo da Vinci’s life and 2009 in the United States when a mysterious art piece was about to go to auction. There was interest in the art piece… could there have been a connection with this piece between the infamous da Vinci, or was it just a pretty piece? Could a connection between the piece and da Vinci even be proven if there was one? That is for me to now know and for future readers to find out.

Heket incorporated art history and drawing techniques which really caught my interest. He also added more scientific details, such as fingerprint analysis which added a new element of complexity to the story being told. The story felt believable for me as the author crossed over time and added dialogue between da Vinci and other characters. I escaped into the details and really felt like I was seeing a side of da Vinci that was rarely seen.

Heket added multiple story lines to this book. In addition to the da Vinci story, there was the story related to the piece that was potentially going up for auction. The relationships between the characters and this artwork added a whole other element to the story that kept me wondering how things would end, and would there be a twist?

I received this book for free from the publishing company, Lavender and Chamomile Press, and read it on my Kindle. I am glad I took the time to enjoy the story. It was a quick read, an escape, and one that I would pair next time with a glass of wine to correlate with the vineyard location and add to the experience. I recommend this book especially for the art history lover and artist.

pj - christina

Michelle’s Review: Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby


Michelle’s Review: Wonder Show by Hannah BarnabyWonder Show by Hannah Rodgers Barnaby
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2012
Genres: 20th Century, Action & Adventure, Circus, Family, General, Girls & Women, Historical, JUVENILE FICTION, Love & Romance, Orphans & Foster Homes, Performing Arts, United States, Young Adult
Pages: 274
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step inside Mosco’s Traveling Wonder Show, a menagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to astound and amaze! But perhaps the strangest act of Mosco’s display is Portia Remini, a normal among the freaks, on the run from McGreavy’s Home for Wayward Girls, where Mister watches and waits. He said he would always find Portia, that she could never leave. Free at last, Portia begins a new life on the bally, seeking answers about her father’s disappearance. Will she find him before Mister finds her? It’s a story for the ages, and like everyone who enters the Wonder Show, Portia will never be the same.

I was in the mood for a fantasical circus story when I picked up Wonder Show. I wasn’t disappointed.

Wonder Show has the kind of cover that definitely attracted me to it. Add to it the fun synopsis, and it is definitely a book that screams to be read when you’re looking for some quirky storytelling. I was feeling nostalgic over reading The Night Circus…it’s not terribly similar but I would recommend it for those looking for something at least a little related.

In short, it is a very artfully written story with the kind of aesthetic that would be matched well with some Edward Gorey drawings (my favorite!). It’s a story that you can easily read in one sitting. At the same time, I think it’s appropriate for all audiences, even perhaps some younger middle grade ones. It’s dark without being overwhelmingly dark. It’s a Tim Burton-esque story if that makes sense (and if I can be allowed to make yet another reference).

I’m not doing a very good job in writing this review (I haven’t been the best at putting my thoughts into written words lately, particularly in review-form). But I promise I loved it and this has earned its spot on my bookshelf.

pj - michelle

Christina’s Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


Christina’s Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieHow To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2010-08-24
Genres: Business & Economics, Communication & Social Skills, General, Interpersonal Relations, Leadership, Psychology, Self-Help
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
five-stars
You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age. Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

I highly recommend this book for anyone in the corporate world, nonprofit world, in a leadership position… basically anyone in the work force. It was that good.

How to Win Friends and Influence People is an old book that has been in publication for over 75 years. The concepts in the book are still relevant, and I found it easy to relate to the examples Dale Carnegie presented throughout. At the beginning of the book, Carnegie goes through his personal recommendations of how to read the book. One thing I found particularly helpful for myself was to keep a pen and paper handy. My copy of the book is filled with post-it notes of comments and suggestions to myself on how I can effectively utilize the concepts discussed to grow in the workplace and outside. Carnegie organized the book in four parts: techniques in handling people; how to make people like you; how to influence these people towards your thoughts; and effective leadership. Each section had short, easy-to-follow chapters with clear examples to help cover each point made. Some of these examples contained recognizable leaders through history, other examples were taken from ordinary individuals who have utilized his best practices and succeeded. Majority, if not all, of these examples he used still hold relevance today.

Being a history-lover, the examples highlighting leaders in history included brief history lessons that really kept my attention. Towards the beginning especially, Carnegie heavily favored leaders like Abraham Lincoln, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Charles Schwab and Theodore Roosevelt (to name a few). These references to people who I knew kept the book all the more interesting as Carnegie discussed their character and dilemmas they had to face and the decisions that chose to make.

One of the large take-aways I got from the book was to be genuine and sincere. Really care about a person, and do not forget to use praise. This will get you further in life. In addition to this, I took a sentence from the book I now have posted up next to my desk: “get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle.” (35) This book has changed my way of thinking already, and I hope to continue to utilize the concepts presented by Carnegie to grow as a person and leader.

I received this book from my boss for the holidays. She gave each of us a book, and I am so glad she did. I intend to keep this book close by my desk at all times so I can go back and reference whenever needed. I even bought a second copy of this book to give as a gift to a friend already. I very much enjoyed the read and highly recommend it for others who are looking to grow and be successful (not just in the workplace, but in general).

pj - christina

Michelle’s Review: We’re All Infected edited by Dawn Keetley


I received this book for free from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Michelle’s Review: We’re All Infected edited by Dawn KeetleyWe're All Infected: Essays on AMC's the Walking Dead and the Fate of the Human by Dawn Keetley
Published by McFarland on 2014-01-29
Genres: General, Performing Arts, Television
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: LibraryThing
Goodreads
one-star
This edited collection brings together an introduction and 13 original scholarly essays on AMC's The Walking Dead. The essays in the first section address the pervasive bloodletting of the series: What are the consequences of the series' unremitting violence? Essays explore violence committed in self-defense, racist violence, mass lawlessness, the violence of law enforcement, the violence of mourning, and the violence of history.

The essays in the second section explore an equally urgent question: What does it mean to be human? Several argue that notions of the human must acknowledge the centrality of the body--the fact that we share a

If I’m being honest, I quit even though I was so, so close to finishing. I just couldn’t stomach it anymore.

No, I’m not talking about gorey details or facing the implications of humanity raised by its authors.

Unfortunately, I’m talking about the inaccessibility of this collections of essays to the common reader.

The cover, the title, and even perhaps the synopsis made me think that I was in for another one of my strange enjoyments of learning more about a series that I enjoy and discussing the various issues and wider implications that can be made by it. What does it mean to be zombie? Are the zombies in the series really zombies? What does it mean to say that we’re all infected?

And while, yes, it’s safe to say that I -think- these questions were answered this anthology of academic essays on AMC’s The Walking Dead seris, I cannot tell you for certain. I literally have no idea what most of the essays were about, despite taking my time with them. I had to use the comment feature of Goodreads just to document what each essay was sort of about so I could understand that I was making some amount of progress.

I am in my first semester of graduate studies. Okay, it’s no PHD program and I’m no genius. But I’d like to think that I am fairly smart and well-read and can understand most things. But I had the hardest time with this book, as each essay went into theories and philosophical depths of thought that I simply could not follow. Perhaps if I had more of a background in some of the theories that were mentioned I would have had an easier time reaching the same conclusions as the authors. Instead, I found myself locked out.

Perhaps I wasn’t the intended audience for this anthology. But I’m disappointed because I really would like to debate some of the larger issues presented in The Walking Dead.

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Michelle’s Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell


Michelle’s Review: Landline by Rainbow RowellLandline by Rainbow Rowell
Published by Macmillan on 2014-07-08
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction, General, Science Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads
three-stars
From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones. Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now.Maybe that was always beside the point.Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her—Neal is always a little upset with Georgie—but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. . . .Is that what she’s supposed to do?Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Everyone and their mother raves about Rainbow Rowell’s books. I have only ever read (or in this case, listened to) Landline, but even I can name more Rowell titles than I could for other authors (Attachments, Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl, right?).

Landline was perhaps both a scary and a relatable read for someone who has just gotten engaged in the past year. Marital boredom and disintegration is perhaps a theme most commonly seen on television, but Landline made it very real. The dialogue was very realistic and done well. Georgie decides not to go to Omaha for Christmas to work on a potential big break for her television idea. While separated from her family, she reflects on the beginning of her relationship with Neal and how they got to where they are today.

And then of course, there’s the magical phone.

That’s not a spoiler. The book is called Landline, there’s a picture of the phone, and the synopsis says that there is a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out.

Was it an effective narrative tool? Perhaps. It was good that it made Georgie realize some things and remember some things. It definitely throws your mind through the time travel/continuum loop. But I think for me, it seemed just a little out of place. Everything else about the book was so realistic that something paranormal asked for a suspension of disbelief.

I appreciated its realism, despite the paranormal aspect. And while the end has bothered some, it didn’t bother me. It did just sort of end, but I was okay with that. By that point, I was glad that there was a conclusion. It was enjoyable and I understand both the negative and the positive reviews. My opinion is somewhere in the middle.

Edit: I was contacted by Macmillan Audio with the chance to give you a clip from the audiobook! This was how I read Landline, so it’s perfect for you to listen to! 

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Michelle’s Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Michelle’s Review: We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014-05-13
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, General, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads
five-stars
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I spoiled this book for myself before I had ever decided to read it.

In June everyone was raving about this book. It seemed like everyone was reading it, book bloggers, vloggers, and critics alike! I had heard about it through some online article about books to read this summer and had nominated it for my book club to read. I hadn’t actually expected to ever get around to reading it. I’m not exactly the fastest or the trendiest reader. So when it was selected as our book club’s August book, I was both happy and a little disappointed.

Because I had watched all the spoiler sections of people’s vlogs about this book. I had spoiled that big twist that everyone alluded to.

But here’s the thing: it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book at all. Perhaps I liked the book for different reasons than those who were in the dark; it was like rereading a thriller and being able to connect the dots that were previously invisible to you. But it was still so much fun. It was definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year.

  • Why was it so good?
  • It was artistic. There was poetry in its prose that was not overdone but instead helped to create a certain mood.
  • It was a thriller without being too heavy. It was the kind of book you would bring to the beach and end up forgetting to go into the water and still feel relaxed.
  • The setting was so real. It made me long to go to that island and have my own summer adventures (minus family drama, please!).
  • The narrator of the audiobook was absolutely amazing and a perfect fit for the book. I had listened to other books she has narrated before and liked her then too but she definitely did this book justice to the point where I feel like my experience of the book was greatened by listening to it instead of reading it.

This was the book that inspires so much discussion and analysis, with no one being truly right or wrong about it. And I think I’ll enjoy discussing it for some time to come.

pj - michelle

Michelle’s Review: Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr


Michelle’s Review: Ink Exchange by Melissa MarrInk Exchange by Melissa Marr
Published by Harper Collins on 2008-04-29
Genres: Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
two-stars
Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow. Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life. The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

I read Wicked Lovely years ago. It was another book that I liked enough. But when I was discovering a new used book store, perusing the young adult section, the spine of this book and its title caught my eye. I didn’t really know that Wicked Lovely was a series, and didn’t know that Ink Exchange was part of it. I knew the author was the same but didn’t quite put it all together. But I was surprised to see that the book was signed by Melissa Marr. That was cool! So I bought it, despite previously having no intention of continuing with the series.

It was the book that had been sitting on my TBR the longest this summer so I finally got around to it. Unfortunately, because of how long it had been since I had read about Aislinn and the Summer Court, I could barely remember what had happened before the events in Ink Exchange. And this book definitely just jumped right into it.

To say I was confused through most of the book is putting it lightly. I understood Leslie well enough and her motivations, but I was confused about the larger plot. I mean, I think I get it, but I’m not sure. It was not easy to follow and I don’t know how much of it is because of things that were included in the first book or was simply not explained right in this book. I do wonder about the success of a book if someone picking it up cannot follow it without having read the book before it. Isn’t that how most series are discovered (or at least used to be discovered as we would wander the shelves of the library or bookstore)?

There were some standout characters (okay, well Niall) but it wasn’t enough to save the book for me. It was okay, but it wasn’t a fun read for me. Too much confusion and teen angst.

pj - michelle

Michelle’s Review: True Blood and Philosophy by William Irwin, Rebecca Housel, and George A. Dunn


Michelle’s Review: True Blood and Philosophy by William Irwin, Rebecca Housel, and George A. DunnTrue Blood and Philosophy: We Want to Think Bad Things with You by George A. Dunn, Rebecca Housel, William Irwin
Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #19
Published by Wiley on 2010-06-01
Genres: General, Philosophy
Pages: 256
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars
The first look at the philosophical issues behind Charlaine Harris's New York Times bestsellers The Southern Vampire Mysteries and the True Blood television seriesTeeming with complex, mythical characters in the shape of vampires, telepaths, shapeshifters, and the like, True Blood, the popular HBO series adapted from Charlaine Harris's bestselling The Southern Vampire Mysteries, has a rich collection of themes to explore, from sex and romance to bigotry and violence to death and immortality. The goings-on in the mythical town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, where vampires satiate their blood lust and openly commingle with ordinary humans, present no shortages of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your teeth into.Now True Blood and Philosophy calls on the minds of some of history's great thinkers to perform some philosophical bloodletting on such topics as Sookie and the metaphysics of mindreading; Maryann and sacrificial religion; werewolves, shapeshifters and personal identity; vampire politics, evil, desire, and much more.The first book to explore the philosophical issues and themes behind the True Blood novels and television seriesAdds a new dimension to your understanding of True Blood characters and themesThe perfect companion to the start of the third season on HBO and the release of the second season on DVDSmart and entertaining, True Blood and Philosophy provides food—or blood—for thought, and a fun, new way to look at the series.

Each chapter was written by a different person or group of person about different aspects of the story. I would recommend reading this in parts. If you feel like reading a chapter, read it. But reading it as one whole book is a bit heavy. Do not take this book and think, “I love True Blood, let’s read about it!” The emphasis, to me at least, felt like it was on philosophy while using the True Blood and Southern Vampire Mysteries as a source. That said, it is not a light read.

Some articles were better than others. One read as very preachy, an attempt by the author to convince his or her readers to become a vegan. You could definitely tell where a person’s expertise lay. One of my favorites considered the possibility of actually incorporating vampire society into American society. It considered the logistics of it given the American government and cultural ideals with those of the vampire society we see in the series.

I would also like to offer another warning. I have read up to about the fifth book of the Southern Vampire Mysteries. I am completely caught up with the True Blood series. Even so, some authors referenced much later books in the series, creating spoilers for me. While I should have acknowledged the possibility of that happening, it still bummed me out that I now know things about the characters that I hadn’t gotten to yet.

It was enjoyable, and I’ll probably reference different parts of it or look back at some of the other questions. But I can’t say it’s one of my favorite books.

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From the Stash is my way to denote when something is from before Playing Jokers was established. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work, as well as safeguard my reviews for posterity.

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