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My August book review – Things that go bump in the night

I always seem to have a theme unintentionally when I read and this month seems to be darker books.

I started my month off right with Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill and am absolutely hooked on the series!  It’s funny, witty, and has a good story line.  I can tell already that this is going to be up mu alley with twists and turns and enough character development to keep me engrossed.  It’s a quick and light read, enough to satisfy my paranormal fix but not that far off it loses me.  Merit, daughter of a real estate mogul and granddaughter to a retired Chicago cop, is turned into  a vampire to save her life and turns her life upside down.  She now has to create a new life that involves the public not knowing what to do with the truth about the existence of vampires.

The Eliza’s was next and I still couldn’t tell you if I loved or hated it so kudos to you Sara Shepard.  I feel it is good to throw a couple books in the mix that don’t have the happily ever after.  Author of her debut novel, the main charter goes through a journey to understand who is trying to kill her, despite her family’s belief that she attempted to commit suicide. She starts to uncover some family dark secrets and realizes that things are not always as they  seem, or even the way you remember them.  This book had potential but I felt like the ending was not explained well. I still have a lot  questions and loose ends I can’t quite figure out.  I enjoyed the different dynamics this story led me through however I need more closure on the ending.

And because I can’t get enough of Merit and Ethan, I dove right back into The Chicagoland Vampires #2 book by Chloe Neill, Friday Night Bites.  Close quarters are making lines blur in the house but that doesn’t stop Merit from kicking ass ever chance she gets!  She proves that her unorthodox style is gaining points in her role, bring on the bad guys.

I next read Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, which is an older book that I have been meaning to read for a long time.  While I don’t think that this is a direct sequel to Relic, it definitely brought in characters and plot lines from that book.  I really enjoyed this book, even when it got a little deep into the science and anthropology of the plot.  It really make me want to dive into the world of underground New York!  I was very glad I took time to read this with all the new books coming off of hold at the library for me.  Museum curator Margo Green is pulled into a murder investigation teaming up with police lieutenant D’Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as Dr. Frock.  As our characters meet with the leader of the “mole people”, we start to understand that there is more than what we see in the underground New York subway system.

You know I couldn’t stay away from this series, Twice Bitten is the 3rd book in the Chicagoland Vampire series.  Although I have to say Merit and Ethan had me yelling at the book, they took me on their own roller coaster ride.  They brought in some new players , the shifters, who I have decided aren’t that scary and are really just protective mama and papa bears, I am sure they will prove me wrong however this book did not do me wrong, still going strong on this series!

Next up, because I always throw in some non-fiction and self improvement books, Unf*ck Yourself; Get out of your head and into your life by Gary John Bishop.  While I founds parts entertaining, overall I felt it was repetitive.  He could have made his point in the first quarter of the book, good news is that it is less than 200 pages and a quick read you can skim through.

The Wife Between Us was one that I kept seeing popping up all over the place so I had to give it a try, I swear after every chapter I was coming up with my theories and then just like that, poof, not what is happening.  I loved how it kept me guessing who was the good guys, bad guys or just plain crazy one!  I actually liked the ending and was satisfied with the plot twist on top of a plot twist!  The woman scorned when her husband finds the younger model and her revenge.  But it doesn’t end there, who’s playing who?

Finally, I read Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, the 3rd book in the Eragon series.  I am still in awe that he wrote the first book wen he was 15.  The story lines all intertwine and connect, it’s like a YA Game of Thrones!  I can’t wait until I get my hands on the conclusion and 4th book of the series, I have high hopes for a good ending here!  The adventure and saga continues, without giving away too much, a young dragon rider continues he venture to overthrow the king who is gaining too much power.  I would highly recommend this series, I can’t believe I waited this long to read it.  As a young adult or an adult, I highly recommend this series.

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