Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Review:Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

Publisher's Summary:
In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat.Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.


As a reviewer I have had the privaledge of following this series since it's beginning and it is wonderful to have seen in grow to such lengths. Like most of the Morganville Vampire books, this one, like its predecessors, shines at the climax of the novel. It also had a lot more pagetime of my favorite Morganville Vamp-Myrnin, which had only been a supporting character till this point. Ms Caine makes a very good, unique vampire world. This books predecessor, Feast of Fools, was my favorite of the series and was hard to top. While Lord of Misrule was wonderful, it solved few problems and added one BIG one for main characters. Good thing there's 3/4 more books coming in this series. I know I'll be following it till the end.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Review:Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Publisher's Summary:
The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction


This book deals with a teenage girl who suddenly has to decide between her human normal life and one of extravagant proportions. Obviously, a hard choice.

There are 2 big aspects to this book, her human life and the vampire life.

Human Life. So complicated. So complex. As it is in real life, Jessica's life is hauntingly realistic. If you remove the vampirism from the book you have 2 people who do honestly love each other, but either don't realize it or give up on that love. Both move on in life, but this book captures the awkwardness, strangeness, and of course the regret that comes with lost love. So realistic and makes the book itself worth reading.

Vampire Life. This is where the fun begins. Having read so many vampire novels( you guys would know right) it all ends up the same in that aspect. You have to do something really spectacular for me to give you a check in the vampire lore category. Human girl and Vampire Boy-Done numerous times. Royal Vampires- See Vamps and Vampire Academy, heck Lissa Dragomir(Jessica's real last name in this novel) is the main character in that. The growth of fangs being used in a virginity type plot idea and warring clans. Now you have me paying attention. I'm obviously not bothered by reading the same plot devices over and over again-obviously since there is only so much you can do wit the vampire genre. However, I greatly appreciate an author going out and reinventing the genre for their own book. Ms. Fantaskey did just that. She turned what seems to be one of the most overused ideas in vamp literature into her own. I could go on and on but there's something I wanted to mention about this novel

The name is so misleading. To me when I read it and the publisher's synopsis I totally thought this was a Vampire Kisses-esque book, filled with Princess Diaries moments and all that jazz.

Instead you get a very dark, and painfully realistic novel.

Take for instance the cover, which depicts the 2 main characters dancing, Lucius with his fangs out. Not totally implying all fluff but with a name like "Jessica's Guide for Dating on the Dark Side" it just doesn't add up. Not a big problem or anything, but I feel the novel would do better with a title like "I am dark, and epic and you must read me" okay not really :) but you get the point. It's not a bad title-heck-it has my name on it, just not what I would have picked for the novel

Oh and another point. More props to Ms. Fantaskey for making her main character a size 10. It's so nice to see average girls in novels- not the "dresses like a frump but everyone thinks shes a model" type characters-that is so old and I appreciate it when a character is actually realistic, not a feeble attempt at it.

So yeah, I'm in love with this book. When I get caught up with everything else I've got coming up, I'm going to re-read it. I suggest it for all of my readers who want a dark and beautiful love story. I love it. It demands a sequel. And it might just be the last book of 2008, so.......It's a nice way to go out. And will be in contention for my favorite Vampire Book of 2008. Unfortunately, it will not be able to travel over to the voting contest over at Trainspotting Reads, but-I will be most sure to have it on next year. For those wondering about my reviewers choice of 2008. I haven't made any decisions yet but I will post the contenders in the next post.

Oh yeah, and you all know, when I love a book, I make a mini advertisement out of it. Which I did for this. Hope you like it.

Psst-next book is Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine aka Book 5 in Morganville Vampires Series. I hope there s more of Myrnin aka my favorite and underused character!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Updated! Upcoming Vampire Releases

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine-January 6
Vamps:Night Life-January 27
Jessica's Guide to dating on the Dark Side-by Beth Fanktaskey February 1
Eternal-Cyntheia Leitich Smith-February 10
The Vampire Diaries: The Return Volume 1: Nightfall by LJ Smith-February 24
Hunted(House of Night) PC and Kristin Cast- March 10
Stargazer by Claudia Gray-March 24
Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill- April 7
Vampire Kisses Dan-Ellen Schreiber- April 21
Vamped-Lucienne Diver -May 1
Vampire Kisses: Royal Blood by Ellen Schreiber- May 19
Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine- June 2
Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer- July 9
Vamps:After Dark-Nancy A Collins- July 28
The Thirst: Volume 1 by Christopher Pike -August 4
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead-August 20
Hourglass by Claudia Gray-Summer 09
Afterlife by Claudia Gray-Winter 09
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer-?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Review: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Publisher's Summary:
Is Rose's fate to kill the person she loves most? It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret . . . .She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush.

Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever . . .

How I could kill Richelle Mead. Not cause her books are bad, but she ends them in such bad places. Cliff hangers are only fun if you know when the next book is coming and alas, I do not know when VA 4 is being released. However, I was very pleased with this novel. The ending, not so much, but the book itself is wonderful. I love her writing. Vampire Academy is not my favorite vamp series out there right now, but it does deserve some recognition. I do feel sometimes, that it looses site of what it once was. Vampire Academy used to be so amazing because it was about best friends, and now I feel like that is being downplayed more. But anywho ,it's good, pick it up if you liked the others.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Review: Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz

Publisher's Summary:

Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City’s wealthiest families? They're powerful, they're famous... they're undead.

Schuyler Van Alen’s blood legacy has just been called into question - is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.

When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire’s secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.

To be honest, I liked the book a lot, but not much happened. It's like it was a filler novel for something much bigger. I love the vampire lore in Cruz's books, it is so inventive and unlike the rest, but I wish either her books where longer, or she wrote them faster. At least however, the next one appears to be written. Her characters are interesting and likable, albite strange. However, for those who are a little freaked out about almost incest, they may not be the books for you. I mean, the characters really aren't related but.....they are. It's too confusing to post in a blog but, you should pick up this book if you enjoyed the first 2, it's a great, east read.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Review: Untamed by PC and Kristin Cast

Publishers Summary:
Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.


Okay, so this is my first review in a while. I've been really busy, no joke, and the reviews won't be coming as fast as they used to but, hopefully now they will be steady at least. Thank you to everyone who emailed me and told me they wanted updates, I appreciate it so much.

Now to the review,

To be honest, I didn't love Untamed as much as Chosen. It was a filler novel, if you get what I'm saying. Few things where resolved and more problems where just brought up. I guess it's a set up to the next novel, but I wish this novel had more of a resolution. Zoey and her friends seem to solve one problem from a previous book and BAM, they've got 10 more, which is kind of frustrating because I want them to be happy. I was glad about the whole Erik/Zoey sexual tension type thing going on, and I want to seem more of them in the next one. It wasn't a bad book but I wish there was more problems solved and less problems added. Once again, The Cast's writing gets an A+, they are wonderful.

Updates!

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Updates are coming!

I'll give you a sneak peak

Reviews of:
Untamed(House of Night)
Revelations(Blue Bloods)
Shadow Kiss(Vampire Academy

and for Trainspotting
Skinned
Tithe(possibly, if I feel like it, it's an older book so....)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I AM ALIVE

and lots of stuff is to come.......

Yes, Breaking Dawn stuff. I probably won't be reviewing it. Why? It's just to hard, but I will be writing a little essay on it so look out for that.

There have been no new teen/young adult vampire fiction that I've been supplied with in a while. We have some things coming up but nothing I've been asked to review in advance that hasn't been posted yet.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Exclusive Review: The Parliament of Blood by Justin Richards

I just Reviewed The Parliament of Blood by Justin Richards over at Genre of the Month. Go Check it out here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Review: Thirsty by M.T. Anderson

Review of Thirsty by M.T. Anderson
Publisher's Summary:
All Chris really wants is to be a normal kid, to hang out with his friends, avoid his parents, and get a date with Rebecca Schwartz. Unfortunately, Chris appears to be turning into a vampire. So while his hometown performs an ancient ritual that keeps Tch’muchgar, the Vampire Lord, locked in another world, Chris desperately tries to save himself from his own vampiric fate. He needs help, but whom can he trust? A savagely funny tale of terror, teen angst, suspense, and satire from National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson.

Thirsty is one of the most common teen vampire fiction outthere. Next to L.J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries, it is one of th few that are reissued continuously and continues to be purchased by teens.

I was a little disappointed, I guess because I had heard a lot about it, I had high expectations for it. Yes, it is everything that you have heard about it, but that's all it was. I guess I was expecting to be blown away. It is a good book. Chris is a believable character with problems, human problems as well as his impending vampire future.

In Conclusion: As I say in most of my reviews, I read so many vampire books, they all start to blend together. So on this one, I will say it is an enjoyable book. For those whose vampire tastes have been watered down by years and years, pages and pages, of the same things in mediocre writing, then this book will come across as an alright book, nothing too out of the ordinary, but not bad. Also, keep in mind, I read this right after Tantalize, which I loved, so it was probably hard to top that.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Review:Tantalize by Cynthia Leitch Smith

Review of Tantalize by Cynthia Leitch Smith

Are you predator or prey?
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Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses - or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who's playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith's delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.

Tantalize
is not your typical vampire/werewolf fiction. As you all know, my biggest critic to vamp books of course is, it's not memorable-it's not original. It takes a lot for me to think that a vampire book sticks out. Honestly, after everything, the ones that aren't great, all start to blend together. Anyway, Tantalize does stand out. It is different, and has a twist to it. It has a very open ending but I like it. I don't believe Ms. Smith is writing a sequel but she does have a vamp book called "Eternal" coming out Spring of 09' .

The characters where interesting and where well devolved- a detail many authors loose in vamp fiction. Evil vamps stay evil vamps. Scared Humans stay scared humans. Characters evolved with the plot and they seemed to grow. You felt like you knew them.

The ending is ....strange at best. You did not think it would end this way. I am a "completionist"
I like my books to have a complete and definite end to them. This does not but it is done in a suspenseful and edgy way that you won't care that you're like "What?"

In Conclusion: a memorable read, Wish it had a sequel, but it stands alone as one of the most unique vampire fiction I have read this year.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Review: Maiden of the Wolf by Tiffany Trent and Angelika Ranger

Review of Maiden of the Wolf by Tiffany Trent and Angelika Ranger

Publisher's Summary:

With the culmination of Between Golden Jaws, Corrine and all of her friends are thrown into separate fairy worlds. Ilona finds herself in one of these raths, a world controlled by an evil countess so obsessed by youth, she sacrifices young girls to draw their life force into her own. Forced to join the countess's troop of werewolves, Ilona must help in their mission of kidnapping girls from the mortal world. As she puzzles over how to save the girls without putting herself in danger, she begins to fall for one of the werewolf lieutenants. It's the chance for love she's always dreamed of, but at what cost?

I was a little wary about Maiden of the Wolf. It is the 1st of book of the Hallowmere series that doesn't follow Corrine, our original main character. It also was the first book to be written primarily not by Tiffany Trent.

I was pleasantly surprised. I admit in the beginning it took me awhile to get into because I was like "Yo, where's Father Joe?!??!?!" but you are quickly engulfed by the story.

The story introduces us to a few main characters mainly Countess Bathory and Varco. Countess Bathory.......well....why don't you google her? Varco is a lieutenant whom Ilona befriends.

Ilona makes a good main character. She might not be Corrine but she is interesting to follow and I enjoyed following her story.

Ms. Ranger's writing also shocked me. I was a little afraid of another author touching Ms. Trent's wonderful work. BUT. Ms. Ranger won be over from the beginning. Her style is like Ms. Trent's but I'd say with a little less detail and a little more flair. Very refreshing and new feel to it.

In Conclusion: Once again, this series astounds me. I eagerly await Queen of the Masquerade(August 12)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Review:The 12th Demon by Bruce Hennigan

Review of The 12th Demon by Bruce Henningan

Publisher's Summary:
After defeating the thirteenth demon, Jonathan Steel and Josh Knight return to Dallas, Texas, to finish up Josh's family affairs. When they arrive, a mysterious assassin named Raven surfaces from Steel's murky, dangerous past. At the same time, Rudolph Wulf, the twelfth demon, has arrived from Romania with plans to fulfill a two-thousand-year-old promise to unleash an army of demonic creatures-creatures that will inhabit the bodies of his "vampyre" army. When Wulf kidnaps Josh, Steel must find them in time to save Josh from a violent death and to prevent Wulf from unleashing "vampyre majick" on the world.

I enjoyed the 12th Demon immensly. I will list why below, I usually don't do this in a review but I think it's the easiest way.

1) the story is very compelling. I didn't read the book before this in the series but I didn't feel too lost. It pulls you along and you can't wait to read the next page

2) The writing is very good. Bruce Hennigan writing style is very unique and different-in a good way. It;s hard to describe but it's refreshing and keeps the story going.

3) The main reason I found this so interesting was the fact that it dealt with religion. Now I was raised Roman Catholic but I don't follow/believe in everything it says, but I do have a strong faith in Jesus Christ. Most vampire book either A) make vampires the root of all evil and the devils advocate/spawn/worker/demon/ect. B) completely elude to religion-to hard to deal with.

The 12th Demon deals with religion in a very interesting way. It is an obviously influnce and pulls the story but it is used in a creative way. I like religion in books, even if it isn't my own religon, and I was really happy to see vampires and christianity in the same book-reminded me a lot of Anne Rice when she was still writing about vamps.

In Conclusion: An interesting, unique story that I feel many of my vamp fans will enjoy. I reccomend it.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Review:Vamps by Nancy A. Collins

Review of Vamps by Nancy A. Collins:

So yeah, I've wanted to review this book for awhile. Now, I do read my fellow reviewers reviews and I had heard pretty disappointing things about this book. So my anticipation kind of dropped and I was no longer elated to read this book. How ever I was pleasantly surprised.

Yes, one of the main characters, Lilith, best friend dies and she is more worried about her dad cutting up her credit cards.

Yes, Lilith is afraid of not being able to see her reflection

Yes, The book has redeeming qualities

In these reviews, this is pretty much why people didn't like the book, too superficial, too fake, ect.

Those facts are only a small part of the story. Being a vampire book reviewer and reading pretty much every teen vampire book out there, the ones that are different, unique stick out more than the okay but forgettable ones.

Vamps is unique and different. I think it has blended a lot of different elements of young adult vampire fiction into one.

The characters have faults but the story and writing don't, I think it's somewhat silly to not like a book because one of the characters you don't like. yes, Lilith is stupid and bitch-I don't like her- but she is very interesting to read and I am interested to see how she evolves over the next books in the series- perhaps she will grow into somewhat of a likable character. Cally is a likable character.

As said, the book has redeeming moments that are funny, uplifting and interesting. My favorite scene is when Cally kisses Exo Orlock on his cheek and he just stands there with his hand on his cheek. It's a good moment for the book, because Exo is not exactly attractive*hint-look at last name* and he is a slight nerd-or Spod as they say in the book- but he is a good guy and I think he is kinda cute in his own way. Then of course there's Peter............but that's dealing with spoiler territory and you all know I don't do that.

I also thought I'd address the issue of drugs and sexuality in this book. Along with being panned for being superficial, the book has been criticized for being explicit with sexual and drug explicitness. Now, again, being a book reviewer, you become numb to things like this- but I'd thought I'd make this point. On my advanced readers copy it says Ages 14 and up and Grades 9 and up. obviously this book is meant for high schoolers, not tweens. I always keep this in mind when writing a review, so really-it's being quite prudish to say this book is explicit because he boy friend plays with her thong and they drink blood laced with drugs from addicts. NOTHING Young Adult has not seen before nor will it be the last time.

In Conclusion: I liked it. In the Young Adult/Teen Vampire world, you must fight hard to be different than the others. Vamps is different and I will remember it 3 months from now. I think this book is getting far to hard of a rap.

Vamps will be released July 22

Vamps is scheduled for a release of a sequel, Vamps:Night Life on January 27-will definitely be checking that out

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Review: Daughters of Darkness by L.J. Smith

Review of Daughters of Darkness by L.J. Smith

Publisher's summary:
There's something strange about the new girls in town. Briar Creek, Oregon, has never seen anything like the supernatural grace of Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade, three sisters who move into the dilapidated old house next to Mark and Mary-Lynnette Carter. Mark is obsessed with Jade -- but she and her sisters have a secret. And when Mark and Mary-Lynnette follow them into the woods one night, they are plunged into a nightmare beyond their imagination. Because the sisters are fugitives from the Night World, and their brother Ash is hot on the trail behind them. He's ruthless, gorgeous, and he has orders to bring the girls back at all costs. And when he sees Mary-Lynette, he decides to take her too. . . .

Daughters of Darkness is the 2nd story told in the Night World Volume 1 Collection. It furthers the story told in book one, although only 1 character remains in both of them. I didn't like it as much as The Secret Vampire but I enjoy any L.J. Smith fiction-she's wonderful.

Ash was is a very complex, interesting character. It's nice to see his conficts with humans and how he evolves throughout the story.

In Conclusion: I am enjoying The Night World series, the next book- Spellbinder- doesn't have any vamps in it ( :( ) Yeah, I know sad, right? although this series is not as wonderful as the Vampire Diaries, it is a wonderful vamp series and you get 3 books for the price of one-so pick it up!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Review:Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine

Publisher's summary:
In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though—especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It's only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he's set for Morganville.

In this fourth installment of The Morganville Vampires series, more of the story is unveiled and pieces are starting to fit together. Feast of Fools, in my opinion, is the best installment of the series yet, having a more character driven plot.

Ms. Caine's writing once again is wonderful. As I've said in past reviews of this series-some YA authors write "down" to teens, Ms. Caine avoids this completely. She is very detailed when needed and keeps the pace moving.

And...........my favorite character was given a lot more page time, which made me happy. For those who don't know- that's Myrnin, Claire's vampire teacher from the last novel, who just happens to be dying and 1/2*probably more like 4/5* crazy. Anyway, he was almost a main character this time around and I am glad we got to see his character develop. I really hope there is the cure for him-he despite taking a snap at Claire everyonce in awhile, really has a heart in him.

In Conclusion: Feast of Fools once again that Morganville is NOT your typical teen vampire novel. It doesn't follow the typical teen vampire love story scenario, which makes it stand out more. I eagery await the release of the next novel

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Review:Secret Vampire by L.J Smith

Review of Secret Vampire by L.J Smith-collected in Night World Volume 1.

Summary:
In SECRET VAMPIRE, Poppy is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret crush. A vampire in the Night World, James will risk everything to turn Poppy into a vampire and make her immortal.

Okay.........SO glad this series is being reissued. L.J. Smith once again proves she is one of the best vampire fiction writers, up their with Rice. I loved the Vampire Diaries, so when I saw this reissued I picked it up. The series was just to long to pick up 2nd hand. Collected in this first compilation is The Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness and Spellbinder.

I LOVED Secret Vampire. Ms. Smith's characters are some of the best, this book following Poppy, a girl diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and James, her vampire BFF. They are great characters who seem to miror Elena and Stefan from Vampire Diaries.

In Conclusion: I encourage all vampire fans to pick up this omnibus. I'm going to break up the 3 stories and do other books in between them-but L.J. Smith is one of the best of the best, she always delivers

Friday, June 6, 2008

Review:A Night Road by A.M. Jenkins

Review of A Night Road by A.M. Jenkins

Summary:For a heme like Cole, life is a tightrope existence in which sunlight is his deadly enemy and one mistake could trap him underground, staring at the inside of a coffin lid, for eternity. After a century of wandering he may still look like a teenager, but he's known in the heme community for being observant, meticulous, and controlled—a master of life on the road.

When Cole is asked to take a newly created heme out for training, however, his usual caution may not be enough. If Gordon, the rookie who really is in his teens, can't cut ties with his old life and accept his new limitations, Cole will have to discreetly dispose of the kid—the same way a mad dog would be put down for the safety of society.

Cole thinks he can handle it. But no matter how carefully he plans, or how much he thinks he's in control, accidents still happen. . . .

I thoroughly was surprised by this book. I ended up staying home today(softball collision-pulled some muscles in my neck-VERY painful) and read it all in a few hours. The story itself was pretty good. It follows Cole, Sandor and Gordo as they try to teach the latter the ways of being a vampire. Cole is our main character. While this book's storyline isn't the best-it's characters are wonderful. They are very well developed and each have their own feelings and personalities. In Vampire fiction, there are a few stereotypes(the bloodthirsty crazed one, the one that likes to push his limits, the perfect leader character) and I feel A Night Road avoided these vamp stereotypes well.

I was familiar with A.M. Jenkin's work before hand. I had never read anything of hers, but I a friend of mine loved Repossessed. Her writing is nothing less than spectacular. She is a wonderful asset to Teen Horror/Supernatural fiction.

Moreover, this book needs a sequel. Like NEEDS one. I feel the characters most definitly have more stories in them to tell, especially Cole and Gordo(n),

In Conclusion: A wonderfully, surprising vampire read. I loved it-and I seldom say that. If you are looking to a supernatural book with great detail and great characters-Pick up "A Night Road" by A.M. Jenkins

Monday, May 19, 2008

Review: Hallowmere:Between Golden Jaws-Tiffany Trent

Review of Hallowmere:Between Golden Jaws by Tiffany Trent


Corrine finds herself the object of the Fey Prince's love. She will have to make a life altering decision, one that could kill her friends and herself.

I'm not going to go into the whole"oh I love the storyline" "oh Ms Trent uses very vivid detail" I've reviewed the 2 books before this and you guys(there goes my inner Jersey Girl) already know all that.

I have to say that I am really into this series, which is rare for me. I usually read about 3/4 book a week and it's hard to really like something because you have to quickly move on. But.....these series have such vivid characters that I"m like woah, I love this story. Some favorite characters of mine:
Corrine- a very cool, strong female lead
Father Joe- I can't mention why he's awesome because that's a spoiler but he just is. Think Carlisle Cullen awesome
and of course, the sick individual in me.............

The Prince- I am a sick person, as stated before. I want him and Corrine to get together. I won't give spoilers but after finishing Between Golden Jaws you are going to be like Ewwww, NO, what's wrong with you?!?!? But that's just me. For somereason I am getting a stange vibe from The Fey Prince, I think there might be more to his story than "oh he decided to go along with big bad witchy and go all "lets eat people and not use Hallowmere" I don't know you guys but I am feeling some redemption from him. Of course, I'll probably completly wrong as usual but that's just me.

In conclusion: A wonderful addition to an already enthralling series. It brings supense, romance, drama, excitement and adventure all into one heck of a story. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, of and pickign up The Magic in the Mirrorstone-there's a story with Father Joe in that-so get that too!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Review:Hallowmere:By Venom's Sweet Sting by Tiffany Trent

In the 2nd Hallowmere installment, we find Corrine and the girls in Scottland, trying to figure out a way to fight The Fey on their own terms.

This is a wonderful series and I am so glad to have found it. I hate spoiling things for people, so I won't do that to you.


But, there are many things we learn about Corrine, Father Joe and other characters that will completely shock you. Others you will be like, oh thats cool. Oh, that makes sense. WHAT?!?!?!

Yes there are many WHAT?!?!?! in this book. I think I like this series so much because it is so unpredictable. You can never guess what's going to happen. I also like the feel of not knowing everything. Too often in books the readers are pretty much given all that's happening. This war of The Hallowed Vs. Unhallowed Vs. Humans is, I don't want to say confusing, but it's written a way where you are not supposed to understand all that is going on and why it's happened. That is why there are 8 more books after this folks!

I am currently reading Between Golden Jaws and will be reviewing it soon. I feel like a bad reviewer. I rarely put so much time into one series at one time and I have other ARCs to review but...... I want to read these. I am really excited about this series and am very interested in where it goes.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Review:Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer

REview of Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer:


Vladimir Tod recently realized being a teenage vampire isn't easy. In the 2nd book of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, we follow Vlad through many hardship including girls, morals and of course evil vampires.

I really liked this book. This series is shaping up to be great. There is a lot of relationships and caring going around, which many vampire stories lack. Vlad's uncle Otis cares deeply for Vlad. My favorite scene in the whole book is when Otis admits to Vlad that he did not support Tomas(Vlad's father)'s decision of falling in love, and having a child with a human. The characters feel real and act real. They make mistakes but that have a motive. They say things the way real people do, not with fancy wording and big words no one uses in conversation.

Once again. Ms. Brewer's writing was as wonderful as ever.She is very talented and as I said, is able to capture the essence of being a teenaged out-cast. I very much enjoy her writing.

Also Once again, Vlad is a character you are meant to sympathize with. In the end you will start to empathize with him and honestly feel how hard it is to be him.

In conclusion, I once said this series had the possibilty of becoming one of the best vampire series out there. Ninth Grade Slay's does not disappoint nor disprove in anyway this statement

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Review:Hallowmere: In the Serpent's Coils by Tiffany Trent

Review of In the Serpent's Coils by Tiffany Trent

Corrine's parents both died in the Civil War. Now during the Reconstruction, Corrine somehow finds herself sent to Falston Manor-a girl's school. She also begins dreaming disturbing things. Before Corrine even realizes it she is caught up in a supernatural mystery-one that could take her friends.....and her own.....life.

I REALLY liked this book. I hadn't heard about them until a publicist at Mirrorstone pointed them out to me.As all of my faithful readers know, I am a real big fan of historical fiction. I am also a big fan of fantasy's and mysteries. So this book was like a marriage of all 3 subjects.

Ms. Trent is a wonderful writer-very vivid-but not to the point where you forget what a character was doing. Being a history Buff-I found the book to be very accurate but without loosing the feel of a mystic.

In Conclusion: A wonderful read for anyone-there's a little bit of everything in it and it has a wonderful cliff-hanger. I don't know if I will be reviewing the next 3 books of the series(and the ones succeeding those 3) but......I would LOVE to. This is a wonderful book and I encourage everyone to go and pick a copy up.


Now....................many of you are probably like "why is this review on a vampire blog? isn't this book about fairies?"

Spoilers ahead-don't go on if you don't want to be in on a major plot point



The Fey (or fairies) learned that by drinking human blood they could be immortal................sounds pretty vampirish to me. When the book says Fairies-it doesn't mean Tinkerbell- these are not nice fairies. and I figured, if you like vamps you must like other supernatural things-so thats why this is uphere

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Review:Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Review of Sucks to be me by Kimberly Pauley


Mina( yes, she IS named after the Dracula character) is a normal teenage girl- albite her vampire parents and the fact that she now must choose whether or not she wants to join them in undead-ville. In this book you follow Mina as she has some ups and downs-some vamp related-some not.

I liked this book. It was a nice, quick easy read. The characters where funny. The storyline was interesting. The pop-culture references where awesome( I am a sucker for pop-culture references) The book's main theme is Mina is unsure whether or not to become a vampire. She deals with not being able to tell her best friend, ect.

The most interesting parts of the book-are actually the human parts. Like Mina likes this guy Nathan, but Nathan likes her best friend, Serena and Serena likes Nathan. Mina also tries to set up a fellow potential vampire,George, with Serena-but he likes Mina-not Serena.

All in all, a good read. Think Vampire Kisses meets House of Night and you get Sucks to be Me. I believe Ms. Pauley will be writing a sequel-which I think will get interesting-I won't give much away but the ending does leave room for other stories w/ Mina in them.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Review:Evernight by Claudia Gray

Review of Evernight by Claudia Gray


Sometimes by reviews have stories to go a long with them. This book definetly does. A few months ago, I heard about this book and I was interested-I mean, I love vampire books as you all know, and any new vamp material is good material. As time built up to me actually reading this book I had found that my expectations of it rose as well. Now, I have learned from expierence that having high expectations equals huge let down(I am looking at you Phantom Menace), so when I finally started reading it, I tried to prepare myself for it not being what I imagined

I didn't need to.

This is the first book I have ever read that has ever "lived up to" what I imagined it to be in my head. Of course, many you simpathize with the" it sounded good on the back cover" syndrome-I do too. Many books just don't turn how you imagined them originally in your head. Not that these books are bad but sometimes they just aren't what you saw or wanted out of the book.
Evernight, however, suprassed all of my expectations of the book. It seriously was the best book I read this year so far. One of the best debutes I have ever seen from an author, Ms. Gray makes it seem like she has written numerous teen novels. Now, I will have to re-read it like 5 times before it can be considered but I think I may have a new favorite series to watch out for.

Onto the novel itself, It's about Biana a girl attending Evernight because her parents teach there. She decides to run away to prove a point when she runs into( or away from) Lucas- a fellow student. Sparks fly and before you know it, Biana is pulled into a love story with twists and turns that have a Romeo and Juliet-esque feel to them

The characters themselves are quite interesting. You of course sympathize with Bianca and feel for her throughout the book. You will also fall in love with Lucas-He has a bad boy attitude but not in a way that makes you hate him. His character will through you for a loop so be prepared.

In conclusion, it is an amazing read. You must pick this book up! I You will be hooked from the prolouge on.

Thanks to Ms Gray for the copy! Check her site out at www.claudiagray.com

Friday, April 18, 2008

Vacation-April 18-April 27

Ciao guys(in New Jersey "guys" applies to like everyone-a group-Hey, now you've learned smoe new dialect),

I will be on vacation from April 18-27. More than likely I will have some form of internet access during this time, but if I don't get back to you, please be patient. I will get back to everyone when I get back if not during my vacation.

In case anyone is wondering, this is what I am reading while I am on vacation. Check them all out.

Evernight by Claudia Gray-I am loving this :)
The Maid of the White Hands(Tristan and Isolde Book 2) by Rosalind Miles
The Lady of the Sea(Tristan and Isolde Book 3) by Rosalind Miles
Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner

Evernight is a wonderful vampire book that I am in love with-It's going to be featured here around it's release. Nobody's Princess is about a young Helen of Troy and her adventures. And my 2 Tristan and Isolde books..............ahhhhhhh......This is my 7th time reading these books. They are a favorite of mine. They are NOT young adult-think more The Other Boleyn Girl. A little unkown fact about me-Tristan and Isolde is my favorite love story and this is my favorite adaptation, besides Morte D'Arthurs of course. Why you may ask? Well.....I usually don't do spoilers but either you know the story of Tristan and Isolde or you don't. Usually T+I has a .....um....Romeo and Juliet-esque ending to it. These books keep completely to the true storyline of Tristan And Isolde, never once changing things into something it isn't, BUT well........and they get a happy ending-YAY! I am a big fan of happy endings but usually my favorite stories don't have them(*cough* Anakin and Padme in Star Wars*Cough**cough* Cedric Diggory*cough*) and this does and it makes me happy. It also is wonderfully written. I don't reccomend it to those who aren't into Arthurian things-it has some old English and the series is very long. It also has a lot going on at once....but if you are into King Arthur and other things like this you must read these.

Anyway, Thanks for being understanding of me being on vacation- I appreciate it :)

Jessica

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Author New Release Program-Please pass this around :)

This stands for these 2 sites
General YA/Teen Novels-www.trainspottingreads.blogspot.com
Vampire YA/Teen Fiction- www.vitadei.blogspot.com


alrighty, I'm offering this up because A) It seems like a cool idea and B) I think a lot of author's would be interested in it.

Here's how it goes. The Author Package is designed so that you can get some free publicity surrounding your books release. Here's how it will work,

This is what it would consist of:
A Review of your book released about 2 weeks or so before release-your choice
A Layout based on your book on my blog for the week before and after the release
An Interview posted the day of the release or around that time-your choice :)
Book name added to archive of Books participated in the Program(obviously not out yet)

The only requirement I have is that you provide an advanced copy of it for me to review (I can't review something if I can't buy it somewhere :)) and(if possible, as it's just a small tradition of mine) that you sign the inside of book for me. I'm an autograph junky and I love signed stuff- so It is greatly appreciated. It's not going to end up on eBay-rest assured-no one touches my signed books.

I do get a lot of viewers and I feel this is a great way of publicity for a book-you are hitting a target audience that will go out an buy your book.

So please even if you don't have an upcoming release, please pass this around to your author friends. It's greatly appreciate as I would like to get this program up and on it's feet. I know so many books could benefit from this.

You can email me at trainspotting0@gmail.com if you are interested

Jess

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

NEW LAYOUT!....temporarily

As you have probably noticed, We've got a new layout! So yeah, I went all poser-ish and did the Twilight thing-This is a picture from the film(obviously). James(who is played be the wonderful Cam Gigandet and can be seen in the mirror) is holding Edward(The adorable and wonderfully cast Cedr.. I mean, Robert Pattinson) toward the mirror. This is obviously the final battle between James, Edward, Carlisle, Jasper, and Emmett.


but it is only temporary-why?

Because from now on, I will be changing the layout often-Why you ask?


Because I like to suck up to authors and such.............just kidding

but not really


All joking aside- A layout devoted to somebody's book is wonderful promotion, as it is on everypage.

All authors have to do is drop me an email at trainspotting0@gmail.com with the name of the book and I'll do the rest. The layout will be up- at minimum- of 10 days, but probably longer. This is geared toward those who want to advertise their book like the week before and during it's release. I will be more than willing to extend the 10 days if you'd like.

My Twilight video

Okay, as many of you know I am a video maker so this is my 1st Twilight video! The song is paralyzer by Finger Eleven. These are what I used
MTV Video
Entertainment Tonight Video
Associated Press Video
Summit Official Photos

It's just a compilation of all things Twilight that are official...................oh and by the way-NEW LAYOUT COMING! Yeah-you heard it right! I'm starting a series of layouts based upon different books..........so, to start off, well.....I'll make you all wait

Anyway, here's my vid-click the video to go to it's Youtube counterpart




Sunday, April 13, 2008

Review:Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

Review of Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
Note:Not Edited

This series continues to get better and better, in my opinion. A big secret is revealed in this novel, that makes the whole series make a lot more sense. If you guys remember from my reviews of the last 2 books, I often said that I didn't get why characters where doing such things-well now I know why. I also finally found myself a favorite character who I am in love with, his name is Myrnin(I think that is how it's spelled-I don't have the book in front of me) He is a super-genius vampire and is of great importance(I don't want to ruin the big secret/revelation/ect. for anyone-so I won't say why:)) He is also Claire's new instructor. His character is truly and interesting one and I really felt for him. I'm glad(I think) he is going to be in the next book Feast Of Fools, which is due out in June( I believe) This book also once again has Eve, Michael and Shane in it-3 great characters who help move the plot along nicely. Ms. Caine is a wonderful writer who I feel does a wonderful job. Sometimes I feel that some YA/Teen writers writer "down" at their audience which Ms. Caine does not do. She creates great visuals. And.........letting my filmmaker side out right now which I try not to let happen ......she has WONDERFUL dialog. There is nothing more annoying to me than a great storyline with crappy dialog.

Anyway, A wonderful read and I would recommend this series to anyone. I am pretty sure I won't be reading Feast of Fools in advance but I know I will be picking it up in June!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

View it and cry my friends

Yes. The 1st video from Twilight. It actually looks like it might be a decent film*cough*unlike Blood and Chocolate*cough*

EDIT: Had to remove it, but check it out on youtube!

Ahh Edward.............

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Top Vampires Series.....EVER. PERIOD!

So yeah, you read it right. I am not going to put these in order cause it would be too hard for me to choose one as my favorite. I love all of my vampire sagas equally :) Anyway- you will see them listed with an explanation. For those of you who know the favorite character=dies or turns evil, you will get the My-not- favorite character.

The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer- yeah, mine as well get it done and over with. Forget the crazy 11 year old teenyboppers that go*OMG I LUV YOU EDWARD!!1111"-The series has heart-it has a believable main character and some amazing supporting charcters each with their own story make Twilight an amazing ride-begining to end
Not Favorite character-Carlisle Cullen
Character Hated with a burning passion-Jacob Black

The House of Night series by PC Cast and Kristin Cast- this series a friend actually read before me and said was very good. Now I usually don't got for the whole Academy of Vampires thing but......I did enjoy these books and look forward to the next one. The last one really stepped the game up
Not Favorite character- Erik or Damien*so adorable*
Character Hated with a burning passion-Loren..................

The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead-If I where to list series that surprised me them most this would come in number 2(next post is #1) These books are very well written and have a very amazing storyline to them. The sequel in my opinion ia better than the 1st.
Not Favorite Character-Dimitri
Character hated with a burning passion-......Rose's mom or Lissa when she's crazy

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer- This series, seriously, surprised me like Woah surprised me. I had not heard of it before I walked into Barnes and Nobles and saw it on the shelf. I bought it and read it in 1 day and I love it. I think out of all of the series on this list, it has the possibility of going places. It is heartwarming and makes you want to cry and sympathise with the main character-Vlad-who is an awesome teen vampire-really......he's awesome.
Not Favorite Character-Otis
Character hated with a burning passion-no one really, except Aunt Nelly sometimes

Honorable mention:
The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

Possible future top series:
Evernight Series by Claudia Gray
This potential vamp series seems very promising. I love the premise and hope you all check it out. I haven't gotten to read it yet :( but I hope I do soon. I get so excited when I here about completely new series being released-its like very exciting for me as a reader to see that that Teen Vamp industry is alive and well. this series has the potential to be great-from what I've heard it's amazing!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Review:The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber

Review of The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber(on sale 6-24-08)


In "The Coffin Club", which is the 5th installment of the Vampire Kisses series, Raven finds herself in 2 familiar situations. Her vampire boyfriend, Alexander Sterling-has once again disappeared and she finds herself amist the vampire night club the Coffin Club. She soon discovers secrets about the club-which lead her whirlwind adventure.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I mean, I like the series-but ever since the 2nd book I felt the series has been somewhat dull. The Coffin Club, however, is the darkest and most entertaining story since the original Vampire Kisses. We are introduced to a few new characters all of which that are interesting.

And best of all, the ending is adorable. I was not satified with the ending of the last book"Dance with a Vampire"- it has a horrible cliffhanger and really left you not wanting more, but going "Wait, What?" The Coffin Club however, ends on a positive note and, while it is somewhat of a cliffhanger, it leave s you satified and thirsting for more Vampire Kisses

All in all, A pleasant, quick teen vampire read. It gives a nice twist to your typical vampire cliche's

Miss Shreiber is working on Vampire Kisses 6:Royal Blood. Also, the 2nd installment of the Vampire Kisses:Bloodlines(a manga) is due out in late September

Vampire Kisses 5: The Coffin Club is on-sae June 24, 2008

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Updates!

#1- New Mention from Ms. Catherine Murdock(who is a VERY nice lady, I have chatted with her in the past)-It's a quote that I said about her book Princess Ben- which I recommed- it is worth every bit of it's $16 hardcover price

Photobucket

from http://www.catherinemurdock.com/

#2-guess what I'm reading now....................no, not Breaking Dawn. The Coffin Club aka Vampire Kisses 5. My review will be up tommorow-it is surprisingly good.

The Coffin Club will be released on June 24

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Review:Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Review of Frostbite(Vampire Academy Series) by Richelle Mead
note: Unedited

Now, many of you have read my review of this books predeccesor, Vampire Academy-which I enjoyed tremendously. In a world where many Vampire books start sounding the same-Vampire Academy was a diamond-with great original characters. It's sequel. Frostbite, is no different. Once again we follow Rose(or as the delicious Dimitri calls her Roza) as she learns to deal with life. She is a dhampir or 1/2 human/1/2 Vampire and is training to be the guardian of her Royal Moroi(the good vampires) best friend, Lissa. She also has a friend Mason-who is crushing on her, a teacher/instructor(the wonderful Dimitri) who seems to be crushing on Lissa's boyfriend's(Christian) Aunt-WOW,ain't that confusing!

These books are wonderfully written and I am glad to have gotten to read it before all of you. No.....I talk to anyone awesome or do anything amazing to get this copy. I just bought it at my local Barnes and Nobles, who happened to put it out early. I really love this series because well, it kicks ass-no exaggeration. Great vampire "lore", great characters, great plot, great descriptions, great visuals. oh............and this one will make you cry. One of my favorite vampire series out there-but that's my next blog

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Notes on a Scandal.....not really

So, this is kinda a Jess update. First, I got Frostbite by Richelle Mead today! No, It isn't an advanced copy...............it's from Barnes and Nobles who placed it out early :) I have like 50 pages left in Vampire Beach:Initiation but I am going to go against my usual rules of finishing a book 1st before I start another but.........I really want to read this!

Second, I found out I will be reading Vampire Kisses 5 for HarperTeen!

Third, for you Twilight fans out there. I got my letter back from the very nice Ashley Greene who places Alice Cullen

http://www.freewebs.com/projecttwilight/ashleygreenealice.htm

Forth, I will be on vacaction from April 18-27. Now, on the plus side it will give me time to catch up on my reading-WHICH IS IN OVERLOAD!!!!!! I seriously have 8/9 books to read. On the negative-I might not have internet access, or limited access so I might now be able to get back to you quickly.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Review:Bloodlust by Alex Duval

Review of Vampire Beach:Bloodlust by Alex Duval
NOTE: unedited

Bloodlust is the 1st book of the Vampire Beach series. It follows a kid who has moved to California from Michigan. There he and his sister get into the party scene. One day after a crazy party. a girl washed up dead. The only clues they have are 2 holes in her neck.
I can't say I enjoyed this book. It kinda dragged on and was a little predictable. However, it has interesting characters and a nice set-up, which leads me to believe that the series might get better as it continues. I have the next 3 books and will read them as well and post my review on them.

It may be a few days though cause right now I am reading a non-vampire book called Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott. It is very good for not having any bloodsuckers in it :)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Review:The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine

Review of the Dead Girls' Dance(The Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine
Note:Not edited

This really surprised me. I enjoyed it more than the 1st book. I liked the direction the character's relationships went in. I liked the plot. I liked the twists and turns the story takes. I also understood the story 100% of the time, which I could in Glass Houses.

Ms. Caine's writing is very good. It is pretty plain and simple-which is not a bad thing. She uses good imagery. I like how the story focuses constantly on Claire. So in a sence it's 1st person, but really 3rd? Well it's 3rd but you don't skip around with characters, which I think would make the story more confusing.

All in all, a good read and very enjoyable

Note:Another short review for a book I did on my own leisurly time

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Review:Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Review: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine(Morganville Vampires Book 1)
Note:unedited


This book follows Claire, a college girl, who moves into a house with some older kids after her roommate, Monica, beats the crap out of her and threatens to kill her

This book has it's ups and downs. At times I felt it hard to follow characters motives and why things where going on

On the plus, the characters themselves are very relateable too and make for an interesting read

In the begining I did not like the vampire "lore" that was going on. It just didn't make sense. However towards the end, you figure it all out and it's importance.The book really picked up and I really enjoyed it.

So.........the beginning is good, the middle kinda drags, and the end picks up a lot.

Note: another short review. For those who don't know-when I am reviewing something from my own reading leisure and not "reviewing" it, they are usually much shorter

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Upcoming Teen Vampire Books

alrighty this is a list of upcoming teen vampire novels. I have put them in order of release date.

This, of course, is also my want list of books I would like to read :)

Frostbite by Richelle Mead-April 10
Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer-April 17
Evernight by Claudia Gray- May 27
Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine-June 3
The Coffin Club by Ellen Shreiber-June 24
Vamps-Nancy A Collins-July 22
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer-August 2
Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe)by Kimberly Pauly-August 26
Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Seibold- September 1
Untamed by PC Cast and Kristin Cast-September 30
Shadow Kissed by Richelle Mead-Nobember 13
Stargazer by Claudia Gray-November 18
Revelation by Melissa de la Cruz-December 24
Hourglass by Claudia Gray-Summer 09
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer-?

If you are an author of an upcoming Teen/Young Adult vampire book and would like it added here, please email me at trainspotting0@gmail.com

Review:Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Review:Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
Note:Not Edited

Alright, there is a story to go along with this book before the review so bare with me here. I go to my local Barnes and Noble to pick up "Chosen" by Pc Cast and Kristin Cast-which I already reviewed. And there in the new books section is this book with a cute little smiley face with fangs on it. Now, the cover was enough for me to buy it and the plot sounded ok. Wasn't really expecting much from it because well, I hadn't heard about it and usually teen vampire books don't fall through the cracks that are my researching. I was almost kinda mad at myself that I hadn't heard about this book before.
So after I finished reading "Vampire Dreams" I picked it up and read the 1st 2 chapters, which where good. I mean the 1st 2 chapters in a book are never amazing. Later on that night I was ready to go to bed and I picked it back up and started reading. I had the books finished in 90 minutes.
.........................there aren't enough words to describe how much I love this book.............

Here-I'll give you my reason why. There's a nice teenage kid-Vlad. He doesn't have many friends. He has to deal with being a vampire(well 1/2 vampire so he doesn't really no where his powers begin and end). His parents are both dead and he lives with his nonvampire Aunt-who I like and dislike at the same time. He also has to deal with the disappearance of his teacher and that teachers new substitute-Mr Otis. I won't give any spoilers away so I can't mention my favorite moment in the book or it might ruin it for you. But here are some things I can remember off the top of my head that I was like wow.
-Vlad is looking at picture of his mom and dad. for some reason this hit me really hard. He may be a vampire but he was still a 13 year old kid who misses his mommy and daddy.
-He is talking to his Aunt Nelly and she tells him a story about how her father shot the family dog because it was sick and that she never thought of him the same way again. This is why I don't like Aunt. The kids 13-let him believe his daddy was a vampire hero. No need to bring down the boys vision of his dead father-not nice, Nelly, not nice.

As I said, I can't mention my favorite moment..........but the reason I liked this book so much is while it is a vampire book it was more human then most books about all humans, if you catch my drift. Here is a kid who is a vampire. He deals with having only 1 friend, being bullied, not knowing how to talk to his crush and having dead parents. His problems are mostly things that everyday kids deal with

the only thing I didn't like about this book was it was a little short. Not even that it was short, but it seemed like Act 1 of a play thats 5 acts long. But there is a sequel coming out a I believe and I am very excited about it. I am really interested in seeing where Vlad ends up. I want to see like "Twelth Grade Sucks" or something, I want to see how this all ends for him. I also want to see how this all pans out with this little girlfriend he has, nothing cuter than a shy vampire boy.

I more than likely won't get to review Ninth Grade Slays until after it's release, although I would LOVE to. I recommend this book to anyone, especially boys interested in vampires-which sometimes Ithink the market is lacking right now. I will review Ninth Grade Slays after it's release though-going to look out the release date on it now.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Review:Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Review of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Note:Unedited and this is an old review I did from like February that I never posted

I'll start off with the negative and move towards the positive of this book. The negatives are all kinda personal things for me. They are that this book is kinda graphic. Well not really, but compare it to other teen vampire books and well it's just a little more. I, I know-I know, am a little squeemish talking about blood. Yes, I have obbession with vampires-don't ask how the 2 coincide-they don't. It also deals with suicide-or at least it is mentioned-which is a little bit of a touchy subject for me and I ususally stay away from books that talk about it.

That being said-I read the book anyway and I loved it. It is a wonderful book. It is well written and well thought out. I really like how Ms. Mead doesn't give it some happy ending where the girl gets the guy. No. It was as real as vampire supernatural/fantasy gets. I am very excited to read Frostbite, which is the next book in the series. I doubt I will get an advanced copy of it, so y'all have to wait till April for it :(

Review:Vampire Dreams by SparkArt

Review:Vampire Dreams by SparkArt

Note:Again, not edited or spell checked


WOW, this book really surprised me. I went into this not really caring either way.
Good:It has a very great plot and has many twist and turns. The main character James has a very interesting tale to tell and it keeps you involved mostly throughout the whole book. He has a love interest named Victoria(hehe, aren't those 2 vampires in Twilight-Jacob and Victoria) He also has some fellow vampire mentors. The characters are interesting
The Bad: The big words. It is like someone purposly put all these giant words in just so you could learn the definition-which is exactly what it is. I really wish they hadn't done this but hey-the book wasn't written to entertain you-it was written to give you words to learn. It is an alright book and I recomend it to anyone who Wants to A)read a short vampire book and B) want to learn a few new big words



Again, this is another short review of mine. When I read a book for pleasure I ususal just go through it. I also don't worry about things like settings and stuff. I look out for what I like so, my own reviews are usually shorter than my reviews of books the are upcoming or books that I have been asked to review

Review:Chosen by PC Cast and Kristin Cast

Review of Chosen by PC Cast and Kristin Cast

NOTE: I did not review this for anyone, I just did this ony my own, so this hasn't been proof read or edited for spelling.

I liked the 1st to in the House of Night Series, I really did, but I can't say I was extatic to read Chosen. The main character Zoey Redbird, kinda gets annoying at times with her many guy loves. I don't have a problem with characters who have more than 1 love interest but she never does anything to resolve the problem-which kinda annoys me. I can't relate to her so.....yeah. I think books that you have characters you can relate to do much better than books who have characters you can't. Take for instince Harry Potter or, in vampire world, Twilight-they both have numerous characters so it is very hard not to relate to someone. Well, all in all, the book was alright. It dragged a lot towards the middle. However the last 150 pages really surprised me. They where filled with actual action and shocking revelations that I did NOT expect, and I am good at guessing things. I was pleasantly surprised. I actually now am excited for the next book-Untamed-I believe it is.

All in all, I am glad the plot took this turn. I won't spoil anything for anyone but.....well. I got what I wanted :)

Wow this was a short review, usually mine are way longer.

Next Up: I am re-reviewing the Twilight Series in honor of the film. I am also reviewing Vampire Dreams-an SAT vocabulary Novel by SparkArt, which I have like 30 pages left on-let me tell you this-it has SURPRISED me greatly.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Twilight: The Film

alrighty, this is deviating from my usual review posts but i have been asked by a few to do a blog on this so here it is. I really wish I could be like completely Anti-Twilight.

but I can't

I read Twilight for the 1st time back in 2006, before it was "OMG TWILIGHT" kinda like those Potter fans who liked Harry Potter before it was "HARRY POTTER"

It will always have aclose place to my heart. It was the 1st vampire book I read(aide from Anne Rice's books, which I had read before this) Recently(as in last year) I kinda moved away from Twilight and got into other vampire books. Not that I don't like Twilight but............the fandom has gotten so big it's kinda hard to keep up with it.

Now, I had been semi-following the casting the film as per the hype. I figured hey, I'd better be in on this cause I mean, I can't run a teen vampire site if I have zero clue whats going on.

Bad Idea. Twilight has officially retaken my life. i forgot why I loved it in the 1st place. I have recently re-read all the books with the cast members in my mind and they fit wonderfully. My personal favorite cast member is Peter Facinelli, who plays Dr. Carlisle Cullen. As a friend said, He IS Carlisle. Carlisle thought it would befunny if he tried out for the role of himself. The rest of the cast is wonderful as well. I'll be doing a post on Kellan Lutz(Emmett) soon and to celebrate the re-opening of Vita Dei, I'm going to redo my reviews of the Twilight series.

I know a lot of other teen vampire authors don't really like the series and I respect that. but.............they are great books, I am very glad to see that they have gone so far and I am glad to consider myself a fan.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Books I have read but not reviewed

Here is a list of Vampire Books I have read but have not reviewed. Now, Some of these I have up on the old site, some I never got around to reviewing. So yeah. I may review them again. If you are an author of one of these books and would like it reviewed drop me an email and I can do something for you.
NOTE:This will keep being added too as I keep reading(duh)
YA Vampire Books:
Marked-PC Cast and Kristin Cast
Betrayed-PC Cast and Kristin Cast
Blue Bloods-Melissa de la Cruz
Masquerade-Melissa de la Cruz
The Vampire Diaries, The Awakening- L.J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries, The Struggle-L.J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries, The Fury-L.J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries, Dark Reunion-L.J. Smith
Vampire Kisses-Ellen Schreiber
Kissing Coffins-Ellen Schreiber
Vampireville-Ellen Schreiber
Dance with a Vampire-Ellen Schreiber
Blood Relative(Volume 1)(Manga)-Ellen Schreiber

Review????????



To Authors who would like a book reviewed:
Do you have a book you would like to review? Then just drop me an email at trainspotting0@gmail.com . I've gotten authors in the past ask me to review books that weren't vampire-which is COMPLETELY fine. I read many other things besides vampires so yeah ..... I do other things besides vampires. I also will do non-Young Adult fiction.

How Long will it take for you to review my book?
At maximum-1 week from when I receive the book. When I get the book, I will drop you an email. I will then read it, review it, and send the review to you. If you have any other places you would like me to send the review to, newspapers, other online blogs, ect. Expect my review to be placed here and on RandomBuzzers.com- a great site with lots of teen readers.

Any Requirements?
Yes, Just 1. That you autograph the inside of the book. It's a small tradition I have with all of my books that I am given to review. No I do not go and sell them-which I had someone tell me once.. The 1st book I ever got to review that was given to me by the author-she signed the inside. Ever since then I ask that others do too. You can to sign it To Jessica-you suck, I don't care. I do ask that you personalize it to me tho-Jessica. That way I can look back 10 years from now and remember being 15 and reviewing books, or maybe I'll still be reviewing books-who knows . I've always kept the books I review but.............if you really want it back, I will send it back. I can't be responsible for any damage to it tho-unless like I spill something on it. I have the tendency to bend the pages back so the spine has those creases on it.