Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Book review - Vampire Valentine by Amy Maurer Jones

Vampire Valentine by Amy Maurer Jones

What if your best friend was a witch?  Or a werewolf?  Or a vampire?  Well what if all three were best friends in high school?  Well that’s just what you have in Vampire Valentine.  Check out this quote from the book:

I still didn't understand his frustration. If God hadn't intended for vampires to feed on humans he wouldn't have thrown us together in this world.

A witch, a vampire, and a werewolf, at a high school with other normal kids.  It makes for the setting for a very enjoyable book.

The vampire gets asked to the sweetheart dance by the guy she took a snack off of.  None other than the most popular guy at school, a normal, and on the football team.  Then her werewolf friend starts acting jealous.  So this brings up the questions:  Is football boy’s dance invite for real?  Or just a mean prank?

But then the bad of bads happens, and our vampire gal gets banned from the dance on the day of the dance, by the principal.  And it seems football boy was genuine in his invite.  Check out some more quotes from the book:

I trudged toward my locker after my final class to collect my books before heading home to sit in my bedroom alone for the rest of the evening.

We had no choice but to tell Reese the whole gory story. After he finished cursing at Ashley and Kelly he stalked off toward Principal Pleasant’s office.

So what happens next?  How does it all turn out?  Now you know my reviews, and I never reveal the ending.  You have to buy the book to find out.  And it is .99 cents well spent.

This is the beginning of a series, and you can look for the next one around April Fools’ Day

1-10 rating - 10
recommended ages - 10 and up, and depending on the kid, you could even go younger.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Book review - Full Circle by Chuck Alderman

Full Circle by Chuck Alderman

The book starts out about a guy, a hobo, who accidently stabs another hobo who was trying to kill him.  So he’s on the run, avoiding the railroad men, and the law that he thinks is after him.  There is a dangerous ride on the underneath of a train, and an arrival in New Orleans.  There is meeting people, and getting work. 

Then the book moves on to the main character moving from killing one person to another, and becoming a hit man.  Not my type of book.  I like happy books with happy endings.  Further on the author is introduces a fence, who gets a gun for the killer.  Oh, and our killer buys a small business to launder his money. 

So I skipped to the end, and in the end, the new killer kills the original killer.  Maybe somewhere this book is somebody’s cup of tea.  It’s most definitely not mine. 

Recommended ages - over 18

On a scale of 1-10, it’s a -- 3