Book Review: Once Bitten

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Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When I first started reading this book, I really thought I was going to have to stop reading it simply because it felt like it was going to read like every other supernatural romance novel out there. Instead, it took an interesting turn, and the momentum started to build.

The characters were amazing. Well, the main ones were: Arys, Alexi, and Shaz. A couple of the background werewolves were very well-rounded, but other than Kale and Jez, most of the beings she worked with fell flat. Veryl really didn’t stand out, and Lilah had one cameo appearance. Even Raoul, who was supposed to be the suspect in the novel, didn’t stand out all that much to me. Other than him being a self-centered pig, he blended right in with the rest of the background characters for me.

But the overall story will bring you in. It starts out slow, but it builds and builds until it’s like a snowball rolling down the hill at you. You can’t help but get caught up in it.

What I can say is that if you can overlook some of the flatter characters in this novel, they do round out in the following novels of the series, which is a must read. I’m already up to Book 6!

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Book Review: Jenny Pox

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Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It took me a while to get through this book, and it’s not because it’s poorly written or boring. It’s anything but. The storyline is great, and fantastical. And it’s very well done. What kept me from reading this quickly was the antagonist.

Jenny and Seth were very well-rounded. They had their good, they had their bad, and you got to see it all. Ashleigh was just a flat witch. She may have come across as good to all the other people in the book, but as a reader, she was just wicked to the core, which is what she was supposed to be. But after reading half the book and having to force myself through her sappy “I’m so perfect” drivel while her thoughts were the exact opposite of everything she did and said, I had to take breaks regularly.

I think that if Ashleigh had had even one redeeming quality, the book would have been better for me, but alas, she didn’t, so I had to be happy with the parts that involved Jenny and Seth.

Overall, the plot and history behind the story were very good and very creative and most of the characters were quality characters. I would suggest this read to others, but I would tell them to push themselves through Ashleigh’s part because the rest of the book is worth it.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The final books of any large series of books is always my absolute favorite of the novels. This is the moment where everything comes together and converges on the one possible climatic outcome, and J. K. Rowling did not let me down.

As Harry, Ron, and Hermione search the magical world over for the hiding places of Voldemort’s stored souls (horcruxes), everything is coming to a head at the Ministry of Magic and at Hogwarts. Even in Hogsmeade, people are resisting and beginning to fight back against Voldemort and his minions as they can.

This is the most epic of magical battles as Harry, Ron, and Hermione fight him first with logic as they determine his hiding places, then with force as they come to Hogwarts to find the Ravenclaw horcrux, and end up removing the Death Eaters from the premises at the same time.

This is an definite must-read. It will take you through the full emotional range–from revolutionary spirit to loss and sadness. Please don’t resist the urge to read this book.

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Book Review: Dream Student

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Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was a book that I wanted to love. It had a good concept behind it, and the story was compelling. However, I still find that it was not my cup of tea, so to speak.

It was written in a tense that I am not used to reading in, and it is not a tense that I would have chosen to read in if I had known before I purchased the book. It’s written in first person, present tense, and it’s written almost like a diary.

Also, there were way too many characters introduced. The main characters were easy enough to keep up with, but they were dry and almost two-dimensional. I never knew enough about them to really want to stay interested in them, and when the writer added more characters on top of that, it became very confusing. Between her house-mates and Brian’s house-mates, all the names began to blur together about halfway through the book.

The book did get stronger, however–the writing tighter towards the last two-thirds of the novel. The pace never picked up enough for me, but the story was a good read.

I put the sequel on my to-read list because I want to continue with the story.

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Book Review: Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

On first seeing this book, I thought it would be okay, just something to read and kind of rejuvenate my writing mind, but it surprised me. I’m thinking a Science Fiction book about the Amish is a bit of an oxymoron, but the author pulled it off really well.

I don’t think the exact date was ever given for the setting of the novella, but it’s definitely three or four centuries in the future. The Amish are being crowded out by all the English (all us Americans who love our technology), so the main character is about to embark on a new pioneering voyage to a planet called New Pennsylvania. But things don’t go to plan. And what he discovers in the end (from what I can understand) is a bit chilling.

The ending is the only part I really am bothered by. It was a left a little too dubious. The best I can tell, when he was loaded in the shuttle to go to New Pennsylvania, he was really transported to a future world. That’s the best I can understand. I think if the ending was a little more clear, I could give it 5-stars.

I’m not sure if he has written any sequels as I only finished this book late last night, but I am going to try to find some just to see if the question is ever answered.

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