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paranormal

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Author: Karen White

This is the 4th book in the Tradd Street series.  The story,  a mixture of mystery, romance,  humor and even ghosts, takes place in Charleston, South Carolina.  I found the historic background of the area very interesting.  You could almost picture the old mansions and the refurbishing they were attempting.

In this story the quirky Melanie Middleton is 40 years old, pregnant & single.  Melanie is single only because she turned down the proposal of Jack, the love of her life.  The on again & off again relationship of these two is quite entertaining, and the trials of Melanie being pregnant will bring a chuckle or two.  Before the birth of her baby, Melanie must solve the mystery of the remains of a baby that was found in her historic southern mansion along with the ghostly crying of a baby in her house.  Melanie is a ‘ghost whisper’; she has seen ghosts all here life & can even talk to some. 

I can recommend the full series.  They are fun to read—mystery and humor.

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Author: Kourtney Heintz

I rated this book 1 star.

I must admit, the title grabbed me (as I am a Wisconsinite) and the synopsis sounded good. Little did I know what I was in for!

I could deal with the fact that this was "paranormal" ~ to a point. Some of it was just a little to out there for me. But even then, that wouldn't have been so bad. Oh my goodness. I did not need a simile for every feeling, action, or whatever else was going on. Too many words, too descriptive, and the story just seemed to drag on forever. The relationship with Kai and Oliver was a little too over the top too. Were they adults or middle school kids? After while it got old. I should have read the short story at the end of the book!

There were the occasional one liners thrown in, which made me chuckle. I liked the humor, and it did break the monotony.

I think this book could have been so much better with a lot of editing and the characters not acting so juvenile.

Premise was good, just not the execution . . .

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Dead Girls are Easy

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Author: Terri Garey

This book would appeal to those of you who like reading chick lit, paranormal, or just enjoy a fun story. I am normally not a reader of things unworldly but love this series, so do not let the “paranormal” label scare you away. Nicki Styx, the Goth owner of Gladrags, a vintage clothing store in Atlanta, has a near-death experience and now finds herself able to see and interact with dead people. Nicki tries to live a normal life but the ghosts of Atlanta keep seeking out her help straightening out the messes they left behind.

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Dead Girls are Easy

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Author: Terri Garrey

This book would appeal to those of you who like reading chick lit, paranormal, or just enjoy a fun story. I am normally not a reader of things unworldly but love this series, so do not let the “paranormal” label scare you away. Nicki Styx, the Goth owner of Gladrags, a vintage clothing store in Atlanta, has a near-death experience and now finds herself able to see and interact with dead people. Nicki tries to live a normal life but the ghosts of Atlanta keep seeking out her help straightening out the messes they left behind.

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Soulless

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Title: Soulless
Author: Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti lives in an alternate version of Victorian Britain, where vampires, ghosts and werewolves have been accepted into society. While most women follow society rules to the letter Alexia, with her lack of beauty, strong personality and dry sense of humor is felt to be unmarriageable. It doesn't help that she is best friends with vampire Lord Akeldama while striking sparks with Lord Connel Maccon, leader of the Woolsey Pack of werewolves. With her parasol full of protective gadgets she defends herself when she becomes enmeshed in mysteries of the supernatural kind. The story is fleshed out with details like the floating dress weighted at the hem, to be worn while in the airship. Soulless combines paranormal romance, snappy dialogue, eccentric characters, and steampunk elements. It is the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series. The next two in the series are Changeless and Blameless, with a fourth expected in summer 2011.

Dogs and Goddesses

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Author: Jennifer Crusie

Dogs and Goddesses is a collaborative effort by three romance authors: Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Diane Rich.

Abby, Daisy, and Shar meet at a dog obedience class taught by an ancient Mesopotamian goddess in a small Ohio town. If you think that sounds improbable, you might give up on this one when the dogs start talking. This tongue-in-cheek triple romance is more than a little silly, but it’s also a fun read, and the voices of Bailey, a characteristically hyper Jack Russell terrier, Bowser, a laconic Newfie, and Shar’s loyal daschund Wolfie ring true to this dog lover.

Vamped

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Title: Vamped
Author: David Sosnowski

If you can get past the vulgarity, and I suppose what can you expect from a book about vampires?, you actually encounter a pretty rich plot with subplots and an emotional development of the narrator/main character. This book is full of puns and off-color jokes and the vampire culture is very well woven throughout. There actually is a very sweet relationship here between the vampire and the young mortal girl who he adopts. There is also a happy ending. There are vague references to this world inhabited by vampires and I wished we were told more about how & why that all came about. The way technology was described in this future place--the fears and capabilities--were reminiscent of today which is kind of weird because the novel is already five years old. Not for the faint of heart--get used to all the blood and be able to laugh about it and you will be okay!

You're so Vein

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Author: Christine Warren

Ava is a stunning human with otherworld friends. She doesn't understand how her friends are attracted to them and is determined to remain "human". Until, she is walking home from a girls night out and is attacked by a vampire. She swallows some of his blood and now her future involves becoming a vampire. The hero is in town to hunt up a rouge vampiress and comes to her aide, killing the attacker and taking her home to help her through the transition. She and he become involved in love and the scheme to capture the rouge vampiress. The book was an entertaining romance involving the otherworld characters. Easy read.

Laughing Corpse

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Author: Laurell Hamilton

Anita Blake is able to raise the dead and a vampire hunter. Vampires now have rights in St. Louis so an execution order is required to kill a vampire to stay legal. Anita stays on the right side of the law, mostly. People want bodies raised for many reasons; to settle a will dispute, forgiveness, even to find out who killed them--as long as their throat wasn't ripped out. Anita is also on the police Spook Squad that is called to investigate murders that may have been committed by vampires or other otherworld characters. She is also involved with Jean Claude, a very old vampire that becomes the Master of the City--kind of like mayor for the vampires in the area. Anita is only 5'3" but armed with her silver bullets and silver knives, she takes on the oldest and most powerful vampires she comes across, usually with a little help from her friends. The books are very graphic in describing the deaths of the victims and zombies Anita raises. The action moves the plot along and there is usually a mystery of "who done it" that gets resolved. This is the first series of Anita Blake books. I have read several and while it would be helpful to read them in order, it's not absolutely necessary. I've enjoyed them and will finish the series.

Undead and Unwed

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Author: MaryJanice Davidson

This is the first of a list of books starring Betsy, the Queen of the Vampires. Betsy is having a really bad week. First, she loses her job, then she is killed in a car accident. Betsy can't seem to stay dead, as she has been turned into a vampire. Her first concern is how she was nearly buried in cheap knock off shoes instead of one of her designer pairs in her closet. There are very funny scenes of her adjusting to her new life. This is Chick Lit meets Vampire.