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Title: Betrayed
Author: P.C., Kristin Cast

After reading the second book of the House of Night series, I was a little dissapointed. It had so much foreshadowing that the book became somewhat predictable. Also, I noticed that there were multiple spelling errors. The book overall was average and okay to read, but did not leave the reader wanting more. However, it did deliver in creativity and people who are into vampire books may enjoy this book. It just didn't do it for me and I would not recommend reading it. I enjoyed the vampire series Vampire Academy a lot more and was hooked right away.

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Title: Wake
Author: Amanda Hocking

2.5 Stars

The Mad Scientist thought she should give Amanda Hocking a gander since I've heard so much about her other series, which I have not read yet. Added to the good chatter is the promise of Mermaids. Sounds wonderful to me.

I fancy the idea of Siren's. In the beginning my curiosity was allowing the story to grab me, making me want to know more. Albeit, it didn't take long for my head to start shaking. The narration was just... What to say to explain it? Bizarre.

Gemma was enthralled by the water, aiming for the Olympics (which impressed me greatly) before the Sirens drew her away with their own enthralling magic. There is something wrong with these beautiful Sirens and the whole town feels it. Gemma fought as hard as she could but who could say no to the mythological creatures of the sea. Her practical overprotective older sister, Harper, also did in her own way... without knowing it. Oh, that just makes you wonder now doesn't it?

If you know anything about myths, I bet you are waiting to hear about the bad stuff that goes along with every immortals story. Sure enough, these Sirens bring darkness over the small city in Maryland. It is grim. (But I can't tell. *wink wink* )

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Author: J.K. Rowling

Most people have heard of Harry Potter. The majority of people have seen the movies. Quite a few people have read the books. Yet, because of certain "dark" content, Christians began to degrade the well written book series. Yes, some parts of the books are "dark". Yes, there are some things in there that, from a Christian worldview, may not be entirely agreeable. But you need darkness to see the light more clearly. The light at the end of the tunnel for J.K. Rowling's beloved series is book seven, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After I finished the book for the first time this last September, I sighed with content. As a Christian, I couldn't have asked for a better or more clear allegory of what I believe to be Truth. I feel that Christians should read the entire series before making any judgement on content; Ms. Rowling knew what she was doing when she put the elements of a story into her fabulous, well rounded characters. I have not yet seen the movies, but am going to soon. My hope is that they capture the kind of values and core elements that are so preciously captured throughout the Harry Potter series. Really, I think everybody should read these books with an open mind and learn what they can. Even if you don't agree with everything, the experience will be worth your time.

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Author: Barbara Hambly

The Darwath Trilogy is a great series for fantasy lovers to sink their teeth into. Gil, a UCLA doctoral student of Medieval History, and Rudy, a drifter/artist, are pulled from their lives in Southern California by the wizard Ingold Inglorion. He transports them across the Void to Darwath, a parallel world that is being terrorized by the Dark – alien, amorphous beings that rise from their underground Nests at night, to feed on the human population. The Dark return to their nests at dawn, only to rise again the next night, and the next, and the next… In Darwath, Ingold persuades his leaders to move the population – on foot, and in the midst of the worst winter on record – over 100 miles to the ancient Keep of Dare, humanity’s only stronghold against the Dark; Gil finds a place for herself as a warrior among the elite Guard; and Rudy finds that he, too, holds the powers of a Mage and falls in love with the 19-year old, widowed Queen.

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Author: Piers Anthony

From the book cover: “Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled – where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled. According to the Good Magician Humpfrey, the charts said that Bink was as powerful as the King or even the Evil Magician Trent. Unfortunately, no one could determine its form. Meanwhile, Bink was in despair. If he didn't find his magic soon, he would be forced to leave....” Piers Anthony has been writing the Xanth books since 1977 (I think he’s up to about 30 of them by now). These fantasy novels are written in a tongue-firmly-in-cheek, farcical style that takes most conventions of fantasy, turns them on their heads, and then mixes in more goofball puns and witticisms than you could shake a wand at. Some of these novels may be hitting middle age, but the publisher is still keeping even the earliest books in print, so you know they must be good.

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Author: Baroness Orczy

They seek him here they seek him there, those bloody frenchies seek him every where... The scarlet pimpernel is the tail of a debonair English gentlemen, sir percy blakney , who comes to the aide of French aristocrats, who were put in danger by the revolutionary government in France. Citezen Chauvelin, a minister in the committee of public safety, is determined to discover the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel and to bring him to justice. Chauvelin blackmails Margaritte, sir percy's wife,  to  help him discover the identity of the scarlet pimpernel.  However Sir percy in his secrecy, kept his double life a secret from his wife . The mystery plays out, will Percy outwit Chauvelin?  Read and find out.

 

Title: Sir Percy Leads the Band

Author:  Baroness Orczy

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Dragonsong

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Title: Dragonsong
Author: Anne McCaffrey

On the planet Pern, deadly threadlike spores are seared from the sky by fire breathing dragons and their Dragonriders. While this revered group patrols the skies, the Pern’s citizens live in stone Holds on the planet’s surface. At Half Circle Sea Hold, 15-year old Menolly loves music, traditionally the province of the all male Harper’s Craft Hall. Unfortunately, Menolly is a girl. Stifled and beaten by her father for her ‘tunings’ and unable to face the life of drudgery that looms before her in the sea Hold, Menolly runs away. Finding herself caught out of the Hold during a Threadfall, she finds shelter in a sea cave along with a group of fire lizards – creatures thought to be a myth. In her cave with her new friends, Menolly discovers her strength and independence and revels in her new found freedom to explore her musical gifts. This is a great series for fans of sci-fi/fantasy or music. And if you enjoy this trilogy, I’d recommend going on to the author’s Dragonriders of Pern series; it turns it’s focus to a grave threat facing the Dragonriders.

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Author: Philip Pullman

Sally Lockhart’s father has just died, and left behind a message that makes no sense. When she goes to his office in London to ask for help deciphering the message, a man dies of fear, just after hearing her words. Sally soon realizes that her father’s message has a sinister link, one that she must uncover before it hurts someone else, especially her. Sally finds herself pursued by villains she doesn’t even know, as she discovers two different, yet linked mysteries. One involves the deadly opium trade rampant in London’s seamier side, and the other mystery centers around a missing ruby of extraordinary value. Sally also finds some help along the way: a photographer, his actress sister, and their assistant take her in when she has no where else to go; an errand boy, Jim, devotes himself to helping her whenever he can; and an opium-addicted sailor and his curate brother aid her when the sailor’s health is restored. Sally helps her friends too; she is excellent with numbers and becomes an accountant of sorts for the photography shop, even creating a new product line. Sally finds clues along the way in the form of Mr.

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Author: John Flanagan

This is a must read for any slight fantasy and/or action/adventure fans!! Will, age 15, Has wanted to be a warrior all his life to follow in what he believes to be his deceased fathers footsteps. When thing don't work out as he had planned, he doesn't know what to think, much less what to do. Life is about to get much more interesting for young Will as he follows Halt, the mysterious Ranger, through many adventures! Will he ever live his lifelong dream? or will he have set his sights on something bigger than he could have ever thought possible? Discover the trials and adventures of Will and his wardmates when you read this book, and find out for yourselves!

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Magyk

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Title: Magyk
Author: Angie Sage

This book was one of my favorites! Magyk is the first book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. This book is about a family, the Heaps, who just had their seventh son, Septimus, who later is pronounced dead. On the same day, Septimus's father, Silas, came along a baby girl laying in the snow, so he took her home. They named her Jenna, and she was their only girl. Ten years later, on Jenna's birthday, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, came to the Heap's house, and demanded that Jenna would come  with her, because she was in danger. Come o find out, Jenna was the Queenling, the heir of the throne, and the Assasian was coming to kill her, because they already killed the Queen ten years ago. The Supreme Custodian sent the Hunter to track down the Queenling, but Jenna, Marcia, Jenna's brother Nicko, Silas, and Boy 412, who was in the Young Army, managed to ecape and stay with Aunt Zelda, whose cabin was enchanted and invisible, so nobody could see it. This book is filled with action, suspense, and Magyk. I recmmmend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Harry Potter series, or books about witches and wizards. 

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