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Blood Prophecy (Drake Chronicles #6) by Alyxandra Harvey Review

Happy New Year! I totally slacked off at the end of 2012, but I am refreshed and ready to jump back into blogging. And what better way to start off the new year than with a book review?

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Blood Prophecy (The Drake Chronicles #6) by Alyxandra Harvey
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
January 8, 2013
496 pgs.

Blood Prophecy, the final book in the Drake Chronicles series, picks up where Blood Moon left off. Solange has been crowned Queen of the Vampires, fulfilling an ancient vampire prophecy. It should be time to get back to vampire business as usual. Instead, Solange appears to be losing her mind. Her family has been banished from court, the Hel-Bar continue to plague the area around the Blood Moon court, and unsuspecting humans are falling victim to the “Dracula Killer.” What the other vampire clans do not know is that Solange is slowly being possessed by the spirit of one very angry vampire. The vampires are divided. Some want Solange to rule, some want her dead, and her own erratic behavior is not helping her case any. Can her best friend Lucy and her brothers help her before it’s too late? Is Solange strong enough to save herself from possession or is the evil Viola finally going to have the revenge she desperately seeks? You’ll find out in the thrilling conclusion to this amazing series.

Blood Prophecy is a solid, satisfying conclusion to one of my favorite vampire series. I will admit, things got a little dicey in book five and Solange was nearly unbearable. But, hey! Now we know why. I think vampire possession is a pretty valid excuse for being crazy. It took me a little while to warm up to this story line, but in the end I think it really works. Lucy continues to be the real star of the show, outshining even the hottest of the Drake brothers (and really, how can you pick just one?) She is fierce and sassy and has this magical ability to remain loyal to the Drakes while staying true to herself. There is plenty of mystery and intrigue as well as action-packed vampire hunting (and not just for the bad kind this time around). Swoony romance, witty banter, and heart-pumping action make this another win. Loose ends are tied up, questions are answered, and some beloved characters are in for a few surprises. I am sad to see the Drakes go, but I am pleased with where the author left them. Now, how about a Lucy/Helios-Ra spin-off?

This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.com for review.

You may also enjoy The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, or Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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Mondays With Megan-I Survived the Library Lock-In, But Didn’t Do Much Reading

Here’s the scene: Friday evening, 6pm. The library doors are locked, but the building is not empty. Inside are me, my manager, and 15 teens. We are locked in. On purpose. We ate pizza, had a flashlight-photo scavenger hunt, heard the ghost story about Mrs. Wilder (the library’s first director), took a behind the scenes tour (saw Mrs. Wilder’s old office), played cornhole, made glow in the dark jars, and enjoyed indoor S’mores. Everyone signed up for the summer reading program, everyone took home prizes, and one lucky winner got a basket packed full of books, candy, ice cream coupons, and other fun treats! I am a little jealous of that copy of Gone with the awesome glowy cover.

Some of the same goodies can be found in the weekly prize baskets. To enter the raffle all you have to do is read! Sign up, entry gifts, and raffle slips are available at the Reference Desk. Students are required to read books for school, they may as well get a reward for doing it, right?

I didn’t get much reading in this week, but I did tons of listening. Apparently I spent a lot of time in my car and in my yard. It’s time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

What I Finished:

 I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Loved it.

Locke & Key, vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill. Stephen King’s son sure does bring the creep! I am happy to have discovered this new graphic novel series.

 The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I am glad I read outside my comfort zone. I very much enjoyed this book about baseball, life, love, and complicated relationships.

 Red, White, and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth. Nathaniel Cade is one of my favorite vampires. He is 100% bada**. I love him.

Currently plugging away at:

 Little Lady, Big Apple by Hester Browne.

 The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore.

 Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart.

 The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab.

My New Audio Endeavors:

 Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

  The Technologists by Matthew Pearl.

I am really enjoying all of my book choices, but I have to confess that TV may win out this week-Friday Night Lights, season 3 just came in for me at the library. I love that show. Love. I’ll try to be good and pace myself.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For Teens Who Think They Don’t Like to Read

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday list. This awesome meme is hosted by the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a librarian’s dream challenge! It’s all about finding the right book for a reader. We are being asked to create a list of books to give to the person who claims to not enjoy reading. BTW, who are those people? So strange. Anyway, since I am a teen librarian, here are the books I love to give to reluctant teen readers.

For the hesitant teen guy:

1. Gone by Michael Grant. This series is action-packed. There are ordinary teens with super powers. There is fighting, swearing, drinking, and complete chaos. There are super evil characters and monsters. The books are gross and creepy and so amazing that I recommend them all the time. Trust me on this one. I have had parents come back and thank me for recommending these books to their kid. No joke.

2. The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. This is another go-to series for me. This series will appeal to fans of medieval settings, castles, knights, and battles. There is a hint of fantasy and a lot of humor. Bonus points for all of the cool archery stuff, sword fighting and the whole secret spy-like ranger job in general. This series is not to graphic so it is good for wide range of ages. I would give this to a ten-year old or a seventeen-year old without hesitation.

3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. This steampunk series has lots of guy appeal. Lots of cool science fiction-y stuff, war and machines and gadgets. There are amazing maps and drawings throughout the books as well.

4. Pop by Gordon Korman. Looking for a contemporary fiction for your reluctant reader? This one is about football. I don’t usually tell guys it is touching and heartwarming and all about friendship (shh! It totally is all that). I like to focus on the football and the pranks.

5. The Big Book of Barry Ween by Judd Winnick. This graphic novel is the complete collection of Barry Ween adventures. This is Calvin and Hobbes with more swearing and more potty humor. Score. For a reluctant reader, comic books and graphic novel can be “gateway” materials. Get them hooked on these and slowly add novels.

For the reluctant teen girl:

1. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. This series is awesome! What girl doesn’t dream of going to a top-secret spy school? So, we have spy girls, badass ninja skills, danger, drama, and a wee bit of kissing. Total winner!

2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White and Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. I have to mention these together because once your reluctant reader breezes through one, they are going to be demanding more. Now you know what to do. You’re welcome. These books have not so scary paranormals, humor, romance, and good fashion sense.

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Give this to your girls who want their romance straight-up, without the vamps and weres.

4. Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Lockhart is a contemporary fiction genius. Her Ruby Oliver series is charming and fun, with a spot-on teen girl voice. But, I digress. Frankie Landau-Banks. A smart girl out-smarts the boys at her private school. Pranks and hijinks galore!

5. Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Give this series to your Twihards who insist that there is no vampire hotter than Edward. My friends, I beg to differ. Meet the Drake brothers then get back to me. Super hot vampire guys and girls with brains in their pretty heads? Yes please.

I just started reading I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore and I got sucked right in. It may have to be added to a list for non-readers, along with Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, and everything ever written by Rick Riordan. What’s on your list?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter Escape Plan

My poor little blog has been so neglected lately. Thank goodness for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Regardless of how busy I get I. Must. Make. Lists. Any kind of list will do, but a To Do list is particularly satisfying. This week’s TTT is the best of all worlds-a To Do Book List! I keep hearing foreboding weather forecasts for this winter and it sounds like I will be spending lots of time hunkered down under a blanket reading (and/or shoveling a TON of snow). Here are some of my winter reading plans:

1. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin. Look at me already cheating! I am totally counting this as one. Anyway, I just finished A Game of Thrones and I am ready to plow through the rest of this series. Winter is coming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  I am going to continue my cheating ways…I plan to finish the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I just have The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight left to go.

 

 

 

 

3.  Oh, what the heck, I am on a cheating roll now. I have been meaning to read the Bad Girls Don’t books by Katie Alender. So far there are two books, but a third is on its way.

 

 

 

 

4. Ok, time to play fair. How about some single titles now? Maybe some 2012 debuts? The cover alone to this one makes me want it, the witches between the covers will be a major bonus. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood is definitely on my TBR pile for February.

 

 

 

 

5. Here is another one that is getting TONS of buzz-Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.

 

 

 

 

6. Uh oh, I thought of another series. Back to my cheating ways…I am really close to finishing The Kings of Clonmel, book 8 in The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan and I plan to wrap up the series this winter AND start his new series, The Brotherband Chronicles!

 

 

 

 

7.  I am super excited to get my hands on Bleeding Hearts, book 4 in The Drake Chronicles series by Alyxandra Harvey.  It’s one of my favorite vampire series. Love. She also has a fairy book, Stolen Away, coming out. I am not crazy about the cover, but Ms. Harvey has yet to disappoint so it’s on the list!

 

 

 

 

8. I am anxiously awaiting my turn with the newest Bloody Jack book on audio. It will be due back right around Christmas. What a lovely gift The Mark of the Golden Dragon by L.A. Meyer will be for me!

 

 

 

 

9.  Here is another YA book that is due out next month that is getting lot’s of hype-Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Something about the title rubs me the wrong way, but it’s Persephone and Hades retold and I do like a good myth retelling.

 

 

 

 

10. Last, but not least, and certainly not for real last, is the first book in Michael Grant’s new series, BZRK. Come on February 28th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it, just a tiny fraction of my winter reading list. I apologize for all the cheating, but honestly, it’s going to happen again. We all know that. What are you reading this winter? BTW, it appears that my punishment for being greedy with my list is horrible formatting. I am sorry. I have tried to fix it.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read for Halloween

It’s time for a spooky Top Ten Tuesday. This fun meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. These week’s list is all about creepy, spooky, scary stories that are must-reads during the Halloween season.

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake was so creepy that I only read it during the day.

Cas is a ghost hunter determined to avenge his father’s murder. Each mission puts him one step closer to the demon that he seeks. Life is business as usual until he encounters Anna, a murderous ghost haunting a small town is Canada.

 

2. Stone Child by Dan Poblocki is a suspenseful mystery that is perfect for younger teens.

Strange things are happening in the small town of Gateswood, home to the famous auther Nathaniel Olmstead. Moving here is a dream come true for Eddie, until he realizes that the monsters from Olmstead’s books are coming to life and terrorizing the town.

 

3. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff is a unique journey into the mysterious world of changelings.

Sixteen-year old Mackie Doyle is a replacement. The real Malcolm Doyle was stolen as an infant and taken underground. For years the town of Tate has looked the other way, ignoring what lives just under the surface. When another baby goes missing Mackie takes action and confronts the sinister monsters that have been playing with human lives for ages.

4. Gone by Michael Grant is so creepy it doesn’t need ghosts!

One day everyone over the age of 14 disappears from the seaside town of Perdido Beach. The kids who remain are trapped by an invisible barrier. Inside battles are drawn: townies vs Coates kids, normal vs kids with new supernatural powers. All the while, the Darkness is awakening.

 

5. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a chilling story about the price people are will to pay to have their dreams come true.

Max and his family move out of their war-torn city to the safety of the seaside. Their safety is short-lived when strange things begin to happen in their new house, leading them to believe it is haunted. They soon learn that more is at play then ghosts. The Prince of Mist, the great dealmaker, has returned to collect an old debt and no one is safe until he gets what he wants.

Super creepy not your thing? Still looking to get into the Halloween spirit without having to sleep with the lights on for a week? Try one of these:

6. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore is ghost story with a touch of humor and romance to lighten the mood.

Amy Goodnight comes from a long line of witches, a fact that she would love to ignore. There is no denying her family history when she gets drawn into some total ghost weirdness while goat-sitting on her aunt’s farm. Spooky ghosts, uncooperative goats, and a hottie cowboy neighbor = a good time!

7. Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez is full of quirky characters, spooky paranormal happenings, and a hint of romance.

Daisy Giordano is the only normal member of her paranormally gifted family. Her lack of psychic powers does not stop her from trying to figure out who or what is preying on the girls of Nightshade, California. Her family suspects a vampire, and it is up to the Giordano sisters to solve the case before any more cheerleaders are hurt.

8. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey is an eerie historical fiction with a ghostly twist.

Sixteen-year-old Violet Willoughby has been a part of her mother’s Spiritualism scam for most of her life and knows without a doubt that ghosts are not real. Her skepticism is shattered when a ghost begins appearing to her during an elaborate ruse staged at the country estate of a wealthy Spiritualist. The only way to end the haunting is to solve the mystery of the ghost’s death.

9. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, and paranormal activity.

Violet Ambrose, a high school junior, has the ability to sense when someone or something has been killed. The dead leave behind an echo, and the killer carries an imprint of the dead. This ability usually just leads Violet to dead animals, but now a serial killer is terrorizing her small Washington town, and the police have turned to Violet for help.

10.  I could not decide between a bunch of spooky favorites!

                                                       

 Oh boy! The layout of these pictures is horrifying! That’s it, I give up! Look at the pretty covers, disregard the wacky layout

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Judging Books by Their Covers

We all do it, and I for one, think it’s ok to do. I am talking about judging a book by its cover. Of course, as a professional I also rely on reviews, but I certainly enjoy a gorgeous cover. Today two awesome covers were revealed and in case you haven’t already seen them…ta da! Cover Love.

Here is the cover for Supernaturally by Kiersten White! Check out Evie in that smokin’ dress! In addition to being a totally bada** demon hunter, she is quite the fashionista. I can’t wait to find out what is in store for Evie and her hottie, Lend. I can’t believe we have to wait until August!! On the bright side, there is plenty of time for you to read Paranormalcy. Hmm, I just discovered that I don’t have a review to link to. Time to remedy that!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

When you work for the International Paranormal Containment Agency the idea of normal is all relative. For Evie it’s perfectly normal to see through glamours, have a mermaid best friend, and a faerie ex-boyfriend. It’s after a hot, young shape-shifter breaks into IPCA headquarters that things really start to get weird. Paranormals around the world are dying, and Evie is having nightmares about a frightening prophecy that seems to link her and her special ability to the deaths. Oh, and she is totally crushing on the new guy. 

Paranormalcy is start-to-finish fun. Evie is tough, yet girlie, and hilarious. I loved the action, intrigue, romance, and laugh-out-loud moments (love the locker scene so much!). Plot twists and turns left me guess until the end and I loved that the paranormals when beyond the usual fare of werewolves and vampires. Hello mermaids and hags! I did not want this book to end. Fortunately there is more to Evies story.

If you loved this one, you will want to read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey, and the Maggie Quinn series by Rosemary Clement-Moore. I would also recommend Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. There’s no paranormals, but these girls, like Evie totally kick butt!

Next cover. I find this reveal to be especially cruel since I have to wait until 2012 for this book! That may as well be forever, I swear. Anyway, here it is:

Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey is the sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. I imagine in picks up where her internet story leaves off. If you do not want any spoilers, DO NOT click here. If you have already Jessica’s Guide, you will want to click on the above link and get yourself all caught up for book 2. I know I need to do that!

Again, I realized that I have no review for Jessica’s Guide, so here goes.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica Packwood’s quiet world gets turned upside down with the arrival of Lucius Vladescu, a Romanian foreign exchange student. It turns out that no one is who they appear to be. Lucius is not a student. He is a vampire claiming to be Jessica’s long-lost fiance. And if that isn’t crazy enough, he is telling that she is actually a Romanian princess named Anastasia Dragomir. This is all a lot to handle, so it’s only natural that Jessica is a bit overwhelmed by her on-again, off-again romance with Lucius. Just when things start to heat up a perky cheerleader weasels her way into Lucius’ favor. Can Jessica win back her undead man and prevent an all-out vampire war all before graduation day? Life would be so much simpler if she found herself a mortal guy.

In the era of Twilight, it’s sometimes hard to find a unique vampire romance story. This one is a winner. Lucius is polite, patient, and kind and sparks that fly between the two is guaranteed to satisfy romance lover. I am particularly fond of the book that Lucius gives to Jessica: Growing Up Undead: A Teen’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions. Hilarious. So, if you are looking for a charming story with dreamy vampire romance, insecure teens, and an obnoxious cheerleader, this is the book for you. I loved it and can’t wait for more of Jessica and Lucius.

Pair this with any of the books mentioned above. Ok, that’s all for me today. Have a great weekend!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Introducing YA? Why Not?

I like to think that I am clever, even funny at times, but anyone looking at the name of this blog would probably say that I am delusional. Seriously, My Blog? Lame. Lazy. So not clever or funny. I am I totally aware of this. In my defense, it was supposed to be a place holder until the perfect name came to me (*ahem* What I mean is given to me by someone else). To my shame, I allowed it to sit there way too long. Honestly, I have never been good at naming things. When I was a kid my brother and I would play house. He was John, I was Susan. How original. In college someone gave me a cat. Unable to think of the perfect name my roommates and I pulled out a dictionary, opened to a random page and pointed. That’s how we ended up with a cat named Mandolin. After Mandolin came Lucy and Ritchie, until I finally accepted that I was not a cat person and stopped letting people dump their cats on me. The closest I came to cleverly naming something was my previously mentioned beloved Ciera, Ida. As in “Ida bought a better car if Ida had more money.” Seriously, that was my crowning glory. But I digress….The point of the story is that this no name blog finally got a name, no thanks to me. I owe my pal Stacey much thanks (and lots of fancy coffees) for the clever name YA? Why Not? The tag line is all mine. Check it out: A Teen Librarian Writes About Teen Reads. *sigh of relief, round of applause* If you have read this far, thank you. As a reward I present you with this book review:

Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey is the third book in The Drake Chronicles series. I have mentioned  this series before as a must-read for vampire lovers. The first two were fantastic and this third book does not disappoint.

Hunter Wild comes from a long line of vampire hunters. She is a star student at the Helios-Ra Academy. Quinn Drake comes from a long line of vampires. His mother has just been crowned Vampire Queen. He is a shameless flirt and self-proclaimed ladies man. These two couldn’t be more different, but they share a common enemy, the deadly and feral vampires known as the Hel-Blar. Inevitably their paths cross and sparks fly.

The romance is steamy (the sexual content is limited to some sizzling kissing), but it is not the main storyline. The Hel-Blar are a dangerous threat, but something sinister is also happening on the Helios-Ra campus. Students are mysteriously falling ill and Hunter’s best friend Chloe is suddenly acting very strange. Loyalties are tested, authority is questioned, shocking betrayals are unveiled and new alliances are formed in this action-packed installment of the series.

I think this book is my favorite so far. I just loved Hunter. She is strong and smart and hilarious. I love that she is a loyal friend and a role model at her school. I love that she does not immediately swoon over the totally hot vampire (but eventually comes to her senses ;)). She is a fierce and fantastic heroine. I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I have to say, her interactions with her grandfather at the end of the book sealed the deal for me-I love this girl’s moxie! Characters like Hunter are what take these books out of the “fluff” realm and give them real substance. I can’t recommend these books enough. Ok, enough gushing! Go read this series.

Give this series to fans of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter (no vampires, but totally cool tough girl spy action)

I want to thank Ms. Harvey for revealing that the next book in the series will be from the point of view of Lucy (another totally touch chick), Connor (Quinn’s twin), and a new character. So excited.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan