Tag Archives: vampires

Stephenie Meyer Releases New Book for Tenth Anniversary of Twilight

13 Oct

It’s hard to believe it has been ten years since we first met Edward and Bella in the first Twilight novel. To commemorate the anniversary, Stephenie Meyer decided to release a new novel called Life and Death, which is essentially just swapping out the gender roles in the same story. Meaning that now the main character vampire is a girl named Edythe, and her love interest is a human male named Beau. This was done to show that Bella was not just a “damsel in distress,” just having normal reactions that any human would have to suddenly being surrounded by vampires and werewolves.

It’s an interesting idea, but in my personal opinion, since it is the exact same story, I think I will leave well enough alone and not need to read this new book. Also, I think I’d constantly be trying to swap the characters out in my head to see who they originally were and who they are now, and that could get a little tiring. What is your opinion on the situation? Click on the image below to read more about this new book.

Life and Death book

The Slayer Chronicles Book 1: First Kill, Book Trailer

12 Apr

Breaking Dawn, Part 2–The Saga Ends

21 Nov

Hey Twilight fans…have you gotten your tickets yet for the final movie, or do you have plans to go see it over the Thanksgiving break? Enjoy your days off and eat lots of great food!

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Review

25 Jun

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Plot: This is the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

I really found myself liking Bree and hoping that she would be successful as a vampire. I thought I remembered from Eclipse that all of the newborn vampires were killed in the fight but I still kept hoping they would get away. This was a fun diversion after reading all of the other books, and a quick read, but I was thrown by the fact that there were no chapter breaks like in a regular book.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Jill

Hex Hall, Review

15 May

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall, #1)

Plot: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she is a witch. Her non-gifted mother has been supportive to her, consulting her estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention from a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, her dad exiles her to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a pointless crush on a warlock, a tagalong ghost, and a roomate who happens to be the only vampire and most hated girl on campus. Sophie soon learns of a mysterious predator who has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number one suspect. As a series of mysteries begin to come together, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all, an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

I liked Sophie and the magical world she lives in. You could easily picture her as a witch who gets into trouble with her powers even when she is trying to do the right thing. Imagine how hard it is to fit in when you are dealing not only with the normal teenage angst, but also some added in powers and issues and friction from other types of witches and other supernaturals? I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4.5 stars

–Jill

Drink, Slay, Love, Review

13 Feb

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Plot: Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire who accidentally gets stabbed through the  heart by a unicorn horn, and is suddenly able to withstand sunlight and has less of a thirst for blood. Her family doesn’t believe in unicorns, so they think a vampire hunter tried to kill her.

Pearl’s family decides to make use of her ability to go out in the daylight by enrolling her in high school. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl’s family to host his feast, and her family figures Pearl can make lots of friends at school and lure them to the feast–as the meal. Will Pearl be able to come through?

This book had an interesting idea and was certainly funny, but the plot sometimes seemed to drag. It also felt at times like the author was trying too hard to sound like a teenager. I’m sure the book was meant to be a little sarcastic and poke fun at the whole vampire thing, but it seemed a little too forced sometimes.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

3 stars

–Jen

What’s Cooking?

14 Dec

Check out these tasty books, the second category from Popular Paperbacks for Teens 2011!

1. Burger Wuss by M.T. Anderson
-One O’Dermott’s burger, an order of fries, soda, and a side of revenge, supersized.

2. Kitchen Princess Vol. 1 by Natsumi Ando
-Searching for prince charming, one meal at a time.

3. Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti
-Money can buy you a lot of pie, but not happiness.

4. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
-One Summer, Macy learns to deal with death, love, and dirty dishes.

5. Recipe for Disaster by Maureen Fergus
-Before Francie can become the next celebrity chef, she has to survive freshman year.

6. Peeps!: Recipes and Crafts to Make with your Favorite Marshmallow Treat by Charity Ferreira
Peeps: They aren’t just for eating out of the package!

7. Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne Gold
-Unleash your inner chef with these fresh and healthy recipes.

8. Let It Snow by: John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle 
-Snow + 6 hungry teens + one snow night = a recipe for love.

9. Yakitate!! Japan, Vol. 1 by Takashi Hashiguchi 
-Bread making is serious business.

10. The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
-Beauty queen vs. cupcake queen: who will win?

11. The Manga Cookbook by The Manga University Culinary Institute
-Dust off your chopstick skills and chow down on manga-inspired Japanese cuisine.

12. Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery by Susan Juby  
-The nice guy doesn’t always finish last when there’s dinner, drama, and the d-list.

13. Mixed Vegetables, Vol. 1 by Ayumi Komura
-To fulfill her dream to be a sushi chef, she must marry into a sushi family.

14. Chew Volume 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman
-Taking a bite out of crime one decomposing victim at a time.

15. Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
-Life takes an unexpected turn when V moves in.

16. Crush du Jour by Micol Ostow
-At the hot new restaurant, love is on the menu.

17. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
-A simple, easy-t0-use manual to eating well in today’s complicated world.

18. The Girls by Tucker Shaw
-Lattes, love, and lust.

*19. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Amith
-Blood sausage is just one of the many specialties at this vampire-friendly restaurant.
* This book made the top ten list from all 4 popular paperbacks categories!

20. Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet by Sherri L. Smith
-Family dinners can be torture.

21. Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook by Sam Stern.
-Tasty recipes for the guys.

22. Stuffed by Eric Walters
-Taking on the fast food nation one burger at a time.

23. My Cup Runneth Over: The Life of Angelica Cookson Potts by Cherry Whytock
-A full-figured foodie, Angelica struggles with her perfect-sized friends and family.

24. Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara M. Zeises 
Food, summer, romance, and cute boys!

25. Donut Days by Lara Zielin
-Can donuts help Emma break away from her pastor parents?

Compiled from the Young Adult Library Services Association.