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Alyssa Archambo has commented on (2) products.

Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead
Succubus Heat

Alyssa Archambo, May 21, 2012

The writing, as always with Richelle Mead, is fantastic. Amid all damned souls, horrible situations, and working for hell, Georgina is still able to crack witty jokes and have hope for the future. She also makes some amazing insights in life that are at once funny and depressing.
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Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next Novels) by Jasper Fforde
Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next Novels)

Alyssa Archambo, January 4, 2012

Is it just me, or did this series take a bit of a dark turn? Not that I'm complaining. I love dark stories, I'm just surprised at the change. This isn't to say that the first book of the series, The Eyre Affair, didn't have some dark elements -- Acheron Hades is one of the most terrifying villains ever. However, Lost in a Good Book makes the problems a lot more personal for Thursday. I like that a lot. The stakes are raised, and this series is rapidly becoming more complicated, terrifying, and way more addicting.

Fforde has created a brilliant literary world for this series. It's definitely a place I'd like to visit! (Living there would just be too weird, though.) From the first book, I thought that this world was incredibly well thought out. Surprisingly, he continues to expand it in this sequel. A few more elements are added in this book, making the world more and more fantastical, and rapidly raising its "coolness" factor. I like the new characters, I still like the old characters, and I am loving how everything is progressing with Thursday.

The ending has everything I look for in books that are part of a series. Unlike The Eyre Affair, not everything is tied up neatly. One of the main problems is resolved, but there's still many problems that need to be fixed. I like this, because it will make the tie-in to other books of the series much stronger.

If you're a reader and lover of classics and you like alternate reality-type stories, this series is so your style. (And honestly, who doesn't want to see more of Miss Havisham? She rocks!) Those who don't read classics might like it as well, but you probably won't get a lot of the references or the humor.
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