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The Truth-Teller's Tale by Sharon Shinn
The Truth-Teller's Tale

alyssaarch, January 25, 2012

I like the world Shinn has created, with people being born with a gift that makes them tell the truth at all times or keep secrets. However, these unique characteristics don't overshadow the narrative. This is a story about two mirror twin girls and their friends growing up together, finding themselves, and figuring out what they want in life. There are broken hearts, disappointed dreams, and many very happy, touching moments.

If you enjoyed The Safe-Keeper's Secret, you will love The Truth-Teller's Tale. For those new to the series, if you like romantic coming of age stories with a light fantasy backdrop, you will love these books.
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Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10)

alyssaarch, January 24, 2012

Dead in the Family starts off a bit darker than the other novels in the series, but considering what happened in the previous novel, I would have been upset if it didn't. Sookie has lost a lot of her innocence and naivete, and I think this is a good change from the beginning books of the series. After hanging around the vampires and the weres, something had to happen to make her less soft.

From when I first started reading it until it ended, I couldn't put this book down. What I love about Harris's books is that they are so well-constructed and developed. There are a lot of things going on, what with the political business concerning the weres, Alcide's pack adjusting to the new rules, her relationship with Eric, Eric's maker coming to visit, and the aftermath of the Faery War. Needless to say, it was packed with conflict and problems. The characters are awesome, as always -- Claude was particularly hilarious in this novel, and I'm glad we got to see more of Sookie's telepathic cousin, Hunter.

This book was a lot calmer than the rest -- less tension, less conflict. I didn't mind it at all, because I feel like this is just the calm before the storm. Victor seems to have it out for Sookie and Eric, something different is happening with Bill's character (not going to say what due to spoilers!), and the fairy situation is finally starting to wrap up -- or so it seems. I think the next few books are going to be very interesting and exciting.
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Big Boned (Heather Wells Mysteries ) by Meg Cabot
Big Boned (Heather Wells Mysteries )

alyssaarch, January 21, 2012

This is by far the best and funniest of the series. Within the first chapter, I was laughing hysterically, and remained amused throughout the entire novel. Heather Wells is the kind of character I relate to. She's a bit clueless sometimes, finds herself in ridiculous situations, but she's a good person and tries her best to make things right. I love her! And Cabot has a talent for making her guy characters irresistible. I want a Cooper!

The mystery was predictable; however, the way it's executed and the confrontation between Heather and the murderer is priceless, so I was okay with it. I liked the new characters that were added into this book, and the return of old characters such as her ex-fiance Jordan and her old boss Tom. Like I said, the whole novel is hilarious. There's a good mix of humor and seriousness in here.
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Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate
Passion (Fallen #3)

alyssaarch, January 20, 2012

Finally! I actually liked Luce in this book. She seemed a lot smarter to me. Maybe because she stopped whining and moaning while waiting on the sidelines and actually decided to DO something about it. If there's one thing I hate, it's a whiny heroine who sits back and lets stuff happen to her. Go Luce!

This series is really starting to impress me. Every book gets better, and I am looking forward to Rapture. I'm glad we're finally starting to get some answers, but I hope there's more to the curse/story than was revealed. Because honestly, that would be lame if not. And the "mercy" that is given to Daniel for his curse seemed totally random to me. I don't want to reveal it for those who haven't read it, but the loophole was just weird.

I liked that we got to see a few of Luce's previous lives, and I liked the constant action. There was no time while reading that I was bored or thought the pacing was slow. I sped through Passion because of this. The twist at the end was a bit obvious. I think we all knew something was up with Bill. I expected him to be someone else, though, so his true identity was a nice surprise.

I have to admit, I wasn't a fan of the first book. And Torment even had its rocky moments. Passion made me a fan of this series. It's a thoroughly well-written, enjoyable book. Like I said in my review for Torment, if you gave up on Lauren Kate because of the first book, keep going. You may end up liking this series.
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Great Expectations (Bantam Classics) by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations (Bantam Classics)

alyssaarch, January 8, 2012

Of all the works I have read by Dickens so far, Great Expectations is the best, hands down. The plot is interesting -- Pip falls in love with Estella when they are very young and develops "expectations" to be a gentleman so he can be worthy of her. Later on, he gets a sponsor who pays for him to become a gentleman. It's a typical coming of age story, focusing on Pip's growth and development and his realizations about the mistakes he's made in life. What makes this novel extraordinary is the characters. Each of them is complex and multi-dimensional, with full backgrounds and oddities that make them unique. Pip's brother-in-law Joe is by far one of my favorite characters of all time. Because the characterization is incredible, I was completely involved with this story, my emotions changing along with the novel's progression.

I'm not a fan of the tacked-on ending. All the characters got what they deserved, which I appreciated, but the last chapter felt especially rushed. However, the pacing for the rest of the novel was perfect, so I would say that this is a minor complaint.
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