50BC #9 – Push by Sapphire

Title: Push
Author: Sapphire
Published: 1996
Summary: The heart-breaking story of Precious Jones, a victim of incest and abuse, who must overcome her past to change her future.

This book broke my heart. I was captivated from page one and didn’t put the novel down until I was done. I will admit to basing my first impressions on it by the trails for the film, but I was even more blown away by the story once I started reading.

I don’t know if I could ever be in Precious’s place; to be so powerless and still find the strength to go on. She is such an amazing character. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. My one caution is that if you’ve never read anything but Standard English, you may have trouble getting through the writing of this novel.

The novel is written from the point-of-view of Precious and at the very beginning of the story, she is illiterate. If that doesn’t sound like a challenge for you, please read. If it does, I’ve heard the audiobook is quite fabulous.

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50BC #8 – Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Title: Marked
Authors: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night
Published: 2007
Summary: Zoey is Marked as a fledgling vampyre, but there’s something different about her: she’s been blessed by Nyx herself. Her whole existence changes once she gets to the House of Night and begins her vampyre education.

I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would and I cannot wait to read book two. I really like it when people bring genetics and science into vampire stories. Cast has come up with the premise that some teenagers have some junk DNA that turns them into a vampyre during puberty.

I also found myself not bothered with the portrayal of rituals in this series, like I have with many other series. To me, that’s a really big deal. I dislike it when books over fantasize with Pagan things, so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself not really complaining during the ritual scenes in this book.

I’m now definitely a House of Night fan.

50BC #7 – A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

Title: A Touch of Dead
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries
Published: 2009
Summary: A collection of Sookieverse stories featuring Sookie Stackhouse.

I loved these stories! Charlaine Harris does a great job with her short stories in general, but I really appreciated getting to read the stories that featured Sookie.

My favourite (and you’re all going to realize that I’m quite stereotypical) of the stories was definitely “Dracula Night”. I adore Eric Northman, so to get to read a story about his obsession with Dracula just had me laughing and fan!squeeing.

Reading these stories just got me even more excited for the next book in the Sookie series! May isn’t coming fast enough!

50BC #6 – The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Title: The Real Real
Authors: Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Published: 2009
Summary: Jesse is chosen for a reality television show and it nearly ruins her life.

I think the authors of this book captured what it’s like to be on a reality television show and the consequences (both good and bad) that come with it. The book itself was an easy read; I felt like I should have been laying out in the sun reading this! (By that I mean it read like a beach read something that gets completed in one sitting.)

Based on this novel I have decided two things. First, I will not ever do a reality show. (ha ha) Second, I’ll be reading more from these ladies. I’ve been meaning to pick up The Nanny Diaries for awhile now, but I either forget or find something else to read.

50BC #5 – Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Blue Bloods
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Blue Bloods
Published: 2006
Summary: Schuyler Van Alen is a misfit until she finds herself chosen to join The Committee and learns more of her lineage and what she truly is.

Yes, I read yet another vampire novel. I found this one interesting because of the term “blue bloods” and “red bloods” and “silver bloods”. I like the idea that vampires have a different type/colour of blood running through their veins, even though I don’t understand how it runs through them at all.

I haven’t decided if I’ll continue with this series right away, but I know that I want to continue with it and find out what happens to the lovely half-vampire abomination. I really want her mother to wake up from her coma.

50BC #4 – Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

Title: Another Faust
Authors: Daniel & Dina Nayeri
Published: 2009
Summary: Five children are taken from their homes and given everything they desire, but at what cost?

I picked this book up because whenever I see “Faust” I think of Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus; I was right that this book was quite like a more modern retelling with more than one victim in the story.

This book was an interesting read and once it picked up in pace and the children got deeper into their deals with Madame Vileroy, it became hard for me to want to put this book down.

The ending was anticlimactic. It felt like a cross between a happily-ever-after and a slap in the face to the reader

50BC #3 – Night’s Edge by Charlaine Harris, Maggie Shaye, & Barbara Hambly

Title: Night’s Edge
Authors: Charlaine Harris, Maggie Shaye, and Barbara Hambly
Published: 2004
Summary: Three authors take us through different stories of the paranormal and of a romantic nature.

Originally, I’d only planned on reading Charlaine Harris’s contribution to this collection but I wanted to feel right using this book towards 50 Book Challenge. That said I was pleasantly surprised by the other two authors.

I’d not read anything by the other two before, even though paranormal romance is a genre that I enjoy (though won’t readily admit it). My favourite story definitely was “Dancers in the Dark” by Charlaine Harris, but I’m biased in that I love that woman’s writing.

The other two stories were nice, but they felt flat and I had to force myself to get through each of them. There was just something that didn’t connect with me, though I liked the use of the supernatural/paranormal in both.