Book Review – Dead Until Dark

August 6, 2009 at 10:05 am (Adult, Book Reviews) (, , , , , , )

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Dead Until Dark
BY: Charlaine Harris
COVER DESIGN: Judith Murello
PUBLISHED BY: Ace Books
PUBLISHED IN: 2001

ISBN: 978-0-441-01699-0

Ages: Adult

Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Charlaine Harris has wonderfully crafted the vampire legacy into modern times, where vampires are now legal. Japanese develop a synthetic blood, TrueBlood, making it possible for vampires to live among the living.

Sookie Stackhouse lives with her grandma in a small town called Bons Temp, Louisiana. She works as a waitress at Merlottes, but she’s not like other waitresses. She can read people’s minds. Sookie considers this to be a disability. It’s hard for her to date anyone when she knows everyone’s thoughts. Her life is turned upside down when a dark, handsome vampire named Bill Compton steps inside Merlottes. Bill’s over one hundred years old, and is the first vampire in Bons Temp.

Sookie rescues Bill from the Rattrays, who wanted to drain his blood for drug uses. Unable to read Bill’s thoughts, Sookie starts to fall for the vampire, which causes problems between Sookie and her boss Sam Merlottes. Sam has a crush on her, and is hiding a dark secret. As she gets closer to Bill, there are several deaths, fang-bangers, in the town, and one death hits close to home. The main suspect is Sookie’s womanizing brother, Jason, who’s had a relationships with all of the victims.

Sookie must use her telepathic powers to find the killer before she’s the next victim.

Humor and clever writing highlight this book above other vampire novels. The quirky characters and plot twists keep you interested until the very end.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review – Ginger High by Melissa Burmester

July 30, 2009 at 4:36 am (Book Reviews, Children, teen, Young Adult) (, , , , , )

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Ginger High
BY: Melissa Burmester

PUBLISHED BY: Infinity Publishing.com

PUBLISHED IN: May 2009

ISBN: 0-7414-5363-0

Ages: teen & up

Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Growing up in the 90’s, I was a big fan of teen horror novels – Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine and Lois Duncan were some of my favorite authors. The teen horror/thriller trend has died down, except for the ones where vampires sparkle. I found Ginger High a breath of fresh air. Teen girls will easily connect with the main character, Daisy – a smart, strong young woman.

The novel begins in 1901 where a series of murders take place. All of the victims have bite marks on their necks. Could it be vampires? The story jumps forward to modern days and focuses on teen Daisy Fisher. After her school is burnt down, Daisy is sent to a new school in New York.. Ginger High is a private school for students with extraordinary powers and abilities. She befriends some of the students who can teleport, heal others, and create fire. She soon finds out that people came to Earth from a parallel world called the Kingdom of Animists.

A murder occurs at Ginger High, bringing the supernatural beings Amanta, Matthias, and Taeru from the parallel world. While they investigate the death, Daisy struggles with her supernatural powers, and with her mysterious new friend, Fredrick. Amanta must deal with a long time, buried family secret.

Fourteen year old, Melissa Burmester has written a fast paced debut novel; combining horror, mystery and fantasy. I love the cover of the book – it reminds me of the horror movie posters of the middle 80’s. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. The author has a bright future in the world of writing.

 

 

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The Long Walk

April 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm (Adult, Short Stories) (, , , , )

The Long Walk is in the current issue of Long Story Short  Ezine.  You can read it here, http://www.alongstoryshort.net/thelongwalk.html.

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