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Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Reviewed by Amanda Miller

As the daughter of a famed wedding planner, Louna Barrett has become an expert on romance.  When it comes to love, however, past tragedy has left her cynical. When a happy-go-lucky serial dater named Ambrose joins their wedding planning team, he encourages Louna to give “epic” love another chance. Soon she must decide weather to open herself up again even if there’s a possibility of being hurt.

Romance, humor, and just the right amount of painful reality makes this the perfect read for anybody who is looking for a sweet and charming story filled with lovable characters and happy-ever-afters.

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Too Close To Home by Lynette Eason

Reviewed by Morgan Hayes

In a small southern town in South Carolina, young teenage girls are disappearing and then turning up dead. Homicide Detective, Connor Wolfe, and Special Agent, Samantha Cash, have been assigned to the case to solve the string of unsolved murders. Will the two be able to find out who is kidnapping and murdering the young girls before it’s too late?

This story is told from multiple perspectives, including Connor and his daughter, Samantha, and even the killer himself. Too Close To Home is a mystery, romance, and inspirational novel all rolled into one and is perfect for anyone who is looking for a light but intriguing read.

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Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Reviewed by Kandi Vance

Fantasy Lover

This book is an introduction to the Dark-Hunter series. The Dark-Hunter series is a unique twist on vampire novels. Kenyon blends the idea of vampires with ancient Greek Mythology. The Daimons (read vampires) are the children of Apollo, they garnered his wrath and he cursed them and all of their descendants. They live normally until a certain age, and then they must take human souls in order to live. In order to protect the humans, Artemis, Apollo’s sister, made the Dark-Hunters. These warriors sacrifice their own souls so they can protect mankind. The Dark-Hunters then hunt and destroy the Daimons. In order for them to get their souls back, the must find their soulmate.

In Fantasy Lover we meet Julian of Macedon, an ancient Greek demi-god. Julian is the son of Aphrodite and a Spartan General. Julian is raised to be a Spartan warrior; his prowess in battle has angered his half-brother Priapus. Priapus is mad because he is a lesser god and his lowly half-brother is more revered than he himself is. So Priapus curses Julian into a scroll, which is later bound in a book, as a sex slave. When summoned from the book, Julian must fulfill that person’s every sexual fantasy. For two-thousand-years Julian is enslaved in the book, however when he is summoned by Grace Alexander, Julian may have the chance to be free of his curse. Read along as Julian and Grace fall in love and navigate the obstacles standing in their way as they try to free Julian from his curse.

The Dark-hunter series has grown to include the Ware-Hunters and also the Dream-Hunters. Each of these series are integrated by be read as one series. Kenyon has also branched out this series to include a young adult series called The Chronicles of Nick. This series takes a character from the original series, Nick Gautier, and follows him as he adjusted to being a new Dark-Hunter.

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Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker by Syrie James

Reviewed by Circulation Specialist Kim Alcorn-Howell

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This novel follows the original plot of the classic Dracula by Bram Stoker, but offers the story from Mina’s perspective and shows the emotional turmoil she experiences as she falls in love with Nicolae Dracula at the same time her husband and group of friends are trying to destroy him.  Whereas in Stoker’s original telling, Dracula is portrayed solely as a monstrous, unfeeling demon and Mina as a pious, devoted wife who wants nothing more than to help Jonathan (her husband) destroy Dracula, James’ novel shows the human, sensitive side of Dracula; she paints him not as a monster, but as a misunderstood and misplaced romantic who has actually fallen in love with Mina and wants to spend eternity with her.  And Mina, though she loves Jonathan deeply, cannot resist Dracula’s mesmerizing charm and the forbidden romance blossoming between them.

Being a huge fan of the original Dracula novel, I was very excited to read this book and had very high hopes for it.  (And I was not disappointed!)  Syrie James does a wonderful job of telling the story we already know and love while giving it a completely new and fresh perspective.  Her novel involves all of the original characters including Jonathan and Mina Harker, Lucy Westenra, Dr. Van Helsing, and of course, Dracula himself.  Unfortunately, this book is not part of a series, but James does have two other series out: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, and The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte.

Books similar to this one: Dracula by Bram Stoker, Dracula the Un-dead by Dacre Stoker, Dracula in Love by Karen Essex, and Dracula the Undead by Freda Warrington.

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Montana by Debbie Macomber

Reviewed by Administrator Assistant Betty Pruett

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This book is set on a ranch in Sweetgrass, Montana.  When she learns from the foreman working the ranch that her grandfather is ill, Molly doesn’t hesitate to relocate to Montana. .  Her struggles to adjust to a remote ranch and the effect it has on her children make the book extremely difficult to put down.

Debbie Macomber’s books are touching, marvelous, and great reads.  I haven’t read any of her books that I did not enjoy.  She is one of my favorite authors.  This book would appeal to anyone who likes adventure, romance, and a touch of mystery.  Montana is a stand-alone book

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Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypass

Reviewed by Circulation Specialist Mylinda Poteet

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Married by Morning is the fourth title in the Hathaway series set in 19th century England by Lisa Kleypass.  The series follows the lives and loves of the Hathaway siblings.  Married by Morning is the story of Leo Hathaway, who has inherited the title of Lord Ramsey. Leo needs to marry and produce an heir or he will lose his family home.  Catherine Marks has been a chaperone for Leo’s sisters for several years.  Leo and Catherine’s relationship has been contentious from the beginning.  Catherine also resists her attraction to Leo to protect secrets from her past.

Married by Morning is a historical romance that would appeal to many readers.  The other titles in the series are: Mine till Midnight, Seduce me at Sunrise, Tempt me at Twilight and Love in the Afternoon. I would recommend reading all the titles in the series in order.   Each book allows you to catch up with the siblings that were introduced in previous titles.

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Book: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Reviewed by Technical Services Assistant Jade Crabtree

Book cover for Eleanor & Park

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is the love story of two misfits. Despite living in Omaha, Nebraska all of his life Park (the son of a Vietnam vet and his Korean wife) still feels like an outsider. Eleanor is the new girl at school who is bullied because of her weight and her clothes, then goes home to be bullied by her stepfather. They are forced to share a bus seat and slowly start to form a bond over their mutual love of comic books and punk rock music; as they struggle with peer and family pressures, they begin to fall in love.

Eleanor & Park is a sweet love story that isn’t only for teenagers. Adults and teens alike will enjoy the story, adults will enjoy the throwbacks to the 1980’s and teens can make a playlist of songs along with the characters. Almost everyone can relate to some of the struggles the characters go thru; from bully to the bitter sweetness of first love. Eleanor & Park has been optioned by DreamWorks and Rainbow Rowell has written the first draft of the screenplay so we may see a movie sometime in the future.

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