Monday, May 19, 2008

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Rose and Lissa are back in the next installment of the Vampire Academy series. This time, something threatens the safety of all Moroi everywhere. Strigoi are attacking Moroi--heavily guarded Moroi--and killing them. Instead of students being sent home for the holidays, all students are sent to a ski lodge to meet up with their families and stay in the protection of a larger group of guardians.

But Rose still seems to get into trouble. Not only has her mother shown up for the first time in five years, but boys are coming in from all sides. And now, Rose may know the location of the Strigoi that are attacking Moroi families--a location she lets slip to some of her peers. What's a girl to do?

Suck It Up by Brian Meehl

Morning McCobb is a vampire. No seriously. He is. No one believes him either, not at first. Morning is the first vampire to come out. He's a Leaguer. A Leaguer is a vampire that doesn't follow the old rules--killing humans. In fact, Morning has never had human or animal blood. Nope. He only drinks blood made from soy products. He's the perfect spokesperson for the International Vampire League (or IVL for short).

Then things just get complicated. Morning demonstrates his vampire abilities on television across the nation, and he becomes a target for the Loners, or old type of vampires. Not to mention, his publicist's daughter is very attractive, and he begins to crave her blood. In order for humans to accept the Leaguers into their society, they have to be convinced of their safety. Can Morning resist temptation and escape the plotting of the Loners as well?

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks

Sally was involved in the accident on Mistik Lake when she was a teenager, and the only survivor. No one blames her but herself.

Odella, Sally's oldest daughter, never understood her mom. And when her mom runs away with another man, she really doesn't understand her at all. Who would abandon 3 daughters and a husband? But as Odella's family begins to heal from this betrayal, Sally dies, leaving the four of them remembering last words and bitter feelings.

They all react in different ways. Odella begins lashing out, not understanding why her mom did the things she did. Her great aunt, Gloria, tries to explain things but cannot. And soon, the whole family realizes there are too many secrets left--too many to keep quiet anymore.

This book is told in third person, but it focuses on three different characters throughout, Odella, Gloria, and Jimmy, Odella's boyfriend. There are many elements that are pulled back in towards the end of the book.