A Reader's Diary

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Reviews: High School Bites and Bare Bones

Todays reviews:

High School Bites by Liza Conrad (teen fic; vampire)

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Lucy finds out that she is descended from a line of Lucys beginning with the Lucy of Bram Stoker's Dracula. She also finds out that Dracula is still alive and a threat and there are other vampires everywhere, including her own sometime-boyfriend Vic. Lucy must defeat Dracula; suddenly math class isn't her worst nightmare after all.

My thoughts: Despite a lower reading level that I found annoying at times (a lot of redundant repetition), it's a good story and much more in-depth and interesting than I expected. Feels like a set-up for a series. It made me very interested in reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. All in all, a good story for such a quick read.

Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs (forensic-mystery-thriller)

Summary: Tempe's plans for a beach trip with Ryan are interuppted by the discovery of a buried bag full of bear parts... and a couple of human bones. This draws Dr. Brennan deep into the world of the black market in endangered animals and plants, and as the body count climbs, she discovers personally just how far these criminals are willing to go.

My thoughts: A very interesting story, though quite convoluted. It was difficult to keep all of the characters straight. A bit of a metaphor overload in the speaking styles of the characters. A nice bit of romance between Tempe and Ryan, quite refreshing in a series that focuses on the grim and grotesque. Overall another good read in a great series.

Currently reading: Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs

Happy reading!


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