This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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It’s been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

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Of the three books in this series by Susan Beth Pfeffer, I liked this one the best.  The characters from the first two books came together in this story of survival in the harshest of times.   And yes, Matt changed from a stout-hearted, do everything right and by the book fellow to one that would bring home a “wife” after meeting her on a fishing trip to a river(where catching fish could be the difference between life and death) and be all lovey-dovey, over the moon in love and get mad at anyone who questioned this but why shouldn’t he?  It wasn’t like there were any places to meet a future mate or the likelihood that there would be anytime soon.  So getting married and having someone to share things with made sense to him.  Miranda fell a little too easily in love with Alex for  the same reason and that’s okay. After all they had been through and will probably  go through in the future their changing made complete sense.   I was glad that we learned Miranda’s father, his new wife and new baby were safe and although uncertainty is their constant companion I get the feel that everything we work out for everyone.  I recommend this book but be sure to read the first two or you will be lost.

Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break.  Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang.  Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions.  Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings.  Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal.  Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her.  Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?  Find out in the next spectacular installment in the House of Night Series, Tempted

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OMG!  I can’t believe the way this book ended.  Heath is killed by the “fallen one” and then Zoey becomes a shell of her former self becauser she witnessed the whole death scene,  Killing  off Heath  took me totally by surprise.  I can hardly wait for Burned to come out and it will later this month.  I love this series!

Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

 

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What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil and all he wanted was you?

At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer.  But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses.  Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?

On the run and holed up in Tulsa’s Prohibition-era tunnels, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with something that might bring them all down.  Meanwhile, Zoey has a few other little problems.  The red fledglings have cleaned up well–they’ve even managed to make the dark, creepy tunnels feel more like home–but are they really as friendly as they seem?  On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to make things right with super-hot ex-, Eric, but she can’t stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms after one unforgettable night, and she is driven to try to save him from Neferet’s sinister influence at all costs.  Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?

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Okay, I didn’t love this book as much as the others and I don’t really know why.  Maybe it was the fact that there was too much time spent plotting how to get from one safe place to another and plotting in great detail how to take down Kalona but I was bored with it all. And then there’s Stark.  I am not happy about Stark.  Zoey doesn’t need another “boyfriend” to complicate things but it looks like that’s exactly what she’s got.  On well, I’m starting Tempted in a few minutes and maybe it will change my mind about Stark.  Let’s hope so.

Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts

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Love blooms in the second novel in Nora Roberts’s celebrated Bride Quartet series.

As little girls MacKensie, Emma, Laurel, and Parker spent hours acting out their perfect make believe “I do” moments. Years later their fantasies become reality when they start their own wedding planning company to make every woman’s dream day come true. With perfect flowers, delicious desserts, and joyful moments captured on film, Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet shares each woman’s emotionally magical journey to romance.

In Bed of Roses, florist Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn’t found Mr. Right. And the last place she’s looking is right under her nose.

But that’s just where Jack Cooke is. He’s so close to the women of Vows that he’s practically family, but the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. When Emma returns his passion—kiss for blistering kiss—they must trust in their history…and in their hearts.

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As this installment of Nora Robert’s Brides Quartet was playing I could almost smell all the beautiful flowers that Emma arranges for weddings at Vows.  As much as I love spooky, vampire filled,muder mystery, disaster stories, I’m a sucker for a sweet syrupy love story and this was one.  I listened to the first one,Vision In White, and I loved it so naturally I had to listen to this one too.  I play my audiobooks in the car as I cruise around town running errands and there was a couple of times near the end of the story that I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to see for all the tears forming in my eyes. That’s how good it is.  If you like a good old-fashioned love stories, give this series a try.

Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you.

Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an undisputed expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a tight-knit group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast.  And the worst part is, she knows it’s her own fault.  Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead, unMarked, and unable to stop bickering with each other.  So who can blame her for befriending the House of Night’s newest transfer student, the majorly hot Olympic archer, James Stark?  

Meanwhile, Neferet has declared a war on humans after it appears that the People of the Faith have murdered two vampyres.  But Aphrodite’s latest visions show a world completely different from the High Priestess’s promises, a world full of violence, hatred, and darkness, all because of Zoey’s death—and the only way it seems she can prevent it from happening is to make things right with her friends.  Zoey knows in her heart that fighting with humans is wrong. But will anyone listen to her?  Zoey’s adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast’s spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.

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I loved this book.  I know I say that ever time but it’s true.  Poor Zoey, she had three boyfriends and within a few short days she has none.  Her friends are now shunning her and the two that aren’t  are undead and unmarked.  Her mentor, Neferet, has declared war on humans and to do so is awakening a horrible evil and poor Zoey is in the way.   Love it!

Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up—This installment picks up exactly where Betrayed (St. Martin’s, 2007) left off. Zoey Redbird, leader of the Dark Daughters and vampyre fledgling extraordinaire, has discovered some mysterious and disturbing events occurring at her vampyre finishing school. Her ex-roommate and best friend, Stevie Rae, is “undead” and only due to Zoey’s love and belief that she still possesses some humanity has Stevie Rae not become a true monster. Zoey must quickly find a way to reverse what has been done to her before it is too late. To complicate matters, Zoey is forced to keep this a secret from her friends and has been betrayed by her mentor and advisor, Neferet. Zoey knows that Neferet is behind the creation of these “undead” creatures and is not at all what she seems. For help, she turns to her rival, Aphrodite, who becomes her confidante and partner in crime. Horror strikes the House of Night when two professors end up brutally murdered. Cast takes the series up a notch with this installment, and readers will be on the edge of their seats waiting for its continuation. This book is a must for any library with a vampire following—but it does contain explicit language and sexual situations.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.
 
 
 
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This series just gets better and better and once I start reading I don’t want to put it down.  This book follows Zoey as she tries  to  find a way to “heal” Stevie Rae and balance 3 boyfriends while trying to keep them a secret from each other.  I feel bad for Zoey because she really does have sincere feeling for all three  and through no fault of her own is drawn to them in different ways.  Friendship is important in this story and we see how friends sometimes aren’t what they seem while others surprise you.  I’m starting book four tonight and can’t wait!

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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Betrayed, the second installment in the bestselling House of Night series, is dark and sexy, and as thrilling as it is utterly shocking.

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night.  She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group. Best of all, Zoey’s made some new friends and she finally feels like she belongs–like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two.  And despite the best efforts of her mother and step-loser John to humiliate her publically during parent visitation, she’s earned the respect of her professors and High Priestess, Neferet.

Then the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night, straining human-vamp tensions in Tulsa to a breaking point.  While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she finds herself drawn into an intoxicating forbidden flirtation that threatens to distract her from the growing crisis.  Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night.  Too late, Zoey begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves, and she must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. 

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I loved it, loved it, loved it!  Now on to book three.

The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event—an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.

With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

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I enjoyed this book much more than it’s companion Life As We Knew It because the pace of the story seemed to speed right along whereas it seemed to plod along in the prequel.  There was more courage displayed, more character interaction and more gut-wrenching  action.  I strongly recommend this book and it’s not necessary to read the first book to get the full benefit from this one.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8–Pfeffer tones down the terror, but otherwise crafts a frighteningly plausible account of the local effects of a near-future worldwide catastrophe. The prospect of an asteroid hitting the Moon is just a mildly interesting news item to Pennsylvania teenager Miranda, for whom a date for the prom and the personality changes in her born-again friend, Megan, are more immediate concerns. Her priorities undergo a radical change, however, when that collision shifts the Moon into a closer orbit, causing violent earthquakes, massive tsunamis, millions of deaths, and an upsurge in volcanism. Thanks to frantic preparations by her quick-thinking mother, Miranda’s family is in better shape than many as utilities and public services break down in stages, wild storms bring extremes of temperature, and outbreaks of disease turn the hospital into a dead zone. In Miranda’s day-by-day journal entries, however, Pfeffer keeps nearly all of the death and explicit violence offstage, focusing instead on the stresses of spending months huddled in increasingly confined quarters, watching supplies dwindle, and wondering whether there will be any future to make the effort worthwhile. The author provides a glimmer of hope at the end, but readers will still be left stunned and thoughtful.–John Peters, New York Public Library
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I didn’t like this book when I first started it because I  felt it was too “young” for me. But after a few chapters it began to grow on me and I found myself  thinking of things I would do in the same situation and I think I would have stockpiled more chocolate. Being high in calories and some fats it would have been good for  keeping  up strength for the tasks that needed to be done.  I cried at different parts and especially at the end.  We all think that this could never happen to us but just yesterday I read online that in the near future an asteroid would be passing by the earth very closely and scientists say there is no danger.   That’s what the people in this book thought too.

Marked by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast

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Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed.

One minute, sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is a normal teenager dealing with everyday high school stress: her cute boyfriend Heath, the school’s star quarterback who suddenly seems more interested in partying than playing ball; her nosy frenemy Kayla, who’s way too concerned with how things are going with Heath; her uber-tough geometry test tomorrow. The next, she’s Marked as a fledgling vampyre, forcing her to leave her ordinary life behind and join the House of Night, a boarding school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change—and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint with Heath, who just doesn’t know how to take “no” for an answer. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: when she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny—with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

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I loved this book, although at the beginning I wasn’t too sure.  As I read further I really enjoyed the author’s new twist on vampires.Being born and still living in Oklahoma I can relate to the “Oklahoma twang” used by Zoey’s room mate, and of course there is a protagonist that you just love to hate and the handsome boy and the gay boy and the “Twins” who are twins at all.  The ending left many questions unanswered which of course will be addressed in the next book Betrayed. I’ve just started it and can’t wait to really get into it. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of vampires.