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The Dark Days of Supernatural

Harper Collins recently announced the release of their new summer series, The Dark Days Of Supernatural.    If you enjoy the dark, the dangerous, or just a good vampire tale, I recommend you check out seven new books from bestselling authors Kim Harrison, Ellen Schreiber, and Aprilynne Pike, as well as from debut authors Veronica Roth, Amy Plum, Tara Hudson, and Josphine Angelini. The series of paranormal thrillers, supernatural romance and otherworldly adventures, features the seven new titles:

– Illusions by Aprilynne Pike (released 5/03/2011)
– Divergent by Veronica Roth (released 5/3/2011)
– Die For Me by Amy Plum (on sale 5/10/2011)
– Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber (on sale 5/17/2011)
– Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison (on sale 5/24/2011)
– Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (on sale 5/31/2011)
– Hereafter by Tara Hudson (on sale 6/7/2011)
I was lucky enough to be able to read 3 of these books:
Starcrossed is about a girl who hasn’t fit in her whole life.  A quick synoposis:
Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history. As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
For lack of a better adjective, the book is definitely Twilightish.  However, it takes a great turn and has an awesome Greek mythology angle to it.  It meshes both those worlds with ease.  The best part is that you don’t need a Greek mythology background to follow what is going on.  It was a fun and semiquick read (I read fast, and it is a semi large book, so I have a feeling it make take others longer).   This is one of those books that you get to the end and go “that’s it?!?”.  The good news is that this book is part of a series.  The bad news is that the next book won’t be published till 2012!
Divergent is a completely different take:
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

To be honest, I found it a lot harder to read Divergent. It takes a bit to get into the book. However, you will find yourself surprised at some of the betrayals and romance.

Lastly, I read Cryptic Cravings.  A quick synopsis of this book:

The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend, Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville’s old mill. Raven discovers Jagger’s plan to open a new club, the Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville’s teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike?And as Sebastian and Luna’s relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want?

This book is 8th in the series.  I have not read the other 7 books, and I found it really easy to jump right in.  Cryptic Cravings is more of teen romance novel with a bit of mystery.  However, as an adult, I enjoyed reading it.  I finished it in one night.  There is also a great twist at the end that I didn’t even see coming (and I’m one of those annoying people who can tell you the end of a movie 5 minutes in).
If you are looking for some great summer reading, I have to recommend Harper Collin’s The Dark Days of Supernatural series!

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