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Vlad is in the eighth grade. Vlad is fodder for the bullies. Vlad is half human and half vampire. His mother was human and his father was a vampire.

Vlad’s parents have both died. He lives with “Aunt Nelly” who isn’t his real Aunt, but was his mother’s best friend. Nelly is trying to give Vlad a “normal” life. She is a nurse so she is able to bring him blood from work. She hides the blood in different forms so that Vlad can live like other teenagers. She will place it in a cup and call it “tea”. She puts capsules of blood in his sandwiches so that he can remain nourished throughout the day. Vlad has never tasted blood straight from the source…well with one exception. When he was 8 he bit his best friend Henry. Henry is the only human besides Nelly that knows that Vlad is a vampire.

When one of the teachers at school is missing and feared dead scary things start to happen for Vlad. First is their new substitute teacher. One of the first things he wants the class to do is write a presentation on a mythical figure. Vlad picks Werewolf out of the hat, but right before his eyes the words transform into the word “VAMPIRE”. Other things happen that make Vlad fear that this new substitute may be onto his secret and may even be the reason that the teacher is missing and also may be responsible for the death of his parents.

Through reading his father’s old journal Vlad discovers that there is a whole vampire world that he never knew existed. Can he discover who killed his parents and why?

Eighth Grade Bites was entertaining. And I look forward to seeing how Vlad developes as we go with him through the twelfth grade.

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Wow! I finished the whole series once again. I love to visit “old friends” in what I read. I love the Twilight series. I explained how I became a fan on my Twilight post. By the time I read the series the first 3 books were already out. I sailed right through them and then had to wait for the release of Breaking Dawn. It was a LONG wait! So for the big event my friend Karin(the Edgy half of Edifying and Edgy) and my daughter planned to go to the release party at Borders. I had never been to a release party so didn’t know what to expect. PLUS, on a normal night even for a weekend I am in bed early. So staying up until after midnight was killing me! The party started at 9pm. We entered into a trivia game(made up of teams), Karin had a bite mark tattooed on her hand, we got lots of freebies that the store was giving out. And then the ultimate excitement of the night…the books! Of course I had to buy 2 because my daughter and I were NOT going to fight over who got to read the book first! Our second copy was sent to my niece after I had finished it! We got home probably close to 1 in the morning and couldn’t go to bed without reading some. I think I was up until after 2 reading and then up the next morning to start again. I loved it! And I especially loved the “Happy Ever After” ending! I’m all about that! We took pictures of our evening and I made a poster to hang up at work:

A FUN TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

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Mockingjay pretty much starts where Catching Fire ended. Katniss rescued from the Games and Peeta captured by the Capitol.

As a result of the rebels rescue of Katniss her District 12 is destroyed. Many families perished in the Capitols attack. Katniss and her family were taken to District 13. District 13 is totally underground. They are also the leaders of the rebellion against the Capitol. Their idea is to use Katniss to inspire the other districts to help overthrow the Capitol.

Gale is there helping to strategize for the rebellion. It seems that the only thing they want Katniss to do is to provide video to inspire the troops. Katniss is still trying to recover from the loss of her own District and also the capture of Peeta. Seeing Peeta tortured on one of President Snow’s newscasts sends Katniss reeling into shock. A daring rescue is planned. What nobody expects is how devastating the torture of Peeta actually was. Will he ever be the Peeta that Katniss knew in the Hunger Games?

The last book in the trilogy had me turning pages as quickly as I could. My heart was racing to find out what happened next! I didn’t want to put the book down. Exciting to the very last page which had me brushing away tears! Beware though, this is not a warm-fuzzy book just as The Hunger Games or Catching Fire were not. There are scenes of war, death and violence that may not be suitable for younger children.

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Wesley Bright is a bitter man bent on destroying the church and the people that he feels let him down as a young boy. Seeing his brother thrown off of a roof by young thugs, being disappointed at the judge that didn’t give them enough punishment and not getting satisfactory answers from the young priest that saw the whole thing sets Wesley on a course of destruction.

Wesley becomes the archdiocese of the Apostolic Church and is bent on changing the false ideals of Christianity. When the Shroud of Turin comes to New York Wesley sees it as an opportunity to further debunk Christianity.

The story is told from different characters in the book. It was interesting how the author even went back to the crucifixion comparing and interchanging Wesley and Peter(who denied Jesus 3 times).

The Secret of the Shroud was interesting but sometimes I got bogged down in all of the technical stuff.

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Wow Jacob is persistent! Sometimes to the point of being annoying! Two of my most favorite parts in the book were when Bella punched Jake’s jaw and the tent scene.

I was glad to see the end of Victoria and her newborn army. After 3 books it is about time that Bella and Edward catch a break from all of the drama and calamity that seems to follow their relationship.

This was one of my favorite in the series. I loved the humor in it and Edward’s devotion and love for Bella.

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Go to this link for my review:

Clockwork Angel

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New Moon is not my favorite book in the Twilight series. This is the book that Edward leaves Bella and Jacob comes into the picture. I don’t like the despair that Bella goes into when Edward leaves. I don’t like the fact that even though Bella tells Jacob that she can’t love him she still uses him to keep her thoughts off of Edward. On the upside though, finding out that Jacob is a werewolf was pretty stinkin cool! The humor among the wolf brothers was great! I have sympathy for Jacob. But really, I will always be TEAM EDWARD!

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