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Bye 2009 - Patricia Briggs, Snyder, Phillips, Rick Riordan, Richelle Mead, Lindsay, Cassandra Clare

47 - 54) 1-4 Mercy Thompson series + Prequel and 1-2 Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs
- urban fantasy (1921 pages)
- Werewolves with some vampires and fae mixed in.
- I was so excited for the new Alpha and Omega book I reread the whole series. I love Briggs work and can't wait for more by her :) (5/5)

55-56) Storm Glass + Sea Glass by Maria V Snyder
- Fantasy, Magic & Wizards (896 pages)
- Apprentice magician, ardent glassmaker and spunky Nancy Drew–style sleuth Opal Cowan discovers her latent mystical talents and wins the attention of three gorgeous hunks. In classic coming-of-age fashion, Opal uses her magic powers to help her loved ones and her glass know-how to find the flaws in the Stormdancers' weather-controlling glass orbs, all amid breathless adolescent quivers of romance and jealousy.
- Nothing will compare to Snyder's first book Poison Study, but this is the 5th book in the same world and I still liked it. (3/5)

56) God's Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
- Humour, fantasy (304 pages)
- Greek gods and goddesses living in a tumbledown house in modern-day London and facing a very serious problem: their powers are waning, and immortality does not seem guaranteed. In between looking for work and keeping house, the ancient family is still up to its oldest pursuit: crossing and double-crossing each other. When Artemis-the goddess of the moon, chastity and the hunt, who has been working as a dog walker-hires Alice to tidy up, the household is set to combust, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
- I loved my mythology class when I was in high school so when I saw this book I had to try it. I after the first chapter I nearly put it down, but after the 3d or 4th chapter I was into it. Overall it was great - (4/5)

57-63) Percy Jackson and the Olympians 1,2,3,4,4.5,5 by Rick Riordan
- Action & Adventure, mythology (1976 pages)
- contemporary 12-year-old New Yorker who learns he's a demigod. Perseus, aka Percy Jackson, thinks he has big problems. What a surprise when he finds out that that's only the tip of the iceberg: he vaporizes his pre-algebra teacher, learns his best friend is a satyr, and is almost killed by a minotaur before his mother manages to get him to the safety of Camp Half-Blood--where he discovers that Poseidon is his father. But that's a problem, too. Poseidon has been accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt, and unless Percy can return the bolt, humankind is doomed. Riordan's fast-paced adventure is fresh, dangerous, and funny. Percy is an appealing, but reluctant hero, the modernized gods are hilarious, and the parallels to Harry Potter are frequent and obvious. Because Riordan is faithful to the original myths, librarians should be prepared for a rush of readers wanting the classic stories.
- Love. Great books - very fun and fast books. (5/5)

64-68) Vampire Academy 1-4 by Richelle Mead
- Fiction (1632 pages)
-After two years on the run, best friends Rose, half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy. Up until then, Rose had kept Lissa safe from her enemies; school, however, brings both girls additional challenges and responsibilities. How they handle peer pressure, nasty gossip, new relationships, and anonymous threats may mean life or death. Likable narrator Rose hides doubts about her friend behind a tough exterior; orphan Lissa, while coping with difficult emotional issues such as depression and survivor's guilt, uses her emerging gifts for good.
- Great series that I can't wait to continue (4.5/5)

69-71) Dexter 1-3 by Jeff Lindsay
- Mystery Suspense (368, 292, 320 pages)
- Meet Dexter Morgan. He's a highly respected lab technician specializing in blood spatter for the Miami Dade Police Department. He's a handsome, though reluctant, ladies' man. He's polite, says all the right things, and rarely calls attention to himself. He's also a sociopathic serial killer whose "Dark Passenger" drives him to commit the occasional dismemberment. Mind you, Dexter's the good guy in this story.
- Meh. I kept losing interest and hated the 3rd book. Great tv series though. (1.5/5)

72-74) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass
by Cassandra Clare
- Fantasy (1520 pages)
- Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world. And she's introduced with a vengeance, when Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster sent by the evil and powerful Shadowhunter, Valentine. How could a mere human survive such an attack.
- Fun quick series. (4/5)
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