My Wicked Vampire by Nina Bangs
American Vampire (4/5) by Scott Synder
Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
God's Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
Beauty and the Beast by Marie le Prince de Beaumont
Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas
how to (un)cage a girl by Francesca Lia Block
The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
I'd have to say that the standout of this group was Gil's All Fright Diner. Funny? OMG was it ever funny, and I haven't read something truly funny in a long time. Redneck vampire and werewolf, zombies invading a diner built on a constructed 'hellmouth', young EVIL witch, and a ghost love story? Entertaining! Charlaine Harris has a recommendation on the cover, and yeah if I was going to compare this book to anything it would be in the style of Harris' novels--more of the tongue-in-cheek plus more humour that we sometimes still find in her novels if not in the tv show (sidenote: I dreamt about Eric Northman in passing the other night, only it was at a large bbq and I was only asking him if he wanted more corn or potatoes or something that a vampire obviously wouldn't want or care for but he took it without incident).
God's Behaving Badly had a great concept, and makes me want to investigate what came first: Phillips' idea or the countless RPG's that deal with the very same plot of this book? Hmmm. The ending was terrible. OK maybe not terrible, but it ended in such a way that I felt...confused? unsatisfied? wondering when Zeus was going to go off the deep end like he used to do millenia ago and wipe out the first born of Egypt. Oh wait, I'm supposed to believe God was responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of babies. See! Greek Gods running amok in London isn't so far fetched after all!
I know I've been singing the praises of Francesca Lia Block but her poetry collection was something I really should have skipped. I'm definitely outside the age group. The tone and lyricism is reminiscent of her books but for some reason I just feel disconnected with the poems in how to (un)cage a girl and I believe it's because the majority of her messages are aimed at teenagers or women who have yet to accept themselves as wonderful people, people who can change the world, people who are beautiful just the way they are; I'm way too vain to deal with that shit any more. The only poem I kept was one about vampires. Don't judge me!
The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason is a new-to-me vampire slayer series that I find interesting and only somewhat predictable. I like that Gleason doesn't bog us down with explanations or slayer history--(although there is an abundance of clothes descriptions and the requisite hairstyles that seem to always pop up in historical romance/fantasy/fiction)--just expects us to be accepting enough to follow her along for the ride, and I respect that. "Yeah, sure, she's of a important slayer bloodline and hides stakes in her garter. Sure! Go with it! It's all good!" I picked this series up from the library but now realize I'm missing a book. Damn you person who donated! Where the hell is #2???