lady_green_bat (lady_green_bat) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 126-149

The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott & Porter Grand
Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block
American Vampire Vl 15, 19, 20 & 5/5 by Scott Synder
Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter
The Love Child by Fiona Hill
Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt
Dracula, My Love: The Secret Diaries of Mina Harker by Syrie James
The Princess and the God by Doris Orgel
The Last Apprentice: A Coven of Witches by Joseph Delaney
Dark Angel, Lord Carew's Bride, and The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh
I, Vampire #2 by Joshua Hale Fialkov
The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

There were some real gems in this latest installment-The Red Garden, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and the Percy Jackson series being the standout favourites. The Red Garden was practically a perfect book in my opinion. I would have read whatever other tale Ms Hoffman cared to tell about this little town, that feeling of being sad when the story is finished though not left unsatisfied either.

While I found the photographs/text combo in Riggs' novel really neat there were times that I wished the author would just let us see it instead of telling us "this photo is..." or "they really did look just like this...". It's a great piece of YA fiction though and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

If I had been a fan of the Percy Jackson books before the movie came out I would have been utterly pissed by it's terrible representation of the novels. How did the fans deal with such a bad movie? Is it because they were too young and I'm a silly adult with what looks like too much time on her hands? The series is wonderful (YAY! Greek mythology!) and I downloaded the next two books to the Kobo last night so I hope they answer some questions from the previous series.

Karen Essex and Syrie James write in a similar style of "Dracula from Mina's perspective" and both could have been good books except for one thing: Mina. Is that too harsh? OK there's more at fault here than just Mina but no one ever seems to get her right...except Moore. In Dracula in Love we learn that Mina is the reincarnated soul of a half-fairy whom our vampire friend fell madly in love with after the crusades and things all went to pot when she--(pay attention Bella fans)--got pregnant. Mina seems to be repeating this cycle and Dracula's pissed but never pissed enough in my opinion, just as Mina's way too forgiving and easily manipulated. For God's sake, the guys lock her in Steward's asylum and perform water torture after copping a feel and implying there's worse to come, because yes, Steward and Van Helsing are misogynistic sadists who like performing blood transfusions and having women seen but not heard. SJ--or Stupid Jonathan--pretty much allows this to happen. At this point I just want Drac to come find me and leave Mina to her wishy-washy fate. Hot sex scenes though if you can deal with the constant guilt trips. Dracula, My Love: The Secret Diaries of Mina Harker doesn't fare much better. It sticks to the 'reality' of the story more than Essex's book (which wouldn't have mattered to me if Mina had been the character I wanted her to be...Yep.) but we're still given this wishy-washy woman with an idiot husband and Dracula who's not really Dracula but turns out to be just as evil in the end which leaves me wondering who will give me back the time I gave up reading this tripe.
Tags: alternate history, erotica, fantasy, fiction, myth and legend, romance, short stories, vampires, werewolves, witchcraft, young adult

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