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Book Review: Ted Kennedy The Dream That Never Died by Edward Klein

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Growing up, I frequently saw Ted Kennedy on the news, and I knew that a lot of people didn't him, even democrats. I heard people mumble something about Chappaquiddick, but they'd never really expand on it. It wasn't an event that my history or current event classes ever really mentioned either.

For years, I meant to learn more about Ted Kennedy, so when the biography like Ted Kennedy, The Dream That Never Died was published by Crown Publishers in 2009, I bought the book and read it. The author, Edward Klein, made Kennedy's story much more interesting than I thought it would be.
What surprised me most and disliked about Edward Klein's Ted Kennedy:  The Dream That Never Died was the short length . . . only 226 actual pages to tell the story of Kennedy's life. The remaining pages were reference pages and acknowledgements. It seems like a figure from such a famous family deserves a much more in depth look at his life. Another thing I disliked about the book is…

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling was published on June 26, 1997, two days before my birthday. However, with it being a children's book, I didn't hear much buzz about it until it was made into a movie a few years later. As additional books and movies were released, I continued to hear even more chatter from adults about the series and how they loved it. When I finally joined my first two book clubs in 2010, they were absolutely flabbergasted that I hadn't read any of the Harry Potter books. At this point, it was more that I was being stubborn about it and didn't want to jump on the bandwagon. In fact, I jumped on the Twilight bandwagon before reading this series. It wasn't until 2011 before I eventually broke down to read this series, and I read them all one after the other without really reading much else. By the end of the series, I was burnt out on it.
When I first picked up the Harry Potter series, I didn't realize…

Book Review: Secret Vampire (Night World, #1) by L.J. Smith

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Before Twilight, there was The Vampire Diaries and Night World, both series written by the phenomenal L.J. Smith (a.k.a. Lisa Jane Smith). The first book in the Night World series is entitled Secret Vampire and was published in June 1996. 
Sixteen year old Poppy North receives news that she has only months to live. When her best friend, and crush, James Rasmussen visits in the hospital, Poppy sees another side of James when he offers to make her a part of the Night World and leave her loved ones behind.
Secret Vampire (Night World, #1) was my first introduction to books on the topic of vampires when I was a teenager. I still have yet to read Dracula or Interview with a Vampire. Although, I have seen the movie of the latter many times. I recently picked up the book for a reread as I hadn't read it since I was a teen and couldn't remember much about it.
What I loved about Secret Vampire (Night World, #1) is that it deals with a serious life and death situation and choices. I won…

Book Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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Synopsis of The Host by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga:  Earth is being taken over by a species (souls) of another planet. The souls are inserted at the base of human skulls and take over their hosts minds while keeping the bodies intact. The purpose of the invasion is to keep humans from destroying the planet Earth. In fact, Earth isn't the first planet they've invaded; there have been many others. What isn't expected is when Wanderer has been given the body of a girl named Melanie, her host refuses to give up her thoughts and body. When Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with thoughts and visions of Jared, they both fall in love with him and set out to find him and other "wild" humans.
Stephenie Meyer published The Host in May 2008 just a few months before the final installment of her Twilight saga. I wasn't aware that this particular book came out before Breaking Dawn until now. I had assumed she wrote it after and should know better to do th…

Book Review: Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) by Stephenie Meyer

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Like with all the other sequels in the Twilight series, I couldn't wait to start Breaking Dawn and see what the conclusion of the series would bring. The longest book in the series at 756 pages, Breaking Dawn doesn't read like other books of this length. I flew through the pages, and upon a second read through, I noticed a ton of details I missed the first time around. Out of all the books in the series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn), the last installment was my favorite one.
The anticipation of whether or not Bella Swan would actually be turned into a vampire by Edward Cullen had my stomach in knots. The first half of the book didn't have a lot of action in it. It was basically about Bella and Edward getting married and their honeymoon. The second half of the book had all of the action in it and a lot of what ifs.
I love the fact that we meet a lot of the vampires from all over the world . . . for those that have lived under a rock and haven't read …

Book Review: Eclipse (Twilight, #3) by Stephenie Meyer

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Immediately after finishing New Moon (Twilight, #2)by Stephenie Meyer, I apprehensively picked up Eclipse (Twilight, #3) and dove right into it. I was worried that it would read much like the book before, but I was pleasantly surprised about how it was much more enjoyable. Despite the fact the hardback version was 629 pages, I finished it within 1 to 1.5 days. I even took it to work with me so I could read on my lunch hour. I also stayed up to three or four o'clock in the morning to finish the book if that tells you anything.
I love the fact that the worlds of vampires and werewolves are finally intertwined into one story unlike the previous two books where they were separated. There was a lot more action in this installment as well with Victoria wanting to avenge her mate and the Volturi coming to check up on the Cullens to make sure they held up their end of the bargain.
Eclipse is the book that made me fall in love with the character of Jasper Hale (aka Jasper Whitlock). We le…

Book Review: New Moon (Twilight, #2) by Stephenie Meyer

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Immediately upon finishing Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, I picked up my copy of New Moon (Twilight, #2) and began reading. I couldn't wait to see what happened next with Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Unfortunately, New Moon ended up being my least favorite book of the entire Twilight series. That's not to say I didn't like it because I did. Because it was a building book, it seemed to move a lot slower than the preceding book, and that is why I didn't like it as much. Of all the books in the series, this one took me the longest to read at 2.5 to 3 days. And, that is interrupted reading because I had to work.

Another thing that made me not like New Moon as much as Twilight was the fact that so much of it was about how heartbroken Bella was over Edward leaving her. Everyone goes through heartbreak when their significant other leaves them, but at a certain point, I just wanted to shake Bella and tell her to move on because it wasn't worth being so miserable over a guy…

Book Review: Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer

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The year was 2008, and it seemed everywhere I went, I heard people talking about the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The movie based on the book was finally in theaters, and on a Saturday afternoon, I finally decided to breakdown and buy the book to see what all the fuss was about. That night, I started reading the book and stayed up until the wee hours the next morning. When I woke up, I had to buy the rest of the books in the series so I could immediately start reading the next one. I was absolutely enchanted by the story.
In the many book discussions I've had with different people, they say how poorly written Twilight is, but in the same breath, they add that they were sucked in by the story line. This always blows my mind because if it were so poorly written, then they wouldn't have been as engaged as much as they were . . . at least in my opinion. Will Twilight ever be considered true literature and be in the same league as the classics? Probably not. With that being s…

Book Review: My Sister's Boyfriend (Changes #9) by Katherine Applegate

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My Sister's Boyfriend (Changes, #9) by Katherine Applegate is part of the HarperCollins Changes Romance series that was published in the early 1990's. Even though it is part of a series, it is a stand alone book that has nothing to do with any of the other books in the series. As a teenager, I discovered another book in the series before this one, On My Own (Changes, #10) by Janet Quin-Harkin, and it led me to purchasing this particular book. The genre is romance, but I would classify it as romantic comedy.
Rereading this as an adult, I still found myself laughing at some of the same parts that I did as a teenager. Mainly those parts having to do with the little brother and the best friend Lucas. Even though this is a relatively short book geared towards tweens and teens, you still get a fairly good sense of character development. It was a well written book that still keeps my attention as an adult.
With that being said, there were a few things that I didn't particularly l…