Alchemy (Mercian Trilogy, #2) by K.J. Wignall

I read the first book in this trilogy, Blood, a couple of years ago and had mixed feelings.  Being a little OCD about series (particularly from authors I enjoy) I decided I should read the second book as well.  Alchemy, picks up basically where Blood left off: In the thirteenth century, William, heir to the Earl of Mercia, was attacked and turned into a vampire. For 750 years, Will has spent his life in the shadows. Until he met Eloise. Together, Will and Eloise must destroy an ancient evil...

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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls #1) by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls #1) by Deborah Harkness

Anyways, all of this is not to say I didn't enjoy reading the book, and that I am not tempted to power through and read the second tome, just that it was an interesting experience. I would say that if you enjoy paranormal romance this series is a must read. If you don't enjoy long reads with lots of descriptions and a healthy dose of romance then you might be disappointed or tempted to bail out early.

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Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

This was another hard to rate YA fantasy adventure novel. It has a nice hook (a Van Helsing is sent to a Geneva boarding school after getting in to trouble at his previous school and finds out his famous last name more appropriate than he ever thought) and some good action but it just feels little thin somehow. The set up is good but it just never really grabbed my attention.

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Twilight, Vampires and Community

Twilight, Vampires and Community

Tony Woodlief on what the Twilight series, and its popularity, says about modern notions of community: We have fully reversed the symbolism of Stoker’s vampire, who represented a demonic assault on a virtuous community. Today’s vampire is the hip Other, and the community around him is either bungling, intolerant, or simply a source of comedic relief (as in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Lost Boys, and Fright Night, for example). The modern vampire is in touch with his sexuality...

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