Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

A new chapter in the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires saga. Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he's been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael's all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell...

I really enjoy the Morganville Vampires series. My favorite part has been watching the growing relationship between Claire and Shane. They are just so darn cute!

This book was exciting because we get to step outside of Morganville and hit the road. Too bad the road hit back. It was a pretty exciting book, full of seedy hotel rooms and backwords country folk. Vampires are not the only bad things out there.

My favorite charcter out of this book was Linda. She's rough and tough and can bake one mean chocolate chip cookie.

It was fun getting to know a new cast of charcters but I have to admit I missed being in Morganville with Myrnin and his flip flops. But a vacation is nice every once and a while.

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Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

I have a short list of authors that are an automatic buy as soon as they hit the shelves. Charlaine Harris is one of them. And let me say it has been a long year between books.

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

I love Sookie. She is quirky and fun and won't take no bad language said in her presence(something I find entertaining). Pretty much everyone is back in this book, it's always nice to catch up on familiar faces. I won't get too into the plot, lets just say: the were's have issues, the vamps have issues, and Sookie is trying to work through her issues.

My favorite part of this book is the time we get to spend with a certain young man, yes we get to spend time with Hunter. My favorite character from this book is Claude. Normally he is rude and self absorbed, but in this book we get to see another side. Although, I wouldn't mind seeing any side of Claude.

All together it was an enjoyable book. I have to say I love Eric and Sookie together and can only hope it lasts.
And now the long wait begins.
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Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs, Lawrence, Tsai, Woo

I have never read a graphic novel before, never had any interest. Until one of my favorite authors decided to make one.

Mercy Thompson is a walker, a magical being with the power to transform into a coyote. She lives on the fine line dividing the everyday world from a darker dimension, observing the supernatural community while standing apart.When Mercy travels to the Tri-Cities of Washington for a job interview, she quickly finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a gang war between rival packs of werewolves. And as if fangs and fur weren’t bad enough, Mercy must deal with the scariest creature of all: her mother, who is convinced that Mercy is making a mess of her life and determined to set her daughter on the right course.The thrilling adventures of Mercy Thompson–Moon Called, Blood Bound, and Iron Kissed–have topped the New York Times bestseller list. Now Mercy makes her comics debut in an exclusive new story created by Patricia Briggs. Mercy Thompson: Homecoming is sure to please longtime fans and capture new ones with its mix of unforgettable characters and thrilling supernatural intrigue.

For my first foray into graphic novels I am impressed. I thought the artwork was amazing. I thought Mercy was represented nicely and I thought Adam looked good ;) My favorites have to be Zee, he looks like a crazy old man, and Stefen. Stefen's portrayal in the graphic novel is not exactly how I picture him in my head from the books, which is just fine.

The story was good. We get a nice glimpse of how Mercy came to the Tri-cities, how she gets her job working at the shop, and how she meets everyone in the area. We also get to see a whole lotta naked Mercy, which makes sense, she isn't ashamed about being naked in the novels so why shouldn't she be portrayed true to character in the graphic novel.

My only complaint about the graphic novel is a small one. In the story there are flashbacks. Between the present and thinking back to the past it sometimes got a little confusing. The transition between the two were not exactly clear. We were cruising along in the story one moment and all of a sudden it completely changed. Maybe it was just me being a little slow in realizing what was going on, very high possibility.

I highly recommend reading this graphic novel. I know the die hard fans of Patricia Briggs will enjoy getting to know Mercy on a whole new level. And for those that have not had a taste of the Mercy world, go out and get acquainted with our girl Mercy and all her friends from the Tri-cities, you won't be disappointed.
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