Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book Review: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice CoverCute retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Reading Level:
Young Adult
Release Date: January 1, 2011
Publisher: Point
Pages: 288
Source: Amazon Vine
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Lizzie Bennet has just spent a grueling first semester at the ritzy, all-girl Longbourn Academy. She and her best friend Jane are scholarship students surrounded by the offspring of very rich parents. Jane has a crush on wealthy Charles, who attends a nearby, equally upper-class boys' academy. None of the male students there attract Lizzie, and when she meets Charles's best friend, Darcy, Lizzie is positive that he won't be an exception to the rule who can overcome her prejudice against arrogant, elitist boys.

This is a really fun read. It is extremely well written and highly entertaining with plenty of laughs. If you are looking for relief from all the gritty, dark reads dominating YA fiction these days, and especially if you have had enough of teen romance novels with instant obsession passing for love, you'll truly enjoy this terrific romantic comedy's approach. Much like her progenitor, Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (P&P), Lizzy is a strong, intelligent, independent and witty heroine who would never fall at any boy's feet the second she meets him, no matter how gorgeous he is.

The author has done a great job keeping the spirit of both Charles Bingley's personality and Fitzwilliam Darcy's in this book. Charles is very genial and sweet, and Darcy is very attractive and very proud. In addition, all the major subcharacters of P&P get excellent remakes for this story, contributing greatly to the comic mayhem.

Heroine: 5

Subcharacters: 5

Writing: 5

Chick-Lit Plot: 5

Romantic Plot: 5


Overall: 5


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book Review: Fang Me (Demon Underground, #3) by Parker Blue

Try Me CoverTerrific third book in a superb YA urban-fantasy series

Fang Me (Demon Underground, #3) by Parker Blue
Reading Level:
Young Adult
Release Date: March 14, 2011
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Pages: 194
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Eighteen-year-old Val Shapiro is one-eighth succubus demon. She and her sidekick, Fang, a half-terrier, half-hellhound dog who can talk to her telepathically, are still searching frantically for the enormously powerful Encyclopedia Magicka. They must locate it before either of the warring factions of vampires and part-demon humans within the city of San Antonio get their hands on it. If Val and Fang fail, there will be dire consequences for millions. Val's vampire enemies, who call her The Slayer, continue to attempt to kill her, and she is unsure who to trust among her fellow part-demons, because anyone who obtains the Encyclopedia Magicka will gain unimaginable powers of destruction.

As Val fights evil vampires and sorts out friends from enemies among the demonic community, she continues to resist her attraction to adorable, hunky Shade, a boy who is part shadow demon and was her romantic interest in Try Me, book two of this series. Val is of age and willing to become Shade's lover, whom she has come to care for deeply, but there are two consequences of that choice that she fears: Will Lola, her succubus-demon side, harm Shade? And will losing her virginity cause Val to lose her demonic superpowers as well, leaving her wide open to destruction by the vampires seeking to destroy her?

This YA urban-fantasy series continues in its outstanding course of combining great paranormal world-building with strong, sympathetic good-guy characters, and scary, believable bad-guy characters. I love all the action, and I adore the comic relief provided by Fang, but my absolute favorite part of this book is the growing romance between Val and Shade. He is one of my favorite of YA romance heroes in recent years, and it is a privilege to continue to follow this compelling duo along their conflict-riddled road to love.

Parental guidance note: Because of the violence contained in this book and the sexualized nature of Val's succubus-demon side, many parents may find the content of this book too mature for younger teens.

Heroine: 5

Subcharacters: 5

Fantasy World-Building: 5

Writing: 5

Action-Adventure Plot: 5

Romantic Subplot: 5


Overall: 5