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Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson

Red Riding HoodThe town of Daggorhorn, deep within a forest, has been feeding a terrifying wolf every full moon with animal sacrifices. When a blood moon hangs over the forest, the townspeople are nervous. They haven’t seen the blood moon for many years. When the wolf brutally kills a young girl the town’s nerves are justified, but they have had enough and seek revenge. The main character, Valerie, is the sister of the girl who was murdered by the wolf. Struggling to come to terms with her sisters death, Valerie also has to deal with being betrothed to the blacksmith while having feelings for the woodcutter, and is pained to see her father drinking too much, and her mother’s grief. The town is turned on its head when it’s discovered the wolf is a werewolf that my be a member of their community by day.

This book will capture your attention from the very beginning. It is a bit like Twilight, with the love triangle, but set in a different era with different values. It is a murder-mystery book, and one that will keep you guessing.

RF 7/10

This book is also a major motion picture.

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

EclipseEclipse, much like the two previous books in the epic Twilight saga, is full of torment, surprises, fear, indecision and coincidentally, happiness for Bella Swan. After returning home from Italy, all seems well in the little town of Forks until unexpectedly a string of sudden gruesome murders happen in the city of Seattle. Thinking the murders are linked, the Cullens decide to keep an eye on the situation while things escalate. Confusion spreads as to why the Voturi have not stepped in and clean up the situation, when the Cullen’s discover these are vampire attacks.

Meanwhile Bella is having problems with her best friend Jacob Black who is coincidentally a member of an abnormally large werewolf pack, and the natural enemy vampires. This makes things difficult for Bella, after she has accepted to marry her vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen; in return Edward has to turn Bella into one of the immortal walking dead. This upsets Jacob deeply, and will also affect the entire Cullen family. The werewolves and the Cullens have a treaty, but this will end if any of Cullens bite a human, thus creating problems for Bella. Not only has that she discovered that her vampire enemy Victoria has created an army to destroy her and the Cullens.

In spite of the treaty, the immortal enemies join ranks in order to save Bella and the town of Forks from the wrath of Victoria and her new born vampire army. The victory was not without sacrifice, whilst helping another werewolf; Jacob Black is injured in the heat of battle having all of the bones in the right side of his body shattered.

This book is a great read and I recommend it to anyone to read it, whether you prefer werewolves, vampires or mystery/thrillers.

Rating: 8 ½ /10

By J.M.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

TwilightDespite Stephanie Meyer murdering the whole idea of vampires, I still found Twilight to be a pretty good book. It started off quite bad, but the characters and plot got better the further on I read. It even got to the point where I was worried or annoyed with the characters and couldn’t put the book down during some of the more important events.

I began reading the book last year, to see what all of the hype – and hate – was about. I stopped reading before reaching the second chapter, concluding that the next 23 would be the continuation of Bella whining about the weather. I had watched the movie, and thought that it was slightly better, but still not that great.

If you give the book a chance, you might find that it’s not as bad as you think, but you might still want to skip the first few chapters. The plot eventually reveals itself, being easy to follow, but quite simple. The characters’ relationships with each other end up being a little more complex than the overall story, making this a great book for teenage girls.

This book definitely isn’t for everyone, but I suggest reading it before making uninformed assumptions based on the movie, which I now believe to be inferior to the book.

I give this book 6/10.

B.O.

Betrayed: A House of Night novel by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Published by AtomZoey Redbird is settling in to the House of Night finishing school and is fairly confident about her powers. But then a human disappears and was last seen outside the House of Night but Zoey got a strange feeling that he would be found but he would be found dead. But then he got found and he was dead. They suspected vampires. But then Zoey had more stress to deal with, with the dark daughters now in her hands so she did some research she decided on some before the ritual. But then a few days later another human went missing. He was found dead too. Throughout all this commotion Zoey was still seeing ghosts but when she went to talk to her she overheard a scene between Neferet and Aphrodite saying Nyx (their goddess) has abandoned her then when Aphrodite has a vision of Zoey’s grandma dying she has to trust her and she then knows Nyx hasn’t abandoned her. But then st the full moon ritual just after Stevie Rae died her body rejected the change. That night Zoey had a dream about Heath and he was kidnapped. Zoey woke up the next morning to find Heath was missing. She had imprinted with him so it was easy for her to find him but then when she did there was a heap of undead kids including Stevie Rae using the elements Zoey got them out of there also promising Zoey that she wouldn’t forget her so she returned to school also to discover that Neferet was the one behind all this.

By TH

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Little, Brown Book GroupWow!

Meyer has combined the genres of horror and romance to produce Twilight, an absolute page turner that is anything but your typical vampire novel. Loose yourself in this fabulous story about a special girl called Bella, who moves to the dreary town of Forks to live with her father. And that’s where ‘normal’ ends. Forget what you thought you knew about vampires and let Meyer open up a whole new world, with fantastic characters such as Edward, the male lead, who forms an unnatural and unsafe connection to Bella. The best part is, this is book number one of four. Harry Potter, move over. 10/10