8 journalers for this copy...
The author, Katie Maxwell, has also written books under the name Katie MacAlister. The sequel to this book is called Circus of the Darned. Katie MacAlister's vampire series takes place in the same world as Got Fangs? and Circus of the Darned.
Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood, but the main character's feelings of alienation grew old really quickly. Although she wasn't completely bad, because I loved the way she stuck up for herself when the vampire Benedikt tried to boss her around. I wish Feehan's heroines had done the same... Anyway, Got Fangs? was an okay read, and I'm definitely interested in how the author handles the Moravian Dark Ones in the series she has written for adults.
1. ladiibbug (USA) (prefers US shipping, int'l if needed)
2. CheriePie (USA)
3. NeedSun (Canada)
4. Amberkatze (Austria) Europe shipping only
5. Margih (Finland)
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-Please try to read the book within 4 weeks. It's a short teen book, and shouldn't take long to read
-Journal the book when you receive it, and again after you're finished
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I liked the main teen character, Francesca very much. The author did an excelllent job describing the turbulent teen emotions & struggles, while keeping the character likable.
Add the delights of the Elvis character to the horses, I liked *everything* about this book - including the gorgeous cover art!
I'll definitely add book 2 in the series (Circus of the Darned) to my wish list! Thanks again for sharing, CandyDarling :-)
Mailing to CheriePie - TRAV
* Counts in the Keep Them Moving 2006 Challenge *
Like Candy, a lot of Fran's quirks and insecurities got to me after awhile. But I think a lot of that's simply in the author's writing style because A Girl's Guide to Vampires hit me the same way, with the immature squabbling those characters did. And I didn't care for all the cutesy words either—I thought I'd scream if she said nummy one more time!
Beyond all that, the book had a somewhat interesting story line. Fran and her mother, who's a witch, are traveling around Europe with the GothFaire. Fran has been pulled out of school for a year and she's not that happy about it, struggling to fit in and all. As it stands, with her gift of psychometry (being able to sense things by touch) she should actually be more at home among the people of the Faire: witches, demonologists, palm readers, vampires, and the like; yet still she hides her gift and feels like a freak.
Fran's mom asks Fran to use her gift to help determine who's been stealing the money from the Faire's safe, and though she's reluctant to do so, she eventually agrees. Though Fran claims she's a mystery buff, her detective skills were laughable; she'd write people off as suspects for stupid reasons. I had a feeling I knew who was behind everything from the beginning and I ended up being right, despite Fran's inability to see the truth. I would've also thought that with all the psychics and such hanging around, that getting away with such a crime would've been near to impossible. But then the author wouldn't have had much to build the story on.
Like in her adult Dark Ones series, written under the name of Katie MacAlister, we have Dark Ones in this book. The Faire's palm reader, Imogen, is a Dark One, or a Moravian more correctly since supposedly only the men can be called Dark Ones. A Dark One is basically a vampire, with a few minor differences from vampires as we encounter them in other books. Imogen's younger brother, Benedikt, has come to the Faire to visit his sister, and takes an immediate liking to Fran, and tells her she's his Beloved. A Beloved is a Dark One's other half, and is the only one who can redeem his soul. I can imagine this would be a lot for 16-year-old Fran to handle. But then again, Benedikt is 300 something! So the budding romance, if you can call it that, between Fran and Ben is cute and adds to the rest of the story.
This book is reserved to go on to NeedSun next. I've got a lot of other books here on my TBR that have to go to her and since this is so thin, I was thinking of holding it till next week and mailing this Night Pleasures back to her together. I haven't quite decided yet though and if one of Joanne's books isn't my next read, I'll just mail this out singly. And I'll update this entry with the shipping detail on whichever way I decide to go. :)
PS - Candy, I PMed Alithia to check on the status of my A Girl's Guide to Vampires bookray since I notice you're next on that and she's had it since August. :(
PPS - I also love the clear protective covering you put over your paperbacks. I must remember to ask you about that in email...
EDIT 19-NOV-2006: Mailed to NeedSun along with Night Pleasures on 20-Nov-2006 via International Air Mail.
Thanks everyone. I have the address for the next participant to read it so I should get this book in the mail this week.
Edit Jan 9: Sent by air on Jan 8
I will try and read it this week and then I will send it off to Margih when I am finished with HEX which I also have to send off to her.
This was a quick light read and nice enough. I am used to the ‘Dark ones’ now and it was nice to see another story with them involved. I believe there is another book after this on in the series and it would be great to read that someday too!
However I have to say I didn't like the main character too much...but this book being aimed at teenagers and the main character was acting like a teenager so maybe that is why I didn't like her so much :) Also the horse thing was a weird reason to do her mums dirty work!
I have to send HEX on to Margih and would like to send them off together. So this book will most likely be with me for another week before it moves on. I hope that is ok!
Thanks again all!
And thanks CandyDarling for sharing!
I' m looking forward for the sequal which I was clever enough to grab from our monthly meet up in Helsinki last week. After reading that one, I think I know where the books ends up next.