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The town of Gentry knows to be afraid of the dark, creatures creep through the night and every now and then children die.  In The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, Mackie Doyle should have been one of those children.  He is a Replacement, switched when he was young with a human child.  His family knows he is not their son and yet they love and do everything they can to protect him.  He is sensitive to all metal, blood, and holy places.

Tate has just lost her sister.  Yet she can’t be comforted since she knows that thing wasn’t her sister.  She wants answers and think Mackie might have them.  Diving into the world no one talks about Mackie enters the House of Mayhem and meets the Morrigan.  She is a childlike princess of the castoffs.  Mackie finds that he needs the Morrigan and her herbs just to stay alive in the iron filled world above.  Mackie has to find if he really has the courage to pursue Tate and help find her sister.  The Morrigan warns her about the evil Lady who takes the children and Mackie isn’t sure if he wants to be involved.

I really enjoyed the setting of this story.  The town of Gentry is dark and misty, with constant rain and dark..  The perfect setting for a suspensful thriller.  The story is one that has always fascinated me with the Changelings, and this one does not disappoint on the creepy factor. I was a little disappointed that the author expected you to know some of the things she was thinking.  Some of her back story was not fleshed out enough so that the reader knew what was going on.  The Lady was creepy but not enough was known about her to really know why they did what they did. All in all a really good read!  I would recommend this especially at night wrapped up in a blanket!

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Title: The Replacement

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Format: Hardcover

Page #: 352

ISBN: 1595143378

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: September 21, 2010

Reviewer: Megan

Avery Wood doesn’t remember anything about the night her parents were brutally murdered, she just recalls becoming aware when the police arrived to find her covered in blood.  Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin is about Avery’s struggle to adjust to her new world, with the death of her parents Avery finds herself living with the grandmother that her father wouldn’t speak to and the few friends she had obtained in high school avoid her.  Then she meets Ben, a mysterious new boy in school that she feels drawn to, but Ben is more than he appears.  As suspicious events start to happen, Avery’s memory begins to come back and she starts to fear that Ben had something to do with her parents’ death. But Avery finds herself drawn to Ben and senses the loneliness she feels is also felt by Ben.

Devlin’s world where rumors have always existed about creatures living in the forests that surround the town was interesting, as was Avery’s involvement with the woods.  I liked the story but Avery’s involvement with the world around her seems a bit disjointed but that may have been deliberate on the part of the author because Avery’s world has been changed in horrible ways.  I actually felt like the novel could have gone a bit more in depth then it did, it just felt a little rushed. That being said, I enjoyed the novel and it was a quick read.

The copy I have is an ARC (advance reader copy) and I am very interested to see the finished product.  My copy has some of the words in the first chapter printed in red, I am interested to see if the finished product has that also.  It also has some beautiful graphics on the bottom corner of each page.  I love books and the incorporation of different elements in the finished bound product is interesting and enticing for me as a reader.

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Title: Low Red Moon

Author: Ivy Devlin

Format: Hardbound

Page Nos.: 256

ISBN: 978-1599905105

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: September 14, 2010

Available for purchase: Bloomsbury, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

One year after his wife’s funeral, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter with a list in it from her that will change his life forever. Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber is about what Michael does with that list and the three woman who’s lives he impacts because of Hannah’s letter.  Hannah has passed away from ovarian cancer and, knowing Michael like she does, she realizes that he will cut himself off from others if she doesn’t make him get outside his shell.  In the letter Hannah tells Michael she wants him to get remarried and have a family, suggestion that he look at three woman: Winter, Leanne and Macy.

Winter is Hannah’s cousin who recently opened a bakery.  Leanne is one of the nurses who cared for Hannah during her brief battle with the cancer that took her life.  Macy is a free spirited artist and model who made Hannah laugh. Michael must work to overcome his grief and at least look at the woman his wife so thoughtfully thought might be good for him.

I have to admit I picked up Hannah’s List because I like Debbie Macomber’s other novels and didn’t really look that closely at what it was about. I won’t be doing that again.  The book is great but the first chapter had me bawling through it.  My mother passed away from breast cancer almost three years ago and everything that Michael went through in joining the dating world I recently watched my father go through. It hit very close to home and thank goodness I was reading it in the privacy of my home.  That being said, Macomber has again brought her characters to life in a heart warming manner.  Michael’s grief, his desire to fulfill his wife’s last wish and his struggles to feel happy when his love has gone were heart wrenching but at the same time had me cheering him on.

The novel follows all three women, in addition to Michael, so for the first half of the novel I was trying to guess which woman he would end up with as I liked all three women equally.  In addition to trying to guess who Michael would end up with, Macomber’s characters were so likable I found myself caring about where all three women were going in their relationships after I could tell who Michael would end up with.

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Title: Hannah’s List

Author: Debbie Macomber

Format: Hardbound and ebook

Page Nos.: 416

ISBN: 0778327809

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: April 2010

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.com but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Recently I was digging through by box of books labeled “F” and came across an old favorite author, Joann Ferguson.  Ferguson has had a few adventures of her own in addition to writing them, including a stint as an Army quartermaster officer where she was the first and only woman in her unit. She still enjoys traveling to the locations of her books and learning all about those places and people. Researching her novels is part of the fun. Whether it’s ghosts, calling cards, how to fire an antique gun, or traveling to a world that exists only in her imagination, she pays a great deal of attention to the details that delight her reader. She’s even learned a bit of Russian, Arabic, Welsh, and a lot of Regency slang.

Her work has been honored with award nominations from Pearl, ROMY, Romantic Times, Rom/Con, and Affaire de Coeur magazine. Amazon Books chose her novels to showcase. And Romance Writers of America bestowed the two ARTemis Awards for Jo Ann’s Zebra Regencies: The Counterfeit Count and A Christmas Bride.

All of the books I have read by Ferguson have been published by Zebra, their Regency line. (Let me just say I sad I am that they are no longer publishing the regencies!) I just re-read The Convenient Arrangement, however, my favorite are the Priscilla Flanders Mystery Series.  While doing research for this posting I found that she is continuing the story line with a different publisher and I am SOO excited to read it!

When Zebra stopped publishing I did a search for many of my favorite authors and wasn’t able to find them, I guess I needed to give them a little more time to find  new publishers.  I will be searching out more of them and letting you, my readers, know who and where they are.

The books by Ferguson published under the Zebra label all rate as a 1 or 2 but I haven’t read any of her newer works, so if you are relying on my rating system, just be aware.  I will update this post once I have read her newer works.

She also writes historical and paranormal fiction under the name Jocelyn Kelley, but I have not read any of these novels and can’t provide you with a rating.  That being said, I have always  enjoyed Ferguson’s characters, especially the logical thinking  of her heroines (how often does the heroine of a story end up in trouble because she is stupid?!). I am very excited to have found her again and will be reading (and posting) on her books in the future.

Rating: 1 or 2

Joann Ferguson

Jocelyn Kelley

Fantastic Fiction

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