The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society #2)

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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

“The fabulous foursome readers embraced as The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission, significantly closer to home. After reuniting for a celebratory scavenger hunt, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are forced to go on an unexpected search–a search to find Mr. Benedict. It seems that while he was preparing the kids’ adventure, he stepped right into a trap orchestrated by his evil twin Mr. Curtain.

With only one week to find a captured Mr. Benedict, the gifted foursome faces their greatest challenge of all–a challenge that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and will require them to fight for the very namesake that united them.”

More exciting adventures for Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance. This book was just as good as the first in the series, maybe even better as I read it in only one day. Again, the author writes with a great sense of humor and I love the pace of the story. It makes me want to read it without putting it down.

Hardcover
440 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Young Readers
ISBN13: 9780316057806

3 stars

The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society #1)

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

“Young readers who have worked their way through Lemony Snicket may well find their next obsession in The Mysterious Benedict Society, a dandy YA debut by novelist Trenton Lee Stewart. This engaging tale has all the elements tweens find intriguing: gifted kids, a dangerous mission, and a secret society where nothing is as it seems. Stewart throws plenty of challenges — physical, mental, and moral — in the path of his young protagonists, and readers will have fun solving the riddles and unraveling the clues in this smart, unconventional mystery. Complex, unpredictable, and deeply respectful of children’s innate intelligence, The Mysterious Benedict Society is highly recommended for thoughtful preteens. P.S. We loved it, too!”

Once again, this is another book that I picked up at the bookstore on whim because first, I liked the cover art, and second, the premise sounded good. I found out later that the illustrator is Carson Ellis, who illustrates the album cover art for The Decemberists, a band that I love.

Anyway, I loved the book. I knew I was going to be hooked on the entire series less than halfway into the first chapter. One of the reasons that I bought the book was that it was so long (I love to buy thick books that will *hopefully* take longer to read) but it was still a pretty fast read simply because it was such a fun read. The characters are great too and the author writes with a wonderful sense of humor. I read the whole series within days. Definitely a YA recommendation.

Paperback
485 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Little Brown and Company (first published March 7th 2007)
ISBN13: 9780316003957
E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers (2008), Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (2009), Iowa Children’s Choice Award Nominee (2011)

3 stars

Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #3) – Audiobook

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Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #3) by Laurell K Hamilton

“In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war.”

The third book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton, read by Kimberly Alexis. This book introduces one of my least favorite characters. *sigh But it’s still an excellent story!

Audio CD
Published October 6th 2009 by Penguin Audio USA (first published 1995)
ISBN13: 9780143145141

4 stars

The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #2) – Audiobook

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The Laughing Corpse (Anita Black, Vampire Hunter #2) by Laurell K Hamilton


“Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter for Animators, Inc., is offered a cool mil to raise a 283-year-old corpse. But she knows that “the older the zombie, the bigger the death needed to raise it”. Only a human sacrifice is “big” enough to raise this old soul–and Anita’s no murderer.”


The second installment in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by LKH. Just as good as the first. The series is so long now that I’ve taken to downloading them from audible.com and listening to them on my iPod when I travel for work.


Audio CD
Published October 1st 2009 by Penguin Audio (first published 1994)
ISBN13: 9780143144021


4 stars

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) – Audiobook

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Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K Hamilton


“Introducing Anita Blake, vampire hunter extraordinaire. Most people don’t even bat an eye at vampires since they’ve been given equal rights by the Supreme Court. But Anita knows better–she’s seen their victims. . . . A serial killer is murdering vampires, however, and now the most powerful vampire in town wants Anita to find the killer.”


One of my favorite books in one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors!


A friend first introduced me to Anita Blake and Laurell K Hamilton in 2000. From the first chapter of Guilty Pleasures I was hooked. Not just your typical vampire story but not your typical murder mystery either. A wonderful blend of both and characters that you love and love to hate. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is the monster and who isn’t. I had the pleasure of meeting LKH and her husband, Jon, a few years ago at a book signing and I had her sign my original copy of GP. It’s now one of my most prized possessions! *swoon



Audio CD
Published August 20th 2009 by Penguin Audio (first published 1993)
ISBN13: 9780143144014


4 stars