Well, I am behind yet again. Just have been very busy with school work and the babies.
I read the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. While I typically do not like YA books, I LOVE this series. I should have known I would considering how much I loved her Succubus series. She is really good at twists and turns, and things that you never see coming. I've found that a lot of books are predictable, but her books definitely are not. The books are about vampires, who are split into two types, and Dhampires. The "good" vampires who are mortal and do not kill to eat are called Moroi, and the "evil" vampires who are immortal and kill are called Strigoi. The Dhampires are the children of a Dhampire. The Dhampires protect the Moroi from the Strigoi. The books are told from the point of view of a Dhampire named Rose. She is training to be her best friend Lissa's (a Moroi) Gaurdian. The books show the two girls as they mature and go through many difficult things. Rose in particular suffers because her life has always been sacrificed to Lissa's needs. As the books progress, Rose starts to do things for herself after she loses her love. She goes on a quest to save or destroy him and as a result has to pay the price. In the end however, it is amazing after all the two girls go through that they have stuck together with their bond. If I say any more I'll be giving away too much. ;)
I read the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer. The book was just a novella, so it was really short. It was nice to see things from the newborn's perspective, but I found the book to be kinda of disappointing since I already knew how the book would end. I am curious as to what happened to Freaky Fred. Maybe she will write something about him in the future.
I also read the Nocturne City series by Caitlin Kittredge. This series is about a werewolf named Luna who is a homicide detective. The poor girl goes through a lot, but stills comes out kicking. In this series, the weres are extremely volatile, and are very hard for the human side to control. Luna struggles to keep her were side under control, and with everything that is thrown at her it is amazing she has any control at all. The weres generally live in packs who are very territorial and any were that lives outside of those packs, like Luna, are called Insoli. They are treated as lower than low, and the pack wolves make a series effort to demean and ruin the insoli. Luna is extremely strong willed and as of yet has not lost her "dominance" and that is the only thing that has kept her alive in many situations. In the latest book at the end, things seem to be turning more positive for Luna, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
I'm currently reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. It isn't told in first person, so its not my normal choice to read, but this series is actually quite good. I should finish the last two books in the next couple of days, so I'll post about them then.