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Book Review The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa c2012 Book One - The Immortal Rules YF Kagawa J.

This story reminded me of the Planet of the Apes movie.

A virus has infected the humans on earth killing so many that few are left. As a result vampires who had always been present now control the earth. They use humans as sources of blood and use them for servants.

Allie is turned into a vampire. She is a reluctant one. She works to protect humans against other vampires and rabid people and animals that resulted from past experiments in trying to find a cure for the virus.

Allie has a human boyfriend. She is fighting her urge for human blood while trying to hold onto her humanity. She however must satisfy her basic needs to survive.

There is a lot of blood and violence and life and death struggles to survive in this world.

After Allie helps a group of humans find a safe haven in the Great Lakes area she goes off to find her vampire master in another part of the country. Thus begins the second book in the series.

The author writes in such a personal and matter of fact way that you may easily identify with Allie and fantasize that her story is real. It is interesting to see Allie, a so called monster, try to be civilized, social and do good deeds while putting others’ needs before her own. Allie does her best with what she has to work with to do the right thing for humans.

The Immortal Rulesby Julie Kagawa is the first in the Blood of Eden Urban fantasy fiction series. It is recommended for 8th Grade and older by School Library Journal. The series is currently as follows: 1. The Immortal Rules (2012) 2. The Eternity Cure(2013) and 3. The Forever Song (2014).

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Book Review The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare c2007 Book One - City of Bones YF Clare, C.

Fifteen year old Clary discovers that she is not an ordinary human but a Shadowhunter. She can see other Shadowhunters including werewolfs, vampires, fairies, and demons. Humans cannot see them. Shadowhunters fight demons from hell that are trying to control the world.

Clary hangs out at the Institute – a place where other Shadowhunters in Manhattan stay. Clary learns about her true family history, parents, grandparents, and siblings. Romantic interests and friendship relationships occur and are talked about among the teen characters.

There are scenes where the characters engage in a lot of bloody gory fighting using various weapons while yelling a lot of vindictive fighting words. Since there is a large amount of sarcastic and argumentative dialog and bloody descriptive fighting and death I would recommend this book for fifteen year olds and older.

City of Bones is book one in The Mortal Instruments Urban fantasy fiction series by Cassandra Clare. The other titles in the series currently include: 2. City of Ashes 3. City of Glass 4. City of Fallen Angels and 5. City of Lost Souls.

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Best Young Adult Books of 2013

I, the Young Adult Librarian, cannot read every young adult novel published in a year. These are my favorite books from all the books published within the past twelve months that I have read.  Books are listed in alphabetical order by title unless an author has written more than one book on the list. I will do my best not to spoil things. However, some of the books are sequels, and I assume some knowledge of previous books.

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