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I finally got some of the Chrestomanci novels and had a chance to read them. They are published towards young adults and are some very good fantasy books. I think a lot of adults miss out by avoiding the younger readers section because they think people might think them odd if they read them.

These books are fun and in a really interesting world. I’ve noticed in a lot of Jones’ books that she keeps parallel worlds as a constant. This one too has parallel worlds in which some are linked. The Chrestomanci is a position held by a very powerful enchanter whose job is to keep fellow magic users from abusing their power and trying to rule over those who don’t have magic ability.

The both books below are actually two books in one, with volume 1 containing Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant. Volume 2 contains The Magicians of Caprona and Witch Week. All four are very good, with the last two switching up the type of heroes and plot, which in my opinion is a very good thing. A series stagnates if it just reuses the same old plot over and over. There is a third volume in the Chrestomanci series but I don’t have it yet. I’m planning on getting it as well as a few other books of hers.

Pictures found here and here.

Doh, I haven’t posted anything since September. >< I’ve been so busy lately, but still manage to read almost every day. I’ve had these books at the house for several years because I heard good things about them when I was living in Louisiana, and her Sookie Stackhouse novels are set in a small town right outside of Shreveport Louisiana.

The world is just like ours except that a few years ago the Japanese invented a blood substitute, which has allowed the vampire community to come out “of the coffin” and announce their prescience to the world since they no longer need to feed on humans to survive.

The books are about a woman in her early 20s who is a telepath, which she refers to as a impairment, since it makes life pretty difficult, and relationships more so. Two years after the vampire’s announcement, Sookie meets her first vampire, Vampire Bill. I lol’d when I read that. XD Anyways, she can’t “read” Bill so she totally falls for him and I don’t blame her. So that’s the start of the first book, and they are a mystery book because she solves crimes by using her ability and Bill’s help.

I haven’t read a mystery book since I was a kid, but I don’t know if Encyclopedia Brown books count… XD I’ve read the first 4 and have the 5th through 7th on the way in the mail. I really enjoyed them; I find the characters very detailed, nicely written, plus when she talks about places in Shreveport I know where most of the places are. ^^ I also think the art for the books is pretty fun.

Pictures found here.

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