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Okay, so my nephew's friend, upon seeing what I was reading on Sunday commented, "Wow you're way behind. There are like four of them out there." And he's right. Twilight was first published in 2005 and since then, three more books have been published, the last being Breaking Dawn, which came out last summer. Since my girls though never showed any interest in this series, neither did I.

But last fall, a friend was talking about them, and knowing I have a bit of a vampire fascination (we both love the Betsy Bauer, Queen of the Vampires series), sent me the first installment to read. It was by far the longest book I read (about 500 pages) during our Atlantis excursion, but also the "easiest" as it's target audience is teens. I don't mean to say though, that adults won't find this story appealing, if they like a cheesy love story (yes vampires and cheesy love story) and have a fascination with vampires, they just might.

For me though, I found it ... well ... slow. I guess that's what happens when you read an extremely popular book (already made into a movie), years after it's been published; the beginning of the story is lost on you because you already know the big mystery, Eddie C (as Becky refers to him, apparently to the annoyance of his adoring fans), is a vampire. I found the middle interesting, learning how the author was putting her own spin on the vampire mythos with their capabilities, and the ending pretty exciting. Now that I have all the back-story out of the way though, I'm willing to go on to the second book, to see how the story progresses.

I'll tell you one more thing too - I thought much of the interplay between the main characters erotic, probably more so because they couldn't (didn't) have sex and the thought of a pre-teens out there reading this did make me a bit uncomfortable.

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Have you seen the True Blood tv series (written by Alan Ball of Six Feet Under and American Beauty fame)?

I've heard glowing reports but haven't seen it ... yet.


Rachel has allthebooks in the series if you would like to borrow them.

Thanks for the review. I've been wondering if I should check this series out - I dragged my feet about giving Harry Potter a try and ended up loving all those books.

Steven King's comments on this series (besides bashing author Stephanie Meyer): "It's exciting and it's thrilling and it's not particularly threatening, because they're not overtly sexual. A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold. And for girls, that's a shorthand for all the feelings that they're not ready to deal with yet."
(I have books 2-4 ... need to get reading!)

p.s. It's Queen Betsy Taylor. Betsy Bauer is the Santa Fe artist that Pauline likes. :)


I kind of enjoyed the Twilight series, I think I like the idea of alternative realities. However, the Betsy Bauer/Queen Betsy Taylor series sounds like a lot of fun -- vampires and humour, all in one!

I'm also hooked on the HBO series True Blood, I have got to start reading the Sookie Stackhouse books which True Blood is based on!

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Azahar - haven't seen True Blood but Sandra (thanks Sandra) posted the books it's based on and maybe I'll try that.

Lisa, can you bring me the second one the next time I see you?

Annie, so far though, I did prefer Harry Potter over these - not that this was bad, I just liked Harry better.

Colleen - oops :)

Sandra - definitely read the Betsy Taylor series (how could i forget her name is Elizabeth Taylor). They're funny - reminds me of Stephanie Plum - which you also enjoy.


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