From Mary Polito
author: Meyer, Stephanie
The book Twilight is about a young girl who is a little unsure about herself and moves to a new town to live with her father.  She begins a new  school and meets Edward who is amazingly beautiful to her however he seems different from all the other high school kids.  Slowly she starts to  get to know him and finds out his secret.  He is a vampire.  She is not afraid of him but starts to fall in love with him.  He tries to avoid her but he is also mystified by her.  The book follows their relationship and all its ups and downs.

The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, An Eclipse Novella

From Robin McCracken
author: Meyer, Stephenie
The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, An Eclipse Novella
Interesting enough, Stephenie Meyer expands her story telling of how the newborns to the Twilight Sage, Eclipse, and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner came about. Enlightening us to how they fit into the story of Eclipse, and Victoria’s vengeance against Bella.  Going against the Volturi laws of creating new vampires, these “Newborns” are being trained for a mission to fight and kill Bella.  Stephenie gives us some background of the Newborns and interesting reading to keep the Saga going, as she can write beyond Bella and Edward.

Golden Reads reviews

From Donna Southard:

The Gatehouse, by Nelson DeMille
This is the sequel to DeMille’s novel, The Gold Coast.    I had look forward to reading this book, but I was very disappointed in it after I read it.  I found the narrative of the main character to be very repetitive and it became annoying to read.  The action consisted of the last 50 or so pages of the novel and I found it to not to be worth the time it took to read it.

Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold
This novel begins with the main character reflecting on how her life was before and after she killed her mother.  I found some of the analogies to be well written.  However, I found the book to be very conflicting and overall depressing.  There are a lot of emotional roller coaster moments.

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey
This is a funny guide for women to understand how men “think” in a romantic relationship.  Harvey writes like a script from one of his stand-up performances.  I found myself laughing quite often.  This was a fun read and very different from the average self-help book.

The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
I found this book to be very interesting.  It was geared to teens, but I was quickly hooked into reading it.  I found it fascinating how the author created the interactions of alien life forms with humans.  In my opinion, I feel that Meyers created a suspenseful plot, that was a little creepy, and I feel that she did an excellent job in developing her characters.  This book made me really think about “life” as we know it.

The Wednesday Letters, by Jason F. Wright
The novel begins with the introduction of a happily married couple of almost forty years who owns a bed and breakfast in the Shenandoah area of VA.  One night the couple dies within hours of each other.  When their three children arrive to make funeral arrangements, they discover boxes full of letters that their father wrote to their mother every Wednesday of their marriage.  The letters reveal information that the adult children have to reflect on and understand.  This is a quick read with several twists.  It makes one wonder about writing their own “Wednesday Letters” to their significant other.

Golden Reads review

From Robin McCracken:

The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro

I found this beginning of a trilogy series was very interesting as I could related to the familiar setting of the story location, set in Manhattan, Queens, etc.  The author’s I found kept the story line on track which kept you in a continuing reading mode.  This Vampire trilogy will keep you wondering how and if it will come to an end.   I highly recommend this new trilogy series to all who enjoy “Vampire stories”.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Sex, sass and the supernatural, what more could you want? This southern blend of mystery and humor has it all. The body count rises, and so does our temperatures, as the hunky vampires and Others come to town. The HBO series, “True Blood,” is based on these Sookie Stackhouse mystery novels: Dead Until Dark; Living Dead in Dallas; Club Dead; Dead to the World; Dead as a Doornail; Definitely Dead; All Together Dead; From Dead to Worse and (in May 2009) Dead and Gone. The series is quirky and fun and oh so naughty.
Can’t get enough vampires…try The Vampire Shrink and Dark Harvest by Linda Hilburn. Living on the edge takes on a whole new meaning, when your clients are vampires.