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Monday, December 12, 2011

Made the Grade: Fairwick Chronicles, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 448; Kindle Edition - File Size: 425 KB | Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 | Publisher: Ballantine Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Demon Lover" [Fairwick Chronicles, Book 1] by Juliet Dark (aka Carol Goodman)

My Book Summary : Cailleach (Callie) just recently accepted a job as a college professor at Fairwick College in New York. Even though she admits to being a "city girl," the town, its occupants, and her new house, the Honeysuckle House, unexpectedly grow on her while she was interviewing for the position. However, good portions of the town’s inhabitants seem to be very mysterious about certain things. Like, why she shouldn't buy the Honeysuckle House or go for long jogs out into the woods. Why a few of the teachers only teach or are seen around town during the night? Then there is the fact the famous novelist, who used to own the Honeysuckle House, left her manuscripts to whoever decides to own the house. And after reading a few of the author's fiction novels Callie finds that the "hero" in most of the novels are very similar to her own "dream lover" who has been visiting her just about every night since she showed up to Fairwick. So, what could really be going on in this town and college?? In addition, when the truth comes out will Callie still want to stay in Fairwick or will she go back to the life she's always known??

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! Even though this novel has some spicy romance to it, it is mostly a dark mystery revolving around the town of Fairwick, its occupants, Callie's past and what her new roles are within the town. At the beginning of this novel it started out a little slow for me, so I wasn't sure if I would really appreciate it or not. However, not long after the beginning all of the twists and additional storylines come into play leaving you very curious as to what will happen next!! I know I was surprised about some of the turn of events within this novel. Yet, I did love how this author brought out the "dark" side of the supernatural beings without really portraying them as evil.

About the Characters:
• Dean Book/Elizabeth Book/Liz: Is very na├»ve. I didn't like her in the beginning, then towards the middle she seemed okay, and by the end I'm just wondering how she was EVER left in charge of the college (and town).

• Ralph: He seems so sweet ... I wish I could have one just like him!

• Frank: I just don't know what to think about him ... he seems bad one second and then he's good. =0/ (same thing can be said about Soheila too)

• Phoenix: Poor thing. *shakes head*

• Liam: He's sneaky, mysterious, and passionate.

• Characters I DID like: Dory | Diana | Nicky | Brock

• Characters who I thought were BITCHES: Fiona | Mara

I recommend this to everyone who enjoys reading mysterious paranormal/fantasy novels with a little bit of romance and some erotica thrown in. =0)

Book Teaser(s) :
I was in a crowd walking across en endless, rolling meadow. My legs and feet hurt as if I'd been walking for miles. I looked down and saw that my feet were bare in the wet grass. My legs were scratched and bleeding, my dress torn to tatters around my knees. I was alarmed at the sight. ~ within Chapter 11
Great, I thought, as the sound of wings came closer, where was I going to find a feather on short notice? But I was wearing a down coat, an old one that sometimes leaked . . .
I patted my coat until I felt something prickly . . . and pulled. I waved the tiny feather in my hand while picturing an empty blue sky and pronouncing (correctly I hoped) the three prescribed words:
"Vacuefaca naddel nem!"
Something thumped my back. So much for having magical talents. I turned over, raising my hands to cover my face for protection . . . and found myself looking up at Liam Doyle. ~ within Chapter 22
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Juliet, then please check her out on the Goodreads' website.

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