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Mr Darcy,Vampyre is  a sequel to Amanda Grange’s novel Mr Darcy’s Diary. It begins on Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding day and follows the two on their honeymoon trip to Paris, the Alps and Venice during a lull in the Napoleonic Wars. Told from Elizabeth’s point of view, the story is about her expanding horizons as she leaves the sheltered life she led at Netherfield for her new world as a wife and a traveler outside England. Darcy’s continued lack of physical attention to Elizabeth makes her realize that something isn’t quite right, but the clues provided in the text are too subtle for her to figure out his secret.

I haven’t read Mr Darcy’s Diary and I don’t think that I will read it after reading this sequel either. I don’t know how many times I’ve said that I hate when authors take an amazing story and try to make it into their own. Some manage to develope a decent twist to the story but others, like Amanda Grange, just don’t make the cut. I can tell you that if I was Elizabeth Bennet I would take a stake, stab him and find myself a new husband. I was bored with Mr. Darcy, something I never thought that I would feel about him, but Ms. Grange managed to make one of the most wanted men in fiction be unwanted. I have to stop reading all these craptastic adaptations of Jane Austen!

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The acting has improved since the last movie, if that’s a positive thing I don’t know, but it’s still improved. Robert Pattinson isn’t a big part of the movie which I’m fine with since he wasn’t a big part in the book. It was weird that he showed up here and there but I won’t complain.

As for Jacob Black, I hate what they’ve done with his character, it’s such a shame that a more experienced actor didn’t get the part, at least then  he wouldn’t come across as a whiney little brat. Taylor Lautner has taken my advise and given himself the gift of acting lessons but clearly it didn’t help him. The clenching of the jaw is his trademark expression and that’s all he has to give! Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan is still horrid, I don’t know why people say that she was the best actor in the movie, but at the same time I can understand why since all they have to compare with is Taylor Lautner.

The movie itself was an average 3 out of 5, the scenery was perfect except for the part where Bella and Alice went to Italy so they could save Edward, that part reminded me of Pushing Daisies. It’s not a bad thing but it doesn’t actually fit into the previous mood of the movie where everything is mostly dark and gloomy. It’s a shame that the other members of the Cullen family weren’t a large part in the movie and that’s why I’m looking forward to Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, even though the same main actors will remain in the franchise.

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So…I’ve seen 7 episodes of The Vampire Diaries and what do I think of it? It’s getting better for each episode that passes, I’m not saying that it’s a GREAT AND AMAZING show, but it’s good. There’s a lot of angst…who isn’t surprised? Elena and Stefan will get together and break up again and again, oh the angst is killing me.

And Damon is the bad guy, who has “some” good in him, the writers really want to make that a really obvious fact. But when their focus group is a bunch of tweens who are diehard Twilight fans, who can blame them? What’s obvious for us (I’m 23) isn’t always as clear to them…we have to make things easy on their tiny little brains with a need of a weekly vampire fix.

For those of you who don’t live in the US, you can watch the show here!

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The story: Wanda is diagnosed with a terminal illness but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. With a werewolf and a vampire for best friends, she has options that most ordinary people wouldn’t. As Wanda ponders what to do about her mortality, a former vampire who now works for Wanda, Heath reveals he has secrets, and one of them is that his former blood lust has turned into an old-fashioned lust-for Wanda. And he’s already given up too much to lose the love of his lifetimes.

Opinion: Wanda, Wanda , Wanda…what are we going to do with you? I would be in heaven if I had the option to become immortal if I had a mortal disease, most people would jump at the opportunity but do you know what Wanda does instead of feeling happy? She sits around and awaits death, no pun intended. That is until God’s gift to Wanda lands on her door in form of a freaking hot man who brings her back to life.

I feel sorry for Wanda but at the same time I just want to grab her and knock some sense into her. Why would you want to die when you have the option to remain above earth? For the first part of the book she has this whole air about her that says “I’m so vulnerable, take care of me” when it should actually say “I’m successful at my job and I know it!”.

This only lasts for the first 50 pages or so and then things get better, trust me!

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The story: The third installment of Meyer’s vampire-romance series finds “heroine” Bella Swan anxious to become a vampire and live forever with handsome vampire Edward. Obstacles arise when Edward demands marriage and werewolf Jacob declares his love for Bella. Don’t forget the fact that Bella’s life is in danger…again.

Opinion: I’m not sure that this third book was necessary, but when you discover that there is money to make if you prolong the story then the quality has to step back and leave room for quantity.

There is really no character development, other than that we get to read notes that are sent back and forth between Bella and Jacob, which really belittles the characters. They are teenagers not kindergarten children. OK we get that you are hurt Jacob, she didn’t pick you, but did you ever think  that she would?

The fact that Bella is portrayed as this helpless and somewhat stupid girl who can’t take care of herself really sends out the wrong signal to all the young tweens who are diehard fans of this series. She always has to depend on others to save her and she only gets tough when she feels the need to protect her family is such a cliché.

I don’t think you would miss anything important if you skipped reading this book and went right on to read Breaking Dawn instead. This book does not add anything new to the story, in my opinion it’s simply a pocket filler for the author and the publishing company.

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The story: Nina always loved the nightlife, she just never expected to be the nightlife. It’s a lousy first day on the job for Nina Blackman when a patient, loopy from the anesthesia, bites her. At least he was cute. But for real drama she can’t beat the next evening. Nina wakes up with a set of razor-sharp fangs, bionic vision, supersonic hearing, and a taste for blood. There must be a good explanation. There is. It’s her patient, Greg Statleon.

Opinion: Niiiiiiina I love you! This is my favourite character in the series! She isn’t afraid of anyone or anything and she has the dirtiest mouth I’ve ever come across. The way she has inner monologues with herself is hilarious and what’s even more hilarious is that she doesn’t find out that Greg aka the big bad sexy as hell vampire can hear her thoughts. Like this part from the first pages in the book:

He was the shit.

B-e-a.uuu-tiful

Delish.

A ten on the wet panty scale.

Maybe if she just admitted it like a mental mantra over and over in her head it would go away. Sort of like a Gregori exorcism. Admitting it was the first step to recovery. “You find me attractive, don’t you?” His words, low,husky, confident, were just the cold douse of water she needed to regain her perspective. What an arrogant son of a bitch.

As I said before, Accidentally Dead, is my favourite book in the Accidental Friend series. She doesn’t take crap from anyone but she isn’t to proud to admit when she is wrong either, you just have to twist her arm around hard enough to make her confess, but it’s still a confession right?

If you want to have a good laugh on a rainy and windy* autumn evening then this is the book for you. You don’t have to have read the previous book to follow the story since the books are pretty much independent and not follow-up stories.

*at least it’s windy as hell in Gothenburg!

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I would like to say that The Vampire Diaries as a book is entertaining, romantic, thrilling and predictable. I can’t really say the same about the tv-series yet. By predictable I don’t mean that it’s boring, not at all, but simply that the outcome is obvious.

We have Elena who is the golden girl, who can have any boy she wants until Stefan comes along. Stefan that’s brooding and mysterious, seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past. And last but not least we have Damon, the sexy one, who is the real predator and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he would even kill her to have her in his possession.

In my opinion Stefan is the better choice even though he thinks that he has taken the high road in all the drama between him and his brother. He has rather put the whole matter in a jar and sealed it tight hoping that it won’t get out and make things uncomfortable for him. Damon on the other hand has the whole revenge thing on lockdown. He knows which buttons to push and how to play the game like a man. That vamp invented the term revenge!

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