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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 Roommate (همخونه) by Maryam Riahi (مریم ریاحی) is a modern tale about love that doesn’t start at first sight. A young woman in her early twenties lives with her late fathers’ childhood friend, a rich old buisnessman that has an estragned son who’s in his late twenties.

In her last year of college the old man whom she looks upon as a father has a request. It’s not an easy one, at first he asks her if she trusts him, which she does, then if she will do as he asks, which she will, and then he tells her that  he wants her to meet his son Shahab. This startles her at first, but when she meets him, things change.

When they finally meet on a late hot summers day in the old man’s garden he comes across as manly, not handsome in an ordinary way but handsome in the way that he draws you toward him and bewitches you with his dark almond shaped eyes (her words not mine).

But don’t think that it’s all a nice ride from there, many complications occur and it’s not likely that they will have an happy ending. I was thinking about translating the book into english and publishing bits and pieces here. Would you like that?

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