Rejoice, fans of the supernatural! Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner have edited a new anthology of stories about vamps, werewolves, ghosts and the like – this time with an educational slant. A new Sookie Stackhouse story has her getting into trouble just because she took cupcakes for her nephew to his school in Playing Possum. Ilona Andrews has a story called Magic Tests in which teenage Julie is asked by her guardian to infiltrate a boardi
There is a genre called fan-fiction that continue the stories started in other books. In the world of Jane Austen fan-fic, there are thousands, and, although I haven’t read them all, I’ve certainly read more than my share. The most unusual of these books is For Darkness Shows the Stars, a fanfic “mashup” of JA’s Persuasion and dystopian science fiction.
Beta by Rachel Cohn is a reality star cum clone story which is pretty shallow and tired. The location is quite possible--a terraformed island with special atmo and seawater for the elite to sizzle and rejuvenate. Only the uberrich can get there, and all the servants are cloned. Beta is what our main character is--a trial clone who is designed as an adolescent rather than adult. She is gorgeous and everything seems super, but she knows right away that something is wrong.
OK, I promised 5 stars for Seraphina, but I am changing my mind now that I have read the entire book. 4.5 instead--it somehow almost made it to perfection, but not quite.