Tag: Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering, by Kelley Armstrong

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I’ve liked some of Armstrong’s earlier books, but this YA didn’t work for me at all. Our protagonist is 16, but seems much younger, plot twists are signaled way ahead of time, and it feels too much like stronger books, including Shiver, the Mercy Thompson series, and Morganville Vampires. The book ends on a cliffhanger, but I won’t be continuing the series. Okay for 14 and up (though that’s not a guarantee that later books won’t skew older).

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Many Bloody Returns, edited by Charlaine Harris

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A solid anthology, with some great short stories from the worlds of Sookie Stackhouse, Harry Dresden, the Morganville Vampires, and Women of the Otherworld. All the authors were given the topic of vampires and birthdays, and the results range from humorous to bleak, from light-hearted to disturbing. If you’re a vampire fan, this is your anthology. For 16 and up, but most are targeted at adult readers.