Melanie Vautour

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  • To Kill A Warlock on Sep. 05, 2010

    When you read the first couple of pages of a book and you're already hooked, you know you'll be in for a great adventure. That's how I felt while reading To Kill a Warlock. The book starts off pretty funny, and disgusting I must say. The main character and fairy, Dulcie is turned into a "walking phlegm pile" with four arms and needs the help of her friend Sam the witch to break the spell. A very clever way to entertain the reader from the beginning. Dulcie has her hands full. Not only must she do her job as a Regulator (kind of like a cop for the paranormal world) and find out who's behind the murder of a warlock with the help of her new and sexy co-worker, she's also working on a paranormal romance novel. She's a lovable character with a few issues. She doesn't like her pointy ears (her ex-boyfriend called her Tinkerbell) and wishes to have a surgery performed on them. She also has a difficulty trusting people all because of that same guy. At least three guys (I think) have a thing for her but she won't go on any dates because of her past relationship. She's the type of character everyone can relate too. You can't help but like this fairy. To Kill a Warlock is a well-written and light-hearted book. I never wanted it to end. HP Mallory has created a fun and wonderful world with a variety of paranormal creatures. I was somewhat surprised by the ending and some questions were left unanswered. I definitely can't wait to read book #2 in this series. :D
  • My Superhero Sister on Jan. 30, 2011

    Holly Hamilton is jealous of her older sister. I mean who wouldn't be? Ellen is smart, she's a cheerleader and...she's also a superhero named Suprema. But as much as she finds her sister annoyingly perfect, Holly appreciates the help her sister can provide...especially during her English class. Holly takes after her mom and doesn't have any superpowers like both her sister and father. Her father had to retire once he lost most of his powers thanks to his nemeses, Anti-Hero. When Anti-Hero escapes from his Space Prison and two new guys (a heartthrob and a geek) arrive in town, Holly and her sister argue over which boy could be Magna Boy, the new superhero. Could Magna Boy be working with the enemy and what plan does Anti-Hero have? It's up to Holly and her best friends' uncle to help save the day. I finished this book in less than 24 hours. I enjoyed this even more than I thought I would. My Superhero Sister is a very refreshing read. I love the fact that everyone in town knew about the existence of superheroes. It's normal for them to see Suprema fly over town. The only thing they didn't know was the identity of the superheroes. Holly is sworn to secrecy, even with her best friend Mona. My Superhero Sister is an easy and very fun read. I couldn't stop rooting for Holly at the end. My Superhero Sister is a great YA fantasy novel for anyone who likes some great superhero action.
  • Only the Strongest Survive on May 23, 2012

    A few years ago, brothers Ronald and John lost millions and their family's company to Emely Donnovan, a very powerful business woman. Now the siblings seek revenge. Together they kidnap and bury Emely alive. John who's always been looked down upon and made fun of by his brother decides to go back and rescue her. She's now held captive in his basement. Wanting to get back the millions he lost, John makes Emely buy and sell stocks. Ronald suspects nothing. He still believes Emely is dead inside that coffin buried somewhere deep in the woods. Her plans to escape get a little more complicated over time. While John falls in love with her, Emely will need to figure out her feelings for him. Only the Strongest Survive took me through an emotional rollercoaster ride. One minute I desperately wanted Emely to run for it every time she had the chance and the next I wanted her to stay with John. In the beginning I absolutely hated John for kidnapping Emely but throughout the book my thoughts changed. I felt bad for John who always seemed to be taking orders from his brother who doesn't think he's capable of handling things on his own. The siblings have very different personalities. I knew for sure I didn't like Ronald but I just didn't know what to think of John. I hated the way he treated Emely but I loved how he grew as a person and became more confident. Emely certainly changed also throughout her captivity. Both were able to learn from each other and grow as persons. The author did an amazing job to make us feel empathy for a kidnapper! I have to say Only the Strongest Survive exceeded my expectations. The suspense is breathtaking. Ian Fox wrote an incredible kidnapping story with a whole new twist. There's enough action to make you want to rush to the end to see what would happen next. We get to learn a bit about the stock market which I found very interesting. The story also alternates between Emely's past told by her coworkers and the present. With amazing characters and an action-packed plot Only the Strongest Survive is a book I couldn't put down and one that I highly recommend. Warning : There's a few rape scenes!