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The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen (June 1, 2011)
What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?
Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.
(Halfway through this one and absolutely LOVE it. Would recommend to vampire fans!)
Viola in the Spotlight (Viola in Reel Life) by Adriana Trigiani (April 1, 2011)
I am in the midst of a conundrum.
Viola is finally where she belongs—back home in Brooklyn, where there are no khakis or sherbet-colored sweaters and people actually think her yellow flats are cool. With two whole months of nothing to do but hang with her two best friends, Andrew and Caitlin, this is going to be the best break ever!
But her BFFAA, Andrew, has started acting weird around her, and a new boyfriend has her friend Caitlin ditching her every chance she gets. When Viola's roommates from Prefect Academy show up for a visit, she starts to wonder—is Brooklyn where she wants to stay? When a tragic event shakes everyone's world, Viola realizes it's not where she belongs that matters—it's who she's with that really counts.
In this heartwarming follow-up to bestselling author Adriana Trigiani's teen debut, Viola in Reel Life, Viola just may be ready to get out from behind her trusty video camera and take the starring role in her own life.
(I know I enjoyed the first book (Review here), but it was almost two years ago, so I feel like I don't really remember where things left off that well. Don't you hate that? Sequels come out too far apart sometimes. And the cover gets bonus points for that dog - I'm a dog fanatic in case you couldn't tell) :)
Doggirl by Robin Brande (May 2nd 2011)
Riley Case has always been an expert with dogs--it's people she doesn't understand. But when the chance comes to use her talents as a dog trainer to help her high school drama department compete in a national contest, Riley has to set aside her shyness and fears, and finally let the world see what she can do. It's THE DOG WHISPERER meets GLEE as Riley and her dogs help put on a show no one will forget.
I am a big fan of Robin Brande- I adored Fat Cat which actually helped me make some positive changes in my own eating habits (review here) When I heard about Robin's new book, Doggirl, I just had to read it. (See note about dog fanatic above).