Busy days!  I had a duct tape program yesterday and projects the kids made were just amazing.  We used Stick It for inspiration, which has some great projects and lays everything out in an easy to see way.  I also made a powerpoint with videos from YouTube on the history of duct Tape and how to make a duct tape sheet.  Some day I will remember to try out Prezi for this sort of thing.  As it was, I couldn’t get the sound to come on until I pressed a button on the top of the keyboard (user error).  Oh, and I made this:

What have I been reading?

Hellbent by Cherie Priest  This is the second book in the Cheshire Red Reports series (first book is Bloodshot), which features Raylene, a century old vampire.  She’s a thief for hire but has a soft spot for those who win her over.  So far she has collected a navy seal drag queen, two orphaned children and a blind vampire.  They all live in a brick warehouse in a Pioneer Square area of Seattle.  This episode (because I think this would make an awesome TV series) or perhaps I should say season, has Raylene splitting her attention between finding some magical artifacts and helping her misbegotten family.

This I love about the series:

How well Cherie Priest talks about Seattle.  I didn’t put the book down once to try to figure out how a person got from place A to place B without falling in a large hole.  Usually books set in Seattle bother me with holes in the geography (how does one walk from Wallingford to Capitol Hill in less than an hour?), but I know that’s just me.

Raylene is awesome with her OCD and constant chatter.  She’s a great character and I have come to realize that I am a character person.  Her chatter is all relevant and interesting and helps build the story.  Other characters are less developed because of her dominance, but you get just enough of them keep the flow.

The travel–while the home base is in Seattle, Priest isn’t afraid to take her characters all over the US.  How does a vampire travel?  By car and airplane of course–at night!  That timing can be a little tricky when you have to be in a dark room by the time the sun rises.  There isn’t a lot of sight seeing in some of these trips, but you do get a feel for the location, and certain places are more fleshed out.

There’s a lot of action and adventure in this series.  It won’t let pleasure readers down.  I’ll be recommending this book to adults and teens.  Officially out August 30th.  Bloodshot is available now!

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