A Vampire Like No Other

Ever watched Sesame Street? Come on, admit it. You have. There’s so much to love there. Right? When I watched it as a kid, what always stuck with me was the catchy songs. Remember the theme song, “Sunny Days?” Or how about “Put Down the Duckie” and “These Are the People in Your Neighborhood?” I bet you’re singing one or more right now. But, I’m weird. I liked a more obscure song. The one that stuck in my head like mold clings to old cheese was “One of These Things is Not Like the Others.” Do ya know that one? It goes like this…

One of these things is not like the others.

One of these things just doesn’t belong.

Can you tell which one is not like the others,

Before I finish this song?

Oh, yippee, a game. This is where I’d jump up and down in front of the TV and point to the one that surely did not belong. Only sometimes, my answer was not the same as theirs. Okay, most of the time. If the producers showed a basketball, a jump rope, a golf club and a book, well surely the golf club didn’t belong because I didn’t like golf. But I loved basketball, jumping rope and books. Right? Wrong. A book is not a sport. It wasn’t like the others.

Silly Sesame Street people were clearly not as smart as me. So, here’s a little game for ya. I have four, count them FOUR (channel your inner Count Von Count voice here), books to show you with a brief description of each.

  Shadow Horse by Alison Hart- a suspenseful mystery with a heartwarming love between a girl and her horse. Thirteen-year-old Jas finds her mare, Whilrwind, dead in the horse stall. She’d been poisoned. Jas is sure that barn-owner Hugh Robicheaux is to blame, only her grandfather takes the fall instead. So, Jas sets out to prove that Hugh is guilty and along the way rescues a brown horse named Shadow. Jas is sure the two horses are connected and hopes that in finding that connection she’ll also bring down Mr. Robicheaux. Shadow Horse is the first of two books. The sequel is titled Whirlwind. Both books are great, suspenseful reads! Alison is a beautiful writer and you can read about her and her other books at http://www.alisonhartbooks.com/index.html

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk- Ah, love this book. And, the photo above shows the new paperback cover! Sa-weet. We actually featured an interview with Josh Berk in one of our past issues. You can see it here, but be prepared to laugh. Will (a.k.a. Hamburger) Halpin is an hefty-sized, deaf guy trying to fit in at his new school. Mainstreaming’s tough! But, on a school trip to a local coal mine, the star quarterback falls to his death. Will’s quick to take the case. He teams up with the second least popular guy in school and together they sleuth their way to answers. A laugh-out-loud read, for sure. Check Josh out at http://www.joshberkbooks.com/

Torn by Erica O’Rourke- OMG, this is a super-fast, unputdownable read. Erica won the Golden Heart Award from the Romance Writers of America, landing her a book deal for her trilogy. Yeah, she and the book are THAT awesome. So, about Torn. Mo wakes up in the hospital only to learn that the attack that put her there, also killed her BFF, Verity. Determined to avenge Verity’s death, Mo begins to learn secrets about her own family, Verity, and a world Mo never knew existed. She’s torn between two worlds, two hot guys, and who to believe. The second book, Tangled, is due out on Jan. 31, 2012. You can find more info about Erica at http://ericaorourke.typepad.com/blog/

The Dragon of Cripple Creek by Troy Howell- Mostly known for his awesome illustrations, Troy took at stab at writing a YA novel. The result- a magical, fairy tale-ish, rush-for-the-gold adventure book. Kat stumbles upon Ye, who guards the gold in an ancient cavern and is the last of all dragons on earth, when she wanders away from the guided tour at the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. Kat is drawn to Ye and his story. But, she also likes his gold. So, when Ye’s shows Kat the way out, she can’t help but snag a nugget to take with her. Once on the outside, the nugget falls out of her pocket and just about causes a modern day gold rush. Kat realizes she must return the gold and in turn, save Ye’s life. Ye, is like an old friend. You never want him to leave the page. Troy’s debut is a wild-west-meets-fantastical-dragon read. Find out more about Troy and his works by visiting http://troyhowellstudio.com/

So, there ya have it. Four books. Four authors. And now the song’s over. So, which one is not like the others? And, Why? Leave your answer in the comment section below. All comments will enter you into a Whatcha’ Reading Now? contest to win one of these four super-fab books. Contest ends when a new blog post goes up next week. Ah-ah-ah! (cue thunder and lightning)

by: Kerry O’Malley Cerra

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15 Responses to A Vampire Like No Other

  1. I’m gonna have to say that Hamburger Halpin is different because of the humor in it! Such a funny book!

  2. Linda Benson says:

    Too hard. Too hard. Next question, please! Okay, fine. One has a horse on the cover and the others don’t. Oh wait, there’s a dragon on one. Three are mysteries, and one is a romance, but that’s not right either. Oh, I don’t know, I don’t know – they all sound great. Just enter me! Please. Pretty please? (I’ll tweet about your blog, heh heh heh.)

  3. The Dragon of Cripple Creek seems like the different one to me. It’s the only one that doesn’t sound like a mystery, from the descriptions.

    • WRNgirls says:

      Yay, yay, yay!. You won a book. Thanks for posting. You can drop me an email with your mailing address at Cerra5@aol.com. Congrats and happy reading! We do hope you’ll spread the WRN? love by telling your friends about us!
      ~Kerry O’Malley Cerra
      WRN? girl

  4. Alison Hart says:

    Of course, Shadow Horse is the different one because it is the only one written by me!
    I’d love to win TORN for my daughter. And I will definitely post the blog and contest on my FB page. Thanks for hosting the contest and reviewing Shadow Horse!

  5. WRNgirls says:

    The beauty of this is…there’s no one correct answer! Just like I thought the golf club was different in Sesame Street’s version of this game, you can pick whatever you want. Yay!

    So, here’s what my 11 year old son said. He thinks The Dragon of Cripple Creek is different because it’s the only one that doesn’t have someone/thing dying in the description. Very cool. I never even thought of that.

    I say a lot of different things. 1. Shadow Horse is diff because it’s the only one on the list that isn’t a debut book. Alison has written over 60 books! 2. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin could be different because it’s the only male main character. 3. The Dragon of Cripple Creek could be different because (wait for it, those producers might yell at me here with this personal shout out) Troy is the only one of the authors that I don’t really “know.” Subjective answers, yeah, I know! 4. Take it even further, Torn could be different becuase Erica is the only one of these authors that I’ve met in person and had drinks with. lol She’s mega-awesome by the way!

    Okay, so keep posting peeps. Any answer is good as long as you answer the ? and tell us why.
    ~WRN? girl, Kerry

  6. I’m going to go with the different one is “The Dark Days of Hamburger Haplin” because its the only one with a male main character. All the others list females as the ones who going on the adventure, solving the mystery, dealing with the past. “Dark Days” is the only one that mentions a boy doing these things. (Not to say the other books don’t have male characters or that “Dark Days” doesn’t have female characters in it.)

    • WRNgirls says:

      Yay, yay, yay!. You won a book. Thanks for posting. You can drop me an email with your mailing address at Cerra5@aol.com. Congrats and happy reading! We do hope you’ll spread the WRN? love by telling your friends about us!
      ~Kerry O’Malley Cerra
      WRN? girl

  7. I’d have to say The Dragon of Cripple Creek is the different one, because it’s the only one with colorful cover art. The other covers all have a spooky/ethereal/otherworldly quality to them.

    (Of course, I’d love to read them all!!)

    • WRNgirls says:

      Hey, Veronica… you won a book. Thanks for posting. You can drop me an email at Cerra5@aol.com. Please include your mailing address. Congrats and happy reading!

      P.S. Hope you’ll tell your peeps all about Whatcha’ Reading Now?

      ~Kerry O’Malley Cerra
      WRN? girl

  8. I think Hamburger Halpin is different because it doesn’t seem like there are any mystical/paranormal elements in the story.

    (And I loved those Sesame Street songs!)


  9. Cindy Gress says:

    I pick Erica’s book as being different; her name has five letters (or more) and all the other authors have at least one name with only four letters (Hart, Josh Berk, Troy). Love this!!!!!

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