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Tall Poppies Review: Laura Drake Takes Sibling Devotion to a New Level in ‘Days Made of Glass’

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“Shared blood defines a family, but spilled blood can too…” ~ Days Made of Glass Buckle up readers, because your emotions are in for a roller coaster ride in Laura Drake’s Days Made of Glass – A gripping story of sibling devotion, mental illness and having to face hard truths about oneself. The symbolism in this story hits from every angle. Shattered glass is the splintering of the illusion of reality. In Drake’s novel the smashed mirrors are a sign of both enlightenment and madness. Shards of glass are everywhere, representing broken dreams, broken promises, broken relationships and broken people. Two sisters—tough-as-nails Harlie (the protector) and her younger sister Angel (the lost soul), have had a rough life. So far Harlie…

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Battle ‘Ships: Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Bangel vs. Spuffy

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There are really no words for how much Buffy the Vampire Slayer meant to me as a teenager. Or how much it means to me even now, as a full-blown adult. On the surface, Buffy is a campy paranormal fantasy about a blonde vampire slayer who moves to Sunnydale, California, home of a Hellmouth. In reality, the show is an allegory for growing up, using monsters to represent the demons that we face at different points in our adolescence. It’s also quick, smart, heart wrenching, deeply moving, and just plain fun. The day it went off the air was a dark one all around that many fans can attest to. And while creator Joss Whedon has continued the story in…

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Binge on These Vampires Before They Binge on You!

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‘Tis the season for ghouls, goblins and those sexy-scary bloodsuckers who hunt in the darkness. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve got a thing for vampires—there’s just something irresistible about a super strong, kind of dangerous hottie who’s tortured by his own bloodlust. Maybe I need therapy. Regardless, I love a good vampire on television, and you should, too. So here are three vampire shows—and one book—to binge on in the dead of night: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel   If you haven’t binged these shows at least once already, we’re probably not going to be friends. I’m a big fan of creator Joss Whedon—by which I mean, I would have his babies and/or I might already have a shrine…

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