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"Fantastic continuation of series!"

Once again, we're back with Jennifer Scales, who had enough trouble dealing with the fact she's a weredragon. If that was all she had to deal with, Jennifer might be able to cope a bit better. Not only is Jennifer a weredragon, but it turns out she's the Ancient Furnace, with the skills of all three types of weredragons. Jennifer might be able to cope with being the Ancient Furnace, however, it turns out her mother is a beaststalker—enemies to all werebeasts—and Jennifer has those skills as well. While Jennifer is trying to deal with all these "family issues", her best friend, Eddie, will no longer have anything to do with either her or Susan, the other member of their trio of best friends. And Skip was never told Jennifer's mother killed his father. So Jennifer has spent the summer with her mother learning beaststalker skills and now the new school year is beginning.

When one of Jennifer's parent's friends is murdered, it turns out the one who killed him is related to Jennifer's father! Jennifer is really fed up with her parents keeping secrets from her and a big one comes out now. It turns out her father was married before, to a werearachnid of all things! Now werearachnids have the ability to travel into different dimensions and when she became pregnant, Jennifer's father's ex-wife decided to have bear the offspring and send it into a safe dimension. With hostilities so high between the beaststalkers, weredragons and werearachnids, Jennifer's father agrees. Shortly after the time of the birth, the two of them divorce and Jennifer's parents got married later. So even though her father never saw his offspring, it doesn't mean he never thought of or worried about him. Well the child, or Evangelos as he was named, isn't content with just killing a friend. The next victim of Evangelos turns out to be Jennifer's grandfather. And unfortunately for Jennifer, she happened to be there when the murder occurred. What she sees shocks Jennifer. It turns Evangelos is a kind of combination dragon and arachnid.

Who will be Evangelos' next victim? Will the Scales family be able to stop him? What of Eddie and his family? Just why are they so hostile to the Scales family? What happens when Skip finally goes through his first change? Exactly how is the Scales family going to figure out who Evangelos is in human form? Will there ever be any hope the beaststalkers, weredragons and werearachnids can live together again?

JENNIFER SCALES AND THE MESSENGER OF LIGHT is truly a wonderful read. Authors MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi have outdone themselves with this second of the series. The humor found in all MaryJanice Davidson's books is present in this one as well. With JENNIFER SCALES AND THE MESSENGER OF LIGHT, we get more of a look into the weredragon society with Crescent Valley and the Blaze. We also get a bit of a peek into the beaststalker society as well with the Council Meeting. Not only do we have Jennifer learning more about her skills—all of them—but we also learn quite a few secrets, right down to the house where Jennifer lives with her parents. And with everything else going on her life, Jennifer also receives her first kiss and gains and loses a boyfriend and the normal teenage angst for a fifteen year old girl. I actually shed a few tears when I finished this book, which is the highest accolade I can give any story. Regardless of your age, this is one series which earns its place in any keeper shelf.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 9, 2006

SUMMARY

She discovered a long-lost brother, and a new enemy...

Where would you find weredragons, beaststalkers, and werachnids? You guessed. My family reunion... Getting through high school is hard enough. Then add my weredragon life, with the trips to Crescent Valley to morph into a dragon under the constant threat of enemy attack. What's worse, I'm also half beaststalker from my mom's side. Beaststalkers and weredragons are mortal enemies, and tension is growing over some suspicious deaths lately. I must prove to both sides that they can live in harmony, just like my family. Well, most of the time... And get this: I have a half brother with a few too many legs. Too bad he's bent on some payback for a lifetime of abandonment and my dad is his number-one target. My life's starting to look like a daytime talk show. Somehow I have to convince everyone to get along, before they take matters into their own claws...

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Shapeshifter

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Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light
(Jennifer Scales series: Book 2)
by MaryJanice Davidson, Anthony Alongi

Ace Books
June 1, 2007
Available: June 26, 2007
ISBN #0441015107
EAN #9780044101518
282 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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Other Books by
MaryJanice Davidson

Underwater Love
Undead and Undermined
Me, Myself and Why?
Undead and Unfinished
Rise of the Poison Moon
Undead and Unwelcome
Faeries Gone Wild
Seraph of Sorrow
Fish Out of Water
Mysteria Lane
Undead and Unworthy
The Silver Moon Elm
Savage Scavenge
Dead Over Heels
Swimming Without A Net
No Rest for the Witches
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred, Season 2: Fangs Again
Undead and Uneasy
The Silver Moon Elm
Undead and Unpopular
Demon's Delight
Over The Moon
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace
Sleeping with the Fishes
Mysteria
Surf's Up
Drop Dead, Gorgeous!
Dead and Loving It
Valentine's Day Is Killing Me
Undead and Unappreciated
The Royal Pain
The Royal Treatment
Undead and Unreturnable
Really Unusual Bad Boys
Kick Ass
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred: Season 1
Hello, Gorgeous
Derik's Bane
Bite
Undead and Unemployed
How to be a Wicked Woman
Perfect For the Beach
Undead and Unwed
Forgotten Wishes
Under Cover
Lighthearted Lust
Secrets: Volume 8
Love Lies
Canis Royal: Bridefight
Things That Go Bump In the Night II
Undead and Unwed
Thief of Hearts
Naughty or Nice
By Any Other Name
Dying For Ice Cream
Adventures of the Teen Furies
Secrets: Volume 6


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