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In my last review of a Mary Roach book, I wrote that "she makes learning fun." Which she does. But she also makes it exciting and almost effortless. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void addresses every possible question you've ever had about the effects of outer space on human beings and other related topics. What training do astronauts undergo? How do astronauts shower and go to the bathroom? Why are astronauts classified as radiation workers? How many G's can the human body withstand? What are the long term - and short term - effects of weightlessness on human physiology, psychology and behavior? Why does equipment tend to overheat in zero G? Why do people get motion sick in space? What's the best way to survive in a falling elevator? (Lying on your back, in case you were wondering.) And every question leads to a dozen more. Roach is incredibly thorough, peppering her interviewees with detailed questions on every aspect of life in space. Never settling for the vague answer, always digging just a little more deeply, providing a little more perspective on the realities of science and engineering. And always with tongue firmly in cheek... To read the rest of this review, visit Build Enough Bookshelves.

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Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is an imaginative, immersive (when will the world realize this is a word?) tale of the struggles of a pair of teenage vampires against tradition, expectations and politics. In a completely original storyline that we've never seen before... Jessica discovers one day that she is not a normal teenager but is, in fact, a vampire Princess bound by contract to marry a repugnant, spoiled, aristocratic prince, Lucius Vladescu. He does not approve of her at all... at first. I swear, I'm not trying to draw a parallel between this book and certain movies... I just like the image... Senior year for Jessica begins to pass by and slowly, both she and Lucius begin to change and accommodate each other as they learn more about each other and come to respect their unique qualities. Then! Drama! Lucius uncovers a plot on Jessica's life and attempts to save her life by weilding the only weapon he knows... By becoming an emo... Okay, so I'm being facetious. That all does kind of happen, and the book can be frustrating in that melodramatic regard. At some point, the people in this novel start consuming A LOT more eyeliner. Yet, on the other hand, it is also sweet and touching. The relationship developed between Jessica and Lucius is sweet and tender, awkward and rich. Lucius' personal growth and character development, until Emo!Lucius, is actually fascinating and complex. This book is long with a plot that possibly could have been cut down but it was also pleasant to see how time in America was affecting pompous, stuffy Lucius and how he, in turn, was affecting Jessica. Her personal growth was to discover through dressing well, that she is a powerful, attractive woman. This is the one part that I felt the novel failed at. she never really comes into her own and stands as a pinnacle or tower of strength. Throughout this novel it is alluded to that she is growing stronger and more powerful as a person, coming into her own. Yet, the ending, which I won't spoil, only goes to show that she is still waiting on a man to make the decisions and have the power. She's a princess! People depend on her yet, predictably, she's more interested in her love life than she is anything else. Her royal duties are nothing more than a way to get to the man she loves. She doesn't truly put any thought into being a monarch. It's frustrating to read. Apparently, we can be strong and powerful, but only over our bodies and self-esteem. Overall, this is one of the nicer, better written YA teen romances. It's far from perfect and there are minor issues with plot and pacing. Still, it is more than readable and quite enjoyable. Just like a certain movie that I won't admit to owning... Feel that sexual tension...