4.5 stars creepy mystery When there are three grisly murders at the New York Natural History Museum An FBI agent partners with a NYC cop to try and fi4.5 stars creepy mystery When there are three grisly murders at the New York Natural History Museum An FBI agent partners with a NYC cop to try and find the killer as scientists at the museum begin to suspect that an ancient curse may be at play....more
I really enjoyed this book as an audiobook. Occasionally audiobooks highlight awkward turns of phrase in a way that reading a book doesn't (one case iI really enjoyed this book as an audiobook. Occasionally audiobooks highlight awkward turns of phrase in a way that reading a book doesn't (one case in point in this book was something along the lines of "he fell ill with a stomach illness...") but overall this was a good narrative and the reader (Larson) did a really good job with inflection.
The story itself is very interesting, with two separate stories of the Chicago World's Fair and the first serial killer in America, H.H. Holmes running parallel and occasionally converging. It was compelling on several levels and both narratives could have stood on their own as a book but the juxtaposition of the "White City" and how it changed the way city planning and perception in America and the world and the truly dark and disturbing life of Holmes was great.
Highly recommend it. Looking forward to reading more of his books!...more
in modern day london a vicious murder occurs and a young policeman meets a ghost who is a witness to the crime. from there he finds himself swept awayin modern day london a vicious murder occurs and a young policeman meets a ghost who is a witness to the crime. from there he finds himself swept away into a secret part of society that he never knew about, a subworld filled with wizards, ghosts and river spirits.
fabulous book, funny series. very interesting audiobook production. ...more
This book is just what I'm starting to expect from Graham McNamee...Creepy, fast-paced and fun.
Jane has always been a little clumsy...okay a LOT clumThis book is just what I'm starting to expect from Graham McNamee...Creepy, fast-paced and fun.
Jane has always been a little clumsy...okay a LOT clumsy. She's cheated death more times than she cares to count. Only her best friend, Lexi, knows the truth though, that Jane is being stalked by a spirit who wants her dead. After a particularly bad accident Jane and Lexi (known to the school as the Creep Sisters) start trying to figure out who exactly this spirit is. The more they uncover the more they realize that Jane's spirit has a horror story of it's own.
It's hard to write about this book because there's some interesting things going on and it's more fun if you discover them. But what I can say is that I really loved all the relationships Jane had in this book. Her parents were real and warm and her interactions with them were believable. Lexi is the best friend a girl could have and I loved the two of them together, especially the fact that it wasn't all about Lexi helping Jane. Jane helped Lexi right back and that's something you don't always get to see.
I totally recommend this book if you're looking for a little something creepy!
SLIGHTLY SPOILERISH WARNING...read if you're recommending the book to someone... The book isn't TERRIFYING but be mindful of giving it to younger teens if they're sensitive, there is some mention of child abuse and while it's not graphic, it still might be upsetting....more
The series is staying strong with some interesting twists and turns. The entire story so far seems to only have covered a few months so far and as alwThe series is staying strong with some interesting twists and turns. The entire story so far seems to only have covered a few months so far and as always, each book begins where the last one ended with little to no time in between. Still lots of fun.
In this book the whole town is abuzz about the newest Vampire that's come to town. Amelie's father Bishop. There is to be a feast in his honor and all the vampires are inviting humans, although not the ones you would expect. Claire is determined to get to the bottom of things, but will she just get deeper into trouble? ...more
Picking up right where the last book left off we follow Claire as she tries to save her friend Shane from some major vampire trouble. She's right in tPicking up right where the last book left off we follow Claire as she tries to save her friend Shane from some major vampire trouble. She's right in the middle of a major vampire power play and the stakes are high.
More good fun. Very fast reading, lots of plot, lots of romance. I was genuinely worried for the characters and I appreciate that while Claire is smart, she is still believably a 16 year old girl living in a very grown up and scary world...totally sold on the series. looking forward to the rest of the books.
Well, I picked this up because I came across a couple of quotes on GoodReads that amused me...The book did not disappoint!
Claire is a 16 year old oveWell, I picked this up because I came across a couple of quotes on GoodReads that amused me...The book did not disappoint!
Claire is a 16 year old overachiever who graduated from high school early and is off to college. Her parents didn't want her to go to far from home so they send her to Morganville. Once she arrives she manages to annoy the queen bee of the dorm who may be a bit more psychotic than your usual mean girl. After a particularly bad encounter Claire stumbles across an add for a room to rent. She goes to a house in town and meets Eve, Shane and Michael, three friends who live together. At first they're not sure about Claire but eventually they let her into the house and they let her in on the secret of Morganville. It's a town run by vampires.
This book is good fun, it's fast paced and the characters are very likable. There were times when looking back, it seems a bit heavy handed but when you're in the middle of it you don't really care, you just want to know what will happen next. It ends on a cliffhanger so of course I had to move onto the next book right away. THank goodness my library has them all as ebooks.
I am now dying for the next book in the series because, as Candice said, I *need* to know what happened to _him_. However, I did have some issues withI am now dying for the next book in the series because, as Candice said, I *need* to know what happened to _him_. However, I did have some issues with this book. The pacing seemed strange, very slow for most of it and then all the action seemed to happen right at the end. Which I know is the norm for mysteries but it was a little problematic for me. I also felt like there were some stupid decisions being made by the characters and I wanted to shake a few of them.
Overall though, it was a solid sequel to "the Name of the Star" and the problems I had didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the book,as I said, DYING for the sequel. I'll be recommending this to teens with great pleasure!
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Rory escaped her brush with a killer and after languishing in Bristol she's happy to rejoin her friends at school as well as the Ghost Squad. But when she starts looking into a strange death near her school, Rory starts to think that maybe there's more happening beneath the surface of London....more
Well, this one got me! I've been telling people left and right that they HAVE to read it. The story was really interesting. I know there is a sequel cWell, this one got me! I've been telling people left and right that they HAVE to read it. The story was really interesting. I know there is a sequel coming out but rather than leave us with a cliffhanger Ms. Johnson has just left us with a zinger! That's the kind of book I like. I can tell people, Yes it's part of a series but you can read it on it's own without being in *agony* because nothing has been answered. She answers the questions but leaves us with just a couple of things to think and wonder about. *mwah!*
So the story. Rory hails from Louisiana, but her parents (both college professors) have been invited to a university in England for the year so our heroine sees this as a perfect opportunity for adventure! She decides to attend a proper British boarding school right in the middle of London, in the Whitechapel district specifically.
Rory settles into school, taking the quirky Britishness of it all in while answering with some crazy Americanity of her own. Things are going well, she's got a great roommate, a cute boy to think about and she's even learning to deal with her field hockey class (ducking seems to be her watchword) but then a bizarre series of Jack-the-Ripper-esque killings start and the whole city goes into a panic. One night Rory and her friends sneak out to watch the spectacle and she sees a strange man, the problem is that it seems like she's the only one who is able to see him. Soon, Rory finds herself caught up in the mystery in a much more up close and personal way than she ever dreamed or wanted.
I loved this book, but I did think it had a couple of issues. There were some characters that were brought in for one or two things that then got dropped by the wayside and I think they could have been handled a bit better . I kept waiting for them to reappear and it was a little distracting. (caveat: I read this on my Kindle and sometimes I wonder if there are visual cues in the physical book that I might be missing. Like a change in font or a page break that lets you as the reader know that "Hi!!! We're stepping outside of our regularly scheduled first person narrative to let you know something important!") But really, overall, 5 stars hardcore. I can't wait for the sequel. Rory and her friends are just too much fun!...more
So, this is sort of a funny book, it's almost two separate stories and I'm hoping the next book will bring them back together. I really enjoyed it thoSo, this is sort of a funny book, it's almost two separate stories and I'm hoping the next book will bring them back together. I really enjoyed it though, it's creepy and bleak but it does have some really nice characters that keep it from becoming oppresive.
The plot starts with our heroine Alex, she's run away to the wilderness on the Appalachian trail (I think). Alex is actually totally entitled to her angst, she's got a brain tumor that is killing her and she's just had a proceedure done that has some pretty severe side effects and she just wants to be alone, possibly forever. Of cours, she's just run into a very nice old man and his SUPER surly granddaughter, Ellie, when "the Zap" happens. Now she's realizing that what ever has happened (you do find out but I'm not going to tell you) has killed the Ellie's grandfather and Alex realizes that something is happening to her. Soon though she and Ellie find themselves fighting with some teenagesrs who have turned into zombies. They meet up with Tom, on leave from the army, and the three of them decide to work together to survive. So, that's basically the first half of the book. THe second half is what happens when the three of them decide to find somewhere to spend the winter. The plotline here veers off and we end up in a totally new story withnew characters.
I felt that the book was a bit disjointed between the first and second parts. I was much more invested in Ellie and Tom than I was in the characters in the second half of the book and I think it's because the characters in the second half weren't as fully formed for me. But, the second half is where A LOT of very interesting information comes in that takes this book into a cool sci-fi realm.
I'm totally looking forward to the sequel and I do recommend the book if you're looking for a post apocalyptic romp. ...more