I quite enjoyed The Butterfly Clues. It was an good, solid mystery, but, aside from a solid plot, the characters were really what drew me into the booI quite enjoyed The Butterfly Clues. It was an good, solid mystery, but, aside from a solid plot, the characters were really what drew me into the book.
Lo has some very serious issues with stealing, OCD and hoarding that seem to be at an all new high after her brother Oren's death the year before. Her mother is non-functioning and, while I think he's trying to hold it together, her father is often absent.
While wondering the streets during the late night hours while in Neverland, Lo is nearly shot by a stray bullet. She finds out later that on that same night a girl, Sapphire, was murdered. Then, when she discovers pieces of the girl's jewelry at the flee market, Lo feels drawn to find out who killed Sapphire.
Along the way, she meets a host of colorful characters who live in the run down area of Neverland. Among them is Flint. She feels drawn to him much in the same way she feels drawn to Sapphire, but as she meets danger at every corner, it becomes increasingly difficult to know who to trust.
The story had quite a few twists and turns along the way. I did also enjoy that, instead of the story focusing solely on the mystery of Sapphire's murder, there were several things happening with the plot, involving school and her home life. It helped to keep the story grounded in reality.
Also, I felt quite sympathetic to Lo's need to complete her rituals. It added an interesting layer to her character that I hadn't seen before in other books. I often felt frustrated right along with her when she had to stop and do something (sometimes several times if she messed up or lost count).
(view spoiler)[My only issue with this, though, is that I'd hoped that at some point her parents would do something to try to get her help. It was clearly something she had been doing for a very long time, and while I could understand her dad's frustrations with it, it seemed like it would be been more productive to actually seek some sort of help instead. That being said, I felt quite endeared to Flint because of his easy acceptance of Lo's rituals. (hide spoiler)]
All in all, I thought it was a very solid novel with great characters and plot. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
On the night when Gabie normally delivered pizzas for Pete's a man called to order a pizza to be delivered to an address that didn't exist. Before ordOn the night when Gabie normally delivered pizzas for Pete's a man called to order a pizza to be delivered to an address that didn't exist. Before ordering he asked about the girl in the Mini Cooper, but instead of Gabie, Kayla was sent out for the delivery. And she never came back.
When I read the synopsis for the novel, I was intrigued, so I picked it up at the library. However, I've been trying to figure out how and what I wanted to say about this book since I finished reading it because my feelings are a bit mixed. As far as the writing goes, I enjoyed the storytelling, and while I thought the plot had a lot of promise and it was a fast paced read, something about it just left me unsatisfied.
The novel skips around to various characters, but Drew--the boy who took the order and sent Kayla out on the delivery--and Gabie--the girl who was supposed to be working that night--are the most predominant characters. While I liked them both and could understand their confusion and guilt about Kayla's disappearance, I never really felt like I connected with them or any of the other characters.
As much as I enjoyed seeing different aspects of the novel, I almost wonder if the story would have been better if we weren't privy to all of those sides of the story. The glimpses of Kayla throughout the story did add a sense of desperation to the story, but I think the story might have been more suspenseful without the parts from her kidnapper's point of view. Sometimes I think the unknown is more gripping than knowing something the other characters don't. I also found the police to be quite frustrating and incompetent.
However, I did enjoy some of the non-traditional ways of storytelling, such as 911 transcripts, police interviews and newspaper clippings. Those helped to move the story along and glean useful information. I also liked that the story was tracked by how many days Kayla was missing.
I think, without a doubt, April Henry can tell a compelling story, but The Night She Disappeared just didn't quite do it for me. However, I will be checking out more of her work in the future....more
After reading and enjoying Always Watching, I had high hopes for Last Breath, despite initially enjoying the story, I had some issues with staying intAfter reading and enjoying Always Watching, I had high hopes for Last Breath, despite initially enjoying the story, I had some issues with staying interested.
Last Breath picks up right where Always Watching left off, and like the first book, it is a fast paced. Even though I didn't enjoy the story line quite as much as with the first book, I did like that Last Breath moves away from just the Shaley and the "unknown" POVs. In this book, the story includes flashbacks to Rayne's younger days, including when she met Shaley's father and tells the story of what happened to him.
I wanted to enjoy the story more than I did, but I have to admit that I did quite a bit of skimming. I may come back to this book in the future and try again because the fault my lie with my mood, rather than an issue with the book itself....more
Even though I'm quite fond of both historical romance and M/M romance, I haven't actually read too many novels that combine the too, so I was pleasantEven though I'm quite fond of both historical romance and M/M romance, I haven't actually read too many novels that combine the too, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the two genres collide.
I really enjoyed the novella. It was a very fast, light read. I thought the characters were contrasted well in background but had great chemistry. Also, it was incredibly sexy and sweet.
I'd recommend this one to anyone looking for a sweet, sex, quick, angst-free read....more
I Hunt Killers is a wild, wild ride. I devoured this book in no time because I didn't want to put it down.
Jasper "Jazz" Dent is handsome and charming.I Hunt Killers is a wild, wild ride. I devoured this book in no time because I didn't want to put it down.
Jasper "Jazz" Dent is handsome and charming. He know hows to manipulate people to get what he wants, how to spot the weakest person in a crowd and how to blend in. After all, his father is the world's worst serial killer.
The story begins four years after Jasper's father, Billy Dent, has been caught and sent away to prison when Jasper's sleepy little town is shaken once again by a new series of murders. Intrigued by the crime scene, Jasper inserts himself in the investigation and uses the years of knowledge Billy Dent bestowed upon him throughout Jasper's childhood to help capture the killer.
I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with this novel. For as dark and gory as it was with a good mystery, it also had it's light, funny moments.
For me, the characters really made the story.
Jasper is a conflicted teenager. His father groomed him to follow in his footsteps, and Jasper is haunted by the past as well as fears for who he may become in the future. Despite his issues, Jasper is likable. I think his narrative really worked well for the story. His offhand musings and clinical remarks were both eerie and easing.
His girlfriend, Connie, and best friend, Howie, were a good counter to Jasper's sometimes dark and brooding moods. His grandmother was crazy, alternating between hilarious and horrible. The sheriff, G. William, seemed like a competent officer of the law as well as very caring and almost fatherly when it came to Jasper. Also, Jasper's father was also very present throughout the story both in Jasper's mind and memory, and he was absolutely terrifying.
The hunt for the killer was, as I said earlier, a wild ride. I had my suspicions pretty early on, but, despite guessing right, the ending had a great twist that left me longing for a sequel immediately. ...more