**spoiler alert** If I had to tell people about this book there is one word that sums it up, disturbing. It is an incredibly quick read, only a little...more**spoiler alert** If I had to tell people about this book there is one word that sums it up, disturbing. It is an incredibly quick read, only a little over 100 pages, and it is such a gripping subject that it's hard to put the book down before finding out what happens to Alice.
This is the story of a young girl who is kidnapped while on a school field trip when she is 10 years old. Throughout the book, you learn how this young girl who has been renamed Alice by her kidnapper has been abused, both sexually and mentally, and brainwashed by her abductor. For example, he keeps her from eating meals, only a few cups of yogurt a day, in order for her to stay under 100 pounds.
While reading, you find out that the now 15 year old Alice is becoming too old for her kidnapper's taste and he has given her the task of finding a replacement for herself at a nearby park. Her immediate future outcome is death, her only salvation and what she strives for in order to escape the terror and horror that she lives in on a daily basis and it is promised to her once she finds a "New Alice".
The fact that I know someone who's sister was kidnapped in 1988 and still to this day has not been found, this novel held a very chilling tone for me. You, as the reader, want to reach into the book and shake Alice and yell at her, "Get out while you can! Save yourself!!! He won't catch you if you leave while he's at work and get to a safe place!!!"
I am torn as to who would be best to read this book. It is an incredibly disturbing topic, and while I think that because it is written about a teenager and I think teens would find it relevant to read, the subject matter might be a little too intense for some. I think that Elizabeth Scott, the author, handled the sexual scenes in the book tastefully and they are not described in an explicit manner.
I won't say what happens in the end, you will have to read it to find out, but it is for sure a quick and intense read.(less)
Mia’s life will never be the same; her family has died in a car accident and she now must decide whether or not she wants to live in the human world w...moreMia’s life will never be the same; her family has died in a car accident and she now must decide whether or not she wants to live in the human world without them.
Mia cannot remember the accident happening, but she knows that something is terribly wrong because she can see her mother, father, brother, and herself strewn across a wintery Oregon highway. Mia soon learns that she is no longer living inside her body; she seems to be in some kind of in between, not dead but not fully alive either. How could this happen?! Quickly, as paramedics arrive on the scene, Mia learns her parents are both dead and her young and innocent brother is holding on by only a thread.
Following her body as it goes to the hospital, the reader is given the story of Mia’s life learning about her loving family, her brother, her passion for the cello, and boyfriend. Stuck in this in-between, Mia soon realizes that she must make a choice, stay or go. It is in her hands to decide to live or give in to the pressure to die and be with her family.
This book is an emotional rollercoaster and Mia is face with a decision that the reader will find impossible to make. Should she be with her family, or be with the guy she loves? So many people are pulling for her to live, but is it enough to take on life alone? (less)
Willow cuts herself to feel. She is the one responsible for killing her parents during a car accident, and the only way she knows how to keep her life...moreWillow cuts herself to feel. She is the one responsible for killing her parents during a car accident, and the only way she knows how to keep her life together is to cut her skin. One night, after having too much to drink, Willow’s parents asked her to drive home. Only having her driver’s permit and a terrible storm resulted in Willow crashing the car and killing both of her parents.
Now, six months after the accident, Willow has moved in with her older brother, his wife, and their infant daughter. Willow couldn’t feel worse about the situation she’s put her brother in. Not only did she kill their parents, but now she has to invade on his life and cause him to be the father a teenage daughter much earlier than he should be.
After moving, Willow tried to leave her old life behind ignoring the calls of her friends and doing her best to move through high school with as little contact as possible. What she did not anticipate though was Guy. Ever since she first saw him during a shift at the University library where she works and her brother teaches, she is drawn to him. Then, Guy sees her arms and discovers her secret. Promising to keep this between the two of them, Guy cannot seem to just leave Willow be, and he soon takes it upon himself to try and help her. Only problem is that Willow isn’t sure if she wants help.
"Willow" is a powerful look into the life of a teen who is struggling to keep her head above water. She is dangerously depressed and uses cutting as a way to release her pain. David, her brother, struggling with his own sadness, wants to believe that she is holding herself together when in reality she is barely making it through each day. Not being a cutter, or knowing anyone who has cut, I was surprised at how easily I was able to understand Willow’s way of dealing with her pain. Most people that I explained this book to couldn’t get their head around why she would choose to do this to herself. To me though, it is clear that for her, it is the only way to can handle her pain. I would highly recommended this to teens, especially teen girls. (less)
**spoiler alert** Laurel always thought she was different from other girls and teens her age. She only liked certain foods, often fruit and she only l...more**spoiler alert** Laurel always thought she was different from other girls and teens her age. She only liked certain foods, often fruit and she only like to drink water or spirte. Not only that, but Laurel felt at her best when she was outside, often feeling suffocated being indoors. Raised by her adoptive parents, Laurel was homeschooled until she and her parents moved to a new town and she started her sophomore year of high school, that was when everything changed.
One day, she woke up with a bump on her back. Thinking it was only a zit, Laurel just left it alone. Only problem was that Laurel had never gotten a zit before, and on top of that the bump continued to grow until it was the size of a softball! Because Laurel's parents are against all hospitals and general medicine, she tried all kind of remedies that her mother had mixed up. None of it worked though.
One morning, after getting out of bed, Laurel had the shock of her life. The lump on her back had sprouted wings! The only person that she can think to confide in is her friend David, a science geek that befriended Laurel on her first day of school.
After David and her discover that she is anything but human, Laurel sets out to find more about what she is and her life before she was dropped off onto her parent's doorstep at the age of three. This all leads her to discover that she is way more than just an ordinary teen than she could have ever imagined and she has a crucial destiny to fulfill.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The first chapter seems very juvenile and very reminiscent of the Twilight series (minus the vampires). However, I am really glad that I stuck with it. Pike's faeries are wonderful and I love how she imagined them to be. I love the idea of them being plants and how they have their own land only accessed by hidden gateways.
I can't wait for the next books in this series to be published. I want to know what is in store for Laurel and Tam as well as Laurel and David.