I just finished reading the new novella “Double-Crossed” by Ally Carter author of the Heist Society series that I have come to love. In a word it’s ma...moreI just finished reading the new novella “Double-Crossed” by Ally Carter author of the Heist Society series that I have come to love. In a word it’s magnificent. The story brings together the core characters that make up the Heist series and the Gallagher girls series. As it turns out they work well together on paper and make for a truly interesting read. I almost wish that this one were a full length novel just to see what would happen if they had a job together for real or to at the very least have an idea of what Kat would be like if she had to become a Gallagher girl for a bit. As always the enigma that is Hale brings his own brand of intrigue to the story and Macey is there with her own brand of charm. Readers will be taken with the story at the outset and even root for the bad guys as it were with each of the characters being on opposite sides of the law. Now that I think about it I would like to lay out the appeal right now…
Can you please give us a couple, if at all possible, a few titles that merge the two worlds? I think your readers would love to see where that one goes. I’m just sayin’
God I am going to sound like such a ham right now...but I could care less. I just spent the past few hours powering through this book and I devoured a...moreGod I am going to sound like such a ham right now...but I could care less. I just spent the past few hours powering through this book and I devoured and loved every high and every low that Katie put these characters through. I laughed with them and literally felt myself mist up at some of the more heavier scenes. I gave this book the a small place in my heart previously reserved for only gasp if I say the "Twilight" series. Beth and Ryan's story is so raw and honest and I think that has to be what drew me in. Beth with her defiance and the walls that she threw up, only for everything to go haywire and her world be tilted on its axis. Then there is Ryan and his incessant need to take on dares. I will say that you start out in your mind almost hoping for one thing and then begging desperately for another to happen. The characters are rich and vibrant and fly off the page and you become something that a lot of books fail to do to you, you become invested in their story, in their lives, in their fates. There is some heavy stuff here and its done so well in terms of how the story is woven. The best part is how honest they are with themselves and in the end with each other. Its a level of honesty that is lacking in many of the books I have come across. The strong relationships and learning to come to grips with your own value structures and the message that it is okay to not be right but to learn from the mistakes you have made is a message that is so clear and evident in the telling of their story. Their mishaps and the friendship that they find within themselves and each other and the people they have chosen to surround themselves with will enthrall you and keep you on the edge of your seat. You will be sucked into Groveton and the treasures that are the people you will find there. I am highly recommending this title. Happy Reading!!!!(less)
There are creepy stories that make your skin crawl and then there are some that give lots of hype and promise but somehow manage to fall short. I can...moreThere are creepy stories that make your skin crawl and then there are some that give lots of hype and promise but somehow manage to fall short. I can promise you “The Shadowing: Hunted” by Adam Slater will not disappoint.
The story is set in a very rural area of the London countryside and follows a young gentleman by the name of Callum. Callum is your average kid; he plays rugby for his school, gets good grades, and plays a fairly low profile in school and in life. He’s a loner. Callum has a depth to him that shines through as you turn the pages and follow him on this story that tackles some heavy YA issues.
All the same the story in no way preaches to the reader, its quite the contrary, Callum discovers that there is more than meets the eye to the life he has come to know. What’s more there may be no one he can trust. I rather not give away any of the finer points of the story seeing as its well worth the read. The characters have depth and their interaction isn’t over done. You will fall in love with the person that Callum becomes and be impressed by his strength and rich honesty. This appears to be the first in a trilogy and all I can say is bring on the follow up.
Trust me if you are into paranormal reads but tired of some of the more overdone story lines, I highly recommend giving this one a try. Out of 5 stars, I am giving The Shadowing: Hunted 4.5. Give it a read. Happy reading!!! (less)
I recently finished the Dead Kid Detective Agency. Let me start by saying its not a complete wash. The concept for the book is pretty clear and the au...moreI recently finished the Dead Kid Detective Agency. Let me start by saying its not a complete wash. The concept for the book is pretty clear and the author does a very good job of setting it up to be an ongoing series. I walked away genuinely liking October and loving some of the zany things they did to solve the mystery.
October the main character is a loveable girl full of snark and a strong appreciation for the macabre. She along with the loveable "dead kids" from the cemetery that is behind her house are forced to solve the strange events that surround the death of a beloved teacher at her new high school. The thing that I think readers will find distracting is that the story is told from a few different points of view, that of the author, October, and another character named "Henry".
I think this swapping of viewpoints detracts from the story and gives it less appeal than it might have had if the author had kept it to only October and Henry's viewpiont. Aside from that, the dead kids are bit flat and could have used a bit more depth. They were in no way forgettable, however, they would have been more memorable if they had a bit more substance to them. At one point, I was a bit confused as to which kid was which, but that may have been me.
All the same I would still read it and recommend reading it. October is a character worth knowing, if for no other reason read it to find out what happened to the French teacher.
Picking up the Ghost was a pleasant surprise. I will admit that I found it hard to get into at the beginning. It starts out slow as it depicts the bar...morePicking up the Ghost was a pleasant surprise. I will admit that I found it hard to get into at the beginning. It starts out slow as it depicts the barron almost destitute town of St. Jude, however, Cinque holds the story together and his path of self discovery is one for the ages. Cinque is a young man unclear of his origins and unclear of himself. His town is one that has seen good times but similar to many other factory towns saw its own demise with the closure of the nearby plant. This town is the backdrop for a number of magikcal occurences that bring Cinque closer to understanding what many adults are searching for, his own truth. Picking up the Ghost does have a couple of lulls but if you plow through those and read it with an open mind the intended message is clear, knowledge is power but only when used with a measure of discernment and tempering. Out of five stars I am giving it the full five. Its rare that I am surprised by a book and when I am, I prefer to take note of it. This is a thought provoking read that you are sure to enjoy. Happy reading. (less)
I just finished the black stilleto. The premise for the book was great, a masked female avenger during the 1950's overcoming impossible odds. I was gr...moreI just finished the black stilleto. The premise for the book was great, a masked female avenger during the 1950's overcoming impossible odds. I was gripped pretty much through most of it. The only thing is I felt the ending was rushed. I rather not give the details but it felt rather abrupt, in terms of how the story was built in contrast to where the story ends. It would have been better if some of the loose ends were dealt with, like some of the extrasensory stuff. Just the same readers will be entertained by the unique approach to the characters as well as fall in love with Judy Cooper.(less)
The Charlestown Connection By Tom MacDonald Oceanview Publishing
Review by Cyberiasha.com
The Charlestown Connection is fantastic!!!! You get mystery, su...moreThe Charlestown Connection By Tom MacDonald Oceanview Publishing
Review by Cyberiasha.com
The Charlestown Connection is fantastic!!!! You get mystery, suspense, and plot twists that will keep you on your toes. Dermot Sparhawk is a great character, a recovering alcoholic; the story follows Dermot after a horrific crime and delves deep into the heart of Charlestown and Boston’s underbelly. The intrigue is high and the pacing is steady bringing you face to face with one of the best kept secrets in the art world.
Dermot is a recovering alcoholic re-learning his way after being on the wagon only a short time. Dermot works in a food kitchen run by the church. He is surly and comical at times, but in many respects he has a hard time connecting with the world around him. He prefers to isolate himself rather than participate, so when a close friend is murdered it rocks him to the core and propels him on a journey seeking justice, but what he finds is so much more.
I hate to give away all of the working parts of the story but I promise that you will enjoy the read. I am giving it 4 out of 4 stars.
Dearest Rachel Caine, kudos and bravo 5x over for this latest installment in the saga that is Morganville Texas.
I hate to give away **********spoiler...moreDearest Rachel Caine, kudos and bravo 5x over for this latest installment in the saga that is Morganville Texas.
I hate to give away **********spoilers*******
However, Shane is so bad-ass in this one he does himself harm. The best part is that the story is told from both Shane and Claire's perspectives, which gives the story a really good balance as it progresses along.
Then there is the whole bombshell between Michael and Eve, that I didn't see coming. I mean, they always seemed serious just not that far into it on some level.
Plus there are all of the questions that are left in the aftermath, like well where does this leave them all as friends in the end? Can Shane and Claire really weather what's going on? What's the deal with Amelie and Oliver?
I could go on forever, just know that the landscape is completely open for interpretation as to where the next installment will lead, but I totally plan to be on that ride. Wihtout a doubt. (less)
This book wasn't bad. It was cool for a one day read. Generally, the characters were sort of cool. I liked how the author made the vampires and the wa...moreThis book wasn't bad. It was cool for a one day read. Generally, the characters were sort of cool. I liked how the author made the vampires and the way the story unfolded as it layed itself out for the reader. I say if you are looking for a quick and dirty read, this one isn't such a bad fit. (less)