No Reverse is a story of unconditional love and sacrifices. Marion Croslydon told this story in a brilliant way, alternating point of views between th...moreNo Reverse is a story of unconditional love and sacrifices. Marion Croslydon told this story in a brilliant way, alternating point of views between the two main characters, and also alternating the timelines from past to present, it takes an excellent writer to be able to do this without confusing the readers. No Reverse is a thought provoking tale, that makes it's readers question what they would do in such a situation. This is an emotional roller coaster ride novel, so definitely not for the faint hearted, prepare to feel!
I absolutely adored this book and it was a fast paced story that I devoured quite obligingly within a few sittings. This is not the type of book I normally read but the drama and the spice within this novel was really a very engaging read, I think I'll definitely be picking more New Adult Contemporary Romance from now on, if they are anything like No Reverse.
What I loved about No Reverse is the realistic situation in this story, it could have happened to anyone, and this is where it provokes the readers to think, "what would I do if I had been in that situation?" It's really quite a hard answer and seeing the characters as they made choices, whether it was the right or wrong ones really made the readers invested in the story. You cheer for a happy ending for all involved.
The main characters all had their faults and this added to the realism of the situation, which is definitely what I love about the novel, it read like a true life event, as if it had happened to yourself personally. Marion also writes the novel so well that the emotions that the characters felt jumps off the pages at it's readers and it makes you feel the way they are feeling. This book really makes the readers very involved emotionally.
No Reverse is immersed in drama, and the characters are likeable but real, the emotions are felt through it's pages, and it's definitely not ones for the faint hearted who wants to be detached from the story they read. This book will include you and drag you into it's arms, you will be holding your breath as if each decision taken involves you, it's a thought provoking and very involving book.
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Date with the Dead is a fun murder mystery based novel with loveable characters that make you w...moreThis review was originally posted at Paperback Princess
Date with the Dead is a fun murder mystery based novel with loveable characters that make you want so much more. Chris Myers writing is engrossing and the mystery unfolded perfectly, despite the novel revolving around teens the mystery was not easily guessed. There was also several sub-plots which kept the story more interesting. I'd probably say this is somewhat in between the Nancy Drew Series and the mystery-side of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series.
Jolie Livingston recently moved with her Mother to Plymouth after inheriting her Aunt Ophelia's home. In Plymouth Jolie starts her own ghost eradicating company, Ripsters (Rest In Peace Sophisticated Technology for Efficient Removal of Spirits), now seriously, how can you not love a writer that creates such an awesome name/slogan? Jolie's first "case" is the ghost plaguing a local family, the Caldwells, this is where she meets one of her co-Ripsters, Reese, who also had his own ghost hunting company, with Reese's fancy equipments and Jolie's expertise they made a fantastic team.
The characters were so fun and their investigative techniques were so entertaining to read about. I really enjoyed the characters and I think that it's definitely one of the strong points of this book. Eventually Ripsters had expanded to include Brit, a local Judge's daughter, then towards the end Hayden, Jolie's crush, and we can't forget Drew, Jolie's best friend and the team's ghost! The Ripsters had a fantastic relationship between them and I just enjoyed the way they interacted.
Despite the Caldwell's ghost being the main mystery plot of this novel, there were other mysteries that the Ripsters had to solve, one being a soldier ghost that's following Brit around, then there's also the Paranormal Guild which wasn't really explained in this book, along with a stalker that followed Jolie and her Mother from New Orleans, and to top it off Jolie has made enemies at her school with a group of girls that can prove to be more dangerous than the ghosts that she's hunting.
Date with the Dead is a fast paced, engrossing mystery novel with loveable characters that have the Readers wanting so much more. I cannot wait to read Dead and Missing. Date with the Dead still had a fantastic conclusive ending despite it being part of a series and I really liked how Myers ended Date with the Dead, it was still rounded off nicely and if Myers left Date with the Dead as a standalone it would have still worked, I would have just been sad that I couldn't enjoy the characters more.(less)