I always like a good Gayle Forman book. And although I don't ordinarily read books on depression and suicide, this was a good story that kept me readiI always like a good Gayle Forman book. And although I don't ordinarily read books on depression and suicide, this was a good story that kept me reading and interested.
Cody's best friend Meg had committed suicide. She did it in a very organized fashion, sending out timed emails to her family and to Cody. Drinking industrial strength cleaning solution in a motel where she left the maid a hefty tip to not touch anything and call the police when she was found.
But Cody doesn't understand why she did it. Sure, they grew up together and planned on going to college together. But when Meg got a full ride to a college and Cody stayed behind to do the community college thing for a year or two until she could move to Seattle w/ Meg, things changed.
Going to pick up her belongings in Seattle, Cody meets Meg's roommates and finds out more from them about her friend than she knew. Including Ben, the musician Meg was infatuated with, who ends up helping Cody figure out what exactly happened to Meg and if she was somehow helped or encouraged to kill herself.
This was a really interesting book from beginning to end. Glad I picked this one to read, as I've been in a rut lately not finding much of interest. Hopefully the next book will be as entertaining as this was....more
As much as I liked the first book in this series, I couldn't finish this one. I see the direction the author was going and I didn't want to go along fAs much as I liked the first book in this series, I couldn't finish this one. I see the direction the author was going and I didn't want to go along for the ride.
In the first book, it was more about Parker and his friends and how to get him to be able to sleep. Now in the second installment, his friends are on vacation, this kid with the skull jacket is back and claiming to know Parker's long gone father, who was also a "watcher." And this kid is one as well. Now Parker starts learning more about the watchers and the other levels of their kind out there, some that are very bad and can inhabit the bodies of the dreamer.
It starts getting very sci-fi and I honestly have intentionally found other things to do besides read because the book just doesn't hold my interest. I have up after Chapter 9....more
This was a good story but it was a little slow to start. Picking up where things left off in the first installment, Violet is now living with PrestonThis was a good story but it was a little slow to start. Picking up where things left off in the first installment, Violet is now living with Preston and paying him for living there by dealing for him again and also doing some of what she considers to be "vile and disgusting things." No sex, but close to it. She has started school again and she misses Luke even though she does see him in one of her classes.
Luke is a mess. Drunk 24/7 and back to cheating at gambling. Luke and Violet find themselves in the same predicament one night as he is at a high stakes gambling game and she is there to deal Preston's drugs. He is found cheating and she is in the bathroom with him at the time they both escape. They are followed to Luke's apartment where he is beaten up and told he owes them $9,000 or they will beat him within an inch of his life.
So Luke decides to go on the road to Vegas to get with his uncle, (who is also a cheating gambler) to make some money. Violet, not wanting to go back to Preston to tell him she messed up his drug deal, begs to go with Luke.
The investigation into her parents murders has been reopened with the help of Luke calling to narc on his own mother being involved. Now that she and Luke are headed to Vegas, she is getting some pretty bad texts from an unknown caller who seems to know a lot about the murders and Violet's whereabouts.
This is a pretty good story and of course ends with another mini cliffhanger, as this author wants you to read on into the next installment of the series so see what happens next. Since I purchased this book and the next one in the series, I will be doing just that....more
This was such an amazing trilogy. It put a whole new spin on the vampire race. In this last installment, Dawn learns she has vampire blood in her fromThis was such an amazing trilogy. It put a whole new spin on the vampire race. In this last installment, Dawn learns she has vampire blood in her from the Old Family vampires. There were not 14 Old Families, there were 15, and Dawn is the product of a vampire and human who made a baby ages ago. She may have only a few drops of vampire blood in her, but it's enough to get her a seat on the Vampire Council. And in this story, they are all about bringing Sin down and reclaiming Denver in hopes of bringing vampires and humans together to live in one society as friends who help each other in life, not against each other.
Read this trilogy if you like vampire books! It's so worth it and a story that will make you turn the pages as fast as you can read them!...more
Another good read and excellent second installment in this trilogy. Although I have to admit I did miss Victor in this story, (he wasn't around too muAnother good read and excellent second installment in this trilogy. Although I have to admit I did miss Victor in this story, (he wasn't around too much) the story moved with flow and purpose.
As Dawn wakes up in the hospital and figures out that Victor didn't turn her when he took her blood, she is both grateful and a little disappointed. When visted by Tegan, Tegan tells her how she can't sleep at night due to nightmares of Sin, who is still out there somewhere. Then Michael visits and she ends their relationship. He knows she has feelings for Victor and he can't fathom how she would fall for a vampire. Rachel visits and once she is out of the hospital, she is informed that she has been relieved of her duties as a delegate.
Even though they have a new delegate in place, one of Sin's minions comes to announce that the city of Denver is to hand Dawn over or Sin's wrath will destroy the city. Clive tells Dawn that he'll never give her up, and he wants to put her on the night train when it comes in so she can go out west towards L.A. to research "the thirst." It's at it's worst out there, and that's where Victor's friend Richard's father rules. With the Day Walkers in Denver, they're afraid that with the non-existence of donations since "hell night," the vamps will start draining each other and there will be a bunch of infected vamps running around Denver with the thirst. He wants Dawn to meet with the head people in L.A. to see if they have any insight as to how to stop it.
So Dawn does meet w/ Victor who tells her even though he loves her, they cannot be together. Things never work out between vamps and humans. She is crushed, but at night, when she dreams of him, it seems so real and in these dreams, they are together and Dawn is happy.
But getting on the train is another ordeal. She has a night watchman w/ her, who turns out to be someone she knows very well. As well as an unexpected visitor on the train who wasn't supposed to be there. This trip on the night train has a lot of action on it, as well as her destination to L.A. It's not all that it seems and the end of the book is a real eye opener. Not only about L.A., but about Dawn's heritage, the thirst and Sin himself. Can't wait to get my hands on book three, the last in this story. This is definitely worth reading. A totally different take on vampires, no Twilight storyline in sight!...more
This was a cringe worthy book in my opinion. One of the first horror books that I've read in a while that really got to me. They shouldn't of called tThis was a cringe worthy book in my opinion. One of the first horror books that I've read in a while that really got to me. They shouldn't of called the book "Creed," they should've titled it "Creepy" because that's what it was.
Dee is so excited. She is taking her boyfriend Luke to a surprise concert and hotel weekend stayover for their anniversary. His brother Mike is with them, as he helped arrange it. They are seniors in high school and Dee needed a little help from Mike making up a story his parents would buy. Dee lives with foster parents. A very nice older couple took her in after a couple of other fosters didn't work out. Her father abused her at a young age. She had been beaten a lot and almost sexually abused. It has taken her years to trust anyone, and the couple that now have her she really likes and Luke is the best boyfriend she could ask for.
Unfortunately, they got off of the backed up freeway and had taken some backroads to get to their destination. Now they are out of gas and lost. It is freezing outside and they decide to walk to the nearest town to find a gas station. What they find is a deserted town with a warning siren going off. The gas station is also deserted and the pumps are electronic so they cannot access any gas. So they keep walking until they find some houses. And the weird thing is that all of the houses are exactly the same on the outside, down to the potted plant sitting on the steps. The houses are all deserted, so they build a fire in one and decide to wait for someone to come home while they thaw out.
When Dee wakes up, she finds that Luke went exploring in other houses. They all have the same things in them, along with a book in the kitchen drawer on how to discipline your child, starting at the age of 12 months and how many times they are to be beaten, and their welts and scars recorded. This flips Dee out and she wants to immediately get the hell outta there.
Once outside, they encounter Joseph, whose death certificate she had found upstairs in the house without the death date on it. He tries to hide them from his father, who is running the entire town. He killed Joseph's mother when he found out she was trying to leave with Joseph and his 12 yr. old sister Eden. He literally took her into an irrigation shed and "bled" her to death. He wants Luke, Dee and MIke to help him get his sister and escape. When Luke says no, the next thing Dee knows is she is waking up and being bled herself and Luke and MIke are nowhere to be seen.
This is the creepiest book I've read in a long time. I won't give away anymore of the story because it gets even more bizarre from here. If you like horror, this is a good one for you, and it's only a little over 200 pages, a fast read....more
I LOVE Abbi Glines! If she put books out on a daily basis I'd probably read a book a day. I find them so appealing that it's hard to put them down.
ThiI LOVE Abbi Glines! If she put books out on a daily basis I'd probably read a book a day. I find them so appealing that it's hard to put them down.
This book was no exception. What was funny is that I absolutely detested the character of Krit in the previous book he was featured in. There wasn't one thing about that character I liked, so I was skeptical about this book. And my library didn't have it so I bought it. THen I was quickly turned after being introduced to Blythe.
A character that's easy to love because of the physical and emotional abuse inflicted on her her entire life by the family that took her in when she was orphaned, Blythe has no self esteem and thinks she's ugly and evil and not worth anybody's friendship let alone a relationship.This is what a pastor's wife would tell her, as well as beatings. The pastor never hurt her, but let these things happen to her. Until the day this woman dies and Blythe gets to move out to Sea Breeze and go to college. Then she begins to come out of her shell a little bit.
Staying in an apartment on by the water, she doesn't realize that Krit and his bandmate Green also stay in, right above her. She hears their parties and gets sick of the nightly noise. And once Krit lays eyes on her and she sees his incredible blue eyes, they are both instantly attracted to one another.
And that's all you get. I love the way this is written with Krit's manwhore ways; will he change when he meets sweet innocent Blythe? And Blythe who thinks she's worthy of no one and that Krit or anyone else won't want anything to do with her once they see the evil in her.
Can't wait for the next book by Ms. Glines. They're all worth reading!!...more
Another wonderful installment of this story. I see there is a book 4 and my library doesn't carry it. But with that said, it seems like this book coulAnother wonderful installment of this story. I see there is a book 4 and my library doesn't carry it. But with that said, it seems like this book could totally be the end of this story so I'm not going to go too crazy over missing the last in the series.
In this installment, Katie learns the biggest secret of all, the one Brandon has been keeping from her for the last 7 years. In return, we as the reader also learn that Katie was keeping a very big secret from him as well. These two have so much chemistry, but their relationship seems to be one that has them either having sex or fighting. There doesn't seem to be an in between. Will it ever change? Will these two ever get together and stay together? Read the books! You can literally sit down with all three and be done in a couple of hours so it's definitely worth it!...more
Another very fast read. I liked this installment of this story as well. Once again, more sex, more games too. The title is very fitting because that'sAnother very fast read. I liked this installment of this story as well. Once again, more sex, more games too. The title is very fitting because that's all these two characters do is try and one up each other with their game playing, and the books always end with more questions than resolutions. On to book III!...more