There weren't many people in this world who would let you be vulnerable & still believe you were strong.
ALONG TIME AGO, WE USED TO BE FRIENDS BUT I HAVENT THOUGHT OF YOU LATELY AT ALL!! Excuse my enthusiasm but if you watched this amazing show, (that got cancelled way to early) Veronica Mars in novel form is something to be excited about!
The first novel of the series was written by the shows creator Rob Thomas along with author Jennifer Graham. In it, two teen girls go missing in Neptune during spring break and Veronica is hired as a P.I. when the local Sheriff fails to take any steps in finding them.
While many people fear the big city, it's the small town I always worry about. Corrupt cops who answer to local business owners, ignore crimes and in turn, its up to the one's without the badges to go out and pursue justice. In Neptune, the one without the badge has always been Veronica Mars, who has been helping the citizens of her town solve crimes since she was a student at Neptune High, (and probably before) following in the footsteps of her father P.I. Keith Mars.
When Veronica finds out the missing girls are last seen partying at a rental home with mexican drug cartel ties, she finds herself in a life or death situation, but like any good mystery the culprits are not who they seem to be and with a little help from friends Wallace and Mac, Veronica gets her man.
Fans will be happy to know that The Thousand Dollar Tan Line give us updates about the rest of the series beloved characters. Logan joined the Marines,(I was pretty shocked) Keith is recuperating from an attempt on his life, Mac is still a hacker extraordinaire, Wallace is a gym teacher (no NBA!?), Weevil is back to his old ways and Dick is...well Dick.
He was rich and careless and had the emotional depth of a chunk of concrete; the only real goals that registered for him were surfing, drinking, and screwing.
This book made me so nostalgic, is it to late to bring back the show?
I think if you're a fan of the series it will be hard to be disappointed by the first V. Mars instalment. Sure there could have been way more Logan, Wallace and Weevil, (my fav characters) but since there are more books to come, I hope we will get to read more about them in the future. The mystery aspect was good, there were lots of twists and turns and that Veronica Mars humour fans of the show have come to know and love was there in abundance.
Well we started out at Carlos and Charlie’s for hurricanes, but after I lost the wet T-shirt contest we were like, Forget this, so we popped some mollies and headed for the ‘09er’s foam party.”
I did find it weird (and other reviews mentioned it too) that the book wasn't written in first person, since the series was told from her point of view, but it didn't bother me too much. According to Goodreads the second book in the series will be out in November, so get excited Marshmallows!
This is the third Charlaine Harris series I've read and the first one that took me awhile to get into. Midnight Crossroad is a very slow moving story...moreThis is the third Charlaine Harris series I've read and the first one that took me awhile to get into. Midnight Crossroad is a very slow moving story about a town (Midnight) in Texas, where not that many people live, and those that do live there have some pretty interesting secrets.
This series takes place in the same world as Harris' Connelly series. It took me awhile to notice this since it's been a few years since I've read it, but Manfred is a key character in the Midnight series.
For those that haven't read the Connelly series Manfred is a psychic who's gift is rather sometimeish. He moves to Midnight after his grandmother (who also had the gift) passes and he's looking to set up his online psychic business. The folks of Midnight are welcoming and friendly but when it comes to their individual pasts their lips are sealed. That is until a missing woman turns up dead and the all the towns secrets slowly unravel.
He tried to catch you?”
“Yes. He liked to kill things, you know.”
I will say that the murder mystery wasn't easy to figure out, right up until it was revealed I thought it was someone else, but it just took so long for the story to move forward. I appreciate backstory and learning about each character but it felt like the story dragged a lot. With these types of books that deal with a murder and figuring out whodunit, theres usually a creepy buildup to the reveal. In this book I didn't feel it. It was sort of : this is the town, here they are as they go on about their day-to-day lives, here is the guilty party. I just thought there could have been more. I wanted to feel chills on the way to figuring out who the murderer was, because when it was finally apparent I was creeped out as hell. If that feeling was prevalent throughout the book, it would have been a much better, can't-put-this-book-down read.
Besides that it was a solid story. If you read it, look out for Mr. Snuggly he is definitely the scene stealer of this book. I'm interested to see what happens in the second book of the series.
3.5/5 Like many of the reviews I've seen on Sea of Shadows, I think it started of rather slow. It took me awhile to get invested in the plot and charac...more3.5/5 Like many of the reviews I've seen on Sea of Shadows, I think it started of rather slow. It took me awhile to get invested in the plot and characters, but once I was a few chapters in, I began to enjoy it.
Sea of Shadows follows twin sisters Ashyn and Moira, Keeper and Seeker of the Forest of The Dead (and no, they don't play Quidditch). They are in charge of quieting angry spirits and laying their souls to rest. This year is different and their town is infiltrated by monsters they have only heard of in stories. These monsters kill everyone in their town —except the children, who are taken away as captives. The twins become separated and spend the book trying to find each other, make sense of what happened to their village while trying to stay alive as they travel through the Forest. They are helped along the way by a thief and a former soldier/guard from their town.
Overall the book was enjoyable, I liked the dynamic between the twin sisters and their clashing personalities however I felt like a lot was left a lot up in the air in terms of world building. I assume this is a learn-as-you-go type book, so more will be revealed in book #2.
It was a good read, but if you pick it up just know it may take you awhile to sink into the meat of the plot. Once you get past the hump it gets good.(less)
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is a quick and fun read on all the types of beasts you'll find in the magical world of Harry Potter. In the...moreFantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is a quick and fun read on all the types of beasts you'll find in the magical world of Harry Potter. In the book you'll learn interesting tidbits like the fact that the pelt of a Demiguise can be spun into an invisibility cloak, the only reason muggles have heard of the Loch ness monster is because its love of publicity and the golden snitch used during Quidditch was originally a real bird called the snidget. Who knew!?
It's definately a must-read if you're a HP fan, especially with news of it being turned into a film.(less)
The Last werewolf is the story of the loneliest man in the world. Jake Marlow is a 201 year old werewolf’s who’s species has been hunted into extincti...moreThe Last werewolf is the story of the loneliest man in the world. Jake Marlow is a 201 year old werewolf’s who’s species has been hunted into extinction by the World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena (WOCOP). WOCOP is lead by a man named Grainer who’s father was killed and eaten by Jake himself. Needless to say, Grainer is definitely holding a grudge and turned that grudge into his life’s work.
It took me awhile to get into the book, I think it was the writing style, but I eventually got sucked in. This book was equal parts sad/funny (but less ha-ha and more laugh because if you don’t you’ll cry). Jake has no real friends, family or connections to anyone. He frequents hookers to deal with his high sex drive and floats by life indiferent to his well-being. He actually is getting ready to die (let WOCOP take him out) when he finds something to live for, something he hasn’t had since his human life, love.
Something you notice right away in this book is, Glen Duncan’s werewolf’s aren’t “sexy.” There’s no change at will, vegan diet werewolves. This is painful transformation on a full moon. This is kill and eat your human prey .This is the dealing with the fact that you hate to kill but a part of you loves it at the same time type of werewolf. It’s gritty and dark and kind of disturbing, but also very good. I wouldn’t say Jake is a sympathetic character, his apathy towards life and his past didn’t have me rooting for him at all, but once he found his raison d’être, I started feeling a little bit better about him. He seems so helpless. 200 plus years under his belt and he hasn’t been able to get ahead of these humans who are trying to kill him, humans who know everything about his life and have him under constant surveillance. You would think beast would win over man but it’s not always the case it seems. (less)
Morgan Stockhour is a 16-year-old girl that lives interned in the sky. According to the history of the skies inhabitants, they’re there because the go...moreMorgan Stockhour is a 16-year-old girl that lives interned in the sky. According to the history of the skies inhabitants, they’re there because the god of the ground grew tired of their earthly demands and wanted to destroy them. The god of the sky stepped in and let them live in the sky, promising they’d never return to earth.
It’s pretty apparent the sky is portrayed as a sort of Utopia. Or that’s the way the powers that be want it to feel like. There are rarely any crimes, poverty or wars.
But here’s the rub: your entire life is planned before you’re even conceived. Parents enter a queue if they want to get pregnant and once the pregnancy is sanctioned your fetus is essentially paired off with one of the opposite sex. The two children are betrothed and will be together until they turn 75 , which is the age the government or King, decided its citizens should be dispatched (aka killed) to make room for more births.
Morgan lives with her mother and father. Her brother and sister in-law life upstairs in the same building. Although she has often thought about if there is such thing as life beyond the sky, she keeps her interest under wraps until the day a girl is murdered and all her questions about the way her world in the sky works is put into question.
I like the way Lauren Destefano unravels what’s beyond the surface the world she’s created. At first you think well this place seems to be great, and then slowly you learn that life in the sky is not what it seems. Substance abuse is a major issue and free will is another. The King is good at keeping his citizens compliant and silencing any opposition. I like the fact that Destefano doesn’t explain every intricate detail of how this world works and rather shows you. I find a lot of these dystopian type novels spend pages and pages getting lost in explanation.
*I received this book from the author for an honest review.*
I'm a zombie fan. From classic films like The Night of the Li...more**spoiler alert** ☆☆☆.5/☆☆☆☆☆
*I received this book from the author for an honest review.*
I'm a zombie fan. From classic films like The Night of the Living Dead to intensely addictive TV shows like The Walking Dead, funny and memorable films like Zombieland and the heart-stopping 28 Days/Weeks later film franchise—I love them all.
The problem with zombie books (and films) is that sometimes its all just more of the same and it can be hard to make the subject interesting— that didn't seem to be a problem with this book. Better Hero Army aka author Evan Ramspott managed to take the zombie genre and give it his own spin.
When Tom, the wealthy son of a senator was 14, the first zombie outbreak claimed his 8-year-old sisters humanity. She was bitten while he was supposed to be taking care of her and she was taken away, as were all other infected— to be "cured" and experimented on.
Years later he and his brother Gary are still looking for her. They leave the safety of their district (walls were built to keep the infected out) and visit one of the plagued states, were zombies are kept in cages, almost like a zoo. They're salivary glands are removed, making them no longer contagious and they are displayed and sold to whoever has the cash to buy. Manual labour and the sex-trade (ick) seems to be some of the main uses for zombies who no longer pose a threat. Then there are half-breeds; the result of the government testing for cures on humans. Not quite human, but not quite zombie. During the search for their sister, Tom sees a halfbreed and immediately feels a connection with her. Of course disaster strikes and their visit is cut short when the zombies are mistakenly let out of their pens and start attacking. Just because they are no longer contagious, doesn't mean they've lost their appetite for flesh.
The brothers get separated—Gary to safety and Tom stranded with slave traders, the half-breed and some visitors. They set off towards MidAmerica to find a way back to safety, while Tom uses it as an opportunity to continue the search for his sister.
The one problem I had while reading this book was the whole premise was that the brothers were going out to rescue their sister, yet when Tom finally finds her he just lets her go! He was more interested in saving the halfbreed then rescuing her. It just felt like the build up to finding her was all for nothing, because he didn't really fight to bring her back.
The world building, the descriptive writing, the fast-paced action, the unique plot —was all amazing. It was a different kind of zombie book and I honestly recommend it. It's a quick read and it definitely leaves you yearning to learn more about the world Ramspott created.(less)