This is the third book by this author that I have read and I should have stopped after the first. I feel like I just read a bunch of stuff and have noThis is the third book by this author that I have read and I should have stopped after the first. I feel like I just read a bunch of stuff and have no idea what happened. I think perhaps something has been lost in translation? Shadows and doppelgangers and toymakers and this child's history and that one's and masks and machines. Lots of broken glass and explosions at the end, and I could clearly envision a movie scene with the automatons burning, but other than that I'm not sure what happened. I'm not sure why Ismael and Irene fell in love except that they were fourteen (though in one spot I thought it said 15 and in another I could have sworn I read she was almost 16). I'm not sure what point the whole cave scene had, or why Dorian was there. It just seemed very disjointed and did not flow from one scene to another, or create any kind of tension. The only creepiness to be had was what I imagined myself when thinking of all the different automatons there could have been. The Prince of Mist was the best of his three that I have read and I don't know that I will be interested in reading any future books by this author.
Book Description: It was an unforgettable summer...
Fourteen-year-old Irene Sauvelle's family has just moved to the foggy coast of Normandy. There, living on the estate of a reclusive toymaker and inventor, she's immediately enchanted by the beauty of the place and the local wealth of ghost stories.
When a young girl is found murdered, her body at the end of a path torn through the woods by a monstrous, inhuman force, Irene begins to wonder: Is there more to the ghost stories than the townspeople let on? And what, exactly, is the inventor guarding so closely in his mansion? She will have to survive the most terrifying summer of her life, trying to piece together the many mysteries and secrets hidden in a town torn apart by tragedy, amid a labyrinth of light and shadows....more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): When her father left after the divorce, Mariah lost her sense of family. Now she's lost her specialSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): When her father left after the divorce, Mariah lost her sense of family. Now she's lost her special summer, too. Instead of fulfilling her dream to become a writer, Mariah has to help her mother with a house-sitting job in very rich, very snobby Palm Springs. People with a lot of money make Mariah uncomfortable. Until she meets Paul Strobe, the rich boy next door. Paul's not a snob and he doesn't act superior. In fact, his sandy sandy hair and piercing blue eyes break down all Mariah's defences. With Paul, Palm Springs becomes the most romantic place on Earth. But Paul has to go into the hospital for some tests and then an operation. He's seriously ill and all his family's money can't help him. Will Mariah lose Paul, too, just when she's found her first love?
This is one of the books I bought as a young adult reader that I still have sitting on my bookshelf. It was a surprise because the hero dies at the end of the book - not your typical romance. But I found the book sweet and touching. ...more
**spoiler alert** The book ended with a lot of loose ends, so I assume there is going to be a second book coming.
One of my main gripes is that it see**spoiler alert** The book ended with a lot of loose ends, so I assume there is going to be a second book coming.
One of my main gripes is that it seemed like all through the book the main character, Eugenie, and her brother's friend, Julien, were at odds and then all the sudden at the end Julien was in love with Eugenie and she was in love with him where in the chapter before she was mad at him and was not speaking to him. I felt like I'd missed a chapter somewhere when he all the sudden started kissing her fingers - eh? I figured they were going to end up together, but you never got to see the change in her feelings. It was always she hated him, she despised him, she would never forgive him, blah blah blah, and then she was in love. She had been mooning over Guy and then when Julien told her Guy had been the one who attacked her, she didn't believe him. So what happened there?
Also, when did she get smart? She was bored and wanted clothes and wanted to dance and go to balls and then all the sudden she was making disguise decisions and knew how to read maps and was able to flirt her way out of danger. It was less like character growth and more like out-of-character lucky guesses. 2/3 of the way through the book she was still being a ding dong and then all the sudden she changed.
I guess I just felt that the author did not do a good job of showing the transformation and growth. ...more
SPOILER ALERT: This review contains spoilers! This is the warning, so don't read further if you like surprises in your books.
So it's me against the woSPOILER ALERT: This review contains spoilers! This is the warning, so don't read further if you like surprises in your books.
So it's me against the world on this one, I think, as far as my rating goes. I listened to it on CD, which may have affected my review of it (hated the music and asides scattered throughout), but I was kind of bored through a lot of the book. I wanted to skip ahead because the author kept repeating things over and over for several paragraphs. For example, toward the end there is a scene where the gal is dancing in a procession to a party and no one will dance with her. This was said in different ways at least a dozen times over the course of what I would guess was 1-2 pages of text from the book. Okay. I get it. No one will dance with her. Thank you.
I also wanted to shake the Akiva toward the end when he was going to tell Karou this horrible, dreadful, terrible thing that would ruin their love and spoil her opinion of him and she would hate him and he was anguished, and he didn't want to tell her but he had to tell her, he owed her that, but it was a terrible thing and she would not love him anymore, and if only he'd known, and etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc. Geez, just spit it out already because the rest of us already know! AUGH!
Did you realize Akiva was beautiful? Otherworldly beautiful, beautiful like no human could ever be, astonishingly beautiful, beautiful with wings or without, beautiful beautiful beautiful.
I did have a problem with the ending, also. Do all books have to end now with sequels obviously coming? I like sequels quite a bit, and I don't mind open-ended stories but does every story have to be open-ended??? But that quibble applies to many books, not just this one.
The story had a strong parallel course with Romeo and Juliet, which I know has been repeated ad infinitum but for some reason I kept coming back to it during the course of this book. I don't know why I was so strongly reminded of it, because angels and chimera are about as far away from Romeo and Juliet as you can get, but still.
Otherwise it was an interesting book. I really liked the premise. I liked the monsters and fantasy creatures and the descriptions of them. There was sadness and angst and true love and danger and death and betrayal. I liked the characters, especially Zusana. I liked Brimstone. I found the fallen angel to be intriguing. Except for the constant repetition, it was written well. There was one phrase that I particularly liked: "...it was only in moments of waking with the lace edge of a dream still light in her grasp...." There were lots of morsels like that throughout the text but that one made me stop and go back and play it again. Very lyrical.
I'm not at all surprised to hear that Universal has acquired the rights to this book. It'll make a great movie. Lots of special effects, lots of chances for artistry in design.
Book Description Publication Date: September 27, 2011 Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grow dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? ...more
I did not finish this book. The reason I did not finish it is because I am sensitive to animals being hurt and they were just being hurt all over theI did not finish this book. The reason I did not finish it is because I am sensitive to animals being hurt and they were just being hurt all over the place - a dead cat from drinking in water where the main character dumped some poison, a horse that had been ridden too hard, throwing a rock at a raven (who was eyeing a baby sheep for dinner)... then came the part where the other main character was forced to watch a raven kill a lamb that was just being born, and to not do anything about it, and I decided that was enough for me.
Up until then, I liked the book all right. I got a little tired of Jessamine's dream sequences. But the plant thing was interesting. I probably would have given this a 3-star rating had the animal stuff not gotten to me.
Product Description In the right dose, everything is a poison. Even love . . . Jessamine Luxton has lived all her sixteen years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle, with little company apart from the plants in her garden. Her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, has taught her much about the incredible powers of plants: that even the most innocent-looking weed can cure -- or kill. When Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to communicate with plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined . . . ...more
From Booklist Crilley, probably best known for his Akiko novels and comic books, weighs in with the Miki Falls series, about lively, curious high-schooFrom Booklist Crilley, probably best known for his Akiko novels and comic books, weighs in with the Miki Falls series, about lively, curious high-school-senior Miki, ready for adventure and romance. Attractive new student Hiro Sakurai piques Miki's curiosity, but he is not interested in making friends. Stubborn Miki, however, refuses to take no for an answer, which leads to a surprising revelation about the secretive young man. Except for an odd twist at the end (which, presumably, will be developed in future volumes), there are no surprises here. Crilley's manga-inspired illustrations, on the other hand, are terrific. Ranging from crisscrossing sequential panels to spot art, varied in size and artfully connected to further the plot, the pictures cleverly instill the story with abundant emotion, humor, and drama. An overlay of light shading and almost delicately rendered facial features and details give the book a softer feel than much manga. Despite the age of the characters, this will attract more middle-schoolers than older comics fans.
I loved it! I think this is my favorite manga to date. I loved the narrative. I loved the art. There was nothing special about the costuming of the characters, but I liked the style and detail of the drawings. Can't wait to read the next one!...more
I liked this book well enough. It had some humor in it, decent pacing. I did have a couple of problems, though. There were two things that charactersI liked this book well enough. It had some humor in it, decent pacing. I did have a couple of problems, though. There were two things that characters "confessed" at the end of the book that I thought they had already confessed earlier, but I did not go back and check so I could be wrong about that.
The other thing that bothered me had to do with the 'ghostiness' stuff. Why does the ghost of Alona have to concentrate on the elevator floor being solid so she won't sink through, but she does not have to concentrate on the second floor being solid? For that matter, if she has to focus on anything being solid, why doesn't she just sink into the center of the earth? That sort of thing has always bothered me about ghost stories. She can make herself solid enough to push folders around on the floor, but not to physically touch someone who can't see her? Except for a girl in a coma, whose hand she gets stuck to? And, why was Alona so smart when she was talking to Will, but when talking to other spirits she came across as pretty dense? The inconsistencies just drove me nuts.
Product Description After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck as a spirit (DON’T call her a ghost) in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast who despises the social elite. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.
Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist? The book was a light read and I did enjoy it well enough. ...more
I did not love this book. The storyline was implausible. The parts with Gilda and Donna I just started skipping because I wanted to read the main storI did not love this book. The storyline was implausible. The parts with Gilda and Donna I just started skipping because I wanted to read the main story. The main character irritated me because she was constantly jumping to conclusions and never verifying her information, just getting mad about it. And the whole smelling guys thing turning her to jelly - that reminded me of a scene from Porky's (if you've seen it, you know which scene and if you haven't, you're probably better off). I did like Serenity, Bliss and the Mikes, but that was about it. I'm apparently the only one because Goodreads and Amazon reviewers' rankings were higher than mine. Ah, well.
Book Description Publication Date: January 3, 2012 High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.
Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat, handle first.
Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.
Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.
And then ditched her.
Now, as the sun rises over her small town, and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven, Justina must piece together -- stain by stain on her thrift-store dress -- exactly how she ended up dateless. A three-legged Chihuahua was involved. Along with a demolition derby-ready Cadillac. And there was that incident at the tattoo parlor. Plus the flying leap from Brian Sontag's moving car...
But to get the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. And discover if losing out at prom can ultimately lead to true love.
Filled with humor, charm, and romance, Ditched: A Love Story by debut novelist Robin Mellom will have readers dreaming of love on their own prom nights....more
What a disappointment. I loved the first book, but this one just left me flat. It took a bit to figure out what was goinI would have given this a 3.5.
What a disappointment. I loved the first book, but this one just left me flat. It took a bit to figure out what was going on at the beginning, but even once I got on track it was just dull. Half the book was spent traveling and it was pretty boring travel. Once Cassia found Ky it got a little better, but then they were separated again. It just felt like the tension was forced and not all that much happened. Very sad. :(
Book Description Series: Matched | Publication Date: November 1, 2011
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky-—taken by the Society to his certain death—only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.
Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander—who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart-—change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever. ...more
Product Description Has Miki fallen too hard? It's summer, and Miki Yoshida is learning all about love. Her senior year has blossomed with promise everProduct Description Has Miki fallen too hard? It's summer, and Miki Yoshida is learning all about love. Her senior year has blossomed with promise ever since she gained Hiro Sakurai's confidence. Now, she's resolved to keep his trust as he reveals more about his secret mission and warns: "Don't get involved." But Miki fears his work might do more harm than good, and she takes control — with disastrous results. How can trying to make things right turn out so dangerously wrong?
Ah, Miki. Even though she was warned, she can't help herself! :) Another great story and very nice artwork by Mark Crilley. Highly recommended! ...more
By Amazon reviewer Sweet Dreams Fan: Smart and funny, "Love Match" is fast-paced, quick-witted, and thoroughly enjoyable. Spunky tomboy Joanna de MayoBy Amazon reviewer Sweet Dreams Fan: Smart and funny, "Love Match" is fast-paced, quick-witted, and thoroughly enjoyable. Spunky tomboy Joanna de Mayo narrates her funny tale of growing from a sports-crazed kid with no interest in boys into a competitive tennis star linked with popular jock and rival-turned-boyfriend Rick Hendricks. With humorous dialogue, exciting tennis sequences, plenty of comic relief-filled subplots, and just enough of a feminist edge, the novel both entertains and extols the virtues of hard work, sticking to one's convictions, and ultimately of learning to back away from those convictions in the spirit of compromise. Even the normally irritating youth flashback sequences are enjoyable in this upbeat, winning novel.
Janet Quin Harkin also writes murder mysteries under the name Rhys Bowen. ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Annie's shyness disappeared when she started giving the guys advice about their girlfriends. Now alSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Annie's shyness disappeared when she started giving the guys advice about their girlfriends. Now all the boys talk to her, especially Tim, the boy Annie's crazy about. At first, Annie's thrilled just to be with Tim - until he asks Annie about how to keep beautiful, stuck-up Marcy in line. Now Annie needs some advice of her own. If she helps Tim keep Marcy she'll never get a chance with him. But if she doesn't, will Tim stop being her friend?...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Meredith Markham's not happy about spending the summer taking care of her sick aunt in Maine. The wSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Meredith Markham's not happy about spending the summer taking care of her sick aunt in Maine. The weather is miserable, she's stuck inside a spooky old beach house, and worst of all, her boyfriend, Peter, is a thousand miles away. Meredith resigns herself to daydreaming about Peter and writing to her friends back home - until she meets Nat Franklin. He seems to be everywhere, haunting her thoughts and haunting her dreams. She tries to put him out of her mind - after all, she has a wonderful boyfriend, and Nat has a girlfriend, too. But it's not easy. Will Meredith be able to stay true to Peter during her summer by the sea? There's only the ghost of a chance.
Janet Quin Harkin also writes murder mysteries under the name Rhys Bowen....more
Carrie has a twin who is prettier than her and always gets the attention and the boys. Then hunky Shane Reynolds comes along and seemPuke, puke, puke.
Carrie has a twin who is prettier than her and always gets the attention and the boys. Then hunky Shane Reynolds comes along and seems to like Carrie better. So what should Carrie do? How about whine and accuse him of cheating with her sister? Throw tantrums? Act suspicious? Be angry because he bought her painting? Yeah, let's do that and then let's have him fall in love with her whiny ass anyway, because, well, I'm not sure why. But she will definitely fall in love with him because he's so cute! And rich!
Sadly, I see this was written by Debbie Macomber, who is a very popular author and whom I have never read and feel less inclined to try to read after experiencing the glory that is Harlequin Pink manga (printed in flirty pink ink!)
Did I mention - Puke!
If you want to read a good manga romance (shojo) then check out Honey Mustard or Spring or Emma. If you want to read crap manga romance, then check out Harlequin Pink. Blech....more
If you liked Twilight, you'll probably like this one too. They are written in much the same way except this one deals with werewolves instead of vampiIf you liked Twilight, you'll probably like this one too. They are written in much the same way except this one deals with werewolves instead of vampires. A lot of the same elements were present - guy arriving at girl's bedroom window, running through the woods while being carried, blah blah blah. No real surprises here....more
The real action of the book didn't start until about the halfway point. Until that time it was a lot of blah blah blah about daily life in the Aztec EThe real action of the book didn't start until about the halfway point. Until that time it was a lot of blah blah blah about daily life in the Aztec Empire, which you would think might be fascinating, but in this book read kind of dry. Then once the action started, it didn't last long enough, everyone died, and then there was a lame escape at the end. And THEN I read the author's notes only to find that she kind of relocated a couple of things from Peru and the Caribbean, changed a couple historical events and people, but - the dog was real. ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Cindy feels she's going to be second-rate all her life. Her older sister Christine has the pretty fSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Cindy feels she's going to be second-rate all her life. Her older sister Christine has the pretty face, the good body and gets all the cute boys. Cindy just can't win. Then in study hall Cindy meets Ron, an ex-basketball star who's the best actor in high school. He’s just been chosen to play Romeo in the big production of Romeo and Juliet. Cindy can't believe that Ron's really interested in her, Christine's little sister. But this time it seems she's Number One. Suddenly, Cindy's hopes for romance and happiness are crushed when Christine is chosen to play the role of Juliet. It seems that Cindy will lose again... unless she can prove to Ron that she's not second best after all. ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): In California, swimming was important and Jennie was determined to be an Olympic competitor. But atSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): In California, swimming was important and Jennie was determined to be an Olympic competitor. But at her families new home in Texas, football is all anyone cares about. Jennie is alone, an outsider, "that weird Californian girl". Then she meets Mark. He was a football star until a serious injury left him on crutches. Nobody pays much attention to Mark since his accident - except Jennie. She's seen his beautiful drawings and is falling in love with his artistic soul. Secretly, Jennie enters Mark's drawings in a contest, and overnight Mark has his star status back. But he may be leaving Jennie behind. Jennie is so hurt and confused that she isn't concentrating on her swimming. Did Mark ever really care for her? Is Jennie losing her love and her chance at her Olympic dream?
Janet Quin Harkin also writes murder mysteries under the name Rhys Bowen. ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Julie has had a crush in Dan ever since sophomore year. Now that Pam, Dan's old girlfriend, has movSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Julie has had a crush in Dan ever since sophomore year. Now that Pam, Dan's old girlfriend, has moved away, Julie finally has him all to herself. And he is worth the wait. Dan is one of the most popular boys in school and he really cares for Julie. But something is wrong. Every time she sees Dan so much as talk to another girl, Julie becomes hopelessly jealous. And even when Dan reassures her, it doesn't help. Then Pam returns and Julie is convinced Dan is seeing her again. Will Julie let her jealousy ruin the best relationship she's ever had? ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Things have always come easy for Maura - good looks, good grades and a real talent for horseback riSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Things have always come easy for Maura - good looks, good grades and a real talent for horseback riding. So when she and her friend Jill start their summer at a horse farm, Maura decides she's going to win first prize in the annual horse show. Then Maura meets Kevin, a dark, handsome boy who rides as if he was born on a horse. Riding with Kevin is like dancing with a wonderfully graceful partner, and for the first time Maura falls in love. But Kevin wants too much from her too soon and she's scared. She needs a little breathing space. Feeling rejected, Kevin decides to show Maura up by winning the prize that she has been working towards all summer. But Maura is determined to win, even if it means losing the first boy she's ever really loved.
How can Renee tell Greg about her secret life... Renee's living a life that most girls only dream oSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com):
How can Renee tell Greg about her secret life... Renee's living a life that most girls only dream of. Overnight she's become a glamorous high-fashion model in New York City. But behind her cover-girl smile is a girl with a broken heart. She's hiding her new life from her boyfriend Greg - who hates everything phony and loves Renee for what she used to be. Once he finds out the truth, will he ever trust her again? ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Cathy's the Partying type, who loves having fun. John's the serious type, who hardly ever cracks aSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Cathy's the Partying type, who loves having fun. John's the serious type, who hardly ever cracks a smile. They seem like the boy and girl least likely to fall in love. But then Cathy's report card brings them together. Her math grades are so terrible her parents hire John as her tutor! At first, she can't resist making John nervous, teasing him and acting like a flirt. But the more she tries to get his attention, the less he seems to care. And suddenly she's the one who's getting nervous, because for once the funny girl is in love. ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Jenny's summer gets off to a bad start when her mother decides to take in boarders...and seventeen-Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Jenny's summer gets off to a bad start when her mother decides to take in boarders...and seventeen-year-old Cliff and his mother move in. Suddenly the house just isn't big enough. Wherever Jenny turns, Cliff seems to be in the way. And even though they are both trying hard, they just can't get along. When Cliff starts interfering with Jenny's love life, trying to protect her from the one boy she's always dreamed of dating. At first Jenny is furious, but she realizes Cliff is jealous. And Jenny is touched. Will Jenny's summer turn into something wonderful - and totally unexpected? ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Ever since third grade, Polly and Jennifer have shared everything from ballet lessons to boy talk.Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Ever since third grade, Polly and Jennifer have shared everything from ballet lessons to boy talk. They both dream of becoming famous dancers...and falling in love. Then Polly meets Cott Townsend, and her plans get turned upside down. Can Polly win Cott's love, keep Jennifer's friendship and still be true to herself? ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): When Mandy Birch meets Mick Farris at a cheerleading camp, she's amazed how well they get along. AfSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): When Mandy Birch meets Mick Farris at a cheerleading camp, she's amazed how well they get along. After all, Mick's from Roosevelt High and Mandy's from Fieldcrest, and the two schools have always been bitter rivals. But both Mick and Mandy are willing to ignore the conflict and concentrate on their romance. Unfortunately, the students at Fieldcrest aren't so understanding. When word leaks out that Mandy's going out with someone from the enemy camp, they label Mandy a traitor. The tension builds until one day Mandy's forced to choose between loyalty to her school and her love for Mick....more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Carrie's excited when she's cast as an extra in a rock video, but her excitement soars sky-high wheSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Carrie's excited when she's cast as an extra in a rock video, but her excitement soars sky-high when she finds out that the star of the video is Michael Jackson, her favourite singer in the world! Working on the Jackson video is like a dream come true - fabulous sets, sensational dances, and best of all, a budding romance with a gorgeous guy named Joe, another extra. It looks as if Carrie's shooting straight to the top - but looks can sometimes be deceiving. ...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Twin sisters Claudia and Cassie are looking forward to their family vacation on Green Lake. A wholeSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): Twin sisters Claudia and Cassie are looking forward to their family vacation on Green Lake. A whole month of boating, swimming, and exploring. They're sure it's going to be a terrific vacation until they discover they've both fallen for the same boy. And try as they might, neither one can help wondering whom T.J. will prefer - friendly, athletic Cassie or quiet, sensitive Claudia.
The girls have always been as close as two sisters can be. Will that change if one of them wins T.J.'s love?...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): For as long as she could remember, Alison's life had revolved around her boyfriend, Marty. She hadSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): For as long as she could remember, Alison's life had revolved around her boyfriend, Marty. She had even shared his interest in car racing - until he was killed in a tragic accident. She didn't think she would ever get over him. Then she met Billy Kendall. Maybe he'd be able to open her heart to love again. Instead Billy becomes a painful reminder of the past when Alison discovers his enthusiasm for motocross. She can't ask Billy to stop racing, but she can't live with a heart full of fear, either. Is she doomed once again to lose the boy she loves?...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): More than anything else, Marcy wants to be an actress. Her lucky break comes when a big Hollywood fSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): More than anything else, Marcy wants to be an actress. Her lucky break comes when a big Hollywood film company decides to shoot a movie in her home town. Not only does Marcy get a walk on part, but she also gets to spend time with teen idol Lance Newmark. Best of all, Lance seems to think she has talent. Marcy pours all her energy into getting more scenes in the movie and more attention from Lance. Her old friends are quickly becoming strangers, but she tells herself in doesn't matter. It will be worth it when she's a star and she has the boy she's always dreamed about. Won't it?...more
Synopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): When Fiona arrives in sunny New Mexico from her home in England, it feels as if she's entered a whoSynopsis (taken from http://sweetdreamsseries.com): When Fiona arrives in sunny New Mexico from her home in England, it feels as if she's entered a whole new world. But instead of enjoying her stay as an exchange student, she's miserable and homesick. Most of all, she misses her boyfriend, Simon. Taco West, the only boy on the ranch where Fiona is staying, is nothing like Simon. He teases her and treats her like a pesty younger sister. But as time goes by, Fiona finds Taco has a gentle, tender side. And she thinks about Simon less and less. Should Fiona stay faithful to the boy she's supposed to love - or give her heart to the boy she thought she hated?
Janet Quin Harkin also writes murder mysteries under the name Rhys Bowen....more