This book was a total page turner, and is very hard to put down. It has the perfect combination of mystery, fantasy, and romance. The descriptive writ...moreThis book was a total page turner, and is very hard to put down. It has the perfect combination of mystery, fantasy, and romance. The descriptive writing that Farley uses takes you away to the beautiful beach of Mirage Point actually giving you the feeling that you are standing at the cove experiencing the cool misty breeze off the ocean. Farley does an excellent job with her character development and it is very easy to experience the emotions that Gwen is feeling. And when Jesse comes into the picture there is an underlying connection to him as well from the background given by Gwen's experience with him. By the end of the book, I felt like I really knew each of the characters, even the few minor characters introduced in the beginning.
Through the story, we follow Gwen on her summer vacation after her seventeenth birthday. She is staying at Cooks Cottage, her childhood home helping her Nana run her Inn next door. Gwen's homecoming to Cooks Cottage had her unsettled after a traumatic event seven years before. Throughout the summer we see how Gwen comes to terms with dealing with her past and also coming to accept her destiny. The search for answers to her questions from her childhood mystery is a quest that many can relate to while searching for answers to their own life questions. As Gwen comes to terms with her past and destiny, we experience the rush of her becoming independent and becoming her own person.
While the storyline and character development is solid and captivating, the ending left me somewhat disappointed. Even though it is a satisfying ending, there is too much of a possibility that there could be a sequel following the story of Gwen after coming to terms with her past and destiny. And Terri has made it fairly clear that there will not be a sequel, even though she is not giving a definite answer. All in all, this book is a great read for either a quiet weekend on the beach or a summer night getaway to a paradise of fantast, mystery, and romance. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a mystical escape from reality and to anyone who loves reading a story with an aspect of mystery, fantasy, and a little romance. As well as the occasional glimmer of suspense. Or if you have a fancy for a good selkie story. And this book is most definitely re-readible considering that this is the third time I've read it :P(less)
Again, Carrie Jones has left us with the same ending that she did with Captivate. Only this time, we have to wait until 2012 to continue the story. Bu...moreAgain, Carrie Jones has left us with the same ending that she did with Captivate. Only this time, we have to wait until 2012 to continue the story. But I must say, the way in which she leaves these books off really leaves you; 1: wanting to read the next installment immediately, and 2: with a very clear memory of what has happened. She opens the next book in the exact same scene. And I cannot be more grateful for that. There is no time lapse. It is indeed a direct continuation of the story. Yet it does have a plot of it's own. I really like that style of cliffhanger and continuation.
Now, about the rest of the book. Carrie Jones keeps going above and beyond the previous ones. And I am so grateful for that. So many times, it's the first book that can't be beat, but these sequels are just getting better and better. And it makes me sooo happy. I am getting so wrapped up in this story, all of the mythology, all of the creatures, and all of the relationships. This series is like a drug. It enthralls you and you just lose yourself to it. You enter the book. My favorite thing to do. Become a part of the book, and experience everything the characters experience.
So, everyone is on a mission to try to find Nick, the pixies are still coming, and these guys are still relying on the internet alone! Granted, there is a bit more skepticism, and eventually the use of books enters the playing field, but I do think that the use of the internet is rather excessive since it is being used by the group as the only means of research. But given the time we are in, it does make sense. We met Astley in the last book, and I must say, that in this book, I was really beginning to become quite fond of him. But I think I'm still on team Nick. Let's face it, there's just something about him that makes him so darn lovable. Even when he does piss you off. But then there is Astley. He is just that wonderful gentleman, who will do anything to make you happy. No matter WHAT it is. They make it pretty difficult to like one more than the other.
Aside from Astley's entrance to the story, we have had Cassidy enter in the last book as well. Cassidy is such a perfect addition to the group. Her resourcefulness is much needed in Entice. Not to mention her witty comments and support to help keep everyone together. Especially when Issie is in mid conniption mode. For this book though, we have met quite a few new characters. Some I will not mention in order to keep this review spoiler free, but two in particular, Astley's mother and butler. Astley's mother is so psychotic. I love her. But at the same time I hate her because of how cruel of a person she is. We've also encountered a couple more species as well: ghouls and elves.
And of course, amongst these characters and the old ones, more complications arise. Some are having a hard time accepting Zara as a pixie queen, even though she is still Zara, and everyone is having a hard time trusting Astley since, well, he was the one who turned her. Trust is a huge issue in this book. More secrets are discovered to have been kept between friends, and friends are having difficulties trusting friends. Same with family members. Because of all of the sorrow that has been brought on, all of the disappearances of local children. Yet above all of this, love is prevailing. Something that The Romantic Scholar is quite fond of ;). I do have to say though, that there is so much sorrow in this book. It was a bit emotional for me at times. And it's difficult for a book to make me emotional...
So, some of the things I really really really loved about this book. The references. Issie is constantly making references to Buffy. She made a reference to Star Trek and Heroes. And then my favorite reference of all in this book...Zara said that Iceland looked like IKEA. I don't know why, but that just made my day. Another thing that I have enjoyed, and this had been for all the books. The headings for the chapters. In the first book, it was phobias. The second, it was pixie tips. And in this third installment, it's a mix of things. All relating to the happenings in the book. Tweets, news clippings, blog entries, facebook status updates, chat room snippets. It keeps things current. More real for the reader. Especially because of the platforms being used. All in all, I loved this book so much and I CANNOT wait until 2012. (less)
I absolutely LOVED this installment. The suspense, the mystery, and the romance made this book a total page turner. It would have been read in one sit...moreI absolutely LOVED this installment. The suspense, the mystery, and the romance made this book a total page turner. It would have been read in one sitting if not for school, but I did get it done in two. I just couldn't put it down. And reading it at night makes the story a little bit creepier, but it also makes it so much more enjoyable.
I feel that by this point of the series, I REALLY know the characters. Camelia and Ben's relationship is just so involved and complex and you really start to feel all of the angst and pressure that Camelia is feeling throughout the entire book. I do wish, however, that we could at some point get a glimpse into the mind of Ben. I would really enjoy seeing his thoughts and feelings, and not just his expressions of them.
In this book, Camelia's powers are becoming more and more developed and she is learning of her connections and similarities to her Aunt Alexia (whom we FINALLY get to meet). And once again, these powers of psychometry are stirring up some difficulties for Ben and Camelia.
You may remember from the other two books, the side chapters or add-ons at the end. In the first two books, they were anonymous diary entries. Giving you some form of insight to other characters we have met. In this book, Laurie changed it up a bit. You were reading a transcribed therapy session. Again, anonymous. And these therapy sessions really helped add to the suspense and he mystery of the whole book. And at the end of each session, there was a crossword puzzle. With only a select few of the clues given each time. Again, leaving the reader puzzled. But I felt that with this included, the reader was more a part of the story than just reading along. You could actually participate. And I would suggest to anyone reading this book, DO THE CROSSWORD!! It's really very interesting. Plus it's a fun little game. Get it? :D
This book really tests the power of trust and believing in oneself and others. Reliability and the meaning of friendship. Plus all of those teenage angsty issues, remember those? Cliques, relationships, parents...need I go on with those, haha. And like I mentioned up top, I would most definitely re-read this book and recommend it to everyone. If you have not yet read anything by Laurie Faria Stolarz, go out and get one of her books. Whether it is the Touch series or the Blue is for Nightmares series. Because once you do, you'll be hooked.(less)
Deadly Little Lies was a phenomenal sequel to Deadly Little Secret. Just like it's predecessor, Deadly Little Lies was full of suspense. I was on the...moreDeadly Little Lies was a phenomenal sequel to Deadly Little Secret. Just like it's predecessor, Deadly Little Lies was full of suspense. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I couldn't put it down. It was such an amazing read.
In this sequel, the story of Camilia and Ben continues and you learn more about Ben and his psychometric abilities. So much that was left unanswered in the Deadly Little Secrets is answered in this book as well as new questions being presented.
When a new boy comes to town, things start to get a little interesting, and more questions arise. Camilia is confronted with confused feelings and inquiries about Ben's special talents. More and more suspense unfolds in this new and exciting installment in the intriguing TOUCH series.
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who has read the first in the series and recommend the series to anyone who has yet to read it. I will definitely be reading it again.(less)
First off, I just want to say that I am beyond happy that I have Entice and I do not have to wait for it to come out so that I can continue reading th...moreFirst off, I just want to say that I am beyond happy that I have Entice and I do not have to wait for it to come out so that I can continue reading this amazing story. Captivate left off in such a way that I would be absolutely enraged if I couldn't read Entice immediately after. It is the height of the story and Carrie keeps you holding on until the end. I absolutely love being kept on the edge of my seat waiting for a resolution. And for that to not happen at the end of Captivate both angers me and excites me. It leaves me waiting, anxiously, for what I am expecting to be a fantastic resolution of the action continuing in Entice.
Now, for the rest of the book. I loved Need. And I was impressed. But I was so much more impressed by Captivate. The characters are more developed. You meet some new ones. And relationships are intensifying. The plot is thickening. Danger is looming. And surprises are thrown. Nothing was as predictable in this book, and one of my favorite things...much more skepticism. Everyone was much more cautious in believing things at the first glance. Research is much more involved in this one as well. And that was important for me.
Captivate included a lot of new ideas that Need did not. To be more specific, it pulled from ancient mythologies dealing with more than just the fey and were. This book had so much put in it and Carrie Jones did an amazing job of keeping everything clear. Anything new put before you was explained, and when it took time to be explained, you weren't the only one experiencing the frustration. Once again, Carrie made it so that as the reader, you experience the emotions felt by the characters.
And so much emotion was experienced in this book. Confusion, pain, and pure joy were all mixed together in this wonderfully written sequel. The plot is a whole mess of lies and secrets between friends and families, as well as tragic events and heroic actions. And as the characters feel the pain of confusion and worry, so do you. You really do become "captivated". Sorry, I had to use it. The title is absolutely perfect. It is the books purpose. It is extremely captivating. And if it weren't for the "need" of eating, it would have been completed in one sitting. Sorry, I had to do it again. The titles are just fun.
I cannot wait to finish and review Entice and of course the fourth book which will be released in 2012!(less)
When I first started reading Need, it took me a little while to get started. As I'm sure you all can tell. It just seemed a bit too familiar at first....moreWhen I first started reading Need, it took me a little while to get started. As I'm sure you all can tell. It just seemed a bit too familiar at first. Like I had already read what I was reading and I couldn't find where I left off. Well, just recently, it hit me. It was Twilight-esque. In a sense, I had already read that beginning. Emo girl sent away by her mother for her own good to live with a relative. In a completely different place than home. And of course, the hot guy at school, who just happens to be supernatural, saves her. From an incident with a car. Sound familiar anyone? But after I got past that, everything else started to fall into place. It turned into a book that I couldn't put down. I had to find out what happened next.
There were, however, a couple things that did bother me. There is absolutely no skepticism what so ever in this book. Mind you, after a little bit, you can kind of see why, but the kids rely on the internet far too much. One website in particular actually. And it just kind of goes against the whole "just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it's true" mantra. It's true because it IS on the internet in this book. Not to mention, things kind of end up a little predictable after a bit. Well, maybe not so much predictable, but they aren't exactly a surprise.
Now, the characters in this book were fantastic. Zara is a charming girl once she get's out of her little emo funk. But then again, who can blame her for being so down. I mean, I'd be a mess if I lost my dad. But her recovery is admirable. And her sense of humor, greatly amusing. I have so many favorite quote from this book. By Zara. Now, her two "sidekicks" Issie and Devyn are definitely a girls best friends. Issie is that lovable, adorable friend that any girl would love in an instant. She is too cute, her love for bunnies and happy-go-lucky personality make her so ridiculously adorable. Devyn is that sweet guy that all girls want to have in their lives. He's the supportive friend who is always there in a pinch. Now...Nick. There's a character every girl wants to be real. I swear, from the moment I met him in the book, I had a little school girl crush. Known as the bad boy in school. Hottest guy in school. And a total gentleman to boot! The development of the characters is very good. And that is always an important factor. There are no questions about the characters left unanswered. You really do get to know them as if you are Zara. And that is always my favorite part of reading.
I don't know how I'd react if I were sent away by my mother with no explanation other than "it'll be good for you, you'll be safe." I'd be pissed. And well, Zara is too. In the beginning. She ignores her mother. And I'm pretty sure that I would too. With a chance to start over completely, you can be whoever you want. But you can't exactly run away from your past and ignore it. Somehow, it always makes it's way back into your life. And that is the case for poor Zara. And when caught in the thresholds of the unavoidable, running and hiding REALLY doesn't work.
The complications Zara faces in this book are not your typical teen issues, although she does still face problems with relationships, trust, and family/parents. This book is relate-able on a couple different levels: relationships, coping, discovery, and familial issues. And for the first book in the series, it's pretty well done. It's a great story, and I can't wait to see how the rest of it unfolds in the forthcoming installations. (less)