Let's be honest, I love a good mean girls book when it's done in the right way and Gretchen McNeil does it absolutely perfect. What's not to love abouLet's be honest, I love a good mean girls book when it's done in the right way and Gretchen McNeil does it absolutely perfect. What's not to love about revenge, payback for those who have been bullied and a murder mystery to boot. I was on the edge of my seat and I couldn't figure out what was going to happen next or who done it.
The four main characters Margo, Olivia, Bree and Kitty all run in different groups of friends and the school has no idea that they are the members of the DGM club that has been responsible for the "paybacks" that have been happening for the past year. They all met out of coincidence and decided to become the school's vigilantes and righting the wrongs. The anonymity of the group has cause the school to become restless and on top of the recent murder, the students are demanding answers. Now it seems that someone is on to them as they have all received anonymous envelops filled with threatening messages. They start to get suspicious of each other and they all have to watch their own back because they have no idea who or what is lurking behind them.
Gretchen McNeil is one of my favorite authors and she has done it again with another book that is sure to become a hit series. I for one am definitely looking forward to reading Get Dirty and the rest of the trilogy. It's a fun, quick read and so much fun! I would definitely recommend it to those who love mystery and intrigue. ...more
I remember when Asylum first came out and I thought to myself that YA had finally put out a horror novel that actually sounds like it’s going to be scI remember when Asylum first came out and I thought to myself that YA had finally put out a horror novel that actually sounds like it’s going to be scary. I wanted to read it as soon as possible. So I got it from the library and I didn't get around to reading it. I even got it from the library a second time and I still didn't get around to reading it. Clearly I was busy reading other things. Then Sanctum was released and I had a Barnes & Noble coupon so I used it to buy both Asylum and Sanctum. I was putting a lot of faith into this supposedly scary series that I hadn't read yet. But I was right because I love it!
Asylum had me hooked from the first chapter. Everything about the story, the characters and the atmosphere had a really creepy feel to it. Well, it better since the characters are staying in an old mental asylum that the school is using for dorms for the summer program students. So creepy atmosphere down pat! Locked rooms, that when broken into, lead to offices filled with old paperwork and even creepier photos of previous patients. And of course the majority of these creepy patients were serial killers! And the warden was doing some kind of crazy experiments on them! Asylum is all craziness!
Asylum is definitely a scary book so if you’re not into that then don’t read it! I like scary books and I still had a hard time reading it right before bed. YA need more writers like Madeleine Roux who write legitimately scary books. The romance wasn't so bad either as far as “liking someone as soon as you meet them” goes. I wouldn't call it insta-love because it wasn't really that. It was tolerable.
Asylum! Excellent! One of my favorite reads this year and I’m so glad I read it in October! ...more
Before all the hype started to grow for Vicious I knew I wanted to read it. I read Schwab’s The Archived and immediately fell in love with her writingBefore all the hype started to grow for Vicious I knew I wanted to read it. I read Schwab’s The Archived and immediately fell in love with her writing style, knowing that I would read pretty much anything else that she wrote. So when I heard about Vicious I was all aboard and got it from the library as soon as it became available to me.
Here’s a basic run down of the story. Eli and Victor are college roommates and best friends. Both are fairly smart and have bright futures ahead of them. Eli discovers that one can attain “extra ordinary powers” or become an EO through a near death experience. So Eli and Victor force themselves into near death experiences to become EOs. Without giving away any spoilers, 10 pass and the two are mortal enemies and Victor has made it his mission to take Eli out!
Almost every single character in this book is a terrible person. They almost have no redeeming qualities. Eli is out trying to fulfill what he believes to be his “God-given mission” and is just doing absolutely horrible things. Victor wants to do horrible things to Eli in the name of vengeance. Never a good reason. I think my favorite character is Sydney because she really struggles with right and wrong throughout the book. She has this innocence about her that, even though it doesn’t make Victor change his mind about anything, it really makes him take a good hard look at what he’s doing. And with everyone doing absolutely terrible things the whole time, it was refreshing to read from her perspective at times.
No spoilers, but the ending is definitely what made Vicious so good for me. It was very satisfying! If you’re a fan of Schwab’s other book I would definitely recommend reading Vicious! ...more
I heard about this book a little while ago and ever since I read the synopsis I knew I wanted to choose Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore for book clubI heard about this book a little while ago and ever since I read the synopsis I knew I wanted to choose Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore for book club. An independent bookstore that never closes, some kind of conspiracy going on with the patrons who only borrow books and never buy and a mystery that I was convinced would have me on the edge of my seat.
Even though it was good and it was fun to read, it just wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be. After reading the synopsis, I really thought that the patrons were going to be spies and that they were passing secret messages back and forth in the books they were borrowing. But as it turns out, these mysterious patrons are trying to solve the secrets of the universe a.k.a. the secret to physical immortality. These people in this cult are literally scrambling around, decoding all these books in the hopes that they will find some kind of code or recipe for a concoction that will grant them immortality.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is an adventure that was pretty fun to read. Clay, the main character, and his quirky group of misfit friends set off to help Mr. Penumbra uncover what he has been searching for for many years. Conveniently they have unlimited resources that allow them to travel to New York City at a moments notice and also allows them to get their hands on all the technology that they need. By the end, when he happened to have connections to a librarian that got him what he needed, I felt that he was a little too lucky. I liked the characters but I felt their only purpose was to help out Clay and Mr. Penumbra. They didn't have any depth and they were very static throughout the whole novel.
Overall, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore was a fun book to read and very appropriate for the book club. And hey! The cover of the paperback is pretty cool! It glows in the dark! I give Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan 3.5 stars for being entertaining and fun....more
I remember thinking when A Discovery of Witches came out that I absolutely have to read that book because it sounds so amazing! It was getting rave reI remember thinking when A Discovery of Witches came out that I absolutely have to read that book because it sounds so amazing! It was getting rave reviews and I love books that deal with witches and magic. So why did it take me so long to finally read it!? I have no idea but I'm definitely kicking myself for not reading it sooner!
I love the whole aspect of the story that there's all these family secrets and the fact that Diana does not want to be a witch and choose not to participate in all these witchy things. So she run to the opposite of witchcraft which is facts, history and studying things that have evidence. She is super smart and doesn't let anything get in the way of her studies and research. She is also very determined. She has a tough time coming to terms with notions that she could possibly be the chosen one and that her magic and relationship could bring about the biggest change known to her supernatural kind.
Matthew is such a great character and one of my favorite vampires of all the vampire books that I've read. He is such a gentleman and deeply rooted in old fashioned chivalry while being very fierce and protective at the same time. He is the ideal vampire. And he's smart and sexy to boot. Even all the side characters were really great! They all have their own very unique personalities and while I was reading some of the vampires, I truly believed that they had been living for over a thousand years! The characterization in A Discovery is Witches is phenomenal!
I love that A Discovery of Witches is a mix of supernatural creatures instead of focusing on just one. If witches can exist why not vampires? Even though it is a pretty long read, it is richly detailed and very interesting. I give A Discovery of Witches 5 hearts for finally portraying vampires how I always imagined them to be. And can I say new book boyfriend? Most definitely!...more
I knew that when I sat down to read this book, I would finish it in one sitting. It kind of reminded me of those Goosebump books I was so fond of whenI knew that when I sat down to read this book, I would finish it in one sitting. It kind of reminded me of those Goosebump books I was so fond of when I was younger. Coming in at just around one hundred and fifty pages, Little Magic Shop of Horrors is a fun and entertaining read to pass a little time!
Peter and Bo want to win the school talent show. They decide to do a magic act so they look up a magic store in their local phone book. After several attempts to find this little magic shop with no luck, it mysteriously appears out of nowhere! The shop owner does some really weird magic tricks that make the boys even more excited about learning magic and they can’t believe it when he practically gives them a huge starter kit for less than ten dollars! Disaster ensues when Peter starts trying all these magic tricks without any kind of instruction manual.
Peter and Bo make a good team. Peter is so determined to become a great magician and to win the talent show that he sometimes loses sight what happening in reality. Bo is definitely his voice of reason and seems to understand that magic is not worth risking your life for. I have to say that my favorite character is Peter’s grandma! She is the crazy, nutty old lady who is convinced that she flew a bomber plane in WWII and that she was Houdini’s assistant. So when all this magic ensues, she gets really excited!
I love middle grade reads like this that are super fun and so easy to read! This book is only the first of the Deadtime Stories series that I’ve read but I can definitely say that I will be reading more of them. I give Little Magic Shop of Horrors 4 hearts because it is a book that middle grade readers will love especially around Halloween time! ...more
I love The Agency series so much! It’s full of great characters, fun plot lines and little bit of romantic interest thrown into the mix! It is so easyI love The Agency series so much! It’s full of great characters, fun plot lines and little bit of romantic interest thrown into the mix! It is so easy for me to let myself get swept up into the story of mystery and intrigue!
Mary is one of my favorite mystery detectives! Not only is she smart but she is embarking on this awesome career during a time when women were expected to marry and take care of the children. Being a detective is the last thing any man would expect her to be. She is also very quick and cunning; she can pick up on the tinniest of clues and unravel it until the very end. The scenes between Mary and James Easton are always my favorite! They have this awesome sexual tension that just continues to brew and eventually boils over when they can’t keep their hands off each other! And they complement each other very well!
The assignments that Mary gets are always so intriguing! The mysteries are just complicated enough to where you can follow along easily but I’m still unable to figure out for myself until close to the ending. These always make for the best type of mysteries, in my opinion! I give The Body at the Tower 4 hearts because there is no doubt in my mind that I will continue reading this series! ...more