Jem tries to avoid people. It's not like she doesn't like them or the fact that she's been pushed from foster family to foster family ever since she fJem tries to avoid people. It's not like she doesn't like them or the fact that she's been pushed from foster family to foster family ever since she found her mother dead from an overdose, it's just that she has a secret. She can see the exact day people are going to die, just from looking in their eyes. So, she tries to avoid them. That is until she meets Spider, another outsider and decides to break her rules. When the two plan a trip to the city and they wait to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem notices that everyone surrounding them has the same date of death: Today. After fleeing, panicked about what is going to happen, the police begin to seek them out, but whether it's to question over what they saw or to blame them for what happened, Jem doesn't want to find out because who would believe that a couple of troublemaking misfits were innocent?
This book definitely wasn't what I expected. I didn't expect to find a foul-mouthed orphan who deliberately pushes everyone away because she doesn't want to be burdened with knowing when they are going to die and not being able to warn them. After all, even if they did believe her, what would they do if they knew how many days they had left? At times it felt hard to connect with Jem because she was so distant from everyone, but that was her character. For a character who's life seriously sucks, Ward does a good job at creating a character that is full of conflict and doubt.
The beginning started off slow as the reader was introduced to Jem's school, life and the turmoil she has to deal with. Once the incident at the Eye happened, the story turned into an adventure with constant twists and turns as Jem and Spider tried to keep away from the authorities who wanted to question them over the tragedy.
While I wasn't expecting the adventure and chase to be the central focus as I would have liked Jem to be more concerned with proving her innocence rather than running from the law, the world Ward created around the power of the numbers was intriguing and I look forward to reading the second book to see where the power goes next. ...more
London is gripped with fear. Someone has started copying the brutal murders that were committed by Jack the Ripper more than a century ago. For Rory,London is gripped with fear. Someone has started copying the brutal murders that were committed by Jack the Ripper more than a century ago. For Rory, it is the start of her new life as an American teenager at a London boarding school. After a near death experience, Rory starts seeing things, people that don't exist. One she does see happens the same night a murder is committed on the school premises, and now she might be the only key to unravelling the mystery surrounding this new Jack the Ripper.
I love the mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper, and Maureen Johnson recreates that fantastically in this creepy mystery. I felt myself being swept up in the whole gruesome scene and I loved it. Rory is a fun and intriguing character who is definitely out of place since she is the only American in this English boarding school.
The Name of the Star is full of page-turning thrills and a mystery that will keep you guessing until the last page. I look forward to seeing what's next in Rory's adventures....more
Delaney Maxwell shouldn't be alive. After falling through the ice of a lake and being under the water for 11 minutes, she shouldn't be alive. If anythDelaney Maxwell shouldn't be alive. After falling through the ice of a lake and being under the water for 11 minutes, she shouldn't be alive. If anything, she should have some serious brain injuries, but she just feels normal. But when she starts being pulled towards the dying, she wonders whether something is wrong with her. Then she meets Troy, and like her, he has survived a serious accident and woke up from a comma with the same ability. As Delaney tries to assume her normal life and prove that she's not insane, she has to discover why she has this power and what is her connection to Troy, but will what she find destroy both of them in the progress?
Megan Miranda has created an original storyline that depicts the complexity of the human mind. The story had plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning and emotions churning.
What drew me to this novel before I even knew what the story was the cover. It's absolutely beautiful. The characters, especially Delaney, are definitely complex and well-developed. It kept me wanting to turn the pages as she tried to work out her connection to Troy and figure out what relationship she had with her best friend Decker. At times I felt Delaney and Decker's was a bit repetitive with the will they, won't they get together angle and this could become frustrating because they seemed stuck in a loop, not really going anywhere, but when Troy's relationship with Delaney is introduced the stakes are raised.
I felt the ending was a bit rushed as there was so much character building and so many twists to the mystery surrounding Delaney's powers and Troy himself, but that saying, I did enjoy this story and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an emotional story with a hint of supernatural....more
I have to admit Croak has been sitting on my bookshelf for way too long and I'm not sorry that I finally brought myself to pick it up. Lex is the perfI have to admit Croak has been sitting on my bookshelf for way too long and I'm not sorry that I finally brought myself to pick it up. Lex is the perfect character to follow through this twisted story of grim reapers with her snarky attitude and her disregard for authority. After her parents take drastic actions to try and change Lex's wild and delinquent behaviour by sending her to work on the farm with her Uncle Mort, Lex finally finds a place where she feels she belongs. First, her uncle isn't a farmer, he's a Grim Reaper and Lex is about to join him in the family business, finally putting her violent rages to some use. She quickly makes Croak a home, finding friends and a purpose in her life, the two things she was missing at home, but every time she comes to a violent death she just wants to make the person responsible pay. Will she break the one most important rule Croak has and bring justice to the victim or can she just let the killers get away?
I love macabre stories and the idea of a town full of Grim Reapers instantly drew my attention towards Damico's Croak, and I wasn't disappointed. The world of Croak has been delved into in great detail that she has set up a whole society of Grim Reapers which made it fascinating to read about and then there are there characters. Each character has their own backstory, and for characters who deal with death on a day-to-day basis it added a lot of personality and flaws which I loved. Lex, the main character, is rude, snarky and is likely to hit someone in the face just for speaking to her (yes, she does that several times), but it is this attitude and Damico's humorous writing style that still made Lex a likeable and funny character. Then there's the hot and goofy housemate, Driggs, who's not afraid to hit a girl
With plenty of page-turning twists and dark humour, it made it a fun read. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who loves grim reapers and dark fantasy....more
Elisa Ludwig has created a hilarious modern day Robin Hood in her debut novel, Pretty Crooked. Willa never wanted to move, but when her artist motherElisa Ludwig has created a hilarious modern day Robin Hood in her debut novel, Pretty Crooked. Willa never wanted to move, but when her artist mother sells her art for a lot of money, a move is exactly what they do. Now Will finds herself at an exclusive prep school and instantly welcomed into the Glitterati, the popular group. Not wanting to complain about her new friends, she tries to ignore that these girls could be behind a mean gossip blog, the Buzz who aims to make fun of the scholarship students. In order to put everyone on an even playing field (that is give the scholarship girls some money and new clothes), Willa comes up with the plan to become a modern day Robin Hood, which isn't as easy as she thought as she sets out to learn how to break-in and pick pockets. Will she be able to get away with this plan while still evading the cops who are getting closer to busting her?
On the surface, this would seem like the average mean-girls-get-what-they-deserve type book, but there are so many layers to this book, including strange parental behaviour and another mystery surrounding hottie Aidan (which I won't say anything about as it will spoil some of the mystery). Willa is a sincere character who just wants everyone at Valley Prep to be treated the same, and that may include stealing and giving new clothes and money to the poor scholarship girls who are constantly being bullied because they don't have money. Who wouldn't want that?
Elisa Ludwig does a fantastic job of immersing the reader into the glamorous world of Valley Prep, which helped to get the reader to know all about the characters before Willa's big plan begins.
Pretty Crooked definitely was a great build-up for the next book, but I felt there were too many subplots and mysteries happening in the background that didn't get cleared up by the end of the story, and this is one thing that let the story down. The novel is a fun, light read, and a must for anyone who loves the Robin Hood (stealing from the rich to give to the poor) storyline. ...more
Chloe is bighearted and always tries to add fun and enjoyment to everything she does, so when her friends start not only ignoring her but also shreddiChloe is bighearted and always tries to add fun and enjoyment to everything she does, so when her friends start not only ignoring her but also shredding her reputation she doesn't know what she did wrong. While living as a social pariah and trying to avoid the World War III that's building at home between her mother and grandmother, she joins the struggling school radio station in order to try and pass her independent project. In order to get the much needed ratings for the station Chloe hosts a talk show which allows her to get close to the other misfits of the station, especially quiet Duncan, but also draws unwanted trouble for the station.
Shelley Coriell has created a fun and interesting character in Chloe. Chloe speaks her mind and always aims to bring laughter and delight into a person's day, but not everything is sunny in Chloe's life. Her best friends hate her and her grandmother is suffering from parkinson's disease. Even though she has been ostracised from most of the school students, she finds her place at the radio station and it was fun to see the many relationships develop, especially between her and Duncan who is also dealing with issues himself.
Welcome, Caller, this is Chloe is a fun, light read, but it does deal with serious issues such as bullying, parkinson's and addiction. Packed full of emotion, Chloe is someone you can't help but smile at, especially when she wears the ridiculous costumes such as the burrito one the story opens with. I recommend Welcome, Caller, this is Chloe to anyone looking for a fun, quick read....more