Micah Spearman recently moved to the quiet town of Seven Springs, where he joins the lacrosse team, makes new friends and leanrs he’s part of an ancient prophecy. He has to lead an army of guaridans to battle against demons…while trying to stay on top of homework, of course.
I really liked Micah. He’s down to earth mùost of the time, but can be a little bit of a dreamer too. He’s strong and intelligent, brave and willing ot put others first. He has his flaws too, and actq like a typical teenager sometimes, but still I found him likeable and relatable.
The plot had many twists and turns that kept me entertained throughout. The start was a little slow, but once we got past that, I really enjoyed the flow of the story, and the pacing. I also liked the romance subplot, and how it wasn’t the focus of the book but still added an extra layer to the characters.
If you like fantasy for young adults, I would recommend Micah....more
Haunting Violet is the first historical YA paranormal I’ve read in a while, and I must say, I’ve missed the genre. Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts, and with good reason. Her mother is a famous medium in London, except that…it’s all fake. And her mother has enlisted Violet’s help, and the help of Colin, an orphan she took into her home, to keep up the pretense.
As Violet’s mother gets invited to the estate of Lord Jasper to do a seance, Violet is sucked into a murder mystery of paranormal proportions. A year ago, Rowena, an earl’s daughter, drowned, and now her ghost has chosen to visit Violet, and wants Violet to solve her murder. Along with Colin and her best friend Elizabeth, Violet has to find out who killed the persistent ghost, before the murderer sets eyes on her.
The book has a lot of strong points. Violet is an amazing character. She’s strong, intelligent, and sarcastic when need be, but she also fits perfectly in the time era, and she doesn’t overstep (some books set unrealistic heroines that sound way too contemporary despite the historical setting, but not so here). Colin is a cute and charming love interest. He was always there for Violet, and he really loved her, that was obvious from the start. The romance was another strong part – it wasn’t really sizzling, but it was heartwarming.
The murder mystery was all right. I had my suspicions about the culprit, but I wasn’t entirely sure until I finished the book. The historical setting is well crafted, and Harvey has created a lush, intriguing world. The writing flowed well, and I was entranced by the plot. I also liked Violet’s relationship with her mother – although in a way, I hated how Violet’s mother treated her, it was good to see the author spend a lot of time building this relationship and showing it to the reader. Often, YA characters have barely present parents, so this was a welcome change, even if I didn’t like Violet’s mother at all.
Now, for the downside. The characters didn’t have much personality, and the middle part dragged a little. Violet, Colin, Violet’s mother, and Elizabeth had personality enough, but all the other characters lacked personality traits, and didn’t really stand out.
Despite that, if you’re looking for a good YA historical murder mystery with paranormal elements, I wholeheartedly recommend this book....more
In Trapped on Draconica, teenage Ben Anthony hasn’t had an easy life, and it’s about to get worse as he gets teleported to a different world – one where dragons once ruled, and Ben becomes a target of the Baalarian Empire, of which the emperor, Gothon, wnts to capture him.
Along the way, he meets new companions in the form of Princess Daniar Dragonkin, and her sister Erowin. I liked both of these characters, in particular Erowin. He also meets Kalak, who is out for revenge, and along with this band of sidekicks, Ben has to save the world.
While I liked Ben well enoguh, although he came across as a little bratty at first, I didn’t like Kalah that much, and it took a while to warm up to them. The other characters I liked almost right away, even the evil ones, since they performed their roles of villains quite well.
I’m also a huge fan of dragons, so really, just add in dragons anywhere, and I’m sold. The story is solid, though, and very entertaining. The characters go on the typical fantasy quest, grow and develop their personalities as the quests enfolds, and although quite typical for a fantasy story, the author does add in enough creative and original factors to keep it entertaining.
I’m sure young adults will love this, and I certainly enjoyed it too....more
In The Boy Who Spoke To Stars, Kasper and his family are mourning the death of his older brother. Kasper blames himself for losing his brother, and when they travel out to see a solar eclipse, Kasper’s father disappears and doesn’t return. When the police drag off his mother too, Kasper’s aunt and uncle take care of him and promise to keep him safe. But when Loki’s parents go missing too, Kasper and his cousin, Loki, have no one else to turn to – except Tenro, an older boy who knows things he shouldn’t know and claims to be a star… Kasper and Loki soon have to run for their lives, and have to figure out an ancient mystery tied to the stars, the universe, and the world.
I loved how creative this story was. The pacing was fast, and once I stopped reading, I couldn’t put it down. The author definitely has a lot of creativity, and I never knew what would happen next. Kasper was an interesting character, but I found I could connect easier to Loki, his cousin. I also enjoyed how most of the book featured on the relationship between the two cousins, and you could really feel their bond strengthen as the book progressed.
This was an unique YA novel, and the mystery presented was very engaging and kept me engrossed until the end. Fans of the genre will enjoy this one, and I look forward to the rest of the series....more
I have a hard time putting my thoughts about The Fall to paper. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it, but on the other hand, some minor parts of the book annoyed me.
Madeline Usher is doomed. Her house, the famous House of Usher from Poe’s classic, is haunted. The house itself is sentient, a being with a mind of its own, and while Madeline at first thinks the house loves her and wants to protect her, now she’s not so sure. Her brother Roderick claims the house isn’t haunted, that it’s all in her mind, but her Mother and Father knew about the curse too, and tried to protect them from it. Her Mother managed to send Roderick away, but for Madeline, the house’s favorite, running away isn’t that easy.
The book jumps from Madeline as an eight-year-old to Madeline at age ten, fourteen, eighteen, and as such, the story is a little disjointed. But then again, with an unreliable narrator like Madeline, whose own mind is equally as disjointed, this actually added to the suspense of the story. Soon enough, I was just as confused as Madeline was. And as macabre, weird things start to happen, I understood Madeline’s constant fear, and her inability to do something about it as the House of Usher controlled her.
I enjoyed how the book one time blamed everything on Madeline’s growing insanity, but then again mentioned the curse and ghosts, leaving it to the reader to decide what to believe. The book was creepy, but not as creepy as I had hoped. The ending was a bit abrupt, and I didn’t really understand what had happened until I read it again.
What annoyed me was Roderick. He barely protected his sister, and overall, he was lacking as a brother, refusing to believe Madeline when it mattered the most. Despite that, I really enjoyed the book, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, although not extremely creepy, horror story....more
In Enchanted, the first book in the Summer Solstice series, Katrina ‘Kat’ Summer moves in with her grandmother, after her mother’s recent and tragic death. Apollo Beach, hometown of her estranged and mysterious grandmother, Rose, is a strange, magical place, filled with legends of Kat’s ancient Greek ancestors. But as the secrets of her heritage are exposed, secrets her mother kept hidden, and the lives of everyone she knows are put in danger, Kat meets Alec Stone, her gorgeous new neighbor, who seems to be her sole solace in this world of myth and legend…
The author did a great job focusing on the Greek mythology, and interweaving it with a contemporary story. Kat is a loveable, engaging character. She’s smart, witty, resourceful and brave, especially considering everything that happened to her. The mystery part worked well, and the romance did too. I loved Alec, and how he tried to be there for Kat.
If you love YA fantasy, you’ll adore this book....more
First book I’ve ever read about leprechauns, and I hope to read many more. Garritt wakes up on his sixteenth birthday and finds out he’s a leprechaun. Now he has to live with his family in Ireland. There, he makes a bunch of new friends, an evil plot is revealed, and only Garritt and his friends can stop it.
With the typical whimsicalness you expect in a middle grade book, this was an amazing, fun read. It was a quick read too, and I finished it in one sitting....more
Koolura and the Mayans is an engaging read for young adult readers and middle graders who are advanced for their ages. Koolura is a twelve-year-old girl with amazing psychic powers. Although this is the third book in a series, I had no trouble following along without reading the previous books.
Koolura and her friend Leila are touring a Mayan archeological dig when they find a mysterious devices that throws them back in time to the Mayan civilization’s prime days. Aliens from the planet Aquari are living amongst the Mayan natives, and Koolura and Leila have to figure out their purpose there. Are they planning to take over earth, and if so, can the two friends stop them?
The author has a vivid imagination, and does an admirable job describing the historical setting of the Mayan civilization. Koolura and Leila act like real kids / young adults, and are easy to connect to. This book is a pleasant read with a fast-paced plot, an easy, flowing writing style and fun characters....more
I was surprised by how short Twisted Stars was, and despite that, it still managed to pack a punch. Ashlee is your average college student, except she’s not too keen on the partying, and much more keen on studying and working. Her life lacks excitement, and she could use some romance… But an unconventional date at the edge of the woods leaves her wishing she hasn’t ever hoped for some more excitement. She gets attacked by a wild animal and wakes up in a hospital bed the next day, confused, dazed and scared.
But the attack has more consequences than she thought possible. Suddenly, animals seem drawn to her. When she meets Jayden on campus, he wants nothing to do with her at first – that is, until he learns about how she was attacked. Jayden isn’t entirely human, and if Ashlee wants to be with him, she’ll have to survive quite a few hurdles.
For a book at barely 100 pages, this one packed a lot of plot, character development and mystery. The romance was cute, and I liked that it wasn’t insta-love but that it took a while for Jayden and Ashlee to connect. The settings worked great, and the author did a great job explaining the world-building too.
An interesting, well-written book that I would recommend to fans of YA paranormal romance....more
I wasn’t sure what Against the Grain would be about, but once I started reading it, I couldn’t stpo. Matt Moyer is an orphaned teen growing up on a primitive farm in Pennsylvania. He’s homeschooled by his great-uncle who is a tad eccentric, and has a pendant for people telling the truth and being honest. But despite that, Matt discoves some inconsistencies regarding his uncle’s shady past and his parents.
When Matt is forced to attend a public school, he finds it difficult to cope with hypocrisy, propaganda and the misinformation teens and adults readily accept. He has to make a choice between the easy road filled with lies, or the tough road filled with truths.
I didn’t want to give away too much of the plot, but Matt is pretty much an underdog fighting against the system. The story also focused a lot on how no one culd be trusted, the system can’t be trusted, and how we all have to think critically to find out the truths on our own. I certainly couldn’t just sit still while reading this – I felt a lot of emotions, mostly anger at the system, at authority, and how it influenced our every day lives.
A page-turner, with an intriguing world view and a likeable protagonist who, as the title says, isn’t afraid to go against the grain....more
Charlie is a refreshing character, sarcastic to a fault, but charming in his own way and I’m sure kids will love him. Miles Van Helsing is pretty awesome too, and the whole take on vampires/zombies is a great twist, but it all takes too long to get started. The start of the book is quite slow, and it takes too long for the action to get going. It’s a light read, humorous and enjoyable, but not really that suspenseful....more
Quidditch Through The Ages is another must read for Harry Potter fans. Out of all three charity books J.K. Rowling wrote related to the world of Harry Potter, I actually enjoyed this one the most. It was fast, focused on the history of the teams which made me laugh out loud a couple of times, and then talked about the rules of Quidditch. Maybe it’s because Quidditch is my favorite sport in the world (Muggles play it through nowadays, just Google it!) Never actually done it, though…
The book had some clever explanations and overall, it was really good. It shows the world of Harry Potter and its whimsicalness, and is a great addition to the original series. Charming and entertaining....more
Sarah J. Maas did it again. When I read Throne of Glass, I fell in love. With A Court of Thorns and Roses, I doubt I’ll ever recover.
The story feels like a fairytale – timeless, endless, magical. Feyre is a poor girl who has to resort to hunting to get enough food for her father and two sisters. They were wealthy once, but they’re now very poor and on the verge of starvation. So when Feyre finds a wolf in the woods she kills it, even though she suspect it’s a faerie. As payment for her debt by killing one of the fey, she now needs to live out the rest of her life in Prythian, the magical land of the Fae.
Feyre is cold and determined, made that way by the harsh life she’s led. She rarely acts childish (except once when I kind of wanted to slap her across the face), and she’s very courageous. I also loved how she put her family first, and how much she cared about them. Unfortunately they didn’t seem to care for her half as much.
Tamlin is the High Fae lord who Feyre now must answer to. He’s the lord of the Spring Court, and he’s really swoon worthy. He’s a good guy, willing to risk his life for others, and although he’s mysterious, he’s also protective, fiercely loyal. And while I totally get the fling between Feyre and Tamlin…
… I don’t think it’s real love. I mean, she loves him, sure, but not in love love. She loves him in the way she loves a friend. A very hot, sexy friend, but I don’t think it’s real love. Sorry for all the Tamlin/Feyre shippers, but I think her heart will eventually settle for someone else.
Bring in Rhysand. Dark. Mysterious. Haunted. Sarcastic. I think he’ll manage to steal Feyre’s heart in the next book.
There’s also Lucien, Tamlin’s best friend. I actually kind of liked him. It’s nice to see Feyre having a friend who has no ulterior motives… I hope. Feyre’s sisters were interesting too, especially Nesta; I think there’s more to her than meets the eye.
The best part of the book besides the writing (which was excellent) was no doubt the world-building. The descriptions of the settings were wonderful. Prythian has a rich and engaging history, and I loved learning more about it and about the Fae.
If you haven’t read this yet, shame on you. Go into the first book store you can find and buy it. NOW. What are you waiting for?...more
After The Woods received some killer reviews on Goodreads. At first, that surprised me a little, because honestly, I didn’t like it that much. So maybe I just didn’t get it, or maybe I’m not the intended audience for this book – I have to admit I read a lot of thrillers, so I don’t get scared easily, and this book certainly didn’t succeed in doing that. Given that most people do seem to like it, don’t be put off by my review. Tastes differ, and maybe I just have peculiar taste.
Anyway, on to the review. Two girls go into the woods. Julia and Liv. But only one makes it out – Liv. Julia spends two more days in the woods with a mad man, and narrowly manages to escape. Fast-forward one year. Liv is bent on self-destruction, almost like she was the one traumatized, not Julia. A dead girl is found in the woods, and this brings back all the memories o what happened to Julia in the woods. As she starts to uncover the truth, she learns horrible secrets she never wished she knew…
At first glance, the plot sounds great. And it starts off with a bang too. Unfortunately, it quickly goes downhill from there. First of all, the book has no suspense. It was fairly obvious to me what had happened even from the start. The killer is dead too, by the way, so that’s solved already. The whole media aspect was interesting but pushed a tad too far, becoming slightly unrealistic.
I did like Julia, though. She was tenacious, intelligent, witty, and I liked her interactions with the other characters. I could’ve done without the romance. It didn’t really add to the narrative, and I thought the characters lacked chemistry.
All in all, it was enjoyable, but not entirely my cup of tea. I thought it would have more suspense and would keep me on the edge of my seat – alas, not....more
It’s been eons since I read a book as amazing as Red Queen. And I do mean eons.
This book has it all. Dystopian mixed with fantasy, Mare Barrow is an average seventeen-year-old Red girl. She steals for a living, something her family frowns upon, and because of that, she struggles with her selfworth. She doesn’t think she’s worth as much as her sister, a miracle with thread and neelde, or her brothers who have all gone off to fight in the war.
Reds aren’t worth much in this world. The Silvers are the rulers. They have special powers that can be somewhat compared to the X-men. They are cold, deadly, powerful, and look down on the Reds, who they only deem valuable because they can work and die in wars.
Mare gets thrown into the world of Silvers, but as soon as she steps inside this world, everything goes wrong. What starts is a game of hide and seek, of ambitions, of rebellion, of politics, of just and unjust, and of loyalty. In the Silver court, who can Mare trust?
This book has it all – I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it. The writing is lush and lyrical. Mare is a strong heroine yet very flawed – she’s judgemental, naive, and very much like a teenage girl, but she also has amazing resilience and inner strength. I don’t want to give away too much about the love interests, but they too have an unique personality, and are easy to like, although one keeps on wondering whether or not Mare should trust anyone as not one but two princes steal her heart.
The world building was the most amazing feature of the book. I loved it. It’s so unique, and I can’t wait to explore it further in the next installments.
I wholeheartedly recommend this one. READ IT....more
I’m not sure how I feel about Sanctum. I enjoyed the first book in the series, and was eager to read more about Dan and his friends, and their weird connection to the insane asylum. I honestly expected the largest part of the book would happen in aforementioned asylum.
However, it seems like the author grabbed some creepy ideas at random and threw them all together. No problem with that, except that it ended up making the book not scary at all. At some point, it mentions creepy clowns, but then never really goes anywhere with it. We see all these amazing, haunting black and white pictures of people working at a carnival, and there is mention of a carnival, but it ends up being a significantly smaller part of the book than I thought it would, and it doesn’t really become creepy. On top of that, I wonder in how much the carnival was actually necessary. It ends up leading to a weird, confusing storyline that takes away a lot of the suspense building up during the first book.
Then there’s the brainwashing/CIA angle, and I thought that was completely out of place. In book one, we got a madman trying to brainwash people for his own sadistic purposes. That’s creepy. When you add in brainwashing/CIA, it just turns ridiculous. You can’t have crazy doctors, carnivals, the CIA and creepy cults in one book without it becoming laughable at some point. I loved the ghost story unfolding in the first book, but now it turned out to be something more psychological, and it lost my interest almost completely.
When I picked up this book, I expected it to be another creepy paranormal read, in the same vein as its predecessor. Unfortunately, it’s not. Parts of it are boring, some parts are totally random and don’t have any connection to previous events. It almost felt like I was reading a completely different series. The worst part? It wasn’t scary at all. A dissapointment. I bought the third book on a whim (I bought book one, loved it, and then purchased two and three) so I’ll read it just for the sake of finishing the series, and hopefully it’ll be a better read than this one....more
Incredible. Amazing. Superb. No amount of superlatives would do this story justice.
Celaena Sardothien is the most notorious assassin of Ardalan. She is kick ass awesome, trained under the King of Assassins, and managed to become the stuff of legend by the time she was a young adult. Then she spent a year in the mines of Endovier, and now the Crown Prince shows up with an offer she can’t refuse. If she goes to the glass castle and participates in a contest of assassins, one of which will be chosen as the King’s Champion, she will win her freedom.
The plot was hands down amazing. The writing was beautiful. From the moment I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I had no idea where the story would go next, and even in the spots where I did, it still managed to surprise me. I also liked some of the more mythical/magical elements that got added as the story progressed.
Celaena is easily my favorite heroine ever. She’s sassy, arrogant, vain, but somehow it all connects and in her heart, she’s actually quite a decent person – which is a weird thing to say about an assassin but is true all the same.
The love triangle was the best ever. Seriously. I usually end up having a slight preference, but here? Nope. I love Dorian. I love Chaol. Both are decent men, and both are awesome in their own way. Dorian has that allure because of being a Crown Prince and thus a relationship with him would be almost impossible. But Chaol is mysterious and charming… I can’t choose! How the heck will Celaena ever choose?
If you enjoy fantasy, I totally, wholeheartedly, utterly recommend Throne of Glass. It is the best fantasy book I’ve read in years. In fact, I just finished it and already want to reread it, AND I ordered my copy of the sequel late last night, that’s how addicted I am to this series....more
An amazing albeit at times slightly confusing read. The story is familiar: Sarah gets invited to a prep school and an island, and she goes, but when she’s there, strange things start happening and her ne”w friends act all kinds of weird. The characters were great, although I thought Sarah acted pretty self-absorbed every now and then....more
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a fun read for everyone who enjoys the Harry Potter books. With several small fairytale-like stories for little wizards, readers are once again introduced to the magic that is the Harry Potter universe.
“The Wizard and The Hopping Pot” learns a valuable lesson while staying fun and whimsical, and I loved the commentary by none other than Albus Dumbledore that came after it. “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” is another interesting story about the value of teamwork. “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart” was an all right read that reminded me of The Picture of Dorian Gray, except with warlocks and wizards. “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” was quite hilarious, and “The Tale of Three Brothers” was a good one too, although my favorites were still the first two.
The book has some cute illustrations (drawn by Rowling herself) attached to it, and it’s a great book for kids, and for fans of the series....more
First, a word of warning. If you’re not a die-hard Harry Potter fan, this book isn’t for you. You’ll probably dislike it. It’s, in short, a run down of the fantastical beasts you come across and hear about when reading the Harry Potter books, where they live, how dangerous they are, and some characteristics. There’s no adventure, no story – this is the book Harry had to study in one of his classes.
It doesn’t make for very exciting reading, but as a Harry Potter fan, it’s still fun to read about these monsters. The best part about the book is that it belonged to Harry Potter (or so it says) and there are notes added by Harry and Ron. It’s a cute touch and makes the book all that more fun to read.
If you don’t like Harry Potter, I doubt you’ll like this book, but if you are a Harry Potter fan (like every sane person on this planet) then I would recommend you give it a shot....more
In Dora’s Jinx, Dora figures she might’ve been invisible, considering no one else but her family even notices she exists. But on her sixteenth birthday, as if being ignored by just about everyohne isn’t bad enough, she meets a talking cat who tells her she’s a witch. Goodbye normal life, forever. As if she’s not on a rollercoaster of bad luck already, the other witches’ familiars go missing, and Dora’s magic is the only thing that can save down from destruction. But if Dora wants to save the day, she’ll have to accept herself for who she is.
A lovely, fun tale of a girl looking for her true self, and coming to terms who she really is. I loved the magical elements, and how it combined the more traditional view on witches from fairytales and folklore with modern elements. A quick read, too, and fast-paced. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA Fantasy....more
The Girl from the Well has been on my wishlist for over a year. Figuring out I’d never get my hands on it if I didn’t help destiny a little, I finally purchased it from Amazon a few weeks ago. From the mmoent it arrived in my mailbox, I finished it in a few days. The story is just so good, the characters so intriguing, and the use of Japanese folklore and legends gives it an unique, creepy vibe.
I’m a huge horror buff, but Japanese horror is usually so creepy I can’t always stomach it. But reading about it? Sure thing.
Okiku is a centuries’ old spirit. After getting murdered, she’s determined to find child murderers and punish them, and setting the children’s spirits free. But then she sees Tarquin, Tark as his family calls him, a fifteen-year-old boy covered in strange tattoos. Okiku senses another presence lingering near Tarquin, and it’s not a benevolent one. The tattoos are strange and eerie, and everyone seems to avoid the boy. Okiku’s interest is triggered, and she starts following him.
The best parts of the book were the ones focusing on Japanese culture, and the ones actually happening in Japan. I loved reading about the country, the ancient legends, the mikos and how they perform exorcisms, and so on. The book is creepy (what did you expect), but it’s also original, has great writing, and is overall, a very enjoyable book, and certainly different from most other YA horror books.
If you’re in the mood for some genuinely creepy horror, I recommend this book. I already ordered the sequel....more
The first half of this book had all the ingredients for being a fast-paced, chilling psychological thriller, but unfortunately this unraveled during the second half. The climax was underwhelming, and it didn’t tie up all loose ends. The dual narrative worked well, and the characters were intriguing though. Enjoyable, but did not fulfill the high hopes I had for it after reading the first half....more
I enjoyed the book’s unique format the most, with the newspaper clippings, screenshots…this gave the book a realistic feel. The main character is compelling, and the way the author describes her dissociative identity disorder added an interesting angle to the book. However, the reason why is a little flat, and the book lacked creepiness....more
Asylum is a chilling, creeptastic novel about Dan, a high school student attending a summer program for gifted students at a college in New Hampshire. The college used to be an asylum, and parts of the basement still hosts the old chambers. Dan is geeky and a bit of a loner, so he’s thrilled to meet gorgeous, outgoing Abby, and her friend, Jordan. The three of them form a close bond, and they even take some classes together. But one night they go exploring in the basement of the asylum, and that’s when things start to go wrong.
Dan is tormented by nightmares, people get hurt, and the three of them receive strange messages that could be from the beyond. On top of that, we see a glimpse of Dan’s past, his visits to a therapist, and some reasons are alluded to, but unfortunately never fully explained.
The creepiness is high in this one, and the author does a great job describing the creepier scenes. However, the characters were problematic. Dan has so many secrets shrouding his past it’s difficult to connect to him. For a large part of the book, I thought he would be an unrealiable narrator, and this also kept me distant from him, but at the same time, heightened the mystery. Jordan and Abby felt a little underdeveloped, and their behavior was all over the place – some thanks to the asylum, some of it seemingly random.
I felt like a lot of things weren’t explained yet and some issues could’ve been explored further, but overall, I had a fantastic time reading this. Plus, the photographs gave the book a nice touch....more
It seems, based on the Goodreads reviews, that people either love or hate Daughters Unto Devils. I LOVE it. So yes, I’m firmly on the side of love. I didn’t expect some of the chlling, disturbing scenes that would show up during this book.
Amanda is sixteen years old, and just survived cabin fever, seeing the devil, and getting stuck in a cabin for several months while a snowstorm raged outside. She doesn’t like herself very much, especially since she often wants her kid sister, Hannah, a baby who cries all the time and was born blinde, to die. So Amanda is complicated, and flawed. Her parents decide, with another harsh winter in front of them, to move to the pairie, especially since there are apparently abandoned cabins there they can just move into.
Except, when they move into the cabin, it’s covered in blood, and they hear tales of an ancient evil haunting the prairie, an evil that might be similar to one Amanda already faced once.
This book gave me the creeps, but in such a good way. The characters were haunting, the writing was spot-on without dissapearing into endless descriptions, and the author just manages to magically throw a reader into the creepiest scenes imaginable and just make it work. The pacing was fast yet I got the sense I knew every single character, from Ma and Pa to Emily to Amanda. The conclusion put me on the edge of my seat, and it ended in a way I hadn’t imagined at all yet makes perfect sense. With the slow build up, the creepiness rising on every page, and then that climax of an ending, I can only describe this book as amazing.
If you love horror books, please, please, please, for the love of God, go read this one....more
This book hooked me from start to finish. The creepiness is palpable, and grows worse with every page you turn. The stories within the story added to the overall atmosphere, and the question what Eren is and if Eren is friendly or not, is the red line throughout the book. Creepy, out of the box, original, and highly enjoyable....more
Although I figured out early where this book was heading, I still loved it. The moment Eila moves into a million-dollar Cape Cod home, she starts having visions of sorts, and whenever she’s around local bad boy Raef, she feels fear, although she can’t explain why. Eila is an amazing character with a great personality. She acted like a real person, and her friendship with Ana and MJ seemed genuine too. I can’t wait for the sequel....more
An enjoyable book that mixes a lot of different genres into a surprising, unique tale. The main downside is how slow the story is at the start. The writing just didn’t really impress me, and sometimes I even glanced past some of the plot developments because they happened so casually. While the book had a great concept (I love time travel in just about any shape or form), the writing needed some work and the plot wasn’t entirely believable. I don’t need the time travel to be believable, I just need the character’s reactions to be believable, and that was lacking here....more
When I was a kid, I loved the Fear Street books. They even inspired me to write my own horror series. “The Lost Girl” still has some of that Fear Street magic, like with the two time periods interacting, and it’s no surprise R.L. Stine still has some surprises up his sleeve, and knows how to tell a story. That the book still manages to creep me out means the Fear Street series hasn’t lost its charm at all, and that it’s still deliciously creepy....more