Borrowed this from the school library in middle school. At the time I was kind of shocked at some of the things that were in the book - being that itBorrowed this from the school library in middle school. At the time I was kind of shocked at some of the things that were in the book - being that it was in the school library.
Overall I found parts of it pretty funny but other parts were a little bit over my head being that I'm an American and you'd have to be a Brit to understand some of the humor.
I have always been a fan of diaries or books written in the diary-style though. They just fascinate me! ...more
I am a bookworm, but I guess I don't read as much "literature" as I should.. that being said I didn't always understand what the author was talking abI am a bookworm, but I guess I don't read as much "literature" as I should.. that being said I didn't always understand what the author was talking about, it was too in-depth and havng not read what she talked about it was hard to stay focused. I did finish the book and in the end kind of enjoyed it - just for the insight into everyday life in Iran and getting to know the women who came to the book club.
Personal note: I read this as a Bookcrossing bookring, so it's not sitting on my shelves, it was passed on to the next reader. ...more
I read this in high school. I would never have chosen to read this book had it not been assigned a) because I usually don't read memoirs and b) becausI read this in high school. I would never have chosen to read this book had it not been assigned a) because I usually don't read memoirs and b) because it looked so sad.
I have to say after finishing the book that I am glad I had to read it. It's probably one of the saddest books I have ever read but it grabs your heart and won't let go. As you read you are rooting for John and yet you know how it ends. When you finish the book you have to have a moment of silence in remembrance of someone who was so brave and hopeful even in the midst of an insurmountable challenge.
It is a very powerful book that provokes strong emotion. Not easy reading for sure.. but worth it. ...more
Charlotte Silver is the daughter of the well-known paranormal investigation team Silver Spirits. On New Year’s Eve Charlotte and her friends end up atCharlotte Silver is the daughter of the well-known paranormal investigation team Silver Spirits. On New Year’s Eve Charlotte and her friends end up at the house of a schoolmate who is hosting a ceremony that consists of sitting in a circle and each person sharing at least one paranormal experience they’ve had and then lighting a candle, until one hundred candles are lit. When all the candles are lit everyone waits for something to happen and when nothing does, everyone goes home.
Charlotte tries not to think much of it, but when odd things start to happen at school that seem to relate to the tales told on that night she decides to investigate. Not an easy task when her parents are having marital problems, she’s having to deal with tension between her new boyfriend and one of her best friends – not to mention that there is some sort of entity that’s apparently out to get her. I enjoyed One Hundred Candles; it has all the elements that make a good paranormal mystery. The tension builds slow and steady until about the last 30 pages, where I was turning the pages fast and furiously wondering how the drama would end. I shed a tear as I finished the last sentence, glad that it ended on a heartwarming note.
I give this book ¾ stars because I liked it and I think it will appeal to most paranormal fiction readers (of all ages) but I couldn’t help but feel like I would’ve enjoyed the book even more if I was a little younger – say middle school age. I don’t hold this against the author; I think it’s just me loving these types of books so much and having read so many, that I’m a little jaded. I do recommend the book especially for young adults and anyone interested in paranormal fiction and I plan on reading the next book in the series.
Note: This is the 2nd book of the series but it definitely stood on its own two feet. You won’t feel out of the loop if you don’t read the first book before reading One Hundred Candles. ...more
Jackson Crow, an investigator in the Behavioral Sciences Unit in DC has been on leave since his last assignment ended in the tragic deaths of 3 team Jackson Crow, an investigator in the Behavioral Sciences Unit in DC has been on leave since his last assignment ended in the tragic deaths of 3 team mates. Adam Harrison, a government insider (working either alone or unofficially), especially in cases of "extreme weirdness" offers Crow a job heading up a new team, and their first case takes them to a New Orleans mansion with an infamous past that is supposedly haunted. Most recently, Regina Hollow, wife of the well-liked Senator Holloway, fell from her bedroom balcony to her death. Crow's team - a motley crew from all walks of life and interests, but all with special gifts of their own - is given the task of proving or disproving the existence of ghosts in the house and figuring out the mystery behind Regina's unexpected death. With no lack of suspects - including a cult and a group of Aryans, Regina's death may not be all that it appears.
I found the whole premise of the book intriguing. I love books set in New Orleans' mansions, especially the haunted variety. The house has a very interesting history that slowly unfolds as you read, and I loved other aspects of the story as well - namely the romance that builds between two of the characters. I also enjoyed learning about each of the team members and what their specialties were and seeing them all become fast friends. It had all the elements I usually love in a story.. but for whatever reason, and I really can't put a finger on it, I just had a hard time getting INTO the book. It took me longer to read than it normally would have, and that's when I realized I was having trouble keeping focused on it. There are really no obvious flaws to point out, nothing that I hated; so I think it was just a case of me reading it at the wrong time. I learned that this is the first in a new series, and I will be reading the second book, because I did like all the characters, and I hope that the next book will be a little more action packed and hold my interest a little more.
All in all, I give this one 3 stars because I did like it, it just wasn't the fabulous book I was expecting from the premise. However, this is the first Heather Graham book I've read and I do plan on reading her other books, and I recommend this book for anyone who loves a mystery - or books set in New Orleans. ...more