I couldn't get enough of INAMORATA. It's one of my top favs of all the books I've read this year! The language is beautifully written and you get compI couldn't get enough of INAMORATA. It's one of my top favs of all the books I've read this year! The language is beautifully written and you get completely wrapped up in the story. I rarely read books in a day and a half but I read this one in that time span, spending all day yesterday reading it until I was finished! Once I picked it up yesterday I just could NOT put it down. It was almost as if the book had weaved it's own spell over me, enchanting me to read more and more.
Megan Chance is becoming one of my favorite authors! Author of another of my favs The Inconvenient Wife.. she writes historical fiction like no one else - except Carlos Ruiz Zafon, my other fav author. Both of them ensnare you and you can't help but FEEL you are there, wherever the characters might be.
This time we have Sophie Hannigan who is a fantastic storyteller also weaving her magic into the already enigmatic city of Venice with all it's secrets and ghosts.
This is one book you won't forget after you've read it and you'll be aching for more! ...more
How to classify this one? It was amazing! The author managed to weave all these other story lines into the main plot which was a missing boy who was oHow to classify this one? It was amazing! The author managed to weave all these other story lines into the main plot which was a missing boy who was obsessed with other dimensions, quantum mechanics and the whole idea of many possibilities.. it was so fascinating reading his notebook snippets that were scattered throughout the book.
I loved the way it ended but I do have to say that some people might not like how it was left open ended, but me, I thought it was a perfect ending, especially with the last storyline that was told.
I loved learning about each of these people who were in some way connected to Tommy, the missing boy and how each of them related to him in a different way. And particularly how Tommy affected them and made them think about their lives or just the universe in a unique way, I thought that was really cool.
I thought it was nice that this wasn't about an odd-ball kid who was getting bullied. In fact everyone seemed to generally like Tommy even though he wasn't like most of the other high school kids - always with his nose in a science book and obsessed with various obsessions, his last known obsession being quantum mechanics.
I think I learned more about quantum mechanics then I have ever learned before, because the science I took in school didn't cover that. I found it completely fascinating and even though the ending is open ended, it left me feeling hopeful.
It was one of the unexpected feel-good books even though the snippets of life that we read about aren't always happy or perfect (in fact none of them are perfect and that's part of what made Evidence of Life so refreshing.)
There were so many times I found myself highlighting quotes in the book. I can't recommend this enough for people who love contemporary novels and for those who are intrigued by a different sort of mystery. It makes you think, and wonder and ponder the universe, your place in it, where you're going, where you've been.. and why. I loved, loved, loved it. ...more
Eyes on You had me riveted. I literally gobbled 3/4th's of the book in one night and if I hadn't needed sleep I would've finished it all. I don't ofteEyes on You had me riveted. I literally gobbled 3/4th's of the book in one night and if I hadn't needed sleep I would've finished it all. I don't often fly through a book in one night but this was an easy breezy read and I was definitely in the mood for it, which helps a lot.
There's not that particularly "special" about Eyes on You, it's the typical mystery - someone is stalking Robin the main character who is a co-anchor on a show called The Pulse that deals with various celebrity issues, etc, anything trending in the media pretty much. Suddenly as her star is rising with the release of a new book that is quickly becoming a bestseller and her stardom on the show, she's got someone in her midst that is very unhappy with her success. She begins to get creepy notes, and other incidents that make her very uneasy. The events ratchet up until she fears for her life, wondering who it could be that has a terrible grudge against her and what they're willing to do next.
Even though I said there isn't anything particularly special about this book - it's definite a great read for any mystery lover. It's got all the good marks of a good beach read that keeps you glued to it's pages until the very end, drinking up every word.
My previous read of Kate White's was her novel, The Sixes. In my opinion, Eyes on You is much better and it kept me compulsively reading a lot more than her other novel did. But then again, I have a thing about stalkers and such that keep me glued to the pages more than other mystery premises. ...more
I loved The Good Girl! It was really cool the way it was told past and present and then from different points of view - although this could be confusiI loved The Good Girl! It was really cool the way it was told past and present and then from different points of view - although this could be confusing to some, it really gave me a full fledged plot line, fleshed out.
I couldn't predict what the ending of this was going to be and it had several twists throughout the book that through me for a loop - in a good way.
This is one of those rare cases where I can really see someone falling for their captor and not having it be Stockholm Syndrome.
Love and Treasure is a beautiful read - I loved all the angles of the stories that all revolved around this singular pendant. It makes me think of allLove and Treasure is a beautiful read - I loved all the angles of the stories that all revolved around this singular pendant. It makes me think of all the objects that have been passed down to us - or tat we pass in second-hand shops without a second glance.. of the stories they could tell us of the people who possessed them, etc.
I loved that Waldman left no stone unturned, she gave us the depth and breadth of this pendant's "life" and we got to know the characters in these stories intimately, each with a story of his or her own, and how they came to be in possession of the pendant. I found it all fascinating.
Love and Treasure is a multi-layered book but it's all about what brings us together, time and place, sometimes objects, and mutual objectives. I also liked that this wasn't all about just romantic love but also the deep love we have for friends.
Anyone with an interest in historical fiction that is rooted in the Holocaust (and yet also in the present too) will surely be at home in the novel.
Love and Treasure makes you think on so many levels about what is fair and right, especially when it comes to items from the Holocaust which obviously were confiscated from Jews of the time - whether bought or stolen. Do they then become Israeli property to be collected in museums, do they go to the relatives of the survivors (if there are any) or if the property was bought (and then we can get into whether it was a fair price or if the Jews had any real choice in the matter if they wanted money to escape persecution) does it now belong to the current owners? These are not easy questions and there are no easy answers, but it makes you think about it and one thing fiction does in a great way is it gives us these ideas to ponder while giving us a compelling story to read and let's us see things from different points of view than we normally would assume.
I highly recommend this for fans of historical fiction, for those who like books that deal with "women's issues"/feminist issues during the mid 1900s and earlier (only in quotes because it's hard to phrase it in a way the encapsulates ALL the issues) and for readers who like to read books that deal with the hard topic of the Holocaust in a compelling and interesting way - through one single pendant that touches many lives through time. ...more
I LOVED I Am the Weapon/Boy Nobody. The only reason why I didn't finish it in one night is because I started it so late and my eyes refused to obey thI LOVED I Am the Weapon/Boy Nobody. The only reason why I didn't finish it in one night is because I started it so late and my eyes refused to obey their master and kept shutting on me! But I started it again as soon as I woke up and didn't stop until I was finished! Usually books around 340ish pages take me at least a few days to read, this one just flew by! I love "Benjamin" (the name for this current assignment) he was so likeable even though he's put in the horrible position of having to kill for this mysterious organization called The Program (which is why I put it on my shelves under secret-society-cults, even though it's not a cult, it's definitely a secret society of some sort!)
I really liked that I Am the Weapon had depth. Benjamin starts to question his life and the things he's been taught to do and the way he's been programmed to think, which in turn makes the reader think about the choices in their own life - what are the choices we're making on a daily basis that we don't even think about? Are they choices that we should keep making the same way, or should we change them? I thought it was interesting to engage the reader - and without it being in a lecture type way, or a "let's stop the book and have an ethics lesson here." It just flowed.
Sam, Benjamin's "mark" (the one he's supposed to get close to in order to get access to his "target", the person he's meant to kill) is also a very interesting character. You never know what she had up her sleeve or how she was going to react to Ben.. and everything gets, very, very interesting. Ben and Sam forge a connection that neither one of them expect.
There's plenty of action in I Am the Weapon and even issues of bullying - and how far we should go to step in, get brought into play.. I thought it was all around a very well rounded young adult novel, totally worth reading and completely engrossing.
I'm SO excited this is a series because I can't wait to find out what happens next! I wish I had the next book in my hands NOW! ...more
I thought for sure this book would take me several days to read - usually 500+ page books do, since I'm kind of a slow/average reader (compared to mosI thought for sure this book would take me several days to read - usually 500+ page books do, since I'm kind of a slow/average reader (compared to most book bloggers I know at least!) The Hidden Child was nearly impossible to put down! I found myself reading it every chance I got and only putting it down when my eyes could no longer function and my body demanded sleep! I usually only read at night before bed but I also found myself compelled to grab this any free moment I had during the day and read it as well. I can't believe I finished it so fast! It's just another testament to how compelling the story is.
I really love when books mix the present and the past and the secrets in both time-frames are slowly revealed, it definitely amps up the suspense level! In The Hidden Child we are frequently transported back to the mid 1940's, during the height of World War II. One of the characters is part of the Swedish resistance and eventually finds himself in a concentration camp.
In the present we've got one murder.. then another.. and the twists and turns keep coming. I definitely couldn't predict all that would unfold and how it would ultimately end.
One of the things I loved most about this particular Lackberg book (and this is the second Hedstrom novel I've read) is that we really got to know a different side to some of the people Patrik Hedstrom works with. Particularly his boss and we learn more about Gosta and Martin as well. I loved the development with Patrik's boss the most though! (And I won't spoil and tell you what it is, but it's both hilarious and heartwarming at the same time!)
I can't wait to read the rest of Lackberg's books - and even though I haven't read all of them in this series, I don't feel it's quite necessary to read them in order. The author does a great job of keeping you in the loop regardless of where you are, at least from what I've seen so far. ...more
Night Terrors is an awesome book! I loved getting to know this new world - made up of an alternate world called Nod that's connected to Earty by a serNight Terrors is an awesome book! I loved getting to know this new world - made up of an alternate world called Nod that's connected to Earty by a series of ever moving doors, but that's the least interesting thing about this world. The world is based around the fact that there are some human dreamers that dream their nightmares into reality. Not just random nightmares though, a steady stream of the same nightmarish being that eventually comes to life because it becomes so real. People who bring their nightmare (called an Incubus) to life are called Ideators and after their incubus is made real most of them form a bond. Not a romantic bond usually, but a friendly bond. You see once the Incubus are made real they also have a a Day Aspect in which they don't look like their nightmarish self and usually behave much differently too. Their Night Asoect is when thry return to theur original nightmarish ways, although their intent is not usually to scare their Ideator any longer but to cause general mischief, mayhem, whatever darkness they can revel in. Their Ideators usually have to try to reign them in if thry can in their Night Aspect,
In Night Terrors, Audra was the Ideator who dreamed up a nightmarish, garish, mischievous, lunatic-laughing, homicidal clown. That's right, a clown. There's also something else - Incubi have powers that us mere humans don't have, they can connect to the Maelstrom energy that helped to create them and they're pretty much immortal, if they're wounded, they'll eventually heal. Jinx, Audra's partner in fighting crime, since they're partners working for the Shadow Watch that keeps watch and order on Earth and Nod from a Rogue and pesky (that's an understatement) Incubi. Jinx cracked me up, he was also pretty darn creepy too, especially while in his Night Aspect. He's got a flower that can shoot whatever liquid he wants it too - he prefers acid but Audra tries to keep a wrap on that and get him to use something milder. He's also got endless pockets with seemingly bottomless depths. You never know what he will pull out next but his favorite weapon of choice is a sledgehammer that he named Cuthbert.
Being a cop working for the Shadow Watch has it's perks too. Since Audra's human and yet has to go up against Incubi with inhuman strengths and various - let's call them superpowers - she needs special tech that the Shadow Watch provides to help her maintain control over an Incubi when trying to wrangle one in and keep control after the capture.
I could go on and on about all the different Incubi, I found myself as fascinated as I was creeped out! Waggoner definitely has one helluva imagination and I'm not quite sure I'd want to live in his head - even for a day, but especially not a night - but I can definitely say I'm glad he wrote Night Terrors and that he shares his creepy Incubi with us, I literally can't wait to get my hands on the next book to see what Jinx and Audra get into next - and most of all I'm SO hapoy and excited that this is a series! It's got a wickedly great kick off! ...more
Omg, if my iPad hadn't have run out of juice last night I would've read this in one sitting. Holy crap. I could never figure out what was going to hapOmg, if my iPad hadn't have run out of juice last night I would've read this in one sitting. Holy crap. I could never figure out what was going to happen next or how the story was going to go. confessions is like the ripple effect on a small and deadly scale. One horrible event and an act of revenge...and we as readers are basically along for the ride, following the bread crumbs deeper and deeper into the deadly forest..
A must read for mystery and suspense readers! ...more
I really enjoyed the Here and Now. I've seen a lot of mixed or negative reviews (although I haven't read them yet since I knew I was reviewing this onI really enjoyed the Here and Now. I've seen a lot of mixed or negative reviews (although I haven't read them yet since I knew I was reviewing this one and didn't want to taint my opinion before I even picked it up) but as I was reading it was hard for me to fathom what people hated. I thought overall it was really intriguing and the pacing was pretty good.
I really like Prenna and Ethan. They're cute together and I think possibly some ppl might consider this insta-love, but I didn't quite see it that way because they'd been pining for each other for years without being able to act on anything because of Prenna's restrictions.
I thought the ending was good too, very realistic. It's not exactly a fairy-tale ending, if that's what you're into, but I liked that it was realistic.
I'd have no problem recommending this book to anyone interested in time travel fiction or just a twist on the usual YA fare. ...more