Woah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary LegWoah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary Legend when I watched an episode of Supernatural and it freaked me out then (I wouldn't look in a mirror properly until the morning)and I've always been curious about the legend.
This pretty much sticks to the bones of the legend but with a modern twist to it with a differing version of the summoning and the way Mary tortured and kills her victims. It's creepy and in some respects has a sense of hopelessness because how an earth can you stop something that is already dead?
The main character, Shauna goes through a lot and I especially felt bad for Kitty as well. I despised Jess by the end of the book and I was glad of the outcome of the book and the way it's been left open for another book. There's quite a few shocks and the plot manages to twist despite the legend being well known.
Ultimately, this is a well told horror story with just the right amount of teen drama, mystery and gore. But I do warn you, unlike some YA horror novels this had hardly any laughs at all. Any more descriptive and gruesome and i feel this would have to be classed as adult. But that's just my opinion. Anyway, A great read. ...more
Ah the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for monthAh the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for months so I'm begging you Mr Stroud, please please get book three out soon!
Anyway, this book is amazing and just as good as it's predeccesor, which is rare. Most sequels struggle to hit the same level as amazingness as the first in a series, but this one does just brilliantly.
We see the progression of Lucy, Lockwood's and George's friendship as the series progresses, as people open up a bit more and I was glad to learn a lot more about Lockwood (although a lot of his past is still shrouded). I mean this with the utmost respect when I say Lockwood reminds me of the character Skulduggery from Derek Landy's books. I don't mean in the sense that Lockwood is thin as a rail, but in there mysterious aura and tone of humor. I'm interested to see where the relationship between Lockwood, George and Lucy goes from here especially with the reveal at the end.
I liked the mystery in this book a lot too. It kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing all the time. The whispering skull mystery had me very creeped out and I really want to know more about these Type 3 entities. As for the creepy mirror? Don't even get me started. I'm surprised I did't have nightmares.
Is the book funny? Very much so. I've never known characters in a book make so many jokes in the face of death. This is another of those books I will put in the category 'Do not read on the bus unless you want to be put in a lunatic asylum for laughing to yourself' (it's a very long winded title, i'm trying to shorten it)
To summarise: Loved it. Hurry up book three! ...more
It's been a while since I've read a Darren Shan book. I loved the Demonata series but couldn't get away with the vampire books, or the thin executioneIt's been a while since I've read a Darren Shan book. I loved the Demonata series but couldn't get away with the vampire books, or the thin executioner. I've yet to read the zombie ones, but I've been looking for this little gem for a while, which I finally found hidden in the adorable book palace store in the famous crooked house in Canterbury! Couldn't have been a more perfect place to find it :) Anyways....
I loved this! It was such a scary, creepy story yet with some valuable morals, great lessons on bravery and family ties and such a wonderful ending. I guess I was expecting something blunt at the end, but this was perfect. I loved Koyasan, and such a beautiful name! Would totally call my kid that if I had one lol
I'm totally going out of my way to read one of Darren's zombie books now. I've missed his writing. I know this is 8 years after it's release, but well played Mr Shan, well played!...more
I don't usually read a lot of mystery stories, but this one caught my attention with it's snappy blurb and intriguing premise. Missing teenagers? No cI don't usually read a lot of mystery stories, but this one caught my attention with it's snappy blurb and intriguing premise. Missing teenagers? No clues as to there whereabouts? Creepy tiny town with a small population? Just the sort of thing to suck me into a book and keep me guessing, and wow did it keep me guessing (And as an aside note, this book also goes by the name of The Missing).
There was not one point during this book that I was able to solve the mystery before the end happened and when the the mystery was uncovered, I was stunned and I could feel the shudders down my spine. Don't get me wrong, by the half way point I was a little bit infuriated trying to make sense of all the little puzzle pieces that I just couldn't seem to get to fit together, but it was well worth it when they finally did.
I can't say much more on the story without spoiling it, but this is an absorbing book that you'll find hard to put down at any point. The characters are easy to relate to, and the plot doesn't let up for a second. Well worth a read if you love your stories spooky, mysterious and to haunt you at night after you go to sleep....more
First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to Cyndi for asking me to review this for her, it's always an honour to be asked :-) As usual I'll start mFirst of all I'd like to say a big thank you to Cyndi for asking me to review this for her, it's always an honour to be asked :-) As usual I'll start my review with a brief, spoiler-free synopsis: Lindsey waters is on a date when tragedy strikes and she is killed in a car accident, but for Lindsey, this is only the beginning. Soon after her death a very handsome Scot names Aiden appears who tells her he is there to transport her to heaven. But as Lindsey and Aiden spend more time together and their attraction grows, Lindsey finds herself resisting the lure of heaven itself in order to be with him. Can love really be strong enough to transcend the boundaries of life and death?
If your reading the above and thinking it sounds to similar to other supernatural and paranormal love stories then you couldn't be more wrong. Between takes all of the elements that are needed for a good romance and has a twist of it's own. The idea of a transporter is a fascinating thing to me, after all, how can we be expected to die and immediately know where to go? The answer? We can't. Therefore it'd be nice to have a guide, and that is what Aiden is. This story does not start gently and I was taken aback a little (in a good way) by the beginning because I did not see it coming at all, which is weird, because I knew that Lindsey was dead from the start because of the synopsis. In relation to that however, I will confess that the story goes a little slow just before the middle, but this soon picks up again and it wasn't much of an issue at all. There's also a massive twist half way through that I honestly didn't see coming, and my jaw literally dropped because it was the last thing I was expecting!
I really really loved the all the trips to various times and places (although I won't say too much because I don't want to spoil anything) through the eyes of both Lindsey and Aiden. To me this made the whole afterlife seem much more adventurous and having the ability to look back at things is a fascinating concept, especially when considering the fact you may notice different things while looking at something you've already experienced (again I will say no more, I shall spoil nothing!)
Ultimately this is a romance with an historical twist and if your a Scottish fan (or if your an eighth Scottish like me) you will be drawn in by the Scottish history and landscape just like I was. If your not a Scottish fan, then it really doesn't matter because this is a truly enchanting story and not to be missed in any way, shape or form. And as for Aiden himself, well I think I fell for him, every girl in the world young or old dreams of finding a man who is that devoted, loyal and romantic and Aiden is all that and more *swoons while typing* I challenge any woman reading this, not to want Aiden, I really do!
In summary, I loved this novel. Cyndi has created a very imaginative and original world that has no bounds or limits, I have to admit, I would never have imagined an afterlife like this. Romantic, pacey and with several jaw-dropping twists, I think all readers will be left longing for the next in the series. Amazing book!...more
I noticed no one in the UK had written a review for whisper of light yet, so I thought I'd tell everyone what they're missing. I'll start by saying thI noticed no one in the UK had written a review for whisper of light yet, so I thought I'd tell everyone what they're missing. I'll start by saying that this is an incredibly well written book and by that I mean the writing just flows and the story grabs you in and will not let you go. I breezed through this in a few days and I loved every second and I couldn't find anything to criticise whatsoever (hasn't happened in a while that!)
Secondly, this is a book of magic, romance and even a few vampires (but please don't make the mistake of thinking it's like Twilight, Believe me, this is nothing like that) yet there is a lot of depth, philosophical and soul searching issues that really prompted to me to think about myself. What if your soul does, in a way, recycle itself and is born again? It's quite an awesome idea and one that plays a huge roll in the powers that the characters in this book possess. What if also this being born again meant you had powers such as mind reading, crossing spirits to the other side or healing? With so many books preaching afterlife and religion, its refreshing to get a different take on the soul and humanity in general.
Now on to the characters. As much as I loved Lily from the first book (Seers of Light) I connected to Nicole a lot more. Maybe because I see a little of myself in her. Always feeling a little inferior (and even feeling a little fat at times) so reading her story was all the more fascinating and hopeful for me. I also found her career to be wonderful to read about too, as well as uplifting. I don't know a lot about therapy and autism so it was an eye opener for me as well as being a little educational. Christian was very different to how he was in the first book and I loved this side to him, it made a change from the angry side that was more visible in Seers of light and his relationship with Nicole was beautiful and life changing for the both of them.
If I haven't grabbed your attention so far, for those who like to be a little freaked out too; there's some pretty intense scenes with ghosts, creepy spirits and vampires that if you read too close to bedtime may scare you a little. (and no I didn't look around for Hags before I went to bed *looks sheepish*) Anyway, if you like romance, novels with a bit of depth, vampires and a little bit of being freaked out by ghosts, then definitely give this book a go. You won't be disappointed....more
First of all I would like to thank Jenna and headline publishing for sending me a proof copy to read, and as most of you know I will also be publishinFirst of all I would like to thank Jenna and headline publishing for sending me a proof copy to read, and as most of you know I will also be publishing my Interview with Jenna on the 12th of April. Anyway, Blackwatch is an amazing book and a fantastic edition to the Wintercraft series. All the favourites are back including Kate, Silas, Edgar and of course our feathery friend, Silas’s crow (I want one, their awesome!).
Blackwatch picks up roughly where Wintercraft left off. After the events on the night of souls, Silas has left for the continent and Kate has decided to try and get help from the Skilled even though she knows there’s a chance that she might be blamed for a murder she hasn’t committed. Things take a sinister turn though, and Kate finds herself in more trouble than ever, whilst Silas finds himself at the mercy of The Blackwatch and a woman named Delliah, also seems to be playing her part on a very twisted turn of events that could possibly change Albion for ever.
I love this series, I simply love it. The characters are so different and Unique and instead of having clear cut ‘bad-guys’ as you would get in most novels there are characters who have different levels of evil and often good reasons for what they do (that doesn’t make them good by a longshot, but it does make a change to have 3-dimensional reasoning and emotions) Silas is by far my favourite character, as he was in the previous novel. Maybe it’s because I have a thing for the literary bad boys but it’s also the fact that despite his bad points, he is the most complex character in the book. He’s dangerous, ruthless and can be very cold, but at the same time can be equally caring, concerned and capable of doing the right thing. He was the anti-hero of the previous novel, but I think now he’s edging more towards Hero, not that I mind, he is an awesome guy!
Kate also shone in this novel and her bravery never ceased to amaze me. At times she was hunted, stalked and attacked on an almost constant basis and she still stood her ground and stood strong. But at the same time, she wasn’t foolish and she also knew when to admit defeat when she had to and I admired her for that. Edgar impressed me a lot too! He was such a hero in his own way and added some humour when I felt it was most needed. Some of the things he came out with had me laughing ages after I’d past them in the book. As for his actions at the end I was stunned, he really was brave and I can see his relationship with Silas becoming interesting as well especially since the two of them never really got on. But I can’t say anymore without ruining the ending (or anything else in the book for that matter!)
Anyway, read this! It’s brilliant and it’s released in book store and other very nice book sellers from the 14th April. Read it I tell you! ...more
I totally loved this book. It was exactly what I needed; some ghostly escapism from real life. Emma made an incredible heroine and though her moods weI totally loved this book. It was exactly what I needed; some ghostly escapism from real life. Emma made an incredible heroine and though her moods were a bit bratty at times, I have to admit I'd probably behave no different in her position. She is placed in a horrible position and is hurt by a lot of people, in-fact I'd probably have curled up and cried.
The setting, atmosphere, characters and creepy bad guy were all amazingly written and built up perfectly. I never struggled to imagine a single character or place and I was stunned by the twists the story took. I am very impressed with Miss Nichols fearlessness with what happens to her characters.
The ending left me wanting more and I hope to get to read book two very soon. Emma's world is one I want to keep visiting for a while yet....more
I don't want to say too much because there aren't going to be many people who have read this. Lets just say i wasn't disappointed and i loved the endiI don't want to say too much because there aren't going to be many people who have read this. Lets just say i wasn't disappointed and i loved the ending! Very well written, funny in parts, incredibly emotional at times and with some excellent (and, more importantly, believable) character development, this book will make you love the characters even more that you did, and you'll feel sad that the trilogy has come to an end, i know i do! Can't wait to see what Kelley Armstrong writes next!...more
**spoiler alert** Continuing from where The Summoning left off, The Awakening finds Chloe being held in a lab along with Tori and Rae and unsure wheth**spoiler alert** Continuing from where The Summoning left off, The Awakening finds Chloe being held in a lab along with Tori and Rae and unsure whether Simon and Derek have actually escaped and are safe.
With the help of the ghost of her friend Liz, Chloe manages to escape with Tori and meet up with the guys again, and thats when everything really kicks off.
In this book i was able to notice a huge change in Chloe's personality, no longer will she sit and be pushed around as she once did and that's shown brilliantly in the conversations between her and Derek, I don't think i've seen any two people argue so much in a book ;-) Along with this we have the group running from the Edison Group, the ongoing search for Simon's dad, Derek's werewolf changes, Tori's Bitchiness and Chloe's growing powers, all of which make for an action packed thrill ride.
On the more emotional side of things, we see the relationships between the characters changing. Tori warms somewhat towards Chloe (although not completely), Derek and Chloe's friendship starts to shift slightly, and those first obvious hints of this becoming something more than friendship starts to show. Simon meanwhile is still the guy who manages to keep everyone's spirits up, the major positive member of the group, as well as being extremely funny at times.
Once again, i have to say that Kelley is an amazing writer and her books are fantastic. Book two of the darkest powers is just as good, if not even better than The Summoning!
This is the beginning of the darkest powers series and i'll admit (despite now being a devoted fan who has now read all three) that i originally pickeThis is the beginning of the darkest powers series and i'll admit (despite now being a devoted fan who has now read all three) that i originally picked it up half-heartedly. But after a few pages i was hooked.
In honesty, this was the first of Kelley's books i read and after reading this i then went on to read most of the Women of the Otherworld and the rest of this series. Kelley's writing is intelligent, funny and scary and this book is no exception.
The story centres around a young girl named Chloe. Aged fifteen and with the usual teen worries such as boys, her future and puberty, she is surprisingly easy to relate to for anyone, whether your currently going through those awkward teen years or have already done it. To add another complication though, Chloe starts seeing ghosts. Told that she has Schizophrenia and sent to a group home called Lyle house, she struggles to cope with her mental illness. The catch? the doctors are lying, and the ghosts she are seeing are not hallucinations, Chloe is in fact a Necromancer who can contact the dead.
This is so well written i was turning the pages so fast that i had to be careful not to tear them. With an unforgettable group of characters and some wonderful and complex interactions between them, i found each and everyone of them easy to understand.
Summed up, this is an engaging, thought provoking, funny, frightening and riveting fantasy that will capture the imaginations of teens and adults alike....more