3 1/2 Stars. This story of love and revenge is very well written and the concept is intriguing. Romeo and Juliet fighting each other through history,...more3 1/2 Stars. This story of love and revenge is very well written and the concept is intriguing. Romeo and Juliet fighting each other through history, Juliet on the side of love and Romeo on the side of treacery. I have to say that I was drawn into the story but I feel that the end was sort of rushed and the world was just a bit hazy to me. But since the book is Young Adult I feel that I must put on my librarian hat here and make a few comments.
What I like. --- The writing, as I said is very good. The dialog is very believeable. I also like that Juliet is trying to improve the life of the person she has temporarily inhabited and not just dealing with the Soul Mates she is sent to help.
What I did not like -- Well this whole soul mate thing is a bit disturbing. It sort of reminds me of the reason I object so much to Twilight. The idea of this all powerful love that can drive people to doing stupid things, even to dying for love. I just don't think the message it sends to young people, particularly girls is healthy.
I also found the kids in this book and the whole town really disfunctional. I know that realism is important, but I thought the book went just a bit far in validating all the teen angst in the book. In this book, high school really is life or death and I did not like that.
As I said, I was absorbed by the story. It was not until I had finished it that I was disturbed. I think it is fine to read as long as some perspective is given to the book. I can also see this book generating some good conversations between parents and kids. And I admit that I will probably be reading the sequel. Well, I have to find out what happens, don't I.(less)
Amelia has seen ghosts since she was nine years old. So, her choice of carreer restoring cemeteries might seem odd. But her father was a cemetery care...moreAmelia has seen ghosts since she was nine years old. So, her choice of carreer restoring cemeteries might seem odd. But her father was a cemetery caretaker who could also see ghosts and she grew up loving the atmosphere of cemeteries. Her father taught her to never acknowledge the ghosts and they could not harm her. But when her expertise is called on by the police she is forced to work with the charming policeman, John Devlin, who is super-haunted. As more bodies turn up in the cemetery she is working on, Amelia is drawn further into the investigation and closer to the mysterious Devlin.
I enjoyed this book. I love Charleston and have been there many times. The descriptions and the people were very pure Charleston. I also love ghost stories and this one gave me a couple of chills. And I must admit that cemeteries hold a fascination for me and I have visited many of the old Charleston graveyards. I enjoyed Amelia's family and found her relationship with them endearing. There were a couple of things that sort of made me crazy. Amelia seems to a a bit whiney at times. Of course she is in a stressful situation but geez, if you are going to keep getting involved, grow a pair already. I also thought the story was a slow start. However, the mystery really got interesting and the mystery about her family is left hanging deliciously. So I ended up with 4 stars and looking forward to the next book.(less)
Caitlin is a 15 year-old girl in Oregon who gets the chance of a lifetime. She is offered a full scholarship to an exclusive boarding school in France...moreCaitlin is a 15 year-old girl in Oregon who gets the chance of a lifetime. She is offered a full scholarship to an exclusive boarding school in France. Caitlin is surprised because she is not the best student, but she is excited to go. Little does she know that the school has an interest in her beyond her scholastic abilities. Caitlin is part of a special magical bloodline, and the women who run the school are hoping that Caitlin, is the Dark One, they need to fulfill an important prophecy. Once Caitlin gets to the school, her dreams, which have always been freaky, get even stranger. She starts visiting the school in another time and meets a charming young man named Raphael. Is this just dreams, or is it something more?
I really enjoyed this story. I hated to see it end. I am a really sucker for creepy, haunted boarding schools stories, so this one was just right for me. There is mystery and magic and romance. There is witch burning and political intrigue. I fell in love with Raphael. But it was not just the dreaming that was great. I enjoyed her school mates too. This one is definitely for the romantics out there.(less)
Hartley has a bone to pick with her boyfriend, Josh. She just found out he is cheating on her with the president of the chastity club, Courtney. (I ki...moreHartley has a bone to pick with her boyfriend, Josh. She just found out he is cheating on her with the president of the chastity club, Courtney. (I kid you not). Anyway, she and her best friend decide to confront him, but when they sneak into his bedroom, they find Courtney...dead. Althouugh Hart is still angry with Josh, she knows he is not a killer and sets out to clear his name. When another chaste student shows up dead, the pressure increases because Hart is beginning to think she might be the next person to die.
This was a really entertaining book. Hartley is a fun and snarky narrator. Her mother is a hoot. The teen voice here rings very true. There is a lot of texting and boyfriend angst, but not too much. The kids in the book are 16 to 18 so I would think it would appeal to older teens. I am already on hold for the second in the series.(less)
Angels walk among us. They always have. But instead of healing and giving comfort they leave madness and disease behind. Now their world is failing, a...moreAngels walk among us. They always have. But instead of healing and giving comfort they leave madness and disease behind. Now their world is failing, and they have invaded earth and more are coming. Willow has always been psychic. When she does a reading for a school mate, she sees the angel that has fed from the girl and her life changes forever. Now she is in a life and death fight to destroy the angels before they destroy her. Her only help, an Angel Fighter hunk (Alex) who is not sure whose side Willow is on.
I really enjoyed this book. I like the world and the characters. There is lots of action. It is really a romantic suspense as well as a paranormal romance as Willow and Alex try to escape the angels. I could have done with a bit less tingling on Willow's part every time she touched, looked at or thought of Alex. But heck, it is YA romance. People who love Twiliglht will probably enjoy all the moony, lovey dovey stuff. I think the writing is very good and even with all the tingling, the story moved at a good pace. I really am looking forward to the next book in the series.(less)
4 1/2 stars. In Victorian London, Violet has been helping her mother stage fake seances for years. She does not enjoy it, but she has no where to go s...more4 1/2 stars. In Victorian London, Violet has been helping her mother stage fake seances for years. She does not enjoy it, but she has no where to go so she does it, despite guilty feelings. So there really is no bigger skeptic than Violet. But on a trip to a country house for a set of seances at a country house, Violet starts feeling and seeing creepy things. Once at the estate, it only gets worse as Violet starts seeing ghosts all around her and one in particular, the desperate ghost of a young girl who was murdered.
WOW, I LOVED this book. It is creepy and clever and sweet. I thought the descriptions of the society in Victorian England were spot on. I also liked the links to the Spiritualist movement of the time. Violet is a likeable character as are her friends, Elizabeth and Colin. There is a sweet story of growing love that does not overshadow the ghost story. Violet's mother is a perfect wicked woman with no redeeming characteristics at all. The ghosts are all sorts, scary, funny and furry. I loved this book so much that I was willing to forgive the use of the word "snuck" on more than one occasion. This book is suitable for tweens as well as teens. Anyone who likes a nice historical ghost story should enjoy this book.(less)
4 1/2 stars -- This is a wonderful book. It is a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses and has everything a fairy tale should have, romance, evil pre...more4 1/2 stars -- This is a wonderful book. It is a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses and has everything a fairy tale should have, romance, evil pretending to be good, damsels in distress and surprisingly, humor. I found it very hard to put down but it took me about 50 pages to really get into it. Azalea, the oldest princess, is devoted to her family but does not always make the best decisions. Although she had sworn to her dying mother to protect her sisters, she unknowingly endangers all of them, her father and the kingdom. But she fights to make it right and finally calls on the most powerful magic of all, love. Beneath all the magic is a story of a family torn by loss and misunderstanding. This would be an outstanding mother/daugther book club choice.(less)