Read way too many times. Great for children and for adults. Written plainly; easy read. There is a sweetness to the voice rounding out the entire stor...moreRead way too many times. Great for children and for adults. Written plainly; easy read. There is a sweetness to the voice rounding out the entire story. I've read this with each of my children, and each loved it in their own way.(less)
~ Harvey continues Alex's medium journey, following her to college where Alex is determined to live in a dorm and be normal. She wants to have a room...more ~ Harvey continues Alex's medium journey, following her to college where Alex is determined to live in a dorm and be normal. She wants to have a roommate, walk to classes, pig-out on pizza, and grow in her relationship with Erik who's attending the same college. But soon, it becomes apparent that living in a building stuffed with kids will be extremely tough to quite the voices trying to use her to speak. All people have past loved ones who've left this world, which - for Alex - leads to a lot of spirits vying for her attention.
As she did in Book I, she slowly calms and learns to quite the spirits, taking on only a few and sharing their stories. But something is suddenly wrong with Erik. He's distant and uncharacteristically mean. Eventually, a connection is made between the dark energy/spirits that plagued her in Book I and college Erik. Alex knows she must move quickly or be in danger of losing Erik like he lost his brother Alik - the original spirit who got this entire story going in the first place.
I definitely would recommend this sequel, especially for older teens, New Adult lovers, paranormal enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by the life of a medium. It was truly interesting learning about all a medium goes through to live a normal life, yet give attention and justice to the other side. (less)
A perfect middle grade tale to read with your kids! There's action, mystery, and valuable lessons on loyalty and purity. Oh...and trolls!
Humorous and...moreA perfect middle grade tale to read with your kids! There's action, mystery, and valuable lessons on loyalty and purity. Oh...and trolls!
Humorous and enticing narration. Plus, the cover is a hoot! Just look at it. Seriously. And once you read the story, the cover will hold such meaning for you.
This is a great MG tale of self-awareness--in oneself as well as in one's place within a family unit. Torbjorn seems to always come up short in comparison to his brother. It's a constant battle for him, struggling with feeling like he has to prove himself to his family and clan. This stress aka drive pushes him to make some risky decisions, endangering the life he's always known, including the precious secret of his people's successful muffin business.
Most of you can relate to that movie, where you know a character shouldn't enter or go. Torb does exactly that, which is where this tale truly begins. Vivid description of setting and place gave the story breath and life. Coupled with Torb's inner contemplation about a strange man who sudden comes into his life, the story takes of in mystery and the unknown. This man, who sudden appears when Torb need help, seems to know more about Torb's muffin making clan than he does; and it just doesn't feel right.
The world building is stellar, with colorful vocabulary and character quirks. This world is not only pleasurable, but tangible to the eye and ear. Streets and city names paint the world brightly. Smells of the sea and ancient honor fill the air.
Most important--at least to me as a reader--is the underlying message of truth and honor, even when the truth is not popular. This tale ultimately asks the reader to explore his/her motivations for performing a specified task and for whom they're doing it for.
I'd recommend this story to readers of MG age, those who love a comical adventure, and those with a vivid imagination not afraid to stretch those limits. (less)
It's a fun read, lighter than a lot of other vampire stories I've read.
From the opening scene, I was hooked. Heather Brewer does a great job of conve...moreIt's a fun read, lighter than a lot of other vampire stories I've read.
From the opening scene, I was hooked. Heather Brewer does a great job of conveying the 'normalcy' Vlad craves. She places him in every day, normal settings any eighth grader would have to butt up against. He has the best friend, crushes on the cute girl in school, and has Aunt Nelly--the responsible guardian. Of course as the story progresses, he finds himself in a few unusual situations which is expected of any paranormal story.
Vlad is an articulate kid with a thirst for blood. Although his thirst is quenched through blood bags brought to him by his aunt, he does desire blood. Real human blood. He's not bound by some animal or vegetarian diet. This is a sweet coming-of-age story, despite Vlad's genetics being half human/ half vampire. Sweet...yup, I said that. I think Vlad is sweet. He grows stronger, smarter, and more courageous and in the end must face a few tough choices. He grows between the pages.
Although this book is considered young adult, I would recommend it to a selective middle grade audience. Those kids who are avid readers and relish in the paranormal. There is nothing vulgar or sexual about any scene or word. It's tastefully, and yes, sweetly done. Bravo, Ms. Brewer.
I look forward to reading the next installment: Ninth Grade Slays.(less)
Read it so long ago but from what I remember...I loved it and hated it for so many reasons. It did what it was supposed to do. Guess it got me. Love S...moreRead it so long ago but from what I remember...I loved it and hated it for so many reasons. It did what it was supposed to do. Guess it got me. Love Stephen King.(less)