I'm a little torn over my rating for this one. When I say 'it was an OK read' as per Goodreads ratings, what I really mean is, it was an OK read FOR MI'm a little torn over my rating for this one. When I say 'it was an OK read' as per Goodreads ratings, what I really mean is, it was an OK read FOR ME. That said, for most, this book will be more than an OK read; the writing is good and the characters well-drawn and highly original. But the story never grabbed me. This book is slow-moving and complicated for YA, and I found myself zoning out at times. Maths and science were never my thing at school, and if you're the same, then you may find yourself zoning out too. ...more
Shy, retiring type Caddy is used to living her life in the shadows cast by her confident best friend, Rosie. Caddy knows she’ll never be the life andShy, retiring type Caddy is used to living her life in the shadows cast by her confident best friend, Rosie. Caddy knows she’ll never be the life and soul of the party, she knows she’ll never hook up with the hottest guys; but at least she’s invited to the parties with the hottest guys, thanks to her popular friend. Caddy’s OK with that. She’s OK being a bit of a wallflower, or at least she was, until now. Caddy’s sick and tired of never setting a foot wrong, sick and tired of always being home in time for curfew, sick and tired of always being the good girl. Caddy wants something to happen in her life. Her reasoning: significant life events, no matter how awful they might be (illness, family members dying etc.) just make life more interesting –they’ll make her more interesting. Caddy’s got a lot to learn, doesn’t she? And she’s about to learn a lot when new girl Suzanne enters her life. Suzanne is as beautiful as she is mysterious, and it soon becomes clear to Caddy that Suzanne has experienced some of those life-changing events that she so craves.
Recklessly loyal, so much so that in childhood she had a mass-produced doll named after her stating the fact, seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has alwRecklessly loyal, so much so that in childhood she had a mass-produced doll named after her stating the fact, seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always been there for her best friend, Lindsay. Where Arden is a good girl who always follows the rules, Lindsey is somewhat of a rebel without a cause, forever acting out and getting herself into all sorts of unsavoury situations. It could be said that Arden far from being Lindsey’s saviour is Lindsey’s enabler: if Lindsey didn’t have her best friend to cover up for her time and time again, then maybe she’d have to face the consequences of her actions once-in-a-while, and you know, stop doing all the stupid things. It seems kind of obvious, but not something that Arden, in all her martyrdom, really considers. Arden is so used to taking the fall for Lindsey that she doesn’t really even question it anymore.
Grey Gardens meets Scandal via The O.C. in Edgewater, Courtney Sheinmel’s YA debut. Beautifully written and compelling throughout, Edgewater, named afGrey Gardens meets Scandal via The O.C. in Edgewater, Courtney Sheinmel’s YA debut. Beautifully written and compelling throughout, Edgewater, named after the dilapidated mansion which houses our heroine, is a late-night guilty-pleasure Soap Opera in book form. Shocking drama, dashingly handsome hunks, political intrigue and family secrets are the page-turning order of the day!
Lorrie Hollander has never had to worry about money. Ever since her mother left to start a new life with her boyfriend twelve years previously, Lorrie and her sister have been in the care of their eccentric aunt Gigi and a seemingly bottomless trust fund, courtesy of mom –well, it’s the least she could do! The family comes from money and their stead may once have been a grand old mansion, but aunt Gigi isn’t one for home maintenance, preferring instead to spend her money on extravagant parties and expensive designer shoes. As such the mansion has long since fallen into disrepair, overrun by cats and raccoons, and hated by well-to-do neighbours.
I grew up on horror. Stephen King is pretty much all I read as a teen, which made for some pretty dark dreamsLittle House on the Prairie…with demons.
I grew up on horror. Stephen King is pretty much all I read as a teen, which made for some pretty dark dreams I can tell you! So, I’m always on the lookout for books and movies that might scare me. I want to be scared. Weird, I know. Yet, since I’ve been blogging, I’ve noticed a lack of great horror in YA Fiction. Sure, there are a couple of spooky titles that I add to my Halloween reading list every year, but I haven’t found anything that has really ever scared me into sleeping with the lights on. That said, I don’t scare all that easily, and I won’t say that Daughters Unto Devils has given me any sleepless nights (yet!) What I will say is that Daughters unto Devils left me unsettled, it made me feel a little sick to my stomach more than once, (possibly linked to the fact that I’m a vegetarian, and if you are too, then I’m telling you now that this book is hard to take!) and it may have just left me with a lifelong fear of scarecrows. Because that was SICK. So yeah, no sleepless nights, but great horror visuals and a story that creeps up on you little by little, bit by bit, slowly, slowly, slowly, so that when the true horror of it all arrives, you’ll never see it coming.
Little House on the Prairie...with demons! This is a great read for Halloween (and would make a great scary movie too!) Some parts of the story are just SICK! I'll certainly never look at a scarecrow the same way again. Ha! It's a quick read, and I would have liked some backstory/explanation for all that happened here. Also, WTF Henry? WTFF?!!!!...more
A short and not-so-sweet treat from one of my favourite writers, The Grownup from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn was one of my Halloween reads this yeA short and not-so-sweet treat from one of my favourite writers, The Grownup from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn was one of my Halloween reads this year, and for scary thrills, rollercoaster twists and a spine-chilling ending that left me craving more, it certainly didn’t disappoint.
As with all of Flynn’s protagonists, the unnamed narrator of The Grownup is written in shades of grey. This one is an opportunist who uses skills honed during an underprivileged childhood to make her way in life by whatever means possible. She’s working in a shady establishment as a faux-psychic reader of auras when she meets a troubled woman by the name of Susan Burke. Susan is at her wits end: she lives in a creepy – and possibly possessed –Victorian house where she’s being tormented by a definitely disturbed child. It soon becomes clear that our girl may have bitten off more than she can chew.
This is Gillian Flynn, so you have to remember that nothing is as it first appears –and everything is dark and twisted to the extreme. This one kept me guessing, for sure. The ending is abrupt – and I definitely wished that this was a novel instead of the very concise short story that it is. Still, it was a spooky read, perfect for Halloween, and it’s made me even more excited for Flynn’s next as-yet-untitled novel, whatever that may be.
A simmering tale of first love and second chances, Emily Martin’s The Year We Fell Apart introduces Harper Sloan, a good-time party girl with a seriouA simmering tale of first love and second chances, Emily Martin’s The Year We Fell Apart introduces Harper Sloan, a good-time party girl with a seriously bad reputation. Harper is known as the easiest hook-up around; the kind of girl who will let any guy have his way with her, the kind of girl who will hook up with another girls boyfriend, no regrets. But, it wasn’t always this way. And Harper does have regrets. She has a lot of regrets. Harper’s main regret is Declan, and the fact that he’s no longer in her life. But maybe it’s better that way. After what Harper did, she’s not sure she can face Declan again. After all, Declan wasn’t only her best friend, he was her boyfriend too, her first love. Declan was Harper’s everything.
3.5/5 -- A bit of a mixed bag, this one. After a slow start where I really didn't connect with (or understand) Harper at all, I found myself rooting for this mixed up girl as she tried to resolve all the mistakes she had made in relation to her lost love. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a sweet love story. I don't really get why Harper went off the rails to such an extreme in the first place, and I think she needs to talk to somebody about that...
Also, I wished through the entire book that Harper would ditch her totally toxic friend, Sadie. Ugh.
Five years ago Rosalind Simms' perfectly ordered world was torn apart when her then fifteen-year- old d How far would you go to protect your daughter?
Five years ago Rosalind Simms' perfectly ordered world was torn apart when her then fifteen-year- old daughter Stephanie absconded with her Geography teacher, Nathan Temperly. Things are just about getting back to normal for Ros – an art class at which she excels, a flirtation and maybe something more with a fellow student – when she hears the news she’s been dreading for the past five years: Temperly is about to be released. This is the last thing Ros wants – and she’ll do anything to protect her damaged daughter from the man who preyed upon Stephanie when she was so young, changing her world forever.
As attention-grabbing as the pulled-from-the-headlines subject matter of this book may initially seem, The Daughter’s Secret is not the salacious page-turner you might be expecting or hoping for. Rather it is the slow-burn story of a damaged family that beneath the shiny surface of its affluent postcode is rotting away at the seams through a series of secrets, lies and deceit.
---- Notes: Slow-moving with a very irritating (to me!) narrator. Still, an interesting exploration of family dynamics. I felt like this book could have been more than it is; the pulled-from-the-headlines subject matter is interesting and a total attention grabber, but the book is a little lacking in certain areas. Maybe a multi-POV would have worked better here. Full review to come......more