Read this in one night! Suspenseful, chilling, and dark Blood in the Paint will keep you turning the pages. Right from the start we know the murdererRead this in one night! Suspenseful, chilling, and dark Blood in the Paint will keep you turning the pages. Right from the start we know the murderer but what happened so many years ago which makes Lyla Kyle lure men to their murders? And what does Dr. Atford, her psychologist, know about Lyla's past that even Lyla does not know? Will Officer Brighthouse solve the murders and be made detective?
The characters were rich, fully drawn and evoked both empathy and sometimes horror as we navigated the twisting mazes of their minds and their pasts. The last several chapters left me speechless as we find out just how much the past can affect the present and change the future....more
Interesting history of spiritualism and the sightings of ghosts. Regardless of one's belief in the paranormal, this book makes good argument that theInteresting history of spiritualism and the sightings of ghosts. Regardless of one's belief in the paranormal, this book makes good argument that the belief of others in ghosts and spirits has influenced our world and history. ...more
I will be upfront here when I say that the books I read usually contain aliens, elves, monsters or other fantasy/scifi elements. I don't real a lot ofI will be upfront here when I say that the books I read usually contain aliens, elves, monsters or other fantasy/scifi elements. I don't real a lot of "mainstream" literary fiction. However, I found this book enchanting and read it within one night. We start off seeing dancer Penelope Sparrow unable to move in a hospital bed after a disastrous 14-story fall. In the hospital she meets Angela, a woman dying from cystic fibrosis and Marty, the man on whose bakery truck she ell. What follows is a touching and evocative journey from depression and despair to friendship and hope and finally to new heights.
What amazed me was how my reactions to Penny changed over the course of the book. At first I saw her as a tragic figure, then mad at her despair and unreliable view of the world, especially when it came to appearances. As Penny grew, i began to understand how her sometimes twisted views were shaped by her profession as a dancer and our expectations of women's bodies in society.
The secondary characters were well-rounded also and I loved them all. The story is set in Philadelphia and being a native Philadelphian, I also loved seeing the landmarks I grew up with incorporated into the story. I'm glad I read this because it is not only a great story of redemption but also a damning criticism of what is acceptable for a woman's body to look like in the modern world, not just the dance world. ...more
As someone else said, it wasn't a bad book but it wasn't necessarily a great one. I had taken a long break from reading Anne Rice after the disappointAs someone else said, it wasn't a bad book but it wasn't necessarily a great one. I had taken a long break from reading Anne Rice after the disappointment of the Taltos book and then Memnoch. I got this book from a book trade and really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, I felt a little bored for most of it (lots of passive voice and telling, not showing things) but was intrigued with the end and the hinted at showdown with the Talamasca. I probably will continue to read the series with the hope that Rice may bring back the characters and the series to its former glory. ...more
Absolutely amazing book. I had started reading this a few weeks ago and then had to put it down due to personal illness. The characters and story stayAbsolutely amazing book. I had started reading this a few weeks ago and then had to put it down due to personal illness. The characters and story stayed with me so much, it was like I had never left when I picked it back up. I was immediately drawn back in the world.
Mr. Farland did an excellent job capturing the voice, the actions, and the emotional state of young Bron Jones, orphaned and left to his own devices in a cruel social system. The book opens with a heart-wrenching prologue and then moves to Bron being pulled from his current, unhappy foster home and then being placed with a young teacher, Olivia, and her rancher husband. Olivia has secrets of her own and immediately recognizes Bron as one like her, different from other humans. I don't want to give away too much but let's just say that things escalate for Bron both at his new school for performing arts and outside of it, when others become very interested in his whereabouts.
Nightingale held me enthralled. Its story is unique and compelling, and it brings some real life, adult issues into the YA world. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and Mr. Farland's building of a terrifying new world that may come to pass. ...more
I literally read this book in one night. From the first page I was drawn in by Yelena and her plight as a soon-to-be-executed prisoner and her choiceI literally read this book in one night. From the first page I was drawn in by Yelena and her plight as a soon-to-be-executed prisoner and her choice of becoming a poison taster or hanging. Told in first person, the story moves along quickly as Yelena tries to learn to trust again and uncovers a potential conspiracy involving outlawed magic use in the military dictatorship that has overthrown the kingdom. The characters are likable and there were more than a few twists that keep me turning the page. ...more
A really fun read. Snowy is hysterical and the book kept me turning the page. There are plenty of serious moments too which lend a gravity to the storA really fun read. Snowy is hysterical and the book kept me turning the page. There are plenty of serious moments too which lend a gravity to the story and keep the stakes high.
As the sequel to Fur-Face, the book continues the adventure of Snowy, the wise-cracking black cat, and Bill Euston, the boy who can understand him. It's a month after the events in Fur-Face and someone is letting loose the animals at the Adventure Safari, where Bill's dad works as a vet. Snowy also has his own problems with the return of the vicious fox, Shredder, who has it out for a certain black cat. Bill must also contend with his seemingly perfect cousin, Luke, visiting. Luke only seems perfect - he's a bully who makes Bill's life miserable. Soon, Bill and Snowy find themselves embroiled in another adventure where the fate of Adventure Safari, and a few lives, hang in the balance.
I just want to add also that I want to live in an English village. I'd also love to have a Snowy cat too!...more