I loved how incredibly creepy this story was without being gory and full of disgusting, bloody details. It was all about making you feel uneasy and siI loved how incredibly creepy this story was without being gory and full of disgusting, bloody details. It was all about making you feel uneasy and since I was reading this book at night and alone, I certainly felt uneasy!
Kendall lives in a very small town in Montana. Her family farms along with most every other family that lives in Cryer's Cross. Last year, a sophomore disappeared. There were no clues as to where she went. She was just gone. Kendall and her best friend Nico help search but in the end Tiffany is just gone. Then school starts and Kendall and Nico start their senior year. Suddenly, Nico seems distant and preoccupied. Kendall worries about Nico until one night, he too disappears. Now Kendall, along with new students Jacien and Marlena, have to find out what is going on.
I connected with Kendall immediatley! I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone's business and I also suffer from OCD. I appreciate how the author really portrayed OCD. It isn't always about compulsive hand washing, like many people think. Each person's OCD is different but like Kendall, I must go through my house and make sure that the doors/windows are locked (not 6 times but 3). I understood her anxiety when she wasn't able to get into the school early to do her morning "routine" and make sure everything was in it's correct spot. I can tell you if something has been messed with even if the average person can't tell. If I can't do certain things when I need too, the anxiety is outrageous! And it gnaws at you until you are able to fix it. McMann was able to portray this is Kendall realistically.
I liked that there wasn't a ton of romance in this book. There was some, don't get me wrong but it wasn't an overwhelming issue. I really enjoyed Jacien and his broding attitude but I also appreciated Kendall's confusion and guilt after Nico disappears. She doesn't think she should be having fun with another guy while Nico is missing. I also understand her confusion in her feelings for Nico. He's her best friend and while he wants to be her boyfriend, she feels like he is just a brother.
I enjoyed the creep factor in this story along with the history. I only wish that we could have found out how exactly Kendall's OCD helped her get out of her dicey situation. I loved the ending that left you hanging a little. Hopefully there will be more to this story?...more
I finished this book a few minutes ago with tears running down my face. I am not sure how to review this book as words cannot do it justice. It will hI finished this book a few minutes ago with tears running down my face. I am not sure how to review this book as words cannot do it justice. It will haunt me for a long time the way only one other book, Night by Elie Wiesel, has.
I am a history buff. I am fascinated by World War II for reasons I cannot really explain. Maybe it is because I cannot fathom how people could be so sick and cruel to other human beings! However, in all my readings of WWII, I have only read about Hitler and his reign of terror over the Jews. I have heard of Stalin, of course, but have never really read anything about him before this book.
Lina was 15 when her world was turned upside down. Her father was gone and suddenly the NKVD (the secret Soviet police) came bursting into their house screaming at them to "davai" or hurry. Lina, along with her mother and younger brother and hundreds of other people from Lithuania, are herded to the train depot where they are crowded into cattle cars. From there we travel with Lina and her family through six weeks of torture. After the six weeks they arrive at a labor camp and later are transferred to another labor camp in the North Pole.
You read this book through Lina's point of view. Some of the people on the cattle train with her, who soon become a sort of distended family, have names while others are simply known as "the man who winds his watch" or the "grumpy lady". You come to love these people and want them all to survive, although little will (this is not a spoiler, just simply history).
These characters were written and described so well that I felt their happiness at the beginning of the book followed by their fear and confusion and then their complete despair. I found myself sickened by the way they were treated while holding out hope that someone would show them an inkling of kindness. As people died, I felt the overwhelming sadness and the crushing grief that Lina felt. I felt the immense hatred for the NKVD, especially those like Ivanov, who was the epitome of evil! I felt again, the hope as Lina found the sun at the end.
I learned so much from this book. Things that horrified me but that I am a better person for knowing about. You remember what it is to want to live and to succeed at it. You learn how helping others can make you happy, even when you literally have nothing. You can learn how evil can ruin the best of people. It is a riveting book!
This book is a book that everyone must read! I think it would be an amazing book for a high school World Literature class or even a World History class. It was much more interesting than Anne Frank's Diary and showed you a whole different part of WWII, which is the part most people are unaware of. The end was written so well with a thought and hope that everyone should have:
"These writings may shock or horrify you, but that is not my intention. It is my greatest hope that the pages in this jar stir your deepest well of human compassion. I hope they prompt you to do something, to tell someone. Only then can we ensure that this kind of evil is never allowed to repeat itself." Page 346 (ARC copy. Subject to change).
Again, I don't think this review can do this book justice! It is so important to be aware of this evil and to never let it happen again! Please, pick up this book and read it.
I really enjoyed this book! I liked how it was totally different from the usual vampire/werewolf/fairy theme. Plus, I love Greek mythology! Was the boI really enjoyed this book! I liked how it was totally different from the usual vampire/werewolf/fairy theme. Plus, I love Greek mythology! Was the book accurate in the Greek Gods? Not exactly but I didn't mind because it worked for the book.
I really liked Kate. Her mom is dying, her friend is dead and she goes to Henry to take him up on his deal and seal her fate for six months out of the year for the rest of eternity (if she passes the tests). She never turned into one of those pathetic, "feel sorry for me" characters, thank goodness! While she was devastated that her mother was dying, she stayed strong and able to carry on.
Henry is a great character as well! I loved how you never really knew what his feelings were for Kate. He's dark and mysterious but protective as well. I like how he cared about what Kate wanted and gave her a true choice instead of making her feel bad about staying or leaving.
Ava was a fun character. I hated her at first and then really enjoyed her character. She was fun and flirty and yes, a little self-involved but she brought some fun and lightness to the story.
I liked how all the characters came together at the end. It tied in the whole story and showed how important each character was in Kate's life.
I loved the mystery in this story. Not only did you have the great story of the Greek Gods but you have a suspenseful murder mystery as well. The whole time you are wondering if Kate is going to be able to make it through to Spring. Plus, you have a great romance that isn't too mushy. The romance between Kate and Henry moves at just the right speed to be believable.
I enjoyed this book a lot even though it wasn't completely accurate when it came to the Greek mythology but like I said, it worked for the book and I had fun reading it. ...more