Alma Turner's daughter, Felicity, has gone missing and no one knows where she has gone or if something has happened to her. Felicity is also Kate ShacAlma Turner's daughter, Felicity, has gone missing and no one knows where she has gone or if something has happened to her. Felicity is also Kate Shackleton's goddaughter. Jack Phillips has also been murdered, but who murdered him and why? What secrets are the people living in Whitby hiding and why don't they want the police to find out?
This was quite a good novel, but it was quite a slow paced novel in a lot of areas. There wasn't much action throughout this novel and I did guess halfway through who the killer would turn out to be. So at the end it wasn't much of a surprise to me when the killer was finally revealed. The main action came when Kate discovered the body in the jewelers shop backroom. The language was very easy to read though but some parts were old writing as it was set in the 1920s.
Kate was a good character as she would do anything she could to get to the truth of the situation. She didn't want an innocent person to go to jail for a crime they did not commit. She was a searcher for the truth. Jim Sykes was also a great character as he didn't want an innocent person to be jailed either. Alma Turner sometimes annoyed me as she wasn't doing much to search for her daughter. She just stayed at home and waited for people to find her daughter for her.
As the action was so slow paced within this novel it did take me a while to read, but it made it more enjoyable as I was getting through it. I did wish there was more action though throughout the novel as then I would have enjoyed reading it a lot more. The characters were the main reason I kept reading this novel as a lot of them were likable, but some did annoy me a bit. It also annoyed me that the police didn't seem to be doing much of a job to find the murderer or to find Felicity. Kate seemed to be doing more investigating than the actual police themselves.
Overall, I gave this novel 3/5 stars as it was quite a slow read and my only enjoyment came from the characters and guessing who the murderer was. As I guessed the killer within the middle part of the novel I had to mark it down. Plus, because of the lack of action that was another reason I had to mark the novel down. Apart from those two matters I did enjoy reading this novel and will definitely be reading more from the Kate Shackleton novels in future. ...more
Sarah lives on a farm in North Yorkshire and she invites her old friend Aiden to stay in her cottage next door. Will, an old friend of her son Louis,Sarah lives on a farm in North Yorkshire and she invites her old friend Aiden to stay in her cottage next door. Will, an old friend of her son Louis, has suddenly reappeared in town, but is he being honest with everyone. What secrets is Aiden hiding? Her friend Sophie suddenly goes missing, but what has happened to her? With the snow closing in, is Sarah really alone on her farm and is it dangerous being alone?
I loved the layout of this novel as it had chapters from different characters, so the chapters changed views between Sarah and Aiden. You also had a mystery chapter writer who was watching Sarah in her house. These points of view were very creepy as you didn't know who was writing them, but you knew why they were writing them. I enjoy novels that are written from different points of view as you find out more to the story this way.
Aiden was a good main character as he would do anything for Sarah and he just wanted to protect her and her friends/family. He tried to keep Will away from Sarah when he found out that Will was being less than honest with them. Sarah was a great character aswell as she was really brave, would do anything to protect Aiden and Kitty and wanted to find out what was really going on with the men who had just come back into her life. Will was a very creepy character as you didn't know his true intentions towards Sarah and Sophie, plus you never knew when he was telling the truth and when he was lying.
This was a fast paced novel, with the action spread throughout the novel and not just in one area of the book. However, because the action was so spread apart it did feel quite slow in some parts as nothing much was happening. The book was also separated into different parts so that sped up the reading process aswell as you could get to the end of one part then stop reading or carry on reading the next part. Every time I read the mystery writer's chapters I got chills as they were very creepy parts with the writer just watching whatever Sarah did in her house. However, I did kind of guess who the mystery writer was so it wasn't much of a surprise when this was revealed at the end of the novel.
Overall, I gave this novel 4/5 stars. With the action being so spread apart that kind of slowed down the novel from me in some parts. However, it was a really creepy read and sometimes made you feel like you aren't safe inside your own homes. It made you feel for Sarah and Aiden as you just wanted both of them to be safe and survive until the end of the novel. It also kept you guessing as to who the mystery writer could be. This is a great thriller read though and a must read if you are a fan of Elizabeth Haynes....more
Quinn Perkins stumbles out of the woods into the path of a passing car. When she wakes up in hospital she barely remembers anything from before the caQuinn Perkins stumbles out of the woods into the path of a passing car. When she wakes up in hospital she barely remembers anything from before the car accident. Quinn is an American exchange student staying with a French family called the Blavettes, but the Blavettes are now missing. What has happened to the Blavette family (Raphael, Emilie and Noemie) and did Quinn have anything to do with their disappearance?
This was a very intriguing novel as you didn't know which characters were telling the truth and which were lying. From start to finish you were looking for clues as to who was involved in the disappearance of the Blavette family and why they did this. There were a lot of twists and turns throughout leading you to one suspect and then to someone else entirely. When you thought you had figured out who committed the crime another clue would lead you somewhere else.
Quinn was a good main character as you really felt for her and wanted her to remember what had happened to the family she was staying with. You found out why everything went wrong when she moved in with the Blavettes and you learnt more about her relationship with Raphael. Molly was a great character aswell as she was brave, would do anything to get the truth and just wanted to protect Quinn even if it meant that she got hurt in the process.
Noemie just wanted to be liked by her family and all the exchange students who stayed with her family. However, the exchange students always left and Noemie would always be left alone again. Raphael was a bit of a mystery character as you didn't know much about him when he first arrived except that he was supposed to be a popular megastar student, which all turned out to be a lie. He was a very shady character indeed. Emilie wasn't a very nice person as she would hurt anyone who tried to get close to her. She didn't like people being close to her children either especially her precious son, who was supposed to be her golden child.
I loved the big reveal at the end of the novel as it was something I didn't see coming involving Inspector Valentin. I also didn't guess who the actual crime committers were. This was a good ending as it was one I didn't see coming. Sometimes you can guess who did it, but not this time. I did get a slight inkling as to who it might have been. I also loved how the chapters would switch from the present day with Molly telling the story, to the past with video sessions/blog entries from Quinn. So you could learn about the events leading up to what happened before Quinn stumbled out of the woods and the present day with the investigation trying to find the Blavettes.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and I gave it 5/5 hearts. It is definitely a novel I would re-read in the future. It was a great thriller and provided a lot of twists and turns you won't see coming. If you love crime and thriller novels then this is definitely a must read for you. Kate Horsley knows how to keep you guessing right until the very end of the novel. This novel would definitely make a good film if a director ever wants to take this book on. ...more
Merry is a witch, but her powers are very sporadic and sometimes non existent. However, a great evil has been unleashed on the world in the forms of JMerry is a witch, but her powers are very sporadic and sometimes non existent. However, a great evil has been unleashed on the world in the forms of Jack and Gwydion. People are being attacked in Merry's hometown and it is up to her and her brother Leo to stop this evil before it can be unleashed on the whole world. Merry needs to stop people from being killed, but does she succeed and does she regain the use of her magic?
I found this to be quite a fast paced novel with action throughout the whole story. The action parts weren't just confined to the end of the novel. The main action did come at the end as you would expect, but there was also scenes throughout the rest of the novel such as Jack being released from the lake, people being attacked, Merry trying to use her powers, etc. I did kind of predict what would happen at the end of the novel, but I wasn't expecting the little twist in the action at the end of the novel. That was a good surprise as I wasn't expecting it.
Merry and Leo were good main characters as they were brave, would do anything to protect the people they love and they just wanted to save their town from the evils that haunted it. Even though Leo didn't have magical powers he was still important when it came to stopping Gwydion. Gwydion was a good villain as he just wanted to kill and control people and he didn't care who he hurt in the process of doing that. Jack just wanted to be human again, but he couldn't while Gwydion was controlling him so he knew that a sacrifice had to be made by him in some way shape or form.
The language flowed really well throughout the whole novel. However, in some parts throughout the novel I found that some words in sentences were missing so some of the sentences didn't make much sense. I liked the use of dreams and nightmares throughout the novel so Merry could see what happened to her ancestors in the past when they tried to stop Gwydion. I also liked the use of visions in which Merry could see events which were about to happen or had just happened.
Overall, I gave this novel 4/5 stars. I found it a good, fast paced, enjoyable read which I didn't want to stop reading. This story will be continued in the next novel The Witch's Tears which should be released at some point next year. I can't wait to see what happens next to Merry and Leo on their journey to stop the forces of evil and darkness from taking over the world and their quiet little town....more
The premise of the novel is about two sisters called Vivian and Audra. Audra suddenly goes missing one day, but where has she gone and why? When she dThe premise of the novel is about two sisters called Vivian and Audra. Audra suddenly goes missing one day, but where has she gone and why? When she does reappear who is the mysterious guy with her? Does the guy have anything to do with the mysterious words appearing in Vivian's notebook? Why do they want Vivian to come with them and will they all make it home safely?
This novel was quite a quick read as the text was quite small but there wasn't much text per page. A lot of the page was blank around the sides and at the bottom and top. So the pages could have been filled up a bit more. In some ways I enjoyed this novel, mainly because it was a quick mystery/survival read. The ways I didn't enjoy it include some aspects of the novel which were not included or talked about.
Two things which weren't explained where what exactly was wrong with Vivian and why did she need to keep taking medication. Also, what exactly was her dad's job, all it said was that he spoke to people in other countries in his basement. Some other parts which were not explained include who exactly was writing in the notebook, that was never answered. I also wanted to know exactly what happened to Henry and Audra. I'm guessing they both died in the water, but it was not explained what they were doing at the water or exactly what happened to cause them to drown. Some parts of the action were also very slow paced so it took a while to get through some of the scenes.
I liked that the novel was very descriptive in terms of the landscape and where they were staying. It was also descriptive in how they would describe some of the people they met. In terms of back stories I would have liked more back story for Iceland and Henry. We never found out exactly who Henry was or why he suddenly appeared with Audra. This novel definitely had the mystery element to it in terms of Audra's disappearance and no one knowing where exactly she was.
Overall, I gave this novel 3/5 stars as it was a quick reading, but it was lacking in a lot of elements of the plot. Such as back stories, explanations, key questions answered, etc. I got through this read within a few days which was good. Its a good mystery survival novel, but it does need a lot of things added to the overall plot of the novel. ...more
What and where is Magonia? Is Aza Ray destined to stay on Earth or go to Magonia? Aza Ray has spent her whole live not being able to breath normal humWhat and where is Magonia? Is Aza Ray destined to stay on Earth or go to Magonia? Aza Ray has spent her whole live not being able to breath normal human air, but is her life about to change forever?
This was a good fantasy novel about a subject I have not read about before. Aza Ray was born with breathing difficulties which means she cannot breathe normal human air, this was her rare lung disease. No one knew how to cure her or why she was born this way. Aza Ray was a good female character as she was brave and would do anything to protect the people she loved. She just wanted to live a normal human live, but she wasn't a normal human as she was born in Magonia. Jason was also a good character as he just wanted to protect Aza. I didn't really like Zal that much as she wasn't a very likeable person. She just wanted to control everyone and didn't care about their feelings.
The cover for this novel is very fitting as the feather represents what Aza is about to become and what the future holds for her. It also fits into the storyline where they find a feather in her lungs during an MRI scan. Birds are in this novel a lot as they are part of the main storyline. The writing flows fairly well. However, I didn't really like the parts where it kept repeating itself quite a lot throughout different pages. The fantasy elements were portrayed very well in this novel through Magonia and the birds who could talk/sing. However, you didn't get to find out much about what Magonia looks like as they were mainly on Earth or the Amina Pennarum ship.
Overall, I give this novel 3/5 stars. I gave it that rating because although it was a good fantasy novel there were not many action elements for me. Some parts were very slow for me like the start of the novel. All the action scenes came towards the end of the novel, so I had to wait quite a while for them to happen. However, this was still a good novel and a definite must read if you like fantasy novels with an element of nature. ...more
This book is about Britt and her friend Korbie who decide to go backpacking in the mountains. Their shelter will be Korbie's family cabin, but as normThis book is about Britt and her friend Korbie who decide to go backpacking in the mountains. Their shelter will be Korbie's family cabin, but as normal things do not go to plan because of a freak snowstorm which strands them miles from the cabin. They seek shelter at another cabin with Shaun and Mason, but what secrets are these guys hiding and will the girls get off the mountain alive?
To find out the answers the the questions above you will have to read the novel. I really enjoyed this novel, but it did take me a long time to read only because I was busy and couldn't do much reading. The novel was a bit slow during the middle of it as there was not much action or things happening in general in my opinion. However, it did pick up more towards the end when you found out answers and action occurred. I was not expecting it to be revealed that ..... was the killer. To find out who please read the novel, I'm sure you will love it.
At first I thought the girls were spoiled brats so I didn't like them that much. Only because I found out that Britt got the men in her life to do almost everything for her and Korbie seemed to get everything she wanted because she was her father's favourite child. I thought that was a bit unfair on Korbie's brother Calvin. I loved Mason the first time he came into the novel and loved him more throughout the novel. Mason would do anything for the people he loved and wanted to get the girls off the mountain alive and in one piece. Shaun was kind of a stuck up jerk who only cared about himself and no one else.
The action starts from the first page, but slows down towards the middle. However, it speeds up again towards the end of the novel when you start to get answers and find out what really happened to the missing girls. I loved the ending to this novel as I think it tied the lose ends all together. The romance throughout this novel was done really well and tied in well with the crime/murder element to the storyline. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. Therefore, I am giving this novel 4 out of 5 stars. If you love novels by Becca Fitzpatrick or just love crime/thriller novels then this is definitely a book for you. ...more
The Farm is about twin sisters called Mel and Lily who live on the Farm. The Farm is where humans are sent to keep them safe, but their blood is alsoThe Farm is about twin sisters called Mel and Lily who live on the Farm. The Farm is where humans are sent to keep them safe, but their blood is also used to feed the vampires who come out at night. Mel is autistic so cannot communicate properly so Lily has to help her with everything and take care of them as there parents sent them to the Farm. Carter is the guy who comes to the farm they are on to try to save the twins, but what is his ulterior motive behind this act?
Normally books which change between characters each chapter annoy me as I tend to find it hard to follow the story and what is happening to each character. However, this book just flowed and I didn't have trouble following it at all as it tended to change perspectives every chapter. The book was filled with suspense, action, a bit of romance and horror. Throughout reading you didn't know if the characters in the book were going to make it to the end of the book. I was shocked by the end of the novel as I wasn't expecting that to happen. To find out what happens you will have to read the book.
Lily and Mel were good main characters as they were really brave and all they wanted was a normal live somewhere which wasn't the farm. Mel was the smart one who, although unable to communicate properly, came up with a plan of how they could get off the farm. Lily was the brave one who would do anything to get off the farm and protect her sister. However, both the twins were brave in their own individual ways. Carter was also a good character because he would do anything to protect Lily and Mel from the vampires.
Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book as it was filled with suspense. I just wanted to keep reading it til I finished it, but obviously couldn't as I had to do other stuff aswell. However, I loved reading this book and would definitely recommend it to people who like vampire novels. It is quite a quick read aswell as a lot of the chapters are really short. A definite must read for supernatural and horror fans. Grab a copy and enjoy book lovers!!!!!!...more
Summary- Hartley has just found out her boyfriend Josh has cheated on her with the Chastity Virgin Queen Courteney. However, when Hartley goes to confSummary- Hartley has just found out her boyfriend Josh has cheated on her with the Chastity Virgin Queen Courteney. However, when Hartley goes to confront Josh at his house she finds Courteney's dead body. This leads her into a world of murder, intrigue and mystery. Everyone believes Josh is the killer, but did he really do it? Who is the real killer? It's up to Hartley to find out the answers.
Hartley was a good main female character because she was determined to find out the truth about who actually killed Courteney. This lead her on a long and dangerous adventure with the help of her best friend Sam and Chase (the gothic bad boy). Hartley can be described as courageous, brave, smart and reliable. However, she does spill details of her investigation to the police and tv crews really easily when she hasn't really found out any new information yet.
Chase and Sam were also good characters because they made the perfect team with Hartley. They were all determined to find out who the killer was. Chase was described as the bad gothic boy who you didn't know if he was good or bad/killer or innocent suspect in Hartley's investigation. Hartley and Chase made the ultimate investigating team in my opinion because they both used their knowledge and the evidence they had to crack the murder case. Courteney wasn't a popular person so there were lots of suspects in her murder.
Throughout the whole of this novel you were kept guessing as to who the killer could be. When you thought you had guessed the killer another piece of action would happen or another piece of evidence would be found. So the whole way through you kept changing your mind as to who the killer actually was, even coming up with your own bizarre storylines as to what could have happened (but didn't). This novel contained mystery, intrigue, action, murder and kept you guessing throughout the whole novel as you could never guess who the killer actually was. Overall, I give this novel 5/5 stars as I really enjoyed it and would definitely read it again (even though I now know who did it). This was a fast paced novel and readers will definitely enjoy it so get reading Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday. ...more
The Academie is a story told from different characters (Eliza, Hortense and Madeleine). Each chapter switches from 1 character to another out of thoseThe Academie is a story told from different characters (Eliza, Hortense and Madeleine). Each chapter switches from 1 character to another out of those 3 characters. This is a lot different from her previous novels I have read as this is basically more of a romance novel. Her other novels have been full of intrigue, suspense and sometimes even murder. So it was a change for me to read a romance novel by Susanne Dunlap, but I really loved this novel.
This wasn't my favourite novel by Susanne so far, but it was still really good. Eliza was my favourite female character because she was fearless, brave, up for carrying out dangerous plans and desperately searching for someone to love her. However, Hortense and Madeleine were also looking for guys to love them. The character I didn't like much was Caroline because she was bossy, sometimes rude to people and didn't really do well in group situations. Although, I was happy that her character found love.
The guys in this story were genuine and lovely guys who only wanted to protect the girls they loved. However, in some cases throughout the novel this wasn't entirely possible. I wasn't really expecting the ending that the novel actually had, so that came as a bit of a surprise. The romance throughout the novel was good, but it was sad in some parts.
Overall, I gave this novel 4/5 stars. This was a brilliant novel, but there wasn't enough intrigue, suspense and tension for me. However, I found that this was a great romance novel and I don't normally tend to read romance novels. Although, I have read romance novels by Simone Elkeles and now Susanne Dunlap. It wasn't as good as Simone Elkeles's romance novels, but it was almost as good. Definitely worth a read if you love historical romance novels. ...more
The Implosion of Aggie Winchester is filled with teenage rebellion, school proms and teen pregnancy. This novel has, in my opinion, a gorgeous cover aThe Implosion of Aggie Winchester is filled with teenage rebellion, school proms and teen pregnancy. This novel has, in my opinion, a gorgeous cover as it gives you the prom feel with the sparkly tiara. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel as it is a quick read if you have lots of time to read.
The basic storyline of this novel is basically Aggie having to deal with her best friend Sylvia's problems, wheter she (Aggie) should get back together with her ex-Neil and school prom drama/problems. Aggie is a brilliant female character who a lot of teenagers can relate to. She rebels against her parents quite a lot (by becoming a Goth) and she is very opinionated and just tells things how she sees them.
As the novel progresses you learn more about what kind of people Sylvia and Neil really are. Aggie also finds out who she can really trust with the stuff she knows. The main context of this story is about being a teenager and having to deal with all kinds of school, friendship and relationship problems.
Overall, this was a brilliant novel and I really enjoyed reading it. My rating is 4/5 stars. I would recommend this to everyone to read once it has been released in August. This book is highly recommended to teenagers as it relates very well to teenagers and how to deal with school/prom problems. ...more
Tighter is a good supernatural novel which centres on the main female character Jamie. Jamie is a good female character as she goes through some of thTighter is a good supernatural novel which centres on the main female character Jamie. Jamie is a good female character as she goes through some of the same problems that other teenage girls have to face. Problems such as crushes, health problems and job problems. The best male character in this novel in my opinion is Sebastian because he really identifies with the problems which Jamie is going through and he really likes her so he would do anything to help her.
For people who haven't read this novel the main premise of the novel (from the blurb on the back) is that Jamie becomes an au-pair in Little Bly for a young girl called Isa. However, when Jamie gets to Little Bly she finds out that the previous au-pair for Isa, called Jessie, died the previous summer in a plane crash. Jamie then finds out that she looks exactly like the dead girl Jessie and everyone is shocked by their identical appearances.
This whole novel is filled with ghosts, intrigue and mystery. However, to find out what happens throughout this novel means you must read it for yourself or else you will never know. I only gave this book 4/5 stars as I felt it was missing a bit of action from the story. If the story contained more action with the ghosts then it would have got the full 5 stars. However, this was a brilliant novel and I suggest that everyone read it if you like mystery ghost novels. If you are a fan of Adele Griffin's novels then you definitely need to give this a read and soon. ...more
The main characters in this novel are Meg and Shar. As an overview of what this novel is about is that Meg and Shar get recruited by Hades (leader ofThe main characters in this novel are Meg and Shar. As an overview of what this novel is about is that Meg and Shar get recruited by Hades (leader of the Underworld) to become his new sirens. They have a mission to lure their celebrity target to the door of the Underworld. Shar is the girly girl who loves anything pink, whereas Meg is the tomboy who loves anything which is black. With this book I received 2 phone charms which are to do with this story. The phone charms were of kitty cats, one was pink (Shar) and the other was black (Meg). They represented each of the characters and you find out why they are a part of this novel if you give it a read.
Meg and Shar are brilliant female characters because they don't get along all the time. They are just like lots of other groups of friends who have their arguments. The girls are always disagreeing about what their plan should be to try and get their target to the door of the Underworld. Nothing ever goes right when there are people who want you to fail your task. What the girls don't know when they agree to work for Hades is that each time they use their siren powers the more they turn into a bird. Meg's power is to lure people by talking to them. Shar's power is to lure people by looking at them. However, their powers only work on men and not women.
Within this novel I would consider the main male characters as Jeremy, Mr Romanov and Hades. Jeremy is the person who starts the whole Surenz cycle. However, Hades is the one who employs the girls to become his new Sirenz. Jeremy is described as a gorgeous guy who has an eye for Meg, but does Meg feel the same way for him? The main way to describe Hades is devious, a trickster and menacing. Jeremy I will describe as the perfect teenage gentleman, good looking and charming.
If you love novels about hell and the underworld then this is definitely the novel for you. Hades is a devil who always has tricks up his sleeve. He is always trying to get one of the girls to be with him. I can't tell you who, however, as this would be considered a spoiler. The characters of the underworld are all really good as they each bring something different to the story line of the novel.
This is a brilliant novel which I believe everyone needs to check out. It is the debut team novel by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman (not each authors first novel, but first team novel). My overall rating for this novel is 4/5 stars. If you love stories about hell, the underworld and supernatural beings then this is a novel for you. Check it out as soon as you lay your hands on a copy. ...more