Title: The Lovely Bones Author: Alice Sebold Rating: 5/5
Summary: 14-year-old Susie Salmon is dead. She was murdered in a time before milk carton photos Title: The Lovely Bones Author: Alice Sebold Rating: 5/5
Summary: 14-year-old Susie Salmon is dead. She was murdered in a time before milk carton photos and public service announcements, in 1973 people still believed that children and people in generally just didn’t mysteriously disappear. Susie gives her personal account of what happened and her adjustment to the place that she finds herself in after her death. Susie watches her family as they go through their grief in different ways, her father’s hunt for her killer, her sister becoming more daring, and her brother building a fort in her honor to begin his own healing.
Review: I have seen the movie, and they did a very good job transitioning from print story to movie. This story is not sunshine and happiness, it is depressing and it is going to have an effect upon you. These things just do not happen in suburbia, not in 1973, children do not go missing, children do not have bad things happen to them. That was the way things were until 14-year-old Susie Salmon doesn’t come home from school one day, and ultimately is never found at least not whole.
The man next door literally crafts a family’s worst nightmare when he murders their 14-year-old daughter and gives them a glimpse into the reality of the world. When Susie goes missing, any and everyone becomes a suspect in her disappearance, and it ultimately comes down to her father to find the man that killed his daughter when the police are not moving fast enough, or following up on the near paranoia that Mister Salmon has concerning their neighbor who gives him at times conflicting information but it takes him some time to figure it out.
Also, Susie’s heaven is a wonderful place, that actually looks somewhat like her school playground. In her heaven there are other children, and even some adults, but they all have one thing in common – they were murdered by the same twisted individual who at the moment lives next door to the Salmon family.
LOVED IT! Seriously. Slammed through it. May eventually go back and re-read it, especially since it may be a bit before I get to the next two in the sLOVED IT! Seriously. Slammed through it. May eventually go back and re-read it, especially since it may be a bit before I get to the next two in the series.
(finished it before I got to the library, so turning that one in now *G*)...more
**spoiler alert** This book is pretty much why I fell in love with this series. It is to me a different version of Nancy Drew, but more unique to a yo**spoiler alert** This book is pretty much why I fell in love with this series. It is to me a different version of Nancy Drew, but more unique to a younger group of kids. Mandie, short for Amanda, is eleven years old in turn of the century mountains of North Carolina. Her daddy has died, and she thinks that God has stopped loving her. With the help of Uncle Ned, she manages to get away from the horrid family that her mother sent her to after she got remarried. Mandie ends up living at her Uncle John's home, and then another 'tragedy' befalls Mandie, news has been received that her Uncle John has died while traveling abroad in Europe.
Chaos ensues as a trio of strangers appear at the house claiming to be distant relatives of John Shaw, however, this is not the case. Ultimately Mandie's world becomes hole again, when she finds out that John Shaw is indeed alive, and that the woman she'd called her 'mother' for the past twelve years was not actually her mother, but the beautiful Miss Elizabeth Taft is her mother and had been forced to give her up, believing that her daughter had died in birth.
Now, Mandie has a loving family. What adventures wait for her in the books to come.
Definitely a good read, and a relatively quick read....more
This book is interesting. Ivy is most definitely not your average crime fighter, in fact she is a LOL (Little Old Lady). She is unique and comes complThis book is interesting. Ivy is most definitely not your average crime fighter, in fact she is a LOL (Little Old Lady). She is unique and comes complete with her own mutant curiosity gene that kicks into high gear when the renter of her best friend Thea, has gone missing....more
This book is definitely one of those that I will reread from Stephen King. This actually is the category most of his books end up in XD (more indepthThis book is definitely one of those that I will reread from Stephen King. This actually is the category most of his books end up in XD (more indepth review soon)...more
Title: The Anatomists Apprentice Author: Tessa Harris Rating: 1/5
Summary: The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seTitle: The Anatomists Apprentice Author: Tessa Harris Rating: 1/5
Summary: The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man—except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia.
Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment he agrees to examine Sir Edward’s corpse. But it is not only the dead, but also the living, to whom he must apply the keen blade of his intellect. And the deeper the doctor’s investigations go, the greater the risk that he will be consigned to the ranks of the corpses he studies… (taken from Goodreads.com)
Review: I. Could. Not. Finish. This. Book. Not even if my life depended on it. I could not stand it. Drivel, pure and simple. This book was not worth, in my opinion the accolades that it has received, nor anything higher than a one star rating (and even that may be too high in my opinion). There are a couple of things that rub me the wrong way with this book, and here they are: 1.) The man from Philadelphia constantly called “the New Englander,” if you are from Philadelphia you are NOT FROM NEW ENGLAND. If you are from Massachusetts (holy crap I’m pleased that I managed to spell that right the first time without the use of spell check), Connecticut (this one I butchered and it is easier than Massachusetts), Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine you are from New England. 2.) The Irishman in the story constantly exhibits “Gallic” charm and NOTHING ELSE! Dear god, find something else to describe him please and thank you and save my sanity. 3.) The murder victim, whose skin has turned yellow, is “livid.” Is he really now? Do we even know the definition of this word? Here, let me help you with it: having a discolored, bluish appearance caused by a bruise,congestion of blood vessels, strangulation, etc., as the face,flesh, hands, or nails. <- Tell me, does the color blue match the color yellow? No, I didn’t think so. 4.) On the same page a poor man is “distraught” more than once over a socially awkward encounter. Really? Does this need to be done on the SAME PAGE?
These are just a few of the points that rubbed me the wrong way with this book. Also, there seems to always be a “loud clank” made every time there is a chunk of a character dropped into the story. Seriously, I do not know what possessed me to even consider this book, I claim a lapse in my sanity and I will leave it at that. Will not be venturing into this world again, and I didn’t even take home the souvenir T-shirt that they offered.