I found this story to be beautiful and a very pleasant listen. A young girl is visited by a grandmother who she hardly knows. Only having few and stra...moreI found this story to be beautiful and a very pleasant listen. A young girl is visited by a grandmother who she hardly knows. Only having few and strange memories of visiting her. Before her grandmother arrives Claire begins to notice small incidents and she is not exactly ecstatic to have to spend time with her weird relative.
As she begins to spend time with her grandmother and learn more about who she is and her belief in fairies, the magical world begins to slowly show itself to Claire and brings her closer to her grandmother than she ever thought she could be.
It is a very cute story about a girl and her grandmother finding a connection to each other. The blossoming of a young girl's mind as the opens up to different ideas and worlds.
I really enjoyed the story, watching Claire become more aware of the magical world around her and find a connection to her grandmother was endearing. I recommend it to young and old, looking for a cute fairy-tale. The narrator Sarah Chevalier does a great job of giving a voice to Claire and has a very soothing and beautiful voice.
I really enjoyed the stories in this collection. Varying supernatural PG 13 stories. Each story completely different from the next and very memorable....moreI really enjoyed the stories in this collection. Varying supernatural PG 13 stories. Each story completely different from the next and very memorable. My personal favorite story was Misery by Heather Brewer, that one really caught my attention and made me think. Stories about Gods, ghosts, Magic and many more. Escaping danger and standing your ground. It is definitely something I would recommend you pick up. I found it very entertaining and really great stories. There are some very good writers here and their stories and this collection is a great one. Well Done. (less)
The second book in the trilogy does require the Indigo Incite to be read first. It starts right where the last one left off. In the first book we were...moreThe second book in the trilogy does require the Indigo Incite to be read first. It starts right where the last one left off. In the first book we were introduced to the different characters and, their connections and how they end up together as one group. In the second book the main focus is getting to know the characters better, their powers and special relationships that form. There is a lot more of romantic aspects to the story and action placed throughout.
There are a handful of different characters who have come together because of their similar connection as Indigo Children. They begin to form closer relationships as they separate into romantic relationships as well as diverge into different adventures as they try to find out the answers and identify the use of information they have obtained on a USB drive.
It's the characters that really drive the storyline and keep you reading. They became like friends to me and I really did care what was happening to them. I thought there was going to be more chaos regarding the plot of the trilogy and the group they were being chased by. The writing was more focused the main points of movement and the relationships. A lot more romance and heartache with an ending that hints at what maybe happening next.
I recommend the series to those who enjoy books that have a variety of different characters that are followed. They all as a group have one main focus to gain safety, but the breaking off of groups takes us into different directions and relationships that make it a much more complex story than a normal survival story. All of these characters have special powers and they use and develop them as the story continues. I enjoyed the humor and the sweetness to the budding romances I found myself smiling throughout the majority of the story.
Between the Layers is a cute fantasy read that is like a bit of Iron Fey series mixed with Alice in Wonderland. The story begins with Sera getting in...more Between the Layers is a cute fantasy read that is like a bit of Iron Fey series mixed with Alice in Wonderland. The story begins with Sera getting into a car accident and waking up in another land. The people there are confused by her arrival and some of her are convinced she is the lost Princess who will save them. In the beginning the 15 year old Sera comes off as very dramatic. She just wants to return home, really close minded to what the people are telling her about the land she is in. The fact that most of them don't believe her also makes her frustrated and overwhelmed. She does begin to make friends, animal friends as well. The story is a fantastical read with imaginative world building and strange creatures, both beautiful and deadly. There were parts of the story that made me laugh (The Toddlers) and made me cringe (The Honey Pot) really pulling me into the story and this other world of strangeness and danger. It takes a lot of coincidences and convincing that just maybe Sera is the Princess, even if she's not could they still get her help to fight? I would recommend this book as a cute, clean read that is fun and at several times had me gasp aloud as it was unexpected and exciting. My favorite character was Reeky and there are a lot of different characters to fall in love with. Possibly a introduction to a love interest? Sera is put into dangerous situations more than once and she shows a lot of strength by the end of the story. I am looking forward to see what happens next!(less)
There are a lot of characters in this novel. Foster, Jake and Emily,-twins and best friends Dominic- love interest, parents and side characters. When...moreThere are a lot of characters in this novel. Foster, Jake and Emily,-twins and best friends Dominic- love interest, parents and side characters. When she has encounters with them it seems that each encounter is analyzed with emotions, descriptions and dialogue. It seems that nothing is flitted over, every moment taken slowly and up close. Foster is the clumsy, messy, incredibly smart but extremely self conscious lead character. Dominic the love interest that is handsome, intelligent and seems to always know what to say at the right moments. Her friends the twins add the majority of the humor to the story and Emily is a fierce and devoted friend for her. The parents, smart, have an active interest in her life and McDuck realness rich.
The author does not shy away with words and descriptions in her writing. At times getting fluffy and wordy. I literally had to keep a dictionary with me during this read to understand some of the messages. The main character is very smart, as are her parents so I do not feel that it was out of place, I seemed to be unable to mentally grasp some of it without some research myself. Besides the usage of more complex words, the author also likes to dwell on situations for several pages at a time. When first meeting Dominic, we get 5 pages of feelings and questions. When she gets in a car accident we get several pages of each and every single minute that elapses and what she is thinking beyond the very general moving of the car and heading on their way. This is what adds to the length of the book.
There are several different subjects touched upon in the storyline. Her parents love for plants and each over. Foster's love for music and singing. Foster's dedication to working with kids. Her romance with Dominic. The mean girls in school etc. And it is as if for awhile the reader really gets to live Foster's life, every aspect of what is happening.
I would recommend this story to those that have been searching for those same romantic feelings you got from reading Twilight. When it comes to the romance between Dominic and Foster it is very Edward and Bella (without the supernatural) and in fact I do wonder if the book began as a Twilight fan fiction. I highly recommend that if you decide this book sounds like something for you that you stick with it. The story really doesn't portray the meaning until the ending. It is the ending that all of your thoughts and memories of the story will be re-evaluated and make the story worth the read.
Even with the pages of descriptions and words. I liked the story, it made me think and really took myself out of my own world for awhile. (less)
The Element Keepers is an epic fantasy novel for young adults. The author does an amazing job of setting, world building and writing style. It's got a...moreThe Element Keepers is an epic fantasy novel for young adults. The author does an amazing job of setting, world building and writing style. It's got a pleasurable mix of traveling, magic and dialogue. As with a lot of epic novels you also get several characters stories that you follow, an immense landscape and with this novel, magical powers.
Rhet and Pateal are best friends, and pretty much brothers in every aspect except parents. Rhet's parents are deceased and Pateal's family has raised him as one of their own. They reside in a small fishing town of similar short and blond inhabitants, but Rhet looks nothing like them. When a boat of stunning women takes land and kidnap him. The women of the Y'dah are expecting a prophecy to come to pass in which one day will come in which one with great powers will either save the world, or destroy it. Quite possibly this man in a small town and stands out like a sore thumb is the one they have been waiting for. But does Rhet have any powers other than gutting fish well?
The writing of the story is very well done. You can tell the author took a lot of time in developing the setting, landscape, people and lands. The magic of elements are fun and add entertainment to the story. There is quite a bit of traveling through the different lands (there is a map included) and meeting of peoples.
The only thing that I felt lacking was a connection to the characters and their plight. I found the ending to be rushed after reading a very large novel building up tension and have everything rushed to a finish, a finish that ends with remaining questions for the next book. It was only specific characters that I did not find a connection to, a sense of watching a movie instead of actually feeling of being there.
I did enjoy the Y'dah women and the parts where they interacted with each other were my favorite parts to read. Their group, powers and interactions really made the story for me. I give the novel 4 stars for the great writing and world building -both the peoples and the landscape. As an epic story it is a large read and I found it enjoyable. (less)
In a post apocalyptic world in which everything is scarce, rain is poison and hermaphrodites are outcasts. Wasteland takes a different look at a futur...moreIn a post apocalyptic world in which everything is scarce, rain is poison and hermaphrodites are outcasts. Wasteland takes a different look at a future world in which humans do not survive after 19 years of age. They marry and have children young, spend their days foraging and making their contributions to The Source. The Source has all the control, the food and utilities they all need to survive, they depend on it.
The variants are the outcasts that attack the others, especially while foraging for The Source. Esther thinks there are better ways to live her life than working all the time. Secretly she has made friends with Skar, a variant and they spend most of their time shirking duties and exploring.
There are a variety of characters we get to know. Both outside and inside The Source. Their society is on the brink of change, most likely for the worse and everybody is searching for a way to live longer. There is not a whole lot of world building, just enough to get the feel of this story. As the series continues I hope to find out more about the events that took place to end up in this place and time.
When a mysterious stranger shows up, Esther is immediately curious as to what he is looking for and soon they join forces to fight for change. The pace of the story really flies throughout the book once Caleb arrives and the secrets of what is really going on starts showing itself.
What I loved about the story is that even though there are similar ideas to books that I LOVE, there are some unusual twists that are unique. It gave me an insight to how things could be different, especially with the hermaphrodite aspect. It doesn't play a huge roll in the first book, but I found it a very curious and unique aspect to the story, can't wait to see where it goes.
I recommend this book to lovers of survival stories and post apocalyptic fiction. The power of The Source is intimidating and uses his force to have control over those on the outside. (less)
The third book in the Rogue Hunter series really throws us for some loops. I was caught a little off guard with how much of the story was focused on h...moreThe third book in the Rogue Hunter series really throws us for some loops. I was caught a little off guard with how much of the story was focused on her sex life. I would go so far as to saying it's a little risque crossing into the erotica zone in several scenes. A little more descriptive scenes than I would normally read.
This series amazing, the world building and characters are so well done that I just cannot get enough of this series. Zyra has a lot of ups and downs in this story. She gets sick and falls in love. Along with this whirlwind romance comes a lot of vulnerability from Zyra. I even felt that we lose a bit of the Zyra we have grown to know and see her having to crawl her way out of an emotional hole that has taken a toll on her.
Zyra still shows her bad ass side with not only being sick, in a roller coaster relationship, but also being hunted by hired killers. Several plot twists and harsh situations that come along with both. She still manages to find her way through things with a lot of action, and heartbreak.
The writing is spot on when it comes to getting the readers emotionally invested in the story. There were times I was so upset that I had to stop reading for awhile and I really felt for the relationships, both good and bad that occur in this book.
I recommend this series 100% as a very well written, plotted, and high paced space opera. It's a series that I have added to my automatic to-buy list because I know each new edition will be an amazing, entertaining and enjoyable read. (less)
Fans of Marianne's Tara Sharp series will love this book.
In PEACEMAKER Marianne de Pierres has combined a futuristic world with a western feel. When...moreFans of Marianne's Tara Sharp series will love this book.
In PEACEMAKER Marianne de Pierres has combined a futuristic world with a western feel. When park ranger Virgin Jackson witnesses a mysterious death in what she thought was a contained and locked park, her senses flare up. She has been assigned a new partner from the US Marshall service, Nate Sixkiller. And unexpectedly, she is now seeing an imaginary animal from her childhood.
Being preoccupied with the park and the murder Virgin is not feeling up to being a babysitter to her new partner who seems to be hiding the true reason he has joined on at the park. But when Sixkiller shows signs of being able to see her imaginary friend, things begin to get really crazy.
With the advanced technology set up at the park, all life within it should be able to be detected through the system. Things begin not making any sense and Virgin soon learns that her life is in danger. She gets some help from her best friend, and some relaxation time with her stripper lover, Heart.
The story goes back and forth between the park and the city scenes, as we follow Virgin through her home life as well as work life. Her romantic life as well as her professional. Virgin's character is strong willed and determined. As the story progresses she slowly puts down some of her guards down and allows people in.
If you have read the Tara Sharp series from Marianne Delacourt you will enjoy this new book as well. She brings in a lot of similar characteristics in her main characters and her love for nature and especially birds really shows through her writing.
Peacemaker is a very imaginative and speculative read. I recommend this to readers who enjoy a strong lead female character. (less)
Captive is a true crime novel about Ariel Castro who had kidnapped three women between 2002 and 2004 and held them prisoner in his Cleveland, Ohio ho...more Captive is a true crime novel about Ariel Castro who had kidnapped three women between 2002 and 2004 and held them prisoner in his Cleveland, Ohio house until May 2013 when one was able to escape and turn him in, freeing the others. It was a huge story here in the United States and the story is still quite shocking, and amazing that the girls survived.
Allan Hall takes on the story in a very editorial way that begins with the Puerto Rican community and Ariel Castro's family and friends. Mostly focusing in on the idea that one person should not be able to represent a whole community or people. That Ariel Castro's actions should not be held against all Puerto Ricans in the U.S. or represent this community as a whole. With the huge amount of press coverage, the community feels it was badly represented by one man. By speaking to the community and members of his family the author gets a lot of direct quotes and more intimate details about Ariel Castro's personal life and childhood.
Later in the novel he gets into more detail about the girls and their lives inside the home. Most of the information that is relayed is what was released to the public. The girls have not been very detailed about their individual stories of what happened. From how they had to live in small rooms, little food, raped, abused, tortured and beaten to the point of losing unborn children.
The book is a good read for those that are more interested in Ariel Castro himself. His life outside the home, his past marriage and the abuse she had been through. Giving us a glimpse into what happened inside the house to these three young girls. There are also comparisons to Castro and other notorious criminals with similar behavior.
What I enjoyed about this read was the information we are given about the three girls and their life within the house. We don't get tons of information that wasn't already released to the press and public, but we do get some additional information and in a format in which it makes a clearer picture of what happened. (less)