Told in two different perspectives, Ward and Vanya. A Murder of Pagpies is an atmospheric read set in Black Orchard, Wisconsin. Vanya is overcome withTold in two different perspectives, Ward and Vanya. A Murder of Pagpies is an atmospheric read set in Black Orchard, Wisconsin. Vanya is overcome with emotions that are hard to control and Ward, tries to feel no emotions at all. When their paths cross, they seem to equal each other out. While Vanya tries to take a more controlled effort in her abilities her twin Jonah releases his unrestrained. Together with their father they are on the run from their past.
I enjoyed the mixture of characters and the roles they played.The twins are outcasts in their new high school and most think of them as cursed. There is a lot of hatred and bullying, language and sexual content. I liked the romantic aspects in the book, it had some interesting ideas that I haven't come across in a book before. The writing will really suck you in and help you feel lost in a different world for awhile.
The "mind games" that the Silver's are capable of with their powers is something that makes them stand out, making it very hard to hide. They have to struggle daily but also seeking some comfort and calm in their lives, even though both are not going to happen while on the run.
I found this book to be very unique and a fun read. Something I do recommend, it's dark and edgy. ...more
The Edge of Nowhere By Elizabeth George Cover My cover was the same as Bel's The island the book takes place on does have a lot of forest landscape, butThe Edge of Nowhere By Elizabeth George Cover My cover was the same as Bel's The island the book takes place on does have a lot of forest landscape, but the main character Becca is explained to have heavy makeup on, I would have liked to see that on the cover. Characters The story takes place on a somewhat small island. A place where everyone knows each other. So there are a lot of characters that are coming in and out of the story. We get different point of views throughout the story which I always enjoy. Becca is the main character and she is abandoned, scared and lonely but seems to make friends easily. Favourite Diana, it seemed that everything this woman said was insightful and she always has this caring air about her that was comforting Least Favourite Jenn. It seemed like she always had to say something negative. She obviously didn't believe in the saying “if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all” Beginning Running for their lives, Becca's mother drops her off tat Whidbey Island to be taken care of by a friend to hide her from her step father. But when Becca gets to the friends house, circumstances have changed, now she is stranded with no contact to her mother and not knowing anybody to help. Storyline Hiding from her step-father in fear for her life, Hannah is left in the care of her mother's friend on Whidbey Island. As soon as she arrives everything falls apart and now she has nowhere to go and doesn't know anybody to help. After meeting a few people she finds a place to live and starts school. When a boy is hurt in the forest things take a turn for the worse. Ending This is another first book in a series so the ending leaves some unanswered questions and intrigue for the next book. Thoughts Even with a mixture of characters I felt that the author did a great job in having each one rounded and their emotions would jump off the page. Their reactions were very real and raw, this made me really hate and really love different characters as the story progressed. I also loved the scenic mountainous setting of Whidbey Island, very much a place I would love to live in. Quote “Sometimes, we can't see a reason for what happens, so we try to find one because it's easier to do that than to go through the pain of recovering.” -Diana ...more
Told with journal entries Friends With Wings is a story of a girl who is assigned to work off a debt and is sent to space to help build a place for h Told with journal entries Friends With Wings is a story of a girl who is assigned to work off a debt and is sent to space to help build a place for humans to live on another planet. She is put to sleep for 32 years, watches as all of her shipmates are slaughtered and is taken in by the local intelligent population. They are winged and live in the trees where they provide Trina a home and support.
The story flows by very fast we we jump from journal entries and points of interest in the story. Trina spends a lot of time exploring and learning more about the different forms of life. Especially the reason for the colonies destruction. It is a fun fantasy/science fiction adventure story with a strong and smart lead character.
I really enjoyed the world we were taken to. The environment and the unusual and imaginative characters gave a very unique and very enjoyable story. I recommend this book, I "flew" through it, it's clean and great for tweens and teens....more
"neo-Nazi vampires running a child slavery ring." - Does that grab your attention? It did mine. I am always looking for something different and this r"neo-Nazi vampires running a child slavery ring." - Does that grab your attention? It did mine. I am always looking for something different and this read was definitely one of those. This detective novel has a flawed main character with true care for others at his heart. Max suffers from nightmares, he's trying to keep a steady relationship even though he has a job that has long odd hours and full of stress.
When investigating a missing child case, the reader is introduced to a determined character who has only the care and safety of children as his goal. Taking it more seriously than previous workers on the job. Max seeks out the answers to one particular missing child's case and find a connection between vampires, drugs and a church coverup going on.
He will give up at nothing, putting himself not only in danger, but in the middle of the attack on the vampires. It is a mix of procedural work and supernatural thriller. He goes above and beyond his job, cares deeply about what happens to the children and his friends.
I enjoyed the read, it's a detective story with the paranormal element that I love -vampires. It is very well written, engrossing and sexy. ...more
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 straI 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.I 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. ...more
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 wereThe 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 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!...more
There are a lot of characters in this novel. Foster, Jake and Emily,-twins and best friends Dominic- love interest, parents and side characters. WhenThere 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. ...more
This story was a good basic representation to the arrival of the first whites into what is now the U.S. Introduced firstly to a small Indian tribe, weThis story was a good basic representation to the arrival of the first whites into what is now the U.S. Introduced firstly to a small Indian tribe, we follow Little Hawk on his solo adventures through the woods. A quest that all boys must make to challenge themselves and grow into stronger men. He thinks a lot about his family and his training that he has received so far to survive the trek and we get to know his family this way. As well as some of the stories he has heard of the "white man." He returns home, to a very different home than he left and his further travels will eventually lead him to meeting the young white boy John Wakely. They become friends and their friendship will shape their views of the colonization forever.
As we follow their stories we get a basic idea of some of the interactions between the tribes and the new settlers. The culture clashes and business dealings in which set the grounds for future trading. As not all interactions were not exactly the same depending on the area, this story focuses on the Northern colony areas. There is a lot of time that passes from their initial meeting to the end of the story, so we see John traveling and becoming older, witnessing different interactions in different land areas.
The story is written for younger readers and does cover a lot of information in a small book. I was impressed by how many different ideas were able to be portrayed and still have a smooth and interesting story. The author able to keep both the Native American and the White Man's views in each situation throughout the book. It really makes you think and was represented in a very easy to understand way.
What I loved most about the book was the honesty and trusting ways that children have. The power of being raised in a social setting rather than coming into it as an outsider gave them a better understanding and ability to see both sides and think for themselves.
I recommend this story firstly to those that enjoy reading about the American Indians and history of the first colonies in the U.S. Also for those that enjoy the culture clash of immigration, focus on the historical beginnings.
P.S. I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Jim Dale ...more