4.5--maybe even a full five, I can't decide. It can be really good to break out of your normal reading patterns, and in this case the detour from YA w4.5--maybe even a full five, I can't decide. It can be really good to break out of your normal reading patterns, and in this case the detour from YA was a refreshing delight.
There are so many good things about this book. There is a lot of suspense, some violence, and a bit of horror (I braved it though, so you'll probably be fine.) The overall positivism of the novel, as well as the always-noted importance of family, really stood out to me. The main character is super relateable, and even though there are some pretty dark things going on in this poor guy's life, he deals with things in a humorous and optimistic way. "There's always cake" as his father always told him. No matter how bad life gets, there is always cake. The idea is unique, and interesting, the writing is intelligent, the dialogue believable, and the characters just delightful.
I really loved this novel. It is my first Dean Koontz, and I intend to read another some time. There is a slight supernatural edge, but nothing too heavy. Predictions are made right before Jimmy (MC) is born, and he's told he will have five very dark days. The dates for those days are given, and the book is about those five days, and how Jimmy deals with his intense trials.
It is an adult book, though there are no sexual scenes. Some language. Quite a bit of violence, but nothing too graphic. Lots of suspenseful situations....more
This is the collection of short stories I promised readers. There's a wide variety of stuff in here!
There is a Seers Trilogy prequel, the longest storThis is the collection of short stories I promised readers. There's a wide variety of stuff in here!
There is a Seers Trilogy prequel, the longest story included in the collection. Toni Alvarez is the main character, and writing it was extremely fun. If readers were wondering what he was like in the 80s, or how he and Patrick met, this is the story for you!
In addition to the prequel, you'll find stories with a more literary flavor--with plenty of humor, of course, and quirky characters. There is a non-fiction piece about an event in my childhood, and there's even a speculative horror story. Romance, adventure, drama, and humor abound.
These are my favorite short stories that I wrote while I was getting my BS in English, and I am thrilled to be sharing them with you now! Enjoy, and thank you so much for reading, my friends!...more
My second published book! :) Here's the official blurb:
Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers maMy second published book! :) Here's the official blurb:
Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can’t get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.
This one kept me reading! But then, don't all of her books?? The answer to that would be "yes". :) While there were a few moments I felt like rolling This one kept me reading! But then, don't all of her books?? The answer to that would be "yes". :) While there were a few moments I felt like rolling my eyes at the characters, generally I was very sympathetic to both Kendra and Charlie. I figured out the who-dun-it aspect just after the half-way mark, but the tension and suspense was still written in such a way that I didn't lose interest in the plot at all. I'm not into spoilers, so I'm not going to say too much more. Let's leave it at this: A popular singer is being stalked, threatened, and possibly next on the list of a malicious serial killer. Enter the handsome and charming FBI agent who can't tell her he's there to protect her. Add some bombs, some music, a secluded mountain trapped in a horrible snowstorm, and a light LDS touch. This is a recipe for success, and all I can say is that Abramson has done it again! (I still love the Saint Squad more, though...)...more
So, I'll be currently reading this one for a while. :) I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. I first read about Holmes when I was eleven or so, and that'sSo, I'll be currently reading this one for a while. :) I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. I first read about Holmes when I was eleven or so, and that's when I basically stopped reading Nancy Drew and even the Hardy Boys. I was super excited when I finally got the complete collection, so I could re-read the stories I loved, and also get exposed to many of the short stories I've never read.
I love the complexity of Holmes. He's not exactly heroic, and yet he is considered a hero in the literature world. He's moody, often drugged, and a complete show-off. He's also hyper-observant, a talented actor, deeply intelligent with a firm grasp of right and wrong, and basically just brilliant. In a word, he's REAL. I admire Doyle for making a character that isn't necessarily likable, and yet still be a person that the reader is curious to follow.
Watson has always been a favorite of mine, mostly because he is so like the reader. He is the more human out of the pair, because he isn't quite so extreme. He's not abnormally talented like Holmes, but he doesn't share in Holmes' less savory mannerisms either. I also love that Watson is the narrator. Of course the adventures wouldn't be as mysterious and wonderful without Watson being our eyes and ears, but there's something about having the secondary character do all of the narrating that intrigues me....more
**spoiler alert** This book was a pretty big disappointment to me. I've enjoyed the story thus far, but I felt like all of the promised action and hug**spoiler alert** This book was a pretty big disappointment to me. I've enjoyed the story thus far, but I felt like all of the promised action and huge climactic ending the series has hinted at just fizzled out. Definitely not the story I was expecting when I picked it up in the store; and that's not a compliment. Stephanie Meyer's fourth book is a sex-filled drama that lost sight of what made Twilight good. Sure, the other books thrived on lust and love, but for the most part it didn't get dirty. Half of this book I was wincing; either from the scenes I didn't want in my head, or the sheer ridiculousness of it all. Truthfully, I kinda wished they'd all died, or at least some of the characters had. There was no great finish, just a crazy story that left me blinking stupidly at the thing in my hands. (I've put up with Bella and company for all this time, to get THIS?)So why two stars, instead of one? Because of the couple good parts that managed to still find their way in. (And through it all, I still like SOME members of the Cullen family.) I own them all, and while Twilight remains a good story in my book, I think this one just, well, sucked. ...more
Better than the second one, by far! Bella isn't my favorite character by any means--in fact, many of these characters drive me a little crazy. The thiBetter than the second one, by far! Bella isn't my favorite character by any means--in fact, many of these characters drive me a little crazy. The third book was suspenseful, and overall quite good. I read it quickly, and though it wasn't as good as the first one, it was a pretty enjoyable read....more
I have a love/hate relationship with the last book in a series. I love finally getting the answers--I love the long exhale that comes out after I readI have a love/hate relationship with the last book in a series. I love finally getting the answers--I love the long exhale that comes out after I read the last sentence. But I definitely dislike that all the answers are now mine--where's the mystery? Even the characters that survived to the close seem to die, because you know you'll never read a new word about them. The ending of a story is just so harsh!
Other than these mixed feelings, I really enjoyed "The Death Cure". It didn't wrap up like I expected, but James Dashner is very good at taking me by surprise. Still, the ending was surprisingly good. (After all, Dashner dug quite a rotten pit for his characters--it's surprising the last line wasn't: "and then they all died".) The violence was still pretty disturbing in this book (just like the others) but I think it fits the world and characters. I'm not into spoilers, so I'm not going to say a whole lot more about the story itself. I was glued to every fast-paced word, so if you're looking for a very suspenseful read, look no further. The Maze Runner Trilogy is one I look forward to reading again....more