Chole was supposed to drown. Wasn't she? Her legs were tired, her mind getting cloudy, and the reservoir seemed to be swallowing her whole.Rating: 3.5
Chole was supposed to drown. Wasn't she? Her legs were tired, her mind getting cloudy, and the reservoir seemed to be swallowing her whole. Until she found the boat. A boat carrying her classmate London's lifeless body.
That was when Chole left her sister. Ruby had practically raised her, but the near-death experience sent Chole to live with her dad in Pennsylvania. For two years, Chole learned to make a new life for herself, hearing her sister in her head but not speaking as much as they used to. That is, until Ruby showed up out of nowhere, demanding to take Chole home. Once Chole got home, things weren't how they should have been. They were exactly how it had been before the night she almost drowned. Or were they?
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Very well written, keeps-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type of story. Definitely a thriller/mystery type novel, with a hint of legend/ghost-story type tone. I really enjoyed it, and I would have given it a higher rating, but it just felt like something was missing, and I wanted a little more. I started to like Chole more by the end, but I really wasn't attached to any of the characters, which I think made it a little harder to get into.
BUT, overall, I do recommend it for any one who wants to read a "horror" type story without it really being too scary (I'd say this is borderline approaching horror)....more
So happy happy happy! This is a short from the perspective of Alex, starting about a day before Lila comes to LA and lasting until after the first fewSo happy happy happy! This is a short from the perspective of Alex, starting about a day before Lila comes to LA and lasting until after the first few moments when Alex sees her for the first time after three years. SO amazing, definitely a must read for fans....more
Even better than the first one! This is the book that really teaches you what it means to be a Skinjacker, and why not everyone is the same or has theEven better than the first one! This is the book that really teaches you what it means to be a Skinjacker, and why not everyone is the same or has the same abilities in the Everlost. A lot of unanswered questions get answered but also a lot of turmoil is created among the new leaders of Everlost.
I loved this one - much more action than the first, and several differing story-lines following all the favorite characters from the first novel. ...more
I picked this up because I love Fisher Amelie and I wanted to read her short story in this, The Wonderboom (which of course wasOy. This was fabulous.
I picked this up because I love Fisher Amelie and I wanted to read her short story in this, The Wonderboom (which of course was nothing less than fantastic).
The Glassheart Chronicles is a collection of YA short stories by Fisher Amelie, J. L. Bryan, Courtney Cole, Wren Emerson, Amy Jones, Tiffany King, and Nicole Williams. All of these stories fall within the "paranormal genre" but some focus on magic, others on mythology, and some supernatural. All of these stories with exception of the last had a dark twist to them; many ending not so happily. Most of them, if not all of them, are somehow connected to the authors' main works.
My favorite two in this collection were the first two. The first, by Fisher Amelie, was a paranormal story about 28 year old Sawyer who stumbles upon a head (literally on both accounts). One thing leads to another and Sawyer has a moment with an old acquaintance, Madeline Gray. And not just a moment, but a moment. A powerful and magic filled moment that indicates to Sawyer they might share the gift. Now, I can't say more because it is after all a short story, so I'd give it all away much to fast. But go read it, its first in the book.
My other favorite in this collection was The Monster in the Garden by J. L. Bryan. This story dips slightly into the darker realm of the paranormal. Isabel is a monster; she is kept in a garden and not allowed to see or touch anyone. Pascal is curious, and wants to know about this monster that everyone is afraid of. When he talks to her through the wall that surrounds her, she seems like a normal girl. He seeks her through a hole, and she looks like a normal girl. And now, he can't stay away. But why is she so guarded, and how can this normal girl really bring terror to his life?
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. I ended up adding quite a few of these authors to my to-read list. I got attached to the stories and characters pretty quickly, but let me just say...come on, why not more happy endings! So much pain!...more
This is a short story about Ash and her strange obsession with waffles (yes, waffles). It is a fun quick read for fans of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.This is a short story about Ash and her strange obsession with waffles (yes, waffles). It is a fun quick read for fans of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. They have it as a free download on amazon for the kindle....more
This is the third book in the Providence series, and it was just as fantastic as the first (and slightly better than the second).
In this one, Nina anThis is the third book in the Providence series, and it was just as fantastic as the first (and slightly better than the second).
In this one, Nina and Jared must face the reality of the prophesy and figure out what exactly it means for them, and how they can both avoid dying.
It all starts with a wedding, which is, might I say, one of the best scenes in the world (or chapters, as it expands over a few). So while you get to be happy and lovey-dovy at the beginning, remember there is still a war in the larger world apart from the paradise moments that Nina and Jared get to share. Before the day is through, the reality of the entire heaven vs. hell dilemma is forced upon Nina, who must risk herself, her unborn child, and heaven to intervene in the violence and corruption that is taking place on earth. Although survival is practically impossible, Jared and Nina continue to search for a way to be together and to keep their child safe before it is born, but also come to some startling realizations of what their child will be capable of.
Full of action, romance, and quite a bit of wit, Eden was a fabulous ending to the series, and another great novel to add to Jamie McGuire's repertoire of fantastic young-adult fiction....more
Requiem picks off right after Providence ends as Nina and Jared try to search for answers and protect themselves from being picked off by demons. RyanRequiem picks off right after Providence ends as Nina and Jared try to search for answers and protect themselves from being picked off by demons. Ryan's story gets more a voice in this book because now he is slightly cast away and off putting himself in more danger, and therefore, Clare in more danger. The demon's are going through periods of lull and then fiercely coming back to completely destroy what Nina has built for herself.
I loved this book, just as I love the rest of the series, although I did like the first one a little more. This one is less (although still largely) about Jared and Nina's relationship, and focuses much more on the prophesy and the book that Nina's father left her, that hell is killing to get its hands on....more
I read this, despite my desire to not spoil the next book, because I can't breathe without some Mara Dyer and Noah in my life.
And now the anticipationI read this, despite my desire to not spoil the next book, because I can't breathe without some Mara Dyer and Noah in my life.
And now the anticipation is killing me! I may have to re-read the first one sooner than I thought...
In the magnificent land of books, Michelle Hodkin has become queen. I love her.
Michelle. I love you.
This book was incredible. When I read The Unbecoming of Myra Dyer, I was astounded by the quality and pure genius that Michelle Hodkin possessed. I loved the first book to absolute pieces. Infinate pieces (yes, I know that's not technically possible, but go with the imagery). Her characters haunted my thoughts at random times during the day for months following the grand reading.
Suffice to say, this one I pre-ordered. From the day it was released, I checked my mail every few hours until I got it (which is quite a bit considering the walk it takes to get there - and of course it came two days later than I hoped). BUT after annoying the crap out of the mail people every time I asked "Are you SURE its not here?" - I got it. And I hugged it, and trudged around with it until that evening when I sat down and devoured it.
Before I start...
1) For all of you non-believers who were confused by the first book, read this and your confusion may be fixed.
2) For all of you like me who thought the cliff hanger from the first one was bad - my god...I just can't even put into words how tired your fingers are going to get hanging from the cliff after this one.
So what happens exactly? Well, I can't completely tell you, because I'll ruin the amazingness that is this book. But I CAN tell you there is a whole lot of Noah-Shaw goodness and laugh-out-loud humor and even Jamie the sass-pants (oh yes, be excited).
For those of you nerds like me, you may have heard of Rosenhan's 1973 study about psychologists who posed as mental patients to see if the sane could really be distinguished from the insane in the context of a psychiatric unit in a hospital. For those not familiar with this study, the basic idea is this: many sane people are thought to be insane because of social and environmental factors that influence the perceptions of the person judging them.
This is what happens to Mara.
"But when everyone tells you you're crazy and no one believes you when you swear you aren't, a small part of you will always wonder if they're right."
But when the world is convinced you are crazy and you are convinced someone is framing you but nobody will believe you - what do you do? Is having one person on your side enough? What if you have no one?
Since this a review where I can't simply tell you how fabulous this is but need to give some substance, here are three premises of the story.
1) Someone is trying to hurt Mara. 2) There is a psychotic girl who knows things she shouldn't. 3) Mara is not in control.
"The boy is destined for greatness, but with you, he is in danger. You are linked, the two of you. You must leave him. This is what I have seen."
I grew frustrated. "Is he in danger because of me?"
"He will die before his time with you by his side, unless you let him go..."
Hidden is the third and final book in the "Firelight" series. It focuses on the rescue of Miriam, the lessening of tension between Will andRating: 3.5
Hidden is the third and final book in the "Firelight" series. It focuses on the rescue of Miriam, the lessening of tension between Will and Cassian, and the problem of what happens to the pride.
Overall, I enjoyed this installment to the series, but I don't feel like it was enough of finale to leave me satisfied. For the last book, there was still a lot of the relationship triangle when I felt like it should have been, or had been, mostly resolved. As I closed the book I just wanted a little more; I'm not ready to have this series be over, because there seems to be something missing....more
I love love love love love Anna and Cas and Thomas and Carmel.
Cas fell in love with a girl he can't have. And no, this is not like Romeo aRating: 4.5
I love love love love love Anna and Cas and Thomas and Carmel.
Cas fell in love with a girl he can't have. And no, this is not like Romeo and Juliet, because Romeo and Juliet had forbidden love, but this...this is impossible. Cas fell in love with Anna, but Anna has already been dead for quite a while, and was already a ghost when Cas met her. But now, beautiful frightening Anna who had killed so many before has saved a life; she saved Cas and Thomas. But to do that, she was dragged to a place worse then hell.
“I’ll still be dead, Cassio.” “So will I be, someday. It doesn't matter.” I touch her shoulder and we stop so I can look into her eyes. “It doesn't.”
Anna has been showing up. Cas isn't sure if she is haunting him, or if he has gone completely crazy. But, he does not that Anna isn't where she should be, because if she was, she wouldn't be able to get back. Once he sees the bruises that cover her body, and watchers he die again and again, her eyes vacant and her ears unhearing of his voice, he knows he needs to save her. He knows he needs to go to hell and bring her back.
Girl of Nightmares is the sequel to Anna Dress in Blood. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, and full of wonder. I was never sure how I would handle Anna's story - after all, there can be no happy ending in the way we expect it, because Cas is a human and Anna is a ghost. Its not a paranormal YA love story where you can break the barriers of species and let love conquer all. But, I can honestly say, Kendare Blake did their story tremendous justice, and I think she ended it perfectly. ...more
This is the first book of an absolutely amazing series.
After the sudden death of her father, Nina's world comes crumbling in on her. The absence of mThis is the first book of an absolutely amazing series.
After the sudden death of her father, Nina's world comes crumbling in on her. The absence of motherly affection, the stress of college, and the unbearable grief that weigh on her makes her feel like she's loosing her mind. That and her inability to forget the strange man who shared a cab with her after her father's funeral.
Nina slowly realizes that her father's secrets were more dangerous to her than she could ever imagine, and she was going to have to start believing in a world that she never new existed. She could only hope that the one person who swore to protect her, could keep her safe against the wrath of Hell.
Fantastic writing, delightful characters, and of course, the great and witty Jamie McGuire dialogue, make this series impossible to put down. All three books are full of action, love, and intrigue, and Jamie McGuire will keep you guessing along the way.
Note: You must read all the books. The first book, as amazing as it is when you first read it, is even MORE amazing after you read all of them, because "ohemgee"* Jamie McGuire, you are a literary genius!
And I love the Winnie the Pooh reference (book 3).
*reference to book 3, I swear I'm not crazy....more