This is a YA book that I've been wanting to read for a while, so as soon as I received my review copy, I couldn't wait to read it. And it didn't disap...moreThis is a YA book that I've been wanting to read for a while, so as soon as I received my review copy, I couldn't wait to read it. And it didn't disappoint, that's for sure.
Violet has a really strange gift, or maybe it's actually a curse. She can feel and see the echo of dead people and animals, as well as read it off the people who actually do the killing. She discovered the body of a young girl when she was only eight, and now gets caught up in the middle of another murder mystery when she finds the body of a dead girl dumped in the nearby lake.
As more girls go missing, it soon becomes obvious that there's a serial killer loose in the small town of Buckley. A horrible man who hunts, takes, and then kills teenage girls, before dumping/burying them where he's sure no one will ever find them. The killer might think he's covering his tracks, but he didn't count on someone with Violet's skills to be on the case.
However, with her personal problems of the heart almost superseding everything else, could she actually be putting herself at risk and calling attention to herself? Well, at least her best friend Jay's always there to help comfort and keep her safe, especially now that the dynamic of their friendship is shifting...
I really enjoyed the mystery of finding out who the deranged killer was, as well as reading the killer's anonymous POV peppered between Violet's. The tension slowly builds to a heart-pounding crescendo that had me quickly turning every page, eager to read what was next, and ending with an explosive scene that actually had me holding my breath until I got to the end of the book.
The Body Finder was an engrossing and intelligent story about a sixteen-year-old girl with a unique talent she can't help but want to put to good use. She has good intentions, and wants to help, but eventually finds out that sometimes, that can actually work against her.
Oh, and I also particularly liked the friendship between Violet and Jay, and how it goes from something safe and familiar, into a passionate, mutual attraction that messes with both of them.(less)
The heroine is a CIA agent who throughout the novel isn't sure who she can trust. I swear this novel read like an action movie -- it should be made as...moreThe heroine is a CIA agent who throughout the novel isn't sure who she can trust. I swear this novel read like an action movie -- it should be made as one. Everything moves along pretty quickly and Alisha MacAleer is one tough butt-kicking chick who also displays a lot of human weakness through the story. There's no real romance in this novel, but there are a lot of flirtatious moments I hope develop into more throughout the series.
I loved it. Can't wait to read the next one in the series! (less)
Dan Brown sure weaved a thrilling tale of intrigue, double crossing and puzzles with this book. It was like a treasure hunt for adults. As I approache...moreDan Brown sure weaved a thrilling tale of intrigue, double crossing and puzzles with this book. It was like a treasure hunt for adults. As I approached the end I wasn't sure how he'd be able to end the story... well, I gotta say, I'm satisfied with where everything went.
I liked Sophie's character and truly loved what happened to her in the end. Langdon was also an interesting character who I hope to read some more of in the future. And well, since I got Angels & Demons the other day, I guess I will! Hope it's not a problem to read them out of sequence. Though I'm sure this book stands on it's own pretty well.
Now I can't wait to see what they've done with the movie!
I loved the whole Goddess worship thing and was stunned at some of the references and things spoken about because I've often mentioned them to my husband. It's kinda freaky. But anyway, I'll speak more about that another time.
Excellent book all the way through. It was long but didn't drag, a real page turner right to the end. If there was more time in the day, I'm sure I would've read it much QUICKER!(less)
After reading DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn, I was very interested in reading her first book.
This one is a raw and strange book that takes the reader o...moreAfter reading DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn, I was very interested in reading her first book.
This one is a raw and strange book that takes the reader on a very bleak journey into the horrible mystery of trying to figure out who killed two little girls. Yet, for Camille Preaker, returning to her hometown becomes a slow descend into its clutches.
It's often chilling to watch as Camille falls deeper into the horrid darkness of her teens. I couldn't help wondering if she'd eventually get lost in it. She's not exactly a sympathetic narrator - her life is plagued with emotional instability, she carries physical scars she can't escape, and doesn't exactly make the best decisions. But that didn't matter because I was completely drawn into her world, wanting to follow her as Wind Gap engulfs her. All the time, shuddering at the strange events that lead her closer to figuring out who killed the girls and why.
So many times I wished she'd just jump into her car and leave that horrid small town and its many secrets behind.
Camille's connection with most of the characters is shallow because she doesn't allow herself to open up to anyone. She feels she's not good enough for anyone's attention. Her mother is beyond creepy, her cruel words and even worse actions sickened me. But helped me understand why Camille was so damaged. And her half-sister, Amma, is spooky.
Sharp Objects is a very creepy, haunting story about a woman with many personal problems - most of them stemming from her bizarre and loveless past. A childhood that still haunts her and sends her spiralling back into all of the painful memories of losing her younger sister. And just when you think the mystery has been solved, but realise it hasn't, the truth will shock you.
I enjoyed this book very much, no matter how uncomfortable it made me.(less)
As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I just had to read it. When I finally got the chance to sit down and got started, I was hooked insta...moreAs soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I just had to read it. When I finally got the chance to sit down and got started, I was hooked instantly. This is one seriously awesome book. I absolutely loved it!
John Cleaver is a teenager who helps his mother and aunt out in their mortuary. He's also fascinated by serial killers and pretty much knows every detail documented about most of them. He's not your average boy, that's for sure. Death fascinates him. Liking a girl scares him. Luckily for him, he's in therapy and his doctor is helping him to (at least) appear to be normal. I really enjoyed his visits with Dr Neblin.
When he discovers that an actual demon is killing people in his town and collecting body parts, John sets out on a personal investigation to find out who it is. He's finally got his own serial killer to dissect. But what he stumbles into is certainly not what he expected.
I Am Not A Serial Killer is an addictive book that sucks you in from the very first word and keeps you turning every page. Actually, I couldn't wait to get back to it. It's why I read it so quickly and enjoyed every second of it. This is one unique look into the mind of a very dark individual who struggles to stay on the right path every single day. It's got a little bit of everything, and I really liked the dark humour.
Who would've thought that a book starring a sociopathic teenage boy with very violent tendencies would turn out to be so much fun? Well, it is. For all his strangeness, I found John to be a great character that I would love to spend more time with in the future.(less)
I was intrigued by this book the first time I read the blurb. Not to mention that the cover certainly gives it that extra, dark look that totally capt...moreI was intrigued by this book the first time I read the blurb. Not to mention that the cover certainly gives it that extra, dark look that totally captured my attention.
Libby Day is the only survivor after her brother massacred the rest of the family in the mid-eighties. As a result, after losing her mother and two sisters, Libby lived a hard life. In fact, her testimony of the events of that night is what led to her brother being locked up. Now that she's all grown up and the money is starting to fade to nothing, she becomes desperate enough to attend a meeting with a bunch of people who call themselves the Kill Club. Here, she meets people who believe her brother is innocent and hold her responsible for him being in jail.
At first, she doesn't want anything to do with them, but when they offer her money to start interviewing people that may know more than she does about that night, she accepts.
At the beginning, Libby seems like an unsympathetic character who blames what happened to her as a child for everything that is wrong in her solitary life. But as you get to know her and learn more about her story, you can't help but feel for her constant struggle to get out of bed every morning. It's easy to see why she turned out the way she did. Her honesty is raw and true. How can you not admire someone that strong, considering how weak she believes herself to be? Her motivation starts out with her need for money, but after she visits her brother in jail for the first time, it turns into a search for the truth. She suddenly needs to find out what really happened that night as she attempts to piece together her own painful memories.
Cleverly interwoven with chapters that take you back to that day in the POV of teenage Ben and the desperate mother, Patty, the story unfolds slowly. So many unexpected layers start to appear as each of them moves along that day, while in the present Libby finds herself in a very horrible conclusion.
Dark Places is an amazing story, filled with mystery, raw emotion, and an honesty so brutal that it often makes you cringe. So much violence, lies, secrets, and misunderstandings lead to a dead family and a little girl who survives but never gets over the tragedy. Every character plays a pivotal role in what happened in that farm in 1985, and the end will shock you.
This is an edge-of-your seat read that you won't be able to put down until you know everything!(less)
After reading and really enjoying WHITE CROW, I was very excited about reading other Marcus Sedgwick books. And thanks to Hachette Children's Books, I...moreAfter reading and really enjoying WHITE CROW, I was very excited about reading other Marcus Sedgwick books. And thanks to Hachette Children's Books, I now have three on my bookshelf. Yay. :)
I was actually looking at them last night and decided to start reading this one--just to get a taste of it, see what the first chapter was like. Before I realised it, I was about twenty pages away from finishing it. Seriously, it was that good.
The book starts in 1910, and focuses on Sig Andersson. He's a teenage boy who lives near the Artic Circle with his father, step-mother (Nadya), and sister (Anna). They live a simple existence in an isolated cabin, but one day his life is turned upside down when he finds the dead body of his father on the ice. With the help of Nadya and Anna, the three of them get the corpse off the ice and into their cabin.
When the two females go off to get help, Sig sits in the empty cabin by himself. Watching, waiting, and trying to imagine how his father had gotten himself into a situation that killed him. He can't understand why he took the chance, when they all know better. As he thinks the day away, a strange man comes to the door. He's of giant stature, calls himself Wolff, and claims to have some business with Sig's father, Einar. The creepy man refuses to leave, and even pushes himself inside the cabin.
After Wolff tells Sig that Einar stole something from him and now that he's dead Sig must deal with it, a horrifying and tense experience follows. One that will test Sig's memory and make him remember the lessons his father taught him about the Colt that he treasured for years.
We also get a glimpse of the past and see things through Einar's point of view back in 1899. I loved finding out about what happened in the secluded and harsh town of Nome, where everything changed forever after Einar was given the job of Assay Clerk (tests gold).
Revolver was an interesting and fast-paced book that kept me hanging at the edge of my seat. The tension was amazing, and kept mounting and mounting until I just had to know how things were going to end between Sig and Wolff. The ending didn't disappoint, and also revealed a mystery that popped up along the way. This was an amazing thriller.
This is a book filled with twists, turns, and a past that catches up with a man who's left his son to deal with it. Oh, and the isolation and snow set a wonderfully creepy and atmospheric setting, too. Loved it.(less)
Well, what can I say? I'm a sucker for small town mysteries, especially if there's some sort of dark family secret, too. And this book totally fit the...moreWell, what can I say? I'm a sucker for small town mysteries, especially if there's some sort of dark family secret, too. And this book totally fit the bill. Not to mention that it's an amazing story!
Jody Linder lost her parents at the age of three. Her father was murdered in the house she's recently decided to call her own, and her mother disappeared. The local bad boy at the time was arrested and sent to jail for their murder, but now her three uncles have popped in to tell her that Billy Crosby is getting out of jail. Of course Jody freaks out, but is also determined to do a little investigating of her own. Because all of a sudden, a fact that she thought was absolute is getting questioned. A lot of people in the town of Rose have started to voice their opinions about whether they believed Billy really committed the murder. Including her lover, Red.
The story starts with Jody as a woman and leading her own life, preparing to start working at the local high school as a teacher, but we're soon taken back to September, 1986 when the murder/s took place. Told in the POV of several people, we get to follow most of the members of the Linder family as they get on with that fateful day and all of the events leading to Hugh-Jay's murder are lived by everyone. Of course, no one knows the truth, including the reader. Although the mystery does eventually unravel in an awesome and very unpredictable way. I thought I had it several times, but I was wrong.
This book was definitely a page-turner for me. Once I got started, I couldn't put it down. Seriously. I read most of it yesterday. I had the last twenty pages to go and polished them off early in the morning because I just couldn't wait! I couldn't get this story out of my head, and I think it'll stay there for a while yet.
The Scent of Rain and Lightning is an intense thriller that kept me turning each page with the expectation of getting to the truth. Instead, it kept throwing me deeper into the thick of things and the tangled web of this family and town. This is a great, well-written book with a vivid location, characters, and a satisfying ending too. I particularly enjoyed the story of Jody and Collin. I found it sweet in a very innocent sort of way.(less)
**spoiler alert** Last year, I read and absolutely loved I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER. So when I found out that there was a sequel, I just had to read it....more**spoiler alert** Last year, I read and absolutely loved I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER. So when I found out that there was a sequel, I just had to read it. I grabbed it a few days ago and finished it this afternoon. My gosh, what a great book!
John Cleaver isn't you average teenager, although he tries to come across that way. He's fascinated with serial killers, helps his mother in the mortuary, and feels more comfortable with dead people than the living ones around him. And after killing a demon, he's been feeling a little desperate. He needs something to take the edge off his craving and setting small fires seems to help. For a while.
When the bodies of dead women start showing up around town, he suspects there might be a new serial killer in town. But what are the odds of that? After all, he lives in a small community where even one serial killer was an oddity. That's when he realises that the new killer might be trying to send someone a message. That's also when things get moving.
John becomes a target and when his secret desires are discovered, he finds himself in the starring role in a game set up by a vicious killer who likes to imprison his victims and calls them 'toys'. As if dating the girl he has macabre fantasies about wasn't hard enough to deal with.
Mr Monster is an awesome and very entertaining book featuring a very complicated sociopath. And you know what? He might have evil intentions in mind and might fantasise about horrible things I can't understand, but I couldn't help but like him. John breaks a lot of his own rules in this book, but at the end of the day manages to stumble out as a hero. Again.
I think this is a very clever series. It's hard to create a teenage character with serial killer tendencies and make him sympathetic, especially since he does some pretty awful things. But this book works on so many levels, and it's totally addictive! I want more. (less)
I'm a huge Stephen King fan. I've got every single one of his books. Some, I have in multiple editions. This is one of those. I wanted to sample the n...moreI'm a huge Stephen King fan. I've got every single one of his books. Some, I have in multiple editions. This is one of those. I wanted to sample the new Flipback books from Hachette, and was lucky enough to get a copy of this awesome book.
First, let's talk about the actual story...
Paul Sheldon is the popular author of the Misery Chastain books, featuring a character he has a love/hate relationship with. So, after he finishes her off--literally--he's spent some time writing a new novel. Something fresh and different. A story he's looking forward to sharing with the world, so he can leave the characters of Misery behind. However, on his way home, he gets caught up in a bad storm, loses control of the car, and winds up in a ditch.
Lucky for him, he wakes up in the 'safety' of a house. Annie Wilkes happens to be a nurse and rescued him from the wrecked car. She's taking care of him. Oh, and she also happens to be his "number-one" fan. She loves the Misery books. But when she reads the latest one, she's not satisfied with the ending and demands Paul write her a special installment of Misery. One that brings the character back to life.
As Paul struggles to bring back to life a character he was happy to say goodbye to, he finds his own life being threatened at every turn. Because Annie's not well. She's unstable, cruel, and truly psychotic. Not only does he find himself writing a novel that doesn't cheat and satisfies Annie, but he becomes the tortured, immobile captive of a psycho who slowly starts to cut into him. And I don't mean just his sanity and endurance, either.
Now, let's talk about the format...
This is the first Flipback I've ever read, so it was quite an experience. This book is compact--actually, it fits in the palm of your hand, and in your pocket--so you can take it anywhere with you. It's cute and very well made. I also love that cover! The writing inside is clear and easy to read. It has sideways-printed text, which means you read the book the opposite way you would a paperback or hardback.
The only problem I had with it was that because the pages are thin, they stuck sometimes, making it hard to turn the page. And when you're reading a Stephen King book, you really want to turn those pages quickly. ;)
Also, it reminded me of the small Bible I got from scripture class when I was a kid. Which is not a surprise, since they were invented in Holland by a Bible publisher.
Personally, I started out feeling a little skeptical about this format... but I have to admit that I really liked it. I love books, no matter what the format, and as long as the story I'm reading captivates me, I'm all for every type of format. And this one is a pretty cool and unique one.
The final word...
Misery is another page-turning, horror-filled, amazing book by the artful Stephen King. Not only did it keep me on the edge of my seat because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next, but it made me cringe. It made me angry, sad, and even happy when Paul experienced even a little bit of hope. I became as haunted by Annie as he was, and kept expecting her to do something crazy to someone at every turn. Which she does. Many times.
When I finished Misery, I was exhausted! I was glad to have finally gotten to the end of Paul's nightmare, but also felt sad because I didn't want the book to end.
As uncomfortable as this book made me in many places, I truly loved it!(less)
When I received an ARC for this book, I have to admit that I was intrigued. I mean, how could I not want to know what happens to this poor girl who en...moreWhen I received an ARC for this book, I have to admit that I was intrigued. I mean, how could I not want to know what happens to this poor girl who ends up left for dead in a rosebush? Of course I wanted to know what happened, and get to know this character...
Jane Freeman is just like every other popular teenage girl in high school. She has two very close friends--Kate and Langley--a gorgeous boyfriend--David--as well a friend who shares her interest in photography--Scott. She loves taking pictures and going out with her friends, but not all is as rosy as it appears on the outside. Especially not when she wakes up in the hospital after being run down by a car and left for dead.
She can't move or remember anything about the party she attended, or how she ended up in the rosebush.
Whoever did this to her is still taunting her, and is very determined to make sure that she winds up dead, or at least insane with paranoia. Mostly by playing psychological games that wind up making her come across nuts to her family, friends, and the doctors.
Yet, as the layers start peeling back and Jane finds herself suspecting every single one of her friends, the story delves into a past riddled with complicated friendships, sadness and uncertainty. As she slowly realises just how high the price for popularity is, her relationship with her mother deteriorates further.
If only she could remember what happened that night... but soon she realises that there's a reason she can't remember anything. The truth is too horrible to admit to anyone, let alone herself.
Rosebush is an excellent, and very clever book. As soon as I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. And when I did, I kept thinking about it, my fingers itching to get back to it. Every time something new was revealed from Jane's past, I started to formulate who might be responsible for her attempted murder, but every time I got it wrong, lol. This book is so full of twists and turns, and red herrings. An awesome way to make you certain you know exactly what's going on, but you wind up just as confused about everything as Jane.
If you enjoy psychological thrillers that'll keep you guessing, you'll love this one. I know I did!(less)
**spoiler alert** I found the description of this book intriguing. And when I read that the author actually wrote it during NaNoWriMo, I couldn't wait...more**spoiler alert** I found the description of this book intriguing. And when I read that the author actually wrote it during NaNoWriMo, I couldn't wait to get stuck into it...
Rose has recently settled into the new house she's enjoyed renovating in the countryside with her husband and two daughters. She's enjoying getting into some sort of family routine and is finally in a comfortable place with her artist husband, Gareth. However, when her best friend Polly becomes a widow, Rose invites her and her two sons to stay with them until they get themselves settled.
Although Rose's husband isn't thrilled with the idea, because he doesn't particularly like Polly, she still comes to stay. And things start going downhill from there. Rose and Polly have a very odd friendship. They've known each other since they were kids and seem to share a very toxic presence in each other's life. The lives of these two women are intertwined in a series of shocking events. Their connection is filled with wicked manipulation, and sick games. One that actually puts Rose's baby in the hospital.
Suddenly, everything in Rose's life is out of control and she can't get on top of things, but Polly is there to take over and settle the household...
This book is so well written that I was instantly sucked in. The story got under my skin so much that I couldn't wait to read more. But I have to admit, Rose frustrated me. A lot. She was in total denial about her friend's actions and motivations, and let Polly pretty much run riot and ruin her life so much she ends up losing just about everything. Though, Rose isn't as innocent as she first appears. She's very fickle, easily led, and has done plenty of Pollyesque-type things herself.
Cuckoo is a very clever book, with a very spooky story of two friends with so many secrets between them that one of them feels obliged to let the other pop into her life periodically to ruin it. The tension is so thick, I turned every page anticipating what awaited me... all the way to the very shocking conclusion.
I have to admit that the end of the book made me groan, though. Yet, it made perfect sense. This was a great debut!(less)
I was looking forward to reading this book, because I've always loved the Red Riding Hood story and was looking forward to reading a retelling with a...moreI was looking forward to reading this book, because I've always loved the Red Riding Hood story and was looking forward to reading a retelling with a new twist.
Valerie lives in the town of Daggorhorn with her sister and her parents. They live within a fortress to keep the Wolf from entering their town, and instead offer him a 'sacrifice' every month. Valerie's strong and different, doesn't care as much about boys as her sister and friends. Well, not until a boy from her past--Peter--appears again. She's pretty much tempted by him right away, but is soon betrothed to Henry.
When her sister is killed by the Wolf, a dangerous cycle begins and Father Solomon--a determined werewolf hunter--pops in to help them out. Slowly a very dark and hidden secret is revealed...and Valerie gets caught in the middle of it.
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, and got swept up in the story. I liked Valerie right away and also the mystery. I couldn't wait to find out who the Wolf really was, and kept suspecting one person, and then another. However, as soon as Peter entered the scene, I found my interest waver. All of a sudden, Valerie seems to make strange decisions that I found a little out of character, even considering what falling in love can do to someone, it just didn't seem to fit.
After that, I lost interest and couldn't follow any of the characters. Also, although the story was well written, the unexpected head-hopping kept pulling me out of the story's flow. Oh, and the fact that the book ends but there's mention of a 'bonus chapter available on the website' made the experience even less fulfilling. I didn't like that without reading this 'bonus chapter' you don't even find out who the Wolf is.
Red Riding Hood is a tension-filled thriller with a lot of twists and turns, but ultimately, I wasn't as bewitched by it as I'd hoped I'd be. (less)
This is the second book in Stephen Woodworth's Violet series. In the first book, Through Violet Eyes, we met Natalie Lindstrom. Natalie is a Violet, b...moreThis is the second book in Stephen Woodworth's Violet series. In the first book, Through Violet Eyes, we met Natalie Lindstrom. Natalie is a Violet, born with violet eyes she's able to channel dead people and used to work for the NAACC's Crime Division. But she left several years ago to take care of her daughter. Callie is now five years old, and as much as she's tried to shield her from both the Corp's influence and what she is, everything catches up with Natalie in this installment.
After deciding to help her friend and deputy DA, Inez Mendoza, Natalie finds herself thrown back into the life she's tried so hard to escape. The trial of a young man charged with his parents' murder hooks her back into the dark and dangerous world of the Violets and into the path of a dangerous spirit. While also forcing her to face a few personal issues from the past. Things that shaped the way she is now.
Her father's reappearance in her life and all the resentment she felt towards him for dumping her in the Corps school, at the same time that she's dragged back into the life of her mentally ill mother, only add to the trouble brewing in her life.
With Red Hands was another intriguing and very interesting book that enhances this alternate world of the Violets, while also opening up Natalie a lot more than she was in the first book. With her daughter to care for, everything becomes riskier and harder to deal with. Yet, at the same time, Callie seems to become her connection to others, especially family. A connection that she needs in order to stay strong and capable.
Once again, this was a seriously great book that only hooked me further into the series.(less)
I have to admit that the concept of this book totally grabbed me. After reading the blurb, I knew I wanted to read this book. And I loved it!
In this a...moreI have to admit that the concept of this book totally grabbed me. After reading the blurb, I knew I wanted to read this book. And I loved it!
In this alternate universe, the Violets are people who can channel the dead. They are born with the skill and all have violet eyes. They also have some fascinating jobs within society and are actively expected to help out whenever the authorities need them. They are also closely monitored and controlled by the NAACC, and often testify in court by serving as conduits to the dead.
When someone starts killing Violets, FBI agent Dan teams up with Violet Natalie to solve the murders, while also babysitting her to make sure she's kept save. As more of the people from Natalie's past turn up dead, it becomes obvious that she could be the next target. The longer Dan spends with Natalie, the more his reluctance to have anything to do with Violets fades.
The mystery of who and why the killer is targetting Violets was fantastically woven, with new clues exposed along the way that made it look as if Dan and Natalie were on the right track, only to be pushed in another direction. The red herrings were cleverly thrown in, and even when I started suspecting someone, I was suddenly pushed off course.
Through Violet Eyes is an intriguing and interesting book that sucked me in from the very beginning. The concept of the Violet's ability is amazing, every detail so planned out that by the final revelation, you can't help but nod your head and appreciate just how clever this book was. And the black room - where souls are trapped until they move on - is described so vividly that I got chills just thinking about it.
The end left me feeling a little melancholy. There's a shade of deep sadness, but the spark of hope intrigued me. Since this is the first book in a series, I can't wait to read more! This is a seriously great book.(less)
After reading (and absolutely loving) The Body Finder, I was really excited when I received the second book in this series for review.
Violet's life ha...moreAfter reading (and absolutely loving) The Body Finder, I was really excited when I received the second book in this series for review.
Violet's life has changed recently. Several months back, she helped find the bodies of several missing girls, which led to the serial killers being caught. Well, one of them died. Her relationship with Jay continues to bloom, though it does come with its own complications. Since they admitted to being in love with each other and Jay almost got killed trying to save Violet, he's a lot more protective of her and sometimes she feels like she can't depend on him the way she did when they were best friends. And the fact he's made a new friend lately--a new boy in town, Mike--doesn't help.
The only constant in her life is her ability to feel/hear the dead calling to her, as well as the matching imprint left on the killer. So the day she goes into Seattle with her friend, Chelsea, and finds herself following the sound of a harp into a shipyard, she returns later and calls 911 to report what she found. Soon after, a little boy is found inside a container, and the FBI finds Violet.
Desires of the Dead was an awesome, intriguing book that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. I loved it, and was hooked from the beginning and found myself totally lost in Violet's life. I felt bad for her, because even though she has people around her who love and care about her, she doesn't want to burden them with her problems and instead ended up not being able to cope.
Also, I think that adding Sara and Rafe to the cast gives Violet's gift another outlet, and the possibility of another direction. One, which I hope helps her turn it into something positive.
I can't wait to find out more about the next book in this excellent series...(less)
After absolutely loving the first and second books in the John Cleaver series, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one... and it didn't disappoint....moreAfter absolutely loving the first and second books in the John Cleaver series, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one... and it didn't disappoint.
John's not like other teenage boys. He doesn't have real friends, he tries to keep his distance from girls, he enjoys helping his mother in the family mortuary, he's an expert on serial killers, he has a set of rules he constantly recites to himself, and he's a sociopath. Oh, plus he's killed two demons. Evil demons that decided to terrorise his town. And now, there's a new demon in town and she's got her eye on John.
The new killer in town seems to be very ritualistic and kills public leaders. While John is trying to figure out how he can stop Nobody--the female demon he's sure is responsible for these deaths--he befriends Marci. However, not all is as it seems and for once, John might actually find himself up against a real serial killer, and another who is directly connected to the unexplained number of teenage suicides...
I particularly liked seeing how John dealt with a girlfriend--something he's never wanted, but unwillingly finds himself with. Marci, the hot girl in school who shouldn't technically even look his way, really affects him. She makes him realise that he's not as alone as he always thought he was, and that other people are also interested in murderers and what makes them tick. Their relationship was sweet, and tragic. And it changes John, in the most devastating way.
I Don't Want to Kill You is an awesome book! It's entertaining and dark, and I enjoyed it very much. It's just as addictive as the two before it and a real page-turner. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next, but was saddened when I got to the end.
I really enjoyed this trilogy, and just found out that this will be the last book in the John Cleaver series. No! I could totally read more books with John as the narrator. Still, this was a wonderful end to John's trilogy. Not just because it intensified everything, but because we get to see a side of John we haven't seen before.... in a very human way.(less)
DI Cass Jones lives in a very dark future London, where most of the world is in financial ruin, crime is pretty much everywhere, diseases are more common and deadly, and most people lead impossibly hard lives. To add to that, London is rocked by a terrorist attack, which is later mirrored in two other cities around the world. Except, these aren't your average terrorists.
This might not be a case Cass is investigating, but he does get dragged into it. Even if he's too busy trying to figure out why so many university students are suddenly killing themselves and leaving behind this message: Chaos in the darkness. He also receives a message that his dead brother left for him, claiming that his child (Cass's nephew) is still alive because 'They' took him.
At first none of these strange and bizarre events seem to be connected, but the more Cass finds out, the further he's dragged into the mess that's going on around him. And he starts to figure out that all of these events are not just connected, but all lead back to the one man: Mr. Bright.
But Mr. Bright isn't alone this time. There are more like him and they have plans for the world, while they play their mysterious and dangerous games of betrayal.
The characters in this book are amazingly real, and wicked. It's once again written in the shared POV of several of them, giving us a peek into what some of the other players are getting up to.
The Shadow of the Soul is an amazing book. I was instantly sucked into this bleak and hardened world, and got so caught up that the tension and danger at every point had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to see where everything was going to lead. Although there were a few crumbs of explanation, just like everything else about this trilogy so far, nothing is as it seems and I was left with more questions than answers.
I love the shadowy existence of The Bank, and now that we know a little bit more about them, I can't wait for the last book!(less)
A scary, thrilling ride through a haunted house story with a twist. It's a page-turner!" --Yolanda Sfetsos
I've been looking forward to reading this st...moreA scary, thrilling ride through a haunted house story with a twist. It's a page-turner!" --Yolanda Sfetsos
I've been looking forward to reading this story since I first heard Ericka Scott chatting about the idea she had on her blog a few years ago. And I'm very lucky to have gotten to read an advance copy of it, because it was quite a scary ride!
Malcolm and Monica McFee might be twins, but they're very different. For starters, Monica is a skeptic born into a psychically-gifted family. Malcolm has no choice but to believe because of what he can see around him. Still, they both work together on a show called Happily Ever Afterlife.
However, their next assignment includes teaming up with their biggest competition--the rival show, Bump in the Night. The two teams will have to spend a weekend at the Harrington House in Crescent Cove, and the losing team gets voted off the air. So, the twins and their cameraman head out to the house and meet up with Irene Hopkins and Enigma Mysterio.
From the moment the teams arrive, strange things start to happen. Those who are sensitive to ghosts start to see them, those who aren't are taken advantage of, and someone is playing all of them. Yet, there's something really dark lurking in the Harrington House, something that won't stop until it's satisfied...
Told primarily in the POV of Malcom and Monica as they each go through their very different paths, it also provides insight to several other characters. Essential pieces that take us to different parts of the haunted house and what each character is going through. Also, the terror continues until the very end.
Wild Ghost Chase has a bit of everything. It's an engrossing, thrilling story that keeps you guessing every step of the way. Just when you think you know what's going on, you eventually figure out that you're completely wrong. There's also one spooky situation after another, some which are downright frightening and gave me goosebumps. But at the same time, there are also several tender moments to smooth out the horrifying events underlining the narrative.
I really enjoyed this book. If you like stories about haunted houses with an edge of horror, you'll love it. If you like a good mystery that'll keep you guessing, you'll love it. If you like to be teased with a touch of romance, you'll definitely love this book. Either way, if those three things don't get you, the suspense will!(less)
I'm a big Rachel Caine fan, so when I heard she had a new series coming out, I had to get the first book. And man, am I glad I did! Even though I've s...moreI'm a big Rachel Caine fan, so when I heard she had a new series coming out, I had to get the first book. And man, am I glad I did! Even though I've still got the last two Weather Warden books on my TBR bookshelf--on purpose, because I'm just not ready to say 'goodbye' to that series yet :(--I knew this one wouldn't sit there for long. I wasn't wrong. ;)
When Bryn Davis goes to Fairview Mortuary for her first day of work, she sure as hell didn't expect it to become the day from hell! Seriously. Sure, her boss seems nice enough and is keen to train her thoroughly, but anything that can go wrong, does. Not to mention that she stumbles onto a disturbing secret big enough to get her killed.
But being killed is only the start of her ordeal, because she then becomes involved with Patrick McCallister and Joe Fideli, to take down the powerful pharmaceutical company, Pharmadene, before their evil plot can take hold with a revolutionary drug that will change the world...
OMG, I absolutely loved this book! Everything about it was fantastic. It was a very unique twist to the zombie genre, that's for sure.
I really liked Bryn. The poor thing goes from one bad situation and into another, becoming a pawn in a very dangerous game. Not to mention that she's not exactly human and has to deal with that every single day of her life. Oh, and McCallister. Yeah, he was cool too.
If there's one thing Rachel Caine can do very well is write memorable, strong heroines and mysterious, brave heroes. Then she likes to throw this winning combination into impossible situations. The tension in this book kept me guessing from start to finish, and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Not to mention that even the secondary characters were awesome! Mr. French was a cutie. Oh, and Manny Glickman and Pansy Taylor from The Red Letter Days series make an appearance. I loved it.
Okay, I'm officially hooked on another Rachel Caine series, because this book was a total winner! :)(less)
This is actually the first Harlan Coben book I've ever read, and I have to say that I was totally hooked from the very start. Seriously, this book tur...moreThis is actually the first Harlan Coben book I've ever read, and I have to say that I was totally hooked from the very start. Seriously, this book turned out to be a page-turner for me.
Mickey is the new kid in town, and he's living with his uncle. Getting stuck with an estranged uncle is hard, but with his father dead and his mother in rehab, Mickey has nowhere else to go. Besides, he's got an arrangement with Uncle Myron to keep him out of his business. Mostly. So, now he's living in the same place where his father and uncle grew up.
However, just when he thought he couldn't lose anymore, his new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes. After losing so many people in his life, he decides to get to the bottom of it and tries to track down where she is and what happened to her. With the help of some unlikely kids from school, he sets out to uncover the mystery and instead finds himself caught up in a very dangerous situation, with very violent people. Things aren't always what they seem, everyone seems to be keeping secrests, and a deeper mystery--something a lot closer to his family, than anything else--slowly starts to appear. Making him doubt everything he thinks he knows, and making him hope for the impossible.
Before long, Mickey finds himself in a downward and very dangerous spiral that may/may not lead to some answers he's searching for... and others he didn't even know were possible.
OMG, this book was seriously awesome! Not only is it so well written that Mickey's an excellent narrator with a compelling voice, but I loved the mystery at the very core of the story. I also liked his friends Ema and Spoon, and even Rachel. There are some very heartbreaking scenes in this book as Mickey tries to come to terms with the truth of what his mother's become, and can't let go of his father's death.
Shelter turned out to be a wonderful surprise! It kept me guessing, and the suspense was killing me right until the very end! I really enjoyed it, and can't wait to catch up with Mickey and his friends again. Oh, and I can't wait to find out about the other secrets the Bat Lady has to share with him. She was also a nice addition to a very interesting cast of characters.(less)
I have to admit, I enjoy a good ghost story (actually, I've even got an upcoming series featuring ghosts) so I was looking forward to getting stuck in...moreI have to admit, I enjoy a good ghost story (actually, I've even got an upcoming series featuring ghosts) so I was looking forward to getting stuck into this book...
When Grey Wednesday happened, the world changed forever. All of a sudden, every person in the world was haunted by a ghost from their past. Some, by ghosts they didn't even know. That's the case for detective, Oscar Mariani. He doesn't know the boy haunting him, but the appearance of this ghost changed the course of his life.
Now, three years later, the world is a horrible, bleak place. Oscar works for a unit--dubbed, the Barelies--specialising in crimes committed in regards to these ghosts, but it's under threat of being closed.
The night he becomes involved with investigating the death of a teenage girl with some sort of carvings on her flesh, Oscar gets caught up in an investigation that no one wants him to follow... because it leads to death, ritualistic magic, and the horrid misuse of young girls who can't protect themselves.
The Broken Ones is a dark and gritty thriller that doesn't shy away from the horrid side of the world, and even delves into some pretty heavy paranormal and mythical situations. I loved the fact that no matter how much he searches and tries to figure out what's going on, Oscar gets himself deeper into trouble. No matter how hard he tries, both his professional and personal life suffer to the point of breaking. Still, he's got the guts and determination to continue. He's one of the most flawed characters I've ever read, but I still enjoyed following him into the pits of hell.
This is a unique, fast-paced book with an awesome concept, that kept me guessing until the big mystery is revealed. And I wasn't disappointed. Stephen M. Irwin's written another intriguing book!(less)
I read the book version of this story several years ago, and really enjoyed it. So when hubby suggested we sit down and check this version out togethe...moreI read the book version of this story several years ago, and really enjoyed it. So when hubby suggested we sit down and check this version out together, I thought it would be fun. And it was!
Hubby, daughter and I huddled around while I read it out loud. It was as spooky and thrilling as I remember, but with the added pop-up feature it made everything a lot clearer. We all enjoyed Trisha's quest to find her way out of the scary woods after she gets lost. The art is lovely, and the way the book totally opens up is excellent. I hadn't looked at a pop-up book for ages, and this one didn't disappoint.
It was an awesome idea! And it's fun for the whole family... especially since this is about the only Stephen King story I can share with my daughter. :)(less)