When I found out Kelley Armstrong had a new series coming out, I couldn't wait to check it out.
Olivia Taylor-Jones is the daughter of a wealthy Chicag...moreWhen I found out Kelley Armstrong had a new series coming out, I couldn't wait to check it out.
Olivia Taylor-Jones is the daughter of a wealthy Chicago couple. She's lived a life of privilege and does a lot of volunteer work. She's also engaged to a man who has ambitions of going into politics. She's still trying to find her place in the world, but she's young and free to make up her mind when she's ready. Everything is going well. Until the night she finds out she was adopted. Not only is it a shock because she didn't know, but she also happens to be the daughter of Pamela and Todd Larsen--serial killers.
With the revelation, her life is changed forever. Everyone wants to know her story and after a particularly dangerous invasion of privacy, she flees. Now she has to deal with keeping a low profile, as well as with the distance her mother has put between them. Alone and with minimal money, she discovers just how harsh life can be in the real world. And after several bizarre encounters ends up in a small town called Cainsville--a lovely place with friendly people, gargoyles on just about every building, and secrets.
But it's when she meets her birth mother that everything really changes. Olivia starts to remember things, has strange dreams, and sees omens others don't, everywhere. Pamela claims they didn't kill any of the couples and asks Olivia--Eden--if she could pass their case onto a non-profit organisation. They'd like to launch another appeal. She agrees, but decides to pursue the investigation herself. And with the help of her mother's former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, sets out on an adventure that leads to more questions than answers.
Wow. I was hooked from the very beginning and actually found it hard to put the book down. I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I'm SO intrigued by the town of Cainsville, which seems to be built on myth and legends from the old world.
Omens is an awesome book! I enjoyed every minute of it. Olivia's a very interesting character with a lot of heart and determination. She wants to find out the truth, even if it puts her in the path of danger. Gabriel is an enigma with a harsh exterior and ruthless nature. The townsfolk of Cainsville are a mysterious bunch and know a lot more than what they're letting on, can't wait to find out all of their secrets. I also hope we get to find out more about Ricky. :)
There are so many questions left unanswered, so I'm looking forward to reading the next book! (less)
I love the Stephanie Plum series, it's one of my favourites. So whenever a new book comes out, I can't wait to get my hands on it. I love catching up...moreI love the Stephanie Plum series, it's one of my favourites. So whenever a new book comes out, I can't wait to get my hands on it. I love catching up with Steph & Co, and look forward to enjoying their latest shenanigans.
While Stephanie and Lula are staking out Uncle Sunny, they see a giraffe walk by followed by a black car with a satellite dish on the roof. When they pursue, they stumble on an unconscious guy who was shot with a tranquilizer dart in the butt.
Things start out pretty strange, and they get worse.
Since she's not having much luck getting her hands on Sunny because everyone seems to love him, or they're too scared to rat him out, she decides to try other cases. But nothing's working out. So when Ranger asks her out on a 'date' and it turns out to be work related, she decides to help him out. Now she's getting involved in the dangerous world of senior's bingo. And if she's going to find out who's been killing old ladies and then dumping their bodies, she has no choice but to follow it through to the end.
So many bad things happen to Stephanie in this one--she breaks a finger, breaks her nose, falls down the stairs, gets thrown off a bridge--that she decides she's had it with being a bounty hunter. And actually quits long enough to try starting a new career as a butcher...um, yeah. Things don't end well there either. If only she could just make up her mind about which man she wants to share the rest of her life with: Morelli or Ranger. Nah, that's not gonna happen. ;)
Takedown Twenty is another hilarious instalment in this fun series, but it also puts Stephanie in some pretty scary situations. I love how Janet Evanovich always throws Stephanie into the most dire of situations, and keeps making her life harder and fills it with indecision, but can still keep the story light-hearted. I cracked up so many times while I was reading this book, but it also kept me on the edge of my seat because I couldn't wait to find out who the murderer was!
I loved this book, and look forward to the next one. Of course! ;) (less)
I grabbed this short story for free at the Google Play Store and was looking forward to checking it out... but in the end, didn't really enjoy it.
Sken...moreI grabbed this short story for free at the Google Play Store and was looking forward to checking it out... but in the end, didn't really enjoy it.
Skennar is a truckie. He's also not a very nice person with a dodgy past. He's a druggie. And cruel. Not to mention a psycho who totally loses it and does a really bad thing over a stupid gesture. I disliked him almost instantly and kept hoping something bad would happen to him.
The ending wasn't great either. :/
Bottom line: I'm afraid this story didn't work for me.(less)
Last year I read and really enjoyed DEAD TIME--the first book in The Murder Notebooks series--so I was eager to find out what was next for Rose and Jo...moreLast year I read and really enjoyed DEAD TIME--the first book in The Murder Notebooks series--so I was eager to find out what was next for Rose and Joshua.
Rose and Joshua aren't real brother and sister, but their parents lived together for a while so they both remember living as a happy family. Then Rose's mother and Joshua's father went missing, tearing their lives apart. After reconnecting via email and finally meeting, their mutual need to find out what really happened to their parents led them to a mystery that has given them hope. For the first time in years, they're starting to wonder if their parents are still alive.
With the help of Joshua's best friend, Skeggsie, and some notebooks that are written in code, they're hoping to get some answers. But Rose isn't as obsessed with this as Joshua is, and she's gotten caught up in another mystery. Her ex-best friend keeps sending her desperate letters and keeps trying to call her, but Rose wants nothing to do with this girl. When she finds out Rachel is dead, Rose goes back to Mary Linton College to see if she can find out what happened.
During this weekend away--in which Joshua is chasing a lead nearby that takes them to a deserted cottage--they both get caught up in separate mysteries, which might just be connected.
I really enjoyed this book. A lot. I have to admit that it started out a bit slow, and when Rose goes back to her old school I kept trying to figure out how what happened to Rachel linked back to the investigation Joshua and her are doing... and all I had to do was keep reading. It's definitely worth sticking with the book because everything comes out in the end, and it's quite surprising.
The characters in this book are once again well written. I enjoyed following Rose on a trip down memory lane to the only true friend she ever had. The same girl who betrayed her trust and lied so much Rose didn't believe the only truth she ever told her. It's also interesting to see how her feelings towards Joshua are getting all twisted and confused. I wonder if they're ever going to be honest with each other about this? ;)
Killing Rachel is another great suspense story that gives you small answers to the big picture and keeps you feeling as hopeful as the main characters. It's another edge-of-your-seat thriller, intertwining several mysteries that lead the reader down many twists and turns. It's a great read!
I can't wait until the mystery involving their parents finally unravels... (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)
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)
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)
This is one of my favourite series. I always look forward to getting stuck into a new Stephanie Plum book, and this was no exception.
Stephanie's life...moreThis is one of my favourite series. I always look forward to getting stuck into a new Stephanie Plum book, and this was no exception.
Stephanie's life is always full of danger and relationship troubles, but this time things get really bad. The two men in her life have made things very complicated. So complicated that not even a vacation in Hawaii works out for her, and she runs away from both Morelli and Ranger.
But the complications don't stop there. The man sitting next to her on the plane didn't get back on at LAX, and he's later found dead. Oh, and he left her a little souvenir--a photo she quickly discards. As soon as she gets home, strangers are popping up out of nowhere, all wanting the photo she doesn't have. Before long, the FBI, the fake FBI, a hairdresser, and a deranged killer are all after her. Everyone wants the photograph, and if she's not careful, she'll be the next one to be found stuffed into a garbage can.
Not to mention that her arch-nemesis--Joyce Barnhardt--is staying in her apartment, and needs her help. Yeah, poor Stephanie can't seem to catch a break. And she still managed to make me LOL all over the place. :)
Explosive Eighteen is another awesome addition to this very fun and exciting series. Stephanie's always an excellent character to catch up with, as she accidentally gets herself into more trouble than she can handle. Yet, she always manages to make things work, somehow. In her typical bizarre and hilarious manner, she solves the mystery that threatens her life.
If only she could solve her relationship troubles as well...
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)
Mallory isn't doing so well at the moment. Her boyfriend Brian is dead, her parents act a little too cautiously around her, her best friend Colleen is grounded, and Brian's mother keeps hassling her. She's continually haunted by what she did to Brian, even if the trauma of that night has suppressed most of what actually happened.
Home doesn't feel the way it used to, so when her parents announce they're sending her away to boarding school, she's not surprised or excited. At least it'll give her some distance.
Yet, as soon as she arrives in Monroe she realises that sometimes you can't get away from your nightmares. Actually, she unintentionally becomes the target, because some of the kids at this school know what happened. Secrets are currency in this school, and her biggest one defines her. No matter how hard she tries to get away from it, the darkness is always right behind her.
She's paranoid, always looking over her shoulder and believes she's haunted by the angry spirit of her dead boyfriend. It consumes her life, forces her to make rash decisions, and makes it hard to trust other people. The one person she does trust is her best friend Colleen, and I loved how their friendship is constantly tested but survives. I also liked her interaction with an old friend, Reid. A guy who once rejected her but now might be just what she needs to learn to trust guys again.
Hysteria is an intriguing and very interesting book. It's well written and manages to blend the present with the past, peeling away the layers as Mallory tries to drown out the pain and uncertainty of the horrible event that changed her life. As soon as I started reading, I was hooked.
**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)
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)
I'm a sucker for a good mystery, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. And it definitely delivered!
When the brother of a dead supermo...moreI'm a sucker for a good mystery, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. And it definitely delivered!
When the brother of a dead supermodel approaches Cormoran Strike to investigate her death, the private investigator is hesitant. Sure, this guy's brother used to be a friend of his when he was a kid--and died after an accident--but Lula Landry committed suicide by jumping off her balcony. Still, John Bristow is willing to pay a hefty fee, so Cormoran begins an investigation.
Robin Ellacott has just gotten engaged and is over the moon, so when she gets a temp job with a private investigator, it only adds to her happiness. However, her fiancée isn't as thrilled, Cormoran seems to keep her at arm's length, and she's not as involved in the investigation as she'd like to be.
As Cormoran gets deeper into investigating Lula Landry's last few days of life, he discovers that the beautiful supermodel's life was riddled with secrets, mental illness, disappointments, and the constant pestering of the paparazzi and media. The more people he interviews, the deeper he gets into the mystery. He even calls in a few favours along the way, as he slowly starts to piece together the despicable murder of a woman so determined to find herself...
OMG. I loved Cormoran and Robin. Cormoran is a man with a complicated and painful past. He's the son of a supergroupie and the lead singer of a 70s rock band, he's also a war veteran who lost part of his leg while in Afghanistan, and he's involved in a tumultuous relationship with a woman who keeps reeling him back in. Robin is a young, happy woman who wants to help Cormoran and believes in him, no matter what her uptight fiancée is saying behind the scenes.
The Cuckoo's Calling is an intriguing mystery, a total page-tuner. I was hooked from the very beginning. First by Cormoran and Robin, and then by solving Lula's murder. I decided pretty early on that it wasn't a suicide and devoured the details and clues leading up to the answer I wanted to know the most: who done it?
Yeah, I loved this book. I'm looking forward to reading more adventures featuring Cormoran and Robin.(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)
When I received this book for review, I hadn't heard of it. I knew nothing about it, but the blurb sounded interesting so I decided to read the Prolog...moreWhen I received this book for review, I hadn't heard of it. I knew nothing about it, but the blurb sounded interesting so I decided to read the Prologue. Before I realised it, I'd reached the end of Chapter Two, and was totally intrigued. Plus I couldn't wait to keep reading.
Becca King--this isn't her real name--is on the run from her stepfather. A man who has been using her unusual gift, of being able to hear other people's whispers, to his business advantage. But when she hears that he murdered his business partner, her mother finally decides to do something about keeping her daughter safe. The idea is to get her daughter to Whidbey Island, so Becca can stay with an old childhood friend of hers before she can find another, safer place for them both to live and never be found.
It sounds simple enough, but things start going wrong for Becca as soon as she gets on the ferry and she makes an instant enemy. Then she finds out that something awful happened to the woman who was supposed to help her. So her first night turns into a total nightmare, and she has nowhere to go. However, when she runs into Seth, a guy who points her in the right direction, she meets a woman called Debbie, which leads her to a place to live as well as someone who helps her enrol into school.
She also meets Derric, an all round good guy and athlete who happens to have an instant connection with her. However, the day Derric's involved in an accident in Saratoga Woods everything turns upside down because Becca is the one who finds him and places an anonymous call to 911 on the cell phone her mother left her. Derric ends up in a coma and since his adoptive father is the Deputy Sheriff, a serious investigation begins. One that puts Seth and Becca in the thick of suspicion...
The story is told in the POV of Becca, Seth, and Seth's ex-girlfriend, Hayley. Everyone seems to have a deep, dark secret on this island, which makes it very easy for the characters to start doubting each other. I loved how most of them misunderstood each other and allowed their personal insecurities to cloud their vision, as well as project things that weren't really there in others. I also really felt for Becca, as she tries her hardest to keep her head down and remain anonymous but instead gets herself into deeper trouble without intention.
The Edge of Nowhere is an absolute page-turner. An interesting and well written story about a young girl who suffers greatly with the troubling gift--or curse--she inherited, of being able to hear other people's thoughts. It's also a very emotional story, where every single character has a purpose and you feel their emotional scars and pain. Not to mention the mystery at the heart of it all, as everyone struggles to find out what really happened to Derric. Or the paranomal touch to everything.
I really enjoyed this excellent story, and the ending was... wow! What's going to happen next? Can't wait to find out. (less)
I borrowed this book from the library and as soon as I started reading, I was hooked. I got sucked into this one as quickly as I did with the first on...moreI borrowed this book from the library and as soon as I started reading, I was hooked. I got sucked into this one as quickly as I did with the first one.
Em's still being haunted by the three beautiful but super freaky girls she now knows are the Furies. Her neighbour--who also happens to be the guy she's in love with--isn't talking to her. She's becoming distant from her friends and can't concentrate on schoolwork. All she wants to do is spend time trying to figure out a way to stop the Furies from driving her insane. And she's changing.
Skylar is new in town and has a pretty big secret of her own, but she's determined to put it all behind her and become the most popular girl in school. But the way she sets about doing it really took me by surprise. Talk about a mean girl hiding behind an innocent and tortured face. Yikes! Poor Gabby becomes the target for her wrath and as Skylar starts spinning out of control, the Furies seem to gain momentum.
I also liked the addition of the mysterious Crow. Can't wait to see how things turn out there.
Wow. This was another excellent installment! Looking forward to reading the conclusion. (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)
After reading the first book in this series last year, I was looking forward to reading this one, especially after the cliffhanger ending in Shelter....moreAfter reading the first book in this series last year, I was looking forward to reading this one, especially after the cliffhanger ending in Shelter.
Mickey really wants to know what happened to his father, and is starting to wonder if he's really dead at all. The Bat Lady is the one who started him on this path in the first place, but now doesn't want to answer his questions and instead kicks him out of her house.
As much as he wants to know what really happened to his father and if a Nazi from WWII had anything to do with it, one of his friends is in trouble. Rachel was shot and her mother killed. So Mickey and his friends Ema and Spoon can't help themselves, they're determined to help figure out what really happened to Rachel.
As the plot thickens and Mickey continues to search for answers, he gets involved in a very serious situation that leads to some devastating conclusions...
Seconds Away is an interesting addition to this series. I enjoyed it, mostly. There were some high points--Ema's mystery is (kinda) solved and Rachel's case is wrapped up. As well as some low points--too many loose ends not being tied together and the mystery of his father is still not clear. I really wanted to, but I just didn't love this book as much as the first one. It felt like it was missing something...(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)
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)
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)