This is the first book in the Darkest Powers trilogy. It's set in the same world as Kelley's Otherworld series, and I found myself getting caught up i...moreThis is the first book in the Darkest Powers trilogy. It's set in the same world as Kelley's Otherworld series, and I found myself getting caught up in Chloe's story with the same degree that I do with all of her other fantastic books.
I enjoyed not only the story - which I'm very eager to continue with the next book - but Chloe's voice, vulnerability, and fear. She's a teenager trying to be like everyone else, but she isn't. She's never been like everyone else, and is slowly finding out why. I also enjoyed the way she continued to reference a lot of her experiences to movie scenes. A way to help her relieve the stress and fear that arises as she starts to understand a little of what's going on around her.
The tension kept me on the edge of my seat. Some of the ghost scenes are incredibly scary and creepy, all because of her emotional reaction to it. Her connection to Derek and Simon (especially Derek) was fascinating and I can't help but wonder where that's all going to go. (less)
I grabbed this book from my bookshelf yesterday and as soon as I got started, knew that it was going to be a fast read. And I wasn't wrong. I got swep...moreI grabbed this book from my bookshelf yesterday and as soon as I got started, knew that it was going to be a fast read. And I wasn't wrong. I got swept away with the story instantly. Deirdre's voice was smooth, melodic, and she totally dragged me into her story... which happpened to be amazing!
Not only is the plot for this book an intriguing work of art, but the characters were deep and felt incredibly real in a world of very unreal creatures. I loved every minute of this story, and the emotional connection between Deirdre and Luke helped to make this story shine.
I love reading tales about faeries, and this one was fantastic! Oh, and the actual book is lovely. The artwork within the book - as well as the cover and the inside of the cover - is gorgeous! Seriously, I loved everything about this book. *sigh* (less)
I enjoyed this well-constructed story about a teenager who loses her family in a car accident and feels so responsible that she pretty much decides to...moreI enjoyed this well-constructed story about a teenager who loses her family in a car accident and feels so responsible that she pretty much decides to withdraw from life. She's pretty and has lovely long, blonde hair that she hides beneath hooded sweaters. And she's constantly listening to music so that she doesn't have to hear the thoughts of others. Oh, did I mention that after the accident she can see people's auras and read their thoughts? Well, she can.
Ever's living a quiet life with her aunt, staying in the shadows and enjoying the company of her two best friends, Haven and Miles. However, when she meets Damen, everything changes. As much as she tries to keep her distance, she just can't ignore how he makes her feel and gets caught up in a whirlwind of emotion and revelation.
This is a lovely story about a very emotional young girl who is forced to come to terms with life after she feels she doesn't deserve it. It's packed with interesting characters, amazing explanations, and a great conclusion. I liked Ever's voice because it was honest and often moody, matching her reactions.
I found this book intoxicating. A story that intrigued me with the concept and then compelled me with every new turn of the page.
I loved that this boo...moreI found this book intoxicating. A story that intrigued me with the concept and then compelled me with every new turn of the page.
I loved that this book was drenched in a layer of bizarre strangeness, and an air of darkness that surrounds Gabriel's story from the very beginning. So many times I found myself wondering if what was happening to him was a dream, a nightmare, or some sort of delusional episode brought on by the confusion he faces every single day.
As hard as I tried to solve the mystery of who Gabriel really was, I never came close to the truth. The reality of who he really is and how he got to be in Budapest blew me away. It was sheer, unexpected genius.
The final confrontation scene will have you guessing and second guessing yourself over and over. I swayed from one side to the other continually, but was more than satisfied with the path Gabriel took. It's always amazing when you have to ask yourself who the good guy really is -- is it the one that's on the supposed good side, or the supposed bad guy willing to help and answer your questions?
The Ninth Circle is a fantastical, unique, odd, dark ride through the pages of a journal kept by a man who doesn't remember who he is but slowly begins to unravel the puzzle of his life as he learns to become himself from scratch. I enjoyed every moment of it, even the melancholy end that kept me wanting more... (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)
This is one spooky book by Aussie author, Stephen M. Irwin. A story that chilled me to the bone and made me squirm in my seat with its vivid imagery,...moreThis is one spooky book by Aussie author, Stephen M. Irwin. A story that chilled me to the bone and made me squirm in my seat with its vivid imagery, and often disturbing scenes. I was hooked from the beginning.
When Nicholas loses his wife after a freak accident, he blames himself and decides to leave London. He just can't handle seeing ghosts caught in their deathly cycles in London anymore. So, he returns to Australia, to the place where he grew up. The same place where a whole lot of horrible things happened, but his mother still lives there and he decides to stay with her for a little while. Not realising that his return has reawakened an old evil that haunted him as a kid. Not to mention that even here, he still sees ghosts.
I love a book that firmly puts you in a real life world, with real life problems and then before you realise what's going on, has thrown you into the depths of a supernatural situation that is creepy, mysterious, and damn scary. Of course, by then, it's too late to surface from the depths you've willingly dived into.
This is exactly what this book did to me.
The Dead Path is a brilliant story about a man whose past catches up with him in the most freaky way possible. Of how ancient secrets never really die. Of a horrid mystery that lives inside The Woods of Tallong and wants to devour Nicholas.
I enjoyed how downright scary this book got in some spots. Some scenes were very disturbing and made me uncomfortable, but you know, I loved every minute of it! This one's a book worth checking out. A great horror story with a cast of characters that will keep you interested until the last - very chilling - word.(less)
OMG! This story was a little gem. Honestly, it was a lot of fun! And what about the cover? I think it's perfect.
Lettie sells makeup and when she stops...moreOMG! This story was a little gem. Honestly, it was a lot of fun! And what about the cover? I think it's perfect.
Lettie sells makeup and when she stops by a rundown house she'd never noticed before and a woman in desperate need of a makeover opens the door, Lettie makes it her mission to make Olga beautiful. It doesn't matter how dry or damaged Olga's skin is, Lettie goes out of her way to make her look and feel better.
I enjoyed the natural flow of the tale and just how determined Lettie was to get the job done, no matter what the obstacles. And trust me, trying to makeover a zombie can be hard work. Lol. I laughed out loud a lot while reading this.
This story was fun, quirky, and funny. Oh, and I absolutely loved the ending. I kept waiting for something horrible to happen... (less)
With a cover like this one, I just knew that I was stepping into some wicked and scary territory!
Kimberly is a teenager who suffers from horrible drea...moreWith a cover like this one, I just knew that I was stepping into some wicked and scary territory!
Kimberly is a teenager who suffers from horrible dreams about monsters. She also has terrible seizures that break her parents' heart. So, of course, they want to do anything they can to help and console her. But when she attends the prom and things take an unexpected turn, they have no choice but to do whatever it takes to help their daughter.
I really enjoyed this story. It kept me on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out what was just around the corner... because I knew it wouldn't be good. I felt sorry for Kimberly. The poor thing had no idea what was happening to her.
This is a creepy, creepy story that'll satisfy horror fans as well as anyone who likes to get a good scare just waiting for the monster to step out of the shadows! Loved it. And the end will definitely satisfy. :)(less)
This isn't a very long book and although I didn't expect the surprise ending, I often found it easy to lose interest in what was going on. Mainly it's...moreThis isn't a very long book and although I didn't expect the surprise ending, I often found it easy to lose interest in what was going on. Mainly it's because the book is told in the POV of Anax, a girl who's hoping to get into the Academy and is facing her exam, but also tells the story of how the past was shaped to become the world she lives in now. That involves the story of Adam and Art. Adam is human and Art is an AI.
I really wanted to find out more about Anax. I really enjoyed the snippet and quick glimpses we got of her life. I think I would've loved this story if the main focus was on her life, not the endless conversations between Adam and Art and what eventually led to The Final Dilemma. They got a little dull.
The thing that I enjoyed the most was finding out just what The Academy really did and who was living in this society. Other than that, the ending left me a little shocked. Not really because of what happened, but because I wish I'd cared more. (less)
I was looking forward to checking out this re-release. I've actually read it before, but got caught up in it all over again...
In a world where living...moreI was looking forward to checking out this re-release. I've actually read it before, but got caught up in it all over again...
In a world where living forever is a real concept for adults, children are seen as Surplus and are taken from their parents and stuck in institutions. While inside, they're taught that their parents hated them. Otherwise, why else would they have had them? And that they'll pretty much only be good for slavery. It's a terrifying concept, and one that is explored and very successfully achieved in this book.
Anna is a Prefect in Grange Hall. She's also a Valuable Asset and asides from keeping a journal (which isn't allowed) she pretty much plays by the rules. However, when Peter arrives and insists that he knows her parents, Anna's life starts to change and leads her to a scary adventure. Suddenly, she can't help but question everything around her, everything she's been taught by the cruel House Matron and the instructors who discipline them with beatings and isolation.
This was a fantastic book! I loved everything about it, and felt so sorry for these children and teenagers whose only crime was being born. None deserved to be treated the way they were, and it saddened me. I also liked the twist that is revealed towards the end of the book that involves Peter, because it brings the whole issue full circle. Very clever, indeed.
This is a very pretty book, btw. The new cover is lovely.
I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!(less)
I borrowed this from the library. It's the latest in my long string of futuristic/post-apocalyptic-YA-binge books. And it didn't disappoint.
When I st...moreI borrowed this from the library. It's the latest in my long string of futuristic/post-apocalyptic-YA-binge books. And it didn't disappoint.
When I started to read HILN, I instantly noticed how different the narrative was from what I'm used to. A technique that should've failed and grated on my nerves, instead became an intoxicating narrative that gripped me from the very start.
This isn't a happy story. Elizabeth - known as Daisy - has been sent off to stay with her aunt and cousins in England because her evil stepmother has decided she doesn't want her around. A stranger in a strange land, she immediately connects to her four cousins - especially the mysterious Edmond. Their connection is so strong that he seems to read her mind. Then again, most of her cousins appear to have some sort of gift.
Anyway, in the grips of love - both physical and emotional - Daisy's life changes when war strikes. Everything changes overnight and horrible things happen around her, and to her. It's a sad time for all of them, but Daisy's strength never lets down. And the end is heart-wrenching.
Firstly, I have to say that the American covers for the Harper Connelly series are super creepy! Especially this one. Honestly, when I started reading...moreFirstly, I have to say that the American covers for the Harper Connelly series are super creepy! Especially this one. Honestly, when I started reading the book and realised just what this cover was supposed to represent... *shiver*
I've had this book (and the third one) on my bookshelf for quite some time and decided to catch up on it, since the fourth one's going to be released very soon.
I really enjoyed the first one, so I knew this one would be great too. I love the mysteries in this series. And this one was a creepy, creepy one. Seriously, when Harper goes to an old cemetery to prove her talent, she ends up finding two corpses in one of the graves. And one of the bodies happens to be that of a little girl she'd failed to find several months back.
After that, her and Tolliver find themselves under suspicion from the police, hounded by an FBI agent, and caught in the middle of another family's situation. It's not a happy place to be for Harper. As if she doesn't have enough to deal with. The prejudiced way that others treat her all the time made me angry. Just goes to show how people treat those that are different or they don't understand. :/ It might be a book, but the anger/fear rings true.
The relationship between Harper and her stepbrother is a delicate one, and I'm starting to understand a lot more about the reason why they behave the way they do, and why they're so close.(less)
OMG! This book had a very creepy and depraved crime. And following Harper while she got closer to solving the mystery was a fascinating ride. Seriousl...moreOMG! This book had a very creepy and depraved crime. And following Harper while she got closer to solving the mystery was a fascinating ride. Seriously. I felt so bad for her, because pretty early on, as soon as she finds the first lot of graves in the snow, someone attacks her and she has to spend a few days in the hospital. Of course, that's not the only time she gets into trouble.
It's awful how she always finds herself in the middle. I guess if a criminal's plan gets ruined by someone, they lash out against that person. But still, it's awful. And just when you think everything's been worked out and makes sense, a new turn hits you.
The relationship between her 'brother' changes in this book, in the direction I suspected after I finished reading book 2. Because really, Tolliver isn't her blood brother. I also think that Charlaine is really brave, taking the relationship between Harper and Tolliver in the direction that she did. :) Good on her.
This is the fourth book in the Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris, and I was totally blown away by it. Seriously.
When Harper and Tolliver go t...moreThis is the fourth book in the Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris, and I was totally blown away by it. Seriously.
When Harper and Tolliver go to a cemetery near Dallas for their latest case to help a woman from a very rich family find out how her grandfather died, Harper uncovers a few hidden secrets that someone desperately wants to keep buried. Badly enough to shoot at Harper. But the bullet misses her and instead hits Tolliver, and he ends up in the hospital.
And if that's not bad enough, Tolliver's father is out of jail and has decided that now is the best time to reconnect with his children. Even if he doesn't seem to think too highly of Harper. Not to mention that people keep getting shot around Harper as she slowly uncovers small pieces of the Joyce mystery, with a little help from her psychic friend, Manfred. I was really glad to see that he keeps popping up in the series. He's a very interesting character.
The familial entanglement of the wealthy Joyce family are darkly mirrored and even connected to Harper's. It seems that the longer she spends in Dallas, the more complicated things get. And the less tolerant people seem to be of her newfound relationship with Tolliver. Except for their mutual little sisters who seem excited at the prospect of a wedding.
I absolutely loved this book and adore the series. I'm a huge Sookie Stackhouse fan and didn't think I would get this caught up in Harper's world, but I have. Every book gets better and deeper into the core of Harper's gift and circumstances. The heartbreak of her sister's disappearance has hounded her for years, and in this book it resurfaces in an unexpected way. As sad as it is, I'm glad that Harper is finally able to find some closure in this department.
Grave Secret is an amazing addition to this wonderful series and only deepened my involvement in Harper and Tolliver's life. While also revealing some very shocking and bizarre secrets about their family's harsh past.
I also love how Charlaine Harris can introduce the reader to seemingly simple heroines that are really extraordinary and very resourceful. She did it first with Sookie, and she's done it again with Harper. (less)