Let me start by saying how awesome this book looks! It's a shiny green hardback cover, and I absolutely love the WARNING sign attached to the front anLet me start by saying how awesome this book looks! It's a shiny green hardback cover, and I absolutely love the WARNING sign attached to the front and back. Seriously, you can check it out on my blog.
Tamaya is a fifth grader and Marshall is a seventh grader. They both attend Woodridge Academy, and also walk to and from school together because Tamaya's mother doesn't want her to walk to school on her own. They don't talk during school hours so no one knows they're friends. The afternoon Marshall drags her into the woods because he claims he knows a shortcut, something awful happens.
The real reason Marshall wants to avoid their usual route home is because Chad the bully wants to beat him up. Cutting through the woods doesn't keep Chad away. He actually ambushes them. But Tamaya gets them both out of the ordeal by rubbing some gross-looking mud in Chad's face. The two friends escape the bully, but Tamaya develops a really bad rash on her hand.
The next day, Chad isn't at school. He's gone missing. Tamaya's skin irritation is getting worse. And Marshall is enjoying a breather from being bullied. Still, Tamaya can't ignore the fact she knows where Chad is and makes her way into the woods once again. But the kids find a whole lot more than they expected...
I already mentioned how nice this book looks on the outside, but the inside is just as cool. At the start of every chapter, the tiny culprits responsible for a super dangerous outbreak keep spreading along the page. It really is a cool effect and foreshadows how serious things are getting. There are also official documents outlining several enquiries into microorganisms.
Fuzzy Mud turned out to be such a fun and fast read that also tackles serious issues like bullying and the world's growing population problem. The two main characters are very likeable and are just two average kids trying to get on with their lives when they stumble on something out of the ordinary. I read it in one day and couldn't wait to see how things turned out. I have to admit I was really surprised at just how serious things got. It's a clever story that shows just how easily science experiments can get out of hand, no matter what the intentions of the scientist.
I loved the writing style and how on one hand this book can be referred to as light-hearted, while at the same time presenting a very scary (dark) situation....more
I recently read THE DEVIL YOU KNOW and loved it, so I was eager to read another book by the same author.
Callie was stolen away from her father when sI recently read THE DEVIL YOU KNOW and loved it, so I was eager to read another book by the same author.
Callie was stolen away from her father when she was a kid and actually doesn't even remember him. Her mother took her and they were continually on the run, moving from one place to another. She filled her head with lies and encouraged her to become so attached she pretty much made excuses for her mother's bad behaviour. Callie hardly attended school, did what she wanted when she wanted, and continually found herself in meaningless encounters with guys. She's also haunted by a secret childhood trauma that still affects her every single day.
The day her mother is stopped by the police for a broken taillight and they find out who she is, she's incarcerated and Callie is shipped off to Florida. At Tarpon Springs she moves in with her father and his family, where Callie gets her own living space but not much breathing room. Her father comes from a large Greek family and everyone wants to celebrate her return, but she doesn't know how to act around them.
Callie is overwhelmed and feels like everyone wants too much from her. She can't get used to her father's rules. And winds up finding comfort in the arms of bad boy Alex. She has a hard time adjusting to this new life and finds that some of the habits her mother instilled in her are too hard to break...
Okay. I was instantly into this book, but after Callie's life situation changes I slowly started losing interest. The more time I spent getting to know her, the harder it got to stick with her story. She was too sulky, refused to put herself in other people's shoes, lacked understanding, and was definitely unlikeable. I get that she didn't know these people who were now her family, but no matter how much support they offered, all she did was push them away. I also get that she was damaged because of her mother, but it didn't excuse her being so mean and bratty towards the people trying to help her.
So, yeah, I ended up having a love-hate thing with this story. I enjoyed some sections--Callie meeting her new family and how eager they all were to help and get to know her. And didn't like others--her attitude towards just about everyone and everything. In the end, I ended up skimming some of the last half of the book because I couldn't bear to read every page, though I wanted to know how the book was going to end.
Where The Stars Still Shine is a well-written book that starts out strong, but I gradually lost interest. The story grabbed me at the beginning, but just didn't keep me interested. Mostly because I just couldn't connect with Callie. She wasn't very nice, and that was enough for me to become disconnected from her ordeal. It's a shame because I was sure I would enjoy it. :/...more
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Bloomsbury last week, and couldn't wait to read it.
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins who haveI was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Bloomsbury last week, and couldn't wait to read it.
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins who have been homeschooled all of their lives, but when their parents can no longer afford to keep doing that, they start attending school. Something that both excites and concerns the twins because they've spent their whole lives being stared at, pitied, or labelled as freaks by other people. They don't end up attending the same school as their younger sister, but go to a private school.
Here they meet Yasmeen--a girl with her own medical condition--and Jon--a scholarship kid from the wrong part of town--and quickly become friends. Most of the other kids stay as far away from them as they can, but Yasmeen and Jon are always there to help watch over them. They also introduce them to other teenage activities they've never being exposed to. Grace likes spending time with her friends, especially when she starts to develop feelings for Jon.
Life at home is tough. Their father is desperately looking for a job and drowns his sorrows with alcohol. Their mother is always working. Their sister is a ballet dancer who seems to be getting skinnier by the day without anyone noticing. And when things hit rock bottom, it's Grace and Tippi who do something drastic to get the family out of financial trouble. Something they've tried to escape all of their lives.
But when their health fails them, the twins have to face the hardest decision of their lives. One that will change them forever, and probably won't have a happy ending...
OMG. This is such an amazing and powerful book! Not only is the story unique because it's written in verse, but I've also never read a book from the POV of a conjoined twin. This story challenges everything you think you know about conjoined twins. It dares you to stop pitying and before long you start to see the twins just like you see everyone else. Which is how it should be.
One is a beautiful, lyrical book with so much emotion and honesty on each page that the words affect the reader just as deeply. They change you. It's unique, interesting, engrossing, sad, uplifting, lovely, and I couldn't put it down. This is definitely a book that will make you empathise with the characters, give a deeper understanding of their lives, and stop you pitying them because of their strength and bravery. It will also make you smile, and laugh, but will definitely make you cry.
The love and bond that Grace and Tippi share is stronger than anything else in their world, and will stay with you even after you reach the last page. Seriously, this book is such an emotional rollercoaster ride, but you won't want to get off.
On a side note: in the Author's Note, Sarah mentions Abby and Brittany Hensel, which is really cool because I've actually watched--and really enjoyed--several of their documentaries.
Anyway, I think everyone should read this book. I highly recommend it!...more
My daughter read this last weekend and suggested I check it out because there were a lot of horror references. She was right about that, but in the enMy daughter read this last weekend and suggested I check it out because there were a lot of horror references. She was right about that, but in the end this book didn't work for me.
Stephen moves to the small town where his father grew up after his mother is institutionalised. They stay with his awful grandmother and he soon makes several weirdo friends. He even finds a girl he likes. But there's something off about the town of Spencer and he's about to find out what.
There are so many reasons why this book SHOULD HAVE worked for me--horror references, small town weirdness, hidden secrets, twisted characters--but it just DIDN'T.
It started out well enough, because I really enjoyed Stephen and his Dad moving in and hanging out together. But as soon as Devon entered the scene I started to lose interest. The more he hung out with those boys, the more I skimmed. And his grandmother was too annoying. Hell, not even the twist could bring it back for me. :/
Anyway. It's a shame because it had such potential. Oh well....more
I'd been hearing a lot of good things about this book when I found out the local library had a copy. So I borrowed it, and my daughter read it first.I'd been hearing a lot of good things about this book when I found out the local library had a copy. So I borrowed it, and my daughter read it first. Well, she actually called it a DNF. She just couldn't get into it.
Yet, I was hooked as soon as I started reading.
Aza's voice sucked me in. Aza's struggle kept me turning the page. Jason gave me hope when Aza's body was falling apart. And the wondrous story made me fall in love with everything about Magonia.
Aza is a girl who is days away from her sixteenth birthday. She's always been sick because there's something wrong with her lungs. And doctors can't do anything to cure her. They just keep her inevitable death at bay for a little longer.
The day they discover a feather in her lungs, everything human slips away from Aza. She's spirited away to a mysterious world in the sky where ships sail through the clouds and whales make storms. A place where birds aren't just birds and sharks are as much a danger as pirates.
For the first time in her life she can breathe. Aza has finally found her place in the world, but trusting her obsessive real mother is a lot more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. And she's haunted by the memory of Jason...
OMG. This book. It's amazing. So unique and unusual, but magical and beautiful. Aza's story is a sad one, but underlined with happiness. It's odd and written in an almost alien way, but it's wonderful.
I've heard comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars and Stardust, but like Jason, I'll throw in Peter Pan and ET. Plus, Treasure Planet and a few Doctor Who eps with the tenth Doctor! But overall, there's no other story quite like this one. :)
I loved this book, and will never look at a stormy sky quite the same way....more
I finished reading this book this afternoon and absolutely loved it!
Mary Shelley Black (love that name!) lives in America during 1918. She's originallI finished reading this book this afternoon and absolutely loved it!
Mary Shelley Black (love that name!) lives in America during 1918. She's originally from Portland but moves to San Diego to stay with her aunt because her father's been arrested.
1918 is a terrifying time to be alive. WWI is killing the boys and men. Women are working hard back home, but still not taken seriously. And the Spanish influenza is killing the population. Between the war and the flu, everyone is living in constant fear of dying. They wear gauze masks everywhere and try just about any home remedy they can think of--mostly involving onions.
Mary Shelley is an intelligent, strong, stubborn, and amazing sixteen year old who tinkers with contraptions and loves a boy called Stephen. She also doesn't believe in ghosts and hates how desperate mourners are obsessed with séances and spirit photographers. But when a death affects her profoundly and she actually connects with the spirit, she sets out on a mission to help this spirit move on.
Wow. I loved this book!
It's a brilliant story, which is also very bleak and sad, but so intriguing that it hooked me instantly. The revelation was devastating. Everything Mary Shelley goes through is astounding. Stephen was a tormented sweetheart. The setting is super scary--and creepy--because death surrounds everything. I loved how the author was able to make every detail so vivid that it really did feel like the end of the world.
I also liked the actual photography, and even the Author's Note was interesting.
As soon as I received this book--thank you Hachette Australia for sending me a copy--I was intrigued. I love the cover, and the blurb sounded even betAs soon as I received this book--thank you Hachette Australia for sending me a copy--I was intrigued. I love the cover, and the blurb sounded even better. So, I was super excited about receiving a YA book that I hadn't heard about but sounded so interesting.
Chan lives inside a ship that's hurtling through space. It's called Australia and is filled with people of all ages. Everyone is trying to survive under the very restrictive conditions. There are many stories and myths on this ship, but the one that is always carried down is about its origin. Hundreds of years ago when planet Earth was dying, the humans sent a bunch of huge ships into space so they could find another place to live.
Australia has been travelling ever since, and the ancestors of those who escaped live inside a multi-level metal monstrosity with no windows and no real indication of where they are. The days are signalled by dimming lights. The oxygen is maintained by the arboretum--where they have trees, grass, fruit and water to keep them going. The top level is always pitch black and the bottom is a dark, endless Pit.
But survival within Australia is tough. There are a number of dangerous gangs, but none are as deadly as the Lows. Not even the creepy and mysterious Pale Women who live in the dark and try to spread their faith are as much of a threat. Survival is a daily struggle, and when Chan's mother dies it becomes even harder. Riadne kept their levels safe and the gangs stayed away, but with her gone there's no telling what will happen next.
Chan now only has Agatha, her mother's friend, but in order to survive she needs to stand on her own. Otherwise she'll be seen as weak and the Lows will destroy her. And so, her mother's end brings about Chan's own story.
But the Lows have a new psycho leader with plans of her own. Now that Chan's mother is dead, the Lows run riot and their savage takeover begins. As much as Chan tries to keep her promise to her dying mother about being selfish and not dying, it becomes increasingly hard to stay true to her mother's last request. Because when the rebellion starts from below, no one's safe and unless Chan starts exerting her own brand of violence, everyone will die.
OMG. This book was amazing! I didn't know what to expect when I started reading, but I didn't expect to be so totally hooked that I didn't want to leave this very brutal world until I reached the end. And then, when I did reach The End, I wanted more. Seriously, that ending is a killer!
Chan is an awesome character who tries so hard to keep her promise, but can't when she realises that what she really wants to do is help others. Funny how her mother spent her adult life being feared while also helping others, but then expects Chan to do the opposite. But she can't ignore her strong instincts, and that leads to a lot of brutality, pain and heartbreak. I loved how she wanted so badly to help when people were being attacked but just couldn't save everyone.
This vicious world is brutal, but realistic. There are many awesome things about this book. The worldbuilding is so good and doesn't take long to understand. The twists and turns totally shock you when they're revealed. The secrets are deep and very dark. The truth is unbelievable. And the reason why the ship is called Australia is SO darn clever.
Seriously, this book is incredible.
Way Down Dark is an awesome, action-packed adrenaline ride that'll take your breath away. The action doesn't stop, the brutality is constant, and the fight for survival will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will also have you cheering for Chan, Agatha and Jonah as they struggle to live in an enclosed, hostile environment with nowhere to go. There's a bit of everything in this story, but one thing that never stops throughout is just how heart-stopping it is. As the layers are slowly revealed, you just can't help but realise how brilliant this book really is.
I LOVED this book SO MUCH. It's definitely one of those stories that'll stay with me for years!
I received the hardback edition of this book last week--thank you Bloomsbury Australia--and was instantly interested in reading this story.
Arcadia, orI received the hardback edition of this book last week--thank you Bloomsbury Australia--and was instantly interested in reading this story.
Arcadia, or Cadie as everyone calls her, lives in a small town in Florida with her father and very young brother. Since her mother died, she's been taking care of everyone while attending school and working at her father's store. So many things slipped away from her after she lost her mother--grades, soccer team, boyfriend, ambitions. She's just too busy with her everyday responsibilities, which includes practically raising her four-year-old brother, while her father is mostly absent.
The night she's invited to a campfire party, she decides to throw caution to the wind and attends. Here she meets a very cute stranger who she invites to the party on a whim, but when she stumbles on his cousin she's instantly smitten. Matt might be good looking and charming, but Noah is a whole lot more. He's scarred, tattooed and sets her blood pumping. Plus he happens to be a really nice guy who isn't shy to share his troubled past with her.
Cadie is instantly attracted to him, and ends up agreeing to go on a road trip to Disney World along with another girl who used to be her friend before she became a passenger in her own life.
Now, she's determined to shed all responsibility so she can seek adventure with her newfound friends while camping in the wilderness. Even after her friend bails on her, Cadie stays with the two cousins. What starts out as a thrilling adventure into the unknown, and an escape from her confined life, turns into a life and death situation that has her double guessing herself and desperate to figure out who to trust...
Wow. This book is a fast read, mostly because the story sucks you in right away and keeps you turning the page until you've reached The End. It's also easy to get annoyed with some of the rash decisions Cadie makes during her story, but at the same time it's easy to put yourself in her shoes. After all, she's lost so much during her young life and hasn't been able to live the life of a teenager so it almost feels like she's catching up for lost time.
It's just unfortunate that she gets caught up in a totally insane situation and that others around her have to pay the price.
What I loved about this book was how much growth Cadie shows during the story. She might be careless and totally ignores a lot of the signs that crop up along the way marking the obvious danger she's getting herself into, but she also allows herself to evolve while never really forgetting who she is. I especially loved the way she spoke about her mother, and how she loved her brother so much she never really stopped thinking about him.
The Devil You Know is a brilliant and very atmospheric YA thriller featuring a smart girl doing some really stupid things in her quest for adventure. Cadie is a great narrator that frustrated me at times because she makes some pretty dumb decisions, but in spite of that I never stopped liking her. I never lost interest in her story. No matter what she did, I was still in the moment with her and even excused her behaviour at times. How could I blame her from wanting a break from the noose of responsibility tied around her neck? Why would I be angry with her because she wanted to feel alive and chase adventure? And there's no way I was going to question the way she feels when she meets someone who understands her on a deeper level than anyone else ever has.
And by the way, I loved the ending! After all the awful things that happen, I was worried about how Cadie's story would end. Yeah, well, I didn't need to worry because I loved how everything turned out.
This is an awesome book that explores what happens when someone is bound by so much responsibility at such a young age that one day she just has to spread her wings and find her own way. Even if it leads to some deathly consequences that will alter her life.
I'll definitely need to read more books written by this author. :)...more
I've had my eye on this book for a while, so I put it on hold at the library. Problem was, 60 other people did the same. LOL. But it was eventually myI've had my eye on this book for a while, so I put it on hold at the library. Problem was, 60 other people did the same. LOL. But it was eventually my turn to borrow it.
As soon as I started reading, I was hooked. I mean, how could I not be? The main narrator--Rachel--is still hung up on the husband who left her two years ago. She's also a hopeless drunk who just couldn't stay on track. Well, except for the train track, because she rode that every single day. Even though she'd lost her job MONTHS AGO.
Then we meet Megan. A woman who is so bored with her life that lying and cheating becomes her thing. Not to mention that she has some seriously dark secrets.
Oh, but there's more.
Enter a woman called Anna, who is now married to Rachel's ex-husband. Actually, she was Tom's mistress for a while before he left Rachel. Anna's now a wife herself, and a mother, but she's more concerned about the picture-perfect family they look like from afar than what's really going on.
The night Megan disappears, the lives of these three women intertwine. One was so blind drunk she can't remember what she saw and why she got hurt. The other starts getting paranoid. And of course, one of them is missing.
I loved this book! It was deliciously messed up. The characters, the story, the conclusion... hell, even the locations are messed up because of these people.
The writing is outstanding. It gripped me from the first word. Even though three women share the narration and all three are several degrees of fucked up, each POV felt/sounded different. The one thing they all share is how self-absorbed and unreliable they all are.
This story is what makes me look forward to thrillers! When they're written well, man. This is a great example of a complicated, gripping and super dark story that surfaces from a very simple topic: sociopaths. ;)
As soon as I received this book and read the back, I knew I would be interested in this story. I mean, it mentions necromancer and murderous ghosts anAs soon as I received this book and read the back, I knew I would be interested in this story. I mean, it mentions necromancer and murderous ghosts and revenge! Besides, check out that cover, it's so cool. I couldn't wait to get started...
Luke Manchett is an average 16-year-old boy who's on the rugby team, hangs out with the right guys, and has a crush on the popular girl. Well, everything on the surface seems normal, because at home things aren't so average. His mother suffers from terrible migraines that keep her tucked into bed every other day, and his father has been MIA for years.
So the day he receives a letter telling him that his father--the man who's known for a variety of paranormal shows--is dead and he's inherited a large sum of money, he meets with his father's lawyer and... pretty much signs his life away.
Luke's focus was on the money and what it would mean for his mother and him. He wasn't expecting all the other things that come along with the inheritance from his estranged father. Like the creepy old book he can't open, some weird rings, and a bunch of ghosts! Yep. He's now got what is called a Host attached to him, and although all he wants to do is get rid of them, it soon becomes obvious that these freaky spirits want to be released from their bindings.
And to do that, they plan to kill Luke.
Now Luke has to come to terms with the fact that his father's left him with a paranormal mess. Actually, his Dad wasn't a very nice man at all. He abandoned his family on his quest for supernatural power, and then enslaved eight ghosts that now plan to get revenge by hurting Luke and the people he cares about. So he becomes determined to find a way to stop them.
The only person who can help him is a not-very popular girl from school. Elza Moss has the second sight and can see ghosts, plus she has some other witchy talents. But can two teenagers outsmart a bunch of old and very creepy ghosts led by an ancient dead necromancer before Halloween?
I had a total blast reading this book! It's packed with supernatural goodness, some very creepy situations, a main character who starts out very self-absorbed and ends up being anything but, a very cool and quirky girl who isn't scared of anything, and an adorable dog called Ham. I also loved how necromancy was portrayed in this book.
13 Days of Midnight is an awesome and wickedly imaginative YA urban fantasy book that now has a permanent place on my Keeper Shelf. It's a fun adventure that'll hook you in right away and keep you glued to the page until you reach the thrilling end. And then you'll want more. I definitely want to read more Luke, Elza and Ham adventures, because Mr. Berkley will be back.
This turned out to be such a cool book. Fun, fun, fun! Loved it....more
The Stephanie Plum series is one of my faves and I enjoyed the firsttwo books in this series, so I was looking forward to getting stuck into this oneThe Stephanie Plum series is one of my faves and I enjoyed the firsttwo books in this series, so I was looking forward to getting stuck into this one.
Lizzy lives in Marblehead Harbor in Massachusetts, and works in the successful Dazzle's Bakery in Salem. She makes some awesome and very delicious treats--her cupcakes are especially good. But that's not all she does, she also has a bizarre and special talent. She can find some very powerful Stones that relate to the seven deadly sins.
With the sexy Diesel by her side, she's trying to locate these stones before Wulf does. The man is Diesel's cousin, looks like an alluring vampire, and is usually trying to beat them to the stones. But this time, the trio might have to work together because when Lizzy discovers an old skeleton in the local Pirate Museum, it turns out that it might lead to the latest stone.
What follows is an insane adventure filled with havoc, deaths, kidnapping, a pirate's booty, betrayal, underground tunnels, the sought-after stone that inspires lunacy in so many, more death, and a very rich man who believes he is destined to become the demon of Avarice, Mammon. Problem is, this man has also offered Lizzy a publishing contract for the cookbook she's been trying to sell.
Throw in a little sizzling chemistry between Diesel and Lizzy, and it's a sure recipe for destruction.
Wicked Charms is a fun new instalment in this series. It started out well enough, and even drew a few laughs out of me, but there was something missing. Let's just say that it felt like there were a few missing ingredients from Lizzy and Diesel's adventure. I unfortunately think that it's starting to lose some of its charm. :/
There was just something about this book that kept me from enjoying it as much as I enjoyed the others. Also, why did they change the covers? They were so pretty before. This one is very bland and doesn't represent anything that happens in the book....more
I've had a very mixed reaction to most of the If Only books. While I absolutely adored WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN--which was the first one I read--I just cI've had a very mixed reaction to most of the If Only books. While I absolutely adored WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN--which was the first one I read--I just couldn't get into the others. So when I received this last week I was a little sceptical. Still, I decided to give it a go, and before I knew it I'd hit page 107.
So, yeah, this one totally worked for me. :)
Brie Carter does a lot of travelling because her father is a land developer who gets contracts all over the country. This time she's headed for a small town called Lost Springs, in Wyoming. On her first day, before she's even reached the house her family will be staying in, she meets a jerk while trying to photograph bison. A very cute jerk who seems to be everywhere.
The one place she was hoping he wouldn't be was protesting the hotel her father is building. Most of the residents are against the structure going up because it affects wild mustangs who will be displaced by the build. And one of the strongest protestor's happens to be Logan's dad--that's the jerk's name. Except, the more she sees Logan, the more she realises that he isn't a jerk.
Logan McCoy is a hardworking guy who looks out for his family and is deeply concerned about the horses that will lose their home once the hotel goes up because he has a personal connection to them. The more she hangs out with him, and another local girl called Amy, the more Brie realises that the mustangs are something she's deeply concerned about too. She's never had her own calling, and now that she's found one she's determined to do whatever she can to pursue it.
Her newfound passion leads to following a dream she didn't even know she had. But it also gets her caught up in a strong relationship with an awesome guy, and an even stronger friendship with the nicest girl she's ever met. Now Brie knows how hard it's going to be when she has to move again, because it will happen. It's just a matter of time...
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this story! Brie's a really easy narrator to get caught up in. She's not some silly girl who falls for the first cute cowboy she sees. She's actually someone who is very close to her parents and has always kept people her age at a distance. She never wanted to become best friends with anyone--like she does with Amy--or fall in love with a guy--like she does with Logan--but in Lost Springs she can't resist both. And this leads to a lot of lies and situations that slowly unravel before she can stop them, but she never stops helping her father's business.
Wild Hearts is a wonderful book. On one hand it's a fun, light-hearted YA romance about giving into first love. And on the other, it deals with the very serious issue of the effect that humans have on wild animals when we continually build around them. I loved Brie's voice and got caught up in her struggle, but most of all I liked that even though she lied many times it wasn't just because she was selfishly wanting to spend time with a guy, but because she was honestly trying to help horses that don't have their own voice.
There was something really noble about Brie, Logan and Amy.
I enjoyed this book SO much that I'm willing to give more If Only books a go... ;)...more
Okay. Didn't see that coming. I was sure Negan would've slaughtered everyone, or taken over by now. Still don't trust the MF, but his little speech waOkay. Didn't see that coming. I was sure Negan would've slaughtered everyone, or taken over by now. Still don't trust the MF, but his little speech was humorous. And I do like reading interactions between him and Rick.
But that ending... right after everything Rick said. *shudder*
Between this and losing Carl, I reckon Rick's gonna be mighty pissed with Maggie. :/...more
I'm a Nirvana fan from way back. I always liked their music because I loved their very unique sound. I'll never forget the first time I heard Smells LI'm a Nirvana fan from way back. I always liked their music because I loved their very unique sound. I'll never forget the first time I heard Smells Like Teen Spirit and was instantly captivated by the music, while at the same time being baffled by the lyrics.
As they released more and more songs, I learned to ignore the mismatched, nonsensical lyrics and just appreciated their awesome sound.
I also remember the day Kurt Cobain killed himself. The shock and confusion that filled his fans while trying to comprehend why someone who was so successful and had a family would do such a thing. After his death and inclusion in the 27 Club, Cobain became the object of many urban myths. Everyone had an opinion about his suicide. Some condemned him for it, others blamed his wife. But until you live in someone's shoes, you can't judge or assume to know where that person was at during that certain point in time.
So I was very interested in reading this book because it's not an autobiography that analyses his life, but a recollection of thoughts and memories from the people who knew him best.
At the beginning of the book Brett Morgen says: "The intention here is not to put Kurt on a pedestal. Nor is it to bring him down. Rather, it is to look him in the eye. To humanize him, for better or for worse." And I have to say that he certainly achieved this.
Through the interviews with his parents, sister, stepmother, girlfriend, wife and friend we learn a lot about Kurt's troubled life and constant struggle to create. His pursuit for the family he obviously thought he missed out on was almost brutal, and his fear of humiliation seemed to drive him to the very end.
Cobain: Montage of Heck is first and foremost a beautiful visual experience filled with actual material from Kurt's archives, as well as artistic representations from Hisko Hulsing and Stefan Nadelman. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an intriguing and personal look into the man the real people in his life knew, not what the public saw. It's honest, disturbing, and very sad.
I found Kurt's story to be a tragic experience, the life of a man with many personal demons and a contradictory nature that ultimately led him to an addiction he couldn't defeat....more
OMG. WTF? Nooooooo! That ending made my skin crawl. Please don't start that whole Negan thing again. Not when everything is semi-normal. Rick really sOMG. WTF? Nooooooo! That ending made my skin crawl. Please don't start that whole Negan thing again. Not when everything is semi-normal. Rick really should've killed this guy when he had the chance.
Anyway, the rest of the issue was very interesting. Very interesting indeed.
This was a strange issue. Though I love the cover. Rick looking out at the ocean just seems right.
The stuff that happened between Rick, Ezekiel and MiThis was a strange issue. Though I love the cover. Rick looking out at the ocean just seems right.
The stuff that happened between Rick, Ezekiel and Michonne seemed a bit disjointed, but it was great to catch up with her again. And just for the record, I agree with Rick. This is a new world and they all deserve a chance to be happy. Especially because of what they all went through and what they had to do.
Good to hear the ocean's doing fine after the downfall of civilisation. o.O
It wasn't one of those fast-paced action-packed instalments, but so much happened. Carl has made a new friend, or maybe sI really enjoyed this issue!
It wasn't one of those fast-paced action-packed instalments, but so much happened. Carl has made a new friend, or maybe she's more than a friend. Either way, I think Lydia might be manipulating him. Hope I'm wrong.
Maggie's in some deep shit right now. And this town is going to go to hell if the residents don't stop this power struggle crap.
I love mysteries. I'm a sucker for a thriller. I also love stories hiding a deep, dark secret. Small town creepy stories intrigue me. And of course, II love mysteries. I'm a sucker for a thriller. I also love stories hiding a deep, dark secret. Small town creepy stories intrigue me. And of course, I love dystopians.
So, this book really spoke to me!
Ethan Burke is a Secret Service agent sent to Wayward Pines so he can investigate the disappearance of two other agents. But when he gets there, he's involved in a serious car accident that totally rattles his brain. Now he suffers from bad headaches, can't get his hands on his ID, and he might be going crazy. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to get in touch with anyone outside of this town.
Everyone seems so nice, eager to help, but the more questions he asks, the more he realises there's something really rotten about Wayward Pines. And when he eventually finds out what it is, Ethan's perception of life will never be the same.
OMG. This book turned out to be quite the hellish ride. And I mean that in the best way possible. It's odd, disorienting, creepy, spooky, tense, and keeps you guessing until the big reveal. And boy was it an awesome reveal!
I also felt bad for Ethan because he went through SO much physical, mental, and emotional punishment in his quest to escape Wayward Pines.
I seriously loved this book!
The author mentioned that he'd set out to write a story in the vain of Twin Peaks, and I think he went above and beyond. I was a huge fan of that show, so you can trust me on that. ;)
I also think it's awesome that the book inspired by a TV show ended up being a show too. I'm really interested in checking it out now. Plus I want to read the next book!...more
I love reading a good thriller. So when Hachette offered to send a few Domestic Noir books my way, I was really looking forward to getting stuck intoI love reading a good thriller. So when Hachette offered to send a few Domestic Noir books my way, I was really looking forward to getting stuck into them. Unfortunately, the first one I tried didn't work for me, but this one certainly did!
Peg is a quiet library assistant who doesn't cause any friction. She's been seeing her girlfriend, Loz, for a year now, and they've been living together for a while. They have a good relationship, and although they are very different--Loz is outspoken, stubborn, ambitious and determined--they're crazy about each other. But everything gets threatened the day Peg decides she wants to know more about her childhood.
She's never bothered to contact her absent father, although she has tried to track him down. The women who raised her--her grandmother Doll and aunty Jean--don't like to talk about the past. But after a brief and very uncomfortable visit to Spain to visit her father, Peg starts to remember things. She's writing memories down in her journal (or as her Nan called it, a Commonplace Book) and is starting to fill in some of the gaps missing from the time she was a kid.
However, chasing these revelations leads her down a very dangerous road that will not only reveal a bunch of awful truths she tried so hard to forget, but might end up putting both her and Loz in the path of a killer. Not to mention that the missing memories might also provide the answers to several unsolved crimes...
Yikes! This book is one super heavy and involved read. It totally hooked me into Peg's world and kept me there every step of the way. I have to admit that she was a little frustrating sometimes because she was indecisive and totally in the clutches of her dysfunctional family, but the personal growth she goes through as each new layer of the mystery she's chasing is revealed really impacts the reader. I also really liked Loz. She was fun and witty, kept Peg on her toes, wasn't afraid to say what she thought, and was determined to chase the truth. Her obsession with true crime was also a nice addition, as she finds herself in the middle of one. O.o
Tarnished is a well written, addictive story with a very twisted core. It's one woman's search for the truth years after she's forgotten it. A way for her to fill in the blanks, to reconnect with her father, and understand what really happened to her mother. While slowly discovering that everything she thinks she knows about her family is a lie. And everyone she thought she knew lied and controlled her for their own sick purpose. It's a powerful book. A page turner.
I'm a sucker for a screwed-up mystery with a good dose of family secrets on the side, so I really (really) enjoyed this book!
The other day I finished reading a Domestic Noir book that I really enjoyed, and I was still in the mood for a thriller. Since Hachette Australia wasThe other day I finished reading a Domestic Noir book that I really enjoyed, and I was still in the mood for a thriller. Since Hachette Australia was kind enough to send me a few, I decided to read this one. I'd already heard great things about it, so I couldn't wait to get stuck into it...
On a rainy afternoon as a mother and her child are heading home from school, the boy becomes the victim of a hit-and-run. The mother is left in the middle of the road, screaming for help and cradling her dying son while the driver responsible flees the scene. A tragic accident soon becomes an intense investigation without too many clues.
Detective Inspector Ray Stevens and his team are assigned the case, but soon find themselves having to abandon the investigation for other more important ones. Ray has a lot on his plate to keep him busy as his family life is suffering because of the amount of hours his job takes, but there's something about the little boy, Jacob Jordan, that keeps nagging at him. And it's not until the one year anniversary that they get a lead.
When Jenna Gray jumps on a bus eager to leave behind the nightmare her life has become, she ends up in a small coastal town in Wales. There she rents a cottage and slowly, slowly starts to live again. She can't escape the tragic circumstances that brought her here, but she starts to make a nice and comfortable life for herself making friends, finding a purpose, taking care of a companion, and even a relationship. But the past has a way of catching up with you, no matter how fast or far you go...
OMG. This book was... Wow. I enjoyed every minute of this awesome book. Yes, even when I realised that everything presented in front of me wasn't as it seemed. But it wasn't because the story didn't make sense. Oh no! It was because the author is an amazing storyteller and wrote it in a way that throughout the whole first part I was sure I knew who and what Jenna was. But as soon as I reached the second part I had to stop, take a breath and let everything really sink in.
Like I said, wow!
The story is told in the POV of Jenna and Ray. So you get to see how Jenna struggles to move on after tragedy strikes, as well as get a glimpse into the investigation. But what was really cool was that we were also invited to share the Detective Inspector's life, so every character was humanised. Well, except for one. But I can't say anything more without spoilers.
This is a tricky book to review because there are so many things I want to point out and chat about, but they're all spoilers. So, this is going to have to be it. ;)
I Let You Go is a chilling, addictive and fascinating story that will leave you breathless. This book hooks you in and then keeps you wondering what's going to happen next, because you know something bad is hiding in the shadows. But it takes a while for you to figure out just what it is, and when you do: your mind is blown! Seriously. There are several HUGE twists in this book and the first one took me by surprise. I worked out the second, but by the time the next twist was revealed, I couldn't believe how well crafted this story was. It's tense, clever, and delves so deeply into the emotions of the characters that you become invested in them. Totally invested.
This is such an awesome book, and the reason why I enjoy thrillers so much!...more
By now it's no secret that I'm a huge Stephen King fan and look forward to all of his new books. Last year I read and loved Mr MERCEDES, so I couldn'tBy now it's no secret that I'm a huge Stephen King fan and look forward to all of his new books. Last year I read and loved Mr MERCEDES, so I couldn't wait to read the sequel. Bill, Holly and Jerome are back in this second instalment, but we also get to meet a new psychopath.
Four years have gone by since the events that led to Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson defeating the ruthless killer, Brady Hartsfield. Bill and Holly now have a business together, and it's called Finders Keepers. They help people by taking down assholes who scam or steal from them, but some scars never fade. Bill still visits the brain-dead Brady, and even thinks the psycho might be faking his current vegetable status. But Bill's got other things to think about now, because there's a kid who might desperately need his help.
Morris Bellamy is a troubled and very obsessed man. His obsession--and the reason why his life has continually gone downhill--is a fictional character called Jimmy Gold. The author, John Rothstein wrote a trilogy featuring this character and then faded into obscurity. Something that enraged Bellamy, because he hated what the author did to the character. And for that, he wants revenge.
That's how he hatches up a plan in 1978 and breaks into the author's house. Rothstein is an old man now, but he never stopped writing. Bellamy confronts Rothstein and actually kills him. After all, it's what Bellamy thinks he deserves for screwing up his favourite character. When he cracks open the author's safe and finds a large collection of Moleskine journals, he's hit the jackpot. There's money in there too, but all he cares about are the books.
Bellamy cares so much about them that he sticks them inside a trunk and buries the notebooks where no one will ever find them. However, life gets in the way and as he spirals out of control once again after getting into a fight with a friend, he winds up going to jail for a completely different crime. He got so drunk he doesn't even remember raping a woman, but she does. As well as the policeman who caught him in the act.
Jail is a hellhole of pain for Bellamy, but even inside he finds a way to survive. He spends most of his life behind bars, but the notebooks he buried kept him going.
Pete Sauberg is a good kid, but his family life isn't as good as it used to be. His father was rundown by a crazy man driving a Mercedes and now he can barely walk, let alone provide for his family. So when the kid finds a trunk filled with notebooks and envelopes containing money, he hatches a plan that gets his family out of financial strive. But the real treasure are the notebooks, and before long he finds himself as obsessed with John Rothstein's Jimmy Gold books as Bellamy was decades before he was even born.
When the money runs out and Pete still wants to help his family, he decides to sell a few of Rothstein's notebooks. Except, doing this catches the attention of one man willing to blackmail him for them, and another much more dangerous man willing to kill for them...
Wow. This book was as tense as the first one. I was hooked from the beginning, and as the different stories unfolded, I couldn't wait to reach the point where they all led to the same place. And when they do, yikes! This story leaves you breathless.
Finders Keepers is yet another brilliant book to add to Stephen King's collection of awesome. It's a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat and takes you into some very dark places. And I'm not just talking about the villain's POV, because there's plenty of darkness to be shared in this tale of obsession, betrayal and survival. And OMG, that ending! Creepy.
I LOVED every minute of this brilliant, yet disturbing book and can't wait for the next one!
Lucy used to devote most of her time to swimming. She has trophies, medals and ribbons, but since her older brother died she hasn't been able to go in the water. The first time she tries she actually has a panic attack and then refuses to go in the pool or the beach. This isn't as easy as it sounds because she lives in a coastal town.
She loved her brother--idolised him, really. He taught her how to do almost everything and she misses him like crazy. Since he died a few months ago, the whole family has been falling apart. Her father doesn't see anything but work, her mother can barely get out of bed, and her aunt is trying to keep everyone together.
Lucy distances herself from swimming and ends up hanging out with an old friend, Steffi. And that's how she meets Evan. A nice boy who just moved from Sydney. She instantly likes him, no matter how much she tries to distance herself because she's such a mess. And so, she keeps existing. But when she finds her brother's mobile phone and someone keeps sending text messages, she tries to figure out who it is... and realises that her brother had a few secrets.
This book is amazing. The writing style is intimate and draws the reader into the middle of this family's grief instantly. I found myself riding the rollercoaster of emotions with Lucy. All the lows and sadness that grip her daily, as well as the highs she reaches when she lets herself breathe again.
Another thing I loved about this book was the location. And the awesome Aussie feel. Not to mention that I got a kick out of the scene where Lucy and Evan go to Sydney, because I live near the suburbs mentioned. :)
Anyway, this is Trinity's debut novel and it's a beauty! There might be a lot of heartbreak while reading Lucy's story, but it's all worth it.
Last week when we stopped by our local library I was checking out the YA bookshelves and found this book. The covWow. This book was amazingly awesome.
Last week when we stopped by our local library I was checking out the YA bookshelves and found this book. The cover intrigued me because it's creepy lovely. Besides, I thought it sounded like the kind of book my daughter would enjoy. By the time we got home I knew I wanted to read it. :)
My daughter read it first, and she loved it.
I picked it up yesterday and was instantly hooked. This is a very well written YA thriller about a nice young girl called Carly who loses herself, alienates herself from the people who love her, and winds up dead.
Her uncle was jailed for killing her, but her cousin and good friend, Audrey, doesn't believe it. And now she's back in the preppy school to figure out what really happened. But to do that, she'll need Carly's ex to help her. Niely hasn't been the same since the night Carly left him a message on his phone and he didn't respond. He's been torn up and suffering nightmares ever since. So doing this with Audrey might be just what he needs to find closure.
The more they investigate, the deeper Niely and Audrey get to real danger. Because whoever killed Carly is still out there.
I loved this book. It turned out to be an amazing thriller that kept me guessing. I did end up working out who the killer was and why before it was revealed, but there were still a lot of twisty answers that blew me away.
This is an excellent story! I also loved the ending. It was nice to find out what happens to both narrators after they get closure about the girl who impacted both of their lives so deeply....more
This is the third novella I've read in the Delirium world and I loved it.
Raven had a rough childhood, so in her teens she escapes into the Wilds. WherThis is the third novella I've read in the Delirium world and I loved it.
Raven had a rough childhood, so in her teens she escapes into the Wilds. Where she finds an abandoned baby, names her Blue and takes care of her. She joins with a group, but it's not until she meets the thief, Tack, that she finds someone who truly cares about her.
Told in a way the blends her past to her present, we find out that she longs for freedom...and is hiding a secret. Even from Tack.
I was always curious about Lena's mother, so I was super excited about reading her story. I finally know and understand where Lena got her streak of rI was always curious about Lena's mother, so I was super excited about reading her story. I finally know and understand where Lena got her streak of rebellion and passion for life.
Annabel's world changes around her and slowly becomes an organised society where people are getting surgical procedures to eliminate love. However, she rebels and runs away from home. This is where she meets the boy she falls in love with but knows he will never love her back because he's already had the procedure done.
Still, she manages to fool everyone, even when her procedure doesn't work.
The story is told in Then and Now, revealing her young past as well as the time she's locked up.
I loved this story. It's beautifully written. It's also sad, and has some joy weaved into it. But mostly, it's filled with hope....more
I've had my eye on this book for a while so when I found out I could borrow it from my local library, I put it on hold.
Moll is an adventurous young giI've had my eye on this book for a while so when I found out I could borrow it from my local library, I put it on hold.
Moll is an adventurous young girl who lives in a clearing in the forest. She also happens to be a gypsy, and even has a cool wagon. Oh, and she's got a wildcat called Gryff.
The night her nightmares take her over the river's boundary she's determined to get her stolen cob back. But the horrible Skull has taken Jinx and he's a witch doctor who has some very evil plans for Moll. Now that he knows who she really is, he's determined to get her full name so he can complete a dark magical ritual.
Moll doesn't know, but she's a lot more special than she ever imagined. She also has a cool destiny to fulfill.
Wow. This was such a wonderful book. I loved Moll's strength, and determination. She's stubborn but kindhearted. Also, Siddy and Alfie were cool. As well as all the other, many cool characters. The gypsy customs--including their belief in nature and magic--were so interesting! I enjoyed this book so much.
There were certain times when the story felt like a waking nightmare. Seriously. The imagery was amazing! I love fast-paced adventure stories with a twist of magic.