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
This is a book I've been wanting to read since it was released, but because at the time I was writing my own ghost hunter story, I put it aside. Now tThis is a book I've been wanting to read since it was released, but because at the time I was writing my own ghost hunter story, I put it aside. Now that my spook catcher series is finished, I decided to read this.
Theseus Cassio Lowood, Cas for short, kills the violent dead. It's what his father did before he was killed, and he's carrying on the legacy. He also carries his Dad's wicked athame and travels the country with his white witch Mum and her spirit-detecting cat.
Together, they follow urban legends and the resulting body counts.
However, when they cross into Canada and stay in a place called Thunder Bay, everything changes. Cas is here to find Anna Dressed in Blood. The ghost of a girl who kills anyone who dares step inside her house.
When Cas befriends a popular girl in his new school--called Carmel--it pisses off her ex, and before Cas realises what's happening he finds himself inside Anna's house.
She spares his life and Cas becomes fascinated with her. Almost to the point of bring obsessed. But soon, he's got bigger things to worry about because a malicious ghost from the past has followed them. Now he's going to need the help of his new freaky semi-psychic friend, Thomas. As well as Thomas's grandfather. Even Cas's mother has a role to play. Though the one he really needs might just be Anna...
I loved this story! I really liked Cas and even Anna. Not to mention the secondary characters. Also, loved the spooky setting and how everything is slowly revealed. This is the kind of ghost story I love reading.
As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I was intrigued. So when I was lucky enough to receive an ARC last week, I couldn't wait to get started.
EcAs soon as I read the blurb for this book, I was intrigued. So when I was lucky enough to receive an ARC last week, I couldn't wait to get started.
Echo is a runaway, is very clever and has a sharp tongue. She's also a thief. Stealing and selling on the black market is how she survives. A lot of the things she owns are stolen, but they make up her personal and hidden home within the library. She does have another home beneath the city streets of New York. It's where Ala lives. The Avicen who took her in as a child and helped Echo grow into the person she's become.
Even if Echo never really belonged amongst this race--because so many resent a human knowing their secrets--they still became her family. Her best friend is Avicen, and so is her boyfriend.
The Avicen are a race of feathered beings with magic at their disposal and the advantage of being able to slip through the in-between to go all over the world. But they have been at war for a long time. Their enemies are called Drakharin, who instead of feathers have scales.
The birds and the dragons have fought many a bloody war, but the one they're heading into will turn everything upside down.
When Ala tells Echo that the only way to stop the war is to find the mythical firebird, she accepts the challenge and finds herself on a treasure hunt. Following an enigmatic map leads her from one clue to another, and she somehow seems to be connected to each item she finds. But this quest also leads her to the Dragon Prince.
Cauis might be the Dragon Prince, but he's sick of the fighting. While trying to also get his hands on the firebird, he ends up losing everything he's established, and gains a new ally in Echo.
Together, an unlikely group of Avicen and Dhrakarin hold the key to end the ongoing war. But for Echo and Cauis, this adventure is very personal and will change both of their lives forever...
Wow. It's very hard to summarise the awesome plot of this novel without giving too much away. I absolutely loved every single minute of this story. The hidden world of the Avicen and Drhakarin is amazing and magical, but it's also a dangerous and ruthless place.
The story is told in multiple POVs, which really helped move the story along and made me fall in love with these characters and their impossible plight. Echo's voice is the strongest. She's snarky and funny. She loves words and books, and shiny things. She was a great main character, and her POV was enhanced by Cauis. Not to mention that I'm a sucker for heart-wrenching love stories.
The Girl At Midnight is an amazing book! I absolutely loved this beautifully written story set in an intriguing, vivid world that exists beside ours, and is filled with memorable characters. The mystery contained within these otherworldly pages blows your mind once it's revealed, but at the same time makes perfect sense of everything. I didn't know what to expect with this book, but boy... I was blown away.
I can't wait to read more books by this author. And really want to know what happens to Echo and Cauis next.
Also, this was one of the prettiest ARCs I've ever received.
You have to read this book. It's awesome! :)...more
I don't know anything about the Wild Cards universe, but I enjoy Carrie Vaughn's books, so I decided to give this a go. Not to mention that it's a TORI don't know anything about the Wild Cards universe, but I enjoy Carrie Vaughn's books, so I decided to give this a go. Not to mention that it's a TOR.com story, and you know how much I like reading those. ;)
Ana Cortez is an ace, an Earth Witch. But after being injured in a war, she's back home with her father and brother. Injured and haunted by terrible memories of what she had to do, she's doing some soul searching. But to do that, she has to go much farther than to the trailer park. She has to drive to Mexico to meet her grandmother.
This was an emotional and intriguing story about self-forgiveness and self-acceptance. I loved it. It's interesting and very well written.
This is another TOR.com short story set in the Bone Street Rumba world, so I was really looking forward to checking it out.
Kia is almost seventeen anThis is another TOR.com short story set in the Bone Street Rumba world, so I was really looking forward to checking it out.
Kia is almost seventeen and she can't get her cousin Gio out of her head. The same cousin she adored, idolised and lost, is haunting her mind. She can't stop thinking about what happened the last time she saw him. The horrifying events are imprinted in her mind, and not just the unexplainable things she saw, but also what she figured out about him.
So when someone comes into work needing a 'reading', she finds herself seeing/feeling a lot more than she expected.
Loved this. It's another great written, dark story featuring horrid creatures. Daniel José Older sure knows how to get the creepy right. Like I've said before, I can't wait to read Half-Resurrection Blues!
This short story was a great way to kick off my 2015 reading. It's AWESOME! Not just because it's written so well, or because the world drew me in rigThis short story was a great way to kick off my 2015 reading. It's AWESOME! Not just because it's written so well, or because the world drew me in right away. It's not even Ava's voice telling the story so well.
It's all of those things and a whole lot more!
Ava, Ezra and Lock are part of the magical mafia run by a scary vampire named Venus. Their latest assignment to collect money leads them into a dark forest. And if that's not creepy enough for you, add a gingerbread house and two health nuts dressed in lycra. o_O
My gosh, this was an excellent tale which blends a fairy tale location with a bunch of supernatural kids, and a real world attitude.
I really (really) loved this! And the title is brilliant. I need to get my hands on Ava's first book. Like, right now. ;)
After reading Anyway: Angie from TOR.com and really enjoying it, I found another story set in the world of Bone Street Rumba.
This is a really creepy sAfter reading Anyway: Angie from TOR.com and really enjoying it, I found another story set in the world of Bone Street Rumba.
This is a really creepy story about porcelain dolls and a crazy old woman with an even creepier music box.
When Carlos agrees to help the cousin of one of his friends because he seems to have a soul problem, he stumbles on a nightmarish house filled with dolls, entrapped souls and an evil woman willing to kill her own daughter to keep these souls.
I loved the writing style, the narrator, the story and how it all wraps up. I'm really excited about this series. Can't wait to receive the first book!
I pre-ordered the first book in the Bone Street Rumba series the other day. So I was curious about this one because it's set in the same world.
Reza isI pre-ordered the first book in the Bone Street Rumba series the other day. So I was curious about this one because it's set in the same world.
Reza is tough. She has a dangerous job and has lived an even more dangerous life, but there was one ray of sunshine that kept her going: Angie. But Angie is gone, and Reza can't let go. No matter how much she tries.
Her latest job leads her into a nightmarish situation beneath a house. One that will test her strength, courage, and will push her heart to the limits.
Wow. This story is SO well written that I was sucked right into Reza's life. It's intriguing, spooky, and creepy as hell because it deals with horrible bugs. It was also quite sad because I felt Reza's heartbreak.
I loved the Sookie Stackhouse series, so when I heard about this anthology I was definitely interested in checking it out...
"Nobody’s Business” by RacI loved the Sookie Stackhouse series, so when I heard about this anthology I was definitely interested in checking it out...
"Nobody’s Business” by Rachel Caine (featuring Kevin Pryor & Kenya Jones)
Interesting story about Kevin and Kenya--cops who are partners, and have a bit of a thing going. Well, not initially because there are several obstacles in their way. But this gives us a glimpse into their connection, work ethic, and we get to visit a different vampire club.
It's full of action, has a police chase, creepy vampires, an even creepier human, is well written and very entertaining.
Rachel Caine sure knows how to write a story!
“Tyger, Tyger” by Christopher Golden (featuring Quinn)
Quinn the weretiger was one of my favourite characters in this series. I enjoyed reading about his time with Sookie and felt sad when they broke up. But the reason was his family, and this story once again shows how much his mother and sister mean to him. Not to mention his girlfriend and son.
When Quinn gets the runaround from the nursing home his mother is staying in, he decides to drop in. And what he finds leads to his imprisonment and making the hardest decision of his life.
I loved this story! The humans and their despicable ambitions bring the beast out of Quinn. Great story.
“The Real Santa Claus” by Leigh Perry (featuring Diantha)
I loved this story! Not just because I always liked and was curious about Diantha and her uncle, Mr. Cataliades, but also because we catch a glimpse of Sookie & Sam several years after the series is over.
Also, it's a fun Christmas tale that's full of mischief and mystery. Perfect for this time of year.
“Taproot” by Jeffrey J. Mariotte (featuring Andy Bellefleur)
Now this was a story I wasn't sure I would enjoy. Andy Bellefleur isn't the most exciting character in the Sookieverse, and I'd never read anything from this author. But... I loved it!
This actually takes part shortly after Lafayette is murdered and dumped in Andy's car. Some reality TV show people take over Merlotte's, but Sam can't remember signing a contract.
As it turns out, the one girl who broke Andy's heart back on high school is one of the crew, and she might be back to hurt him a little bit more...
“Knit a Sweater Out of Sky” by Seanan McGuire (featuring Amelia)
Well, this turned out to be a fun but dangerous witchy tale!
It all starts in Amelia and Bob's apartment. Amelia is testing her ability by growing a cherry tree, and the results lead to pie. LOL. But when she goes to the river with the intention of summoning a breeze, something much worse happens because Bob and her aren't the only witches testing the weather.
I really enjoyed this story. I always liked Amelia.
“Love Story” by Jeanne C. Stein (featuring Adele Hale Stackhouse)
A quick glimpse into what happened between Adele and Fintan. Was written in diary format and didn't really bring anything new to the table. Well written, though.
“The Million-Dollar Hunt” by Jonathan Maberry (featuring Mustapha Khan)
I struggled with this one. I love the way the story is told, but just couldn't get into it.
“Borderline Dead” by Nicole Peeler (featuring Desiree Dumas)
Well written, sassy and fun. Though I barely remember this character from the series. LOL.
I skimmed most of this one. Just wasn't feelin' these characters, or their underwhelming tale.
“Don’t Be Cruel” by Bill Crider (featuring Bubba)
I honestly thought I would like this story because I've always liked Bubba, but I found it hard to get into. In the end, it lagged and went far too long.
Though it was good to see Bubba have a good time, I wish I could say I enjoyed it. :(
“What a Dream I Had” by Nancy Holder (featuring Alcide Herveaux)
Alcide has always been one of my favourite characters, so I was excited about this story.
It focused on his first love, which is when his girl trouble began. It was prom night and he's hoping to have a nice night with his date during an after party for two. But what they find inside the trailer changes their lives forever.
This turned out to be a weird little tale of woe. Poor Alcide. :(
“Another Dead Fairy” by Miranda James (featuring Claude & Claudine Crane)
This was an excellent story! A lovely surprise, since the fairy twins usually annoyed me, LOL.
Claude is performing at Hooligans when his cousin Seamus dies. It doesn't take long for Claude and Claudine to realise that Seamus was murdered on the couch in the male dressing room--and probably while doing the deed. ;)
What follows is an intriguing murder mystery as they try to figure out which female stripper us responsible.
I loved it! Very well written, paced very well, and had a just conclusion. This is how a tight and tidy short story is written.
“The Bat-Signal” by Suzanne McLeod (featuring Luna)
Interesting story featuring Luna the batshifter, Hunter and Remy.
“The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars” by Dana Cameron (featuring Pam Ravenscroft)
This was a good one! Enjoyed the glimpse into Pam's past, and how it blended with her present.
“Widower’s Walk” by MaryJanice Davidson (featuring Eric Northman)
This melancholy tale was too slow for me. It featured Eric 201 years after the series is over. So there's no Sookie or Sam, just their descendants. This was just okay for me.
The Dead But Not Forgotten anthology is a nice blend of short stories guaranteed to satisfy any Sookieverse fan. I enjoyed some stories more than others, but overall it's a great book. Every author featured in this anthology did a great job at keeping the atmosphere, mood and characterisation familiar.
It's a great addition to your Sookie Stackhouse collection. :) ...more
I really enjoyed the John Cleaver trilogy about a teenage psychopath who quiets his murderous thoughts by killing demons. So when I found out that morI really enjoyed the John Cleaver trilogy about a teenage psychopath who quiets his murderous thoughts by killing demons. So when I found out that more books were on their way and this novella ties them together... I decided to check it out ASAP.
The novella is in the POV of a different character. His name is Elijah and he's one of the 'demons'. An ancient creature that steals dead people's thoughts because his own are fading fast.
He keeps to himself and has a job, but when one particular person's memories haunt him with the love the man felt for his wife, he finds himself seeking her out. And because he's been watched by some of his kind, he puts this innocent woman in danger. Does he love her enough to save her?
I really enjoyed this story. It was great to read about a different character in this world, while getting the monster's POV. Also, it was cool to see John through someone else's eyes....more