Wow. What an amazing tale of friendship, childish stories/games, and growing up. I absolutely loved every minute of this intriguing and sometimes cree...moreWow. What an amazing tale of friendship, childish stories/games, and growing up. I absolutely loved every minute of this intriguing and sometimes creepy story.
Zach, Alice and Poppy are close friends that enjoy playing adventure games with their dolls, action figures and imaginations. But that all changes when Zach's father throws away all of his toys because he claims it's time to grow up. This is so devastating that Zach becomes angry with everyone and turns his back on his friends.
Well, until Poppy and Alice visit him one night and insist they have to get the Queen--a creepy porcelain doll that might be made from the bones of a dead girl called Eleanor--to her grave. What follows is an amazing, and hard quest that helps the three friends on several levels.
Like I said above, this is an excellent and very exciting book. Not to mention, lovely. The illustrations were so nice.
While at the library the other day my daughter found this on the shelf and gave it to me. It's one of those books I'd been wanting to read but had for...moreWhile at the library the other day my daughter found this on the shelf and gave it to me. It's one of those books I'd been wanting to read but had forgotten was already available.
So I borrowed it and was hooked instantly.
This is the story of what happens to Tori--the popular girl who disappeared in the first book--after Alison and Sebastian help her escape. Except, she's not really free. There's an obsessed cop and a lab eager to find out more about her. And then there's the other, more ominous problem: Mathis. The one who captured her in the first place.
That's how she finds herself living faraway and under a different name. Now she's Niki, trying to live her life while tinkering with electronics and designing some pretty cool, high-tech stuff. She even becomes friends with a co-worker, Milo. And when Sebastian returns because he needs her help, Milo also becomes her most trusted ally.
But when Niki realises there's only one way to sever ties with her past, it turns out to be a very drastic and dark situation.
I really enjoyed this story. It was fantastical, and filled with so much emotion. For someone who struggles with her lack of human emotion/identity, Tori/Niki sure turns out to experience a wide variety of feelings and compassion.
I thought this book was amazing. Loved everything about it, especially the Sci-Fi twist and the characters.(less)
Earlier this year I read a great book called TRANSCENDENCE and was looking forward to reading the sequel. So when I received it from Bloomsbury, I was...moreEarlier this year I read a great book called TRANSCENDENCE and was looking forward to reading the sequel. So when I received it from Bloomsbury, I was excited to read it.
Cole is Akhet, which means she's lived other lifetimes and is slowly remembering a bunch of them. The strangest and smallest things can spark off a memory, but once it does she never forgets. She's in a happy relationship with Griffon, who also happens to be Akhet. Actually, he's the one who introduced her to this world. With the help of his mother, Cole is starting to understand the level of her empath skills and how to read people. She can also tell when someone is just like her.
Even though a terrible accident ruined her chances of becoming a talented cello player, she's happy teaching kids how to play and is slowly getting back into the groove of playing music. Hanging out with Griffon and her best friend Rayne completes her days. Until the mysterious Drew enters her life. He's older, wealthy, nice looking, and is convinced they were so madly in love with each other in a past life that they need to be together in this one too.
His pursuing her interferes with her relationship with Griffon, but nothing is more important than keeping Rayne safe, because someone's determined to steal her away...
This was a terrific sequel filled with mystery, intrigue and a young woman trying to find her place in the world without letting the many pasts she's left behind get in the way. Trying to stay true to herself in this life might mean turning her back on the past, but before she can do that she needs to find out for herself what really matters.
There was only one person that grated on my nerves, and that was Drew. The handsome billionaire trying to sweep the sweet teenager off her feet with lavish gifts, while also trying to make her feel guilty for what they lost in their past life together, was downright manipulative. But you know what? It wasn't a bad thing, because it showcased Cole's resistance, determination and ultimate revelation.
Intuition is a wonderful addition to the world of the Akhet. Not only does it open up the world so we experience other facets of it, but we also get to follow Cole in her journey of self-discovery. I loved how she's determined to make the most out of this lifetime, yet when the past trickles into her path she's open to exploring it. There were several twists, turns and the level of danger is certainly amped up.
I loved this book as much as the first one. (less)
I've had my eye on INK for a while, so when I found out this prequel novella was free I picked up a Kindle copy to read on my phone.
Katie is devastate...moreI've had my eye on INK for a while, so when I found out this prequel novella was free I picked up a Kindle copy to read on my phone.
Katie is devastated after the death of her mother. To make matters worse, she finds out that her aging grandparents can't take her in. And that's how she ends up in Japan--alone and unable to speak the language fluently. But the fascinating thing is that something strange is happening to her.
Tomohiro is haunted by shadows every night, and has trouble controlling the monster within. Not to mention that drawing is dangerous. Still, he tries to be normal by having a girlfriend... until he realises there'll never be anything normal about him.
I loved this novella! It was interesting, sad, dark and intriguing. Both main characters are fascinating in their own ways, and I can't wait to find out more about them. I also enjoyed reading a story set in a different culture.
Yeah, after reading this novella I'll definitely be buying INK. :)(less)
Wow, what a gorgeous cover! You know what's better than a lovely cover? An awesome story, which is exactly what this book turned out to be.
When Nicole...moreWow, what a gorgeous cover! You know what's better than a lovely cover? An awesome story, which is exactly what this book turned out to be.
When Nicole and her sister visit the Tower of London she starts to see things. This is also where she meets the very alluring Griffon, a guy who helps her when she stumbles from a vision showing a girl getting executed. Even after she goes home to San Francisco, these strange visions continue. No matter how hard Cole tries to concentrate on her gift and passion for playing the cello, she can't stop focusing on the familiar lives she's suddenly remembering. Or about the cute guy she met in England.
The good thing is that Griffon actually lives nearby and they start seeing each other. That's when Cole's life gets complicated. Griffon claims to know what's going on with her. Tells her all about people who can remember previous lifetimes. The Akhet can remember their past lives and even carry skills from one lifetime to another.
As soon as she start to believe him, danger from one of her past lives follows her right into this one.
This is an incredible book about a gifted teenager who finds herself in the middle of some very unbelievable truths. It doesn't take long for her to start doubting everyone and wondering who she can really trust with this newfound knowledge.
Transcendence is a beautiful book that deals with reincarnation in a very interesting and unique way. The worldbuilding and explanations make total sense and don't overburden the narrative. Cole is a great narrator, an awkward gifted girl who's unsure of a lot of things and slowly starts to change as she accepts a destiny she doesn't know quite how to handle yet. I also loved how everything felt so linear at first and then several twists struck, leaving me wondering what was going to happen next. Love that!
Yeah, I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to see what happens to Cole now that she's found a very important person from her past...(less)
Mara once again wakes up in hospital. But this time she's in a psychiatric unit after telling the police her ex-boyfriend i...moreOMG. This book was amazing!
Mara once again wakes up in hospital. But this time she's in a psychiatric unit after telling the police her ex-boyfriend is still alive, and then blacking out. Jude can't be alive because the building collapsed on him.
Then what was he doing at the police station?
After she's eventually released and enrolled in an outpatient program, she tries hard to pretend she's okay. If she can convince her family and doctors that she's got a bad case of PTSD, everything will be okay. After all, her boyfriend Noah believes her.
But nothing is okay. Mara keeps losing time, sleepwalking, and is still convinced Jude is stalking the shadows waiting to get revenge...
Wow! What an amazing, haunting, creepy, and disturbing story this is turning out to be. It's written so well that while I believed Mara at the beginning, I soon started doubting her. There were so many times when it was virtually impossible to figure out if she was delusional or not. Yikes!
I also liked Noah a lot better in this book. The love he feels for Mara is so obvious it's almost painful.
Loved it. Can't wait to read the final installment.(less)
When I started this book, I really didn't know what to expect. This is my first Marianne Curley novel, and I didn't know much about it... but it hooke...moreWhen I started this book, I really didn't know what to expect. This is my first Marianne Curley novel, and I didn't know much about it... but it hooked me in right away.
Ebony Hawkins is a sheltered teenager who recently started attending high school. She's not like other girls, she's actually stronger, faster, and has violet eyes. She's always suspected she was different, but the night she sneaks out and finally confronts her parents to get some answers, she winds up having more questions. And becomes determined to find out where she's from and what she really is.
Jordan Blake is a teenage boy who's had a tough life. He constantly gets into trouble and knows that life usually gets worse before it gets any better. The night he's savagely attacked and nearly dies two angels offer him a second chance at life, in exchange for helping them find a lost angel. He accepts and the decision sets his life on a new path.
What neither one of them know is that they both have important roles in an ancient battle between angels and demons. And that Ebony is a vital part.
The book is told in the POV of both Ebony and Jordan, which turned out to be an awesome technique. I loved seeing what was going on through both of their eyes, and got a deeper understanding of each personality. I also thought the worldbuilding was interesting, believable, and revealed at just the right pace.
Hidden is an amazing story of self-discovery and destiny. It's also about growing up while trying to live an average life until you realise you're destined for so much more. The mystery at the centre of Ebony's life was intriguing, the suspense gripping, and the turn of events that lead her down an action-packed path had me hooked!
This story is filled with secrets, confusion and a miraculous conclusion. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Ebony and Jordan's story. (less)
I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't grab me. I couldn't connect w/the characters or story enough to care. :/ Plus, I really disliked...moreI really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't grab me. I couldn't connect w/the characters or story enough to care. :/ Plus, I really disliked Zep.(less)
When I received this book for review, I hadn't heard of it. I knew nothing about it, but the blurb sounded interesting so I decided to read the Prolog...moreWhen I received this book for review, I hadn't heard of it. I knew nothing about it, but the blurb sounded interesting so I decided to read the Prologue. Before I realised it, I'd reached the end of Chapter Two, and was totally intrigued. Plus I couldn't wait to keep reading.
Becca King--this isn't her real name--is on the run from her stepfather. A man who has been using her unusual gift, of being able to hear other people's whispers, to his business advantage. But when she hears that he murdered his business partner, her mother finally decides to do something about keeping her daughter safe. The idea is to get her daughter to Whidbey Island, so Becca can stay with an old childhood friend of hers before she can find another, safer place for them both to live and never be found.
It sounds simple enough, but things start going wrong for Becca as soon as she gets on the ferry and she makes an instant enemy. Then she finds out that something awful happened to the woman who was supposed to help her. So her first night turns into a total nightmare, and she has nowhere to go. However, when she runs into Seth, a guy who points her in the right direction, she meets a woman called Debbie, which leads her to a place to live as well as someone who helps her enrol into school.
She also meets Derric, an all round good guy and athlete who happens to have an instant connection with her. However, the day Derric's involved in an accident in Saratoga Woods everything turns upside down because Becca is the one who finds him and places an anonymous call to 911 on the cell phone her mother left her. Derric ends up in a coma and since his adoptive father is the Deputy Sheriff, a serious investigation begins. One that puts Seth and Becca in the thick of suspicion...
The story is told in the POV of Becca, Seth, and Seth's ex-girlfriend, Hayley. Everyone seems to have a deep, dark secret on this island, which makes it very easy for the characters to start doubting each other. I loved how most of them misunderstood each other and allowed their personal insecurities to cloud their vision, as well as project things that weren't really there in others. I also really felt for Becca, as she tries her hardest to keep her head down and remain anonymous but instead gets herself into deeper trouble without intention.
The Edge of Nowhere is an absolute page-turner. An interesting and well written story about a young girl who suffers greatly with the troubling gift--or curse--she inherited, of being able to hear other people's thoughts. It's also a very emotional story, where every single character has a purpose and you feel their emotional scars and pain. Not to mention the mystery at the heart of it all, as everyone struggles to find out what really happened to Derric. Or the paranomal touch to everything.
I really enjoyed this excellent story, and the ending was... wow! What's going to happen next? Can't wait to find out. (less)
This is actually a book that I'd been looking forward to reading for a while. As soon as I picked it up, I was hooked.
Briony is wicked. She's also a w...moreThis is actually a book that I'd been looking forward to reading for a while. As soon as I picked it up, I was hooked.
Briony is wicked. She's also a witch. She feels more comfortable using her left hand, enjoys spending time in the swamp, knows she's responsible for a lot of the bad things that have happened to her family, and isn't like other girls. To top it all off, she also hurt her beloved stepmother--who passed away--and is responsible for her twin sister's 'condition'.
She tries as hard as she can to keep her secret from everyone in Swampsea because not only did she promise Stepmother that she would, but also agreed to stay away from the swamp.
However, when the interesting Eldric comes to Swampsea, Briony's life is turned upside down. Not only do they become good friends, and even form a bad-boy club, but for a girl who (apparently) doesn't know how to love, she sure develops some strong feelings towards him. But there is someone standing in the way, as well as the secrets Briony is keeping.
When her sister, Rose, gets the dreaded swamp cough, she knows she has to save her and at the same time appease the Boggy Mun. However, in order to do so she'll have to reveal her secret to the village. In a place where they hang witches...
Chime is a wonderful, wickedly fun book that takes the reader on quite an adventure through an atmospheric and swampy place. Briony has a strange, yet totally addictive voice and an even more interesting story to tell. What made it even better was finding out a lot of important, secretive information at the same time as she does. I also loved Eldric, who was an amazing character. And the dark world that exists alongside her seemingly normal one. A world that has Old Ones, a Chime Child, Dark Muses, and witches.
This is a prequel short story set before The Iron Witch and in the POV of Xan. He's an intriguing character, so it was cool to get a closer look at hi...moreThis is a prequel short story set before The Iron Witch and in the POV of Xan. He's an intriguing character, so it was cool to get a closer look at him.
Xan is half-fey and has become obsessed with finding the changeling who 'stole' his life. However, finding him doesn't exactly help Xan find the answers he was hoping for...
This is a lovely and very well-written story. Xan is an interesting character with physical and emotional scars, trying to find his way in the world. Oh, and I just loved how the title means so much to how the story turned out.(less)
This short story is at the end of the paperback version of SWITCHED, and gives us a glimpse into the dark and dangerous world of the Vittra. Enemies o...moreThis short story is at the end of the paperback version of SWITCHED, and gives us a glimpse into the dark and dangerous world of the Vittra. Enemies of the Trylle who are trying desperately to get their hands on Wendy. And this story covers their failed attempts.
I'm also intrigued by the character Loki, and can't wait to see how he fits into all of this. As well as the ruthless King Oren and his wife Queen Sara.
This world is so dangerous. I feel sorry for Wendy. There's going to be a lot of hardship ahead for her...(less)