The haunting cover of this book caught my eye when I first saw it posted on Twitter. I also found the blurb intriguing, so I grabbed myself a Kindle cThe haunting cover of this book caught my eye when I first saw it posted on Twitter. I also found the blurb intriguing, so I grabbed myself a Kindle copy.
Bryony is a girl destined to die. It's what everyone thinks from the moment she is born. Even her mother can't bear to stick around because she doesn't want to see her die. In spite of this, she survives one year and then another, and even makes it into adulthood. But she spends her life running from one place to another because when she stands still people die around her.
When she dares to tempt fate by settling in one place--finding good friends, and even allowing herself to fall in love--she catches the eye of a killer.
I really enjoyed this enchanting, yet eerie story. I liked Bryony, and the fact she wasn't as weak as everyone thought she was. She's nice, kind, loving--a delicate presence that touches the heart of everyone she meets until all they want to do is protect her
The lyrical writing style of this story sucks you in, until you also want to protect Bryony.
This odd, heartbreaking, and often disturbing book about life and death turned out to be a chilling, yet wonderful tale....more
As you probably already know, I'm a big Charlaine Harris fan, so I was very excited when I received the second book in the Midnight Texas series lastAs you probably already know, I'm a big Charlaine Harris fan, so I was very excited when I received the second book in the Midnight Texas series last week.
Midnight is a small place located in Texas. The residents of this town like the fact that it's out of the way because they all have their personal reasons for keeping a low profile. Now, the formerly rundown hotel has been renovated and a small group of people have moved in.
As concerned as they are about this fact, that's the least of their problems.
Manfred Bernardo hasn't been in Midnight for long but he really likes it. He's gotten to know everyone and has assimilated into the tight-knit group well. Besides, it's the perfect location for him to conduct his psychic business. When he decides to spend a weekend in a flashy hotel in Dallas so that he can administer some private readings, all is going well.
Until one of his clients dies suddenly during the reading.
He's now answering questions for the detectives and a bunch of reporters follow him to Midnight after Rachel Goldthorpe's crazy son accuses him of stealing his mother's jewellery. This sets Manfred into a tailspin because he has to spend a lot of money on a lawyer, while he's under suspicion.
The worst thing is the attention this problem is bringing to Midnight.
Manfred isn't the only one who wants to be left alone. The mysterious Rev has a special guest staying with him--a kid who seems to grow on a daily basis--and it's important to keep him off the radar. Diederik was dropped off by his father for a reason, so the Rev enlists Olivia to solve the mystery of what's really going on with the Goldthorpe family. Agreeing to help reveals some of Olivia's secrets, and it looks like someone from her past has just caught up with her.
As the community sticks together to overcome all of these obstacles, we slowly catch a glimpse into each of the residents' secrets. Joe and Chuy appear be a happy, friendly couple who run an antiques store/nail salon, but they are a whole lot more. Fiji is a witch and is always ready to help whoever she can. Whether it's with a spell, some of her delicious cookies, or by helping the young boy who is growing at an alarming rate. Not to mention that her cat is a bit of a smart mouth
This time there are two mysteries to solve. One revolves around Manfred's legal issues and his need to clear his name so that it doesn't affect his reputation. The other is the intriguing fast-growing kid that they're all curious about, yet are determined to help. Just like the first book, the characters are all interesting and keep you glued to each page. The intimate multiple POVs slowly reveal some of the secrets that these characters are keeping, but not all of them.
You know what I love about this series? I'm getting a kick out of connecting the appearance of characters from some of her other series. Manfred is from the Harper Connelly series. Bobo is from the Lily Bard Mystery series. Arthur Smith is from the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series. There are several creatures that are also in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and even several cameos by actual characters from Sookie's world. I loved one particular character, because he was one of my favourites.
Day Shift is another awesome Charlaine Harris book that hooked me in from the beginning. I loved it! I'm enjoying the development of these wonderful characters and finding out how they fit into the much larger world. Also, I think there's something weird going on in that renovated hotel, and I'm looking forward to finding out more.
Can't wait to join the residents of Midnight on more adventures....more
I received this ARC from Bloomsbury Australia about a week ago and was intrigued by the blurb. I also love the bright cover, it's so pretty. Anyway, II received this ARC from Bloomsbury Australia about a week ago and was intrigued by the blurb. I also love the bright cover, it's so pretty. Anyway, I picked it up on Friday and was pleasantly hooked right away!
Sasha is twelve and her life is changing in so many ways that she's finding it hard to keep up. Her mother is now engaged to one of her teachers--who also happens to be a younger man. Her best friend Lily is more concerned with clothes, boys and hanging out with popular girls--but Sasha still shared a big secret with her. Her other friend, Priti, sometimes feels left out--and isn't friends with Lily at all. Even her twin brother Sean is doing stuff without telling her--like taking his friend Zack to Blossom House so they can hide a snake.
The dilapidated old Victorian house has been vacant for years, and until now has been a refuge for the twins. A place to go and hang out when things got hard to deal with at home. They've seen their mother at some pretty low points. They lost their father when they were very young, and afterwards their Mum crumbled for a long while. Then kept getting caught up in complicated relationships that took her back to that dark place.
Blossom House is a special hideaway for Sasha and Sean, and she wasn't ready to share it with anyone else. Though it looks like there are finally people interested in buying it.
As the days go by, Sasha finds herself developing a huge crush on her friend's older brother. She also breaks her own rules by agreeing to throw a party at Blossom House. Something that throws everything off balance. Not only does it get her in trouble, but might also affect her mother's job and causes a domino effect that could end her relationship. Not even their grandmother can help pick up the pieces this time because she's got her own reasons to be upset.
I read this book very quickly because it's such a captivating story. I could totally relate to Sasha. Even when she said and did stupid things it was never because she's an awful kid. She's just trying to do the best she can with what she's got. She wants to be a good friend, a good sister, a good student, and a good daughter. She's trying to balance her emotionally unstable mother while looking out for her brother, as well as trying to manage two sets of friends that are sometimes too hard to satisfy.
Cherry Blossom Dreams is a wonderful and very emotional story about a kid who is on the cusp of becoming a teenager. She's growing up fast, but seems both willing and unwilling to face that fact. It's also a very melancholy ride that played havoc with my emotions because when things got bad, they became really awful. But like Sasha, I never gave up and was very satisfied with the conclusion to this lovely story.
I loved this book for many reasons--it features a great narrator, it's a great story, and I enjoyed finding out the mystery of Blossom House. But mostly I loved how this story reminded me that no matter what age you are, circumstances can often make your life both awesome and terrible at the same time. It's all part of growing up, and this is a great coming of age story....more
I received this book from Bloomsbury Australia and knew absolutely nothing about it. So I read the blurb and decided it sounded interesting. Not to meI received this book from Bloomsbury Australia and knew absolutely nothing about it. So I read the blurb and decided it sounded interesting. Not to mention that the cover's lovely.
Jonah has been the new kid in school for a while now. He keeps to himself and refuses to socialise with anyone. No matter how hard the other kids try to include him, he always assumes the rich snobs of Cross Pointe look down on him because he's from Hamilton. So he lives his school week in a daze that includes ignoring a girl called Brighton--who is always trying to include him in school activities--tolerating his mother and her new husband, while spending time with his baby sister, and wishing the time away until he can go and hang out with his girlfriend Carly in Hamilton.
Brighton is the kind of girl that everyone likes. She goes out of her way to help others by taking part in just about every activity she can squeeze into her life. She's also a 'yes' person who puts others in front of her no matter how she's really feeling. And if she lets even a little of her own needs slip through, she feels bad about it. She wants everyone to like her but not because she's an attention seeker, it's because this is the only way she knows how to impress her father. Especially since the anniversary of his passing is fast approaching.
The afternoon she usually spends with her mother getting a manicure soon leads into a babysitting job that ends up in the house of the one person who's never got time for her. Brighton wants to include Jonah in activities, for both selfish and selfless reasons. And now that she's babysitting his sister, she might get a chance to really get to know him.
Except, when he gets home he's super cranky and takes everything out on her. But no matter how much he tries to push her away, she insists on getting closer and the two spend a bizarre night together that changes the way they look at each other, their towns, and life.
This story is told in the alternating POVs of both Jonah and Brighton, so we get a glimpse into not only what each one is thinking and feeling, but also how much they hide from each other and the world. Jonah is a very hard character to like. He's whiny, frustrating, annoying, and self-involved. No matter what he thinks of himself he just isn't a nice guy. I would go as far as calling him mean, because some of the situations he puts Brighton in are just awful. Brighton was a lot easier to relate to. She's a nice girl who wishes for independence but is afraid to step out of her safety zone in case others won't like her.
You know, I started out liking Jonah. I could understand why he was angry. I mean his family had fallen apart and he was forced to move away from the place he'd spent all his life. But the more I read about him, the less I liked him. And while I really liked Brighton, the more she was drawn to Jonah, the less I could relate to her. Until I felt like the story was slipping away from me...
Bright Before Sunrise is a well-written story that takes us deep into the lives of two characters with very different personalities. While I enjoyed the first half of this book, the rest just didn't resonate with me. I liked their individual journeys, but not the way they merge together.
As frustrating as I found this story, I think it's also a true representation of the teenage life....more
I picked this up the other night and was instantly hooked.
Luna Iverson lives in a world where most people are always plugged into the virtual world, vI picked this up the other night and was instantly hooked.
Luna Iverson lives in a world where most people are always plugged into the virtual world, via their Implant. Even school lessons are like that, kids plugging into the PareCo's Virtual Education. But Luna is a Refuser, which means that she refuses to get an Implant. So she's in a small class of kids that refuse technology for several reasons--some are religious, others are medical, or even serving a punishment for misbehaving in VE--but she's just there because she doesn't want an Implant.
Actually, it's safer if she doesn't get one. Her Nanna has told her this her whole life, because if she doesn't refuse others will find out her secret and probably exploit it. Luna can still sign into the virtual world via a PIP--Plug in Point--sofa, but gets so sick that she can only log in for a little while.
She lives with her father, grandmother, stepmother and stepbrother. Her grandmother is sick, and her father is always plugged in working, so she spends most of her time with her stepmother, Sally, and brother, Jason. Sally isn't an awful person, but she's always bugging Luna and just doesn't understand her refusal to be like everyone else. Even her younger brother has an Implant. And, being a Refuser has affected her socially. Most kids stay away from her, gossip about her, and just don't want to be anywhere near her. In fact, she only has two real friends: a Hacker (people who can manipulate the virtual world with black tattooed marks on their left eyes) called Hex, and a fellow Refuser called Rachel.
However, when Luna somehow gets a place in the upcoming PareCo tests, she's swept away to a facility for a week. Here she meets a mysterious boy called Gecko, who happens to a S'hacker (undetectable hackers with silver marks on their left eyes) and introduces her to ANDs (anti-nausea drugs). She also manages to score well enough to get a placement in the coveted Think Tank. An opportunity most dream about, but she doesn't want. She tries to transfer to university instead, and almost does.
When something tragic happens in her family, she has no other choice than to be transported to Inaccessible Island.
But on the way there, an accident occurs and Luna is suddenly thrown off balance in more ways than one. Suddenly, she's meeting new people who talk about conspiracies and danger. She's finding out a lot about the seemingly safe virtual world that PareCo has managed to establish. And also that she might be able to help change everything. Or might just end up destroying everything and everyone she cares about.
Wow. This is one intoxicating storyline. As soon as I entered this futuristic world I didn't want to get out of it. Luna is a compelling character who is determined to keep herself in the real world more than in some virtual place. She's strong, stubborn, cheeky, and very likeable, but at the end of the day she's still a kid and isn't immune to being manipulated by greedy, conniving adults.
Mind Games turned out to be an intriguing thriller filled with shocking revelations. It's an amazing book that I enjoyed immensely. I loved how this world is completely foreign but so well created through words that I could see everything playing out inside my mind vividly. A book this intricate--with so many different silver threads that connect and lead to one devastating conclusion--needs a strong and capable character to convey the events... and Luna is the perfect heroine!
I loved this book SO much! As well as the very pretty cover! I also found it super creepy. I mean some of the things that she finds out are chilling. *shudders* And yet, with our dependency on computers and phones, who knows where it might lead us? I just hope it's not to think tanks. :/...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.
This is one of those books that belonged to my daughter but when she got older she didn't want it. I love Wall-E, so I couldn't bring myself to give iThis is one of those books that belonged to my daughter but when she got older she didn't want it. I love Wall-E, so I couldn't bring myself to give it away, donate it, or even recycle it. Instead, I put it on my YA bookshelf.
The other day I actually rearranged this bookshelf and when I came to this book I found myself reading it. While the story is a hacked-up version of the movie because it concentrates on the robots, it's still super cute. And the drawings are adorable.
So, I was going to read something else after the second book... but after the way it ended, I just couldn't. I had to find out what was going to happeSo, I was going to read something else after the second book... but after the way it ended, I just couldn't. I had to find out what was going to happen next.
Just when the 100 have gotten into some sort of routine, a bunch of dropships fall from the sky. Of course the kids don't just sit back, they head out and try to help as many survivors as they can. With Clarke pushed to her limits, she manages to help a bunch of people. Except, not everyone is grateful. Now that the Vice Chancellor is on Earth with his guards, he's decided to take over. He ignores everything the kids tell him and is determined to rule with an iron fist.
Like the other two books, we get a glimpse into the familiar four POVs, which is really handy because they're sometimes in different places. Clarke is still the Colonists' only real doctor and saves a lot of people. She also reunites with her mentor. But when Bellamy gets hurt by the guards, she decides that they have to get away. Clarke is head over heels with Sasha, so he joins Clarke and Bellamy in seeking shelter with the Earthborns. Glass and Luke have arrived on Earth, but the Vice Chancellor has plans for Luke and they also take off.
There are much less flashbacks in this book, but they're still awesome. Seriously, this series has some of the best written flashbacks I've ever read. Love how they fit in so well with what was going on in the present.
The connection between these characters is intriguing, and I love how the longer they're on Earth and the more problems they face, the stronger their bonds become.
I loved this book as much as the other two. It's filled with action, danger, and a power-hungry moron I wanted to punch. There's also sadness, and hope. A reunion that I was hoping would happen, and the undertones of romance that bloomed between the characters. While others have such a strong love that nothing tears them apart.
Although I'm not sure if this is the last book, it did feel final to me. So, if it's a trilogy... I loved it!
As soon as my daughter reads this book, we're going to start watching the show. :)
I was really looking forward to reading this book, and it didn't disappoint. I picked it up yesterday morning and finished it this morning.
The 100--weI was really looking forward to reading this book, and it didn't disappoint. I picked it up yesterday morning and finished it this morning.
The 100--well, there are less now--have been on Earth for 21 days and a lot has happened. They've mourned the ones they've lost, have learned to build, and are trying to survive. But there seem to be other people around. Earthborn people who attacked them and obviously want them out.
Well, that's what they think until they capture a girl called Sasha. She's one of the Earthborn, and as time goes by morphs from prisoner to teacher. She knows this planet better than they do, and can even answer questions relating to their people.
The story is once again written in the shared POV of four characters. Clarke goes through a lot of personal discovery in this one. Bellamy struggles with not knowing where his sister is, and learning to care for someone else. Glass is still on the ship with Luke, but continues to go through heartache. Wells is a natural-born leader who finds a way to get over his obsession with Clarke. But every single character goes through ups and downs as they struggle to trust and understand their individual situations.
OMG. There are so many revelations in this one. I loved the intricate connections that are revealing themselves. The main characters are connected on a much deeper level than first expected. And the flashbacks are still some of the best I've read.
I'm seriously loving this series and can't wait to read the next book! Which is sitting on the desk......more