I love creepy books, so when I heard about this one I reserved it at the library. As soon as I started, I was hooked.
Stella is seventeen years old, anI love creepy books, so when I heard about this one I reserved it at the library. As soon as I started, I was hooked.
Stella is seventeen years old, and although she's popular and seems to be like every other teenager in the town of Savage, she isn't. Eleven years ago she was apparently taken into the woods with her friend. While Stella came back, Jeanie didn't.
No one knows what really happened. Not even Stella because she doesn't remember anything about that day. But during the creepy celebration that marks the anniversary--which is really just an excuse for teenagers to party--the body of another little girl is found.
Now Stella is convinced that she has to remember what happened in order to figure out not only what really happened to her friend, but also this new victim.
And so begins the classic tale of whether true evil can come in the form of man or monster... and the truth is truly disturbing.
I really enjoyed this story. Stella's life was marked by a creepy incident when she was very young. She then becomes best friends with Zoey. That means becoming part of the bitchy mean girls group, but Stella isn't really like that. She's just easily led by Zoey, who turns out to be a very annoying character put in her place by circumstance.
I also liked her connection with Sam. The childhood friend she abandoned for Zoey. He's actually the one who ends up helping her the most.
Although I really enjoyed this book and the creepy atmosphere was constant throughout--because Savage is a super creepy town--I felt that the last 20 pages or so could have been cut down into a 5-page epilogue. Or something like that.
In the end, I didn't find it that scary. It turned out to be more of a great YA thriller!...more
After hearing so many good things about this book, I borrowed it from the library. At first glance this looks like an intimidatinglylong book, but oncAfter hearing so many good things about this book, I borrowed it from the library. At first glance this looks like an intimidatingly long book, but once you get started you start to realise that it might not take as long as you first thought to read it.
This isn't an average YA book. It's not a conventional SciFi tale. And it's certainly not an average love story. It's SO MUCH more.
Told via interviews, reports, messages, communications, an unstable AI, and amazing artwork, the story of what happens after a mining colony planet is attacked by a corporation unfolds through the eyes of two strong and intelligent teenagers who broke up the day their world collapsed around them.
I read most of this book in one sitting last night, and finished it this morning. While I really enjoyed it for its uniqueness, the ongoing tension and I was invested in Kady & Ezra, there was something (not sure what, though) about this story that kept me at a distance from the other characters. But I did start to emphasise with AIDAN.
Still, it truly is an amazing book! I especially liked the twists and turns at the end....more
When I received this book from Bloomsbury, I didn't know anything about it. After reading the blurb, I wasn't sure if I would actually enjoy it. I havWhen I received this book from Bloomsbury, I didn't know anything about it. After reading the blurb, I wasn't sure if I would actually enjoy it. I haven't read many books about the French Revolution, and I'm really fussy about historical stories. But I do know who Madame Tussaud is, and the thought of her having an apprentice intrigued me.
So I decided to give it a go... and I'm glad I did.
Célie and Algernon are teenage orphans who live on the streets of Paris and survive the only way they know how--by stealing from the rich. After she lost her family, she nearly died on her way to Paris but was saved by Algernon. Not only does she owe him her life, but she's secretly in love with him.
The young girl also has a peculiar talent. She can remember every single detail she sees in front of her, and is then able to draw the scene. It's her artistic talent that gets her out of trouble after she is caught stealing.
When Manon Tussaud takes her into her care as her apprentice, she finds herself living in a comfortable home with nice, caring people who also teach her the trade of waxworks. Now she has shelter, food and a place to belong. The only thing missing is Algernon. She misses him, but he's caught up in his own cause.
Célie has always wanted equality in France, but after spending some time living in Versailles she realises that the royal family might actually be as much prisoners in their life of privilege as the poor people are in their misery. Nothing is black and white, but once she helps incite the revolution there's no going back. And as they say, heads will roll...
Wow. This book wasn't at all what I expected. In a good way.
I found myself swept up in Célie's story instantly, and couldn't wait to see where it would lead. I also really liked most of the characters. Actually, the only one I didn't like was Algernon. He was just so determined to change the world that he ends up being blinded by ambition, and often comes across as a callous user. Sometimes, when good people with good intentions attempt to shift the power away from oppressors, they become just as bad.
Madame Tussaud's Apprentice is a wonderful--yet sometimes quite bloody--coming-of-age story about a young girl trying to find her way in a miserable and dangerous city. It's also a story about finding hope after everything she cared about is taken from her, and realising that family isn't always blood. I also think that the French Revolution provided an intriguing and very violent backdrop for this timeless tale. Because this might be a historical story, but the hardship of the poor and the drama of love will never change.
I'm really glad I read this. And as soon as I finished it, I realised just how fitting the red cover is....more
OMG. This book is SO AWESOME. I loved this story so much that 5 stars doesn't seem to be enough. :)
Pearl is a young vampire who enjoys her vampiric liOMG. This book is SO AWESOME. I loved this story so much that 5 stars doesn't seem to be enough. :)
Pearl is a young vampire who enjoys her vampiric life. A lot. She has a beautiful boyfriend called Jadrien, and is very loyal to her Family. However, the night a unicorn stakes her, everything she was starts to change. She can walk in daylight, she has a reflection, and starts appreciating all the wonders that come with daytime.
Her Family also see this as an awesome opportunity and send her off to high school. Here, she's to (somehow) round up enough humans to be offered as food to the king when he visits for the Fealty Ceremony. Sounds easy enough, except she soon starts seeing humans as friends. And the way her Family is--even if it was exactly how she used to be--doesn't appeal to her anymore.
So what's a daywalking, reflection-casting, super fabulous vampire with a conscience to do? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out. And you won't regret it!
At first glance, this book seems to be all about poking fun at the vampire genre, but it ends up being so much more. It's clever and interesting. It's filled with awesome characters. I especially liked Pearl and really enjoyed her journey from vampire snob to someone who cares about others.
The story is intriguing, the worldbuilding excellent, and the last half is intense! It's also super cute--just like the cover--and fantastic! And most importantly, it was SO MUCH FUN.
I seriously enjoyed the hell out of this book!...more
Today I finished proofreading one of my upcoming books and wanted to reward myself with an interesting short read. And this story definitely turned ouToday I finished proofreading one of my upcoming books and wanted to reward myself with an interesting short read. And this story definitely turned out to be a treat.
I mean, check this out:
It was half past eleven when I saw her. She was standing at the top of the staircase, with restless fingers and defiant eyes, wrapped in blue silk that clung to her hips.
How can you not be intrigued by this? :)
Jimmy Prince is a PI who lives in Spindle City and has a teenage assistant. When he meets an alluring woman called Ella at the Prince family gala, and then finds her bloody glass slipper, he gets caught up in a mystery that is bound to get him into deep trouble. Which seems to be something he's really good at.
Absolutely loved this story! It's such a clever noir mystery set in a city full of fairy tale characters. But they're not what you're used to. This is a place full of strong, murderous women and intriguing people. Not to mention the story! And the writing! Loved everything about it.
I love creepy stories, especially when they deal with demons, so when I found out about this one I couldn't wait to check it out. Luckily, my local liI love creepy stories, especially when they deal with demons, so when I found out about this one I couldn't wait to check it out. Luckily, my local library had a copy so I borrowed it on Friday and decided to get stuck into it during Halloween.
Amanda Verner lives with her family in a cramped cabin in the mountains. After a hellish winter where they were all trapped inside for a long time and her mother developed a serious fever while pregnant and gave birth to a sick child, Amanda also had a mental breakdown.
Now she considers herself a sinner, and behaves in a way that is sure to lead to trouble. Especially since she gets involved with a boy and winds up pregnant. She doesn't tell her parents, and the boy rejects her. So when her father uproots the family and takes them to the prairie for a better life with more space, she thinks it might help.
As soon as they arrive they find the cabin looks great from the outside, but inside is a different story. The floor is ruined, the walls covered in blood, but their father fixes and cleans everything. They even meet a young boy and his doctor father. Everything seems to be better here, but only on the surface because Amanda is hearing phantom baby cries, knocking on the window, and starts to feel things.
It doesn't take long to realise why these cabins are abandoned...
I loved this book! The setting is written in such a vivid way that I felt like I was transported back in time. The creepiness is always there, like a threatening undercurrent that slowly rises to the surface. And I really liked Amanda. She did a lot of things that only added to her troubles and continually kept secrets, but it was mostly because she was thinking about how it would affect her family.
This story was unsettling, and spooky. It hooked me in right away. It's just what I expect--and enjoy--from a good horror story. Loved it heaps!...more
I just finished reading this very imaginative short story about a couple like no other. Lorna Grant and Vix Beller heal and help a lot of desperate peI just finished reading this very imaginative short story about a couple like no other. Lorna Grant and Vix Beller heal and help a lot of desperate people, and one day decide to deal these emotions. They might be helping people in their own unique way, but there are authorities that think otherwise...
I recently read Seam and Solder and got swept away in it. Now, the same thing has happened with this story. I love how this author's writing style can place you deeply into a particular genre, and then manages to twist it just enough for you to realise you've tumbled into a magical, whimsical version of the world you thought you knew. She did the same thing with Magonia, which I absolutely adored.
Loved this story.
You can read it for free HERE And you should. ;)...more
This is a book that I've been looking forward to reading for a while now...
Although I mostly enjoyed this supernatural slant on Lizzie Borden becauseThis is a book that I've been looking forward to reading for a while now...
Although I mostly enjoyed this supernatural slant on Lizzie Borden because it was interesting and well written, I have to admit that I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. There was something about this story that kept me at arm's length, and I'm not sure why.
There are a bunch of things that I liked about this book: two sisters who live their lives as they choose, one living an alternate lifestyle, the other having a disability but still being strong, how independent they are, that they're into science and are super clever, plus fierce. But as I said above, there's just something that kept me from loving this story. o_O
Also, while I initially liked the introduction of other POVs, as the story progressed I found their integration repetitive. And that took away from the horror aspects. To be honest, I didn't find this book scary/spooky at all.