This is definitely an experiment. I have read ghost stories before but none like this. My tastes usually runs towards stories with the friendly neighbThis is definitely an experiment. I have read ghost stories before but none like this. My tastes usually runs towards stories with the friendly neighborhood Casper type ghosts or those kind that you can sympathize with owing to their tragic demise with a historical mystery to solve. So a book designed to scare you out of your wits is a first.
The story starts with Perry a down on luck 22 year old receptionist with a failed stunt woman career who wants to make something of her life. Her life takes a turn for the better or the worse depending on your point of view when she decides to explore her uncle's abandoned light house with a cam coder to boot. She runs into Dex a producer in search of a new show and some very interesting paranormal happenings during her little misadventure which forms the basis for the rest of the story. Getting out of the lighthouse in one piece Perry decides to blog about her experience becoming an overnight sensation and landing an offer from Dex to have her very own "Ghost Hunter" TV show. But on one condition....Perry has to visit the light house one more time. Will this one time be her last time??? Especially since the evil lurking in the shadows has marked her as their own. You have to read this book to find out...
The book is a solid Okay read. The thing is I really enjoyed the voice of the main character. The author has created someone rooted in reality while grappling with fantasy. All through out the book she delivers some very interesting one liners that had me laughing out loud. As for the male lead, I am not a big fan of half crazy guys who acts the part but the whole time I was reading about Dex I kept imagining Robert Downey Jr so couldn't help being entranced(and yes, I am a Robert Downey fan). There were definitely some scary moment but not that scary as to keep you up at night. The writing style is refreshing and the descriptions of the ghost confrontations vivid and imaginative. Yet, the book lacks a certain quality that has the power to keep you hooked. The truth is though I enjoyed Perry's observation once you are past the middle half of the book it feels a lot like a monologue. I was really annoyed by Perry's instant attraction to Dex. Who in their right mind gets attracted to a strange guy whom they have met at a haunted light house and that too when they are having an encounter with the paranormal.Except for this flaw Perry is a real character with real problems like weight issues, guy trouble and insecurities . The lack of answers doesn't help the book's cause. In the end the book left me with more questions than answers. So for those of you who are willing to try your hand in a book whose story is scattered over a series of books and has a love for the "Ghost Hunter" show, this is a must read. Other wise you are not losing much by skipping.
This book is going in to my very own entry in to the list of "books with so much potential but only if some one was wise enough to uncover it". "ReincThis book is going in to my very own entry in to the list of "books with so much potential but only if some one was wise enough to uncover it". "Reincarnation" is the kind of book you could have loved but only ended up liking in the end. It is not so much that it lacked interesting ideas or innovative concepts but it is the lack of focus that damaged this book. Personally I believe that the author could have created a much more captivating book if she had reduced on the number of past lives and increased on their length. Instead the number of past lives that the characters are put through leads to a very confusing read and gives the book the feel of a collection of short stories regardless of the fact that it is the very same characters that we are reading about.
The story begins in the prehistoric times when a Neanderthal man encounters a Cromagnon woman while they of trying to steal a green emerald ultimately leading to their death. Then the story moves to ancient Egypt where they are reborn as an Egyptian singer and a slave who find comfort in each other. The mysterious green emerald makes an appearance in this story also. From there on their tale takes us through ancient Greece, the Incas, Salem Witch trials, America during World war I, The Jazz age in France before World War II and many more life times in the end settling into the modern era with the characters being a couple of teenagers. Though the book takes up through different time periods it has not done justice to any of it. One of the reasons being the length, the stories are too short which makes a bit difficult to capture the essence of the time period. The second reason being you never feel any real love between the characters other that the fact that the writer keeps on insisting that they are soul mates. The characters don't fall in love in their first life. They fall in love in one of their later lives and after that in every other life they meet they fall for each other mainly due to the reason that they feel like they have known each other for ever. It kind of goes on to say what the characters feel in their past life becomes a part of their soul and is carried on to their next life. This was especially true for some of the secondary characters that gets reincarnated with the main characters. But special points have to be given to the author for not shying away from reversing the gender or colour of her main characters. The linking of the present life characters with their past life characters by blood was something that could have been avoided because it ultimately ended up making the story more complicated.
The high points in the story however is the changing mythological beliefs. From the great bird that come down to lead the souls to the after life to the Egyptian's pyramidal afterlife followed by the boat ride through River Styx ending up finally in the pearly gate of St Michel. Which each death the souls take a different path to the after life with the changing beliefs of the people which kind of feels that the like after life is a figment of one's belief. The changing ideology of the great mother from Isis to Athena to Virgin Mary all accounts for a compelling read. This book appeal to those interested in theology and spirituality, for those interested in history would not find this book to their taste. I would recommend this book to those who don't mind constantly changing view points with a little bit of philosophy thrown in to the midst, other better stay clear of it.
Where do I start with this one? I have waited a long time to get my hands on this book and I couldn't believe my luck when I saw that the it was on SmWhere do I start with this one? I have waited a long time to get my hands on this book and I couldn't believe my luck when I saw that the it was on Smashwords for free.(Which BTW is an offer open only till 8th of August 2013. So hurry!!!!) You can already guess that I didn't waste any time starting this one even though I was in the middle of three other gigantic books at the time. It is suffice to say that Filter was well worth the wait. Any one who have gone through my "read" shelf will know that I have read my share of YA's. So I have pretty much reached a point where YA books have stopped capturing my attention. But now after reading this one I have realized there are certainly a number of gems in the genre that I have missed.
What is different about filter? Is it the dual time point of view that jumps between a Katherine Demure and Rocky Evans her grand daughter five times removed? That may not be the case as I have read other books with Dual time POV's. Then it must have been the aura of mystery that the book builds up from the very first page. Yes, that is it. From the very first page you get the impression that something profound is going to happen but you have no idea what it is. At first you meet Katherine Demure the curious invalid who is fascinated with the a strange count and his son who have moved in next door and later you meet Rocky Evans a teenager who wears third hand clothes and lives a hand to mouth existence.She is completely unaware about her history and that something extrordinary is going to happen to her. Two completely different characters but similar in strange ways. At points you feel their life moving in the same path. Get the feeling that history is repeating itself but the curious part is it is this very same history that we are trying to uncover. What is the thread that comnnects them all and binds them to a tale that has followed generations. Before anyone venture into the paranormal territory I assure you that it is not the case. The book keeps you engaged at all the crucial points. I remember times when I was so worn out that all I wanted to do was sleep yet for the life of me I couldn't put this book down. With each chapter I wanted to read further I wanted to get some answers but each new chapter just kept on introducing more question. The dark glamour of the settings, the historical mystery, the clues left like crumbs all managed to create an atmosphere unlike any other book that I have read.
The characterisation was fairly good I liked the character of Katherine Demure the curious girl with a strong heart and frail body, Rocky Evans the strong and sensible girl with high level of self preservation instict, Viktor Von Straussenberg the mysterious boy that captures Katherine's interest and William the mysterious lawyer. However there were times when I felt the main characters a bit inconsistant. Rocky for example when we meet her gives the impression of a girl who is tough and knows how to live in any situation, then things happen and the way her character adapts to the changes was a bit quick. Same goes for Katherine. I get she is stubborn and she has a strong mind but some of the things she did was difficult to achieve and I found it hard to believe that she wasn't found out sooner provided her condition and dotting parents. Another issue I had was with the length of chapters which was kind of short and didn't give much time to invest with the characters and time period. However as the book progressed I found myself so caught up in the story that it wasn't an issue anymore. The way the author decided to end the book was brilliant because suspense in the last chapters will have you rushing to the nearest bookstore to purchase the next in the series. Overall the book is a definite good read. It is different from the YA's I have encountered so far and has the power to captivate you from the very first page. This one should not be missed at any cost...more
Another of my entries to the list of "Books that more people should know about". Eternal Vows is not the most innovative and fresh concept books thatAnother of my entries to the list of "Books that more people should know about". Eternal Vows is not the most innovative and fresh concept books that you may come across as there is nothing new about the story. A woman in search of her long lost sister accidently stumbles upon a portal to another dimension. Getting married to a powerful, immortal and gorgeous King clearly on a case of mistaken identity. Escaping from the clutches of a forced marriage while trying to fight down her undeniable attraction to her husband, slipping on and ancient ring that connects her to him does not help . Ofcourse having a band of enemy immortals on her trail trying to hunt her down once and for all is not exactly a walk in the park. But being married to an immortal has its advantages. For one you also get to be an immortal and get entrusted with all this super powers and mind tricks that you cannot control but may come in handy when you are running for your life. Yes, ETERNAL VOWS has it all and manages to keep it interesting the whole time even though the formula is a little hand me down. But I am not complaining as the saying goes via trita via truta "a frequented path is a reliable path" and this frequented path does deserve attention. The writing is engaging and there are a lot of witty banter, funny dialogues and a number of references to the pop culture that you feel like laughing inspite of yourself. Eventhough they are inches away from death the heroine manages to sprout atlest one sentence that is sure to lighten the mood and that is one of the good things about this book. The heroine Sarah is funny and stubborn, there is no other way to define her and the hero, who doesn't like an immortal, gorgeous control freak. If anything, the popularity of the Twilight series has taught us "Never to underestimate the power of a gorgeous immortal no matter how controlling he is". So there you have it, Eternal Vows is a book to watch out for if you are looking for pure entertainment and a good laugh....more
At first when I bought this book my only intention was to get an idea about Stephanie Meyer's writing as Twilight was sold out. After breezing throughAt first when I bought this book my only intention was to get an idea about Stephanie Meyer's writing as Twilight was sold out. After breezing through the first few chapters I was under the impression that I was in for one of those dystopian reality series but to my surprise I found that I really enjoyed the story and it's characters. More important than the backdrop of the story was the questions that was raised by each of the characters. What truly made us what we are? If our body was taken over will that mean we cease to exist? Aren't memories part of who we are? When wanderer got a new human body she was completely unprepared for the onslaught of human emotions and memories that came with. Having no previous experiences of this sort and completely in the middle of it, it was very interesting to read the changes that occurred to both the characters and the people around them. Host is one of those rare books that stays with you and rereading is not an option as you have to forget about it first. ...more