Gemma by Meg Tilly is a story about a 12 year old girl who is abused and sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend Buddy, and later by Buddy's frieGemma by Meg Tilly is a story about a 12 year old girl who is abused and sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend Buddy, and later by Buddy's friend Hazen. This is not a story to read for entertainment, but for the overwhelming feeling of hope you gain at the end of the book. After everything Gemma has been through in her young life she hasn't let it break her. With the help of her adoptive mother and father she finds her strength in placing blame where it belongs and begins her journey of moving forward and healing. I was very glad that this book had a nice ending, I want to say happy ending but I don't see how anyone can be happy after what Gemma went through but you know that one day she will be.
I thought it was well written and the characters were well developed. The only thing I wish for was that Joesph's character had a little more depth to him and that Gemma's character was more like a 12 year old girl and had more balance to her. Often times she sounded much older beyond her years and this was before her time with Hazen and then in the next scene was a little girl again.
Overall I give the book 4 stars. Definitely worth a read if you can handle the violent nature of the book....more
Raveling by Peter Moore Smith is about two brothers, Eric a doctor and Pilot a schizophrenic. Eric and Pilot's sister disappeared 20 years ago and PilRaveling by Peter Moore Smith is about two brothers, Eric a doctor and Pilot a schizophrenic. Eric and Pilot's sister disappeared 20 years ago and Pilot is convinced that Eric killed her and hid her body somewhere, throughout the novel Pilot is trying to convince this to his psychotherapist Katherine and anyone else who will listen. I found the story to be gripping and suspenseful, after I read the ending and found out what happened to their sister I was sickened and still thinking about it days afterward. The only thing I did not like about this novel is the way it was written. All of it is written from Pilot's point a view, which normally wouldn't be a bad thing, but in the book he is omniscient so he knows everything there is to know about everyone. This gets confusing because he is telling the story as if he is in the room with the other characters when he isn't. I got confused a few times as to who was telling the story because sometimes it seemed like it was coming from Katherine or Eric. There are also no chapters which seemed odd.
I liked some of the characters more than others. I really liked Pilot I liked how his thoughts were all over the place it made it believable that he could be crazy yet he was very self aware most of the time. Katherine, I did not like at all. Maybe if she weren't a psychotherapist my feelings would be different, but the way she was written she just came across as extremely unprofessional with how she handled Pilot and her relationship with Eric and mixing the two together. Plus for someone in the profession of helping those who are mentally unstable she had a lot of issues that she never helped herself with or solved in the book. It would have been nice if she had some closure of her own. Eric came across as very one dimensional and remote. It was like he was a robot trying to act like he was human. It was only the in the flashback scenes that we got another side of him.
Overall I liked it, I give it 3 stars. It was worth the read and enjoyable once you can get the hang of the writing style, but I don't think I would read it again....more
Thin Ice by Marsh Qualey is about a girl, Arden and her search for her brother whom she believes is alive but everyone else thinks isContains Spoilers
Thin Ice by Marsh Qualey is about a girl, Arden and her search for her brother whom she believes is alive but everyone else thinks is dead. After deciding he didn't want to deal with being a parent after already raising is baby sister, Scott fakes his death and goes out to see the world. Arden continues to search for him convinced he is alive based off of very few clues and a brother-sister bond. In the end she does find him by coincidence and brings him back home to deal with the mess he made.
I liked the book in general and I did like the characters. They were well developed and the story flowed nicely. It is only getting 3 stars because while I started out liking the brother I hated him for what he did and I hated how everyone seem to take it in stride and got over it. I wish there was more of a reaction from everyone else when they learned the truth all we got was "Scott and the girlfriend are trying to work things out". It wasn't enough for me. Also something small that was bugging me, the beginning Arden gets a kiss from Scott's cop friend at her birthday party. I didn't understand the reason behind it at first I thought a relationship was going to form but since he was way older that didn't happen and the two weren't that particularly friendly in any other way other than he was her brother's friend. It just bugged me. But I really did like the book. It was my second Marsha Qualey novel and I am interested to read more of her work....more
This is my first historical romance by Julie Garwood and I have to say as far as historical romances that I’ve read go, its one of the better ones. ThThis is my first historical romance by Julie Garwood and I have to say as far as historical romances that I’ve read go, its one of the better ones. The main characters were fleshed out pretty well, but I have to say I really enjoyed the secondary characters more. Anthony and the brothers…. Love them! I don’t know if they have their own stories, but it is definitely something I will have to look into. The story was pretty good, however, parts of it especially in the middle was drawn out a bit too much, and I feel like we needed to see more of Madelyne's brother especially since he was the villain of the story. I am not much of a fan of historical romances, but I was pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment of this one. Out of 5 stars I give it 3.5....more
Just Like That by Marsha Qualey focuses on Hanna, a 18 year old senior who is at the time in her life where she is about to graduate high school but fJust Like That by Marsha Qualey focuses on Hanna, a 18 year old senior who is at the time in her life where she is about to graduate high school but feels at odds about everything that is going on. She has a boyfriend, Spence, whom she has been with for almost a year yet doesn't feel connected to him in a way that most girls should feel with their long term boyfriend so she makes a grown up decision and breaks up with him. She has two very close friends who she shares everything with and after one of them breaks their word and lets a secret of hers leak out into the public, she cuts immediate ties with both of them. And Hanna is also an artist. She likes to paint captions of things that she sees. Two women in a coffee shop, her mother dancing in Hawaii, or a dead girl in the icy river. Taking a walk one winter night Hanna is the last person to talk to two teens right before they die on an icy river. She is so overcome with guilt at not being stopping them that she starts to have dreams of what it was like for them. Soon she meets Will whom also has an connection to the dead teens. Her relationship with Will starts off fast but has a foundation that is real and also pure considering how things started. Hanna spends her winter figuring out who she is and what is important to her while also coming to terms with something she did not have control over.
I liked the book more than I thought I was going to. I started to read it and got hooked immediately. It seemed like it was going to be your standard coming of age teenage girl story, but then the author threw in enough problems and obstacles for the character to overcome with out it being overdone and unrealistic. I thought the character of Hanna was going to be the female character type that I hate, but she was real and a lot of the thoughts she had many girls her age have. And I really loved Will, however, for his age the way he spoke and behaved did not seemed real to me. He was very mature for his age I guess I should say and even after we meet his family I still am not sure why he is that way. I did like the two of them together, I felt like they fit except for their immediate problem which I will not say what that is so as I don't spoiler anything for anyone who has not read it. However, after years have gone by I'm sure they will get their chance.
I give the book 4 stars. Good characters, good character growth, good story, and the writing style was clean. I will definitely check out the other novels this author has....more
The Mediator by Meg Cabot is the first book in a series about teenager Suze and her life as a mediator. She can see, talk, and touch ghosts. In this fThe Mediator by Meg Cabot is the first book in a series about teenager Suze and her life as a mediator. She can see, talk, and touch ghosts. In this first novel she moves to California and into a house that is being haunted by a hot ghost, Jesse, who becomes her friend and partner while she tries to get rid of the spirit of a recently deceased girl at her high school.
I really enjoyed the book. It was face paced, entertaining, the characters were real instead of just there and it leaves a lot open for future books. I'm also interested to see how things will play out with Suze and Jesse. I give it four stars, it is a great beginning to what I hope is a great series. I will definitely be reading the next one....more