I'm very excited or this book. I had no idea a sequel was planned, so nice surprise. I loved the first. Mainly because it had me guessing, and it was...moreI'm very excited or this book. I had no idea a sequel was planned, so nice surprise. I loved the first. Mainly because it had me guessing, and it was so different from anything I'd read before. It had an old fashioned feel to it, and I loved the multidimensional characters. I'm really looking forward to this!!!(less)
From a young age, Violet had listened to her grandmother, Freddie, warn her about the devil, but she never imagined in a million years she’d be sharin...more From a young age, Violet had listened to her grandmother, Freddie, warn her about the devil, but she never imagined in a million years she’d be sharing a bed with him.
Violet and her twin brother, Luke live in a dilapidated mansion by the sea. Their artist parents left them months ago to peruse careers in Europe, and their money has finally run out. When Violet hangs a flier in their small, sleepy town to rent their small cottage, she doesn’t expect anyone to respond. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect River West- the sexy, mysterious boy to take up residence in more than just her cottage. When she falls for him, despite the fact that he disappears often, and lies just as much, she realizes that the intense pull she feels for him isn’t something she can control. Strange things begin to happen in the town, people acting crazy and seeing things that aren’t really there… and River always seems to be attached to the happenings. And even though Violet knows River is bad, she is torn between love and hate for him.
I really, really liked this book for a bunch of different reasons. One thing was the setting. This dilapidated mansion that was once something to be envied, set on a cliff high above the ocean is just perfect. You get this creepy sense of the place, like there’s a constant fog hanging about and something just waiting to crawl under your skin.
Second, the history of the characters. There is a whole arc about Freddie and her past, which ties River and eventually, his two brothers to Violet. The mystery unfolds slowly, and when you put all their pieces together, it is such a satisfying revelation.
Third, the characters. I loved Violet’s quiet quirkiness and her fondness for old things including her grandmother’s clothing and going through her old letters and her unapologetic attitude about not having friends and being okay with that. Freddie, even though she’d died five years past, was mentioned so much you feel like she’s a living character throughout the story. Violet’s sort of best friend Summer and her brother, Luke’s relationship was honest and real, and at times blushingly unabashed. And the moments between Violet and River were swoony, making the reader understand how Vi could be so torn over him, but still feel this incredible draw that made her question her won integrity, but not care either way. When River’s brother Neely, comes into town, you feel how deep and palpable their love and mutual respect for one another runs.
What I most enjoyed, was the fact that this book was timeless. I wasn’t able to tell if it was set or written in 1960 or 2013. It was different from any other YA book I’ve read, really historical almost, and supernatural with a dark twist. There’s talk of the devil quite a bit, but not necessarily in a religious way.
The only thing I didn’t care for was the ending. I think the author left it open for a sequel which I will devour, because I’d like to see more of Violet and River’s relationship bloom. I might even venture to say that I’m curious what would happen if she dare chose the other brother, who is charming and sweet- much better suited for her, but not nearly as much of a bad boy as River. And we do love our bad boys. I’d give this 4.5 stars out of 5.
I have to say this was a nice little surprise wrapped in the shell of an ebook.
Jeff is the new boy in town, new to the money his parents suddenly hav...moreI have to say this was a nice little surprise wrapped in the shell of an ebook.
Jeff is the new boy in town, new to the money his parents suddenly have and new to the ultra rich private school he's enrolled in. On his very first day, he meets the ghost of the school's Mean girl, Kimberlee who'd died a year prior. he's the only one who can see her, and whole he's less than thrilled, she's ecstatic, because she needs to enlist Jeff in helping her move on by helping her give back stuff she stole while she was alive. And it's a ton of stuff.
Without giving away too much, through giving back people's prized possessions, (most of them not valuable but important rather, to the people) Jeff recruits a few kids whom he'd never associate with, learning dark secrets about both Kimberlee and the kids in his classes.
This book is light (mostly), funny and really witty. I love the outcome of giving back all the stolen items and the changes we saw in the characters. The mark of a good writer is when we're given a character that we're meant to hate, with no real redeeming qualities, and we still can find compassion and dare I say, like her a little. Kimberlee was a mean girl, but I liked her for whatever reason. Nice job, Ms. Pike:)
I definitely want a sequel. And the end reveals there is a prequel, which I'm heading for right now.(less)
The writing was excellent, I loved the world building and the realistic aspect of the slatings. I didn't get the gripes on some of the reviews how the...moreThe writing was excellent, I loved the world building and the realistic aspect of the slatings. I didn't get the gripes on some of the reviews how the characters were lacking- I thought they were well developed, and they behaved appropriately considering the environment and challenges they faced, especially Gray.
For me, it was the storyline that lacked. Yes, it was original in the details. Clever, well thought out and nicely done over all. But underneath, it was the same as every dystopian out there. The young, inexperienced MC somehow gains access to knowledge no one else but the head of whatever organization had privy to. He grabs some scrappy friends and together, they go solve the plague that is their lives. There's either an uprising or a revolt or a revolution, and there's always mention of rebels and allies and ugh. BORING. I'm sorry, but I just wish there was a dystopian that told a story within their own world without a war. Every dystopian ends with a war. It's so predictable. As soon as Gray leaves Claysoot, I was like,go back!!!! Thats where the story is!!!! I loved the world Ms Bowman built inside those walls- the slatings and the simplicity of it all.
It's not you, Ms. Bowman. It's me. I'm done reading dystopians. Inevitably, they all end up the same. (less)
Excellent conclusion to a really well done trilogy. I hated the ending, but that is only becuase of my personal preference of who I felt she belonged...moreExcellent conclusion to a really well done trilogy. I hated the ending, but that is only becuase of my personal preference of who I felt she belonged with. (less)