This is actually a re-read and I still love it as much as I can remember. My only complaint is the cliffhanger ending, but thankfully I bought the com...moreThis is actually a re-read and I still love it as much as I can remember. My only complaint is the cliffhanger ending, but thankfully I bought the complete set:)(less)
There are so many things about this book that I liked. Not your typical YA bully novel, this one is told from the point of view of 5 different teens....moreThere are so many things about this book that I liked. Not your typical YA bully novel, this one is told from the point of view of 5 different teens. Alice, the girl who is the basis of all of the rumors, doesn’t have a voice until the end of the novel. The chapters leading up to her getting to tell her side of the story revolve around three teens in the ‘in’ crowd and the class nerd, Kurt, who has a genius IQ and prefers to be alone…except he does have a crush on Alice.
What has Alice done? Well, Alice is a slut. When they are in 8th grade, Elaine, the most popular girl in school is dating Brandon, the most popular boy. By her own account their relationship is on again off again – mostly it’s for convenience or because it is expected – being the two most popular kids in school. So, when she sees Brandon kissing Alice she feels betrayed. She does move on and they continue to be friends, but she is always wary.
Kelsie is the former outcast. At her previous school she had no friends, so when she moved and was lucky enough to get to know Alice she was thrilled because Alice was part of the ‘in’ crowd. They quickly became best friends. But when the ugly rumors start to fly about Alice, their friendship is tested. Will Kelsie stand by her best friend, or will the pressure of being popular win out?
Josh is Brandon’s best friend and a fellow football star. They like to drink beer (underage of course) and sit and talk about girls. When tragedy strikes, Josh feels he has no other choice but to keep his best friend looking like the star he is so he tells a lie – a lie that compounds with another lie and ruins Alice’s high school life.
I won’t ruin the story by telling you the all of the rumors that fly, but you can tell by the synopsis that Alice is blamed for the death of the star of the football team, most popular boy in school, and town hero. The story is so well written as you feel like you are transported back to high school, and remembering what it was like to try and stay or be part of the ‘in’ crowd. Some people would do anything, things looking back I am sure some of them regret.
A book I would highly recommend – will you see something here that is totally unique? I wouldn’t say that, but it is a book that is extremely easy to relate to and makes you relive what high school was, or could be like.(less)
I admit it – I don’t get to read nearly as much as I want to. My job, while promoting authors, takes up much of my time and my reading gets set on the...moreI admit it – I don’t get to read nearly as much as I want to. My job, while promoting authors, takes up much of my time and my reading gets set on the back burner at times. I have vowed as one of my New Year’s Resolutions to make this change.
I decided to start off the new year with one of my favorite genres – thriller. I saw The String Diaries on Netgalley and quickly requested it. I am certainly glad I did.
This book starts off with a bang – Hannah is racing to an undisclosed location, her young daughter asleep in the backseat and her husband bleeding after being stabbed in the front seat. They are heading to a safe house, one of many her father has secured over the years in case they needed to escape Jakab, a somewhat paranormal creature that is intent on destroying them. Why? Youthful rage over being dismissed has festered for generations, as Jakab is part of a particular breed of human who doesn’t age the way we do. What other abilities does he have? I won’t share too much, suffice it to say he has abilities that would make you question people you spent time with, and this is the reason Hannah and her family have developed a check system – you can never be too careful.
This was a very well written story that wove together elements of suspense, mystery, love, and some paranormal in a wonderful way that held my interest. And the ability to combine three different eras was done extremely well. Why then did I give this 3 1/2 stars? 5 stars for me doesn’t happen very often and I hold those books to an almost impossible standard. My main issue with this novel was the ending. I felt that it was rushed and tied up loose ends too quickly. I wish it would have been explained in a better way.(less)
When I read the premise of this book I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into. But, when it is penned as a combo of Lord of the Flies meet...moreWhen I read the premise of this book I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into. But, when it is penned as a combo of Lord of the Flies meets The Ruins I figured this book might be right up my alley. And, while I did enjoy the book, it did fall a little flat for me. My biggest complaint is that I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. Not one. And to be honest, I disliked a few of them from the very beginning. I think that is how it is supposed to be, while Kent is a macho teen bully, Shelley is a withdrawn and somewhat weird loner. They are brought together with Ephraim, Newton and Max as they partake in a scouting trip on a remote island off the shores of Canada with their scoutmaster to learn some final survival skills. What they don’t anticipate is that there will be a man who arrives on shore, a man with a disease that is sure to change them forever.
I did love the fact that the ‘disease’ in question was a modified tapeworm that was touted as being worked on for weight loss and/or a weapon for the military. And, I did enjoy the description of how the worms invaded their hosts. But that said, I am not sure I would highly recommend this book. I did finish it, which shows that the story and writing were good enough to hold my interest. But not good enough to give a glowing review.(less)
Kacey's life is turned upside down after a car accident takes the lives of her parents, best friend, and boyfriend. Being the only survivor, she strug...moreKacey's life is turned upside down after a car accident takes the lives of her parents, best friend, and boyfriend. Being the only survivor, she struggles to come to terms with why she survived, and tries to bury the memories of that horrific day through an exercise regime that helps control the anger, and bury her past self leaving a hard shell of the girl she used to be. When she realizes that her sister is in danger at the hands of their uncle, she packs them up and heads off to Miami for a fresh start. Not sure what to expect, she gets a job at a local Starbucks to make ends meet and try to save up for college for her sister. What she doesn't expect is the feelings that get stirred when she meets their neighbor in the laundry room - Trent Emerson.
There is something about Trent that Kacey can't put her finger on - there is more than just the physical attraction, so much more. And, even though she has vowed to keep her hard persona up, when she meets her neighbor Storm, and her little girl Mia, it is evident that this hard shell is going to start to crack. But, at what expense?
This story held my interest right up until the very end. I enjoyed it and thought the writing was good and the ending truly wrapped things up in a fantastic way. But, there were some parts of the story that I just felt lacked a little. I wish we could have gone more in depth as to what truly happened after Kacey finds out Trent's shocking secret. ***SPOILER***It is obvious that their love was strong, but knowing that he was partially responsible for the car accident that took her loved ones, it seemed too rushed at the end for my liking. I hope that this isn't the end of this story, as I did engage with the characters and want to find out what happens with Dan, Storm and Mia - and more importantly Kacey and Trent. My rating - 4 stars.(less)
What can I say? The Thirteenth Tale, while read when it first came out, is a book that has stayed with me for years. I think I may have to re-read it...moreWhat can I say? The Thirteenth Tale, while read when it first came out, is a book that has stayed with me for years. I think I may have to re-read it as I remember it as an absolutely fabulous book, I believe I may have even given it 5 stars. To say that this was a disappointing book would be an understatement.
Was the writing good? No, the author knows how tell a story, but this story never seemed to really go anywhere. It was extremely slow and I found myself asking if I should even bother finishing it. I can't wait to see what other people think, and see if maybe I just missed something.(less)
If you are like me, you are sick of the 'sparkly' vampires, the vampires young and old girls alike swoon over and wouldn't have any problem spending t...moreIf you are like me, you are sick of the 'sparkly' vampires, the vampires young and old girls alike swoon over and wouldn't have any problem spending time with, and even consider becoming one of them. Thankfully, Vampire Vic was not at all one of those books. Victor Thetherson is a laughing stock when it comes to vampires. His staff makes fun of him and his wife cheats on him while making him stay outside of his own house. And Victor takes it..at least for a little bit. But, like many of us he reaches his breaking point and one day he does what vampires were made to do - he bites someone. And that's when his life changes.
No longer the laughing stock, he is now a muscular vampire who people respect. With their unique take on vampires, authors Harris Gray have taken this story to a new level. Whether you believe in vampires or not (and who am I to say they don't exist) you can either personally relate to the plight of Victor's tale, or know someone who is like Victor. And who among us wouldn't want to gain the respect of our peers and show them we aren't who they thought we were. But, at what cost?
A fabulous book and one I would highly recommend. Even if you think you are sick of vampires, please do yourself a favor and read this book. The writing style is unique and intriguing, and something I am sure you will enjoy.(less)
To be honest, I was not familiar with Anne Frasier. I ran across her on Myspace and was drawn to her books because they were set in Wisconsin, my home...moreTo be honest, I was not familiar with Anne Frasier. I ran across her on Myspace and was drawn to her books because they were set in Wisconsin, my home state. I approached her to see if she would be willing to submit a book for review, and she was more than happy to oblige. I am thankful, as this was a fantastic read and really drew me in from the very beginning.
This book is set in the sleepy town of Tuonela, Wisconsin – a town that is notorious for the “Pale Immortal” – a serial killer who stalked the streets one hundred years ago and was rumored to drain his victims of their blood. Since the death of the “Pale Immortal” no one has lived in Old Tuonela, instead moving a few miles away and rebuilding on ground that was less haunted. The only people foolish enough to step foot in Old Tuonela are the “goth” kids or the occasional tourist – people who don’t really belive the legend or are just looking for a good scare.
Even though the town has moved, it’s past continues to haunt it. The corpse of a young girl is found dumped alongside a local road, drained of all of her blood. Has the “Pale Immortal” been resurrected from his unmarked grave, to rain terror down on New Tuonela? Or is there a new terror that the residents must encounter, something even more evil that the ghosts of their past?
The most logical suspect in most of the townspeople’s eyes is the recluse, Evan Stroud. Not only has he written a book that would give him access to details most people don’t know, he also suffers from a rare condition known as Porphyria, which makes it unable for him to be in sunlight. He has been taunted for years as being a “freak” or a “Vampire” and has considered leaving, but where would he go? At least he is familiar with the town, and most people accept him, even if they aren’t exactly friendly. And he is not without friends. His best friend Rachel Burton has recently returned to town and taken the job of County Coroner. It gives him someone to talk to and a reason to look forward to something in his day.
Evan’s life is turned upside down when a young man named Graham Yates shows up at his door, stating that he is his son. Although Evan does remember sleeping with Graham’s mother, she was the type of girl who slept with more boys than not, and the odds of Graham being his son don’t seem too probable. While waiting for the DNA results, Graham gets mixed up with a group of hoodlums who have named themselves “The Pale Immortals” and believe that the rotting bones of their idol and namesake hold the power of life, death, and immortality. For a boy who has been trying to fit in his whole life, it is easy to fall into their warped views- after all, these are the first true friends he has had in years. But the townsfolk of Tuonela have no idea what is lurking in their mist – an evil so powerful it may destroy them all.
The formation of the characters in this book is flawless – I was pleased as there are times when authors seem to go on and on giving details that really are not relevant to the story or plot, but this was not the case. The characters are also kept to a minimum, making it much easier to relate to the heartache and horror that each one goes through in search of the true “killer”.
This is a fantastic read and one that I highly recommend, especially for those of you who enjoy nothing more than a good scare!(less)
I remember reading the premise of this book and thinking – wow, that sounds like something I would really like. My initial feelings aren’t always righ...moreI remember reading the premise of this book and thinking – wow, that sounds like something I would really like. My initial feelings aren’t always right, but this time they were right on. I come from a family of very tall people – not 7 feet tall, but the average for the men is 6’4 – 6’7, and the I have 3 nieces that are all over 5’9. So, I was intrigued by that aspect right off the bat.
Joel is recruited to go to Newstead because of his impressive size and athletic ability. Coming from a life with his single mom who has struggled, he knows that when he tells her about this opportunity and his full scholarship she will be on board with it, even if he isn’t so sure. And, he is right.
As they arrive at Newstead things seem ok – he isn’t thrilled with the thought of an all boys school, but the thing he notices right off the bat is that all of the boys here are as big as he is. His roomate Marcus seems ok, but his other roomate Steven is a little of.
Things aren’t as they seem at Newstead, and Joel soon realizes that trying to be himself alienates him from the rest of the group. One thing he did gain by hanging with them is going to Fred’s pizza and meeting Rachel. She is certainly beautiful, but is initially extremely rude to him and the rest of the people in the restaurant…all of them from Newstead. And when Joel asks for an application she is shocked – she knows what the boys of Newstead are like, the last thing she wants is to work with one of them. But, after she gets to know Joel, she realizes that he isn’t like the others, and she doesn’t have to be afraid of him – in fact she is falling in love with him.
Joel enjoys going to Fred’s to spend time with Rachel as well, but also knows that something is really wrong at Newstead. He has always felt different, and his ‘voice’ has always been there, but when he arrived here and saw the other boys he thought this might be his chance to fit in. He was wrong. They do all have on thing in common, but what is it? And, what makes Joel different?
I really enjoyed this book quite a bit, and couldn’t wait to find out how Joel and Rachel were going to make things work, with the members of Newstead, Nathan (Rachel’s cousin) and her aunt, and their relationship. The only issue I had is that the love between Rachel and Joel was way too fast in my opinion. Not that they couldn’t have feelings for each other, but it seemed really rushed. With that said, I loved the concept of Newstead, what these boys were (you’ll have to read to find out), and what the purpose of having them/recruiting them to Newstead is.(less)
I was really excited to read this book – not only is it a YA book, but there is a courtroom involved. My excitement didn’t last, unfortunately. What w...moreI was really excited to read this book – not only is it a YA book, but there is a courtroom involved. My excitement didn’t last, unfortunately. What were my issues with this book? The plot was ok, but the pacing was so slow and didn’t really go anywhere. I’m sorry to say that I was bored for most of the book. I did keep reading, because I did like how the author portrayed Sunny’s interaction with the Alzheimer’s patients, and how even though she was apprehensive at first, she soon came to care for many of them. I just wish there was more to the story. Not one I would really recommend, unless you are looking for a quick book to read when you don’t have to think too much.(less)