Possessions by Nancy Holder Book 1 of the Possessions series Razorbill –September 3, 2009 www.nancyholder.com Facebook: Yes Rating: Absolutely loved it!! RPossessions by Nancy Holder Book 1 of the Possessions series Razorbill –September 3, 2009 www.nancyholder.com Facebook: Yes Rating: Absolutely loved it!! Recommendations: YA fans, ghost stories, boarding school stories.
Lindsay has started Marlwood in the middle of the first semester. On her first day she manages to witness a strange ritual that she’s pretty sure she wasn’t supposed to see, irritate Dr. Ehrlenbach by not dressing appropriately. But she soon learns that this is the least of her problems. She wanted to come to Marlwood to live the tragic events of her life and the vivid memory of her breakdown in the past, for a chance to reinvent herself. But she finds that hard to do when she is pulled into the popular crowd as a way to keep an eye on her roommate, who may be the only friend she has at school. Mandy, the leader of the popular crowd, insists on doing pranks as a way to initiate girls into the exclusive group. But the pranks become dangerous and the in-crowd becomes weirder. In her attempt to protect Julie, her roommate, she uncovers some secrets that will only convince people that she’s the one who’s crazy and manages to create a rift in her friendship. Lindsay isn’t sure she’s not the one going crazy when she starts to see a mysterious ghostly face in the reflections of mirrors and shower stalls, and when she starts to smell and hear things from events that had to happen in the past. But things don’t calm down, they escalate to the death of one of the popular kids; the same one that was trying to talk to –warn- Lindsay. Troy, Mandy’s boyfriend-soon to be ex-comes up missing. To top off all the weirdness of her first semester at Marlwood, the ghostly face that followed Lindsay around campus has now followed her home.
This is a well-crafted ghost story that will have you jumping at all the things that go bump in the night, the strange images that your mind will create in the shadows around you. And the only thing you can do is let go and enjoy the scare. There are things that irritate me bout this book-but in the most positive way possible. The main thing is that you, as the reader, don’t know what’s going on. Nancy doesn’t give anything away, so at times I found myself getting freaked out. The entire story is told through the eyes of Lindsay, so there is nothing that you know that she doesn’t. In the back of my head I kept wondering what was really going on; either Mandy and the popular crowd were cruel and really going to great lengths just to scare people. Mandy seems to have the money to do just that, but there was nothing in the book that supported the idea that Mandy was behind the weirdness. In fact the more that I read, there wasn’t any real evidence that Mandy was even aware of the things that were going on that she didn’t directly control. Yes, she was participating in it, and she may have even initiated contact with the spirit world. But at some point, the spirits started taking over. Not knowing exactly what was going on, only made it that much easier for Holder to play on instinctual fears. Though this part of the story ended in a way that absolutely irritates me , I have to admit that it absolutely works for this and it may have done more damage if a resolution was forced into it. So my advice if you can’t stand for books to just stop, then get all three books together and read them straight through. ( I am not sure if there are only three or if there will be more. This is the first one and I didn’t get them altogether.) But the ending was a resting point for both Lindsay and the reader (at least it was for me). It’s the rest that comes when you’ve been scared to death and you need to take the time to relax and catch your breath, slow your heart down before it jumps out of your chest. Your mind is left with questions swirling around in your head and you find yourself wondering if you really just read what you did. The same feeling that Lindsay is left with as she story ends in this book. If I had been told that this book had a very open-ended conclusion before I started reading, I would have passed on reading it. ( I need closure in real life as well as in the fictional world.) But I would have missed out on something that has become my favorite read of the summer so far. I can only imagine what it would have been like to read this during Halloween.
This book was dark and creepy just the way that I like it. I am a huge fan of crime thrillers. I am also a huge fan of books that approach the same th This book was dark and creepy just the way that I like it. I am a huge fan of crime thrillers. I am also a huge fan of books that approach the same theme/idea differently. So that makes me a huge fan of I Hunt Killers. It is incredibly hard to accurately get inside the head of a serial killer, especially when done so for the sake of fiction entertainment. There is this dance for the balance of fact/believability and entertainment/creativity. Lyga has successfully manages to keep the balance and this resulted in an amazing book! There are a billion (yes, I may be exaggerating a bit here) kids that are born to serial killers today. Some even grow up with said serial killers as an active parent . That is the beauty and horror of the psychology of a serial killer-their ability to blend into society so seamlessly that when their identity is revealed everyone is shocked. They are shocked not only because of the monstrosity of the killer but at their inability to see through the façade that the killer puts on. I Hunt Killers is about so much more than a book about finding a murderer. Jazz Dent not only walks in the shadow of his serial killer dad, he also lives in the shadow of his dark lessons. Most can’t wait for their family inheritance, but jAzz would like nothing more than to get rid of his. Until he realizes tat his dad’s education gives him the opportunity to get inside the head of a killer that is using Lobo’s Nod as his hunting ground. Jazz has an innate desire to protect his town. Granted, it is not likely that a teenager, especially an emotionally disturbed one, will be given an active role in a homicide investigation. It is good to see that Jazz has used all of his dark instincts for the right side of the law. I enjoyed the tension throughout the book. Lyga uses the truth that a serial killer can be just about anyone to his advantage and pushes it up a notch. Enough that it makes interacting with the characters slightly uncomfortable. Not only is the idea unique and executed successfully, the entire cast of characters are liable dipped in believability. The Sheriff, G. William wears the weariness of the investigation thickly and accurately. Investigating serial killers is only exciting in books and on television. In reality, it’s tiring both mentally and physically – especially when dealing with an organized killer. There was enough shadow cast on Deputy Erickson that either outcome is acceptable. Howie, the humorous sidekick and Connie, the tough-loving and loyal girlfriend, both adds he human element back into a hideous story and Jazz’s life. Jazz, the embodiment of both dark and light, was an excellent main character. His choice to not be a serial killer is the truth beneath all of the murdered bodies we bury every day. Being a serial killer is, simply put, a choice people make. Recommendation: if you have not read this yet, you must! It is the safest way to get into the mind of a killer. What’s next? Game 5 Stars ***** A 2012 favorite Always Shine, Starr K
Wow! I can’t say that I am a huge fan of historical fiction, I’m not. I am a ginormous fan of a really good story. I don’t really care what genre thatWow! I can’t say that I am a huge fan of historical fiction, I’m not. I am a ginormous fan of a really good story. I don’t really care what genre that story falls under. Sometimes, I stay away from certain genres because my lack of exposure to them or my experience with them. No offense to those who like historical fiction because of the facts that bog down a story, but that is what turns me off from HF. That was not the case with Blood Eye. It was an amazing bloody story. Yep, bloody –blood flowed freely off the pages. Sometimes it was mixed with brain matter or intestines, but the pages were drenched with blood. And I loved it. Raven’s story is not for anyone that is faint of heart or weak of stomach. But if you want stories of warriors and battles and fields drenched in blood, without the bitter aftertaste of being sugarcoated, this book is definitely for you. One thing that I loved about this story was that it was not nameless violence. Yes, it was violence that may have been avoided at times. But when the battle is over, and Raven is looking over the carnage he is able to name those fallen and laying dead beside him. Along his journey, Raven encounters warriors who fight against him in one situation, fights beside him in another. If Raven knows the name of the fallen then when he describes the manner of death he honors the warrior by remembering his name. Is it important to the story? Maybe not, but it’s important to me. I think it also makes Raven stand out among the wolves a little bit more. This was my first Viking adventure, and I definitely want to read more! To clarify, these were Norsemen –not to be confused with the Danes. Raven was the perfect narrator for this story (this is his story, of course). He was learning what it means to be part of the wolf pack right along with us. The choices he made to embrace his future, instead of looking back at what he lost (and the part he played in it) are difficult choices. It is a way of life that is contrary to what he is accustomed to, but may be closer to where he began then he knows. I really felt as if I was sitting by a fire listening to an old story teller. I don’t want to say beautiful for that it is a much too feminine word for a story that is so… masculine at its best. I think Odin would be proud. For those literary folks: the characters were well-developed. They were not flat and did not stay on the page that well. (They were such ill-mannered heathens!) Each character, whether minor or major, jumped off the page and came to life for their brief bit of story. The setting was vivid and there were moments when I felt that I could reach out and touch the trees or the walls surrounding a village. It was as real as a storyteller could create. Historical accuracy? Honestly, don’t care but if you must know, I personally don’t know enough to comment on.
Recommendation: This is definitely a book worth checking out, whether a fan of historical fiction, Viking tales, bloody battles, or amazing storytelling. Go check this book out ASAP!! What’s next? Sons of Thunder
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games series book 2 Scholastic Press September 1, 2009 www.suzannecollinsbooks.com Facebook: yes Rating: I loCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games series book 2 Scholastic Press September 1, 2009 www.suzannecollinsbooks.com Facebook: yes Rating: I loved it! Recommendation: fans of the young adult genre, those who have read The Hunger Games, and those who love a good story with a human hero
Katniss is back; she has returned from her turn in the games and all she wants is things to go back to normal. But how she ended the games, bringing home two winners instead of the traditional sole survivor, makes it very difficult for things to ever go back to normal. In fact she may have unintentionally started something that she cannot control nor can she stop it. Despite the threats made to the ones that she loves, she may not be able to turn the tide of the uprisings that she has become the symbol for. Then all of Pandem is in for a surprise when they read the card for the Quarter Quell. Devastating news that means that both Katniss and Peeta are going back into the games. It could just be the President’s way of getting rid of the symbol the uprising, or it could be fate stepping in for a love that doesn’t seem to stand a chance. The reason no longer matters when Katniss decides to join the uprising, now it’s only a matter of figuring out who exactly that she and Peeta can trust. Wow. Sometimes the second part of a trilogy is the hardest book to read; it is often the continuation of a story but a holding place until the third or next book comes out. This was an exciting book that kept me turning the pages. It took me a total of a day and a half to finish and that long only because life got in the way. Sometimes authors spend too much time reviewing what happened in previous books, but Collins didn’t do that. Catching Fire picked up after Katniss and Peeta had returned home and they had to face what their saving love meant to those that they left behind. Katniss is a hero to an entire nation that was only waiting for an opportunity to stand and fight, but she doesn’t know it. It’s not something she asked for or even expected. She is not even aware that she has created the unrest that has begun to settle of the 12 different districts. But she soon learns that not everything she knew still holds true. She is faced with the choice between saving herself and sacrificing herself for the cause. The cost is great, but in the end she does what she thinks is best. I can honestly say that I am proud of her choice, and not at all surprised that once again things do not go as planned for her. I am definitely looking forward to the third book in this series, and want to check out some of Collins’ other works. ...more
David Ponder is back and this time his task is to answer a question, his answer is humanity’s last chance. The archangel Gabriel visits David, but thiDavid Ponder is back and this time his task is to answer a question, his answer is humanity’s last chance. The archangel Gabriel visits David, but this time he stands at the precipice of a decision. If he fails humanity will be reorganized as it was when the Flood happened. Gabriel comes at a time when David is saddened by the death of his wife and small shreds of doubt in himself begins to set in. David will meet with all of the previous Travelers and will take the chance to save humanity. Seated with the greatest minds found throughout history, they accept the challenge and task of answering the question in their attempt to save humanity from its own destruction. This journey is more than David could have expected and he learns more than he teaches. Surprises constantly await the Travelers but time is not on their side.
Or is it? I haven’t read The Traveler’s Gift, the first part of David’s story. It’s not necessary to understand and to be pulled into his current situation. It would be nice, after finishing this one I found that I just wanted more. While the book deals with its own issues with time, I found that I wanted more time with the characters and with the story. Though Andrews doesn’t go into the details at the end of the book, and I am certain that David is okay, I want to know what happens. It is fascinating to meet characters that have lived throughout different periods of history. It is encouraging to read about the struggles that they had throughout their life, but also how they overcame them.
The story is well-crafted and the characters are well-developed. There are moments that will make you laugh with the characters and other moments that will make you want to scream at them. When they get so close, but are still wrong you join them on the emotional roller coaster that they ride. I have two words for Andy Andrews: Well Done.
Want to know more about Andy Andrews, The Final Summit or any of the other books that Andrews has written check out his website at www.andyandrews.com.
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Oh my goodness! I literally just finished and I want to start the next one right now, but I also want to take time to absorb everything that's happeneOh my goodness! I literally just finished and I want to start the next one right now, but I also want to take time to absorb everything that's happened because I feel torn in so many ways........more
For the most part, I have been reading a lot of YA or the kind that could go for adults or YA, which mean that they were safe. Although, I enjoy all For the most part, I have been reading a lot of YA or the kind that could go for adults or YA, which mean that they were safe. Although, I enjoy all genres, too much of one thing is – well too much. So The Last Werewolf was a much needed read for me. It took me a while to get into this book. But on the recommendation of a colleague, I pushed through. I am so glad that I did. Once I made it through the whining, angst and self-pity the story really picked up. Don’t get me wrong, I was compelled to keep reading from the beginning. But Jacob Marlow is a real whiner. After reading the last page, all I could say is “wow!” There really is quite a story inside, and it will take you to all sorts of different places. Are the “goo” guys really good? Are the “bad” guys all that bad? Two questions that are hard to answer when there really aren’t any true good guys around. Jacob turns out to be an okay sort- for a 201 year old werewolf. I guess if I was to live that long without purpose or love, I would find it difficult to not want to give up too. I do like the fact that Jacob didn’t want to kill himself, but only wanted to stop fighting the inevitable. When Jacob finds Tallula, three things happen. First, he finds purpose and love to keep living and not go gently. Secondly, the story gets a kick in the pants and picks up the pace. Finally, Tallula steals the show. She’s really a better werewolf than Jacob is. But this is subtle and it in no way displaces Jacob. The ending. Oh man, the ending!!!! The ending and the switch sneaks up on you with such grace and gentleness that it’s almost natural. I love it! I want to talk about it! I won’t, it is so much better if you experience it for yourself. The ending is the redeeming of all the whining one had to go through to reach this point, and even if the rest of the book was slightly horrible, the ending would make it all worth it. Naturally, I like the violence that is insulated in the bones of any werewolf story. But there is a beauty here that is not found elsewhere. This is the werewolf story that is transformed into something other. Well done Duncan, well done!! I am impressed.
Fang Me by Parker Blue Demon Underground series book 3 Bell Bridge Books – March 14, 2011 www.parkerblue.net Facebook: yes Rating: Loved it! RecommendationsFang Me by Parker Blue Demon Underground series book 3 Bell Bridge Books – March 14, 2011 www.parkerblue.net Facebook: yes Rating: Loved it! Recommendations: YA, Paranormal, action that involves meeting your destiny
Val Shapiro is back, and this time she is not after vampires –she’s working for them. It’s not something she really wants to do, but she’s under contract until the Encyclopedia Magicka books are found and the Movement is able to come out publicly. But Val, the vampires and the Demon Underground are not the only ones who are looking for the books. A visitor, Trevor, from another state, claims that he is the keeper of the books. Val doesn’t trust him and does her best to give him the benefit of the doubt. She is now searching for the books, trying to figure out what it is that Trevor is hading, fighting the unaffiliated vampires while doing her best to not give in to her temptation with Shade.
This is the third book in the series and it is perhaps my favorite. For lots of reasons, there is a depth in this one that was not present in the first two novels. It feels like Parker Blue has settled into this series and has found that comfortable groove where the characters have come to life and the story is a movie playing until it is captured. That is apparent in this one. Don’t get me wrong; I loved the first two books a lot, but this is so much better because of that groove feeling.
In this story, Val realizes that she has a lot more to lose; the strength, speed and intuition needed to slay vampires or eventually losing Shade. Shade knows what’s at risk for her if they give in to their emotions and impulses and has assured her that he is not in the relationship for that. But like most girls her age she doesn’t believe him; doesn’t believe that any guy would be willing to have a long relationship without getting physical. This is what is at stake, she doesn’t think it’s fair but has decided to do the mature thing and make a choice instead of running from it. A decision that shows how much she has grown. But her search for the books requires her to put off the decision and presents Val with another opportunity; a new path that she can take. So in the face of losing something big, Val also has the chance to gain something equally big (if not bigger). It’s funny, action-packed, and full of the “Val-isms” readers have come to love and so much more.
Her story doesn’t end with this book. There is another book expected in the Demon Underground series, but I am secretly hoping that there are more in the works. There is so much potential and room for growth in this series or a spin-off. Either way I am looking forward to see what the future has in store for Val Shapiro and the other characters of the Demon Underground. ...more