From the moment I read the first words of this book, I was engrossed. Melissa Foster has a way of pulling you into her stories quickly and keeping you...moreFrom the moment I read the first words of this book, I was engrossed. Melissa Foster has a way of pulling you into her stories quickly and keeping you there. This book was no exception.
This plot line is much darker than her other books, and if you like suspense and intrigue, then this is a book for you. It is not for the faint of heart, as death is a major factor. While there are no sexual scenes in this book, the language might not be for everyone. In my opinion, the language and the violence that are written about in this novel, make it all the more real and in depth. This is real life written into a fictional story that could be all together true. Life is not always pretty, and this story shows you the mind and actions of a mentally disturbed person.
The characters all have deep stories behind their initial meeting. At first, I didn’t like Kara’s mom, Mimi, but as the story went on, I came to like and respect her far more. Kara and Roland are the major players in this book, and the action and conversation that takes place between then will keep you prisoner to what will happen next.
The story itself is very well written, with a very intense plot. The characters have depth that many authors have trouble portraying, but not Melissa Foster. If you are looking for an intense read, set in a place that you could only imagine your nightmares coming to life, then this book is something you will want to read. (less)
This book is a follow up book to Fledgling: The Shapeshifter Chronicles which I read and reviewed in February 2012.
Like the first book, this was a ver...moreThis book is a follow up book to Fledgling: The Shapeshifter Chronicles which I read and reviewed in February 2012.
Like the first book, this was a very solid story. The flow of the writing was smooth and concise, the plot line engaging and descriptive. The characters that I had really enjoyed in the first book were brought to life even more within this sequel.
The speed of the storyline was quicker than the first one and that was good for me. I read very quickly and I like my books to move just as fast. While this book is once again directed to young adult audiences, I felt it had enough bite to it to entertain the older crowd too.
The story deals with some real life issues about adjusting in real life and the paranormal world, and while we all want happy thoughts in books, seeing real life problems just makes it all the more believable in my eyes. I am always thrilled when a book doesn't end the way I thought it would and this one for sure did.
I very much enjoyed the next step into the saga and found this storyline even more pronounced then the first. Ms. Brown did a great job of taking you on an adventure without revealing all the final details until the time was right.
Well done, and I will continue to follow the Chronicles. (less)
I was introduced to this author recently through the World Literary Cafe and found his book for free on Amazon. The blurb about the book was decent, b...moreI was introduced to this author recently through the World Literary Cafe and found his book for free on Amazon. The blurb about the book was decent, but I was not a fan of the cover. To me it didn't lead me to wonder anything other then what that particular door would have to do with the story. Deciding to take a leap of faith on Henry Simpson's book, I downloaded and read it.
The plot line of the novel was excellent. During the first part of the book, you get quite a few characters all living separate lives in either California or Nevada. I spent time away from the book after hitting chapter 16 and couldn't help but wonder how these characters were all going to weave together in this tale. If a book sticks with me while I am away from it then that tells me I'm really enjoying it. Mr. Simpson did a great job in executing the mystery and keeping you wondering who was going to come into the picture next and how their story was intertwined with the plot line that he envisioned for us.
While the story was very strong - the weak point for me, and reason for the 4 star and not 5, was the depth of the characters. You got to know a few, Like Joey, Roman and Sandy, but the details were sketched over very quickly and I soon forgot anything particular about that character and in my mind had a very hard time picturing what they might look like. It was odd in a way to read a great book, but feel like I didn't know who the characters were.
All in all, great story, very smooth writing and grammatical editing that was mostly on point. I would most definitely read this author again. (less)
Familiar with the writing of T.M. Sounders, I was excited to read her latest book. I was even more excited when I saw her cover. Absolutely loved them...moreFamiliar with the writing of T.M. Sounders, I was excited to read her latest book. I was even more excited when I saw her cover. Absolutely loved them both.
After Samantha Becker accidentally or not, has her finger cut off but her father, you will see the intense and twisted world that she lives in. Her only goal to survive her family and make it to her music auditions with one less digit.
The emotions are so well portrayed that you will lose yourself in them as Samantha deals with addictions, loss, peer pressure and then finally growth, love and acceptance in who she is. The writing was excellent and the plot line very well thought out.
From the moment I started the book until I finally set it down, I was lost in the story. It stayed with me when I was away from it and I thought about long after the last page. Being able to hold my attention like that is a sign of an excellent book.
Well done Ms. Souders, I look forward to your next book. (less)
Quick quick book. I loved the recipes that were discussed and they way they worked into the story and love that the author added the recipes to the en...moreQuick quick book. I loved the recipes that were discussed and they way they worked into the story and love that the author added the recipes to the end of the book. Very cool. (less)