Love the new cover and it now includes chapter numbers, first chapter of next book in series and announcement and cover reveal for third book in serie...moreLove the new cover and it now includes chapter numbers, first chapter of next book in series and announcement and cover reveal for third book in series.DREAMING DANGEROUSLY on Amazon(less)
I loved this book. Mind-reading is a hard thing to write because so much of the action takes place in the mind. Yet, Quinn makes Kira's ability more p...moreI loved this book. Mind-reading is a hard thing to write because so much of the action takes place in the mind. Yet, Quinn makes Kira's ability more physical, being able to take over someone else's mind and make them do what you want. So, Kira's struggle is not only against the foes who want to take advantage of her powers or destroy her, but also her internal struggle of when it's ethical to use the ability. I also love her mind-reading vocabulary, which is original, not just taken from what has come before her in other science fiction, mindjack and mindlink, are just a couple of examples. I need to read the short story she wrote about Raf, since I don't really know much about him, and want to know more. I am currently reading Closed Hearts, and I'm still loving this series. (less)
Chime was very atmospheric and beautifully written. It has made me appreciate the wetlands of Florida more, even though this book is set in an English...moreChime was very atmospheric and beautifully written. It has made me appreciate the wetlands of Florida more, even though this book is set in an English village on a swamp. I love how the author uses the swampy marshlands as almost a character, that is neither evil nor good.
I also loved the characters of Briony and Rose. Briony was a bit whiny at times, but I still loved her spunk and her ability to pull herself out of situations. She is definitely a hero in this book, helping others even though she feels she is wicked and deserves to be hung.
The author also did a wonderful job of not glossing over everything. There are some very dark things that happen and real danger involved which the characters do not fully recover from, just like they wouldn't in real life. Well done. Not everything is a neat, happy ending.
I think the book needed a little more editing, not copy editing because that was well done. More content editing. At times I got lost and had to go back and reread parts. Other times it seems things were repeated too much, especially information toward the end about the stepmother. I loved the twist at the end about the book; however, I thought this was not explained well enough. I'm talking about the book Rose is always talking about. Every once in a while Briony mentions things about like if this were a novel, this is the part where or like any protagonist of a novel, (those aren't the exact words of the author). I thought these pulled me out of the story too much. That's something I would have edited out.
Overall a great book, which I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to read paranormal.(less)
I loved this middle grades novel. Gorman definitely knows how middle schoolers act. Very funny and at times poignant, a boy's kind of book that remind...moreI loved this middle grades novel. Gorman definitely knows how middle schoolers act. Very funny and at times poignant, a boy's kind of book that reminds me a little of Anastasia Krupnik. Lots of angst, a little mystery, and a whole lot of silliness.(less)
Will decided he has more to say, so he has taken over most of the story this time. The pages will fly by as...moreYOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!
Will decided he has more to say, so he has taken over most of the story this time. The pages will fly by as you read about Will's discoveries in his quest for why he has telepathic abilities, while he deals with the mind-stalking dark presence that is haunting his girlfriend, Cassie.
This book takes over where DREAMING DANGEROUSLY ended - Cassie's Dream #12, where she encounters a man who is mind-stalking her and Will in her dreams.
Ashley Wilder also plays a big role in this book, as Will learns more about her secrets (why she wears gloves and hides behind dark clothing and make-up).
Some exciting hints:
A young man with a Phoenix tattoo stalks them.
Cassie is having dreams about the dark presence and a little girl with psi abilities in a hospital.
Will is going to fly through the air a few times, but not because he wants to! :D
The young man with the tattoo also wants Cassie and Will to do something for him - I believe kidnapping is a first degree felony, right?(less)
I thought this book held an interesting premise, Abraham Lincoln wanting to free our country of vampires. It is entertainment for entertainment's sake...moreI thought this book held an interesting premise, Abraham Lincoln wanting to free our country of vampires. It is entertainment for entertainment's sake and will probably make a very action packed movie. As a book, however, it dragged in places.
However, although this book is written about an intellectual man, it is not per se intellectual. Yeah, there's real quotes by Lincoln and a poem by Mary and some other realistic type intellectualism portrayed, but Lincoln seems simplistically centered on the reason for him wanting to abolish slavery, to end vampirism.
Slavery is such a sensitive issue, and I believe that there really wasn't much thought given here to that. Over and over again, the book mentions slaves as being a food source for vampires and that's why the Southern vampires, the Confederacy, wanted to keep them and the reason Lincoln was against the vampires; however, it doesn't address the fact that Lincoln hated slavery because he hated the idea of a man being master over another man.
"I repeat the declaration made a year ago, that 'while I remain in my present position I shall not attempt to retract or modify the emancipation proclamation, nor shall I return to slavery any person who is free by the terms of that proclamation, or by any of the Acts of Congress.' If the people should, by whatever mode or means, make it an Executive duty to re-enslave such persons, another, and not I, must be their instrument to perform it." Lincoln's Fourth Annual Message to Congress, December 6, 1864.
"We were proclaiming ourselves political hypocrites before the world, by thus fostering Human Slavery and proclaiming ourselves, at the same time, the sole friends of Human Freedom." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, "Speech at Springfield, Illinois" (October 4, 1854), p. 242.
"Without slavery the rebellion could never have existed; without slavery it could not continue." Lincoln's Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.
"I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VIII, "Speech to One Hundred Fortieth Indiana Regiment" (March 17, 1865), p. 361.
For entertainment value, the book is a good read, but I think it could have been better had the writer dug just a little bit deeper with the concepts of freedom and slavery. To me, it came off as a quasi-literary novel. (less)
I loved the writing style of this author. I also loved the fact that the writing was sparse and Peter had trouble with coming up with what to say, esp...moreI loved the writing style of this author. I also loved the fact that the writing was sparse and Peter had trouble with coming up with what to say, especially to Anne. It took an incredible amount of courage to write a book based on the Diary of Anne Frank. I would have liked a lot less sexual content, just because I'd like to be able to recommend this book to my middle school students. However, I won't be able to because of this. I know that sounds strange, but see my other comments about the book. (less)
I finished this in like two hours, but I loved it. I had to reread the prologue and the epilogue too, since there was a bit of the unexpected. I love...moreI finished this in like two hours, but I loved it. I had to reread the prologue and the epilogue too, since there was a bit of the unexpected. I love how Mitch Albom mixes reality with what occurs in the mind. It makes you wonder what reality really is - is it just what exists presently in our own mind or is it what the constructs outside of our own minds dictate. Since I wrote a lot about what happens in the mind and I have been thinking about it so obsessively for my three YA novels, I love to ponder this question.
I bought this book a couple of years ago when it first came out and I allowed this little gem to sit on my shelf that long without reading it. I love it though and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves their mother or who has contemplated suicide to read it. Wonderful and quick read. Excellently written and edited.(less)