Catherine Bailey still hasn't met Mr. Right, but she believed her luck might finally have turned when she met Lee Brightman. Four years later, she stiCatherine Bailey still hasn't met Mr. Right, but she believed her luck might finally have turned when she met Lee Brightman. Four years later, she still hasn't recovered from the horrors she experienced at Lee's hands. Lee is serving a three year sentence after leaving her for dead and Catherine, now Cathy, is trying to make progress with each new day. Even days, odd days, cloudy days, each requires something different. Some days she can barely leave her apartment. Others, she's ok as long as she checks the doors and windows. Cathy needs to feel safe. But when Lee is released, Cathy knows that she may never feel safe again.
Whoa! INTO THE DARKEST CORNER is dark and it's twisted, but once you start, you're not going to want to put this one down.
Elizabeth Haynes's debut thriller is definitely a bit like Sleeping With the Enemy with a little twist. Cathy suffers from serious OCD and PTSD as a result of Lee's violence. Haynes alternates between Catherine at the beginning of - and through - her relationship with Lee and the three years later Cathy, making clear just how much she's changed. The girl who was once a partier with a horde of close friends becomes a loner who cringes at close contact. And as her situation worsens with Lee, it also becomes clear how much strength it's taken for her to survive the whole thing, pointing to an inevitable climactic ending that Haynes delivers 100%....more
The Demi-Monde was created as a hyper-real military training module. While many training ops are too controlled and unable to produce a real experiencThe Demi-Monde was created as a hyper-real military training module. While many training ops are too controlled and unable to produce a real experience, the Demi-Monde is designed to be the exact opposite. After initial programming to include some of the world's most evil sociopaths, the Demi-Monde was designed to learn. Situations are unpredictable and "players" are unaware of any other reality. To die in the Demi-Monde is to die in real life. When the president's daughter enters the Demi-Monde and is taken captive, the military is forced to send in a civilian to rescue her. Ella Thomas desperately needs the money but nothing can truly prepare her for the reality of the Demi-Monde. But Ella is clever and she is armed with two huge advantages: first, she's been armed with the knowledge of the reality she's come from. Second, she's tapped into the Demi-Monde's programming. And Ella will need all the help she can get if she's to survive and complete her mission.
Rod Rees's debut is a kind of brilliantly conceived story. It's a combination of science fiction and alternate history set in a totally Matrix-like world. For me, it works as long as I don't think too hard about it. And that's what I think a lot of science fiction is -- diving in and taking the author's word for it. It wasn't all that difficult considering Rees does a great job of making his world believable. Even if you have difficulty wrapping your head around the idea of the Demi-Monde, the characters that populate this alternate world are fantastic in every regard, helping to make the world that much more realistic.
Ella and Vanka are, of course, the stars of the show. Ella is thrust into this world and immediately acclimates. Of course being armed with the knowledge of her own world and history is of great use, especially considering she's put into a world that flourishes through adopting every bad political, racist, sexist, and religious idea out there.
Vanka is a mystery even to Ella, which leads me to believe that there will be some possibly quite interesting revelations about him to come in further installments. He's a bit of a ladies man but the chemistry between him and Ella builds fabulously.
Aside from them, we also have Trixie Dashwood, a bit of a high society gal who's got some unpopular ideas that could mean trouble for her father; Aleister Crowley serves as just one of the big bads in the Demi-Monde; Reinhard Heydrich, the head of the ForthRight and a pretty heinous character; and a slew of others both fictional and based in history....more
When Lucy finds herself suddenly single on the first day of sophomore year, she is devastated. Her heart has been broken, torn to shreds by the her fiWhen Lucy finds herself suddenly single on the first day of sophomore year, she is devastated. Her heart has been broken, torn to shreds by the her first love. But the secret sisterhood of heartbreakers can help her. If Lucy can make another fall in love with her in just one week, the breaking of his heart will heal hers.
I thought Weingarten expressed the heady, obsessive nature of first love in such a great way. A cool idea and a fun read for even an adult. ...more
Ben, Trevor, Randy, and Carl know there's something wrong with the Thurman house. They've kept what they've seen secret fA creepy haunted house story!
Ben, Trevor, Randy, and Carl know there's something wrong with the Thurman house. They've kept what they've seen secret for decades, but now Ben is dead and it's time for his friends to return once again. ...more
The machines have taken over and declared war! I don't even know how to sum this up in a nutshell except to say that! Robopocalypse is not a straightThe machines have taken over and declared war! I don't even know how to sum this up in a nutshell except to say that! Robopocalypse is not a straight narrative. Instead, it's supposed to be pieces recovered from a computer detailing the war between machines and humans. So good!...more
For Cas Lowood, ghost hunting is in his blood. After his father died, Cas took over the job and has been banishing vengeful spirits ever since. Now aFor Cas Lowood, ghost hunting is in his blood. After his father died, Cas took over the job and has been banishing vengeful spirits ever since. Now a tip on a particularly malevolent ghost has led Cas to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Anna, nicknamed Anna Dressed in Blood by the locals, has been wreaking havoc since her death back in the 50s. For decades, Anna has eliminated anyone unlucky enough to stumble into her home. As dangerous as Anna is, Cas feels there's something different about her. Even when she brutally murders another teen in front of him, she spares Cas, allowing him to leave unharmed. Cas is fascinated by Anna and becomes determined to learn her story, returning to see her again and again. What is it about Anna that makes her special and why does Cas resist killing her outright?
I was dying to read ANNA after seeing how much other reviewers were raving about the book. Thankfully, it fully lived up to my expectations! Kendare Blake does a great job laying out the pieces of not one but two stories and tying them together in a way that makes complete (and satisfying) sense for the reader.
And of course there's a follow up. GIRL OF NIGHTMARES rounds out the story and was released earlier this year. Blake has reportedly signed on for a new series, so I think the duo of titles completes Cas and Anna's tale. I'd love to see more of Cas in the future as I can definitely see more possibilities with his character but can happily say that the conclusion of Girl nicely ties up the story begun in Anna.
ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is teen horror (not terribly horrific in my opinion) with a bit of a romantic element. Nice cross over appeal for adults here as well!...more
Nikki Beckett has just six months to say goodbye. Six months before The Tunnels will come for her. See, Nikki has become part of the Everneath and unlNikki Beckett has just six months to say goodbye. Six months before The Tunnels will come for her. See, Nikki has become part of the Everneath and unless she can find a way out, they'll be coming for her soon.
A really unique twist on well-known mythology -- Persephone and Orpheus in particular. I look forward to seeing where the series will go with book two, especially after an ending like the one here. ...more
Nathaniel Cade and Zach Barrows are back in this second of the series. As the two investigate strange creatures around the globe, they begin to uncoveNathaniel Cade and Zach Barrows are back in this second of the series. As the two investigate strange creatures around the globe, they begin to uncover a vast conspiracy.
The latest in food memoirs comes from Lauren Shockey a food writer who went to culinary school after finishing in college. From school, she goes to woThe latest in food memoirs comes from Lauren Shockey a food writer who went to culinary school after finishing in college. From school, she goes to work for four very different restaurants, testing the waters in four very different locales. Four Kitchens chronicles those cooking days and what she learned from it all. ...more