There was plenty of mystery within The Shapeshifter's Secret that fueled my intrigue and kept me interested, but...moreAs seen on -> Reading By The Beach
There was plenty of mystery within The Shapeshifter's Secret that fueled my intrigue and kept me interested, but I was just not wholeheartedly invested in the characters.
For one, I felt that the romance aspect was greatly lacking. I felt that the characters both fell in love too simply and this may be due to the fact that they weren't together very often. Plus, the whole time I was reading, I kept getting this feeling that this is only a prelude to the real romance which will take place in future books. I may be completely off base with that assumption, we all know what happens when you assume, right?
I was not a huge fan of Julia, but she did have great moments. She was completely unrelatable to me and I'm usually a reviewer that can relate to a lot of characters. The big thing that bothered me was Julia's obsession of the evil entity. I just didn't find it natural or normal as she kept trying to find a connection. I'm hoping that this was a process to show Julia's growth and to strengthen her resolve in the books to come. I don't blame her for being curious, but it was just too much for me.
However, the wheels in my head were in constant motion as little clues were strewn every so often, revealed at perfect moments to keep my interest piqued. The world that Heather Ostler created was beyond fascinating and even though I didn't love the characters, I loved the world and plot enough to be curious about the next book. (less)
This is a book where I don't want to give a single detail away because even an iota of extra information will ruin the process of discovery. This book is beyond stellar. The world that Krystal Wade introduces us to in Wilde's Fire will lead you on an adventure of fantasy and romance with evil forces coming out to play.
Each character is strong, important, and well placed. They each have a part to play, never falling into the background or becoming see-through. The female protagonist, Kate, has moments of extreme difficulty, but her determination is powerful. She refuses to sit back and let life lead, she takes those ever present struggles and battles them. She was amazing to read about.
I loved the foreshadowing that will become more apparent (I'm guessing) as the series continues. Stories that are rich in subtle yet in-your-face little details always succeed in capturing my attention. You know those details, the ones that plant little seeds into your brain that can sprout before the confirming information or sometimes holding back until it all clicks into place. I love those!
Krystal Wade is an author that will captivate each reader by the power of the world she has created. Wilde's Fire is a must read, don't miss out! (less)
First, take a gander at the cover, doesn't it make you want to take a peek inside? For me, it instantly drew me in, rendering me incapable of passing The Immortal Rules up.
The bar for YA female protagonists has been risen. To my delight, I've noticed that more and more of them are rising above the whiny brats that you would shake if you could. Allie, the female protagonist in The Immortal Rules, is no exception. She has risen to the top, but let's be honest, she probably hacked her way to the top with her ever-present katana. Yeah, she's a sword wielding bad-ass! In vampire books the reader is usually introduced to a human, but in The Immortal Rules, we get to see the first-hand struggles of a newborn vampire. One that fights against all odds to try to keep her humanity intact, a struggle that was brought to life by the first-person perspective. You all know that I'm a lover of first-person, it allows us to see into a character first-hand. Know what they are thinking and feeling at all times, it lends us an insight that is sometimes lacking in third-person. I am so glad that Julie Kagawa wrote this book in first-person, it wouldn't of had the same drive with anything less.
The Immortal Rules is split into three parts, each part takes on a different tone as the story progresses and little revelations are untangled, leading Allie in a new direction in her life. There isn't a huge amount of mystery, but there is still enough to slide the story along without it coming to a stand still. What pushes this story above is the dystopian/post-apocalyptic setting. The descriptions of the crumbling buildings and overtaking wildlife add the perfect touch of desolation. There's a lot of fighting and blood(duh!), but it never overpowers the story, if anything it pushes it another step forward. The sweet budding romance brought a lighter touch that balanced out the destruction. Sometimes the lighter romances can hinder instead of adding, but that was not the case. It's a slow build, with tantalizing teasers that will have you wishing the next book was already out. Each different aspect was a perfectly chiseled puzzle piece that fit into the bigger picture, bringing forth a vampire tale that will take the YA reading populace by storm.
If you are looking for a vampire book, pick this up. If you like zombie(or zombie-like creatures), pick this up. If you like dystopians with a post-apocalypse twist, pick this up. Just do yourself a favor and pick up The Immortal Rules. (less)
The Book Of Blood And Shadow starts with a hint of what to expect, but then we are quickly tossed back to where the story really begins. By the blurb, we all know that Chris, Nora's best friend is dead, but Robin Wasserman ingeniously shows us the friendship and personalty of Chris so when that inevitable part comes along we actually feel it right along with Nora. It also gives us the dynamics of the triangle of friends turned into a square, showing us how they interact and rely or don't rely on each other.
After that dreadful, bloody night, things start to change. The feel is slightly more depressed, emotional and overall desperate. This doesn't damper the story, it only enhances it. The mystery starts to get heavier, to the point that the reader may have to wear waders, but it's brain-buzzing, exciting and never boring. I found an extreme connection to Nora fused by words. It also helped that as we were learning clues, Nora was as well. My mind was in a constant whirlwind trying to solve the mystery, trying to figure out if the people surrounding Nora were good or evil. Robin Wasserman's writing will have the readers mind buried thick in suspicion as we get a little bit more knowledge from each character. I must admit, that I figured out most of the things(about 3/4 the way through, won't say what, for obvious reasons), but it was still an intriguing adventure that I still wasn't quite 100% sure how it would all unfold. I love being able the piece together clues, some big, others small, The Book Of Blood And Shadows allowed me to do that while capturing my complete attention.
Robin Wasserman's descriptive prose flows with an effortless way, gently leading the reader into a dark, suspenseful story. The words are thick with depth and emotion, the scenic descriptions showing you the old-world beauty of Prague and the story is riddled with action, adventure and something a little sweeter. If the cover doesn't tempt you or the blurb doesn't entice you, then let me tell you that this is a story that will have your head throbbing(in a good way), fingers cramped(from tension), eyes sore(from frantically scanning) and a need to know what happens next. Readers of both genders and all ages will appreciate the mystery and suspense! (less)
Tomorrow Land not only has zombies, but it is set in the future. I found this an interesting mix along with the hauntingly beautiful cover.
When I first started reading I instantly became cautious about Peyton's character. She appeared whiny and shallow, instantly stereotyping Chris as a tech-head and deeming him unworthy. As the story progresses Peyton's character shows growth which was much appreciated, making her a better female protagonist. Within the story we get a mixed point-of-view that alternated between Chase(aka Chris) and Peyton. This helped us gain insight into each character as they each experience either different or the same things.
Tomorrow Land is told in alternating chapters, one is four years ago(leading up to the plague) and the other is when Peyton is finally released from the bunker. The alternating chapters are artfully crafted to lend an insight to each character and the background surrounding the plague. It also shows us how Peyton and Chris changed as the hardships of life in a post-apocalyptic world became more and more present.
Although I found Tomorrow Land enjoyable, I also found it lacking. I just couldn't convince myself to be truly invested in the characters or their story. The characters were a little under-developed for my taste and the overall story was too neat, predictable and convenient. It was all too easy, way too easy when they had to travel four-hundred miles(without cars, with eight children) in a desolate land filled with people-eating-zombies. When there was trouble it was easily overcome and since this is a zombie book I was expecting more fighting especially when Peyton was so radically equipped to fight. There was potential, but the story just felt skimmed over.
If you are a fan of zombies or post-apocalypse stories then you should check this out. It's suitable for readers of all ages and both genders. (less)
One word. Intense. One Moment had me in a constant anticipation mode, but not the eager anticipation, the nervous...moreAs seen on-> Reading By The Beach
One word. Intense. One Moment had me in a constant anticipation mode, but not the eager anticipation, the nervous anticipation. I was stuck with a perpetual free-falling feeling. You know the one, jittery nerves, rapid heartbeat, stomach jammed up into your throat while you wait for it to drop out from beneath you. Like I said, intense. You want to know what happened, you want to know the secrets that were being kept, but you just know that they will be devastating, especially because Joey is so damn likable.
Thick in mystery, Kristina McBride leads us on an adventure that will throw suspicions all over the place. I loved that we got information as Maggie got information, it allowed me to connect to her and feel with her. The writing also added to Maggie's character because it was almost desperate, depressed, and a little bit hopeless until that little flicker of light reveals itself to help lead Maggie out of the dark. To say I was captivated is an understatement. I was eager to finish, but also reluctant because I fell in love with so many of the characters. There is no way possible for you to read this and NOT feel the powerful emotions behind this story. They were sometimes suffocating, but only because Kristina McBride successfully portrays each emotion and character to the T. She has amazing talent that has made me a fan for life.
If you want real characters, an intense plot and completely entrancing writing then check out One Moment. Just make sure you have tissues near-by and are prepared to read until the end because this book was simply unputdownable.
*Received my copy of this book from NetGalley*(less)
There are some awesome characters in Dark Kiss. Kraven and Bishop will be fast favorites as readers flock to thei...moreAs seen on -> Reading By The Beach
There are some awesome characters in Dark Kiss. Kraven and Bishop will be fast favorites as readers flock to their desired 'team'. One's a demon and the other is an angel, but don't let that define them. There are layers upon layers of Bishop and Kraven that Dark Kiss only allows a glimpse of. The surrounding characters were also well done. Between Zach, Roth, Connor, Stephen, Carly, and Natalie; they all have genuine characteristics that will endear them, make them suspicious, or a little of both. As for Samantha, was she my favorite female protagonist? No, but she is absolutely likable and had moments that made her shine. For the most part, I really enjoyed her voice. I have a feeling that Samantha is going to keep growing stronger as a character.
I completely loved the plot. I love when an author is fully capable of crafting a story that has twists and mystery that you didn't see coming, but should have. Sometimes the unanswered questions can be left unanswered for too long, but in Dark Kiss it was a more natural flow that captured and kept my interest. The romance was tingle inducing when it had the possibility of ending up in the 'insta-love' category. The struggles were tangible and helped make the romance glide in a more realistic way portraying the connection between them.
I labeled Dark Kiss as 'potential love-triangle' (meaning: possible love-triangle in the next installment) and you know how those drive me crazy, unfortunately not in a good way. There are a few that are well done and actually add the wanted tension instead of making me want to pull my hair out, so. . . I'm kind of interested to see how Michelle Rowan will play this out.
Wicked Kiss is the next in the series, and I'm curious to see what will happen.(less)
I received an ARC of this book through the publisher on Netgalley.
The recommended age for The Lifeguard is thirteen and up, I must agree that this is...moreI received an ARC of this book through the publisher on Netgalley.
The recommended age for The Lifeguard is thirteen and up, I must agree that this is a perfect book for that age group. It was really cute, super sweet, but ultimately a little too young for me.
Sirena is a sixteen year old girl, and boy, does Deborah Blumenthal channel a sixteen year old with her writing! Sirena's thought process, her slight obsession, her anger with her parents. . . it all reminded me of being sixteen. Pilot is a complete mystery, he's elusive and serious. Never giving a hint to his emotions. For me, the secondary characters were what made this story. Antonio, the eighty year old painter, Mark, the restaurant owner, and Aunt Ellie, who writes science fiction books. They rounded out the feel, making the story whole.
There are hints that allude to a paranormal, kind of magical, element that helps keep the mystery alive, the curiosity stoked as the story unfolds on it's own. I found the main plot of The Lifeguard to be about Sirena struggling to understand the world around her, coming to terms with changing tides and letting go of the hurt and anger. It was a nice change to have a books sub-plot be the paranormal aspect instead of being the main focus. The letters between Sirena and her best friend, Marissa, were a very nice touch, showing qualities of Sirena that were lost from being in a state where she didn't know anyone her own age. I loved how all of the secondary characters helped Sirena make the changes necessary to let the past go, it made each of them endearing in their own way. The ending will have your heart pitter-pattering! One of THE sweetest endings ever, I absolutely loved it!
Altogether, this was a fun, cute, sweet, somewhat whimsical read that was easy to get swept away in. I wouldn't miss out on this one!(less)
What an amazingly fun yet deep story! There was a perfect blend of witty, light-heartedness and meaningful, deep issues that made Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe an irresistible, umputdownable read.
Chloe is a fabulous female protagonist. She is quirky, fun but also has to deal with issues that threaten to drag her down. She allows herself to have fun, finding or making fun when situations get to serious. A disposition that is rare and beautiful while also still allowing her to see the struggles of others and want to help. For me, I love everything about Chloe. From her love of vintage shoes to her fun, loving attitude that drew me in. She made the seriousness of each dire situation bearable, leaving a hopefulness that wouldn't have been there without her. She's not the only great character though, there are many. From Duncan, the sweet yet kind of shy boy, to the snarky Dragon, to Chloe's deteriorating but still completely amazing Grandma. The others are also just as great, each one bringing a new level and aspect to the story that makes each of them important and not just an afterthought.
Shelley Coriell braided mystery into this contemporary story. I wasn't always aware of what was happening, what each situation was caused from. It was fun trying to figure it out as the pieces slowly came together to allow us to see the whole story. Like I said before, there were many issues within this one story that were brought forth by different characters. They are all serious issues that many teens face within there own lives. It was a fun, sometimes laugh-out-loud, story but the issues were never ignored or pushed to the far edges. Shelley Coriell wasn't afraid to show us the ugly side of humanity, she just served it up in a way that was less painful to swallow it down whole. This I appreciated, because although I'm a huge fan of emotional reads, Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe allowed me to feel the suffering emotions, but also made me laugh through my tears. Have you ever done that? Had someone make you laugh while you are miserable? It's a natural high, the feelings of those two emotions combining to make you feel alive in that very moment. That is the effect of Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe.
Also, another cool thing that I fell in love with is that Shelley Coriell added a piece of media-like material at the end of each chapter. A voicemail, an email, an add, a text, etc. It was a brilliantly fun way to add in important tidbits.
Powerful, unique, engaging. Those are the tree words I will use to describe not only the story, but Shelley Coriell's writing. Make sure to add Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe to your TBR pile. Now, go find your FUN for the day! (less)
Simply put, this is a must read that every reader should be scrambling to get their hands on. A truly inspiring tale that is going straight up to the...moreSimply put, this is a must read that every reader should be scrambling to get their hands on. A truly inspiring tale that is going straight up to the top of my favorites pile!
The characters are so real! The feeling of being lost, of drifting through life without a purpose or destination makes Bria and Rowan incredibly relate-able, building a camaraderie between reader and characters. I even felt that sometimes Bria was an extension of myself, I thoroughly connected with Bria and Rowan which has forever endeared Wanderlove to me. There are realistic situations, realistic reactions and most importantly, realistic characteristics. Rowan is a slight mystery, but he's not overshadowed by it. He's still somewhat accessible which makes him more human than many male main characters.
The plot line is a sweet, slow-building anticipation. It starts out fantastic and just keeps getting better and better. I was in awe the whole time I was reading. The imagery instantly sends you to Central America, plunging you into the cultural aspects, blinding you with the colors, bringing to life an experience that is hard to have by just reading. As you read, you get immersed in the art attribute that Kirsten Hubbard provides by quoting artists, to including her own drawings as Bria's interpretation. It's another facet that let's you in deeper without shoving you there. I was wrapped in a euphoric calm the entire story, marveling in the superbly written dimensions that made me laugh, cry, sigh and every emotion in between. Wanderlove is the kind of book that at the end, an audible, satiated sigh will escape with a hint of a smile on your lips. Possibly a singular tear will travel down your cheek as you realize your time with Rowan and Bria has come to an end. Yes, it is THAT amazing!
Wanderlove transcends it's pages, it is otherworldly in it's chaotic simplicity that reels you in effortlessly. This book will experience many re-reads throughout my existence. I hope that other readers feel for Rowan and Bria as I do. (less)
A haunting tale of re-discovering courage, overcoming fear, and finding hope.
Sometimes, reviews are really difficult to write. I'm stuck in what to sat about Breaking Beautiful, not because I didn't like it, but because I LOVED it and it's going to be hard to convey the proper emotions that were wrung from me as I read this book.
Allie induces pure compassion as I tried to piece together a shaky past. She's beyond damaged, but I was still able to see a little flicker of hope as the story continued on. The undeniable pain that Allie experiences drips out of the pages, wrapping cold, invisible hands around your heart. The characters are all flawed in their own ways, not from any lack of the author, but because they were supposed to be flawed. Nobody was perfect. They were all brought to life in an extremely life-like manner, reaching beyond the pages to convey a story that was focused on one individual, but wide enough to show the many facets, good and bad, of a population encompassed by a serious issue. As I got to know each character I discovered that each of them represented a different side of our societies. I'm not going to go into specifics and to keep it short I'll say this, present in this novel are characters that do or don't have courage, characters that can or won't make a difference, characters that react or turn a blind eye, there are characters that are oblivious and characters that refuse to look further. They are all there in Breaking Beautiful, they all have something to add to the story and an array of emotions to evoke. These aren't flat, barely-there characters, these are characters that could quite literally get up and walk right out of your book.
The plot line is set-up in such a way that it allowed me to get a sense of things to come, but still kept the future twists to be a surprise. The flashbacks are integrated into the present time story adding a goosebump generating aspect that can't be ignored. I was propelled to different levels of suspicion that never went away until all was revealed. Jennifer Shaw Wolf writes with extreme perfection, capturing each minute detail, never skipping over the ugly. Any author that ensnares me into a story, has every single one of my emotions flying in such a way that my chest is vibrating, has exceeded their job. This is an author that has gone above and beyond to bring something so consequentially infecting to readers.
I wholeheartedly recommend Breaking Beautiful to every reader. This is a book that needs to be sitting on your shelf, ready to enjoy whenever you get the urge to revisit Allie and her courageous battle. An impactful read that will definitely touch the heart of many. (less)
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover in it's beautiful simplicity. Then I read the blurb, noticing that it would be told from a males perspective, I was instantly hooked. There is something about reading from a males point-of-view that just makes me so incredibly giddy.
Travis is a unique voice, he's blunt, and like mentioned in the blurb, he has a dry sense of humor and his sense of honor is amazing. I fell in love with Travis Stephensen the instant he walked off that plane and into my life, as a reader. He's suffering from post-traumatic stress, something that can happen to anyone. He's extremely fleshed-out, he's so real that he could be any of the real-life Marine's walking around on this planet. In fact, each and every character is real, they have qualities that are real, struggles that are real and a camaraderie that is real. Trish Doller does an exceedingly great job of NOT romanticizing the relationships that Travis maintains, be it with his mom, dad, brother, Harper, Paige, a fellow Marine or whoever else. They just are, they just happen, and everyone and everything flows together with perfection.
Something Like Normal has a raw gritty truth staring you in the face, impacting the emotional level up an infinite magnitude. Trish Doller doesn't gloss over the abrasive facts, she doesn't breeze by the embedded layers. This is deeply intense, I had tears dripping down my face the whole time I was reading, even in the happy moments. Heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. The romance between Harper and Travis lends a sweetness to the unyielding harshness that is Something like Normal. Trish Doller rose above by choosing to write in Travis's voice. His thinking wasn't hidden behind lyrical, descriptive prose, it was straight to the point, simplistic bliss. It was brilliantly genius. There wasn't any mystery to wade through, the story was laid out right from the beginning, yet another wise choice from Trish Doller. Something Like Normal, didn't need the extras, it was just a story that needed to be told.
I recommend Something Like Normal to every single reader of both genders(well, maybe 16+), it is a book that needs to be read. There is some mature content, but in this book it is a necessity. Also, highly, highly recommend to anyone who has family, friends, loved ones in any military. This is an extremely eye-opening novel that shouldn't be missed.
I've been to Doller's blog (Absolutely gorgeous!) and I've read the little snippets (one or two sentences) that she has placed all over of her next projects. I will tell you now that Trish Doller is going to be a HUGE hit among readers. She exudes natural talent when it comes to writing and those snippets, they have me anxious to read everything and anything that flows from that beautiful mind.(less)
Two characters striving to re-find a normal that doesn't exist anymore which forces them to find a new normal.
I'm a huge fan of split perspectives, and Katie McGarry did not disappoint in that aspect. There was a vast difference between Noah's voice and Echo's voice that was hugely appreciated by this reader. Echo is more refined where Noah is more gruff, it was perfect. Also, since I'm a details person, I loved the little tells that McGarry threw into the mix, it was a successful way to connect the reader in a broader way.
"Luke use to give me butterflies. Noah spawned mutant pterodactyls" - Echo
Noah drinks, smokes pot, has sex, skips school and curses. You can label him the quentessential 'bad boy', but to me he was just a troubled teenager that was letting his past shape his present. I like, no love, when authors put in the not so pretty aspects of high school, or life in general. I don't know about you, but I was surrounded by Noah-type and Echo-type people throughout high school, may have been a little of both. As much as some parents don't want to admit it, this stuff really happens in high school, so why should authors not write about it? I was more than grateful that Katie McGarry put real-life instances into Pushing The Limits.
"Depth perception and beer obviously weren't related" - Echo
Another great thing? The character growth wasn't dependent on the romance. Echo and Noah grew together just as much as they grew separetely, which is pretty realistic, because some things you just have to learn or do on your own. They also gained insight from their friends which helped their individual or couple growth. All in all, there wasn't a single aspect of Pushing The Limits I didn't like. I found it realistic, with awesome characters and many deeper meanings buried within the story.
If you love YA Contemporary Romance then make sure to read Pushing The Limits. If you are looking to dive into the YA Contemporary genre, there is no better place to start than Pushing The Limits. If you've read this book. . . I want your thoughts :)
PS, Katie McGarry is writing her next book about a supporting character in Pushing The Limits. Can. Not. Wait! (less)
Jake Hayes is a stand-out character. His voice is injected with a raw honesty, his words are genuine in a way that is often hard to bring forth, but Keary Taylor does this with such perfection in a writing style that reveals the true voice of this character as it reads as if it comes from Jakes very own mind.
" . . .came back with a stack of fifteen notebooks, a rainbow of colored covers. I just shook my head when she set them down. My paper voice."
The characters in What I Didn't Say are real. Real characters with little details that make them that much more real. The anti-tourist attitude of the populating teens, the way they start some sentences with 'k', the blunt honesty of Jakes little brother, the red notebook that is solely Sam's and Jake's. Those little things make a story complete, they are necessary, but often over-looked. I relish those little details that turn a story of words into a story of people, even if they are fictous.
"I'm okay, Mom, I wrote. You don't have to stay. 'No sweetie,' she said. 'You're not okay. And I'm not going anywhere.'"
What I Didn't Say is powerful, tear-jerking, thought-provoking, and eye-opening. It's emotional and intense, yes. But it's done in a way that doesn't focus on the tragedies, it's about overcoming those tragedies that life can and will throw at you, some of your own doing and others completely out of your control. The story is about the decision of choosing what are you going to let prevail. The clawing darkness or the lifting light. That's why What I Didn't Say is brilliantly awesome. There's hope. A tiny sliver of light that keeps growing as the pages grow fewer and fewer.
"My screwed up little life felt pretty perfect"
This is a story that will be going into my favorites pile. A must read for teens, a must read for ALL readers, regardless of gender. A beautifully captivating story that not only needed to be told, but NEEDS to be read. Keary Taylor bravely shares a little piece of her life that she was hesitant to share in her at the end in her Author's Note. I commend her for her bravery and will share a statement that will always stick with me.
"So when life seems impossible, when it seems so bad that you can't go on, just stop for a second to take a look at all the things that you do have. I bet the list will grow pretty fast. And even if it doesn't you have the power to decide if you're going to let the bad or the good take control of your life."(less)
A great book, but at the same time there was just something holding me back from completely loving it. There are definitely great moments and aspects, though.
Zombies, yes! But these aren't your regular zombies, they are different which brought a uniqueness to the story that kept it interesting. Also, Sherry was a different yet great character. She is a brave and determined individual that most readers will appreciate, but at the same time she isn't completely bad-ass, she can't really even shoot a gun to save herself. But that works for her, she had me captivated and to be honest, it's a little more realistic than automatically becoming a fighting guru in the blink of an eye. Sherry also has a quirky counting habit that just adds to her character as it becomes her coping mechanism. Susanne Winnacker adds in little snippets of Sherry's 'other life' at the end of each chapter. It was a great way to reveal Sherry in a way that highlighted the slight yet significant changes that took place due to witnessing the aftermath of the rabies virus.
I wish there was a little bit more romance, but that doesn't hinder the reading experience at all. Sherry is only 15, so it makes sense. And also, it came off as more realistic as a hesitant friendship that kept growing into something more. Joshua was by far my favorite character. He has such depth that he's easy to like. Also, another favorite is Tyler, but he isn't in many scenes, but it's those scenes and the story of his past that just made me want to know all about him. I hope he gets a bigger part in the books to come. One thing that bothered me was the fact that I never knew Mia's age (Sherry's little sister), I knew that she was was a lot younger, but there was never any indication until about three-quarters of the way through. It wasn't a huge negative, but it did interrupt slightly because I felt that I wasn't accurately picturing her in my head.
The Weepers wasn't lacking in action, or mystery, that's for sure. The plot took unexpected turns that I didn't see coming, but it just needed a little more 'oomph', in my opinion. Still a great read that I recommend to any and all zombie lovers. I'm eager to know what direction the story will go since the ending hints at something without making it definitive. (less)
There are so many great things that Anne Greenwood Brown did with Lies Beneath that kept it refreshing and origin...moreAs seen on -> Reading By The Beach
There are so many great things that Anne Greenwood Brown did with Lies Beneath that kept it refreshing and original. I was instantly blown away and eager to read every word as the story unfolded.
First, male point-of-view, do I need to say anything more? Probably not, but I will. I am so damn, unbelievably happy that male pov's are on the up rise. Oh, but that's not all. Usually we get saddled with the humans side of the story while the 'paranormal' person is cast in a dark, mysterious light (not a bad thing, I might add). Well, meet Calder. He's dark and a little mysterious and most importantly, he's a merman. And the story is told through his voice, which was absolute perfection. Also, this is the non-romanticized version of merpeople and I absolutely loved it. Brown casts them in a completely different light that portrays them in a much different way. It was fascinatingly eerie.
I loved the fact that Calder questions the nature vs. nurture thing. Am I a product of nature or nurture? It's such a profound question for him and it simply added to his depth, forming more of a connection. Lily was fabulous. Slow to trust, fights her attraction towards Calder and is just plain human(in a good way, fleshed out). I felt like I knew her.
I don't often need pretty words to transport me into a story, but Brown has a natural knack for writing that the prose was beautiful in itself. Descriptive. Vivid. Brilliantly flowing from sentence to sentence. I was mesmerized.
I'm recommending Lies Beneath to everyone. It was such an adventure that I was reluctant to say good-bye, but at least I (or we) can be mollified that there will be more to come. (less)