Luke and Sera are twins who have supernatural secrets: He can see events in the future and she can heal people. One night, Luke has a very disturbingLuke and Sera are twins who have supernatural secrets: He can see events in the future and she can heal people. One night, Luke has a very disturbing vision--he sees his sister, dead. The problem is, his visions always come true--no matter how hard he tries to stop them.
But Luke and Sera are about to discover there is much more to their paranormal world than they ever expected. And their lives are about to be changed, forever.
It took me a while to get into this book. For my liking, it took way too long for anything exciting to happen.
I really loved Luke and Sera's relationship. You don't really see twins too much in fiction (at least I haven't), and I could tell through the text how close and inseparable they were. I also liked Fey--she was fiercely protective even though she had to keep a big secret from her two best friends.
Now, for some of the story, I kind of felt like it was just filler. For example, I could have done without Marc's whole story arc--I just didn't feel like his storyline fit in very well.
I loved how the author blended the different supernatural breeds that we usually imagine all in their own separate worlds...vampires, elves, and ghosts are hinted at towards the end. This could have just ended up being one weird amalgamation but it flowed together nicely in this story.
I would rate this between 3 and 3.5 stars because it took too long for any action to happen, and the climax just fell kind of flat for me. The very end however, was interesting enough that I would want to read more books in this series....more
Meriel is a witch bound by blood to protect her tiny island from a dangerous sea god. But she begins to rethink her life when she begins getting visitMeriel is a witch bound by blood to protect her tiny island from a dangerous sea god. But she begins to rethink her life when she begins getting visit from the lovely Nor, a girl who has transformed from a seas creature into an enchanting lady.
This was a pretty original story. I loved the use of lore to tell the reasons why Meriel has to do her duty.
What I liked about this story is, we can all relate to having to do something that feels like it is an obligation. But, at a certain point, we all have to look at our lives and examine whether the things we are doing are being done for the right reasons. Ms. Diemer captured an integral piece of humanity in her short story, showing how loneliness can affect a person....more
Fable. Ketterling. Is. Badass. The only thing is, if I were her, I'm not sure I would let myself be forced to participate in the ceremony every year.Fable. Ketterling. Is. Badass. The only thing is, if I were her, I'm not sure I would let myself be forced to participate in the ceremony every year. But I see why she does it...
Great story, and I hope to see more featuring this world!...more
Justin Taggart starts a journal where he begins to document the events of his life he thinks are memorable. Justin is a teenage boy, so the t3.5 STARS
Justin Taggart starts a journal where he begins to document the events of his life he thinks are memorable. Justin is a teenage boy, so the things he chooses to write about are intriguing, to say the least.
I thought this was a subtly funny debut novel by Ryan Collins. The chapters are presented in journal/diary format.
I found Justin to be quite an enigmatic character. He is also a bit hypocritical. He seems to see his friends as losers but not himself, for hanging out with them. He talks about Jesus and seems to be devoted to God, but throughout the whole book he is the one that keeps coming up with devious plans. I also loved that he kept pining away for the same girl throughout the course of the year, because of one night they shared.
There were definitely a few parts that made me laugh. Justin's best friend Adam is pathetic but hilarious, and up for anything Justin wants to do. I really enjoyed how they seemed to grow closer throughtout the year.
I liked this book, but I have to admit there were some large paragraphs I skimmed over because they were just long descriptions of the way to get to a place they were going. Also, I guess I just wish Justin had grown up a bit more. But I suppose that's what he has the rest of high school to do....more
Pearl Underwood is the only female of her generation in her species, the OverShadowers. Because of this, she goes between being treated as a second clPearl Underwood is the only female of her generation in her species, the OverShadowers. Because of this, she goes between being treated as a second class citizen, and a small child. Needless to say, she does not like either way. But in a world where her future has been decided for her, what can she do? Maybe not much--but Pearl isn't going down without at least trying to do things her way.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I must say it pleasantly surprised me! It was a quick read, and I was a little upset that it ended where it did. LOL. But that's why books are so often made into series now!
Pearl was a great character. I liked her voice, and found her kind of young and awkward (in a good way) sometimes, even though she tries to put on a tough front. She has so much pressure on her shoulders, and it must be really difficult to not have any choice about what your future is going to be like.
There were a couple of twists thrown in that I also loved. The action towards the end of the book was fast paced, and actually left me saying. "What is happening?!"...but in a good way, if that makes sense.
I only had a couple of problems with this book. Keeping in mind that the edition I read was an ARC, there were mistakes and awkward phrasings that I had to figure out to determine what was going on in some scenes. But for the most part I got it. I also wish that some of the scenes were described a little more. Many of the sentences were lacking descriptive adjectives, or even just a couple more sentences that would have explained better what was happening.
All in all, I enjoyed this book, and I'm excited to read about what happens next in Pearl's life. ...more
Emmy Burns and Sidney Ruth have been friends their entire lives. That's why, when a detective calls Sidney asking if she has heard from Emmy in the paEmmy Burns and Sidney Ruth have been friends their entire lives. That's why, when a detective calls Sidney asking if she has heard from Emmy in the past 48 hours, Sidney knows something is very wrong. She also knows Emmy would never disappear and leave her 7 year old daughter behind. And what she believes, above all else, is that Emmy's abusive husband Stephen is the one behind the disappearance.
Sidney makes the decision to go to the tiny town where Emmy lives and try to unravel the mystery of her vanishing. As she goes about getting media attention for the case, she also reminisces on all the moments that made their friendship so special. The end reveals a shocking secret that will make you think about the way you view love, motherhood, and friendship.
Just like Mrs. Mackler-Paternostro's debut book, The Milestone Tapes, this novel hit me right in the feels. I am writing this review right after finishing the book, but I know I will be thinking about the events that occurred for a while to come.
The story starts with the disappearance of Emmy, but the heart of things for me, was the evolution of Emmy and Sidney's friendship, told through flashbacks. Although they have been lifelong friends, Emmy and Sidney are definitely different. Emmy is artistic, quiet, and loving. Sidney is outspoken and doesn't take anything lying down. Though their lives didn't go the way they planned, they always swore nothing would get in the way of their friendship....until Emmy married the controlling, demeaning Stephen.
Emmy was lovable but extremely frustrating. I don't understand how someone could ignore all the warning signs, all the concerns from friends and family, and be in a relationship with someone that clearly doesn't love them. I am very lucky to say I have never had to experience being in this position. We all like to say we'd never be that woman, we'd never stick around with an abusive spouse. But God, as hard as it is to admit...you can't say what you'd do, if you're not the one that's being put in that impossible predicament. This is of course, made all the worse when a child is in the picture.
This is not to say that Sidney was perfect, not at all. She did come off as being sort of a know-it-all sometimes, and I guess I could understand where Emmy would feel she was being bossed around by her. But no friendship is perfect, and I believe in my heart that Sidney was always doing things with Emmy's best interests at heart.
The tale unfolded quite slowly, until the punch of an ending, which I NEVER saw coming. But I liked it this way...years of friendship can't be retold in just a few chapters. And as I said, the book wasn't really about Emmy's disappearance, or the abuse. This book is a heartbreaking but hopeful tale of a beautiful relationship that had its' ups and downs. The author has done a terrific job in writing another book that deals with some of life's most difficult moments, and I applaud her. ...more
Copernicus H. Stringfellow would rather go by Nick, understandably. He'd also rather it not be known that he's one of the smartest, richest men in theCopernicus H. Stringfellow would rather go by Nick, understandably. He'd also rather it not be known that he's one of the smartest, richest men in the world. But for as many kind deeds as he does, it's hard to go by without getting any attention. Although sometimes it's not the best kind of attention.
Nick knew that he was being pulled to Seattle for a reason. But little did he know how many people's lives he would affect when he got there. As long as he has his Twinkies by his side, he's good though.
My first thought as I was reading this was, "Oh no, what's Nick gonna do now that Hostess is going out of business?!" :) I got wrapped up in Nick's unusual story quickly, though.
Nick is in his 30's and somewhat of a prodigy. He remembers vividly every event of his life. He started college at 11 years of age. His superior intellect led him to collect Ph.D.'s and doctorate degrees as if they were baseball cards. He's also the inventor of Rogaine, LASIK, and iPods, to name a few things. Yet in spite of all his book knowledge, he's more than a little awkward when it comes to dealing with people on a personal level. He takes questions literally and gives roundabout answers that often leave his conversational partner (and me as a reader) exasperated.
Nick's outrageously giving nature makes him friends quickly, though. It turned out great for him for all the people he was involved with in this book, but I can't help feeling that his generosity may have gotten him taken advantage of at times.
The best thing to watch was Nick trying to court the independent, spirited young Dr. Prescilla Spurbeck, AKA Press. Press is no-nonsense and focused, and finds it hard to believe that someone like Nick, who holds the position of "nurse at large" at their hospital, would be as rich and smart as he is. As she attempts to find out more about him, she falls for him and watching some of their interactions is truly funny.
I thought the book could have done without the kidnapping/murderer storyline, as it didn't really come into play in Nick's life until the very end. Other than that, I really enjoyed this unusual story and would recommend it for readers of all ages....more