Robert Smith was waiting for the nurse to call him into the doctor's office to prepare him for his scheduled endoscopy, not realizing it would be the...moreRobert Smith was waiting for the nurse to call him into the doctor's office to prepare him for his scheduled endoscopy, not realizing it would be the last normal day in his life. Once called into the office, Robert was put under anesthetic and doctors went about putting a tube down his throat in order to find out what was causing his stomach discomfort. Unexpectedly, Robert woke up before he was supposed to and realized he was in a different room with many people he didn't recognize. He heard phrases like, "What is that?" and "Are those wires?" Robert felt every cut made into his body for the exploratory surgery these strange people in black suits were performing on him.
After Robert forced himself off the table, he managed to get a weapon out of the hand of one of the black suits. At gun point, Robert demanded the anesthetist knock out his attackers and then kidnapped him in order to use his car to get away. Next, he set about making himself invisible. He knew he couldn't go to his house where his foster parents lived or any place he'd normally visit. The first night he checked into a hotel for some rest to give himself some time to decide what to do the next day. He was overwhelmed with thoughts about what was inside him. He looked over the evidence he took from the doctor's office which included a videotape of the endoscopy. On the tape he saw things that should have been impossible.
After a sleepless night, Robert put the first step of his plan in motion. To become a different person, change identities, disappear from the face of the Earth. He went to see a girl named Eddi who was in the business of fake ids, birth certificates, and other needed credentials to get by in life. What he found when he got to her place was suspicion and uncertainty. Life quickly spiraled out of control for both of them shortly after their paths crossed. Escape to Trejeda on the Canary Islands seemed like the best plan. For a time, life fell into the routine of sleeping late, eating fantastic food, and work. Eddi and Robert knew they couldn't hide forever, but they were never prepared for how everything would end.
BEING is an interesting story of an orphan trying to learn his identity. It is filled with intrigue and suspense, however; there are a few loose ends that might leave the reader unsatisfied.
It is hard for me to even decide what to write for this review. I still don’t know if I understand what happened.
Sophie Blue is a high school senior....moreIt is hard for me to even decide what to write for this review. I still don’t know if I understand what happened.
Sophie Blue is a high school senior. She lives the life of a loner – especially since the disappearance of her father. She has taken to dressing goth and is being forced to see a therapist.
Sophie feels like she is losing her mind. She keeps seeing a dilapidated ice cream truck everwhere she goes and sees things that others around her don’t seem to see. Her emotionally-detached mother doesn’t provide any support and her brother is working on his own problems.
Things are not as they seem. Sophie’s life is about to get turned upside down and finding out the truth might be worse than staying in the dark and thinking she is crazy.
It could be just me, but I found this story line hard to follow. It might be the way it was written, because the story itself sounds pretty interesting – I just felt lost too much of the time.(less)
Rayne McDonald has a complicated life, not that she didn't ask for it. She went through the a complicated process of applying to become a vampire by t...moreRayne McDonald has a complicated life, not that she didn't ask for it. She went through the a complicated process of applying to become a vampire by taking classes, keeping a Blog of her process, and getting her blood tested in order to match her with her blood mate. It wasn't her fault that her dreams of becoming a vampire were destroyed when her assigned blood mate accidentally bit her identical twin sister instead of her. It takes a while, but everything gets back to normal until she finds out she has been destined to be a vampire slayer. Completely opposite from what she wants to be. Rayne is left close to death after her battle with the vampire she was sent to kill and had to be turned into a vampire herself in order to be saved. Her blood mate, Jareth, turned her even though now they are both "handicapped" vampires; the deadly disease that Rayne had caused both her and Jareth to be weakened. They are both vampires, but they don't have the super strength and powers commonly associated with the undead. Also, they can both go out in the sun without bursting into flames which is a good thing since Rayne still lives at home and needs to remain a high school student.
GIRLS THAT GROWL is the third book in the BOYS THAT BITE series. It picks up where the second book, STAKE THAT! leaves off. Jareth has become a beach bum since he hasn't seen the sun in centuries and now can enjoy it without perishing in a ball of flames. Rayne is feeling a little distance between them since he isn't dark and brooding anymore. She also gets her new assignment from Slayers, Inc which is to infiltrate the cheerleading squad since there have been suspicious disappearances from the varsity football team and growling has been heard coming from the girls' locker room after cheerleading practice.
Rayne is what you could call a Goth Girl. Dark, brooding, tattooed, and pierced. Goths are considered the lowest rung on the social ladder of high school cliques. Cheerleaders are her enemy and getting on the squad isn't going to be easy. In fact, she has to rely on blackmail to get herself on the squad.
After seeing proof of the werewolf problem with her own eyes, Rayne and Jareth decide to track down the problem from where it originated. The cheerleaders went to a cheer competition in England and when they came back from the trip the strange occurrences and disappearances began. So, Jareth and Rayne make the trek to England to find the local Lycan pack to get to the bottom of everything. What they find is a rogue wolf that wants to start his own pack and is resorting to desperate measures to do so. Rayne and Jareth face many challenges and dangers on this trip that test their feelings for one another.
Read GIRLS THAT GROWL in order to find out if Rayne can save the day once again and whether or not she has what it takes to be a cheerleader and learn to live with a blood mate that would rather surf the waves than dance all night at raves.
Claire's life isn't getting any easier since the last time we saw her in DEAD GIRLS' DANCE. Everyone should be safe now that she has signed a contract...moreClaire's life isn't getting any easier since the last time we saw her in DEAD GIRLS' DANCE. Everyone should be safe now that she has signed a contract with Amelie. Shane, Eve, and Michael should be protected and Claire should be able to rest easy, except for the fact that she has to keep her contract a secret, because her housemates would freak if they knew. There is already enough tension in the house since Shane can't forgive Michael for becoming a vampire. Claire doesn't want to add to the turmoil already in the house, but can't avoid it when Amelie finally contacts her with her assignment and sends her a bracelet to wear for proof of protection.
Amelie wants Claire to become the apprentice to Myrnin, the vampire with the knowledge of the portals that are used throughout the town. At first, Claire doesn't know why she is being asked to learn, but eventually realizes Amelie's motives aren't simply to pass on the knowledge of the vampires because Myrnin is getting old and senile, but because Amelie wants Claire to assist Myrnin in finding a solution to a bigger and more deadly problem the vampires are facing in Morganville.
Dead girls are turning up around Morganville as well and vampires aren't the cause. It so happens that Eve's brother, Jason, is out of jail and skulking around so everyone assumes he is behind the murders, but the police can't find any evidence to link him to the crimes. Everyone is on edge because he is threatening to harm Eve and he'll hurt anyone that gets in his way. Claire and Shane are injured in different confrontations with Jason which leaves Claire in a deadly situation and Shane fighting for his life.
If you've enjoyed the other books in the Morganville Vampire series, you'll love MIDNIGHT ALLEY. Rachel Caine uses her skills as a writer to take you on a wild ride that you'll hate to see end. You'll feel like you have been transported into the story with the characters. MIDNIGHT ALLEY has a cliffhanger ending like the other books in the series and leaves you begging for the next story. It is clear that Claire's life isn't going to get easier any time soon.