There is a new weight loss product that most people would kill to get their hands on. Solu is a sugar substitute that promises not only to make your fThere is a new weight loss product that most people would kill to get their hands on. Solu is a sugar substitute that promises not only to make your foods and drinks taste delicious with lower calories, but to also to drop five percent of a person’s body weight in just days. In order to celebrate the release of this miracle substance, Solu is hosting an all-expense paid luxury cruise exclusively for the rich and famous.
Laurel is neither rich nor famous. Her friend Viv paid for her ticket to this once-in-a-lifetime event. Before she even boards she begins to regret it. Laurel knows she it wouldn’t hurt her to lose a little weight, but unlike Viv, she is perfectly happy with the way she looks. She doesn’t fit in with this elite crowd and feels uncomfortable immediately. It doesn’t help that she gets seasick as soon she the ship sets sail and she vomits all over the hottest guy on the boat.
Tom Forelli, “Baby Tom-Tom” to just about everybody, can’t shake the role that made him famous. The cute child star from a long-running reality show. One where most of America watched him grow up a chubby little boy. Tom isn’t like that anymore. He has worked hard to lose weight and get in shape the right way - through diet and exercise, so while he knows he should be grateful for the opportunity to be involved with the Solu campaign, he isn’t quite sure about trying it.
When Solu is finally introduced to the passengers, people can’t say enough about it. In fact, it is all they can talk about. They want more more more and people start losing shocking amounts of weight. Only Laurel, Tom, and a handful of crew are immune to these strange side effects. For them, survival becomes the most important thing, but will they be able to escape the crazy mob of Solu addicted passengers? More importantly, will they be able to warn the world of Solu’s side effects and stop the public-wide release? ...more
Coming home from a night out with your best friend and finding your mother dead is bad enough, but to then find out that, apparently, you have to takeComing home from a night out with your best friend and finding your mother dead is bad enough, but to then find out that, apparently, you have to take her place in a secret organization dedicated to fight and destroy demons is even worse. Especially since she didn't know anything about it. Being saved by sexy Lukas and Jared and whisked away to the Legion's lair leaves Kennedy's head spinning. At first she thinks the others are crazy, but after witnessing the spirits for herself she begins to feel like she belongs.
Let me tell ya! This is a creepy book. Also, it proved to me that my dislike for cats is totally valid.
The ghosts get creepier and creepier as the story progresses, ending with a frightening confrontation with many angry spirits that reside in an abandoned prison. Kennedy uses her special ability of a photographic memory to get them out of trouble, but even though they think they are doing the right thing, they might be making things worse.
I can't wait for the sequel, UNMARKED, which comes out October 7, 2014....more
Fantastic follow up to THE HOLLOWED ONES. I haven't read anything, but it feels like this is the end. So, maybe there are only two books to this storyFantastic follow up to THE HOLLOWED ONES. I haven't read anything, but it feels like this is the end. So, maybe there are only two books to this story. This is action packed. The wilderness survival really plays a big part since they are on the road for most of the book. Also, talk about a unique solution to the vampire problem! Kudos to Lauren Bickle for this idea. Thinking outside the box. ...more
Did you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Well, this is kind of like that, but with a creepy mental asylum turned college dorm insteadDid you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Well, this is kind of like that, but with a creepy mental asylum turned college dorm instead. There are authentic photos scattered throughout the book to go along with story. I read the ARC on Netgalley and all the pictures haven’t been embedded yet, but some were there. The problem with the ones I saw were that the didn’t really match the text exactly. For instance, the main character, Dan, was talking about seeing a surgical amphitheater and what he described wasn’t what was in the picture.
From the synopsis about you can see that Dan meets Abby and Jordan at this college prep program. Something that didn’t jive for me was how close the author made them seem right away. They were immediately considered best friends. Abby and Jordan met on a bus ride to the school and in later scenes you would think they knew each other forever.
Also, the synopsis mentions that there is no coincidence that the three of them ended up at the summer program. There is a connection with the asylum for two of them, but one - not that I can see. Maybe I missed it.
There were definitely some creepy moments in the book, but there weren’t enough to outweigh the things that irritated me about the book. I had to force myself not to skim several times.
What do you think? Anyone else already read this on Netgalley? ...more
Jack Murphy is a policeman in New York and has seen the world quickly deteriorate to where there are very few “safe” places left. The areas that are sJack Murphy is a policeman in New York and has seen the world quickly deteriorate to where there are very few “safe” places left. The areas that are safe are surrounded by tall fences meant to keep out the Can Heads.
During a particularly bad night at a Can Head siting, Jack watches as his partner walks into a trap and gets eaten alive. Jack himself suffered terrible injuries forcing him to take time off the job and endure many painful weeks of exercise and physical therapy.
After being told by his superiors that he won’t be allowed back to work until he takes some vacation time, he reluctantly agrees to go away with his wife and kids to Paterville Family Camp – a fortress-like compound in the mountains, where families can relax and do things people used to do on vacations like hike, swim, and take boats out on the water.
Everything is great at Paterville. The kids get in the water everyday, his wife lays on the beach in the sun, and they even meet a nice couple they chit chat with at dinner every night. Another perk to being at Paterville is the food. There is plenty of it and it isn’t the synthetic food they are used to at home. At first Jack finds it hard to relax – always on alert for danger, but he eventually sees how much his family is enjoying their time at the Camp and decides to give relaxation a try.
The picture perfect vacation is ruined when Can Heads breach the Camp’s extensive security. With Jack’s help, the guards are able to fight off the attack and put things back in order. Life is back to normal the next morning with people having fun in the lake like always. Jack never lets his guard down again though and he starts to see strange things that alert his policeman senses to possible sinister goings on at the Camp.
Jack decides he and his family need to leave – no matter what!
VACATION is a fast-paced story that hooks the reader on page one and doesn’t let go until the end. I label it as a YA Crossover book because while there is quiet a bit of blood and gore and some language, it isn’t anything that older teens can’t handle. This is perfect for your older horror fans....more