In this debut novel by Darby Rae, you are taken on the journey of Deborah's life. She is a successful attorney who has just had enough of marriage to...moreIn this debut novel by Darby Rae, you are taken on the journey of Deborah's life. She is a successful attorney who has just had enough of marriage to her attorney husband, Lawrence. For reasons unbeknownst to the reader (until the very end), Deborah feels that she has to leave Lawrence and change her identity. She moves to Indiana and finds a job working for Emmet. As Annie, Deborah feels pretty safe but enrolls herself in self-defense classes and continues to fear her husband will find her.
This is a very fast paced novel full of adventure, romance, and mystery. It keeps you on your toes wondering who might die (the over tells you someone will!) and how they might possibly breathe their last breath. I predicted who it might be but not the manner in which it would happen. I fell in love with several characters in this book. My only complaint is that there are several typos and grammatical errors throughout.
I recommend this book to those who like a good mystery!
You might want to know that there is strong language, mention of Mass (not real heavy on the religious issues), and intimate scenes.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. (less)
It's been awhile since I've read a Harlequin romance novel. I can see that not much has changed over the years! It's ironic that no matter what author...moreIt's been awhile since I've read a Harlequin romance novel. I can see that not much has changed over the years! It's ironic that no matter what author's name is on the front cover, the story is pretty predictable.
I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy this book. It had a decent story line. Court is responsible for bringing down this Neely guy who is determined to take down everyone in the city. Court's job is to play the part of good militia soldier while in truth he's an undercover agent.
Sabrina (Brin) is busy doing everything she can to keep the family ranch afloat while keeping an eye of her teenage brother who is quickly forming alliances with Neely. Why can't he see he's not a good guy to be around?
Court sees Brin again...it's been so long. Does she still love him? He her? Can Court give up everything he loves for Brin...and their child? (less)
They say to never judge a book by it's cover. Had I done that, I would have passed this one up. The title is not really catchy either and it's not til...moreThey say to never judge a book by it's cover. Had I done that, I would have passed this one up. The title is not really catchy either and it's not til the end that you can really "get" it.
This book is very every hard-working mom, wife, sister, and friend. Suze just can't catch a break out in the corporate work world but Bob won't let her stay home. He's a doctor...that is, has a PhD in Education and teaches at a local college. He gets a great idea to go on sabbatical to Australia for six months. Does he go? Yes, and that's when Suze's life falls apart. Not only does a former flame reappear in her (AND she has to work with him), the evil Wanda gets a promotion and becomes her boss and her best friend Marcia is in L-O-V-E (i.e. no longer available for girlfriend time!) Whatever will Suze do?
Zan is not your typical boy. He lives in a cave with his family and tribe. He hunts with a spear. He sounds pretty scary...especially when a youngster...moreZan is not your typical boy. He lives in a cave with his family and tribe. He hunts with a spear. He sounds pretty scary...especially when a youngster goes missing and neighboring tribes get together to kill the enemy...a huge lioness. Zan is raring to go but everyone says no. Like your typical child, Zan disobeys and goes anyway. Then he kills the lioness all by himself. It's then that he gains the respect of all the tribes in the area, especially his own. A highly respected tribal leader from a neighboring tribe gives him a name of distinction...Zan-Gah.
Zan's twin had been missing for quite some time (part of the reason why no one wanted him to fight the lioness). Zan-Gah now feels empowered to find his brother Dael. Of course, his parents are against this and he finally wins the argument. He will have to travel through many of the neighboring (and warring) tribes to find Dael. Along the way, he learns why the tribes are holding such grudges and almost becomes a victim of them. He has no idea how bad it really is until he meets Rydel and finds the Wasp tribe.
Will he find Dael? Does he survive the interesting Wasp people? Read this fascinating story to find out!
If there is one feature of this book that stands out it would be the vivid use of language and imagery. I felt like I was in the story and could picture the sights sounds, and smells with ease (ok, some smells I could have done without!)
I also have to mention my favorite character. Siraka-Finaka is a minor character but not one to be messed with!! Siraka-Finaka is Chul's wife and she is fill of spunk and spice. Not someone I'd want to battle for sure! I hope she'll show up again in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country!
Many thanks to Earthshaker Books for providing this book for review! (less)
I found this to be an enjoyable book and a super fast read. I finished it in under 12 hours during the beginning of my Thanksgiving vacation!
In Judgme...moreI found this to be an enjoyable book and a super fast read. I finished it in under 12 hours during the beginning of my Thanksgiving vacation!
In Judgment Day, a reporter by the name of Suzanne, just can't keep her mouth shut. She wants to be the first to release the story, no matter the cost. When it's suspected that the principal is the one abducting young girls, Suzanne jumps to scoop the story on air without having all the facts. Needless to say,the principal is not impressed and is not guilty either. When he takes his life, other events take place that cause Suzanne to have to hire a private investigator. Did it have to be her former flame?
This is my first read by Wanda Dyson and it won't be my last! Looking at her website, I see several other books that interest me! You can read an excerpt of this book by clicking
I LOVED THIS BOOK! This was a superior followup to The Curse of the Spider King and any fantasy lover would appreciate this book. The Elven Lords are...moreI LOVED THIS BOOK! This was a superior followup to The Curse of the Spider King and any fantasy lover would appreciate this book. The Elven Lords are now in their homeland and they quickly learn that they will have to fight for it. Not until Grimwarden gets his way though! A series of brutal training episodes will lead the Elven Lords into the battle of their lives. Will they succeed? I highly recommended this one for fantasy lovers young and old. There is a Christian undertone here (Ellos is often referred to...represents God) but don't let that stop you if you are not a believer. This is a great clean book unlike others on the market today and even my 6 year old was becoming interested in it as he saw me reading it. Maybe one day (when he reads better) he'll pick it up and enjoy it as much as I did. I did receive this book directly from the publisher in return for my honest review, of which you have received here. (less)
First of all, this is the first book I've been able to finish since school started. It took me almost 2 months of 20 minute "Magical Mondays" to compl...moreFirst of all, this is the first book I've been able to finish since school started. It took me almost 2 months of 20 minute "Magical Mondays" to complete! Second of all, this is my first read by Bodie Thoene. That being said...
I was instantly attracted to this book based on the cover and the premise. I love reading books about the Holocaust (I really don't know why, it's such a sad point in history) and this cover instantly drew me in. The flag, the burning, the couple, told me that I might enjoy this book. I feel that the fact that it took me so long to read, I my have missed some points, as I struggled a bit with the ending.
Lorelei (love the name!) is a young girl from a missionary family who struggles to find her way in life after losing her mother and then choosing to marry Varrick to save him from being sent to the concentration camp. Her life is full of struggle from the beginning and just never seems to end. Varrick is sent away to fight in the war and Lorelei, her dad, her sister Jessica, and her nieces begin a journey to leave their homeland. More lives are lost along the way and soon Lorelei finds herself all alone. She is proficient in several languages so her skills come in handy in churches and other refugee places for those who are misplaced due to the war.
As far as characters go, Judah is a favorite of mine, as are the other Tin Man army. Their stories are inspiring to me. I was also intrigued by Helga, but found her character's choices to be very frustrating. Eben was another intriguing character although I do not like how things ended up with him. I felt that his character took a poorly scripted turn that was set up to be spiritual and I do not believe it was in the least bit. It was too much of a stretch for me personally. I have read other reviews where readers felt entirely different so please read this book and decide for yourself.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and will read other titles by the Thoenes. I have read many great reviews on other books they have written and they tend to focus on a time period in history that I enjoy reading.
I was provided this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, of which you have received without any coercion. (less)
Marnie hates her name. She hates what it is that she has done to herself. What's she done to him.
Taylor has always wondered why it's taken him so lon...moreMarnie hates her name. She hates what it is that she has done to herself. What's she done to him.
Taylor has always wondered why it's taken him so long to contact her. Would she ever take him back?
Emmit is going to live with Marnie after her sister (Emmit's mom) dies tragically. Only thing is, Marnie has never met Emmit. She had no clue that Rose had a child. Why hadn't her estranged sister ever shared this news with her?
Marnie goes to the airport to get Emmit after receiving the email from Taylor that Rose is dead and she is to care of Emmit according to Rose's will. She never expected what she saw in Emmit when he came off the plane. He was "damaged goods" in her mind. He has Down's Syndrome.
Could she ever love this nephew that she didn't know she had? Would she ever be able to get past the regrets of the past?
First of all, I want to commend Marlo Schalesky for writing a book about Down's Syndrome. My heart melted when I learned that Emmit had Down's. I hate that name for it by the way. These people are the happiest people I have EVER met and that is in spite of the multitude of health problems they have associated with Down's Syndrome! I have a soft spot in my heart for Emmit and others like him.
Second this was a very sweet romance novel. I saw the title Shades of Morning and after reading it thought it should be Shades of Mourning. There is so much loss in this book and Marnie is very deep in mourning. So is Taylor. Emmit is mourning but for very different reasons. However, Shades of Morning is appropriate because through life we go through varying days, even if they are similar. Emmit always saw the best in situations and helped Marnie to see that there is sunshine in every day.
I can't say that I entirely enjoyed this book. I was a little disappointed with the ending. I can't say why without giving away too much. I would have liked to have seen it end differently. It's not a bad story though, I really enjoyed it!
What if you were the last Christian on the face of the earth? What would you do? That's how it is Abby. She's grown up on an island in Papau New Guine...moreWhat if you were the last Christian on the face of the earth? What would you do? That's how it is Abby. She's grown up on an island in Papau New Guinea and when her tribe is all murdered, she goes to America to try to find out why. It's like stepping into a Brave New World for her. Everything is so different and no one believes in God whatsoever. Virtual reality is an easy escape, cars are automated, and people communicate through taps on a grid system.
Abby's cousin Lauren is her only remaining family and Lauren is too busy in her political campaign to give Abby the time of day...unless of course it's to tell her not to talk about her Christianity. Lauren feels it will not bode well for her to be connected to this religious zealot. Lauren's life partner Sabin takes Abby under his wing and begins to help Abby adjust to life outside of the tribe.
Lots of mystery and suspense fill this book that could be compared to Brave New World (which I absolutely hated by the way...maybe because it was REQUIRED reading in school and I don't like people telling me what to read?!?!) I could have read this book so much faster but it was one of those books that I didn't want to end so I read it slower! It is very thought provoking, even though fiction, and I pondered many points of the book. What would I do if I was the last Christian on the Earth? What if technology was really that advanced as it was in this book and I could do a brain transplant? Would I do it?
I pondered these questions on so many different angles and it's a book that will stick with me for quite some time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys utopian/dystopian society, a good suspense, and a deep thought provoking novel! (less)
It's been quite awhile since I read a Nicholas Sparks book and I remember now why I love his writing.
Ronnie is a troubled teenager who hears those dr...moreIt's been quite awhile since I read a Nicholas Sparks book and I remember now why I love his writing.
Ronnie is a troubled teenager who hears those dreaded words "You are going to your dad's this summer". Just what every teenage daughter wants to hear when her dad has been NON-EXISTENT in her life! Her only saving part of the summer is that her little brother Jonah will be going with her.
Nothing seems to work out the way Ronnie has planned and her summer is headed for doom. Her new friend Blaze is very interesting and her creeper boyfriend Marcus is more like a stalker. Meanwhile, Jonah is helping his dad to create a stain-glassed window.
Ronnie has a soft spot for animals and when she learns of turtles laying eggs on the beach behind her dad's house, she begins to camp out there to protect the eggs from the racoons. Through that process, she meets Will.
This is very much a love story that is full of all kinds of emotion. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to throw the book, cried some more, laughed some more, and enjoyed my first few days of summer vacation with Ronnie, Jonah, and Will.(less)
The newest book in the Mercedes Thompson series is focused on the wolf, Samuel. He's really gotten himself into a bind with what he's done. It's up to...moreThe newest book in the Mercedes Thompson series is focused on the wolf, Samuel. He's really gotten himself into a bind with what he's done. It's up to Mercy to figure it out. If the pack gets involved, it won't be a good outcome for Samuel! While trying to protect Samuel, Mercy ticks off a TV producer and ends up in a heap of trouble herself. In the process, she takes Gabriel down with her (not purposely). Can her mate bond with Adam be enough to save her and Samuel?
In this book, the reader learns more of the bonds of a wolf pack. The ins and outs. How they communicate with the Alpha and the Marrock. The reader also learns more about the Fae and how they operate.
Destiny's sister Leah is missing. What ever in the world will she do? If anyone learns of her powers, there could be trouble!
This is the fifth book in...moreDestiny's sister Leah is missing. What ever in the world will she do? If anyone learns of her powers, there could be trouble!
This is the fifth book in Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of Glen series. I have not read any of her other books and I didn't feel like I was missing anything by reading this one. Looking back at some other reviews, some of the characters appear in earlier books but never in "main character form".
Destiny needs help finding her sister and this tall, beautiful man falls into her lap, or rather she onto the back of his motorcycle. Her world is a whirlwind of travels and learning more about her rescuer, Jesse. He's a Guardian Fae who knows that the people behind Leah's disappearance are bad news.
This book has some of the most beautiful descriptive scenery. I wish I could find a portal and escape there right now...with Jesse of course! This is a paranormal, highlander romance full of fae and vamps. What could possibly go wrong with these two mystical groups working their own magics in the world?!
Moreover, will Destiny ever see Leah again? Will Jesse break a company policy? Read this great book for a wonderful adventure of mystical love and devotion.
You might want to be aware that there are a couple of "racy" romance scenes (sex included) and the language is fairly strong at times.
WARNING: This is not a "Dear Diary" book!! Greg would want you to know that right away. You see, Greg is a young middle schooler who is writing this b...moreWARNING: This is not a "Dear Diary" book!! Greg would want you to know that right away. You see, Greg is a young middle schooler who is writing this book because his MOM is making him. What a shame!
Greg's sidekick and best friend is Rowley. When Greg is in trouble, he goes to Rowley's house so he can play video games. That is, after Rowley's dad approves of them. Can't have any violence you know! It doesn't appear that Rowley spends a lot of time at Greg's house though. Makes you wonder! These two are tighter than the cheese that has solified itself to the playground blacktop. You don't mess with that cheese! No one wants the "Cheese Touch"!
Greg just seems to have a rough life. Rowley has it so easy in comparison. All of a sudden, Rowley becomes more popular and spends less time with Greg. Maybe he realizes that Greg just uses him?!?! Greg ends up hanging out with the nerdy Fregley.
What happens with the Cheese? What about those "wonderful" comics that Greg writes for the school paper? Will Safety Patrol ever be the same again?
I thought this was a cute book. Not my typical type of read, but I'll probably read the rest of them in the series. A lot of things in this book brought back some funny memories from high school. I thought it was funny that Jeff Kinney chose the name of Chris Hosey as one of the students in Greg's class. I went to school with a kid named Chris Hoser and he kinda resembles Chris Hosey!! I no longer have a desire to go back to middle (or high!) school but living the memories again through this book was an enjoyable experience! (less)
I bought this book because I am a fan of Twilight and I wanted to see what take this book would have. It started out great! I loved it! My students ke...moreI bought this book because I am a fan of Twilight and I wanted to see what take this book would have. It started out great! I loved it! My students kept telling me that I would love the book...especially Edwart's character. It didn't take me long to see why they thought that! I found out that Edwart was a man after my own heart...a germaphobe!! The only difference between Edwart and I is that I despise Purell. The stuff doesn't work people!!! My students test it every year in lab and prove that it doesn't work so save your money!
Ahem...so I need to get back on topic...
I loved this book for the first 100 pages. After that, it just got stupid in my opinion. I mean, why ruin the end of the book? They could have just stopped at page 100 and been done with it but they had to pervert the story to the point of boredom. There were many great scenes and lines (most in my opinion revolved around Edwart and the Purell)but my overall impression is that this book was just ok.
Now back to my countdown of the release of Eclipse!! :) (less)
It's a odd day when Reynie gets a letter to go and take this test for exceptional children. It's all very secretive though and his tutor, Miss Perumal is just as clueless as he is. The test is weird...something no one could have studied for...but what lies in wait is an adventure of all sorts! Reynie passes the first round of testing and then meets George "Sticky" Washington, an orphan like himself. Together they face more strange challenges and end up meeting Constance and Kate.
The foursome would become Mr. Benedict's secret spies into the "Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened" (LIVE). There they will solve many mysteries and meet some interesting people who will change their lives forever.
I had never read anything by Mr. Stewart before and now I can hardly wait to read the other books in this series. For a large book (over 400 pages) this story read very quickly and I found myself struggling to put it down to take care of other things to provide for my living! I definately recommend this book to fans of mysteries and adventures! It is a quick and highly enjoyable read!(less)
A Courtesan's Scandal is about the life of Kate Bergeron and Grayson Christopher, Duke of Darlington. Kate is a courtesan who is well cared for and highly desired by the Prince. The Prince can't have her until his divorce is final or risk the scandal that will incur when the Princess makes her demands. Instead of risking that scandal, the Prince asks his most trusted man, the Duke, to appear to court Miss Kate until he can have her for his own. Upon meeting, the Duke and Miss Bergeron do not like each other or the arrangement that is in place. However, there is too much at stake for both of them to disobey the Prince. Kate would lose her lavish lifestyle and home that the Prince has set up for her and the Duke's affair with Lady Diana would be exposed and put his desire for the abolition of slavery vote at risk.
Throughout this book, we learn of many people who have influenced the lives of Kate and Christy. All of these people help to shape them into who they are. Their love/hate relationship begins to blossom and before long, they are faced with a decision...to betray the Prince or forget the love they have for each other? What will they decide? Is there too much at risk or is love worth all?
I loved this book and the storyline behind it. I've not read many historical fiction books but they are fast becoming some of my favorites. While Miss London does include some graphic sex scenes and strong language (which I do not like to read most of the time) I enjoy her writing style and the stories she weaves in her characters. Overlooking these things that I find bothersome, she is becoming one of my favorite authors!
This is one of those books that I like to pick my favorite character in and desire to be. IF I was not the person that I am today (picture an imaginary world where there is no right or wrong, where moral decisions are a mute point), I would want to be Kate. I am not a fan of her lifestyle but the love she has for Christy and vice-versa makes me desire to want to be her in a different type of world. She has had a rough life and has finally got a break that she has to decide if the chance of falling in love wholeheartedly is worth it. There is something about her that draws me to her. Maybe it's the way she reaches out to those who are like her on a lower level. Maybe it's the pride she has in herself. Maybe it's her desire to keep her word. Either way, she's my favorite character!
I was provided a review copy of this book by Pocketbook Publishers. I would like to thank them and the author for this review copy. Thank you for reading this review!(less)
This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. This book starts out with a graphic depiction of the death of Judas. It's his blood that all...moreThis is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. This book starts out with a graphic depiction of the death of Judas. It's his blood that allows for the Collectors to come for many years afterward.
Gina is a young girl who can't understand why her mom cuts her all the time. I thought Nikki was a little neurotic myself and she's not the kind of mom I would want!!
What made this book so interesting is that it's a "Christian vampire" novel. Seems a little oxymoronic! Eric Wilson does a great job of depicting the scenes between Romania and the United States. I loved the rich history described in the book.
These are not your "normal" vampires. I love their method of feeding! It's a bit unique, but not one that I would want to be subject to!
One of my hangups with this book is that I think I got a little to caught up in the symbolism. I am also not a fan of books or movies that switch back and forth from present day to the future, back to the past, and so on. I have a hard time keeping it all straight!!
Character-wise, I HATED Nikki...she's purely evil. I had hoped she'd get her pay back before the book was over. My favorite character is Cal. He's just so mysterious and I hope to see him again in Haunt of the Jackals.
I would give this book an overall 4.5 stars. I will be starting the sequel as soon as I whittle down a few other books for tours this month.
I am an Amazon Associate. I personally purchased this book from Amazon. I receive no monetary compensation for my book reviews. (less)
By far, THE BEST BOOK OF 2009!!! This is a MUST read for everyone!!
Miss Hilly is just the worst boss to work for and Aibileen, Constantine, Minny and...moreBy far, THE BEST BOOK OF 2009!!! This is a MUST read for everyone!!
Miss Hilly is just the worst boss to work for and Aibileen, Constantine, Minny and others know first hand. This wonderful book, based back in the 1960's, chronicles the lives of black house slaves and their white masters/mistresses. There is love, suspense, comedy, and of course, uncomfortable issues.
When Skeeter, a white woman, starts befriending the help after seeing the way that they can (and are) mistreated, a wonderful idea is born and the residents of this small Mississippi town are in for the shock of their lives. Taking risks, Skeeter meets with the help in secret to work on their little project. I think she ultimately learns the best lesson of all, that despite skin color, women can work together for the greater good.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you might even want to throw the book before you are finished. I promise you the end is well worth the wait!! If you don't believe in Karma before reading this book, it just might change your mind!
Amazingly, this is Kathryn Stockett's first novel. I sure hope it won't be her last!!
I read this book on recommendation of my online book club, The Word Shakers. I purchased this book from Amazon. (less)
The first creatures to seek me were the insects; my parents cleaned the bassinet free of dead ants the morning after they brought me home from the hospital. My first word was “dead.”
At age four, when I stepped out of bed and popped a giant toad like a water balloon, I never again turned any lights off.
For all of my sixth year, I slept sitting up thinking I’d spot the dying coming toward me.
There were times when it felt like my insides were full of broken glass, times when the souls of the animals passing through me felt too big, too much. I’d open my eyes in the morning and peer into the glassy gaze of a mouse on my pillow. Death never became my comfortable companion.
With a book opening like that, how can this NOT be a good book to read?!?!? I was captivated from those opening lines and finished the book in record time. If you would like to read more of Meridian, please click here and you can read the prologue and first three chapters. I'm warning you though, be prepared to go and get it as soon as you do!
Meridian is a young girl with a very eccentric life. Things die around her. All. The. Time. It doesn't happen to anyone else though and she's concerned. The day of her 16th birthday changed her life forever. Her parents warn her to come straight home from school. What will happen if she doesn't? Should she even take the chance and find out? Why won't her parents give her more information? She already senses she's a freak and out of the norm and now her parents are "wigging her out".
Meridian finds herself on a bus to go see her Aunt. She's always enjoyed spending time with her and felt a special kinship with her. They are more alike than Meridian would have ever cared to guess. Then, there's Tens, her aunt's caretaker. Meridian seems to take a liking to him fairly quickly but he isn't so eager to return the sentiment.
This book is full of the adventures of our young Meridian and her half angel life. Along the way she meets some interesting folks who help to shape her into the young lady she becomes.
Don't just take my word for it though!! Other bloggers have a few things to say too, including interviews with our featured author, Amber Kizer. Check them out!
Mindi wrote her first blog post on this book. Read it here!
HeatherMarie has a great interview over at Want My YA! Read it here
Kim over at the Book Butterfly also interviewed Ms. Kizer. You can read the interview here
Did I overlook anyone? If you reviewed this book, I'll be happy to link to you too!
Per new FTC regulations, the source of this book is "borrowed from Mindi, who happens to be a student of mine. She inspires me to read more!!
If I Stay by Gayle Forman is a book about Mia and her family and the decisions that are made quickly in life. There's a terrible car accident and Mia...moreIf I Stay by Gayle Forman is a book about Mia and her family and the decisions that are made quickly in life. There's a terrible car accident and Mia finds herself having an out of body experience. As she hears about the status of her other family members, she wonders if she's the only one to ever go through what she's experiencing. She sees her family and friends in the waiting room of the hospital, and the way she looks in the ICU hospital bed. Throughout this book, Mia has flashbacks of life before the accident, but she has no recollection of the accident itself. She is faced with the dilemma of whether to go or stay. After a series of one-sided conversations with her family and friends, Mia's mind is at peace with her decision. What does she decide? You'll have to read to find out!
Overall, this book just didn't quite cut it for me. There were parts that I thought drug out a bit. I did like the grumpy vs nice nurse and the scene with Adam trying to get into the ICU. There were parts I laughed, parts that caused me to cry, and parts that downright made me mad. This was an ok book and I would recommend it to the young adult audience.
This book was recommended to me by a student of mine, Mindi(less)
This is one of those books that captures your interest and ropes you in from the very beginning. It's a little frustrating though because it seems lik...moreThis is one of those books that captures your interest and ropes you in from the very beginning. It's a little frustrating though because it seems like takes forever to find out what the whole deal with Damen is (don't worry, it's worth the wait).
Ever is a young teen who lost her family in a car accident. She goes to live with her aunt Sabine, who is rarely if ever home. Ever doesn't fit into her new school too well. She does find too people who she enjoys spending her time with though, Haven and Miles.
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was another vampire book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's about different paranormal creatures!!
What I love most about this book is the author's choice of names for the characters...Ever, Damen, Haven, Miles, Sabine (my personal favorite), Drina, Riley. They are so unique and different from most character names that I've been reading about lately. I appreciate the time that alyson noel took to make some really great and creative characters!!(less)
"I would not willingly peel back the scar tissue protecting the deepest chambers of my heart and reveal the bruised hollows pooled with the blood of o...more"I would not willingly peel back the scar tissue protecting the deepest chambers of my heart and reveal the bruised hollows pooled with the blood of old wounds---the terror that just thinking about it---but now, facing darkness I am left with no choice. I love you, and because of that I am going to try and raise the dead." ---Louise Bell Closson
This is one of the most haunting books I've read this year. The twists and turns will keep you wondering from the minute you start reading this book until you know How It Ends.
I was intrigued most about Laura Wiess's use of an audiobook within a book. There were times I became confused about which story we were on but it all ties in together. I've never read a book even remotely close to this and really enjoyed it!
Hanna is your almost typical teenager. She thinks Seth is the bomb diggity and can't imagine her life without him. She also thinks a lot of her neighbor, Gran. As she grows older, Hanna spends less and less time with Gran, which causes a lot of heartache on both sides. I found myself feeling sorry for Gran and her loneliness. A school project helps Hanna to find her way back into spending more time with Gran and learning more about her life growing up.
I found myself at times not wanting to know how this book would end. I laughed, I wanted to throw the book at certain characters, and I bawled like a baby. I believe I may have experience every imaginable emotion during my reading of this book.
It is written for young adults but I know that "older" adults would enjoy it just as well, if not more so. I do rate this book PG-13 for some very strong language and some suggestive scenes. I don't guess I recognized that this was a YA book until I was reading the author's interview and the discussion questions.
Be patient while reading this book (it's hard to do in this one with all the twists and turns!) and by the end, you will know How It Ends. Like it, love it, or hate it, the book does end!
Thanks to Sarah at Pocket Books for providing this copy for review. (less)