This was a nice short book. I thought it would be at least as long as Ms. Reine's other books. But maybe that is just my own interpretation. Maybe it...moreThis was a nice short book. I thought it would be at least as long as Ms. Reine's other books. But maybe that is just my own interpretation. Maybe it was as long and was just was a fast read? It was fun.
Witch Hunt doesn't align with my goal of reading about strong fem characters written by strong fem writers. In fact, I was a little disturbed by the 'hunk' male with 'arm-candy' females. One scene made me happy. To prevent a spoiler, I will only say the word: boils.
Now once I got past the MC being a guy, I found the story fun. At times it felt like the old detective movies. There were a couple lines I had to stop and read aloud to my husband. One of those I actually highlighted in my Kindle.
Since I finished this early last night I started the next in the series that I was given for review. (I think the same might be said for this book?) Whereas Witch Hunt was located in Los Angeles, the next is in Reno. In both cases, I felt a part of the scene as I have personal experience with these areas.
One thing I can say for all of S. M. Reine's work is it is exciting and keeps you engaged. As I have said of other books she has written, please go through the books in order starting with Six Summer Moons and then through each series in order (GoodReads has them listed on her page very well.) Although this book could do well on its own, Having acquaintence of the places and people of the other books adds depth to the read.
I don't know what to think about this book. There were promising threads of plot I wanted to see pursued but instead the story seemed to stay wrapped...moreI don't know what to think about this book. There were promising threads of plot I wanted to see pursued but instead the story seemed to stay wrapped up in relationship angst. In many ways I found it depressing.
The parts about spirits/ghosts I found interesting. The part about the pagan/spiritualist school was interesting. Now maybe these threads will be caught up into the next book in the series--there is a next book, isn't there?
Now that I am writing this I see that I do want to see what happens next. Guess I will have to look up book two.(less)
Wow! Could I give this ten stars please? This was exciting! B. C. Johnson has told a superb tale. The book keeps you guessing and wondering what will...moreWow! Could I give this ten stars please? This was exciting! B. C. Johnson has told a superb tale. The book keeps you guessing and wondering what will happen next.
Lucy, the main character is very likable and has the spunk I like to see in female characters. She's only 15 and seems way beyond what I imagine would be the maturity of 15 or what I was at 15. But it is a different time and I was a late-bloomer even way back in the stone-age. Maybe the young adults who read this will find her immature, who knows? But what I do pick up is that she is a bright, capable young woman. Who may be dead, or not? Who knows. I certainly don't want to give anything away. The author writes in an immediate way that keeps you engrossed in the story, in Lucy's head. If you are an adult and read this you will long for her safety and lean toward being parental. But I think if you are a young adult you may pull in different directions, maybe more like the choices Lucy leans toward.
I want to make sure that I include in this review that I was fortunate enough to receive this book for review from BookRooster dot com. Thank you. I felt lucky to have the experience of reading/living this book.
< Spoiler Alert > I was very surprised when I finished reading this to find that B. C. Johnson is in fact a man. I was surprised because I usually find that male authors don't get 'female'. Their females are not allowed the emotion or breath of a 'real' female. But I think for the most part Mr. Johnson captured the essence. The only other male that has done that well, in my opinion, is James Patterson in his Max series.
Ok, maybe that wasn't much of a spoiler, but it would have been for me. Great job, B. C.!(less)
20120420 Review of The Grave Artist by Paula Lynn Johnson
I received a complimentary copy of the book from BookRooster.com to review. For those who hav...more 20120420 Review of The Grave Artist by Paula Lynn Johnson
I received a complimentary copy of the book from BookRooster.com to review. For those who haven’t heard of BookRooster, take a look at their site. Once you are signed up as a reviewer they will start sending book suggestions. You don’t have to review on everything they suggest, rather, you can pick and choose what books may be your ‘cup of tea.’ You can even read a sample of the book before you commit to reading the book for review. This helps you, the reader to find new books that are coming out. It helps the author to get honest reviews, and it is a way to introduce the book to others that may read the reviews you write.
When I read the summary of The Grave Artist, I knew it was up my alley. And it was! I love the characters and the story. Even the subplots were interesting. As the title implies, there is art involved. Well, and there are graves. The young adult is the target audience. I’m four times that old. Even still, I found that I could relate to the story. I was very pleased that the book wasn’t all teen angst. In fact, it was an angst we all have about changes in our lives. The ghost has a bit of angst of her own, and that drives the story and the main character. Thankfully, the usual teen bullies and heart throb romance wasn’t a part of this book. Yes, there is like/love but it is secondary to the plot.
What I will remember this book for, what makes it stand out among YA books for me, is that I felt I learned something. And I felt inspired. There are places, and terms, that I felt I needed to look up. In doing so I began to want to know more. I even feel inspired to take more art classes.
The book does take a look at the kinds of pressure a student goes through. If you are gifted, do you need to be pressured into only the ‘hard’ classes? If you are talented but not educationally gifted, are you a loser? I love how the author addresses these issues, often left out of other books.
The Grave Artist was a fun read. I am sorry I am finished reading it. I think it stands alone, but I would love to follow the characters further. (less)
Stacey Wallace Benefiel pulled a rabbit out of her hat. That's how this book appeared to me. I can't tell you how often I wanted to stop reading the b...moreStacey Wallace Benefiel pulled a rabbit out of her hat. That's how this book appeared to me. I can't tell you how often I wanted to stop reading the book. I do have over three thousand ebooks and Kindle books lined up, not to mention my actual shelves of 'tree' books that I can't get rid of. But the characters? the plot? the story? the writing? I don't know which, but something kept me reading.
I wanted to hate the book because the main character is a preacher's kid (PK)at church all the time. I was forced to live at the church at least 6 days a week but the PKs I knew weren't there nearly as often as I was. And when they were teens they got into SO much trouble that I wouldn't have been allowed to pull. So I never could figure it out. But Zellie isn't as bad as some PKs I've know. And the book didn't seem to be proselyzing nor get pedantic. We were just given a 'glimpse' into the life of Zellie; setting the stage.
About halfway into the book you start to get another 'glimpse' of the magic that Zellie has. Wish it hadn't taken so long to get there. Did we need to set such an elaborate stage? Once we see the gift/curse that Zellie is under the book takes off and a lot of mysteries reveal themselves. Then it seemed that the end came too soon.
The ending wasn't a cliff-hanger. It was satisfying. It did leave me curious and sad to leave the characters behind. For that reason I will be searching for the sequel when I am done reviewing. Cliff-hangers make me mad. So well done, Ms. Benefiel!(less)
Only now do I find out that this is book number four in the Partholon series. I kept feeling like I was missing something. This copy is from the libra...moreOnly now do I find out that this is book number four in the Partholon series. I kept feeling like I was missing something. This copy is from the library. If I can make it through fast enough maybe I can get done before the due date. If not at least I know where to find this.
*** The library book went back. It took me too long to get through the series and catch up with the one I had. So I bought my own Kindle copy. This series is worth the money spent. I wish I could loan my copies to my friends who are not able to buy books right now. I understand that the author deserves to be paid, but if this were a hard copy I could loan it to anyone. It's a rough economy we should be able to share what we can.
I love, love, love this series and P. C. Casts writing! Though there are a few typos in this book, most of her writing is error free, which is a relief for a Kindle book reader.
This particular book starts slowly. If I hadn't been so wrapped up in this series I might have let it go. But I knew it had to get better. Maybe it was because the characters I had known and loved in the previous books were no longer there and I had to get acquainted with new characters--I don't know. But it did pick up and became quite exciting. I did grow to love Elphame and her people.
What I miss most may just be a writing tool. When Ms. Cast would write about Shannon it was always in first person. And I loved Shannon's personality. The first person kept me closer as a reader, like I was talking with a friend. But outside of Shannon and now in Elphame's life where Shannon is a distant great grandmother, that immediacy isn't there anymore.
Even still I loved this book and easily give it the five stars. Ms. Cast is a great story teller. I recommend her books to anyone, especially my female friends. And since most of us grew up reading about males being the main character, I think many advanced male friends would like this series, also, as there is enough action and adventure to keep anyone reading.
Qualification of the tags/GoodReads Shelves: adult, anxiety, canada, children, death, depression, disabilities, ghosts, kindle, mystery, read, strong-...moreQualification of the tags/GoodReads Shelves: adult, anxiety, canada, children, death, depression, disabilities, ghosts, kindle, mystery, read, strong-fem
This is an adult book because of the fear it could cause in anyone but especially the young. It brought out my anxiety. Any mother would be anxious as she reads this!
This is in the author's country, Canada. It isn't over emphasized but makes you want to go there. It sounds like it must be absolutely beautiful!
This is about the kidnapping, torturing, dismembering and killing of children, which makes it a book I will never read again. I will forever have nightmares from this!
The main character's son has a disability. He is unable to speak. Yes, you do find out why.
Ghosts waft about and take over at times, be prepared. As usual, they need help.
Yes, I read this with text-to-speech on my Kindle.
I don't usually read mysteries, neither do I read books that will keep me awake or cause nightmares. The author leaves all the clues you need to solve the mystery. You do see it coming. Even still, as gruesome as this mystery is, you keep reading in hopes of closure for the poor mother who has been through enough.
Strong fem. She just doesn't know it. She hides from her own strength in her alcohol. But when she is more sober, facing her demons, so-to-speak, you know that any person would want to escape this mess, any way they could.
If I were into crime mysteries I think I would give this five stars. I prefer Cheryl Kaye Tardif's Whale Song.(less)
Grr! I should give this two stars! Patterson or publishers decided not to have text-to-speech enabled. I was too tired to try to just read it. So I do...moreGrr! I should give this two stars! Patterson or publishers decided not to have text-to-speech enabled. I was too tired to try to just read it. So I downloaded the Audible version to assist me in reading the Kindle version. That made this a very expensive read. The actor-narrators were good. The story was fun. I wish I could say I hated it. But I was glad to see this story ended. In fact, I think the story could have ended two or three chapters before it actually did. Let the imagination tie up the loose ends. Oh, well. Thousands of books to read. Happy to move on.(less)
I should have written this two days ago when I finished reading the book. Since I have moved into other books blurring my memory of this one.
It was a...moreI should have written this two days ago when I finished reading the book. Since I have moved into other books blurring my memory of this one.
It was a hard read for me. I suffer from depression and social anxiety. The beginning chapters of the book were quite depressing for me. Once the main character meets her neighbor things start looking up. She has someone who seems to understand how to respond to the emotional roller coaster that MC is going through.
In a town called Pennace, can anyone expect anything but sadness, regret? But it does move and as you get acquainted with others in the book you find the flavors around the town changing.
Clare Ashton introduces polyamorism but doesn't go into it very deeply. She deals with bigotry toward gays or those who think differently than what the town considers 'normal'.
The ghost of boyfriend past plays a large part of the main character's life on a daily basis. And it is great to watch her move from depression to dealing with the problems of others in a way that built her inner strengths. In fact, I think that is the redeeming value of this book. Ms. Ashton let her characters grow.