Jack, his wife Wendy, and their son Danny were the main characters. Since I’ve watched the movie, I could see them clearly in my head, especially theJack, his wife Wendy, and their son Danny were the main characters. Since I’ve watched the movie, I could see them clearly in my head, especially the red sweatshirt with the zipper. I could hear their tone of voice and see their mannerisms. The book had it’s funny moments; I enjoyed the sarcastic wit, especially coming from Jack.
My favorite lines: 1) “During our first winter I hired a family instead of a single man. There was a tragedy. A horrible tragedy.” 2) “That was when they were just startin out here and that fat ** Ullman, he woulda hired the Boston Strangler if he’d’ve worked for minimum wage.” 3) “It’s a pity the things you see when you ain’t got a gun.” 4) May 12th. Not a day earlier or later.
At the beginning, the story really went into depth about Jack’s temper and how he used to be a drunk. There was also a lot of foreshadowing that something dreadful would happen. When I heard about Delbert Grady, I figured it was foreshadowing what’s to come for the Torrance family! The story needed this foreshadowing because it started off really, really slow. Things didn’t pick up until the dead wasps came back to life and stung Danny in his room.
I really enjoyed Halloran’s bond with Danny at the Overlook Hotel. He was leaving for Florida but also had the shine (could read thoughts). He warned Danny about the hauntings. I was completely terrified about Room 217, Tony (Danny’s imaginary friend), and REDRUM REDRUM REDRUM!!!!
Imagine being isolated up in the mountains trapped in a snowstorm. The radio’s broken. Only you and your family. No way to get up the hill if you needed rescued. Slowly, your daddy is losing his mind. The ending when the hotel seems to come to life in the form of a party and Jack is after Danny and Wendy with the intent to kill, I had chills down my spine. Let’s just say, I had to sleep with a night light! The slow build up was definitely worth the ending outcome!
I loved this 14 chapter book even though it ends with a cliffhanger. Anyone who knows me, knows I like my answers right away. I hate mystery. The oneI loved this 14 chapter book even though it ends with a cliffhanger. Anyone who knows me, knows I like my answers right away. I hate mystery. The one answer I wanted as a reader, I didn’t get. Who killed the turtle boy? The town thought it was his uncle, but the ghost told Timmy that it was his uncle’s friend. I think I know who it was (cool twist if I’m right), but I’ll never know for sure because it wasn’t mentioned again.
Timmy and Pete’s friendship was so cool. I enjoyed their back and forth banter. That’s why it made me sad that Pete’s dad forced them to stop hanging out because they wouldn’t listen about avoiding the pond. At first, the parents didn’t believe their kids about the turtle boy, then slowly, readers start to understand that the adults don’t want the kids going down there because they know that the rumor is true.
The author has a brilliant talent with description. I pictured all the disgusting details about the turtle boy’s appearance, even had to stop eating my delicious sub hee hee. As a reader, I experienced this journey with Timmy, so the book read like a Chiller movie.
There were a lot of scenes that gave me chills. I loved all the tension in the story. My favorite moments were: Pete’s dad cussing out Timmy’s mom when he brings the kids to her porch, Timmy’s adventure with his new girl friend at the pond, finding out the truth about Pete’s disappearance.
Was this based on a true story? The image at the end of the book of an old Delaware newspaper article about an eleven year old boy solved a case with the help of a ghost freaked me out (in a good way)! I am interested in Timmy’s other adventures with seeing the dead (there was an excerpt in the back of the book with the new story coming out). I’m a fan, so I’ll read the rest of the installments. Kealan Patrick Burke has a way of being a very entertaining storyteller. Besides if I read the rest of the series, I’ll finally get my answers LOL.
This 8 part (the last one only contained the epilogue), 21 chapter book gave a shout-out to West Virginia! I have to thank the author for that. It’s rThis 8 part (the last one only contained the epilogue), 21 chapter book gave a shout-out to West Virginia! I have to thank the author for that. It’s rare that the state is ever mentioned in fiction, so thanks for including us (I’m a West Virginian). Amber was from Wheeling and went back home on holiday break. Then, Moundsville was mentioned about its burial grounds. Both cities I’ve visited, so I was quite excited to read about them!
I was entertained from beginning to end. I didn’t want to put the book down (I’m big on mysteries). The opening showed Nicole’s dad being gunned down while on officer duty. Since it was written in present verb tense, I really felt the impact. That scene was intense as well as the courtroom scene where Azucare shot himself. My favorite quote from the funeral scene was “As soon as I made my oath, I wanted to renege. I felt that promising my life away, was just like being buried alive.”
* The ending was exciting to read as well. The whole time I thought everyone was out to get Nicole because of a cover-up regarding her father’s death. Instead it went much deeper than that. The characters in the story had to be deceitful so that Nicole could use her free will. When it’s finally revealed what everyone is, then everything makes sense. All I could think was that ‘Dean and Sam Winchester would have a field day on this New York City campus.’
I loved Joy, Nicole, Lisa, and Simone’s friendship. It was nice to see young women getting along with no backstabbing. However, Rachel and Amber didn’t feel the same way. Nicole’s new boyfriend was Drew; they met on campus. Well, Rachel used to date him back in junior and high school; Amber had dated him their freshmen year of college (a year before). Since the two ladies were obsessed with Drew, they couldn’t bring themselves to befriend each other nor anyone Drew had a romantic interest in.
* Did I mention they were crazy?! Amber kept plotting to get Drew back, which each plan failed miserably. Her desperation oozed onto the pages. Rachel was an Obeah Priestess, so she basically tortured poor Amber and Nicole. I’m talking whatever spell she did, it came true! I couldn’t understand what was attractive about Drew, but the twist at the end revealed everything. I guess they could sense how powerful he truly was.
Nicole’s tires were slashed, she found a salamander in her bed (so freaky–where the heck are reptiles in New York City), plus, she and her boyfriend experienced the same exact dream on the same night. All I thought was ‘I got some voo doo for you bitches!’ hee hee. The psychic scene at the beginning gave me goosebumps. And, when the theology professor acted scared of Nicole after she explained her bizarre dream, I began to think maybe she was cursed. Trust me, I worried about the main character’s safety throughout the entire story.
It’s worth getting past the format issues (some chapters didn’t have paragraph indentations, and some dialogue didn’t start on its own line), plus, some dream sequences, flashbacks were written in all italics. It’s worth reading through because the story was very intriguing. The author Mel Hopkins has a gift of being very descriptive in all her scenes–bringing plot, characterization, setting, and dialogue all together–she was able to set a mood where I got lost in the story. It was very action packed, suspenseful, and tension filled.
* I loved that there were titles for each of the eight part sections. Each chapter had a heading as well as every scene had a sub-title. I enjoyed this because it gave me a heads up what I was in store for. This book read like an Agatha Christie novel (I’m one of her biggest fans). The story was told through Nicole’s first person point-of-view. However, some scenes used third person point-of-view told through Rachel, Amber, Drew, and her father’s partner of the police unit’s perspective. Since these were very shady people, I knew whenever they had their own views displayed to pay attention–it’d be important later. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of an event or secret that Nicole had no idea about. That’s why I was on edge hoping she’d realize she’d have to defend herself.
I loved this 26 chapter book. I have to admit it took me by surprise at first because I didn’t know the majority of the characters would be teenagers.I loved this 26 chapter book. I have to admit it took me by surprise at first because I didn’t know the majority of the characters would be teenagers. I thought Violet would be a grown woman, but this didn’t ruin the story for me at all. Maybe I enjoy the young adult genre (never really had been my cup of tea) after all.
I’m all about love triangles so my favorite scenes were whenever Violet interacted with Rafe and Jay. I could relate to Rafe because he’s a loner (he reminded me of Dean Winchester or Alex Karev), and Violet because she hates secrets. The sections with Caine, the killer, were also interesting. He was so creepy that he gave me the chills. I always say the scariest fiction is reading about something that can happen in real life. And, unfortunately, women can be the object of affection for an obsessed psycho.
My favorite line was: “Didn’t they say that most victims were attacked by people they knew?” That statement took me a moment to reflect. And, I’ll never look at coffee shops the same way again. I enjoyed the friendship between Violet and Krystal. The twist at the end shocked me in a good way! Dr. Lee was a shrink she had to see to keep her feelings in check after going through her supernatural powers; Dr. Lee, I didn’t know you had that in you at the end.
The author did a fabulous job with plot. From beginning to end, the story was a page turner for me. I couldn’t put the book down, sitting at the edge of my seat. The characters were three-dimensional and well thought out. Plus, I got a kick out of all the tension and conflict in the story. Gemma–a member on the team–disliked Violet and didn’t hide it from her. The book is definitely a fast read.
The only thing I was confused about was why all of Caine’s sections were italicized. Is that a new trend for novels? The story was told through Violet’s third person point-of-view perspective except when it was Caine’s turn.
If someone would’ve told me I’d be reading historical fiction, I would’ve told them to “shut the front door.” History was my least favorite subject inIf someone would’ve told me I’d be reading historical fiction, I would’ve told them to “shut the front door.” History was my least favorite subject in school. That’s why it was a nice surprise when I enjoyed this 3 part, 14 chapter novel. I loved that it didn’t read like fiction at all. The author was so dedicated in Abraham Lincoln’s journal entries (to make them sound authentic) and stuck strictly to the facts that happened (instead of dabbling into the emotional aspect) that this novel read like a textbook or a research book at the library.
* The photos added in the story with the circles, emphasizing the president on his vampire hunter escapades, were awesome! For a second, my mind started playing tricks on me LOL. I knew this didn’t happen. But what if it did?
The scene were settlers are tricked by the evil vampire doctor caught my attention. It reminded me of Mindhunters (starring Johnny Lee Miller and LL Cool J)–a guy told the group about an old myth where an entire village was wiped clean. Croatoan had been carved on the tree, leaving people to believe either a body of water or an American Indian tribe killed everyone.
* In the book, the evil doctor carved “Croatoan” into the tree to put the blame on the Indians. He thought it’d be funny to have settlers going after the innocent. Man, none of my ancestors could get a break. Between American Indians being blamed for victims’ deaths (no one could believe it was vampires) and slaves being treated like property, this novel made me sad during those parts (not because of getting lost in the story, but because I knew that’s a terrible part of United States history that truly happened). Made me take a moment to reflect how awful it was back in the olden days. The story wasn’t written in the slaves point-of-view but Lincoln wrote powerful images in his journal.
Like I said before, it was strictly an account of what happened. So, if I was supposed to feel bad in certain scenes, I didn’t. The emotion wasn’t there for me–like when Lincoln lost his first love, his mom, his two sons. It was kind of like “wham, bam thank you ma’am.” There was no time to process what happened because the next action scene was already taking place.
I loved hearing about people in history–like Edgar Allan Poe, Martin Luther King, etc. It was cool that Seth Grahame-Smith managed to create this fake world with real people. The ending was perfect!
I loved this 14 chapter book. I’m a fan of sarcastic sense of humor, plus it was creepy in some scenes. It gave me chills. S.A. Hunter has an amazingI loved this 14 chapter book. I’m a fan of sarcastic sense of humor, plus it was creepy in some scenes. It gave me chills. S.A. Hunter has an amazing talent with description, especially metaphors and similes–very original. The scenes were vividly displayed on the page, so readers could picture it in their head. It read like a horror movie.
My favorite scenes were: 1) the seance/Ouija board at Cyrus’s house 2) when Mary and Cyrus first meet at school 3) the way Mary nonchalantly had conversations with ghosts in her school. I enjoyed that the female characters were strong and independent, that they didn’t wait for the men to come to the rescue. When Mary and her best friend Rachel went on the mission to do an exorcism, it reminded me of Harriet the Spy–paranormal edition.
The scenes that made me jump/ the creepiest parts: 1) the seance/Ouija board at Cyrus’s house 2) Ricky’s ghost was not playing around. He was out for vengeance, so whenever he appeared, he gave me goosebumps 3) when the girls try to sneak into the basement, and the ghost grabs Mary by the leg.
The school aspect was very realistic, and I felt bad that Mary was bullied by Kyle (Cyrus’s brother) and Vicky (a popular cheerleader). I don’t condone violence at all, but I’m always ecstatic when the outsider can one up the bullies. But is there a reason Kyle’s extra cranky and aggressive? You’ll have to read to find out. I liked how Mary and Cyrus’s relationship was blossoming, but then he got creeped out by her powers. I liked that he wasn’t automatically okay with it. It made for great tension within the story.
My favorite lines were: “Mary felt bad for ditching him, but when Vicky was involved, it was every reject for herself.”, “Oh, let time do all the dirty work. The perfect slacker revenge.” and “It was funny how saving a boy from danger didn’t guarantee him liking the girl. It always worked for the guy in the fairytales.”
I loved this 35 chapter book. Homeless, Gabriel had just moved to New York City in search of his missing sister, Lillith. He’d do anything to protectI loved this 35 chapter book. Homeless, Gabriel had just moved to New York City in search of his missing sister, Lillith. He’d do anything to protect her, and when i say ‘anything,’ that’s not an exaggeration.
My favorite lines: 1) A dark smile surfaced, and he said, “I’d kill you for free. But right now, you’re worth more to me alive.” 2) Fear pulled his senses into sharp relief. 3) The lie came easy. He’d had years of practice.
It was revealed pretty early that Marcus Slade was behind it all. The biggest mystery of the real reason why lingered until the end. It was fun trying to solve clues to figure it all out. There was a cool twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting at all!
Marcus knew that Gabriel was a good fighter, so he wanted to own and control him for underground fighting–no rules. Marcus wanted to make a lot of money off of him; he’d already turned Lillith into a high-end escort.
The author had a fantastic talent with creating the characters’ relationships. I loved that the dynamics were three-dimensional. No one truly trusted each other, even though some people got along there was still some tension. Heroes had faults while villains had positive qualities. I liked the moral gray aspect. The author also did a great job with plot. The action wasn’t stopped for excessive backstory or info dumps. Each scene was valuable for the plot to move forward.
My favorite scenes: 1) Jenner quit inside the limo 2) Akuma and Gabriel fighting in the ring
This 4 part, 29 chapter fantasy novel was the first one I’ve ever read. I’ve never been excited for this genre in novels or movies, so take my opinionThis 4 part, 29 chapter fantasy novel was the first one I’ve ever read. I’ve never been excited for this genre in novels or movies, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
This book opened up with a list of characters and a map, which scared me at first. I thought it’d be hard to keep track of everything. However, it was fairly easy. The author did an amazing job with characterization and setting. The female characters (especially Wei Song and Shen Tai’s sister) were my favorite. I liked how they were rebels in their own right. Everyone in the story had their personalities fleshed out, and I could imagine the time period, the way they dressed, where they lived, etc. vividly. I was able to get lost in the world created.
* This is the first book I’ve ever read that had the omniscience (non-person) point-of-view thrown in. So, I’d get intrigued by the action and plot, then I’d have to read through pages and pages of the different roles in the community, the rules of the land, etc. Sometimes it took me out of the story because those parts read like an essay. Normally, I finish a book in a day. This one took me seven days to finish; take that however you want.
From the moment Shen Tai met Wei Song, I knew there was a connection even though he was still pining over Spring Rain. Their scenes were always full of tension. My favorite line: “He wondered if this Kanlin woman knew this. He wondered why he cared.” I loved his interactions with the two women, and I’m happy that my couple won in the end. I also enjoyed the sister’s interactions with the man who was half man/half wolf. My favorite scenes were Wei Song in attack mode whenever someone tried to kill Shen Tai (she was feisty for a lady), whenever the poets were mentioned (they were treated like celebrities), the first time Shen Tai met Spring Rain again, and when the guy kidnapped Shen Tai’s sister from the tents.
I loved this 9 chapter book. It hooked me from the very first opening scene all the way to the epilogue. Let me tell ya, this story was hot and steamyI loved this 9 chapter book. It hooked me from the very first opening scene all the way to the epilogue. Let me tell ya, this story was hot and steamy! I loved all the sexual tension from the main characters Leonardo (a.k.a. Leo) and Alexa. Yeah, he was probably a controlling jerk but I found myself keep giving him passes. In fact, he was my favorite character. I enjoyed knowing that he was still in love with her (in fact never stopped) while she had her doubts. The whole time I rooted for them to get over the misunderstanding. To communicate better. It was so sweet that Leo was attentive to Alexa’s needs after she expressed what he did wrong in the past. He worked on trying to fix the future because he couldn’t change the past.
Luckily they didn’t patch up their communication problem because that read for a very entertaining story. My favorite books are the ones who share more than one point-of-view; it allows the readers to know the character’s secrets, motives before the other characters. Like we’re in on a little secret.
The author Delaney Diamond has a brilliant talent for plot, voice, and basically overall description. The way she vividly described everything and kept the tension, action going helped me get lost in the story, helped me get lost in the fantasy of it all. In fact, I read it while at a cafe and the lady near me asked what I was reading because I was intensely focused on it. After I told her what I’ve read so far, she said “Sounds juicy. Now, I see why you’re lost in it.” Did I mention all the steamy moments? I swear there may have been some drool coming out of my mouth hee hee.
I enjoyed their back and forth. My favorite lines were: “He still wanted her to the point of distraction, and despite acting as if she were being sentenced to the guillotine, he knew she wanted him too.”, “I don’t usually give orgasms to people I’m trying to get back at,” Leonardo said dryly.”, and “She had loved her husband, but it was clear she was only secondary in his life. His business was his real wife.”
After reading, I’m a huge fan of Delaney Diamond’s writing style, and I can’t wait to read more of her work. This story was definitely a fast read.
***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***
I loved this 3 part book. Each section was labelled as a different book where chapter number***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***
I loved this 3 part book. Each section was labelled as a different book where chapter numbers started over. My favorite lines: 1) I feel Elisabeth fixed on me. “James, I’m not your judge,” she says softly. “You are.” 2) “James, did you honestly expect to walk away and sever all ties to your family? If you did, I’m afraid you were sadly mistaken.” 3) Elisabeth has no desire to find out the truth. The guessing game is entertaining. 4) The world is my oyster, though there is no joy in this cliche.
The story was written in James’s first person point-of-view, and other characters’ third person-point-of-views. James had lost his mom and step-dad, who he was very close to, when he was younger. They had died in a plane crash. He was forced to move in with his estranged dad and bully half-brother Ian. When James was old enough, he left the rich estate to move to America where he became a rich musician. When Ian passed away, James attended the funeral.
Elisabeth had a son with her husband Jack. Her parents didn’t approve of her moving from America to Israel. In a terrorist bombing, her husband died, leaving her to raise their son all alone. She’s rich but has no where to turn to. She decided to take the first flight out of the dangerous country and settled for Greece.
My favorite novels are drama-filled. I loved the intensity of everything involving the characters. Their backstories were so sad that I couldn’t help but root for them to have a happy ending. The conflict, tension between James and his dad plus other characters felt very real to me as a reader. The author had a brilliant talent with dialogue. All the accusations, deep talks, revelations, arguments were entertaining. It was cool the way Elisabeth and James pushed each other to be the best they could be. No more settling nor running away from problems. And the little boy Cameron was adorable. I liked that the adults respected him and actually listened to what he said, instead of just having him there as a background character.
I also love mysteries. This novel was a fast read for me because I wanted answers to: What was devastating that happened to James? Did his dad really set him up to go to jail? All the twists and turns blew my mind. And I never saw it coming what happened to James. Without spoiling it, I’d just like to say the reason was edgy to me. Out of all the books I’ve read, no one has ever touched on this topic, regarding men being violated. I liked that the author went there because it made me really care for James. I wanted to give him a hug.
My favorite scenes: 1) when Elisabeth asks James to take her to the hospital for Cameron’s fever on the island 2) when James goes back to the states to ask Steve (his manager) for money. His ex-girlfriend Julia was there to his surprise. (this scene was pretty intense) 3) whenever James and his dad had discussions, especially their last one 4) James bonding with Elisabeth and Cameron on the island as well as battling his inner demons
As you can probably tell, James was my favorite character. Maybe because the first section focused heavily on him. The story began on a very interesting note–a flashback of how rotten Ian treated James when they were kids. I thought either his older brother was jealous or a sociopath. I also really enjoyed Elisabeth. I liked that she was a strong, female character who was falling for James but still respecting the love for her deceased husband.
***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***
I loved this choose-your-own-adventure zombie tale. Since it was written in the present tens***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***
I loved this choose-your-own-adventure zombie tale. Since it was written in the present tense, it felt like the situations were really happening. You meet new people along the way and have conversations with them. The different scenarios definitely play with your flight or fight syndrome. After so much decision making, I started getting in the groove, getting lost in the story. It was pretty intense and it felt like a life or death situation. I couldn’t let people down LOL. The writers had short sentences, intensifying the action and suspense. My heart raced to see if I made the right decisions; I love challenges.
To show an example of how it’s a choose-your-own-adventure, I’ll share my zombie night experience. The story started off with you’re studying in the library with your girlfriend. College exams are near. You research about grave-robbers in a town nearby.
I ended up driving home, taking a classmate to the hospital, rescuing my girlfriend, going to the Mega-Mart to gather supplies/guns (where I meet other survivors), going to the city to see if we can reach the military, trying to take down the Necromancer directly.
Let’s just say, throughout the night I died 10 times. The good thing about the book is that after you pick a scenario where you end up dying, you can return back to the original link to pick a different option (helping you live longer). Finally, I received my ending where I survived the night by saving the world. Yea!!! Another cool feature about the book is at the very end, you can look at different checkpoints throughout this zombie adventure–airport, countryside, losing some members, etc.
This 34 chapter story reminded me of an Edgar Allan Poe creation. I loved the creepiness of it all, and the way the author tended to repeat the same pThis 34 chapter story reminded me of an Edgar Allan Poe creation. I loved the creepiness of it all, and the way the author tended to repeat the same phrases in different ways back to back. It worked because it showed Melissa being frightened, desperate, wondering if she was going insane. This book is told through her point-of-view (third person narration).
I jumped a lot while reading–that’s how scared I was. It was spooky the way the dark shadow appeared out of nowhere all the time. I had two favorite scenes. First, before Melissa enters her house, she sees the dark shadow standing by the window waiting for her; she was so brave for dealing with that. Second, Melissa had a patient named Elsie, who died from a stroke. That hit home for me because that was my grandma’s name and that’s how she died in the hospital in 2008. I took a moment to recollect my thoughts, then BAM!!! Elsie comes back from the dead to warn Melissa that she’s next!
I understand love and all that, but I wanted to knock some sense into these characters LOL. I would have been out of that house so fast. And, if someone told me disturbing things were happening at their place, I would listen, investigate, etc. I wouldn’t let them keep suffering because they said they’ll take care of it. If my husband beat me, I would say adios and keep it moving. Forget love conquers all LOL.
I enjoyed when Melissa found out the reasoning behind everything–like going to the library to research, and visiting the psych ward to find answers. I love mysteries.
It was a fast read, and the ending was perfect. I was like ‘oh no, she didn’t.”