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I enjoyed this book. Meet Trevor and Tania, a set of twins who were doomed from the start...more***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***
I enjoyed this book. Meet Trevor and Tania, a set of twins who were doomed from the start. Talk about dysfunctional parents! Each twin had a first person point-of-view account, my favorite type of stories to read. My favorite line: “Do the crime, do the time…”
I respected the author’s edginess. She wasn’t afraid to tackle taboo subjects. I can’t really explain; otherwise, I’d be posting spoilers. Those kids, especially Tania, went through hell and back, and this was only between the ages of 9-13! I cringed through a lot of the book because Jess C. Scott did an excellent job of showing rather than telling. She painted a vivid picture in my head, and I really felt for Trevor and Tania.
I really loved the twists and turns throughout the story. Their mother was a piece of work. I cheered when she died. Was their dad a saint? Did he look out for their best interests? Or was he an evil monster? You’ll have to read to find out.
It was a nice build up to the twin’s first kill. I had chills down my spine through most of the book. And that cliffhanger! Talk about mind-blowing!
Normally, I’m not into series, preferring standalone novels, but I have to check out the next book to see what happens with Tania and Trevor’s journey as teenagers.
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I loved this book. My favorite lines: 1) She might not be sure of his motives, but there was som...more*** I received a free copy in exchange for a review***
I loved this book. My favorite lines: 1) She might not be sure of his motives, but there was something real, and painful, behind his decision. 2) “I’m a businessman, Ms. Mansfield. My life isn’t designed to include a child.” 3) She was officially in creeper territory now, but at two in the morning her objectivity was long gone. 4) Funny thing about logic, though. Sometimes it lacked conviction. 5) Principle and discipline be da**ed; he was tired of cold showers.
Rachel and Garrett were strangers who were forced to meet once Lily came into the picture. Lily was a cute little girl who was deaf. She was abandoned, so Rachel had to help her until she could find a home. Garrett was her uncle. I felt for all parties involved. Garrett and his mom had thought Lily had died alongside her mother. He led a busy life and didn’t have time for a child. I respected his decision, but at the same time, it would’ve been heartache if Lily was abandoned again. Rachel and Lily bonded, so Rachel agreed to move in with Garrett to a different state to help him raise Lily until he could get back on his feet.
Even though Garrett was selfish, I still liked him as a character. I thought his and Rachel’s back and forth was cute. The sarcasm was entertaining. I loved the suspense. There was something not quite right about Andy, a stranger from the park. Plus, who took photos of Rachel and Lily? Who had murdered Lily’s mom, Garrett’s sister?
The author had a brilliant talent with setting. I could touch, smell, hear, and feel everything as though I was there with the characters. The story had a very cute ending.
I loved this book. The opening scene really caught my attention. There was some foreshadowing that something was wrong with Jimmy. If only he had a ch...moreI loved this book. The opening scene really caught my attention. There was some foreshadowing that something was wrong with Jimmy. If only he had a chance to speak with Bee…The story was written in Bee’s first point-of-view. I liked getting inside of her head because she had suspicions about her brother’s death. Readers were part of finding out the mystery alongside Bee. The author did a great job with red herrings–I was really shocked with the ending!
My favorite line was: “I know he’s gone, but my mind plays tricks on me.” Or did it? Bee’s brother, Jimmy, haunted her. I felt really bad for the family as a whole. The dad was trying to stay in denial while the mom was really hurting. She was depressed and needed help. It was sad that Bee couldn’t go to anyone for support; those family scenes were full of drama and emotion. She tried her best friend, Ryan, but he was preoccupied with his new girlfriend. Bee finally broke down and discussed things with her guidance counselor.
Lisa M. Cronkhite has a brilliant talent with characterization. The people in her story were three-dimensional. Even though the story was written in first-person, I felt like I really got to know all the characters. The bullies–I really hated. The good guys–I really liked. Some people even surprised me. I had rooted for Bee and Ryan to start a relationship. But could she find someone better? Are the good guys really decent human beings? Or is something dark lurking inside of them? You’ll have to read to find out.
I loved this short story. Jilly and Peyton were best friends. They were supposed to go shopping at the mall, but Peyton was stuck at home babysitting...moreI loved this short story. Jilly and Peyton were best friends. They were supposed to go shopping at the mall, but Peyton was stuck at home babysitting her little sister. A blond guy stalked Jilly in the mall because she wasn’t interested in him. He was persistent trying to win her over because he loved the challenge. Jerk.
My favorite lines: 1) “You okay? You don’t talk much do you?” 2) A simple “hello” turned into a night she would never be able to erase from her mind.
As a reader, you get an eerie sense throughout the book. Something had happened in Jilly’s past, so you wonder what’s wrong with her. Traumatized? Crazy?
The twist at the end was great. I didn’t see it coming.
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I liked this book. The introduction was an overview of the hood as a poem, which was nicely...more***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***
I liked this book. The introduction was an overview of the hood as a poem, which was nicely rhymed. I have mad respect for the author. He managed to make the entire story sound like freestyle at a poetry reading. Not only did everything rhyme, but he managed to create colorful personalities and a plot to keep the story going.
The Bayou Classic followed Derek, Bingo, Skeeter, Stepper, Areille, Carissma, and Jasmine through their high school, college, and young adult years. Some graduated. Some ended up in jail. Some were in the drug business. And some manged to create successful businesses for themselves. I love drama, so my favorite sections involved Derek and Areille’s breakup.
Just to give you an idea how the rhythm flowed, here’s my favorite passages from the poem:
1) We could just help them take baby steps, start over as friends, sometimes when you think a story is about to end, it actually begins.
2) I’m already in love with one psycho. I certainly don’t need another.
3) You two have plenty of time to grow, so be careful how you touch, I know I said I like her, but I don’t like her that much!
4) That’s my future baby mama, she keeps me focused and balanced, my girl ain’t mean, she’s just socially challenged.
5) They were looking dead serious, like they was going through a crisis, how these n***** buying cars, and can’t even get a license?
Towards the end, the poem stalled for me–it seemed like everything was happy happy joy joy, especially when they were adults getting married. I wish there could have been some tension or conflict somewhere to balance out all that happiness. Plus, I didn’t like seeing the N-word. It seemed like the male characters used that a lot as a term of endearment. Like I said before, I really love drama, so the beginning really kept my attention when people’s parents were ending up in jail, the heart ache, etc.
If you love poems, I RECOMMEND this book to read.(less)
I loved this book. Cassie, a literary agent, met a creepy writer, Morgan, in the elevator after a writer’s conference. Later, he kidnapped her in the...moreI loved this book. Cassie, a literary agent, met a creepy writer, Morgan, in the elevator after a writer’s conference. Later, he kidnapped her in the suite room.
My favorite lines: 1) “Can I tell you a little about my book?” It was the dreaded words that Cassie had been praying wouldn’t slip from the stranger’s lips. 2) “I may have lost my freedom, but not my dignity.” 3) “It’s not horror. It’s instructional. Just keep reading.”
As a reader, I really respected Cassie. She could have given up when that lunatic broke into her room, but she was a fighter. She was a strong female in survivor mode. The author had a brilliant talent of slowly building up the suspense. I had chills down my spine from the psychological element. Crazy people exist in real life. What happened to Cassie could happen in real life. The author did great of keeping the terror going, just from conversation alone.
Eventually, the readers notice that Luke from the manuscript could possibly be Morgan. Luke was physically abused by his mom and was bit by a dog. Right away, I figured there was a twist to that. The more Cassie had to read the manuscript out loud, the more I knew Morgan was unhinged.
Bates Motel is one of my favorite TV shows, so I loved the shout-out. It added to the creepy factor.
This is one of the first books I’ve read by Micah Ackerman, and I’m definitely a fan.
I enjoyed this fast-paced book. It was very funny–the back and forth between brothers Randall and Josh. The story was written in Randall’s first perso...moreI enjoyed this fast-paced book. It was very funny–the back and forth between brothers Randall and Josh. The story was written in Randall’s first person point of view. I laughed all the way to the end because the dialogue was silly (in a good way. I could tell this book was meant as a comedy). Talon Konrath was great with characterization, the story never strayed from a scared little boy. It felt like a screenplay because there were a lot of 1 to 2 sentence paragraphs, usually emphasizing body language or dialogue. I could see it as a R.L. Stine production, which is funny because my mother bought this book, thinking it was a poster for a movie. She hates to read, but when she heard the word ‘zombie’, she had to give the book a shot.
My favorite lines: 1) I thought about the garden. What I saw. And I realized something that made my hands shake. Josh and I weren’t safe. 2) Be Nike. Just do it. 3) The silence mocked me. 4) Einstein sometimes wondered why he married her. Oh yeah. The big boobies.
I really found Randall, Josh, and the Grandma’s interactions entertaining. Josh was naive, thinking she wouldn’t hurt them, but Randall knew better. That’s why I couldn’t really get into the ending–Ralph and Einstein’s section of the book confused me. But overall, I enjoyed the book.
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I loved this book that was packed with adventure. Imagine being stuck in a computer game as a gra...more***I received a free copy in exchange for a review***
I loved this book that was packed with adventure. Imagine being stuck in a computer game as a gravatar. Not only that–but things aren’t quite as they seem. You thought the same rules applied, but after awhile, you discover there’s a computer virus that changes the game. Upping the stakes! This is what the three main characters Charlie, Martin, and Sharon went through.
They won the Hummel Corporation’s contest. Travianna was a popular computer game, so of course, the teens didn’t hesitate to be a part of the simulation. Their foreheads being taped with wires as their progress was monitored reminded me of The Matrix.
My favorite lines: 1) “Something in his eyes clicked, changed, went dark–and became evil.” 2) “It figured. Martin had the social skills of a donut hole.” 3) “Clearly, she liked me, and…I was a woman now.” 4) “He stopped in his tracks and his face held a mix of regret and acceptance.”
J.S. Frankel had an amazing talent with dialogue and overall tone of the story. Charlie’s first person point-of-view was used. I liked hearing his ups and downs, his fears and concerns as he tried to put on a brave face for his brother Martin and his crush Sharon. He was the only person who blacked out a couple of times in the game and was able to enter the real world. He had to hear the tragic news that the computer virus was making them sick. I couldn’t even imagine…The body language was great in painting the full picture.
The author was also great with description in the scenes. I enjoyed the tension between the teenagers, especially when danger approached. Martin couldn’t quite grasp that his brother was turned into a woman. He always had snarky comments, but later readers found out that he had a crush on Sharon. I enjoyed her feisty attitude. She didn’t take anyone’s bullcrap. I liked how Sharon and Charlie’s friendship developed slowly into something more. He was confused because in his mind he was still the same Charlie, but his physical appearance showed something different.
The ending was bittersweet. I felt for all parties involved. The Hummel’s were being investigated by the police for an accident, the parents were losing their children, and the children were trapped in the game. Can they make it out alive? You’ll have to read to find out.
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I enjoyed this book. The opening held my interest right away an...more***I received a free copy from Paranormal and Horror Lovers in exchange for a review***
I enjoyed this book. The opening held my interest right away and had me sitting on the edge of my seat. My mind raced with questions. Was Hillary the bad guy? Did Dr. Jake hurt her?
Hillary was considered dead by the public. They thought she was killed while resisting arrest in the woods. However, Dr. Morrison and Dr. Jake held her captive for military testing. When she escaped, Dr. Jake was afraid she would kill and torture his family.
My favorite lines: 1) The blame would be passed down the ranks. Shit always rolled downhill. 2) There they were…two ghosts, together again. 3) “So it’s true then,” she said angrily. “Your whore is on her way over.” 4) But he knew the truth. And the truth would set him free…
There was some headhopping and it almost seemed like every other word was an adverb. But, there was nothing distracting about the story. I will admit–I was a little confused by the ending. Did Hillary torture those people? Was she responsible? Or something else? This was the last book of the series. Maybe the first ones explained more.
Overall, this story had a great plot. I liked that Hillary met Miss Billie because she needed an ally to help escape/hide (Miss Billie had her suspicions but helped anyway). Dr. Jake and Detective Eliza were on the hunt for Hillary–both for different motives. I loved the tension and conflict in the story.