Clayton Broome has spent years with people treating him as an outcast and dismissing him and his art, but now, he and his art are becoming something mClayton Broome has spent years with people treating him as an outcast and dismissing him and his art, but now, he and his art are becoming something more; something too awesome for most to behold.
Detective Gabriella "Gabi" Versado is just barely able to hold things together on the job at Detroit PD while her attention-starved daughter, Layla, seems to keep finding new outlets for her frustrations.
Layla sees the dark side of high school life in a way that her mother will never understand, and the other adults at school don't seem to understand either. All she wants is to be a good friend to Cas, a girl who transferred to her charter school and changed her name under mysterious circumstances, and a good cat mommy to NyanCat.
Jonathan "Jonno" Haim came to Detroit to get a fresh start after a bad relationship but has serious doubts about how that can happen in a place that is rotting from the inside out.
Who knew that a string of horrific murders could be just the thing to bring all of these people together and get them closer to the acceptance, or at least, visibility, they thought they wanted?
Lauren Beukes relies a bit more heavily on clichés for her chapter titles than one might prefer, but Broken Monsters still has plenty of good turns of phrase that I found myself highlighting as I read. There's also tons of juicy and disgusting stuff in here to keep the most bloodthirsty horror fan happy. It's like a little burrito of serial killer story and supernatural horror wrapped in a commentary on objective reality and perception. ...more
If you're a mystery/suspense buff and you are looking for something with a 100% original twist and that's the only reason you read this genre, this prIf you're a mystery/suspense buff and you are looking for something with a 100% original twist and that's the only reason you read this genre, this probably isn't the book for you. If you enjoy books with likeable characters and an interesting view into the psyches of the main characters, consider checking this one out.
At 13 years old, Julie Whitaker disappeared from her home in the middle of the night. The only witness was her younger sister, Jane, and she only caught a few glimpses through the cracked closet door. Her parents, Professor Anna Davalos and her husband cooperated with law enforcement, paid for billboards, and did all the right things, but they didn't hear anything about their missing daughter for years. Fast forward to one night, eight years later, and a young woman shows up at their front door; it's Julie. Initially, the family enjoys a happy reunion, but hairline cracks appear in the restored happy family picture. Anna can't deny that too many things remain unexplained, and when a private detective reaches out to ask a few questions about her daughter, the cracks spread further. How can someone reappear after 8 years? Could she even be the same person she was then? Was she ever that person? Inquiring minds will just need to read the book to find out....more
I found out about this book via Amazon's 10 Best Books of August 2016 and decided to give it a try for a couple of reasons: 1. my book blog is hurtingI found out about this book via Amazon's 10 Best Books of August 2016 and decided to give it a try for a couple of reasons: 1. my book blog is hurting for current reviews in the worst way and 2. it seemed to have enough intrigue for a great summer read. I am a huge fan of The Mosquito Coast and was hoping for something with a similar flavor since it seemed like the build-up was leading to creating a mini utopia only for things to go terribly wrong.
The Hammond Family, of Washington, DC, buys into a commune led by parenting expert, Scott Bean, in the hope of finally creating an ideal, toxin and bullying-free environment for their daughter, Tilly who is afflicted by some form of Aspergers. The story unfolds through the alternating viewpoints of Iris, Tilly's younger sister, Alexandra, their mother, and Tilly. As expected, this makes it difficult to determine how much is objectively true. What we know for sure is the family moves to Camp Harmony in New Hampshire to start a new life. They meet other families in a situation similar to theirs: they have a child that just doesn't seem to fit in anywhere, and Scott Bean was the first person to give them any sense of hope. Soon, they take guest families at the camp. Each group of guest campers offers some view into what continues to happen as life outside the camp passes them by, and reminds them of how much control Scott has over them in their little corner of New Hampshire. Eventually, the tensions created by these glimpses of the outside world lead the younger ones in the group to question if things really are better on the inside, and things heat up when it comes to Scott's attention that his view of the ideal community is about to be challenged.
Parkhurst tackles a very interesting idea here, and she does so with terrific attention to character and voice. I especially enjoyed the passages Tilly narrates. They're so delightfully surreal and provide just the right balance of tragic foreshadowing and doubt. This was one of those books that was almost impossible for me to put down. I kind of knew where the story was headed, but kept hoping for a different outcome because I was totally invested in the characters. It's definitely a good read....more
In the grim medieval times of knights and science faires, a designated villain who hasn't been able to assemShape shifting and Complicated Friendships
In the grim medieval times of knights and science faires, a designated villain who hasn't been able to assemble a reliable posse finds a trusted companion in a girl who offers steady friendship through an unsteady form. Nimona is filled with dragons, weird science, slapstick shenanigans and friendship drama. In short: adorable....more
I love the tips and guidelines in this field guide and I'm sure I will refer to it frequently as I continue my nesting project---Great for inspiration
I love the tips and guidelines in this field guide and I'm sure I will refer to it frequently as I continue my nesting project---I'm currently trying to make my home more homey and less cluttered. I'm particularly taken with her attention to texture, patina and feel as those are so important to me as well....more