I received an ecopy of this book via First To Read
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Stars. Aka: My I Don't Know How To Feel About This Rating
MY THOUGHTS This was aI received an ecopy of this book via First To Read
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Stars. Aka: My I Don't Know How To Feel About This Rating
MY THOUGHTS This was a very interesting read and even now, weeks after finishing it, I am finding a hard time collecting my thoughts.
The book centers around a young girl and her mother, who are homeless. They live within an abandoned mill which the girl sees as her own castle. She explores the Castle, building her own areas, drawing on the walls, and spying on the people from the roof. But she can't leave the Castle, or let anyone but the Caretaker see her, least the Authorities take her away. Now, the Authorities have come to the Castle, but not for her. They have come to take her Castle and with her Ma going back to her previous problems and a ghost maybe taking a tour of the Castle, the girl doesn't know what to do.
It took awhile to get into this book. Not only is the story a bit slow at first, but the writing style is a bit different. We occasionally get flashbacks immersed in the present and it takes some getting used to. Once I got used to it, I was deeply invested in the story. The story is terribly sad and it hurt my heart seeing her living lie this, especially since she is happy with this life and expects them to go back to Grandma soon. Part of what also invested me was to see how things connected together. The flashbacks go in sequential order, with the present story in between, so I was flipping through the pages to find out what made them live in the mill and I really wanted to see her get a happy ending.
One of the biggest factors of this book, though, was the ending. I did not expect that ending! Maybe I should have. There was a moment when I guessed something similar, but I did not guess correctly. I am torn about this book because of the twist. It's a great twist, but some things don't completely add up. Maybe if I reread the book it might make more sense, but I feel like there are a few things that aren't really clarified, so while the twist was interesting and surprising, it made me confused.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did like this book. Though, like is a weird description for how this book made me feel. This book hurt my heart and surprised the heck out of me, whilst making me deeply invested in the storyline. This is a really sad book, of course, so if you want a sad realistic story, with a twist, pick this one up. I think I will be picking up future books by this author....more
I really wish this book focused more on the ghost story. Instead, 2/3 of the book was about Courtney. Courtney is such an extreme stereotype, I couldnI really wish this book focused more on the ghost story. Instead, 2/3 of the book was about Courtney. Courtney is such an extreme stereotype, I couldn't see her as a real person. She's a cheerleader, has an eating disorder, has a band of followers, and is mean just because (by the way, Courtney's way of being mean was just immature and just plain annoying. Seemed more like how a mean girl in a middle school would act. If a teenage girl acted like that in a high school, I don't see how she would have a band of followers). She also said things that sounded like a television script, as in, no real person would actually say those words. I don't know how else to explain it. Frankly, Courtney just wasn't a believable character to me and since she was the focus of the book, it kind of ruined things.
I also had a hard time with the writing. This book is an example of when authors try to write teenagers in a believable voice but fail horribly. Things were purposely misspelled, there were very stupid slang words, and it was overall very annoying. Every time a character called Courtney a beeyatch, I wanted to throw the book across the room. You can say the word correctly, you're in high school, not middle school.
I did like the ghost story, but it was a very small portion of the book. We have hints of a Civil War solider throughout the book, but we don't actually have any real confrontation with the ghost until the last third. Also, fun fact, it takes Kendell a very long time to connect the dots.
So, the longer I type, the less I enjoy this book. Apparently, I was not a fan. I guess it comes down how unbelievable the characters and writing was. The ghost story was more believable. ...more
MY THOUGHTS I was kind of worried about this book at first. Not because of he creepiness, bThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I was kind of worried about this book at first. Not because of he creepiness, but because I watched the YouTube series and it was a disappointment. Thankfully, this book was much creepier (which I love).
Sunshine's mother just moved the both of them to a new town and a new house. The house is creepy and Sunshine is convinced that it's haunted. She's hearing noises, coming home to her stuff rearranged, and she's having dreams of a little girl. Her mom remains unconvinced despite all the proof and she's becoming more an more distant. Sunshine teams up with a fellow classmate in order to figure out the ghost situation.
First off, I love the plot. I'm a sucker for ghost stories and the creepier the better. This one definitely had the creep factor involved. There were enough ghosty shenanigans and the book just got darker and darker! I didn't like the luiseach thing, though. It added an unnecessary "chosen one" plot that I could've done without. I just wanted an old-fashioned haunting.
As for characters, I hate Sunshine's name. It's a fine nickname, but otherwise, horrible name. Anyway, she's an okay character. She annoyed be with her "I'm not like other girls" thing. Especially since she thinks she's different for shopping at Goodwill. Other than that, she's likable and a bit quirky. Nolan, a friend she makes, is a great supporting character. He's a bit nerdy, which I loved, and helped immensely.
As for romance, there really wasn't any, though there must be some in the coming books.
IN CONCLUSION I know it sounds like I'm complaining, but I did like this book. The ghost story is really what made the book and the ghost story was fantastically creepy! I will be looking into the other books when they come out....more
MY THOUGHTS I kind of picked this book on a whim. It looked creepy and it's by Holly Black,This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I kind of picked this book on a whim. It looked creepy and it's by Holly Black, so I decided to give it a try. I ended up with a very interesting MG book with a creepy plot (for MG) and an adventure.
Zach, Poppy, and Alice like to create stories by playing with their toys. The toys are ruled by a Queen, a creepy antique doll in a glass case. After Zach's are thrown away by his father, Zach tells the girls that he can't play anymore, without saying why. The girls, in an effort to convince him to play again, take the doll out of its case and then they begin to get dreams from a dead girl. According to Poppy, the doll is actually made of bones of a long-dead girl who wants her rest. The children need to bury the doll in her proper resting place, or else they will be cursed.
This book is both cute and creepy. Those two don't seem to go together, but it's how I see this book. The cuteness comes from the MG aspect. Despite the plot, this book has a large childlike factor to it. The friendships, the toys, and the childish sense of adventure are all included. I like MG books, and this is one of the reasons why. The plot, of course, is creepy. I mean, a doll made of "ground-up bones of a murdered girl"? That's pretty creepy. I loved this aspect, though, and I thought it was very interesting. This is going to sound strange, but I do kind of wish it was a bit creepier. I understand why it was downplayed, due to the ages of the characters and intended audience, but I love creepy books.
Zach is kind of the MC of this book. This book is third person, but we see into Zach's head. Zach really felt like a 12 year old (I think he's 12...). He's in that stage where he's growing up, but not really. I found it amusing that a lot of girls in his class seem to have crushes on him and he just doesn't notice and thinks the girls and just acting strange. Pure 12 year old. He's also still playing with toys, which brings me to something that I hated! ZACH'S DAD IS A JERK!! Not really a spoiler, since it's in the synopsis, but Zach's dad throws away Zach's toys because he thinks Zach needs to grow up. There is nothing wrong with playing with toys at Zach's age! Heck! Most kids that age do (At least I did when I was that age. *old woman voice* Nowadays, kids are always playing with those electronics!) So, I was very furious at that part! Also, I really wish Zach didn't lie to his friends about his toys. Instead of telling them what happened, he told them that he didn't want to play anymore, which made his friends think he was a jerk. I understand kind of why he didn't, but it kind of made me sad.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I liked this book. It's a great MG read with both cuteness and creepiness. It didn't strike a huge chord in me and it's a lot like other MG books I've read, which is why it didn't get a huge rating, but I really did enjoy reading this and recommend this to other fans of MG!...more
MY THOUGHTS This isn't a new premise for me. I love ghosty books and I've read many where aThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This isn't a new premise for me. I love ghosty books and I've read many where a main character moved to a new home and falls for a ghost. In fact, I've read a few that have also taken place in Scotland. Many of these books have a cheese factor to them, but this one actually takes on the plot very well and I found it very enjoyable!
Ivy's mom just remarried and her new stepfather is some kind of Scottish Lord, so they're whisked off to the Scottish countryside. Ivy doesn't know how to feel about it, but she wants her mom to be happy, though it's hard when her new grandmother seems to hate Ivy's guts. If only that were the worst of her problems. Ivy suspects that her knew home is haunted. Her stuff is floating everywhere and a voice keeps telling her get out. When she actually comes in contact with the ghost, Logan, she realizes that there's nothing to fear from hi and despite herself, she grows close. But there is something going on and Lucas may be involved, and both of them are in danger.
This book ultimately surprised me. I admit that I was expecting cheesiness. I already mentioned that many other ghosty YA romances are a bit too cheesy for my taste, but the cover and the synopsis didn't help. This book was not cheesy, it was actually very interesting and made a very interesting ghost story. It was much more complex than other paranormal romances. This sounds vague, but this book is a lot more than a ghosty love story!
As for characters, I felt like Ivy was a great MC. She wasn't whiny like some MCs and I overall liked her character. She has a definite personality and she's strong, in the more helpful way, not badass way like most MCs. She's also a musician, while I'm not a musician myself, I always like it when characters have a strong interest of talent. It makes them for more real. There were also a few side characters, like Emma, some of the castle staff, and others. I loved how these guys were on Ivy's side and were willing to help her and believe her.
As for romance, it's not insta-love, so don't look so fearful. The romance also is strong, but not entirely overpowering. Granted, I didn't particularly want Ivy to fall for Logan, because falling for a ghost is pretty much a doomed relationship, but it was okay. First of all, I actually kind of liked Logan. He was actually a pretty nice guy and he really cared for Ivy
IN CONCLUSION I keep saying good things about this book, so you might be wondering "Why the low rating?" Well, to me, this is not a low rating. I liked this book, I enjoyed this book. It was an oddly fun ghosty mystery and I quickly breezed through! If you want to read a quick, but good, YA paranormal, this is a great book to pick up!...more
I have a really weird relationship with this series. I don't particularity like the characters. Arelia isn't bad, but she does bother me sometimes. OtI have a really weird relationship with this series. I don't particularity like the characters. Arelia isn't bad, but she does bother me sometimes. Other characters just don't strike a chord in me. Throughout most of the book I just felt disjointed from everything, I don't even know why. Is it because things were going so fast? The writing? What? I really don't know. Despite my troubles with the books in this series, I keep coming back, wanting to know more. Mostly, it's because the story is always so interesting and complicated and I feel like it's growing more so as the series continues. I like this about this series, by the way, it keeps me surprised. Also, I must admit, that with each book, I find out more an more until the twisty end, in which there's a cliffy. Yep, I'm definitely reading book 4....more
MY THOUGHTS The last book ended with a kiss between Suze and Jesse (YES!), but now Suze doesThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS The last book ended with a kiss between Suze and Jesse (YES!), but now Suze doesn't know where they stand. Are they dating? How can they even date? And after that kiss, Jesses has been keeping himself distant, so much so that Suze is questioning is he sees the kiss as a mistake. To make matters worse, Paul enrolled in Suze's school and he's intent on dating Suze and wants to teach her what it truly means to be a meditator. Though, Suze just can't trust him.
This book mainly focuses on Paul, a character who was introduced in the last book. Paul is a really untrustworthy guy. I mean, he almost killed Suze and tried to get rid of Jesse in the last book, so it's understandable that Suze doesn't trust him. But the fact that he's in her school now makes it hard for Suze to avoid him. The thing about Paul is that I can't decide whether I hate him or kind of like him. He's a very interesting character and his addition to the series really brings a lot and shows that the series is going somewhere interesting. There are times when I begin to like him, but he also has a very warped mind so..
I was a bit disappointed about the romance, though, because I ship Suze and Jesse so much. A majority of this book is spent with them still not in a relationship and they're even further distanced than the beginning of the series, so I was a bit unhappy by this.
IN CONCLUSION This was a great addition to the series, but a lot of this book was leading into the next book. I am very curious about the addition of Paul and where this series is going!...more
MY THOUGHTS This is definitely my favorite of the series!
Suze's stepfather and stepbrothers are digging in the backyard for a new hot tub and find an old box of letters from Maria de Silva to Hector de Silva (Jesse). Maria de Silva happens to be the cousin that Jesse was supposed to marry, before he died and Maria ran off with a sketchy guy named Diego. Later, Suze wakes up to Maria with a knife at her throat, threatening Suze to basically harm her and her family if she doesn't destroy the letters and stop her family from digging. Suze, of course, ignores this and decides to find out more from the letters and wants to learn more about Jesse's life. She ends up going deeper than she realized and questions if she will lose Jesse forever.
Really, I am reading this series solely for Suze and Jesse. I hardcore ship them. This is why I like this book the most in this series, the fact that we finally get to know more about Jesse! This book is ENTIRELY about Jesse and I loved that! Though, so much happened in this book!
This series is very fun and mostly light-hearted, but I must say, this book is true to the title and is the darkest of the bunch! Like I said, so much happened, and this book was very action-packed! I'm being all vague and rambly, but there are so many things I want to talk about, but can't because of spoilers! Let me say that I loved how all of the things just brought up more and more things that, really, made me feel like the series is going somewhere!
Also, I very much liked the end! Not just the last few lines, but I really liked the last few chapters. It was very interesting and different from the other books. It also made me feel things.
IN CONCLUSION I probably win the award for 'vaguest review', but I really want you guys to be surprised! We learn so much in this book and so much happens! This is my favorite so far and I can't wait to read the next book! Let the shipping commence!...more
MY THOUGHTS This is a very fun series and I very much enjoy reading them! These books are beThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This is a very fun series and I very much enjoy reading them! These books are beginning to get darker, but they still have the light-hearted moments.
At the store on day, Suze sees four ghosts of teenagers. It turns out that they were the RLS Angels, the most popular kids of RLS and died in a terrible accident the previous weekend. When the Angels keep trying to kill one of her classmates, the class geek by the name of Michael, Suze has to get close to Michael. As it turns out, Michael was the other driver in the accident and came out unscaved and the Angels want revenge, but what really happened that night?
Each book in this series focuses on a different ghostly encounter, which I very much like. The whole idea of a girl seeing ghosts isn't really something I haven't seen before, but I still like these books. The whole outlook in this series is more light-hearted, more for younger audiences, which is refreshing. Though, the mysteries in this books are getting more and more dark and I actually really like that!
I did like the mystery in this book involving the Angels. It was a bit predictable, at points, but I did like trying to figure it all out!
As for romance, there isn't really any *frowns* But, ship ship ship ship SHIP! I admit, that my favorite part of this series is just shipping Suze and Jesse. Though, there is some more development with them, so there's that.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, a great addition to the series! I am definitely planning on reading more, in fact, I just finished reading the next book! If you want a fun, ghostly series, this is a great series to read!...more
MY THOUGHTS After the events in the first book, Mary Hades has moved backThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5
MY THOUGHTS After the events in the first book, Mary Hades has moved back home with her family only to have the bombshell dropped on her that the are essentially switching homes with another woman who wishes to live closer to the city. Their new home now rests out in the outskirts in a very large, old, and beautiful. A home with a history that no one will tell them. The previous owner is very jumpy, no one ever wants to come to their new home, and their odd new neighbor skirts around all questions. Mary knows something is wrong with the house, but cannot sense any ghosts. It's only her mom's strange behavior and a young girl's diary from long ago that she can begin connecting the dots.
What's interesting about this series is that each book focuses on another ghosty story and I actually very much enjoy that. It's recommended to read Mary Hades and even My Daylight Monsters, the prequel, will help you understand things, but you won't be entirely confused without the stories within them.
This book was very short and felt more like a novella than a full book. I felt like half this book was Mary and half this book was Liz, the girl from the 1800s. I thought that this was very interesting, that we got to see how the house affected the past and how it was affecting the present. I felt like a lot more was happening in Liz's parts, but the Mary timeline picks up the pace near the end. It was also interesting how history seemed to repeat itself.
As for the book itself, I wish I could've gotten more information, as I'm still confused about the house, but overall this was very frightening and dark. It brought up some very unexpected things as well. I felt like one of the strongest things in this book, though, was probably Mary and her mom's relationship. It goes through hardships in this book, but I really think it grows stronger.
For some reason, I just didn't enjoy it as much as book 1. This ghost story did have very scary aspects, but this book was very short and so it did feel a bit rushed to me.
As for romance, THERE IS NONE! Hurray! What I liked about this is the fact that it proves that you can still have a great book without the romance!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a very creepy ghost story and it was told in a very unique manner, I just didn't enjoy it as much as book 1 (though this is still a great book!). This book is very short, around 170 pages, and very gripping, so you will get through this book very quickly! I very much like how each book has it's own ghost story while still having the same basic cast of characters! I am excited to see what creepiness will come next!...more
AFTER READING MY THOUGHTS I read an ARC copy of The Madness Underneath back in late 2012. Imagine the pain when I finished that book and came across oAFTER READING MY THOUGHTS I read an ARC copy of The Madness Underneath back in late 2012. Imagine the pain when I finished that book and came across one of the worst cliffhangers! Of course, it became even worse when the next book, this book, didn't come out until 2015. That felt like ages away to me! I was insanely happy to be able to finally pick up this book and get my answers!
This book takes place right after The Madness Underneath left off. Stephen has been pronounced dead and the entire team is searching everywhere for his ghost. Though, at the same time, they are trying to search for Charlotte, Rory's classmate, who has been kidnapped by Jane. Then, they begin to uncover secrets about a cult from forty years ago that included the disappearance and possible murder of many, and Jane was involved. The group has to find Stephen, Charlotte, and figure out what Jane is planning.
This book is definitely my favorite so far! I had issues in the beginning, as I realized that I really didn't remember anything about the previous book. I can vividly recall the ending, but other than that? Nope. Thankfully, I wasn't confused very long and a recap of the previous events was sprinkled in to help me!
The main reason why I love this book so much more than the others is probably because I felt like everything was finally becoming together! Also, so much happens in this book! I'm sorry if I'm being vague about this, but I really don't know how to explain everything that happens without spoiling things! But the entire book was very fast-paced and full of so many surprising!
As far as romance, there isn't much romance in this book, which isn't surprising. I kind of wish there was kissing, which is odd considering I usually think the opposite, but I actually was kind of disappointed by this. Oh well!
As for the ending, there is no horrible horrible cliffhanger! There is a bit of 'I need to know more!', but there is no cliffhanger like the last one! Yay!
IN CONCLUSION I am so happy that I finally got a chance to read this and it has turned out to be my favorite in the series! This book was full of so many twists and it was so fast-paced, I really can't wait for the next book!
BEFORE READING There is only one downside to reading ARCs... You have to wait even longer for the next book.