Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review : I Am Not a Serial Killer

I Am Not A Serial Killer
Dan Wells
Tor Books
From Goodreads: John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation. Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat---and to appreciate what that difference means. Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.
My Review: Okay from the title I was really looking forward to reading this book. I must admit I bought this book for the title and did not even read the synopsis. So I started reading with just the title in mind. I was looking forward to a dark and twisted tale about a boy's struggle to overcome his inner demons.  I got that and so much more I was not prepared for the paranormal aspects of this book,  but I loved it.  Dan Wells wrote such an engrossing book that you have to keep reading till the end. I was not dissatisfied that this story took me too a different direction than I thought it was going to take. I am happy I went for the ride.


Review : Stiltskin

Andrew Buckley
Curiosity Quills Press
From Goodreads: What would you do if you found an evil dwarf in your bathtub?

In Robert Darkly’s case you scream like a girl… and then you get taken on a journey to an entirely different world living just on the other side of our own reality; a world where fairy tales are real but not in the way we’ve come to expect them.

The aforementioned dwarf, Rumpelstiltskin, has escaped the Tower prison of Thiside determined to finish the sinister plot he started so many years ago.

Robert Darkly, oblivious that he is the son of the Mad Hatter, must partner with the mysterious ‘Agency’ to pursue Rumpelstiltskin across our world and the world of Thiside and uncover the treacherous secret that threatens to throw both realities into eternal chaos.
My Review: I was given this book to review by Netgalley and The Publishers. I would like to thank both of them.
This book was great. I loved the way Andrew Buckley wove this world with the fairy tale world and created a wonderfully inventive world that makes a unique landscape for this wild ride and fun adventure. The reader is transported to a world that is different than the one we have learned about in fairy tales a darker and dangerous world . This book takes some crazy twists and turns to make this a fast paced and fun read that keeps the reader intrigued and reading. I for one need a sequal to this book Please and Fast. I want to go back to Thiside.


Review: Darkridge Hall

Darkridge Hall
Michael K. Rose
From Goodreads: An evil lurks in the depths of Darkridge Hall, and Andy, a new student at Kransten Academy, is about to meet it face to face.

When threatening, shadowy figures appear outside his dorm room window, Andy decides to solve the mystery of just who or what they are. But those same shadows may be responsible for the strange deaths that have been occurring in the town of Bethlehem, Maine over the past several decades.

As Andy, his teacher Mark Harris and police chief Charles Buck struggle to put the pieces together, they soon realize that the answer may come too late for them to stop the malevolent power behind it all.
My Review:  I recieved and ARC of this book from Netgalley and the Publisher. I would like to thank them.
   I think I should have waited till Oct. to add this to my Holloween Reads because it was dark and scary and made me read it strait throught. Wonderfully inventive with the plot and creepy. I had chills reading this spine tingler and jumping at shadows. This book is the perfect kind to introduce young readers to the genere of horror.( If read in the daytime.)  I also loved the story line taking from Egyptian history. Made me interested in it.  

Review : If I Stay

If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Publisher : Speak
From Goodreads : On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.
My Review:  This book blew me away. I loved this book. The first book by Gayle Forman I ever read but I can tell you it will not be the last. So touching and moving. I laughed ,I cried, I felt all the emotions while reading this amazing novel then I found out there is a sequal and I ran out to buy it. This book was so touching and moving I am going to start the next one right now. Gayle Forman has a fan for life now. I hope she never stops writting. I am also going to buy more of her book. This is one thing I love about blogging. I discover new authors that I never would have picked up before .  If you want a book that make you feel all the emotions on the scale and makes you cheer for the ending, this is it. I was so happy to find the story continues and I look forward to finishing that too .

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: The Demon Notebook

The Demon Notebook
Erika Megann
 Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
From Goodreads:
For Grace and her four best friends, magic is just harmless fun—until it's not...

Things have gone wrong for Grace, Jenny, Rachel, Adie, and Una. Very wrong. A freak snowstorm stranded the whole school, the history teacher's gone bonkers, and their notebook has taken on a diabolical life of its own, bringing all of their previously failed spells to life. At first the girls are thrilled to see their magic finally working.

But the spells are botched and people might get hurt and Una's not acting quite right...

Can the girls stop the madness before the demon notebook works through their list of spells, slowly creeping towards the last, truly awful spell that they didn't really want to happen?

My Review:   I would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review.

    I enjoyed this book about friendship and witchcraft. Delightful adventure and fantasy that is never too dark or scary, This story highlites good friendships with long lasting bonds in a positive way. The story is fast paced but never loses any of its charm. I was pulled in right from the begining and did not stop reading.

    I would recommend this book for middle graders who want to be intoduced to a spooky and dark story with an interesting storyline and good friends.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: The Other Lamb

The Other Lamb
Katie Young
 Curiosity Quills Press
Published August 28th 2014
Incarcerated on Earth as punishment for breeding with humans, the Watchers found a way to escape. Zach is living proof of that…even though someone has cut out his heart.

When Zach turns eighteen he develops an insatiable thirst for blood, but he tries to bury his fears and go on enjoying his birthday. His best friend Kim has scored them tickets to the hottest gig in town. But a charged encounter with his idol, the enigmatic rock star known as Grigory, leads to a revelation that shatters everything Zach thinks he knows about himself and the world, and places everyone dear to him in grave danger.
Zach is a Naphil, the forbidden offspring of a mortal woman and a Watcher. When those who seek to destroy him snatch Kim, Zach is forced to embark on a journey of discovery spanning continents and ages. With the help of a mysterious stranger named Sam, Zach must unearth the truth about his parentage, find Kim, and discover who has stolen his heart…before he triggers the apocalypse.
My Review :  Wow what a book. I now look at fallen angles in a whole new light and it is a eye opener. This book grabs you and does not let go till the last page. Filled with interesting revolations that keep you reading and holding your breath till the next one . I was a little surprised by the graphic sex and violence being that it is a young adult book I believe it is more of a new adult book. I may continue the series but my daughter will have to wait another year before I let her read this. My son on the other hand is loving this book right now (He is 18)

Review : The Dirt Diary

The Dirt Diary
Anna Staniszewski
 Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
From Goodreads: WANTED: Maid for the most popular kids in 8th grade.

Cleaning up after the in-crowd gets Rachel all the best dirt.

Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mother's new cleaning business. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation.

But Rachel picks up more than smell socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide if she's willing to get her hands dirty....
My Review:  I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review
 I really enjoyed this book. This book deals with being an outsider to the cool kids. Crushes. Family Issues. This book is a great read for anyone with those problems. We all had thoese problems in 8Th grade. Delightful tale and Rachel is such a great character. She seems to leap off the pages and you are soon invested in her life. You want to help and root for her. Wether it is her baking skills, her struggles with a mother and father that just separated, or her crush and his evil girlfriend, you do want everything to work for her, and help her overcome the issues.
   Anna Staniszewski writting is wonderfully descriptive and flows so well you will finish this book and want more. I know I do. First book the trilogy and I am starting the second book soon. I was interested in the description but I am finishing the series for the love of the story.