Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review : Where she Went



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Where She Went
Gayle Forman
 Dutton Juvenile
 
 
From Goodreads: It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
 
 
 
My Review :   I Loved this book just as much as the first. When I saw this book looking at me in the store I knew I had to own it. I loved everything about this story. How it picked the story up three years later was wonderful and made the feeling more compelling. I felt for Adam in this book so much his confusion over what happened I shared.  The ending was perfect and my heart sung with joy the perfect ending for these two amazing characters. Again I will read anything Gayle Forman writes even if it is a manual of instructions because her writing is amazing





Review: Breathe




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Breathe
Elena Dillon
 
 
From Good reads: Jasmine's life wasn't normal for a 16 year old girl. It hadn't been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught. That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over. Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn't bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity. In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn't keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily...or not.
 
 
My Review :  I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review

      This was a very good book. The character development was very detailed and back stories for Jasmine and her family where interesting and complete. This was a lovely story young love and dark danger that come together in a spine tingling story. This was a fast and compelling read with the action really picking up in the last three chapters that make you hold your breath. 
 
 
 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review : I Am Not a Serial Killer




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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






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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




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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





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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



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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.