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“Every war has turning points and every person too.”Review:
Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.
As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.
A riveting and astonishing story.
Wow. You know those books where you start reading it expecting one thing, and then you finish it an it's completely different than what you thought? This is totally one of those books.Jane
Absolutely incredible. I have nothing but good things to say about this book. The story? Riveting. The characters? Well-developed and very real. The writing style? There was clearly a lot of thought put into this unique writing, and while the unsuspecting reader may think it's sloppy and confusing, there is a reason for every choice the author made while writing this book. If you're not expecting it, the writing can take a little bit of getting used to, but it truly is the most artistic form of writing I've seen in awhile.
While some might find issues in this book, I personally thought that the romance, while not as "acceptable" as it should be, was very true and very well thought out. I also found the imagery in this book to be spectacular and incredibly cinematic.
I'd HIGHLY recommend this book to all young adults and adults looking for a well-written imaginative read.
In Everyday Psychokillers spectacular violence is the idiom of everyday life, a lurid extravaganza in which all those around the narrator seem vicarious participants. And at its center are the interchangeable young girls, thrilling to know themselves the object of so much desire and terror.Review:
The narrative interweaves history, myth, rumor, and news with the experiences of a young girl living in the flatness of South Florida. Like Grace Paley's narrators, she is pensive and eager, hungry for experience but restrained. Into the sphere of her regard come a Ted Bundy reject, the God Osiris, a Caribbean slave turned pirate, a circus performer living in a box, broken horses, a Seminole chief in a swamp, and a murderous babysitter. What these preposterously commonplace figures all know is that murder is identity: "Of course what matters really is the psychokiller, what he's done, what he threatens to do. Of course to be the lucky one you have to be abducted in the first place. Without him, you wouldn't exist."
Everyday Psychokillers reaches to the edge of the psychoanalytical and jolts the reader back to daily life. The reader becomes the killer, the watcher, the person on the verge, hiding behind an everyday face.
For required reading, this book was actually extremely entertaining, and not at all what I was expecting. The title "Everyday Psychokillers" is a perfect title, but it also made me think the book was going to be much more creepy than it actually was. The basic idea is this: everyone has the potential of being a psychokiller.Jane
That sounds pretty presumptuous, but after reading the book I have been oddly enlightened. Corin did an excellent job combining myths and little anecdotal stories to create a book that explores the idea of the everyday person as a psychokiller. The stories included were all interesting and thought provoking, and the imagery was incredible.
I'm not sure who I would recommend this book to, but I know that if there are definitely some interesting ideas and concepts brought up in the book. If you're feeling inclined enough to read it, I'd say go for it.
Five years have passed since Angie Favorite’s mother, Laura, disappeared without a trace, and Angie still hasn’t recovered. Sure, things look normal on the surface—she goes to school, works her summer job, and argues with her older brother Jason—but she can’t shake the feeling that Laura didn’t leave by choice. Angie’s dad does the best he can, but his work as a musician keeps him on the road and away from home, where it’s up to Angie’s grandmother to keep an eye on the kids. She can’t be with them all the time, though, and she can’t help Angie when she is snatched from a mall parking lot by Scott Bittner. The girl narrowly escapes, and Bittner is arrested, but he takes his life in jail before he can offer an explanation for his crime. When his mother contacts Angie, begging forgiveness on her son’s behalf, the girl agrees to meet with her in hopes of finding answers to the seemingly random attack. But when she arrives at the massive Bittner estate, she is overcome by an unshakeable sense of foreboding…Review:
Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, Favorite is an engrossing young adult novel in which nothing—and no one—is as it seems.
This book was an extremely quick read, and on top of that I was also extremely anxious to finish and figure out everything that was happening.Jane
While Favorite was a suspenseful read, I can't say that there is anything entirely wonderful about it. The story itself was interesting, but it also seemed a little bit out there and so it was hard to think of it as a realistic event. The one thing that I can say is that it stuck in my mind: the night after finishing this book I had a dream that was very clearly influenced by the events, and it was actually kind of freaky and so I can definitely say the book had a chill factor.
Overall, I can see that Karen McQuestion has talent as a writer. In case you're unfamiliar with her, she self-published for Kindle, and now she's got a contract with AmazonEncore and so her books are being published in print. I'm very glad that she has this amazing opportunity, and I also believe she deserves it. However, I didn't enjoy Favorite as much as I thought I would, but I am looking forward to reading Life On Hold. It seems to be a book that I would really enjoy.
But don't let my review of Favorite turn you off... it really is a good book, just not exactly my cup of tea.
Seth Salvadore-Knight knew that his family wasn't exactly "normal," but he didn't think his life was really all that different from other seventeen-year-olds'. There were no unusual difficulties in his life, just the average problems all teenagers experienced. That was, until he and his family moved to the town of Madison. Almost instantly the hatred began to show, through violent attacks against him, his family, and his friends. It is this violence, this hatred, that will forever change his life and the lives of those closest to him.Review:
This book was much better than I was expecting! The summary, being very vague, didn't give me much to go on, but I took a leap of faith and decided to give it a try. And I'm really glad I did.Jane
The Angel had me hooked from the beginning: I have read LGBT books, but this book takes it to a whole new level. Seth's parents are a gay married couple who adopted him when he was a baby. Seth, being straight, still has to deal with the harassment and prejudice that comes with having gay dads. When he comes to a new school, in a new town, he learns just how prejudiced people can be.
This book (or, more specifically, the main character) was so sweet, almost to the point of being painful. Seth has so much love for his parents, his sister, his friends... I found myself completely rooting for him through his struggles. It's upsetting to know that people like Brian Archer (the antagonist of this story) exist. In fact, the crazy things that Brian does seem almost unbelievable. However, I know that hate crimes happen more often than people would like to admit. This book is exploring the very dark side of prejudice, and it's definitely something that should be taken seriously.
While there were a few minor spelling and grammar mistakes, I was able to overlook them because the story had me so intrigued. There are a few self-published novels that I almost regret accepting for review, but The Angel stands above those. Nastasha LaBrake is clearly passionate about the subject, passionate about writing, and I know that she has the potential to go far with her writing.
The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogyReview:
Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.
Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
Oh, my. How do I even begin to write this review?Jane
Personally, I find it hard to write reviews for books in a series, simply because I feel like I'm expressing the same opinion over and over again. While this wasn't the case between the first book and the second book (if you recall, I enjoyed the second one much more than the first), it is true when comparing the second and third installment. Picking up right where The Girl Who Played With Fire left off, I found myself completely riveted from beginning to end. I can't really describe what draws me into these books... maybe the characters? Lisbeth, of course, who is the driving force. And then Mikael, of course, who helps her on the way. And add to that a huge government conspiracy theory and I'm sold.
That being said, I'm not going to ramble too much. This series is really good for mature readers (adults, mostly, but being a mature teenager I'd also recommend it to others like myself). Highly recommend this series.