Review: Once again, Susanna Kearsley deftly weaves a story connecting past and present. Her vivid imagery and poetic words immerse the reader in 1759, specifically Long Island (while still the North American colonies) while the Seven Year's War is drawing to an end. Two French lieutenants, captured by the British, are billeted in the Wilde family home.
After the recent loss of the matriarch of the Wilde house, the family is in turmoil. The older brother has returned after surviving a horrific battle with the French, his mind fractured. The younger brother is searching for adventure, to make a name for himself (and in the future he is the famous brother that the museum is being erected for). While the sister, Lydia, the only daughter, is the only force still holding this fragile family together.
Review: It has been a while since a book has affected me so deeply. Ernshaw's storytelling is captivating, intense and heartbreaking.
The novel begins with a tale of three sisters (Marguerite, Aurora and Hazel Swan), outsiders, arriving in a small harbour community (Sparrow, Oregon). Due to their independence, differences, sex appeal and magnetism, the town declares them witches and drowns them in the sea.
There is a switch to the present, where the same harbour community has experience two centuries of drownings that occur yearly, around the summer solstice. The curse returns each summer, in the form of the three Swan sisters taking control of three young women and using them to seek revenge, by drowning young men in the waters of Sparrow harbour. Claiming the lives of the sons, or ancestors, of those who so callously took their lives.
Review: What a trippy novel. So different from the usual detective novel. First off, our detective Daniel Hawthorne is completely unlikable, a hard man who knows he is always right, but gives nothing to anyone. Not only that, but the author (Anthony Horowitz) has immersed himself in the novel as the narrator/bumbling sidekick who makes several mistakes due to trying to out think Hawthorne. The two quip and banter, while coming to form a mutual respect and sort of unbreakable bond.
Written as though a true crime novel, with real life occurrences and characters. This novel continuously makes the reader question reality versus fiction. A gripping story of a woman murdered after arranging her own funeral. From there, we follow Horowitz around London, chasing after a story years in the past about a crash that killed one young boy and caused severe brain damage in his twin.
Review: Dark, ominous, perfectly gloomy. Pete Katz has captured the atmosphere of Edgar Allan Poe's dark works through the medium of a graphic novel! With muted colours, dark tones, a uniform font, everything comes together to impress a sense of foreboding and doom within the reader.
From the first, The Raven pulls the reader in, with grotesque and subtly disturbing images. The Raven, the bird, is overpowering, overwhelming, encompassing the pages with its insistent presence. It feels suffocating, claustrophobic and we, as readers, can relate to the plight of the poems haunted protagonist.
There is red splashed throughout the pages of each tale. A colour to tie each tale together, a thread to express blood, fear, pain, hurt, and terror. The red lurks, invades, whispers itself into being. It can be soft, seemingly soothing, only to bare its teeth and bite. As especially seen in The Masque of the Red Death (TMOTRD).
Review: Rags is a rustler; she steals from the Kingdom Corps, ruled by the tyrannical Hyperion, to provide for the poor and downtrodden frontier town of Rondo. Rondo refuses to bow down to the oppression of Hyperion, so they are cast out of the trade lines in a time of perpetual winter.
This world is fantastically imagined, a post-apocalyptic world, a frozen tundra wasteland created by a catastrophe at Yellowstone. Such a vibrant world, full of intrigue, danger and western culture.
Rags has a hidden past, an escaped crops child who was taken in by Tracker, the main rustler for Rondo. In the Kingdom, people are marked to identify their station and role within the society, a crop child is within the lowest form of slavery.
Review: This was a gripping, gut wrenching, page turner of a book. From the moment we follow Wyatt Smith into his cattle pasture and come face-to-face with a 'demon' (a preteen girl eating a cow raw), the momentum of the novel is set at full throttle until the final page. Wyatt, having lost four of his steer, including the only bull, to this ghostly apparition of a girl, decides to make chase. He means to somehow regain the lost income that spells the end of the family ranch. A ranch he cannot lose, where he and his twin, Lucy live a secluded life, full of pain and secrets.
It is a gritty read, you can feel the dirt and muck and blood coating your fingers as you turn each page. From the Box Elder region of Utah, with its forests and unforgiving terrain, to the vast expanse of desert filled with mesas and heat. The novel draws the reader in to this fast-paced, finger on the trigger, nail biter of a story. It is claustrophobic and horrific, with beautiful writing and memorable characters.
Review: Peyton is back fighting ghosts and learning to harness her powers, while also staying on the path of sobriety. She has landed a part-time job at her best friends office, as an office assistant to two lawyers. It is there she overhears about a possible haunting. Desperately bored with the mundane life of an office working, Peyton steps into something that could lead to losing her place in the working world but gaining the freedom to be herself. She also pushes her friend Olivia into the dating world.
I like Peyton, she is always so unsure of herself, but she battles everyday to do better, be better and stay alcohol free. It's such an interesting perspective, outside of my own experiences, but Alice J. Black draws you in to Peyton's world, her fears, self doubt, desperation, all the reasons she fell in to alcohol and all of the reasons she needs to stay away from the drink.
Review: I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. Right from the beginning I was sucked into the suspense of the novel. The ominous, eerie atmosphere envelopes the reader from the moment Harry began his story.
All the Beautiful Lies begins with Harry coming home for his father's funeral, and then stays to help his step-mother with his father's book business. However, nothing is really as it seems. We traverse between the present (Now) with Harry coming to terms with his father's mysterious death and past (Then) learning the story of Alice, Harry's step-mother (who is not much older than him).
Harry is a very sympathetic character, and his anger, confusion and grief is believable and raw. His rationale for trying to find out the truth is well explained and gels well with his character, his closeness to his father, and his inexplicable sexual attraction to Alice.
Review: These graphic novels focus on Poe Dameron, the best damn pilot in the Universe, just before the events of The Force Awakens. He is sent by General Leia Organa to find Lor San Tekka, who may have a map to the whereabouts of Master Jedi, Luke Skywalker. The First Order is on the rise, but the New Republic believes they are not a threat, only a few resistance fighters believe they could become the new Empire.
This is a great graphic novel, which gives insight into the resistance before we meet Finn and Rey. How they work, their base, and their people. We also have more time to become acquainted with everyone's new favourite, hot-headed pilot. Poe is a go-getter, a fighter, a take-no-nonsense, smooth talking, fighter pilot. He seems to only take orders from General Organa, and even then he blurrs the lines of commands. He is arrogant, cocky, and good with a blaster. Even as a reader, you cannot help but fall for his charm and charisma.
Review: This novel was very edgy and atmospheric. From the beginning, the reader feels the itch of something being off, not quite right about Summertime. From the large, unruly and overbearing Sheriff, to the dilapidated houses and miscreant kids. There is an underbelly, a hidden darkness that resides within the woods and the whispers of the town folk.
Tommy Walker, and his five year old sister Isabella (Izzy), are taken in by their Uncle, Holden, when their mother is arrested for drug possession. They are relocated from their home and friends, in Chicago, to a small, eerie town called Summertime in Indiana. Immediately, the teenaged Tommy makes friends with his neighbour Finn and two younger girls, Silence and Annie. Finn's stepfather is the overbearing Sheriff (known as Polar Bear), and he is anything but pleasant.