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.
Review: Would it surprise you to know that I have never read any Christopher Moore books before? I know of him as a writer, know his titles, but have yet to pick one up and read. So, this was my first foray into his satirical brand of humour. Unfortunately, it was not to my taste. Do not get me wrong, there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, but the book never really clicked for me. I was never hooked. I think it may be the mix of genres, the time-frame of the novel, and some of the unsympathetic characters. I was expecting something different than what I received.
With those negatives, I will say that I liked the main character, Sammy. I found him to be charming, I enjoyed his sarcasm, he was witty and he often found himself caught up in situations beyond his control. He was the reason I stuck the book out. He was a wreck with his inability to hold on to anything or anyone, and his quick thinking often turned an already terrible situation into an outright mess. I laughed every time he had to peel himself out of another spot of trouble.
Review: Another wondrous adventure starring Sadie, Finn and Nora. This time the three travel to Stormy Mountain, where a broken weather machine is causing tremendous storms and trouble.
My daughter and I loved the world building in this book. Stormy Mountain was so well crafted and the new characters were cute and quirky. The story kept us interested until the very end. Once again, the three adventurers set out to help their new friends, making sure to work together and use each others strengths.
Stormy Mountain and Dragon Island are wonderful books about friendship, facing your fears, learning new things, meeting new people and trusting in yourself. Sadie is not afraid to journey to new worlds, she loved meeting the locals, and she takes all that she has learned home with her, building herself into a stronger character.
Rating (out of five weather forecasts)
We were given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Originally published: May 21, 2018 Author: Jennifer Strain Artist: Chiara Civati Book Length: 104 Pages; ISBN: 1684016045 Publisher: Mascot Books Genres: Children's Book, Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic Acquired From: Jennifer Strain
Review: This novel is a heartbreaking example of the realities and pain of motherhood. The sacrifices and selflessness a mother will endure in order to assure a pleasant life for her children.
All the Ever Afters is the story of Cinderella, but told from the perspective of her "evil" step-mother, Agnes. As you can imagine, a lot of the fanciful elements are proven to be false and the relationship that existed between Lady Elfilda, Cinder-Ella, and Agnes was not as hostile as it would appear from court gossip.
There were a couple of different methods of story-telling used within this novel. The first is a journal written by Agnes about life within the Palace, attending the new Princess (Elfilda) with her daughters (Charlotte and Matilda). The other is a first person memoir of Agnes's life, from peasant to Lady Vis-de-Loup of Aviceford Manor.
Review: This novel was devastating. From the beginning of Winter Sisters there is a crushing weight of uneasiness that settles on the reader's shoulder and does not release until the final page.
In the winter of 1879, there is a blizzard that engulfs the burgeoning city of New York in chaos. Many lives are lost, and in the confusion two sisters, Emma and Claire, disappear without a trace. What is left of their family desperately searches for them, but with little hope.
This book brings to light the atrocities women and young girls faced in a time when they were expected to be docile, fragile and somewhat expendable. When they were little more than property. Women who spoke out, who were strong, who were independent or different were shunned, mistrusted, not listened to, and often mistreated. A lot of the themes in this novel could sadly be equated to injustices still being faced in today's society.
Review: Naiya is back in the second book from the Broken Moon series. After escaping the city, and Dr. Black, Naiya and her adopted brothers, Enoch and Pip, have been taken in by the underground community of Athens. Lead by Senator Aeschylus, Athens at first seems to be a sanctuary, but everything is not as it appears.
All our favourite characters have returned, including Dr. Black's rebellious daughter Tate and big, burly, savior Achilles. Along with some new additions, Sensei Poll and the shadow imp (of unknown origins, full of wit and sass and driving Naiya up the wall), the story unfolds quickly.
Naiya and Enoch continue their will-they-won't-they, the chemistry between them undeniable. While Tate fizzles in the background and Aiden is continuously shoved into Naiya's face as someone necessary and important to her mission. Both Tate and Aiden cause rifts.