Spirit-speaker. Death Seer.
To preserve her sanity, Jemma lives her lie—that she is normal. As a child, her psychic gifts cost her everything. So when she foresees a woman’s murder, she does nothing to prevent it and unwittingly helps a serial killer get away with another murder.
Guilt-ridden, she reports the crime only to find herself thrown into a world she didn’t know existed. Coerced into working with the police, battling to keep herself alive and dealing with newfound emotions, Jemma is forced to use the gifts she sees as a curse, to save the lives of others.
I would like to say thank you to Random house publishing group for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher Molly Nicoll becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to Molly, a middle school tragedy in which they were all complicit continues to reverberate for her kids: Nick, the brilliant scam artist; Emma, the gifted dancer and party girl; Dave, the B student who strives to meet his parents expectations; Calista, the hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own. Theirs is a world in which every action may become public postable, shareable, indelible. With the rare talent that transforms teenage dramas into compelling and urgent fiction, Lindsey Lee Johnson makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with the sorrow, passion, and beauty of life in any time, and at any age.
The story is told through different perspectives of different people. These are people you are most likely to walk into at a school. The prom queen, the bully, the outcast, and the teacher. You walk through all the different footsteps and take a look through the different pairs of eyes but it tells one story. At first it looks as if it is just short stories taken from each character but as you continue you realise how all the different walks leads to one path.
A metaphor for this book:
I compare this book to flash cards. I remember as a kid the teacher would take new words and have one word on a white flash card. The whole class would read the word in a chorus. Even though it was one word it meant something different to everybody in that moment. When read out loud it was being pronounced differently by each child and it was being processed by the brain in a unique way. That’s what I feel this book achieved. It shows you everyday lives but shows different shadows in each character. It shows you the importance of how life is processed differently by everybody. Somebody isn’t just a bully and then that’s all they are. There is always something more and deeper to someone then what the first glance tells you.
What I liked about this book:
I loved how it was able to make each character truly different. When the chapter changes, it didn’t have to tell me I was being introduced to a new character. I knew it. I knew by the new tone and dialect.
What I didn’t like about this book:
I didn’t like the ending. It seemed rather unremarkable as if the book could still be secretly continuing somewhere and the real ending was hidden. Maybe that’s just because it’s a Literacy fiction and not a young adult novel? I wonder…
Quotes I loved in this book:
“But the beauty was foreign to her. She wore it like expensive jewelry she knew was dangerous to own”
“Her face was a question she considered daily, widening her eyes in the mirror on the inside of her locker, sucking the flesh of her cheeks between her.”
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It’s one of those books you pick up and only put down 3 hours later after being utterly consumed by the story.
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
Tell no one.
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…
The only rule is: There are no rules.
Imagine waking up in a ditch. You remember last night you were listening to Taylor Swift, you had a test for school. Obviously waking up in a ditch is already quite concerning but what if what you thought was last night was last year?
I gobbled this book up in one sitting I loved it. It teased you with suspense and added just enough romance in there to make it the perfect young adult novel.
This book deserves a movie.
Metaphor for the story
I compare this story to a dancing ballerina. She dances in the light happily but then all of a sudden the lights are shut down and the darkness strips the light. With only the spotlight on her she has to move to discover her surroundings. When she moves so does the spotlight, so only by moving all over the stage can she illuminate the mysteries around her. She dances faster and faster so the spotlight can move over all the unknown spots on the stage. Her fate starts to rest on illuminating the whole stage. And as the story progresses the dancing becomes so enchantingly violent you are left breathless when the truth finally is revealed in the spotlight.
What I liked
I loved the originality of it all. Such a fresh new story that I didn’t know I was in desperate need of.
What I did not like
The ending was a bit too clean. I wanted it to start messy and end with a note of that same mistrust.
Thriller fans and young adult fanatics this book is a necessity for 2017.
4 forgetful snowflakes.
I would like to say thank you to Random House Children’s for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Count to 10.
Don’t say anything if you can’t say something n… nope can’t do it I can’t do it.
This book was absolutely ridiculous.
Me while reading this book
Me when I finished this book:
This was me when I realised it was 380 pages.
It’s kind of hard to start.
It’s set in the far future but the people pretend they are living in the 20th century.
It’s about a girl who is forced against her will to marry an evil king. However, to escape she becomes a drug dealer because you know, that’s the easiest way to make money.And the the best plan she could come up with.
Also bonus! She is not going to tell anybody she is selling drugs to them. A nice surprise to save for later when she is no longer there. So lucky for her she won’t witness the devastating affects of her super awesome plan.*
That’s all I can say without spoiling anything if you dare still read this after you finish my review.
It just kept getting worse. It was like one of those babushka dolls. You think you have seen it all and it has hit its lowest point then only to realise there is another doll inside that doll. And in that doll, there is another doll. It just kept getting worse.
What I liked:
I liked the beginning. The beginning was when I was a naive reader. When I thought this was going to be a good story. When I still had hopes and dreams.
Also the cover is bad-ass.
What I did not like:
How long do you have?
The main character was infuriating. She had no solid excuse for what she did. She kept grabbing at invisible straws to justify her actions but none of it made sense.
The love story happens over night. One minute they are talking the next second they are in love. I didn’t even have time to get coffee it just happened.
The characters were very confusing. I could hardly keep track of who was who and who was her friends.
The fact they were pretending to live in the 20th century made no sense.
The thing I liked the least was the ending. The ending just made me angry. It leaves you in the middle of a what just hap…..That’s how it ends. No explanations no excuses. It just ends.
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There was this element of majesty and danger that surrounded the story like an eery shadow. I couldn’t get enough of it.
Let’s go through the checklist.
Good plot. Check.
Good character. Check..
Excellent story development. Check.
Beautiful metaphors or style of writing. Check.
Love story. Check.
Should you read it? Check!
Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature
Nessa runs, runs and oh yea, runs. Her dream is to go to college. Her ticket of getting there depends on if she can run fast enough. Nessa is trying to get a scholarship for cross-country running. However, one night when she is running in the woods something goes terribly wrong something that will alter her life forever.
Reading this book was like watching the rain fall on a lazy day. Absolute bliss.
I love books with wolfs. Always have probably always will. This book stands tall on my “favourite-young-adult-werewolf-books” shelf.
This book is just cool. It’s like that kid that just moved from a different city. Their dad is a rockstar and their mom is a supermodel they wear the latest fashion trend they are friendly and just cool. You want to read the book and get to know the new kid. You try and not seem too eager but let’s get real you want to be best friends and you already ordered the “We are best friends” t-shirts.
One of the ways how I measure whether I enjoyed the story is if I remember the time it took to finish it. If I don’t remember it taking long you can bet I enjoyed the story very much. This book was 400 pages and I am shocked because to me it felt like a 100.
Snow thoroughly enjoyed this book.
What I liked:
I loved the story. It was a really good story. Something you could really get into and the characters was very real. It was easy to get to know them and it kept you on edge. There was this element of majesty and danger that surrounded the story like an eery shadow. I couldn’t get enough of it.
What I did not like:
Okay, wait. This is not a flaw in the book on the contrary. But it is something I didn’t like. The ending was a bit brutal. That’s all I can say. It fit the story perfectly. You don’t have to like an ending to love it. Which is confusing but sounds profound so I’m sticking with it.
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Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot-sauce-wielding “dream girl.” The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all her own rules—and in order to set Gael’s fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.
This book had me on a horse with a dessert in the background yelling:
“Come on Gael you can do it”.
It had me swimming underwater with shark invested waters with a sign:
“Keep swimming Gael.”
It had me painting on a window in impressive mirror styles so people on the other side could read it normally:
“Do not give up on her Gael.”
Needless to say. I was cheering for the hero all the way in this book. Ladies and gentleman, I give you the young adult romance of the year.
This was a roller coaster of love. From being utterly depressed to one of the best adventures I’ve been on in a while this is what every broken hearted romantic needs to read.
It kicks off all sad and depressing and all you want to do is hug Gael. And cheer him on to punch everybody in the face. It just seems logical at the time. Throughout the novel, I felt myself growing to care so much for Gael. Everything he did was hero worthy and the book was absolutely phenomenal. Exactly what I needed.
Gael has to learn how to survive love. The story is told from a third-person perspective. However every now and then we have the narration from another one. None other than Love itself. Telling us how difficult their job is. All in all, I liked Love, a pretty interesting concept and character.
What I liked:
I really like Gael guys. I learned a lot from Gael and he climbed deep into my heart. I think Gael should be a meme for the modern young adult of 2016.
What I did not like:
The need for Love to tell me the whole time it was them who opened the window when Gael already said he could have sworn the window was closed.
Young adults looking for a romance comedy this one is for you. I would also recommend this book to people who have been hurt before in a relationship. This book might restore your faith in Love.
When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends somehow.
While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.
On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it s a stupid idea, that there s nothing he can do. And maybe they re right.
But maybe, just maybe they re wrong.”
A young man finds out that his hero, his grandfather, might not have been the person he thought he was. This needs some investigation. He will not rest until he has done something to wrong the damage of the past. He might just be one person and might not be able to do anything but if there is something he can do, he will do it. Even if it means going to Japan.
This book surprised me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get or if it would be able to keep my attention but it exceeded my expectations.
The story is cuddly. It runs smoothly like you are on a sailboat, drifting through the pages.
Honestly, I think I developed a little crush on this book. I just keep thinking how sweet and nice it was. The book was not pushy but not distant it was engaged and focused. It was just nice. I want to go on another date. It was memorable and honestly just delightful.
A delightful read.
Quotes I enjoyed:
It’s almost like the words on the pages are wanting people not just to see the words but to hear them, feel them, smell them.
Your people did bad things. My people did bad things. It does not mean they are all bad people. War is war. And war makes people be something it is not intended they should be.
What I liked:
Everything. The characters were so lovely. They were thought out well and the character development was clear and steady. It was just such a stable read with excitement sewn into the right places.
What I did not like:
It’s not that I didn’t like it but it’s something I would have preferred. There are some sentences directly translated to English from Japanese. I would have preferred the Japanese words first and then translated into English especially in the flashback of what happened in Japan.
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If you have not read my review of The Delphi Effect have no fear because the link is here.
Now that that’s over let’s jump right in. Ladies and gentleman , Fawkes and unicorns please welcome the author of The Delphi Effect, Rysa Walker!
Interview with Rysa Walker
Rysa Walker: Hi, Snow! First, thanks so much for inviting me to chat on your blog. I love interacting with readers :)
Happy to have you here! Let’s jump right into it.
1. What is your favourite Young adult novel right now?
Aside from my all-time favorite books that I’ve loved forever, like the Harry Potter series, my favorite book is usually the one I’m reading now. Currently, that book is Darkness Savage, the last installment in the wonderful Dark Cycle by Rachel A. Marks. Readers who enjoy urban fantasy should definitely check this series out. I’m almost finished and loving the way the story wraps up. I was lucky to get a sneak peek, since the book releases on October 11th, the very same day as The Delphi Effect.
2. What inspired the story?
I started writing The Delphi Effect back in spring of 2013, but then my debut book, Timebound, won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in June of that year. My new publisher, Skyscape, wanted the sequels ASAP, so I shelved Delphi for a while to focus on finishing up the CHRONOS books.
The book itself was strongly inspired by music. My kids and I had a playlist that we always put on in the mornings on our ungodly-early drive to school. I was on the way back from dropping them off when two songs came on back to back. One was “42,” from my youngest son’s then-favorite album by Coldplay. The other was “Oh, Lately It’s So Quiet,” by a group that my oldest son introduced me to a few years back, OK Go. Both songs are about being haunted, but in very different ways. Later that day, I sat down and wrote the first chapter of The Delphi Effect. And while I was writing it, Tegan & Sara’s “Walking with a Ghost” came on my Pandora station.
3. Who is your inspiration?
I’m not sure that I could really pick just one. Some of the people who inspire me are people I don’t even know personally, like the Dalai Lama and people who work to protect human rights like Malala Yousafzai and Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. I’m also inspired by people who struggle every day to work and raise their families, often as single parents. I’ve been there and I know it’s not easy. If you’re talking literary inspiration, however, I’d have to say writers like Stephen King and Margaret Atwood rank near the top of the list.
4. What helps you to stay loyal to your characters?
I don’t have a choice. If I fail to stay loyal to them, they stop talking to me, and then I’m in big, big trouble. I’m a little like Anna in that many of my characters are voices in my head. I don’t plot things out so much as put those characters into the situation and see what happens. If I try to make my characters do something that’s not organic, that doesn’t come naturally, they will go (and actually have gone) on strike. I then have to backtrack to the point where I got too bossy and rip it all
out. Then I feed them lots of chocolate as an apology and promise not be such a dictator in the future. 🙂
5. Which character’s voice was the hardest for you to write?
In terms of getting the voice right, Taylor was the hardest. It was difficult to walk that fine line between her being justifiably angry about the past few years and being such a whiny brat that readers couldn’t empathize with her position and would just want to smack her. 😉
But I also struggled a bit in terms of getting Anna’s voices right, strictly from a writing perspective.
There’s a lot going on in Anna’s head, especially by the end of the book, and finding a way to convey that to the readers without constantly saying “Molly thought,” “Jaden thought,” etc., was a bit of a challenge.
Thanks for your time!
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It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.
I was hooked immediately. Nothing like hearing more than one voice inside a character’s mind to get me obsessed.
The book kicks off with Anna shivering in the cold. Freezing from a too small jacket and clutching onto the heat of a bad cup of coffee in her hand. She has a message. A message for Mr. Porter from a girl named Molly, his granddaughter. Only problem? Molly is dead.
The characters are so real. I immediately fell in love with Anna. She has such a sweet voice but at the same time, she doesn’t take nonsense. She has been getting stuck with ghosts,”Hitchers” as she calls them since she was a baby and as you can imagine this has given her a very tough skin. She can pick Hitchers up at any time since ghosts hang out by places that have their last happy memory. She will help where she can but she is not a pushover.
Metaphor for explaining how I feel about this book:
I would like you to refer to the next clip to understand my metaphor.
The yellow adorable creature is called Cheese. Cheese really likes chocolate milk and you guessed it, cereal. I will be like Cheese this month. I will jump out of people’s closets and yell:
“I like the Delphi Effect!”
I will walk into a silent library and whisper
“I like the Delphi Effect”
I will write on my exam paper
“I like the Delphi Effect”
I will stand on a mountain and yell, “I like the Delphi Effect!” and the words will echo through the mountains.
The story is fast paced and from the first page, it’s a race to get to the finish line. Be swept up by a gripping investigation story, be filled with awe by all the special abilities you find yourself surrounded with. But mostly be prepared to be offended when the book ends because you will not be ready to let go yet.
Lucky for us we have two more books to go.
What I liked:
I loved the element of super powers in the story. And the unique way they were hosted and used.
What I did not like:
One of the villains in the story immediately has an intense hatred for Anna. It was never explained why. That is one thing I would like to be explored further in the series.
I predict big things for this book. I believe this book can be nominated for one of the best Young Adult novels of 2016. It is the Divergent of 2016. If you have any fond feelings towards the young adult genre this book can not be missed. Grab a blanket and get comfortable this is the kind of book that gets finished in one sitting.
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I was lucky enough to score an interview with the author! Keep an eye out on my page the interview will be posted soon.
So you know how life sometimes just grabs you and you don’t finish a book. No matter how hard you try it you can’t get to the ending?
Well this time that was not me!
Ana Bacon, a young housewife, tumbles off a cruise ship into the dark and deadly waters, but did she take her secrets with her?
Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten million dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall. So the official ruling seems to be substantiated.
Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.
Cate Holahan looks at the dark underbelly of a marriage from the perspectives of the detective and the victim in her tense and enthralling page-turner, The Widower’s Wife.
It took me 3 weeks to finish this book and it became a challenge. I would not give up, no matter what. I made this decision.
We fought we lied we sneak we climbed we did what we had to, to survive. But finished we did.
You are seated in a Gone Girl type narration. That person’s turn then the other person’s turn. Which side are you on? Decide!
A retired FBI agent now an insurance policy investigator (much more exciting than it sounds) is called in for a case. A wife and mother Ana fell overboard while on a cruise ship. Apparently, people don’t just fall from cruise ships, though. The odds of it is astronomical and our investigator here is all about the odds being fair.
My usual metaphor (I do this almost with each review so now it has become a label) :
It starts off a bit uncertain. Kind of like a new kid arriving at high school and you are not sure what group this kid will fall in. Will I like them, will they annoy me, will they make my heart beat, are they part dragon, will they like my phoenix feather collection, you know normal questions. Then a bit of time goes by and you learn where they fit in. Nobody is being bullied. No mean girls are picking on them no vampires are trying to eat them whilst pretending to be dating them. So you kind of just go oh, okay. However initially you started to talk to the person so now you have a relationship and you feel obligated to finish the conversation.
What I liked:
I liked how it was subtle and kept you guessing until the end. You didn’t know where you were standing with the book.
What I did not like:
There was potential for more. I feel like the story could have gone deeper and more cut through. There was still a lot of development left to happen. I feel like the investigator stays the same throughout the story he ponders a lot and he makes good points. Drama happens around him left and right that should lead to some big character development but it doesn’t.
I didn’t like the lack of conclusions throughout the story.
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