“Harper and Tolliver are experts at getting in, getting paid, and then getting out of town fast – because the people who hire Harper have a funny habit of not really wanting t know what she has to tell them. At first, the little Ozarks town of Sarne seems like no exception. A teenage girl has gone missing, and Harper knows almost immediately that this girl is dead. But the secrets of her death – and the secrets of the town – are deep enough that even Harper’s special ability can’t uncover them. With hostility welling up all around them, she and Tolliver would like nothing better than to be on their way. But then another woman is murdered. And the killer’s not finished yet…” – Good reads Continue reading
Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter is the continuation of what is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. Soon after their first case came to a close, Detective Jackaby and Miss Abigail Rook head off to a small town in New England to solve the case of a missing dinosaur tooth. If only it was a simple case of thievery. Bones are being stolen and then returned, there are beastly foot prints in the dirt, baby goats and sheep are getting eaten, and dinosaur bones might not be dinosaur bones at all. Continue reading
“Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?” Continue reading
Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are two orphaned children under the care of a puppeteer named Grisini. Grisini is an awful man who exploits the children. Apart from being an awful man he is also a master puppeteer capable of making his puppets look a live.
Clara Wintermute is the only child of a wealthy family. While she has it all, Clara is miserable at home. Continue reading
“Holly Holloway is locked in a dusty room, strapped to a ticking bomb.
What would you do, if you only had one hour left to live?”
Writing (world building, characters, style, etc.):
Sixty Minute Reads Book 1 is exactly as the title suggests, a book designed to be read in about an hour. The book has 60 chapters, with each chapter meant to take the reader about 1 minute to read. As someone who loves short books and short chapters, I really enjoyed the style of this book. I also liked the use of different timelines counting down to the last few seconds in the protagonist’s life. Continue reading
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. Continue reading
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Writing (world building, characters, style, etc.):
I’m a little conflicted when it comes to the style of this book. While I find the use of slightly-creepy vintage photographs unique and interesting, I feel like they had the opposite effect than what was intended. I imagine the pictures were used to make the book feel more realistic, to make the reader feel more emotionally attached to the characters because they were supposed to feel so real. You had pictures after all, you were reading these people’s story. However, I felt like the pictures didn’t allow me to imagine freely nor were they creepy enough. Most of the time, I found myself disappointed that my imagination and the actual pictures were so different. And as a result I couldn’t really immerse myself fully.
Furthermore, I didn’t like the protagonist all that much. The whole point of going through everything he went through was to find out more about his grandfather, however he never even asked. Every chance he had, he never got the point of actually asking about his grandfather, information was just given to him (conveniently until the end). Also some of his decisions made me think that he was a bit selfish and loveless towards his parents. He did redeem himself at the end, but no, not really.
I didn’t like that some of the characters were never mentioned again after their introduction. Also, with a few exceptions, they never really did anything with their powers. Yes, this isn’t a book about super heroes, but that’s what I was interested in reading about, what they could do and what they did with their powers.
Did I learn anything? Did it make me think?
There was one event in the book that doesn’t really make sense or is hard to imagine being possible due to the lack of explanation on some things. Maybe it’s explained in later books?
It was a good book. I don’t don’t know if I’ll continue the series, yet. I honestly think this is going to be one of those rare cases where I like the movie more than the book.
Have you read the book? What did you think? Did you like it? Who was your favorite character?