But now I realized I hadn't understood longing at all. It wasn't about hope. It was about want, pure and simple.Y'all, this book is super creepy. From the very first moment when Avery is found covered head to toe with her parent's blood next to their mutilated bodies all the way to the very surprising ending. Creepy. It really kept me guessing and gave me the shivers. It managed to evoke a quiet, chilling atmosphere while providing an interesting murder mystery and a few paranormal elements. It was well-written and the main characters were well fleshed out.
I was too surprised to open my mouth. The shock of knowing what was to come went directly to my spine, straightening me too.
Weekly Round-Up is my wrap-up of last week's activities and includes what I'm reading this week, reviews I've posted, books in the mail and anything else of interest plus From the Library, my weekly listing of what I've checked out from the library.This week I'm finishing The Candidates (Scott) and reading Extraordinary (Werlin). I'm listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling).
Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that’s not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia’s mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just…happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden. But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia’s days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats’ kids and child geniuses–not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she’s special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome. And then there’s her mysterious new friend Jack, who can’t stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn’t convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her “gift” than they’re letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it…But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.
The higher you aim, the farther you fall….
It’s Violet’s junior year at the Westfield School. She thought she’d be focusing on getting straight As, editing the lit mag, and making Scott Walsh fall in love with her. Instead, she’s just trying to hold it together in the face of cutthroat academics, Scott Walsh’s new girlfriend, and the sense that things are going irreversibly wrong with her best friend, Katie.
When Katie starts making choices that Violet can’t even begin to fathom, Violet has no idea how to set things right between them. Westfield girls are trained for success—but how can Violet keep her junior year from being one huge epic fail?
Shelton was right. Things had gotten insane. For a moment, I wondered if life would ever be normal again.Having never read anything by Kathy Riechs I wasn't sure how Virals was going to read. I think that it is fairly evident that an adult writer is trying for a young adult audience. However, I can't find any fault with that. A few reviews I read complained that it felt dumbed down, but it didn't to me. There was a lot of science involved and it was written for someone who doesn't understand science (like me). I appreciated that.
No. We'd been changed at some fundamental level. There was no going back. p.426 ARC
I guess I shouldn't go to Katie's for dinner, because for some reason I always wind up finding it really depressing. But Bunny Putnam serves excellent desserts. So it's hard to stay away.
Weekly Round-Up is my wrap-up of last week's activities and includes what I'm reading this week, reviews I've posted, books in the mail and anything else of interest plus From the Library, my weekly listing of what I've checked out from the library.This week I'm reading Extraordinary (Werlin) and I'm listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling).
Teens who get pregnant and raise their babies are often in the news. But what about those children who are growing up with parents scarcely half a generation older than themselves?
In this wise and funny first novel by Carole Lazar, Lucy is a sensible, perhaps even rigid, thirteen year old who is convinced that Grandma, God, and the Catholic Church are on her side. She tries hard to make her twenty-eight-year-old mother see the error of her ways. It's not that her mother is wild - in their household even a fancy coffee causes a scene - but she has had to put off her own teenage years and she's chaffing at the restraints on her life. Lucy is faced with the loss of her family, her home, her school, and even her best friend. As she struggles to preserve what she can from her past life, she finds that while Grandma, God, and her church are still there for her, there are problems she has to solve for herself.
Private detective Dylan Delacourt had only to look into baby doctor Kelsey James's beautiful green eyes to know he'd move heaven and earth to find her kidnapped son. But having lost his own son to his ex-wife, Dylan had a particular distrust of single mothers. Especially when, despite their increasing attraction, Kelsey seemed to be withholding crucial information....But learning the truth of her secret and revealing his own buried anguish gave Dylan new hope. Suddenly, whatever risks he had to take seemed worthwhile, for he might find not only Kelsey's son and his own--but the love of a lifetime, as well.
With her sensual looks and free-spirited ways, Ashley Temple is the perfect agent for The Ladies Cartel, a secret crime-fighting organization. But her latest assignment—breaking up an illegal baby trafficking ring—is more than a job. It's personal. The stakes go sky-high when she teams up with FBI operative Elliot Morgan, a man so deep under cover he's off the radar.Expecting His Child (e-book) by Leanne Banks
Life in the field is nothing compared to the adrenaline rush of passion and pleasure Elliot feels with Ashley. And when they pose as a happily married couple to stake out a suspicious adoption center, he knows he's in deeper than he's ever been. He can't risk falling for her—the danger's too great. But how can Elliot let Ashley go, when this sweet, sultry lady takes him beyond the point of no return?
Martina Logan dangerously shared a passionate affair with her family's nemesis, handsome Noah Coltrane. But when she became pregnant, Martina was determined to have the baby alone. So, armed with baby booties, she stood her ground.
Seeing this vulnerable beauty, swollen with his child, made Texas bachelor Noah fall head over spurs, and ring in hand, he stormed her door. This was one Logan he was determined to make a Coltrane!
I stumbled across book blogging by accident. So first my blog was just a mix-n-match of personal daily life things, random memes and some ideas I had about reading. Then I realized that people might actually read my reviews if I put them up and.. they did!What kinds of books do you review?
Just about everything! I have really eclectic taste and if the book looks interesting, I'll read and review it.What is your favorite book so far this year?
This is a tough one. I loved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman for the sheer southern beauty of it, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen for its magic, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger for its faith and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins for its audacity.Favorite author?
Lately I've been answering Wilkie Collins for this one (I'm on a big Wilkie Collins kick) but I'm hosting a read-along this month of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and she's growing on me quickly.What book are you looking forward to that is coming out soon?
Crazy by Han Nolan. I've been singing this books praises since I read an e-galley of it from NetGalley. I can't wait for it to be released so I can own a hard copy of it.If you could be one literary character, who would it be?
Anne Shirley. I wouldn't even mind the red hair.Reading Challenges, yay or nay? Favorites?
This is my first year with reading challenges and I love it. I'm a big list person so I love that feeling of satisfaction I get when I check another book off the list. My favorite so far has been the Gilmore Girls challenge - so much variety!Best blog other than your own?
Oh geez. I love them all! Well...those who don't force auto-play music on me. C'mon people, knock it off with the music!Who is your favorite Winnie-the-Pooh character?
Eeyore. I've always been a kind of dopey, love the rain type of girl and Eeyore has been my favorite for years.
And then I remembered that it wasn't the Dark Ages and I could do what I wanted. That all I had left was myself and Renee, and I had left her house because I felt so alone.
Weekly Round-Up is my wrap-up of last week's activities and includes what I'm reading this week, reviews I've posted, books in the mail and anything else of interest plus From the Library, my weekly listing of what I've checked out from the library.This week I'm finishing Low Red Moon (Devlin) and reading Red Hood's Revenge (Hines), Look Both Ways (Mitchard) and/or White Cat (Black).
Movement flickered in the corner of my eye. I stole a peek.
My friends, safely distant, watched with disbelieving eyes.
"One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." p.87 ARCI haven't read the Mortal Instruments series so when I started Clockwork Angel I had no clue about the world that Clare has built. I liked the steampunk aspect and the Victorian England setting and the whole Shadowhunters thing. It was fine. I never really connected with the story or the characters but that might have been more me than anything. I did a 2 star reading of what should be a 4 star book. Normally I think I would have liked this more, but it followed up truly great book and sometimes a truly great book will ruin the next book by overshadowing it. So it's partly my fault that I can't muster up some real enthusiasm for Clockwork Angel. That being said, there wasn't anything so wonderful in this book to make me forget about the last one and that, in a way, is the mark of a mediocre book. If it had been great, then it would have lived up to the last book I read.
"Remember that time you tried to convince to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?"
"They ate it too, " Will reminisced. "Blood thirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck."