Friday, November 30, 2012

Reading Right Now! The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

The Dead And Buried
Title: The Dead and Buried
Author: Kim Harrington
Published by: Scholastic Point
Release Date: January 1, 2013

First off, I just want to make a huge apology for ignoring my blog for the past couple weeks. I've just had other stuff on my mind and haven't made my blog a priority. The good news is, the test I was stressing over is now behind me, so hopefully I will be more reliable about updating my blog and getting back on schedule. So, I'm sorry for being a lazy bum.
Now to the book, I want to thank Netgalley and Scholastic Point for approving and providing me with this title. I'm currently about 90% of the way through the book and I'm really enjoying it.
This is the story about a girl named Jade who moves to a new house and a new town. Little does she know that a girl died in her house from mysterious circumstances a couple months before. Jade's little brother Colby can see the ghost. Jade can't see the ghost, but can feel her when she chooses to make her presence known. The ghost belongs to the girl who died in the house, Kayla Sloane. Kayla Sloane was not the nicest girl in life and she continues that way in death. The ghost of Kayla forces and kinda blackmails Jade into finding out who really pushed her down the stairs. Jade goes on an investigation to find out just who killed Kayla and why.
I'm really enjoying this book. It's a fun, quick read with a writing style that just flows. It's also a good mystery. While I haven't figured out just who the killer is, I do have some suspects. This is a very fun book and I recommend you get it when it comes out.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review of The Sixes by Kate White

The Sixes
Title: The Sixes
Author: Kate White
Published by: HarperCollins
Released: 2011
Summary: Phoebe Hall was a best selling celebrity writer, but now her career is plagued by plagiarism charges. On the advice of her agent, Phoebe decides to hunker down and get away from L.A. She accepts a teaching job at Lyle College where her best friend is president. By Lyle suddenly becomes a dangerous place to be. A student turns up dead in the river and rumors about a secret society of mean girls start to swirl. Phoebe's friend Glenda asks her to investigate this secret society of the Sixes to find out if they are really plaguing the campus. Phoebe fins out that the Sixes don't want to be uncovered and her stay at Lyle gets a lot more dangerous. Sometimes girls in a pack are more dangerous than a pack of wolves. Phoebe must uncover the secrets of the Sixes before it's too late.
My Thoughts: Ehh. A bit of a disappointment for a mystery/thriller. This book was okay, but it wasn't great. The writing was easy to follow and the cover was pretty, but the story contained within was filler.
I really got annoyed with the cliff hanger endings as the end of EVERY chapter. I like to see chapters as possible breaks, but this book decided those kinds of chapters just weren't exciting enough. Plus, they weren't particularly good or needed cliff-hangers. They were just always there and they ended up getting on my nerves.
The mystery was also sort of forced. It's like The Sixes were thrown in every paragraph. Anything that went wrong or was strange, the main character's mind automatically went to the Sixes. For example, (SLIGHT SCENE SPOILER) someone leaves apples in Phoebe's house and she calls her housekeeper to thank her. The housekeeper denies leaving the apples and Phoebe's mind automatically goes to the Sixes. It just seemed too forced. The Sixes were the bad guys from the start, even though they hadn't done anything really bad yet.
My last annoyance with the story was that the main character Phoebe was kind of an idiot. She ran around in the book like a chicken with it's head cut off. She perceived everything as a threat or attack on her. She was always the victim and she took much longer then it was necessary to solve the mystery. She also forgot to eat meals so she would be achy and have headaches. If the book were real, she would've been dead because of her stupid actions.
I wanted a nice thriller. Something to keep me in suspense with a nice mystery to keep me guessing. This novel was just mediocre. No great insights, fascinating characters, or genuinely puzzling mystery. Also there were a couple typos which are never good to see in a finished, published novel. Just an average book for me, but that's just my opinion. Someone else could love this book.
Not too worked up about The Sixes.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Reading Right Now! Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake

I haven't started it yet, but I just know it's gonna be awesome. It has a bunch of great reviews on goodreads and a lot of people say that it's genuinely scary. I've been waiting a while to finally get my hands on this one and am muy excited to finally start reading it.

Hope everyone else is reading something fantastic!