Twenty-seven-year-old Kristi Bentz is lucky to be alive. Not many people her age have nearly died twice at the hands of a serial killer, and lived to tell about it. Her dad, New Orleans detective, Rick Bentz, wants Kristi to stay in Baton Rouge and out of danger. But if anything, Kristi’s experiences have made her even more fascinated by the mind of the serial killer. She hasn’t given up her dream of being a true-crime writer – of exploring the darkest recesses of evil – and now she just may get her chance. Three girls have disappeared at All Saints University in just one term. All three were “lost souls” – troubled, vulnerable girls with no one to care about them, no one to come looking if they disappeared. The police think they’re runaways, but Kristi senses there’s something that links them, something terrifying. She decised to enroll, following their same steps. All Saints has changed a lot since Kristi was an undergraduate. The stodgy Catholic university has lured edgy new professors to its campus and gained a reputation for envelope-pushing, with classes like the very popular “The Influence of Vampirism in English Literature” and elaborately staged morality plays that feel more like the titillating entertainment of some underground club than religious spectacles. And there are whispers of a dark cult on campus whose members wear vials of blood around their necks and meet in secret chambers – rituals to which only the elite have access. To find the truth, Kristi will need to become part of the cult’s inner circle, to learn their secrets, and play the part of lost soul without losing herself in the process. It’s a dangerous path, and Kristi is skating on its knife-thin edge.
Twenty years ago, a fire ravaged the Dillinger family’s old homestead, killing Jude Dillinger and crippling his girlfriend. Most people blamed a serial arsonist who’d been seen around town. But strange things are happening in Prairie Creek, Wyoming.
Ira Dillinger, the family’s wealthy patriarch,, has summoned his children home for his upcoming wedding. Eldest son, Colton, and his siblings don’t approve of their father’s gold-digging bride-to-be. But someone is making his displeasure felt in terrifying ways, setting fires just like in the past. Only this time, here will be no survivors.
As fear and distrust spread through Prairie Creek, soon all the Dillingers, and those closest to the, are targets – and suspects. A killer has been honing his sill, feeding his fury, and waiting for the moment when the Dillingers come home – to die.
This book keeps you in suspense right to the end. A great mystery to read.
Another wonderful novella telling the backstory of Hector in the Fire and Thorns world. Hector is a page for King Alejandro and wants to be a Kings Guard. Alejandro pulls him out of the trials to undertake a mission for him. Hector and two others, Lucio and Fernando, must find the Queen’s cousin and bring her back. Of course things don’t go quite as planned, but it does highlight Hector’s leadership abilities even at the age of 15. It is great to learn more about this pivotal character in this fantastic world Rae Carson has created.
Wonderful novella from the Fire and Thorns world. The events in this book take place before The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Alodia and Elisa head to a wedding. Once there they come across the shadow cats. Seems these jaguars have been terrorizing the area. The people believe the upcoming wedding may be to blame for the shadow cats and the blight on the land. When a young girl goes missing Alodia takes off to find her. She discovers what’s really happening and takes care of it. All ends well. The main point of this book is to show that Elisa can take charge and is more than a useless bearer of the godstone.
This novella tells Mara’s backstory and how she joined the rebellion. When her village is attacked by Inviernos, Mara must escape and help any survivors she can. Turns out all the survivors are children and they must cross the Shattered Mountain to find the rebellion in the desert. It is a treacherous journey and the group has very little in the way of supplies. This story highlighted Mara’s strength and explained how she came to be the way she is in the Fire and Thorns series.
This is a lovely little love story in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone universe. Zuzanna and Mik are probably the best part of the second book in the series. This is the story of how they finally came together and it is a meeting they will tell their grandkids. I loved the scavenger hunt aspect and how they both loved each other from afar but were too afraid to do anything about it.
This is Rafe’s camp story. Rafe and Georgia are sent to Camp Wannamorra for the summer. Georgia is part of the advanced academic side and Rafe is part of the trying to catch up side. Rafe is put into a cabin with the camp losers who are constantly picked on and bullied. Rafe and his camp mates have to take on Duelin and his gang. Most of the time they don’t come out on top and the counselors don’t seem to see a problem with the bullying. There is a lot of humor that will appeal to middle school boys. Rafe has a huge imagination which adds even more humor to the book. This isn’t really my type of book, but I do see why this series is popular. Rafe is a fun kid who will definitely appeal to reluctant readers and your average boy.
Robbie Darko wants to be a great magician. Last year’s talent show didn’t go so well so he wants to make sure this year is amazing. He tests out tricks on his family and they mostly go well. But then Grandma Melvyn moves in and takes over his room. She is old and crabby and doesn’t seem to like anyone until she starts teaching him magic. Turns out Melvyn used to be a big time magician until her partner died. Robbie and Melvyn become really close and get the big act for the talent show ready to go. It is everything Robbie hoped it would be and more.
Robbie is obsessed with magic and he is really good at it. I thought he made a different character than what you see in a lot of middle grade novels. His family is pretty typical for this type of book though. Overworked or absentee parents (or both) and a strange sibling. I really wanted more of Grandma Melvyn’s story since I found her fascinating. Robbie spends a lot of the book talking to the reader, which I found a bit distracting, but I am sure kids will enjoy.
Historian Gemma Ranford lands the job of a lifetime researching the Frazier family history purchased from a family estate in England. Colin Frazier, the oldest Frazier son, is immediately attracted to Gemma and together they work to find the Heartwishes stone that’s been missing for over one hundred years. A doctor, a lawyer, an international thief, and a host of nosy neighbors keep this romance moving right along.
The White City, 1893: In turn-of-the-century Chicago, with the World’s Fair bringing bustle and excitement to her home city, sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler should be reveling in her youthful beauty and the excitement around her. But her whole life changed when her mother died, leaving her to be the Lady of Wheiler House. At last, afraid for her life and with nowhere to turn, Emily is Marked by a vampyre and brought to the Chicago House of Night, where she begins a magickal new life that should allow the wounds from her past to heal. But as she gains strength, and a powerful new name, she carries a dark need to wreak vengeance on the man she trusted most.
A great companion book to their House of Dark series. I thoroughly enjoy the backgrounds they create for the main characters in the books. If Neferet wasn’t such an evil character, I might feel sorry for her. This book make a great explanation for why she is the way she is.
When Dr. Emil Euler Ganz — a brilliant luminary in the complex fields of cosmology and astrophysics — walked away from accolades and honors, disappearing into thin air twenty-five years ago, his colleagues’ tongues wagged, and rumors abounded. Ten years later, when Ganz reemerged as guru Father Jupiter, leader of the notorious cult the Order of the Rings of God, speculation about his sanity was rampant. But when Ganz is found dead, gossip and wild conjecture are the only clues available to LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker as he faces his most shocking case to date.
I’ve gone back and revisited a favorite author to read some books I’ve skipped over. I love her books. She has the right amount of mystery, suspense, light moments and the connection between her characters. It gives some insight into cults and how they can attract the doubtful fringes of society, both good and bad. You can see how some people are trapped in them and how the outside world wonders about why they exist. A good mystery with plenty of twists.
Telling the Truth Could Get Them Killed. Remaining Silent Could Be Worse.When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives.
A very interesting who-done-it for kids, will definitely make them think about what they might do in the same place. I liked the suspense of it, it would not have surprised me to have some addition things happen, though they didn’t. The story was just right for younger readers.
In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old Lucy survives alone until vicious hounds target her and force her to join Aidan and his band, but soon they learn that she is the target of Sweepers, who kidnap and infect people with plague.
This wasn’t too bad, as far as dystopian novels go. I thought it was good, but fairly predictable to me. Teens will enjoy it and want to read the rest of the series to see how the characters turn out. I think I may pass on the rest of them. Very interesting to wonder if we would turn out the past as quickly in order to get our survival skills fine tuned.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Foster McFee dreams of having her own cooking show like her idol, celebrity chef Sonny Kroll. Macon Dillard’s goal is to be a documentary filmmaker. Foster’s mother Rayka longs to be a headliner instead of a back-up singer. And Miss Charleena plans a triumphant return to Hollywood. Everyone has a dream, but nobody is even close to famous in the little town of Culpepper. Until some unexpected events shake the town and its inhabitants-and put their big ambitions to the test. Full of humor, unforgettable characters, surprises, and lots and lots of heart, this is Joan Bauer at her most engaging.
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s devastating secret.
Kyle Wilson was the size of a regular ninth grader until crazy Mrs. Shepherd injected him with a shrinking formula. Now he’s a prisoner in her dollhouse, the fourth Lambkin in Mrs. Shepherd’s collection! She loves them and would never harm them, she says . . . as long as they don’t make her angry.
One thing is certain. Kyle and the others must figure out how to escape, and fast.
Philip Gulley shares more heartwarming stories revolving around the front porch where friends and family gather to share stories and small moments. He writes about small-town life, his thoughts, and his Quaker meeting. His observations are humorous and remind the reader to stop and smell the roses, or in Gulley’s case, relax in the rocking chair on the front porch.