Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vamps #5)by Chloe Neill Don’t worry, Chicagoland fans. *pat pat* Everything will be okay. It’s been two months since the nail-biting events of Hard Bitten, and Merit is still dealing with the fall-out from what occurred. As Cadogan House is investigated for mismanagement and blood rations keep everyone on edge, there’s also trouble when Lake Michigan suddenly turns black and fingers are pointed at the vamps. Merit must work together with Jonah, the attractive captain of the guards at Grey House, to find out who’s really responsible, even as she’s haunted by dreams that she doesn’t understand. Merit has always been a strong, smart and funny heroine, but her loyalty and her honor really come through in this particular book. We also get more kickass fight scenes, interesting political developments as a pending paranormal registration act causes tempers to flare, complicated problems with Merit’s best friend Mallory,… Read more »
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If you haven’t already been persuaded by my tearful gushing over Liesl & Po and A Monster Calls, perhaps you will be even more excited after seeing these two incredible book trailers. I haven’t always been a big fan of this marketing tool, but some of the newer ones are finally truer to the spirit of the stories…which is what’s most persuasive and most important to me. Plus they use many of the illustrations from the books, too! Have a look: Liesl & Po Book Trailer A Monster Calls Book Trailer These are two of my favorite books from this year, so I hope many people will find them. And don’t they make you long to see the stories come to life on the big screen, too? They’re both just incredibly moody and beautiful.
Liesl & Poby Lauren Oliver Every once in awhile, a children’s book comes along that whisks you away to another world–and if you’re very lucky, at the end of the story, it’s one that also illuminates your own. Liesl & Po extends a delightful invitation to wizardry and adventure, but it’s also a gentle and poignant rumination on love and loss. Liesl has been locked away in her stepmother’s attic for a very long time, ever since her beloved father got sick. One night, a pensive ghost named Po appears in her room and lifts the veil between the everyday world and the one Beyond. What follows is a wonderful journey overflowing with heart and hope and humor. I was thoroughly charmed by Liesl, whose plucky courage and ingenuity are matched by the thoughtful, drifting Po and the hopelessly smitten Will, a young alchemist’s apprentice who accidentally sets off a troublesome chain of… Read more »
A Monster Callsby Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd In the dark of night, when the house is still, what fears creep into your heart? For Conor O’Malley, his nightmares take the shape of a very old and very dangerous monster who visits him every night at seven minutes past midnight. He’s half-convinced that these must be dreams of his fevered mind. But how can they be, when the visits are so vivid and when he finds physical evidence of the monster’s existence the next day? Conor’s nightmares begin shortly after his mother began her treatments for cancer. He’s also dealing with a father who lives far away and is engrossed with his new family, a brisk and determined grandma who doesn’t understand him, and schoolmates who don’t seem to see him anymore. As readers learn more and more about Conor’s story and the terrible monster who… Read more »
Anna Dressed in Bloodby Kendare Blake Have you ever stood in your house, listening to a quiet, unfamiliar noise, and felt the hair raise on the back of your neck? Cas Lowood has, and the unholy hell of what he finds when he investigates will make you jump a little bit in your seat. He’s a 17-year-old who kills the dead with a magic athame, just as his father did before him–and now he’s faced with the task of killing Anna, a homicidal ghost who was murdered more than 60 years ago. Cas is a fantastically strong and appealing protagonist, but it’s really Anna who takes center stage. Imagine the visual of a pale girl with inky hair floating in a dark house, her beautiful white dress slowly drip-drip-dripping with blood. She’s deadly dangerous and full of vengeful fury, however, because of the way she was killed. When you find… Read more »
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma Eerily beautiful and incredibly disturbing, Imaginary Girls is a novel unlike any other I’ve ever read. As the story begins, Chloe is coaxed into swimming across a reservoir at night by her magnetic and beautiful older sister, Ruby. A dangerous and illegal activity, made all the more frightening because Chloe would be swimming over the lost town of Olive, which was flooded to make room for the reservoir. The idea of swimming over a ghost towns in the dark of night, with the possibility of “cold, webbed hands” reaching out for your ankles, is incredibly evocative and scary, and it created a distinct feeling of unease that never left me. If that wasn’t enough, Chloe finds herself face to face with a dead body at the end of her swim. In terrible shock, she leaves town… Read more »
Deadline (Newsflesh #2)by Mira Grant One year has passed since Shaun and Georgia Mason found more than they bargained for as they investigated the truth behind the Kellis-Amberlee virus, a mutated cure for human disease that led to the uprising of the dead. The events that transpired then have an enormous impact now as the high-profile bloggers from After the End of Times uncover a conspiracy that is even bigger than they ever imagined. A CDC researcher fakes her own death in a spectacular fashion and shows up at their headquarters, and soon the whole team is battling zombies, mutant dogs, and the ever-present ghosts of their past. When I finished this book late last night, my thoughts were “I have not a single criticism to offer. Not a single one.” And this still holds true. Without exception, every question and doubt I raised with Feed is answered here. The… Read more »