If you don't like the the gory details this is not the story for you! They are necessary to depict the twisted female serial killer. The relationship between psychopath Gretchen and victim cop is fascinating. The pace picks up after a slow start. It takes of and goes up and down like a roller coaster.
Flawed characters abound and while you dislike them you can't turn away. This telling reminds me of Gone Girl in that way. The mystery unravels in just the right pace. The twisted and pathetic alcoholic was provided a believable vehicle to deliver the plot twists.
This story is set in a girls school and explorers mundane high school drama but also the magic of powerful bonds of friendship that can develop at that age. The subtleties that are explored and motivations that are nuanced exquisitely in this tale make for a riveting murder mystery.
Esoteric and philosophical themes are cleverly woven into reality and unbelievability in tandem. Common themes of oligarchy and conspiracy with new twists. Ideas for salvation are science fiction, but are reality based with current research support. this books gives hope to the possibility that humans can survive as a species once we are aware of the connectivity between us and the universe. Yes, these ideas are not novel, but this tale makes you see them from another perspective.
The town of Mitford with all of the trials and tribulations of getting along with other human beings in a small town setting is so enjoyable in this series. I enjoyed the theme of "Mitford takes care of its own" that was followed throughout this book. As a Christian I also enjoyed how God can reveal himself and uses us to his advantage and takes over when we screw it up.
Nothing Better than a John Ceepak Mystery to capture Summertime Fun. Chris Grabenstien gives reality TV (nod to Jersey Shore) its due with this tale of a raunchy reality TV show in the summer tourist destination of Sea Haven. The mash-up of John Ceepak, ex-marine stand-up guy, and Danny Boyle, local grown, never-thought-he-would-amount-to-much, just works for me. It is a fun ride and now that we are on Book 7, a nostalgic ride that I look forward to as a summer destination. Keep them coming Chris!
I often wait until the series is finished before I begin a trilogy. I hate having to wait for the next book. This series gets more intersting as it develops in this, the second book. The storyline matures and the dystopian theme expands beyond teenagers into a battle within different factions of a society and the interdependence among them. The stage is well set for an exploration of the meaning and construction of society in the next book. The narration was excellent. The teeage tone brought more out of the story than I would have embellished in my own imagination. I wish I didn't have to wait...
Another teenage dystopia saga...and I still liked it. Hunger Games had more intensity, but Divergent has enough to hold my interest. Beatrice decides she is not good selfless enough to remain a member of the faction that values selflessness so she chooses to leave her family and join the faction of society which values bravery above all else. The story is clearly building and I like the underlying premise of genetic influencing value systems vs. cultural development of values. It is a different approach to the nature vs. nurture discussion.
This book and its telling si a gift beyond entertainment. John Green's insight into human mortality is powerful and meaningful. Teenagers forced to face mortality by the challenge of cancer when their understanding of self and life are yet undiscovered is bold, painful, and genuine. It was a story that chose John Green for the telling. It was an eleven year struggle to deliver this book. I am thanful for John Green's apprciation of the augmentation of the story that could happen through a spot-on narration and for Kate Rudd who delivered it wonderfully. John Green gets the power of the "numbers" in the story of cancer. Agustus has a diagnosis of bone cancer with an 80% chance of survival. The non-cancer patient will wonder why you shoud be worried with numbers like that. But Agustus chooses a burial plot and a "death suit." I recall the the doctors revelation of my childs prognosis with a diagnosis of melanoma at age 19. 85% chance that the cancer could be surgically removed and 100% cure. If the melanoma had spread (15% chance), then the chance of survival was 5%. Cancer robs teenagers of their immortality. I adore the characterand spirit of Hazel Grace. I rarely read a novel more once. I will reread this book as I know there willl be more to aborb on a second go round.
This is a fun and funny for a zombie story...I enjoyed the Seattle setting, but now I see zombies all around Seattle.
Allie Larkin explores the the ways we screw up our relationships through miscommunication and misinterpretations. She explores ties of culture, family and friendship as Savannah "Van" Leone comes into her own as an adult.
As a consequence a pitcher sized Kool Aid and vodka cocktail, Van buys a Serbian trained 5 mos old German Shepherd puppy on the internet. Joey becomes Van's non-judgmental companion and family. Van has to learn what it means to be a dog owner/parent. She even cooks for her pup. The result is a vitamin B (thiamine) deficiency from an inadequate diet. Luckily it is treatable and the event brings Van back into contact with Joey's vet.
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