WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States | Member Since 2012
So far, "A Monster Calls" ranks toward the bottom because I think it was a great story, but it feels more suited for a middle schooler than a 25-year-old. The book was not what I thought it was going to be. I figured it would be scary, but it was more about grief and loss.
The main character, Conor, was my favorite character because I could feel the pain he must be going through with losing his mother to cancer. Luckily, I have never been through a situation like that, but the author did a great job of encompassing what a teenage boy would be internally and externally battling under these circumstances. I think the author did a good job of getting inside the realm of teenage-hood.
My favorite scene was at the end when he was hugging his mother tightly. I knew he was going to be alright because he finally faced his demons and allowed himself to feel what he was repressing for so long.
I was moved by the scene of Conor holding onto his mother over the cliff with the monster encouraging him to speak the truth. I could feel myself getting into the scene and being in suspense even though I knew what was going to happen. I could feel the tension of the battle that Conor was dealing with inside himself. When he finally broke down and spoke the truth; I felt a sense of relief and satisfaction because he let go of everything he had been holding in.
I think this book would be excellent for a middle schooler or high schooler to read if they are dealing with grief or loss of a loved one because they would be able to relate with what the main character is feeling and dealing with.
I like that he uses different voices for Ed & Lorraine Warren as well as the demonic voices. It gives the story more character!
The book was very informative and interesting! I loved the movies, "Annabelle" and "The Conjuring" so I was definitely interested in learning about Ed & Lorraine's career! So much information on what to look for with demons and Earth-bound spirits as well as stories of what they have experienced.
Having someone else read the book so I could get a better chance to visually imagine the plot and get to know the characters on a deeper level. The narrator gave the characters personality that I might have overlooked if I read the book on my own.
The book is the finale to the Shadow Falls series. I was so sad to be finishing it because I had grown to love the characters and be wrapped up in their lives. What I love about this series is that the setting was here in Texas where I live. It allowed me to feel magical....like there was a possibility that this had all taken place around Houston and there were such things as vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters, faeries, and chameleons! The FRU was real as well as the camp! The author did a great job making the reader feel like it could be all real. I did get frustrated with the main character, Kylie Galen. She loved to torture herself by letting her feelings go back and forth between Deric, the fae, and Lucas, the werewolf. Luckily, that finally is resolved in this book and I like who she chose. I think he was the best one for her. A few surprises pop up throughout the book...we find out about Kylie's mom's b/f (John), we learn more about the chameleons, we learn the crazy warrior ghost's identity, we get to meet both sets of Kylie's g-parents (on her dad's side), and as usual...crazy stuff happens! It is a great series! Love it!
"So many crossroads...what or who will she choose?"
Wow! I am so ready to find out what is going to happen in the next book! A lot has happened in this book! So glad we FINALLY get to find out what she is..a chameleon!! I was frustrated when they were running around all confused about how she could be a chameleon and what does that mean. It made perfect sense to me..duh...she exhibits powers from all the supernaturals! Of course, there is more Deric versus Lucas stuff and she ultimately chooses Lucas but still debates over her feelings for Deric. My thing is...you need to drop Lucas because he's never there for you when Deric always is and he's always sexual with you...it's never deep conversations it's just "Oh man, I wanna screw you so badly right now!" We get to learn more about her grandfather and some new powers. Definitely some shocker moments and the ending is so sad!
Jennifer Ikeda did a great job with all the characters because she knew how to change her accent and voice to bring those characters to life but I especially loved how she played with Philippe Clairmont! In the beginning, he was this stoic, intimidating, powerful individual that you thought you were gonna hate because of his interaction with Diana and Matthew when they first arrived, but you gradually start to see this heartwarming, passionate, caring individual underneath all that roughness. He is truly a diamond in the rough! I just began to really fall in love with that character because he was so human and vulnerable in moments when he is supposed to be this formidable creature. You felt sadness knowing his fate and wish somehow that their stay would have caused a change to the future where he would somehow be in it because his character provided fatherly love, protection, security, trust, and loyalty. They need this going back to the future with what they will encounter.
I think Gallowglass Clairmont was the most memorable character for me because you couldn't help but love him. His enduring term, "Auntie," toward Diana made me smile every time because you could hear the love in it for her. He had a good sense of humor and I loved how he acted without being told sometimes. He was so loyal to Matthew and it was just amazing the lengths he would go to do what Matthew needed done. He, also, was awesome at making sure that everything was set up and ready to go for them and an amazing protector over Diana. I liked that he understood Diana and he knew when he was going to have a hard time of convincing her to do something because she can be pretty stubborn. It was also heart wrenching to hear how he had remembered her from the past (1590) and watched her grow from a child to an adult like a proud parent and never be able to hug her and tell her how proud he was (because she would have thought he was crazy!) When you have someone like that in your life...they are precious and you should never let them go! I wish he was real!
When you finish a book like this one..it becomes a big accomplishment because it pulls you into its world and it makes you fall in love with the characters. You chomp at the bit to find out what is going to happen next? You root for Diana and Matthew every step of the way! In some ways, you feel what they feel during climactic scenes. Therefore, I LOVE this series because it is more than a love story between a vampire and a witch. It is a very intelligent trilogy that a person must have historic interest to understand it or be enamored with it because the author does have a tendency to go over the reader's head with alchemical and historical concepts. The sheer amount of pages can be overwhelming and the author has a knack for explaining concepts in the most detail EVER!! To the point where I'm like... "Ok, ok let's move on to the next thing because I wanna know what's going to happen!!!!!!"
SO much happened in this novel! I would love to spill it all out here, but that would ruin the book for others so I will say a few things to kind of give some insight into this second book. Diana and Matthew flee the 21st century in order to find Ashmole 782 and find a witch that can help Diana harness her witch powers. In order to do these things...Diana uses her time-walking skills along with a few items of the early 1590s and Matthew to travel to London. There she is greeted and overwhelmed by the Knights of Templar and the task of fitting into the time period. She meets many different people who touch her life in so many ways. She finds herself in dangerous or awkward situations at times, but she somehow manages to win everybody over. There are some surprising guest appearances even in 1590/ 1591 that will make you say..."WHAT!" A very monumental thing happens for Diana and Matthew in this book that wiil change the course of history if it's allowed to happen.
I think that travelling back in time was very beneficial for Matthew and Diana because it allowed them to be vulnerable and lay bare any flaws that might have been tucked away...never to surface if they had stayed in the 21st century. This is very important for a marriage to survive (they said their vows in "A Discovery of Witches" before they time-walked) because the past does come back to haunt you in some ways and can come between you and your partner if you are not careful. This opportunity also allowed Diana to learn so much more about herself that she was never able to unearth in the 21st century. We finally find out what kind of witch she really is and she learns to finally stand up and believe in herself. She gains some self-confidence from this trip.
This book is really good and I think if you are interested in historical things mixed with vampires, witches, demons, and humans throw in a love story to boot then this book is for you!
I would have put more paranormal action into it because it was so blah.
The book is a movie and I have seen it! I have to say that it is way better!
I was excited about reading this book because I assumed it was similarly based off of the movie, "The Haunting" (1999). Unfortunately, only a few details were the same. I had a difficult time getting into the story and following the manic thought process of Eleanor. She is a very awkward, strange person with many insecurities and a touch of disassociation. You feel so much pity for her because she is so weak and has never had a life since she had placed the care of her mother at the very center of hers. When her mother passes, she gets into an argument with her sister on who she own the apartment their mother lived in and who she have the car. This is similar to or parallels the feud between the Crain sisters of Hill House. Eleanor is invited to come to Hill House to take part in a paranormal investigation into the house. She steals the car to come and the author goes to great lengths to describe in much detail her journey to Hill House. She is greeted by the caretaker and his wife and they make sure to warn her that she does not want to stay there. The author goes into great lengths again to describe the evilness that is Hill House. Eventually, she meets Dr. Montague, Theo, & Luke who will be staying with her in the house. Not much really happens. I thought there would be more crazy stuff happen like stuff flying through the room or ghosts materializing, but many there was a lot of banging on doors. Basically, Dr. Montague's wife comes with this friend of hers, Arthur, and starts to stir up stuff in the house. Then, Eleanor goes crazy and they make her leave...she runs into a tree and I guess kill herself.
Emotional, exciting, and riveting.
My favorite character was Perry because he's got a cute, little boy trying to be a man kind of personality that makes you root for him! He's sort of the underdog when it comes to Miranda.His boyish, mischievous charm appears when he has to turn into a male, White cat while shadowing Kylie and when Kylie and Ellie get into it at meet your campmate hour.
I would say Bernette because he puts on this front like he's tough (and he is) but I love that he has a big heart deep down. It's cute to see when he gets put in situations that are awkward for him like mushy or heartfelt because that rough exterior melts away!
I laughed when Bernette and Holliday got caught kissing by Kylie. I had a heart attack almost when I found out which vampire died and when she found out who the ghost was!!
I am speechless! I JUST finished this book and I have to say that I'm in love with this series! This has to be my favorite series!!! It is a whirlwind of emotions that you feel and it's as if you know the characters. Every time I read a book in this series...I cannot put it down!! Kylie is still trying to find out what she is exactly. Her brain pattern continues to change from week to week. She's getting back into the flow of camp after her mini vakay at home where all of the crazy stuff happened like her healing her best friend, Sara's, cancer and being kidnapped by rogue supernaturals. She's working to move on from Derek and goes after Lucas. In the beginning of the book, I was rooting for Lucas but now I really feel like her soul mate/ who she should really be with is Derek. He seems to have a more healthy attachment and understands where she is coming from in her journey to find herself. Lucas is too pushy about her being a werewolf instead of embracing who she really is and he can be a little unreasonable when it comes to her gift of talking to spirits. She is helping a spirit find out who she is and what happened to her because the lady shows up with a huge scar on her head. She has to be assigned "shadows" in order to protect her from Mario and his crazy evil gang. Such a good read that will make you laugh and cry! I do not want to spoil anything but we FINALLY find out what she is at the end of the book!! Thank you CC Hunter because I do not think I can wait any longer lol. A lot of things happen in the end that makes you run to get the next book! Can't wait!!!!
Captivating, thrilling, and historical.
The most memorable moment for me was when Blind Bill put his hands on Isaiah and caused him to go unconscious. I was so shocked and pissed off that he would exploit a child's gift in order to better himself. I know he's a bum, but I did not see that coming. Then, I did not understand why he threw Ms. Williams under the bus to Octavia? There are others but it will spoil the book.
I have not listened to January LaVoy before, but she is my favorite narrator now! She did a phenomenal job separating the characters through voices and accents. I was blown away! She made the story come alive for me and I would have not gotten that experience if I had read it myself.
Yes, I was anxious to know if they would figure out that they were dealing with a demon and how the heck they were going to destroy him!
If you love the 20s and paranormal stories then you will love this book! The author did an amazing job at creating solid characters and a smooth plot using a historical background. I wanted to know if there was actually a person that killed people under the persona naughty John in New York.
Yes, because the narrator gives the story character. She gives Kylie and her friends a picture for me that I might not have gotten if I had read it on my own. She is really good at giving each character a different voice or accent.
Probably "The Discovery of Witches" because both stories create a world unknown to humans that are filled with monsters. In both of these stories, a romance brews between two different species of creatures. The main character in both are discovering their gifts because they have been locked away. There is something special that is sought after by the other creatures. In "Discovery of Witches," it's a powerful book, but in "Awake at Dawn" it's Kylie herself because she possesses several powerful gifts.
My favorite character is Lucas because he makes you smile because you know his game. He's very charming and cunning! I like that he's known Kylie since they were little and they have a strong, deep bond. He does feel a bit obsessive with Kylie compared to Derek, but it makes sense because he's a werewolf and they can be pretty possessive, jealous, and protective. I think he's who she should be with because I felt that Derek gave up too easy.
Yes! I seriously could not stop reading this book! I wanted to find out what was going to happen next! You get wrapped up in the characters and forget they don't really exist. I also like that this story takes place in the Dallas area where I live!
An AMAZING series! Cannot wait to find out what she is finally!!!
Yes, probably a few years from now. I do not like to listen to books over and over because it takes away the magic of them for me.
The relationship between Lena and Ethan is somewhat of a resemblance to Diana Bishop & Matthew Clairmont of "Discovery of Witches." The plot as well had the same detail-oriented quality of sucking me into a roller coaster ride of "WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT???" Plus, the Castor World/ Incubus World resembled the vampire and demon world in "Discovery of Witches." There was a lot of archaic knowledge between both of them. Similar qualities but two totally different stories!
Kevin T. Collins was amazing at bringing this book to life! He definitely used inflections and accents to his advantage. You could tell that he wanted to make sure every person in the book had a presence. He made the characters relatable where you could not help but fall in love with them and laugh when they did things that were characteristic of their nature. The way he narrated the story...it just flowed so well and his southern accent was pretty good. His English accent always made me smile. I really liked Liv in the book!
YES! There is no Earthly way that I could have... seeing that it is almost 16 hours long, but I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next. I was like "Hurry, hurry!! I have to know!"
Make sure you read "Beautiful Creatures" before, but this series will not disappoint! Kami Garcia & Margaret did an amazing job crafting this gorgeous story together. I could understand why seeing that they are a reading specialist or specialized in creative writing. I will say that the book is very different from the movie in many ways. Many "Beautiful Creatures" fans were so disappointed that the director did not stick to the story or decided to cut important characters from the story line. I think the casting director did a phenomenal job casting who they did for the roles! I integrated those people into my visualization of the characters and it just made sense!
I am in the counseling field, and this book gave me a deeper understanding into trauma that I would not be able to receive through my classes. I really loved how the author explained how trauma affects the brain and how the environment can alter the mind and behavior of a child. The stories were heart wrenching but fascinating.
I loved that the author was able to look outside of the box for solutions to issues these clients were experiencing and worked hard to help them be successful in the end
I think this was more which case study was more intriguing to me and that would have to be the title...the boy who was raised as a dog. It was fascinating to see his progression to becoming a functioning young man. I could not get over someone raising a child by keeping him in a dog cage! Another one that stuck with me was the child basically screaming for help because his foster mother was trying to make him sick or kill him (mauchausen) to get attention from others.
I think the book would have been overwhelming to listen to in one sitting because it's filled with so much knowledge and wisdom. A reader needs time to soak in the information.
I loved the narrator! He was very pleasant to listen to and I felt so easily drawn into the case studies.
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