Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how.
Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household. Mindy Denton makes it her single mission in life to destroy Callis, even as her brother, Kevin, falls deeper into love with the mysterious and beautiful girl who is hiding something from them all.
©2013 Mark Tufo (P)2013 Tantor
I read several reviews that compared this book with Carrie by Stephen King. Such a comparison is far-fetched at best. The character development of this story is atrocious! The antagonist is a horrid teenage girl who has absolutely no legitimate or discernible reason for being such a little witch. The authors portrayal of the foster care system is so ludicrous as to be laughable. It is obvious he has done little to no research before attempting to write this book, and I use the word "attempting" because he obviously failed at writing a book. This story seems to fall more under the category of supernatural teen temper tantrum. Mr. Tufo has fallen quite short of Stephen King's guideline to always write a story where the characters act true to their nature. These characters most often behave in ways that make absolutely no sense. A good story is one that will make you "suspend disbelief". The only disbelief suspended here is the idea that one is reading a good story. Do not waste your time with this. The only thing that kept me going throughout this book was the hope that it might all come together in the end. And again, my hopes were dashed.
Having loved the Zombie Fall-Out books I was excited to give Callis a try. And I loved the book up until about the last hour or so. At that point the degeneration and violent acts of several characters became too morbid for me. I know teenage girls can be evil and I'm not squeamish, but I had to stop listening. There is a surprise pop-up of one of my favorite Zombie Fallout characters (and this book may explain his later unflappability) but this just wasn't my book.
Yes, it was so scary how much Mark can channel a teen girl.
Carrie. A girl different then most outcasted and then vengful.
It wasn't bad having him read as a teen girl, but it was kinda as if i was hearing the story as told by Mike Talbot!
Yes all of Mark's books are that way.
Another outta the park hit for Mark, i hope this is not the last we see of Callis, i also loved that it gave us a look at BT pre-Zombie!
Yes without a doubt. The books Mark Tufo writes are just incredible.
The gripping background and upbringing of Callis and how it left me wanting her to Kill everyone.
The last cupple of sentences. They left me in Tears.
Yeah i cried and laughed multible times during this book, but most of all i wanted Callis to live and get her Revenge.
If you havent read all of Mark Tufos books you need to. All his books are masterpieces.
for sure Mark Tufo is fast becoming one of my favorite authors
the scenes dealing with child services it show some of the real issues
the scene at the dinner table.
Yes and was a little disappointed when it was over
Mark Tufo and Sean Runnette are my favorite team
Tufo has written as a father, zombie killer, a deranged zombie now he's managed to write as a teenage girl. How does he do it?!? almost frightening...
As a Software Architect and Developer, I enjoy listening to audio books while programming. My favorites are high fantasy, epic fantasy and philosophy. For some reason, they don't have many technical manuals on audio!
Mark Tufo once again demonstrates his ability to cause characters to leap from the page and into your mind, where they inevitably do weird and twisted things to your thoughts while poking around in there.
In other books, Mr. Tufo has explored everything from zombies to aliens, but this book is about mans inhumanity towards man, the injustices that creep into social services, lost dreams and the ability for love to grant hope in the face of overwhelming difficulties (with supernatural powers as the driver). While that may sound boring, this is Mark Tufo we are talking about here, so don't be alarmed in the slightest.
Sean Runnette gives another stellar reading. If Mark Tufo ever called my house, I wouldn't believe it was him unless he hung up and had Mr. Runnette call back. Mr. Runnette could read the instructions for putting together a kitchen cabinet and have you hanging on the edge of your seat. When orating a Tufo novel, it is the equivalent of a deep fried bacon wrapped triple fudge sundae for your ears.
This is not one of Mark Tufo's Zombie books.... it's actually scarier than the Zombie books! He makes you care about Callis and then be scared of her and for her at the same time. The only thing I didn't get was the last 2 sentences. So I loved the book except for the last 6 seconds. LOL Don't let that throw you off the book though. This book is definately worth the listen!!!
It was slow, predictable, and just not engaging for me. It gives a very poor representation of the entire foster system, both for the social workers and foster families. It was simply boring and suggests this author is lacking in either talent, an understanding of the foster system, or the intelligence of readers.
It will not by one by this author.
The narrator was adequate, but not outstanding. This could be, however, because of the book she was reading.
I only got about halfway through it before I gave up. Perhaps it improved, but up to the point where I stopped, I would say no.
The story failed for me, but the narrator was adequate, which improves the overall rating slightly. I will not rule the narrator out in future selections, but I will avoid this author. I think it might be helpful for me to take a closer look at the authors' previous works, and avoid those without a good history. I'm finding more and more that selections I am making here are more and more disappointing. This is one of them.
I normally don't ever listen to (or reread) anything more than once (although there are a select few I've done this for.) I can't reread something when I already know what is going to be the outcome! I can't take up the time I need for the other 1,688 audiobooks I have in my library waiting!! (That's is JUST audible audiobooks!!)
I liked the emotions that it made ME feel. Even though much of them were angst and anger and sadness! A story that can bring out raw emotion is what I always hope for! This story certainly made me glad I am not in high school any longer!!
Honestly, Sean Runnette was on the bottom rung of my favorite audio narrators...and I almost passed Callis Rose by. But after the first half hour or so, I was hooked good and deep and it was Sean Runnette that brought Callis Rose's story to living color! He was excellent bringing the emotions needed to FEEL these characters! Both main and minor he was terrific!
High School is hard enough but add Callis Rose and you will beg to be home schooled instead!
I REALLY liked this book! But much of that had to do with that I listened to the audiobook form of it. The narrator, Sean Runnette did a VERY good job with the tone of the story and did so much to help make the characters play out the way I think the author may have wanted. I don't want to add any spoilers to my review I will just say had that I wanted it to turn out a little differently. I did have compassion for the main character. What was going on started out of her control. I would like there to be a sequel to this as there is somethings I would like to see be a continuation. But can't say anymore without spoiling things. I highly recommend the audiobook over the print/ebook version. The narrator Sean Runnette was fabulous he was able to keep me in the story I could SEE it being played out in my minds eye! THAT is always what a great audiobook does for me! A great story a great narrator, take me to another world! Audio, GREAT audio, really made all the difference for this book. So if you're interested in paranormal things, astral projection may be part of an explanation here... GET THE AUDIOBOOK!
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