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
This book was awful! I bought it because it had such uniformly glowing reviews. I have to wonder if the poor ones were simply left out of the lineup. The plot was absurd, the writing - pallid. Full of cliches and pointless detail. I continued to listen because it was right on that border line between "so bad, it's good" and a full on stinker. I should have given up after the first chapter because it was a waste of time. To compare this book to Steven King's Carrie is an insult to that author.
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...
I have really enjoyed Mark's books ... they are funny, they are interesting, and I care about the characters. However this book is not funny, and while it is interesting you will likely not care about the characters.
Very Minor Spoiler Alert: take a sweet young girl with an unusual capability and stick her with an absolutely unrelenting stream of the most despicable people you can dream up. Not just for a little while - not to provide an opportunity for growth ... just not-stop grinding right till the end ... until they turn her despicable. I almost stopped listening when she was taken from the perfect household with the perfect caring foster mother and placed with a known IV drug user with scabs on her arms and babies crawling in filth on the floor. Enough is enough ... please give me at least one person in the book I can care about.
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!!!
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.
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I really like Mark Tufo’s work but much of his allure (to me anyways) is that he has characters which make the story funny (Mike Talbot) in between all the action and gore, ‘Calis Rose’ however doesn’t have this. It’s a very dark with all the gore and excitement you expect from Mark Tufo but it’s lacking a hero to root for.
Normally I don't like male narrators when a female is the main character (and vise versa) but Mr. Runnette does a good job throughout!
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