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
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.
I really liked this book and the narrator. I enjoy a story where the main character is neither good nor bad, black or white, but grey. Callis' struggles between good and crazy and the ending (no spoiler) was sad, but really the best way to end this type of story. The preppy girls were a bit stereotypical and some of the situations a bit extreme, I think the writer wanted to imply that Callis draws in the extreme, but they didn't really get into that. I don't remember if this was a young reader book or not, but there is some language and some graphic material and I am not sure how young would be ok to read it, I guess I read Flowers in the Attic when I was young and I am only mildly scared for life!
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
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!!!
The performance by Sean Runnette is always fantastic.... And to have him do a novel with the superb writings of Mark Tufo is always the best!!!
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