Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie. At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed. Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.
~I was sent a proof to review - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - What a heartbreaking novel. This is such an important book that I think everyone should read.
Set in the 90s we start of with our main character Sam writing a letter to his older brother Charlie. A letter asking him why and how he could have done what he did. Sam woke up one day late for school and when he got there the whole place was tapped off. There had been a shooting and his older brother had been shot and killed. Little did they know that later on that day that Sam and his family would have found out it was actually Charlie who went into the school and killed multiple adults and students and injuring others and also, killing himself. Sam's life is falling apart. He thought he knew his older brother, thought they always got along but now he's not so sure.
His father is always hiding himself away and never leaves the house and his mother is just in hysterics and can't believe what has happened. Their house is always getting stuff thrown at it and Sam has to leave his school to go to another one but his name sends fear through the school. He is the brother of the guy who killed loads of people and all Sam wants to do is have a normal life. He wants to tell all the families involved how sorry he is for what his brother did but most of all, he wants to know why and that is something he will never find out.
Sam makes new friends at his school who don't judge him. and he also starts to fall for a girl, who actually has a boyfriend. Things start to get a little bit better for Sam, he goes to therapy so he can talk about what's going on but things aren't so great at home. His parents are always at each other, blaming each other for what happened and things start to happen at school. With a vote coming up to ban guns can Sam come out of this unscathed? Will he be able to live his life?
This book was so sad as you just wanted to give Sam and his family a hug. They are going through something so horrible. On one hand they have just lost their son and brother but on the other hand he was responsible for killing loads of people and they have to deal with all the hate and trying to get through each day. They all feel like they let Charlie down, and they will always wonder what was going through his mind when he did it.
This, again, is such an important read and reading it from the POV of the brother really brought the story together. Gomes has written a powerful story that I think everyone should read as it is chilling and heartbreaking.
Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school's ultimate power couple-but one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. Golden child Delilah is a legend at exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. But Delilah doesn't know that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything-absolutely anything-to unseat Delilah for the scholarship. After all, it would lock in Maria's attendance at Stanford-and assure her and Lily four more years in a shared dorm room. Together, Maria and Lily harness the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school. But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what's real and what's imagined, the girls must attempt to put a stop to the chilling series of events they've accidentally set in motion.
~I was sent a copy to review-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - I didn't think this book was going to be as creepy as it was. I was sure what to expect when going into this book but what I read wasn't what I expected-it was so much more, it was fantastic and so gripping and dark that I loved every second of it.
I haven't read any of Robin's books before and I can tell I am defiantly going to be picking up more of her books. This book is the perfect read for Halloween. It is super creepy and it makes you not want to go to a boarding school that's for sure.
In this story we start of with Maria, Lily and Brandon playing with an Ouija board-little do they know that the events that happened that night will set of a chain reaction. Weird things start to happen to all of them. Maria just wants to finally win over Delilah, the schools most popular girl and her and Lily start to plan things to make sure Maria wins. But soon Maria starts to see things and starts wishing for things to happen with the help of these ghostly figures, little does she know she doesn't really know what she's asking for and all things come with a price.
This story has a lot of love, death, creepiness and a lot of regret. These characters all want something and are trying to prove something but things get in the way and is winning really all that when you have to give up your life? This is a retelling of Macbeth and I so enjoyed it! It has LGBT themes that really fits in with the story. A couple who have to hide their relationship and another couple who are out but can't let their families back home know. Lily is afraid of what will happen to her when people find out but she is more afraid for Maria.
They have a connection and they always look out for each other but sometimes, especially in this book, other circumstances are too much for both of them and what is going on starts to take over Maria's life-can Lily save her before it's too late and Maria goes too far to win?
This book was crazy good and I cannot get over how gripping it was. Straight from the beginning I was gripped and didn't put it down until I had finished it. It was that good and I am going to recommend it to everyone this month as it is the perfect creepy read for Halloween and I think everyone will enjoy it!
Dan promised he'd look after his siblings, but he hadn't bargained on his scientist parents dying on a jungle research trip. The children decamp to crumbling Daundelyon Hall. Horrible Aunt Grusilla reigns supreme, tending her mysterious graveyard garden. But why are Aunt Grusilla and her servants each missing a finger? What are the hungry 'Cabbages' in the greenhouse? As Dan struggles to solve the mystery he encounters one final question: what's the price of everlasting life?
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a wonderful story! Not only is it creepy and makes you never want to visit your great aunt but it is so fun and full of friendships and family relationships that you can't help but love it.
Martha had me laughing a lot throughout this book. She knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to be mean to get it. She was wonderful.
This is defiantly a book you could read your child and enjoy it with them espcially this time of year. It is fun and full of some crazy characters.
Dan gets given some bad news and is sent away with his sister and Caramel, the girl who takes care of them and to his great aunts place but, not all is what it seems. Everyone treats Dan like he is royalty and when he meets some interesting characters he realises that not all is what it seems. Why was he brought there? What does his great aunt want with him? And what are Halloweeds? They are preparing Dan for Halloween for some big event and he needs to figure out what is going to happen to him before it's too late.
Like I said this was a fun, creepy read that everyone should pick up! It is gripping and fast-paced and Veronica has written a wonderful book! If you're a fan of Lemony Snickets you will really enjoy this book! For all age ranges!
Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn't belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door - and Snow knows that she has to leave ...She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate ...
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~ I give it - 4/5
My review - I really enjoyed this book, it did take me awhile to get into it but once I did I was going along on the adventure with Snow. Some parts where confusing but it is a great first book for a new series by Danielle(At least, I hope there will be more books as I need answers)
Snow lives in a mental hospital. She has been there for as long as she can remember. She has a friend in there called Bale who she loves but something has happened to Bale and she's not allowed to see him. She only sees her mother when visits are allowed and she has to take a lot of pills until, one day a boy randomly appears in her room, tells her to stop taking her pills and to meet him behind the tree.
Snow is confused but does what he asks but before she knows it Bale has gone missing and the only person who seems to know where he is is the boy, Jagger, and she follows him to behind the tree to a whole new world. A world she is expecting, a world called Algid, her real home. Her mother has been keeping quite a few secrets from her and she realises that she is a lot more different then she thought.
She must go on a journey to find her self, to get her magic under control and find her Bale. Along the way she will meet friends and also make some enemies. She will find out the truth about her past and why she is in so much danger.
This was a really fun read that I enjoyed. It was a different take on Snow White that I enjoyed and I cannot wait to read more from this series.
Danielle is a fantastic fantasy writer and I cannot wait to read more from her. This book is very interesting and will have you guessing along the way to whats going to happen and why she was brought back to Algid in the first place.
Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects - Lyra, aka number 24, and the boy known only as 72 - manage to escape. Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven Institute. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions. While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - There has to be another one, right? I have some unanswered questions and this book was just amazing that I need more.
I am a big fan of Lauren Oliver and when I got sent this my expactions where set pretty high and of course, I was scared that they weren't going to be met but, this book was everything and so much more. It is so interesting the way it is set out. You can read Lyra's story first or Gemmas or do what I did, read a chapter from each. It felt better that way for me as you where getting both of these girls POV at certain moments and you can read what they're thinking. Of course you're going to get moments where the same part of the story is in each girls POV but it works so well together that I want to re-read it.
Gemma is a teenage girl who has been in and out of hospital for as long as she can remember. She get's bullied at school and all she wants to do is escape, her parents are very over-protective and she really doesn't get along with her father, who seems to never be home. But, one day someone stops Gemma to ask her what she knows about Haven, something she hasn't heard of before until, she hears her parents arguing and they bring it up. What is Haven? She is banned from going on spring break with her friend April, since the place she was going to is close to Haven but, decides to sneak out. She needs to know what Haven is and what it has to do with her and her family but, she isn't expecting what she finds.
Lyra is known as number 24. In Haven all of the replicas are given numbers and are usually referred to as it. Lyra has been there for as long as she can remember, she was given a name, secretly, by a doctor who doesn't work there anymore and she keeps it a secret that she can read. Then one day something happens and Lyra escapes, along with a boy-72-and they are able to get away from Haven. What has happened to them in this place? Why are people looking for them? And what happens when Lyra runs into Gemma? Their paths cross but they don't realize that their stories have been intertwined since the beginning. Both of them are getting followed by men and their lives are on the line. Can they figure out what Haven was up to and save themselves?
This book was fast-paced, gripping and one of those that you just want more from. It was so interesting and very different from other books I have read before and I have to say, it is one of the best Lauren Oliver books I have ever read. It's so detailed and you really feel for each of the girls as they go on this crazy adventure, trying to find out the truth and it was just brilliant.
Lauren really has a way with story-telling and I cannot wait for her to bring out some more books as she is just a fantastic author.
Replica is one of my favourite books of 2016. I am going to recommend this book to everyone so they can feel the way I'm feeling. There is a lot of drama and action and other themes that really bring this book to life.