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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Arthur Kipps is a man touched by tragedy as we learn following his storming away in a temper from Victorian festivities, complete with ghost stories, on a snowy Christmas Eve. He is fully aware that stories of ghosts may be told in frivolous fashion, but that ghosts themselves — real ghosts — rarely manifest in such a mood. Ashamed of his bad behavior and wishing to explain himself and make it up to his wife, he begins to write the story of his own horrific experience following the death of Mrs. Drablow in the remote village of Crythin Gifford. A young attorney, he travels up North to represent his firm at her funeral and clear up outstanding legal affairs. The reader follows Kipps casually but is soon caught up in a fearful exploration of human despair and its consequence.
Being a Harry Potter fan, I became aware of The Woman in Black after learning that Daniel Radcliffe would portray the protagonist of this ghost story in a film version set for release in February of 2012. I had never read a book-length ghost story and I found the idea of reading it quite intriguing. Susan Hill’s writing is nothing short of excellent. As a reader, I must be hooked early on or else I will never get through a book and The Woman in Black was enticing up until the very end. This literary work is so well written that you easily connect with the main character, Arthur Kipps, as he experiences a wide range of feelings and occurrences. While I was not particularly frightened while reading, the suspense definitely builds as you read on. Last night, actually, I was laying in bed feeling a bit wary of the woman in black! Indeed, the ghost story aspect is ever present. I would have preferred a drastically different ending but this fiction novel is a masterpiece nonetheless. Take the time to enjoy a neat reading experience and catch the film version in theaters next year!
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“For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”
When Grace was a young girl, she was the victim of a freak wolf attack in the woods surrounding her home. She thought she was going to die, and rather freakishly just gave up, but then one of the wolves, one with “brilliant yellow eyes (sound like anyone? –that kinda annoyed me)”, fended the others off to protect her. So years later, when another freak attack occurs in town, and the wolves kill a teenage boy, a hunting party is assembled to bring down the pack in the woods which leads to Grace trying to stop the hunting party (since she fears for that wolf that saved her many years ago), but when she reaches her house she finds a naked, shivering teenage boy on her porch. Grace learns that the boy, Sam, is her wolf and that he has been watching her from afar for all these years just as she has been doing from her porch.
I know…I know! “More wolves?!” is the first thing I thought too when I read the back cover of this book, and it actually took me about a year to want to pick it up at all. But all I can say is wow, *in a sobbing voice*. Shiver is written with alternating chapters from Grace and Sam’s point of views. I found this an intriguing concept, and came to love it just a few pages in, since you really get an understanding to what is happening in the story line. The only thing I can confirm is that I loved the bittersweet atmosphere that this book gave me. It really isn’t all happiness and butterflies, and it pulls a couple of your heartstrings. It ends abruptly but beautifully. Luckily the second and third (which is the last) books are out already, so you can read them in peace and know that the story will have a conclusion, while not having to wait six years for the next ones.
I enjoyed it, I hope you do too.
Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper.
But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.
Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die. (Not that you’re going to believe her. No one ever does.)
But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It’s a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.
The problem is, Lucien’s already dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met whom she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own. And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare..
Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future…
If she even has one.
One thing you need to know about me is that I LOVE vampire novels. So when I saw this on the shelves of Barnes and Nobles I knew I just had to read it, and I’m very glad I did. Insatiable is not your typical vampire novel. It’s funny and witty, but at the same time dark and mysterious.
Meena is very endearing character that is easy to fall in love with. She is not your typical damsel in distress and often takes charge of situations. She has the ability to predict your death, which leads to some very funny and awkward situations which had me thinking: why didn’t you just stay quiet? Her strong dislike for vampires is quite ironic and unexpected in a vampire novel.
Lucien is tall, dark, and so very handsome. He is definitely not your sparkly Twilight vampire, Edward. I was very impressed on how Meg handled the dark side of vampires. It’s not gruesome or gory like the Anita Blake series or the Southern Vampire Series (True Blood), but it stills delivers.
The best way to describe the novel is a mix of romance, mystery, and suspense. The supporting characters are hilarious, and I don’t think this book can disappoint.
The best part is that you don’t have to wait for the sequel, Overbite, is already out. Look for my review on that soon.
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Big mouth. Big heart. Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing her college graduation money on a trip to visit her long-distance boyfriend (of three months) Andrew, instead of using it as the down payment for the cute little Manhattan apartment everyone is expecting her to rent after finding a well-paying job in the city. -From Meg Cabot’s official website The Queen of Babble series is definitely one of my favorites. I read the first one, Queen of Babble, last summer and I couldn’t put it down and I just recently finished the sequel: Queen of Babble in the Big City. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave it in the ask box. Happy Reading! -Jen ♡
Where she’s going to live and how she’s going to support herself in the fall are really the least of Lizzie’s problems right now. Not when she’s got to deal with the fact that she’s done it again. See, Lizzie can’t keep her mouth shut. It’s not just that she can’t keep a secret—she can’t keep anything to herself.
But this time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. Now Lizzie’s stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-changeable airline ticket.
What’s an American girl with a big mouth—but an equally big heart—to do?
Fortunately there’s Shari, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate, who’s spending her summer in the south of France, catering weddings with her boyfriend Chaz in a sixteenth century chateau. One call to Shari, and Lizzie’s on a train to Paris. Who cares if Lizzie’s never traveled alone before in her life, and speaks only rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Chateau Mirac—not to mention gorgeous Luke, Chateau Mirac’s owner—and she’s smitten…
But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie’s the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke seems to hate her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Chateau Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren’t bad enough, ex-boyfriend Andy shows up looking for closure (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie’s chance at ever finding real love…
…unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.
(I’m actually waiting to read Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, which while on the hunt for spoilers on the first book to refresh my mind, I came across a spoiler for the third, NOT cool.) It’s a very funny and light read. I love the main charater, Lizzie, and how nervous and rambly she is because, ask anyone, I’m the exact same way. While I was reading the book, which is written in first person, I loved being able to see her train of thought because mine is exactly the same way. Some people might not like that, so if you prefer to read lengthy descriptions, I don’t reccomend this book. She’s also very paranoid which makes for hilarious situations. I also really enjoyed that the book takes place in Europe which makes for a beautiful setting. If you’re looking for a quick and funny read, I’d definitely recommend this one.
Big mouth. Big heart.
Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing her college graduation money on a trip to visit her long-distance boyfriend (of three months) Andrew, instead of using it as the down payment for the cute little Manhattan apartment everyone is expecting her to rent after finding a well-paying job in the city.
-From Meg Cabot’s official website
The Queen of Babble series is definitely one of my favorites. I read the first one, Queen of Babble, last summer and I couldn’t put it down and I just recently finished the sequel: Queen of Babble in the Big City.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave it in the ask box.
Hello fellow book lovers, we are writing to you from Miami, Florida. Since the three of us love books so much and usually give each other recommendations anyway, we thought why not share those recommendations (or not) and reviews with Tumblr. So, here we are, hoping to meet others like us with a passion for reading.
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