There’s a war going on and humanity is the prize.
Caught in a battle between two supernatural forces, five junior high students are killed. But Constance, Jonathan Avery, Maria, and Danielle return from the dead — and they’ve changed.
They each carry a piece of a soul stone and with it they have extraordinary powers. Now they can summon weapons from thin air and even start fires with their minds. With these powers comes a connection they never wanted, and coming back from the dead hasn’t wiped away the grudges between them. When one of them loses themselves to the power, they are soon caught in a battle against themselves and an enemy that wants to make sure that this time they stay dead.
Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.
Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.
Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend Meshach and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.
While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?
Why?: After reading the summary of this book I knew that this one was one that I wanted to read. It sounds so interesting, doesn’t it? This is Kenya’s first book but I am hoping that it is brilliantly written because something sounding so interesting with a breathtaking cover has to be, doesn’t it?
Author: Milda Harris
Publisher: Milda Harris (Self-Published)
Published: July 15th 2011
Pages: 177 (e-book)
Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!
THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS ***
This is an interesting story about a girl who has an odd hobby; funeral crashing. This results in an adventure that she could have never expected. It is a mystery novel that essentially keeps you on your toes. While you believe you’ve got it down to a tee, it’s possible you’ll be surprised by the actual result. The story itself flows quite well and it is certainly a nice, quick, and easy read but, unfortunately, it simply wasn’t one for me. I can see, however, that it is one that others, especially those younger than me might enjoy but it just personally wasn’t for me.
Milda Harris is a talented writer. This much I certainly have to admit and I am, essentially, glad that I gave this book a try and read it all the way through to the end. Unfortunately, however, I just couldn’t get my head around the main character and found myself rolling my eyes too many times. This, however, is simply because I am passed the teenager years that she is dealing with. Kait is sixteen, an outcast in her highschool having been shunned by her ex-best friend who is now one of the most popular girls in the school. Milda manages to truly get inside Kait’s head and she clearly has a knowledge of what sixteen-year olds can be like and therefore this book is written as though a sixteen year old has written it. This could be horrifying but actually is a talent that many authors do not possess.
I liked the characters of this novel, all except for Kait, anyway. I especially loved Ethan and while it was a tad annoying that he was the most popular guy in school (and doesn’t Kait like reminding us that), this simply helps to make the book flow nicely as a good high-school novel. He is caring and not someone who really cares for his position within the school which is always a nice change, at any rate. I also really liked Kyle and Suzie but I wish that they could have had a bit more of a front focus in the novel and think that this could maybe change somewhat in the next few books to come, perhaps.
The story itself is definitely an interesting one. It’s quite nice to see how it all happens and how things turn out. Especially with the idea that it’s just a bunch of teenagers that supposedly don’t know what they’re doing in the middle of a police investigation. It is a story that I can definitely see a lot of younger audiences enjoying, even if I didn’t find it particularly enjoyable myself. I especially think that anyone who likes Jacqueline Wilson would enjoy this story and the ones that are on their way.
Fortunately, while this story didn’t grab me the way others have in the past, and while it’s not one that really had me begging for more, I’m definitely intrigued enough to wait patiently for the next book and give that one a read over when I get a chance. It’s not a book I’d read again but it was easy and quick and a nice change from the other books I’ve been reading lately. I am glad for the opportunity to read it through the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy goodreads group.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Release Date 16/12/2011)
When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, everything points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces murder and falls into a cunningly constructed web that can only have been spun bu arch enemy Professor Moriarty … and draws him into a global deadly game of cat and mouse.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Release Date: 26/12/2011)
A brand new team is assembled by Ethan Hunt, who enlists the help of new recruits, to clear the IMFs name after it is blamed for a local bombing plot. As the organization goes into shutdown, they’re forced undercover with no help, no contact and no limits in their toughest assignment yet.
The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (Release Date: 26/12/2011)
An adaptation of the book of the same name, and a re-make of the Sweedish film, this film tells the tale of Micheal Blomkvist’s first encounter with punk hacker Lisbeth Salander, as he is drawn into an investigation of an unsolved murder.
FAVOURITE: Sherlock Holmes 2
I have been waiting for the release of this film ever since I watched the first one in the cinema and knew straight away that the second one was being made! I loved the film and I cannot wait to see what the second one has in store! Even if this wasn’t the case, I would never want to see Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 as it is just Hollywood cashing in money on yet another franchise and it just looks awful. Mission Impossible looks okay but I’m not one hundred percent certain it is something I want to see. And, as for Dragon Tattoo… well, I adore the Sweedish films and will soon be reading the books and just simply don’t think the Americans (no offence) will make them as good. I may see them just to see but I don’t hold high hopes, especially after watching the trailer!
Based on Brian Selznick’s best-selling children’s novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’, ‘Hugo’ is brought to the screen in 3D by Martin Scorsese, and features an all-star cast including Ben Kingsley and Jude Law.
Ashlyn McVean doesn’t believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn’t enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her new life puts everyone she loves in danger, Ashlyn must decide what’s most important in her life between friends, family, love, and ultimately, realms.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Why?: I’ve had my eye on this one for a little while now and thought that I would share it with everyone else! I love the synopsis for it and how it’s just so different to what I would normally read. I’m definitely intrigued by it! And, I mean, look at the pretty cover that goes along with it as well! =]
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