Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Last Child by John Hart

Johnny Merrimon's life was turned upside down when his twin sister vanished without a trace on her way home from school. His mother blamed his father, who was supposed to pick her up, causing him to leave, his mother became addicted to pills and alcohol thanks to the supposed family "friend", Ken, who was all too eager to take over her life when her husband left and owns most of the town, they lost their home, and are living in a home Ken gave them, and can take away whenever he feels like it.

Johnny has never been able to stop looking for his sister, even though the police have. While out one day by the town creek, he sees a man run off the bridge by a car, and the man's final word's are "I found her. I found the girl. Run", which Johnny does. He is convinced the man was talking about his long missing sister, even though when he returns home he finds out that another girl has been snatched in broad daylight. As the police try to find the girl, Johnny takes on his own search, to find the missing girl who will hopefully lead him to his sister's whereabouts. He takes to his bike where he checks up on pedophiles, and any other avenue he can think of. But when the truth is finally revealed, it is far from anything Johnny could ever imagine.

This was so much better than Down River. Even though I figured out who it was, it was still a great book. A little unbelievable that a 13 year old kid is riding around on his bike checking up on the town perverts, but still suspenseful. If you like a good thriller, check this one out.

4 stars

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

As a toddler, Nobody Owens escapes from the man who murdered his parents and sister and is taken in and raised by the ghosts of a graveyard. Under the teaching and stories of its inhabitants, his adopted "parents" and his guardian, Silas, he earns the Freedom of the Graveyard, learns how to do the same things as ghosts, such as how to Fade and Haunt, and gradually learns the fate of his original family and why his keepers and guardian are so protective of him.

This was pretty weird but entertaining. I love the chapter Danse Macabre, I kept picturing the Thriller video, and it is a quick easy read. Pretty bizarre, but amusing enough to keep you reading.

4 stars

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie

Virginia Kate Carey goes home to the hills of West Virginia after her mother passes away to confront her past. Going through her mother's things brings back memories of her childhood, of the mother who gave her and her two brothers to their father with no qualms and no desire to see them again,who would rather drink than take care of her family, and the secrets every member of the Carey family tried to keep carefully hidden. Is it possible to to confront your past without it consuming you? Virginia Kate is about to find out.

This was an amazing book. I didn't have much hope for it since it was free on the Kindle, I figured that was because it wasn't too great but I was so wrong. Great story about families, siblings, secrets, and betrayal. Deeply moving, a bit supernatural sometimes but not enough to notice, and at times had me shaking my head at the things these characters went through. Virginia Kate and her family will stay with me for quite awhile.

5 stars

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell

The story of Claude Monet and the love of his life Camille Doncieux. Camille comes from a high class family and is already engaged, but she and Monet are drawn together over the time Monet spends painting her. She leaves her fiance for him, and they try to build a life together, but getting his art recognized in Paris is more trouble than he thought it would be. Monet and his artist friends, which include Renoir and Manet, put themselves and their livelihoods on the line for the sake of their art. Constantly moving to escape their debts, and owing large sums of money where ever they go, Claude and Camille push their way through, even though it is not an easy road. For Camille has secrets of her own, and them coming to light will change everything Monet thought he knew.

Not usually the kind of book I would read but I really enjoyed it. Artistic without being hard to understand. Nice look into the life of Monet and his struggle to become famous. Definitely not the life I myself could ever lead, no matter how passionate I was about it. If you are looking for a beautiful book to lose yourself in, this is the way to go. Will be reading more by this author.

4 stars