Tag: Death

Review: Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig

Posted October 29, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: Mockingbird

Author: Chuck Wendig

Publisher: Angry Robot

Publication Date: August 2012

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Miriam Black is back!
I wasn’t shy about my love for Blackbirds, book one of this series and lucky for me, book two does not disappoint.

Miriam is desperately trying to settle down with Louis, but he’s on the road most of the time. And alone and bored, Miriam is not one to hang around waiting for life to happen to her. But one day, Miriam stumbles upon a nightmare she can’t ignore. Someone is killing school girls from the all girls academy.

I love Miriam’s bite. She has one, with sharp teeth and a hard edge. Her wicked sense of humor is in full force in this second novel, brough to a sharp point because of her boredom and her relationship problems. Her and Louis aren’t getting along so well right now, and maybe most of it stems from her being left alone in a trailer park. Or maybe it’s from fighting her urge to leave, explore, be on her own. Either way, Miriam is fighting the good fight, but losing.

I loved the mystery in this book. An all girls’ academy and the missing girls are being murdered? Sign me up! A creepy setting is just one part of this crazy story. The deaths are scary and Miriam’s visions are even scarier. The visions are truly terrifying and they allow the reader to see how this gift really affects Miriam’s personality. The dark humor is abundant and the gore and horror is there. But this story really seems to be about Miriam and fighting her own personal demons. I realized I was holding my breath a lot during this book, eating it up as quickly as I could.

And by the end, Miriam is transformed. For better or worse, you don’t know. Not yet anyway.
Pick up this book, buckle up and set some time aside. You’re going to need it.

I look forward to more adventures with Miriam Black.

Rating: 8 Cookie Worthy!

Posted October 29, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Posted October 15, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Title: Haunting Violet

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Publisher: Walker Publishing

Publication Date: June 2011

Genre: Young Adult Ghost Story

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book.


Violet has spent her childhood helping her mother “contact” spirits, as in fooling everyone into believing she is a medium. However, one day, Violet finds that she can really talk to spirits. And the dead have a lot to tell her.

I really like Alyxandra Harvey’s Drake Chronicles, so I was excited to give this stand alone novel a try. The book is much more serous in tone, taking place in Victorian England with all of the era’s rigid rules and social restrictions. Immediatley, it’s obvious that Violet’s problems is not restricted to only being haunted by ghosts. Her dear mother is a huge source of danger, manipulation and abuse. The ghosts are scary, but Mrs. Willoughby is scarier.

The challenges Violet has to face, coming to terms with her own gifts, finding the murderer of this innocent girl, choosing between to very different suitors are well balanced. Harvey’s dialogue is natural. It’s easy to believe that Violet and Elizabeth are friends, why she is attracted to Colin and how years of being treated by a selfish mother has cost Violet.

The book started off slow for me, it took me a couple of days to get into it. But by the time I was over half way through, it picked up and I finished the rest in a night. It’s worth the wait. While I didn’t love it as much as I do The Drake Chronicles, Haunting Violet is still a well written ghost story with a creepy personality.

Rating 5 Ok, Decent Like Diet Coke

Posted October 15, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 4 Comments