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Fury – Elizabeth Miles

19 Sep

Creepy, creepy, CREEPY! Fury was so creepy, and, yeah, scary, that I was bundled up in a sweater and wrapped in a blanket while I read it. With all the lights on. Constantly checking over my shoulder. For realz. And it was wonderful. I’m so happy that Simon and Schuster Canada sent me an ARC.

I LOVE when paranormal books cross over to horror. And Fury totally did that. You got the sense from the beginning that something wasn’t right, was drastically wrong and that things weren’t going to end well. There would be no last minute flury of rainbows and cupcakes, no. Things were going to end BAD.  And I was totally okay with that.

Miles holds nothing back in Fury. The readers aren’t coddled so that they’ll walk away feeling all bubbly and light. I love these kinds of books. Where, at anytime, someone can die or lose everything. Where you think you know what’s going to happen, but of course, you don’t. It’s awesome. Like Fury was.

Em and Chance, the two main characters, were far from perfect. So, when shit starts to happen to them, there’s this moment of, “So what? Maybe they kinda deserve it.” I found I struggled throughout, bouncing back and forth between “No, they don’t” and “Yes, they do.” Which, to me, is part of the brilliance of Fury. Way to make the reader struggle with moral issues. Just like the characters do.

The ending took me completely by surprise, but in a good way. Can’t wait to read the sequel. And I hope the publication of Fury sees a return to YA horror. Cuz I dig it.


Blogoversary giveaway #6 – YA pack from Simon and Schuster Canada

30 Aug

So this awesome giveaway is courtesy of the lovely folks at Simon and Schuster Canada. What’s up for grabs, you ask? Well the following three wonderful YA books!

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Possession by Elana Johnson
Thirst No.4 by CHristopher Pike

This contest is opened to Canada and the US. Just leave a comment telling me what YA book you are dying to get your hands on (besides these three, of course!). Contest ends Sept. 2nd, 11:59pm EST.

Review: Fade by Lisa McMann

12 Apr

Simon Pulse, 2009


For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They’re just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.

Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody’s talking.When Janie taps into a classmate’s violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open — but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie’s in way over her head, and Cabe’s shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability — and it’s bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what’s to come is way darker than she’d feared….

From Goodreads

Sheesh, what can I say about Fade? The second book in McMann’s Dream Catcher trilogy,  Fade was just as amazing as the first book, Wake.

McMann continued doing what she did in Wake: using her writing style to influence the tone of the book.  Seriously, her writing does a terrific job once again of accentuating the plot and Janie’s life in general.

We also get to see some character growth in this book and Janie got a chance to further explore the extent of her gift and what it means for her, her future and Cabe.

Just to go back to the writing style for a moment. With the short sentences and sometimes one lined paragraphs, at times this book leaned more towards a poem-like structure than an actual novel.   McMann doesn’t waste words and you get the feeling that if something was included in Fade, it had a purpose.  The plot and writing were tight, producing an enjoyable story, despite some of the topics discussed.

Like Wake, Fade isn’t a light, fluffy read. What it is is an amazing book about courage, discovering who you are, who’ll you’ll become and dealing with it.

Browse inside Fade.