Monday, July 14, 2014

My Take: Since You Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been GoneSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you are looking for a good summer read, then this is it!

This is about Emily, who finds at the start of Summer that her best friend Sloane is gone. Moved. Without a word. She is confused and disheartened and feels lost. Until one day she receives a letter in the mail from Sloane. All it was, was a list of things Sloane wanted Emily to do during the summer time. No return address no explanation to her where abouts, just the list.

Emily, being an introvert/shy personality, is a bit thrown over some of the things Sloane wants her to do. But she feels like if she does these things, it will somehow lead her to her best friend.

As she starts doing some of the easier things on the list, she finds that it is bringing people into her life, that she least expected. And Sloanes list brings her more than just things to mark off a list.

She starts really coming into her own. Discovering who she is, and what she able to do.

This book, which is about two friends, ends up also being about finding friends, love and finding confidence in yourself.

I felt I could totally identify with Emily, in that I am an introvert who was and still is best friends with my "Sloane". A friend who very much is a extrovert, who brought out in me, confidence, support and a lifelong friendship. We balance each other out and bring out, I feel the best qualities in each other.

I connected with, not only the main characters, but the others as well. Dawn, Matthew, even Gideon. Everyone felt true to life, and like people I know or knew in real life.

This is a feel good book that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a book to dive into and get lost in.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

My Take: Darkness by Erin Eveland

DarknessDarkness by Erin Eveland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

This is tale of good versus evil in such a wonderfully dark and creepy way!

It starts off with the main character Catherine when she is around 6 and lives with her Nana. And goes through the struggle her grandmother has with the strange behavior and activities she sees in her granddaughter. The shadows that seem to come alive.

The rest of the book continues to follow Catherine as she gets older and is now living with her alcoholic mother in a rundown trailer park. And the strange activities and shadows seemingly all but forgotten. That is until one day, the shadows make themselves known once again. And they threaten everything that Catherine holds close.

This was such an on the edge of your seat read. The world building was on point as was the character development.

Artos is the antagonist and he was such a scary, intimidating figure. Along with all the Shadow Creatures. You know how sometimes you see a flash of movement out of the corner of your eye? Well, now I think of these creepy little guys when that happens lol.

Catherine was a likeable character, who you just sympathized with on so many levels. And I can't wait to continue to watch her develop as this series grows.

And I cannot wait to see the direction her friend Nathan takes. That ending though!!!!

This book is dark, and doesn't hold back on that. And that is exactly what I expect and want from a book like this. Anything less would have cheapened the story.

This was a thrilling read!

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