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Life After Theft
by Aprilynne Pike
Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.
No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so–in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history–he agrees to help her complete her “unfinished business.” But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff’s new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he’s made the right choice.
MY THOUGHTS: 3 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Aprilynne Pike is the author of one my my favorite series ever, Wings. Unfortunately this contemporary stand along offering from her doesn’t strike my fancy as much as her fairy series did.
The story is told by Jeff, who on his first day at the fancy Whitestone Academy discovers that he is the only one who can see the ghost of dead student Kimberlee. And Kimberlee quickly recruits him to help her accomplish a monumental task so she can pass on. Things become bigger than Jeff expects, and he soon comes to learn the truth about some of the people he goes to school with.
At first I really got into the story and found it original, but the second half really dragged for me. Jeff was sarcastic and Kimberlee was mean but funny, however, I found Sera kind of maudlin and boring. I actually enjoyed Kimberlee’s interactions with Jeff more than I did Sera and Jeff’s relationship.
After a second half that struggled, the ending was kind of meh. Everything worked out OK for everyone, but the reasons behind certain things were not fully explained.
I just don’t have much at all to say about this book, good or bad. I found it uninspiring but maybe others will enjoy it.
If you’ve noticed I haven’t posted anything since Thursday last week. I will be taking a hiatus for the rest of August.
Last Thursday afternoon, we very suddenly lost our little Pomeranian puppy Bella in a horrible accident. I am having a hard time coping, and I find myself unable to concentrate on anything much at the moment. So blogging is out of the question for me right now.
I will pick all winners for giveaways this upcoming weekend. Thanks so much for your understanding and visiting my blog.
Here’s a picture of our Bella girl.
I’m jumping on the bangwagon of Bloglovin! The badge will be posted on the bottom of the blog
I just wanted to let you know that I won’t be posting much this week as I will be on vacation! I have a couple of posts scheduled already, but other than that I won’t be fully back in action till next Monday. Hope you are having a great summer so far
Mason: I’M LAYING HERE IN BED THINKING ABOUT YOU.
Hope: WHAT A COINCIDENCE. I WAS THINKING ABOUT U 2.
Mason: REALLY? WHAT ABOUT?
Hope: U TELL ME FIRST.
Mason: I WAS THINKING HOW MUCH I MISS YOU.
Hope: U MISS ME? OR LITTLE MASON MISSES ME?
Mason: WHO THE HELL IS LITTLE MASON?
Hope: UR PENIS…?
Mason: NO. JUST NO. THAT IS NOT HIS NAME.
Hope: SO IT IS A BOY?
Mason: WELL OBVIOUSLY.
Hope: FINE. THEN WHAT’S HIS NAME?
Mason: IDK. I’VE NEVER GIVEN HIM ONE. YOU’RE THE NICKNAME QUEEN. WHAT SHOULD WE CALL HIM?
Hope: LITTLE MASON.
Mason: YOU CAN’T CALL HIM LITTLE!
Mason: BECAUSE IT’S INACUURATE.
Hope: OH. SO IT’S AN EGO THING?
Mason: NO. IT’S REALITY.
Hope: I SEE.
Mason: SO WE’RE IN AGREEMENT?
Hope: ABOUT UR PENIS SIZE? ABSOLUTELY.
Mason: OKAY. GOOD. SO WHAT SHOULD HIS NAME BE?
Hope: IT’S 2 MUCH PRESSURE.
Mason: THAT’S BECAUSE HE’S SO BIG.
Hope: OH, DEAR BUDDHA.
Mason: IS THAT HIS NAME? I’M NOT SURE I LIKE THAT.
Hope: UR RIDICULOUS.
Mason: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT BROUGHT UP THE WHOLE NAME ISSUE.
Hope: OK. FINE. HOW ABOUT BIG MASON.
Mason: NO. I’M BIG MASON.
Hope: SO WOULDN’T THAT MAKE UR PENIS LITTLE MASON?
Mason: I THOUGHT WE ESTABLISHED HE ISN’T LITTLE?
Hope: ALL RIGHT. HOW ABOUT…BEANSTALK?
Mason: ARE YOU JUST TRYING TO PISS ME OFF?
Hope: NO. UR THINKING ABOUT IT WRONG. I MEAN LIKE, MASON AND THE GIANT BEANSTALK.
Mason: AH. I SEE. I KIND OF LIKE IT.
Mason: SO YOU NEVER TOLD ME WHAT YOU WERE THINKING ABOUT ME.
Hope: CLIMBING YOUR BEANSTALK.
Mason: I’M COMING OVER.
Cheryl McIntyre is a mother, author, and insomniac, as well as a reader, movie critic, and
incredibly bad singer. She’s lived in the same area of Ohio her whole life,
though she secretly has dreams of moving somewhere a little warmer—preferably near a beach.
Her life revolves around four things: family, music, books, and really bad scary movies. If she
doesn’t have a kid on her hip, an iPod in her hand, or a laptop in front of her
face, it’s one of those rare moments when she’s actually sleeping.
You can follow herauthor page on Facebook where she lives part time. On Goodreads, which is like
crack for avid readers. Or on Twitter, though it’s rumored she has yet to master the art of tweeting.
by Carly Anne West
Young Adult Paranormal
A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel.
Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.
As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not…
MY THOUGHTS: 2 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
I wanted to like this book, I was even willing to read it and scare myself. I had seen many reviews comparing the creepy creatures to that girl from The Ring. But the scares never really came. The questions did though. I finished the book and am still pretty confused about a ton of things that happened.
Sophie was bland. Evan had nothing interesting to offer at all. The way they came together seemed random and forced, and their relationship awkward. The rest of the characters weren’t interesting at all, either.
So, why didn’t I DNF this book? The concept of the Takers was intriguing, but the execution was horrific. I didn’t really get what they were or why they existed. The middle third of the book is weighed down by lengthy exposition, blog posts written by a supporting character that don’t really tell the reader anything. I wanted to try to get some answers to the many, many questions that I’d formed, but I didn’t get them by the end of the book.
I’m not sure what, if anything, could have improved The Murmurings. To me, it was kind of a half-developed story. I’ll never understand the world of publishing and how books like this get big publishers, while amazing indie stories do not.
Hey yall! Thanks so much for your patience while I am trying to get back to working on the blog. I expect to be posting again next week.
Last year was a great first year for me, and I really learned a lot. With that being said, I will be changing the way I do things here. I will not be doing daily posts, and if I’m posting something, it will be something worthwhile. I will be posting mainly reviews. I took on a lot last year and I plan to cut back!
You may also see reviews of products from time to time. If you like that, awesome. If not, I promise my blog will still be mostly bookish.
Thanks again for being amazing readers!
I accomplished SO much with my blogging this year, and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing fellow bloggers who helped me, authors who made amazing books to read, publishers who provided me with review copies…and most of all, my readers!
I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH! I will have Sweet Southern Home up and running again soon, but I’ll be changing a few things, as to stress myself out less
I hope you will be here with me into 2013!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 23,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals