Showing posts with label suspense. Show all posts
Showing posts with label suspense. Show all posts

Thursday, July 3, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Wow, I read this book a week ago, and I'm still thinking about it. It's not action-packed, but if you like a book that makes you think (and messes with your mind), you'll love this one. The ending was jaw-dropping and shocking. I was stunned!

The Sinclair family has everything. They are attractive, wealthy, and even own a private island off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. Cadence, along with her extended family, spend every summer together on the island. Cad, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and their friend Gat are the "four liars."
The setting is idyllic, but the reader soon becomes aware that the Sinclair family is very, very dysfunctional.

I loved the writing style, but this book is not for everyone. I think some readers will be upset with the dark subject matter. I recommend this to mature readers grade 8 and up. And after you read it, please either talk to me about this book or leave a comment!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wake by Amanda Hocking

Gemma loves to swim. She is on her school's swim team and every night can be found down in the harbor at dusk going for her evening swim.

But Gemma's father and sister are worried about her; several teenagers in town have gone missing and swimming alone at night seems very dangerous.

And there are three mysterious girls visiting town who are extremely interested in Gemma. They, too, can be found down at the harbor. Penn, Lexi, and Thea are gorgeous, almost too pretty, and definitely not your average teenage girls. What do they want with Gemma? And do they have any connection to the missing teenagers?

I don't want to give the story away, but if you are interested in mermaids, sirens from mythology, and just a good read that will keep you interested throughout the story, read this book. There's some romance, too, along with the mystery.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Love this book cover!

In this inventive novel, you can't trust anyone-not even your parents. Sixteen-year-old Noa is living on her own. She has a laptop and the clothes on her back - that's it. When she wakes up disoriented and with a scar from her breastbone to her stomach, she has no idea what happened. She runs.

Peter Gregory seemingly has everything Noa doesn't. His parents are rich, he lives in a luxurious house, and has a girlfriend who is in college. But like Noa, he can't trust anyone - especially his parents.

Peter and Noa end up in a race for their lives. Peter's parents, not only don't protect him, but kick him out of the house. Peter and Noa need to find out what happened to Noa, and even more importantly, who did this to her and why.

This is a most exciting book that will appeal to anyone who likes a pulse-quickening adventure story. Computer geeks and people familiar with Boston, especially the Harvard area, will love this book!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Every Day by David Levitham

From the cover:

Every day a different body.
Every day a different life.
Every day in love with the same girl.

Wow, wow, wow! This book has one of the most satisfying and saddest endings I've read in a long, long time.

This will be a really hard book to describe, but just know that it is a great book-one that you won't forget easily.

I want to do this book justice, so I will just use Levithan's own words from the first chapter:

I wake up.
     Immediately I have to figure out who I am. It's not just the body-opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I'm fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you're used to waking up in a new one each morning. It's the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.
     Every day I am someone else. I am myself-I know I am myself-but I am also someone else.
     It has always been like this.

I loved this book. It was unusual, suspenseful, romantic, and thought provoking. Read this book, then come talk to me about the ending!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Variant by Robison Wells

This is the chance of a lifetime for Benson. He has been granted a full scholarship to Maxfield Academy. He will be able to turn his life around, get a good education, and finally live in one place longer than a few months before he is sent on to the next foster home.

But when he is dropped off at the Academy, things seem strange. First of all, there are no adults anywhere. NONE! The only teachers are other students who read from a computer screen.

The entire school is divided into three gangs: Society, Havoc, and Variant. He must decide which gang to join - and quickly - before he gets badly beaten up, or worse.

Perhaps worst of all, there are cameras and microphones everywhere, recording everything.

And to make matters even worse, there is no escape. There is both a wall surrounding the school and barbed wire fences. Students who have tried to escape in the past are killed. Max is trapped and has no idea who he can trust - because if he trusts the wrong person, it could be deadly.

This book was full of twists and turns - it was fabulous!! It kept me guessing until the end. And then, there was another twist! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian or suspenseful novels with a twist of science fiction.

Friday, July 23, 2010

After - Francine Prose

Life is different now. School feels like a prison. We must first go through metal detectors. We can't wear red. There are random drug tests for every school athlete. Our teachers are mysteriously leaving. Nothing is the same since there was a terrible school shooting fifty miles away.

This is a very interesting novel about what happens when protection goes too far and students have no rights at all. At first, students and parents felt safer, but after several classmates get sent away for small infractions, Tom Bishop and his friends are beginning to think that things have gone too far. This was a very quick read and a book that not only was exciting, but was thought provoking, too.