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The Night Is Alive Book Review

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The Night is Alive by Heather Graham

Publication Date: July  30, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Source: Library

Synopsis: MIDNIGHT IN SAVANNAH

It’s a city of beauty, history…hauntings. And one of the most haunted places in Savannah is a tavern called The Dragonslayer, built in the 1750s. The current owner, Gus Anderson, is a descendant of the original innkeeper and his pirate brother, Blue.

Gus summons his granddaughter, Abigail, home from Virginia, where she’s studying at the FBI Academy. When she arrives, she’s devastated to find him dead. Murdered. But Abby soon learns that Gus isn’t the only one to meet a brutal and untimely end; there’ve been at least two other victims. Then Captain Blue Anderson starts making ghostly appearances, and the FBI’s paranormal investigation unit, the Krewe of Hunters, sends in Agent Malachi Gordon.

Abby and Malachi have a similar ability to connect with the dead…and a similar stubbornness. Sparks immediately begin to fly—sparks of attraction and discord. But as the death toll rises, they have to trust each other or they, too, might find themselves among the dead haunting old Savannah!

Personal Thoughts: This was an entertaining read right from the first couple of pages. We are thrown into an action scene and we are hooked.

The sparks that happen between Abby and Malachi are entertaining to read and be a fly on the wall. There is a lot of humour, fun, banter and you can tell that something is going to happen between the two of them and soon. Although Gus is briefly mentioned when he is alive, we can tell throughout the words of others that he was a great and generous person after the tragic accident in the way that he dies. The rest of the characters were portrayed really well and some of them added to the story, while others were just placeholders.

It was fascinating to see how the author incorporated the ghosts/dead people and the people who could and couldn’t see them. It is unique to be able to see a ghost and not freak out. Heather Graham writes in a way that we can see just how authentic it is and we can get a feeling of the place.

Although this book had a lot of adventure and suspense, it wasn’t a favorite and I don’t think I would re-read this book. I have read a few of her other books in this series, and it is starting to look like she uses a formula with each of her books. There are series that are done well even though there might be familiar characters, however, a series that uses a formula can start to get boring really fast. The ending felt a little rushed as well. It was over far too quickly and could have been better.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

The Night Is Watching Book Review

The Night Is Watching

The Night is Watching by Heather Graham

Publication Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Source: Library

Synopsis: The dead of night

The Old West town of Lily, Arizona, is home to the Gilded Lily, a former theater and bawdy house. These days, it offers theatrical productions geared to tourists, but the recent discovery of a skull, a real skull, among the props and costumes shakes everyone up.

So, who do you call? The Krewe of Hunters, a special FBI unit of paranormal investigators. In this case, it’s agent Jane Everett. Jane’s also a talented artist who creates images of the dead as they once were. But the Krewe always works with local law enforcement, and here that means Sloan Trent, former Houston cop and now sheriff. His great-great-grandmother was an actress at the Gilded Lily, and she’s not resting in peace.

Then more remains appear in the nearby desert. As they search for answers, using all the skills at their disposal, Jane and Sloan find themselves falling into danger — and into love.

Personal Thoughts: I haven’t read a Heather Graham book in quite a while. When I read The Night is Watching  I realized that I have been missing out. I love the author’s writing style and how she builds up mystery and suspense throughout the book. I totally got the wrong person who the was the culprit but that is what makes it really good.

The characters were well developed and likable and the plot was definitely a page turner. The addition of ghosts and the wild west history was a great bonus. I love reading about ghosts and their appearances. Sage and Trey Hardy were portrayed really well as ghosts and they sure were spooky! If I was reading this at night time, I know I would be scared. The setting was written really well and I could see the theater and the shows that they were depicting. I could image how it was back then when greed and money could turn even the most innocent person into someone who is really evil.

Sloan Trent and Jane Everett were my favorite of the bunch and I loved how there was just the right mix of romance and mystery along with suspense. Their relationship developed slowly but those are the best since you don’t know how the other is going to react. I was fascinated with Jane’s profession and the process of creating a face from the skull. The details were written really well and I could see exactly what she was doing. That really requires a skill and an eye for detail. 🙂

Overall it was a great read and the best part is that it is a series. There are about 11 books in the series so I have a lot of catching up to do 🙂 I’m one happy camper.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Book Review: Unraveling Isobel

Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library

Synopsis: (Goodreads): Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, Gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.

But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

Personal Thoughts: When I first read the summary and saw that there would be ghosts involved I was hooked. You know me, I like my ghosts and anything to do with the paranormal. 🙂 Although the book has ghosts, it wasn’t actually scary, just intriguing to see what they would do and what would happen next.

The relationship that Isobel has with her mother isn’t exactly a love relationship and we can tell right off the bat. I mean what kind of mother would marry someone within meeting them of  3 months and force her daughter to move to a new school in her senior year? Isobel shows her displeasure in having to move, especially since her house guests (aka her step-dad and her hot step-brother) aren’t exactly welcoming.

It was interesting to see her struggle with her sanity and seeing whether she was turning insane (it runs in the family). If it was one character I couldn’t stand, it was Dick.(the step father) Right from the start I could tell that there was just something off about him and he seemed to be really creepy.

One thing that I would have liked to see more of is the mystery surrounding the estate. It felt  like it was too short and done over quickly.  Otherwise this book was a great quick entertaining read. I finished it in one day, mainly because I wanted to find out what was going on surrounding the mystery of the house. Eileen Cook is starting to grow on me as an author. All the books that I have read so far have been awesome 🙂 Keep up the great work Eileen Cook!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Book Review: The Perfect Hope

The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

Published: November 6, 2012

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Source: Library

In the conclusion to the fabulous Inn Boonsboro Trilogy, sparks fly when Hope and Ryder attempt to get along and show that there’s nothing going on. Hope is the inn keeper and works for Ryder’s mother. She’s a female version of Owen: meticulously organized, clean, plan/schedule oriented. It’s a bit easier for Ryder because he’s had practice all his life with Owen.

Things really start to heat up when Hope’s ex shows up stirring up trouble. When Ryder sees Hope in a vulnerable position, he starts to see a new side and realizes that she’s not as perfect as he thought, but she just might be perfect for him.

Personal Thoughts: The conclusion to the trilogy was great. It was everything that I expected and more. The sparks and little fights that took place between Ryder and Hope made me turn the pages faster to find out when they would finally give in and realize that there’s something going on.

Ryder’s character and personality as well as Hope’s was a gem and it was enjoyable to read. It was good to see the whole Montgomery clan as well as Clare and Avery interacting with each other.

One of the best things that I finally got a chance to see was who Billy, the ghost, was and his storyline. I loved how the whole story was interconnected with one of the family’s and it brought closure once the final pieces were figured out.

Another great trilogy collection well worth spending the time reading and re-reading. Good job Nora Roberts! Keep up the great work crafting beautiful stories.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Book Review: Giving Up The Ghost

Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe

Published: September 15, 2009

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Source: Library

Cass McKenna is no ordinary high school student. She has a special talent that no one knows about. She’s able to see and talk to ghosts. She prefers their company to ‘breathers’- people who are alive. Ghosts aren’t complicated and they are dependable, but  best of all they can provide Cass with all the dirt on anyone in school. She loves dirt and she is on a mission to do one thing– expose the posers and the fakes, the popular kids that think they are above everyone.

Things change when the VP of the student council discovers her secret and goes after her. Tim wants her to help him contact his deceased mother and Cass agrees, but only on her terms. As they start to spend more time together, Cass starts to realize there is more to Tim than she originally thought. He’s not like them, he’ s his own person and he desperately needs help, more so than she originally believed.

With everything that is going on in Cass’ life, she starts to think that maybe it is time to give life-  and people, another chance. It is time to move on with her life and live her life.

Personal Thoughts: The first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover. I absolutely love the cover! The mixture of the dead and the living is a perfect balance. The title was the significant part to the book and it stands out on the cover, more than the author’s name. I loved Cass’ character, personality and who care’s attitude. She was put in a tough spot when she started seeing ghosts and she dealt with it the best way that she could. The plot concept of getting the dirt on people from talking to ghosts was an original one. I mean there is no proof of how you got the information and who is next. Cass definitely had an advantage to bring people’s lives down and make their lives miserable if people messed with her. There’s a reason why no one approaches her.

The strange friendship that Cass and Tim was fascinating to follow. It wasn’t a typical boy meets girl kind of story. Both pushed each other away, even when they wanted to do the exact opposite.

This book is not a fluffy romance, but an interesting look on a girl who had her life turned upside down, given a talent that she didn’t want, and gave help to someone who’s life was in a delicate balance. It has dark themes of the paranormal, death, suicide and teen angst. The author wrote in a way that it wasn’t too dark  but still realistic enough to make it believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a different take on high school and teenage life.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Book Review: Beyond the Grave

Beyond the Grave by Mara Purnhagen

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: August 23, 2011

In the conclusion to the Past Midnight series, there are a lot of unknowns that still need to be figured out. Charlotte is still recovering from the attack that happened to her and her family three months ago. Everything has changed since then. She missed out on prom.  She’s going to a local community college instead of going out of state, her mother is still in a coma, but at least she still has her boyfriend Noah. But lately Noah  have been very secretive and seems to be pulling away. It

When strange things start happening and Noah disappears, Charlotte must find out what’s happening and fix it before another disaster falls on her and those around her. She must fight the paranormal and get her life back, she is done moping and waiting around for things to change back to normal.

Personal Thoughts: 

What a great conclusion to the Past Midnight series! There was so much action packed into this novel it’s crazy. The author did a good job of incorporating the other two books into this one with little tidbits to inform the reader of something that happened in the past. A reader can pick this book up and not feel like they are missing a piece of the puzzle. One thing that was a shocker for me was the additional characters Michael and Marcus and the the plot twists that happened with them.

The complexities of what was happening to Noah and those around him brought everything together in the end. It was interesting to see that Bliss went from ‘I hate you’ to ‘let’s be friends’ in this book. It shows that some times you can’t judge people and that they have their reasons for being the way they are.

Out of the three books in the series, I think this one is my favorite overall.

Book Review: One Hundred Candles

One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen

Published: March 2011

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

The sequel begins innocently enough with Charlotte, Noah and Avery going to a house party. The host of the party, popular football star Harris Abbott invites all of them to Gwyn’s house for a little fun. They play a game called One Hundred Candles, where everyone in the circle goes around telling ghost stories and lighting a candle after they are done. When one hundred stories have been told, something is supposed to happen. Charlotte thinks it’s just fun and goes along, debunking each story as its told, however it all changes when they all go back to school.

Unexplained occurences begin to happen and all of a sudden their school is said to be haunted. Charlotte, her family and friends are now in danger, and she must find a way to close the door to the other realm that she has opened before it is too late.

Personal Thoughts:

This is the sequel to Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen. First thought that popped into my mind as I was reading this book was wow. It’s definitely more action packed than in the last book. Right from the start of the book to the very end. I liked how there were two plots, a main one and subplot to keep the suspense going.

When I saw the cover I thought, the one hundred candles might have something to do with a seance and it was close to it. I love how on each of the covers, we never actually get to see Charlotte Silver. We only see a part of her face but never the eyes.

The plot made things tense for Charlotte for a while by making it really personal. People that are closest to Charlotte are hurt and there is nothing that she can do. I felt sympathy for her and it made me keep on reading to find out what was going to happen. Things are definitely not what they seem in this book and that’s what makes it even more interesting to read.