Published: July 31, 2007
Series: Supernatural Companion Novels (1)
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Twenty years ago they lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America…and he taught them how to kill it.
Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker’s haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an ’80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that’s bizarre even by New York City standards, it’s the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.
Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe’s horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don’t rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore.
As a super fan of the show Supernatural, I was eager to try the companion books and delve into the world of Sam and Dean yet again. What a major disappointment this was. Though the author claims to be a big fan of the show, I question the truth in that because he got the characterizations of both Sam and Dean completely and totally wrong.
Dean is a lovable, edgy kind of guy. He has a fiercely protective spirit, especially when it comes to his brother Sam, and is so clever and witty that I am constantly tickled by his hilarious shenanigans. In this book Dean was a mindless idiot who couldn’t navigate his way out of a paper bag. He spoke, or thought, constantly of music no one cared about. Seriously, the author had him listing names of songs and bands, several at a time, repeatedly throughout the book. Yes, Dean loves good old school music, but he is not this obnoxious about it.
And poor Sam’s character was nowhere near as compassionate and intelligent as he is in the show. The Sammy I have grown to love thinks on his feet, and in this book his logic and quick thinking were pretty much non-existent.
Also, the so called supernatural mysteries in this one was kind of a bust with no real resolution. It was boring and predictable and overall sucked. This book did not do the show or its fans justice at all. The only reason I am willing to try another companion book eventually is because some were written by different authors. I can only hope they have done a much better job in representing Sam and Dean Winchester.
Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia–the woman everyone in town adores. Everyone, that is, except for Annajane and her lifelong best friend, Pauline “Pokey” Bayless.
But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance. Maybe everything happens for a reason. And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back.
But there are secrets afoot in this small town. Passcoe, North Carolina, is the home of Quixie Cherry Soda, and the company has been in the Bayless family for generations. Change is on the horizon, however, and even though anyone born in Passcoe is raised on cherry soda and it’s mascot, Dixie the Quixie Pixie, things are most definitely not going to be the same for long. Soon, Annajane discovers that change can bring out the worst in people and uncover the family scandals. And even though there are people determined to keep Annjane from getting what she wants, happiness could be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason could be in her future. That is, if she can find out what she’s really made of and what really matters most.
I adored this book. I love Mary K. Andrews because I know what I’m going to get. Another story about a small country town where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and small town secrets and scandals abound.
Annajane Hudgens works for the local soda plant called Quixie, which happens to belong to her ex-husband, Mason, and his family. Planning to make the final push to get over her ex, she plans to relocate to Atlanta and remarry. But not before attending Mason’s wedding. When the wedding is unceremoniously interrupted, mayhem and shenanigans ensue.
This is a sweet story about family, friendship, and unrequited love. Annajane and Mason have had their ups and downs, but working through the plots and schemes of the woman trying to trick and ensnare Mason into marriage, and the schemes of said woman and Mason’s younger brother Davis to sell off the company, they both really grow up and begin to change. Their perception and understanding of each other and themselves becomes clearer, though their insecurities still threaten to pull them under.
The characters are so colorful, fun, and likable. And even the ‘villains’ were entertaining and necessary to the story. I was especially fond of Mason’s daughter Sophie and his younger sister and Annajane’s best friend Pokey. Both were quirky, hilariously honest, and loyal to a fault.
I love the small town setting and can really get into the coziness of the atmosphere the author created. There was so much to love about this book. Once again Ms. Andrews does not disappoint.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
Published: July 30, 2013
Series: Sanctuary Island (1)
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Welcome to a place where broken hearts come to heal–and where every lost soul will find a home.
When Ella’s sister decides to reunite with their estranged mother, Ella goes along for the ride—it’s always been the two Preston girls against the world. But Sanctuary Island, a tiny refuge for wild horses tucked off the Atlantic coast, is more inviting than she ever imagined. And it holds more than one last opportunity to repair their broken family—if Ella can open her carefully guarded heart, there is also the chance for new beginnings.
Grady Wilkes is a handyman who can fix anything…except the scars of his own past. When he accepts the task of showing Ella the simple beauties of the island that healed him, he discovers a deep sense of comfort he thought he’d lost. But now he must convince the woman who never intended to stay that on Sanctuary Island, anything is possible—forgiving past mistakes, rediscovering the simple joys of life, and maybe even falling in love.
Everybody seemed to feel everything so very deeply at all times. Ella has her back up as well as Grady which made it difficult to get to know any of the characters well enough to care about them. Though it was a relatively sweet story, I just wasn’t invested in their future. This book wasn’t by any means terrible, but it lacked any kind of pizzazz.
SHE COULD SAVE THE WORLD–
OR DESTROY IT.
Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene’s horrific hallucinations predicted the apocalypse, and the end of the world brought her all sorts of new powers.
With the earth scorched and few survivors, Evie teams up with handsome and dangerous Jack Deveaux in a race to find answers. They discover that an ancient prophecy is being played out, and Evie is not only one with special powers. A group of teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….
This review is probably going to be more of a rant than anything. Bare with me because I am writing this review almost verbatim of how I took my notes.
Evie has got to be one of the most unlikable female characters since Bella Swann and Anna whats her face from the 50 Shades series. She is so damn disagreeable and stupid it’s ridiculous. She’s BEYOND useless in this post-apocalyptic world, and pretty pathetic before it as well. She doesn’t even TRY in the face of such adversity and is content and LAZY enough to wait for Jackson to do EVERYTHING. And when Jackson explains something to her, she never believes him until she has incontrovertible evidence, which by then has put them in terrible danger. Bish, ain’t nobody got time for that! Why the hell would he lie considering the circumstances? This girl is just beyond irritating and I found myself several times wanting to slap the piss out of her.
Jackson isn’t any better than Evie. He is a MAJOR asshole and doesn’t have very many redeeming qualities. Every once in a while he would do or say something that makes you want to give him the benefit of the doubt. That maybe he could just grow or change. And then he would promptly follow that up with something majorly douchy and terrible. He treats Evie horribly and is always drunk and horny. He’s possessive, abusive, and violent. Jackson is without a doubt one of the most selfish and vile love interests I’ve read about.
The first few chapters detailing Evie’s life before the Flash was a pointless waste. None of it had any consequence whatsoever on the events of the book post Flash. The other characters she meets along the way are jerks, and all the men seem to have become Neanderthals and are all ready to take women and rape them because for some unknown reason, there are way fewer women survivors than men.
The concept of this book had potential. If the characters had been people I could connect with and root for, I would have enjoyed it more. But Evie and Jackson ruined this book for me. I will NOT be continuing this series. BOOO!
Favel Farrington knew very little about her new husband. When they met in Capri, the dashing young heir to Pendorric had swept the lovely English girl into marriage with the sudden fierceness of a summer storm.
It was all wonderfully exciting, until Faval discovered that someone was planning a very special place for her in the family–in the crypt with the other legendary “brides of Pendorric” who had all died so mysteriously, so tragically and so young.
Suddenly the words “till death do us part” took on a new and ominous meaning….
Ever since I read The Road to Paradise Island by Victoria Holt, I have been anxious to read more books by her. Though I admit that I wasn’t as entertained by this title, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more by her.
After her father’s death, Faval Farington marries Roc, the dashing and charismatic heir to Pendorric and is whisked off to his family home. But no sooner than Faval settles in does some strange and eerie things begin to occur. Fueled by superstition and haunted by the tale of the Brides of Pendorric, Faval begins to wonder if there isn’t some truth to the tale.
Faval was perfectly delightful and her patience for Roc’s family is to be commended. Especially when it comes to his cryptic and mysterious twin nieces. I love that no matter what strange occurrence went on, Faval first thought logically and believed that there would always be some rational explanation.
The plot of this one was intriguing and very nicely paced. And while I had a brief thought of the outcome, it was so fleeting that when I learned the truth it was not ruined for me. This title was full of intrigue, drama, and surprises, which gladly kept me flipping the pages. My only complaint is that when reading TRTPI, I felt like I was experiencing the story as the MC was. I felt her joy, surprise, and terror. I didn’t quite connect like that to this one.
But overall, this was still a really good read and I will be continuing my journey into the creative mind of Victoria Holt.