So there is this GREAT used bookstore a couple of towns over that has a .25 cent book sale the third weekend in every month. Of course if there are ‘old timey’ authors I am looking for, this is usually the place to go where I can rack up.
Recently I’ve gotten into Gothic Romance and the Queen of GC is Victoria Holt, also known as Jean Plaidy, and Phillipa Carr, and a myriad of other pseudonyms. I’ve also decided to work my way through Agatha Christie’s books and have also wanted to read through Grace Livingston Hill’s books since I tried one of her’s a few months ago.
From the last two or three visits to the bookstore I was able to buy and collect a good many of those authors plus a few more I found interesting or have been wanting to read. The following are all the books I’ve picked up from the book sales.
Now I must try and figure out WHERE exactly I’m going to store all of these books! I most certainly have to get them up out of bags out of my floor!
Dating in high school is like reality TV. It can get pretty surreal.
Between the strict social ladder (geeks’ lockers left, jocks’ to the right), and silly, pointless rules (no hand-holding, no kissing, no breathing!), high school is the single worst place to find a boyfriend. And Laura Sweeney is no exception. She hasn’t had a date since…well, ever.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. So Laura is calling in the big guns. She needs guidance. A proven “get the guy” strategy. Luckily she knows exactly the expert to call. He’s a matchmaking mastermind who actually has the bow and arrow to prove it. Let’s just call him…Cupid.
This is a silly teen book about a girl named Laura Sweeney who loves mythology. When she inadvertently beseeches Jupiter for a boyfriend, Cupid is sent to her school in disguise as a hot teenage girl and chaos ensues.
In the following days, Cupid manages to hook up several interesting couples that don’t always work out. It takes a love match between nerdy boy Patrick popular head cheerleader Megan for Laura to realize she wanted the nerdy guy all along.
I think a pre-teen who loves to read will find enjoyment in this book, but it was a little too juvenile for me.
A soulmate for life…or death
Seventeen-year-old Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and prominent politician, she has become a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a world that allows her to travel to many exotic places. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea begins to notice eerie, shadowy images in her photos of a strange and beautiful young man–a man she has never seen before.
When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries-old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives–and their futures.
I think the idea behind this book was a good one, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. This story is basically about eternal life and reincarnation.
Clea, a budding photojournalist and daughter of a prominent senator and heart surgeon, begins to notice a mysterious man showing up in all of her photos, when she begins to have vivid dreams of him in different lifetimes she’s puzzled. But when she stumbles into him on an assignment and he has information about her missing father, he runs away from her and she takes off after him. A stranger. Who she doesn’t know. I mean, he could be the killer!
This book employs all the classic annoying Young Adult tropes. From the unavailable parents to the inexhaustible monetary funds. Throw in a soulmate and a love triangle and all the tropes of a young adult novel are complete.
I understand this is a trilogy, but this book never clears up her father’s disappearance and it ends rather abruptly. Clea makes terrible decisions and is really not so very smart. This book was just ehhh. I’m really not interested in the rest of the series.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderberry Books
Published: May 4, 2010
Series: The Curse Workers (1)
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CASSELL COMES FROM A FAMILY OF CURSE WORKERS–
people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassell. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail–he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Cassell has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that want to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassell begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassell will have to outcon the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic, where a single touch can bring love–or death–and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
Doing this review bullet point style as these are the thoughts that came to me while I was reading.
- Cassell seems to be subtly looking down in contempt on his classmates and anyone who was not brought up in the lifestyle that he was.
- The suggestion that a 14 yr old pierces his ear in a hotel room is absurd. It’s even more absurd he agrees to it. Ain’t that much puppy love in the world and the whole scene reminds me of the exact same scene in the Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap.
- The story is fascinating. Though the world could have been explained more thoroughly, I still really liked it.
- I felt bad for Cassell and his relationship with his brothers. I think I’d be devastated to discover my siblings had been manipulating me almost my entire life.
- I still don’t get the purpose of the sister-in-law. Her parts in the book made absolutely no sense to me. They were confusing and I still don’t understand how and why she was hearing music. Her parts could be eliminated from the story and no one would be the wiser.
- Overall all I enjoyed the book and will be continuing the series.