Monday, October 29, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Tricked or Treated

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Sometimes, books don't turn out the way you expect them to. Here are some particularly pleasant or nasty surprises I've gotten.
1) Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
This one's a nasty. I was so, so excited for this book because of all the raving reviews, but was so very disappointed by it. If you read my review of Sweet Evil, you'd know how much fluff I thought it was. I felt like Anna was to obsessed with Kaiden. The plot line consisted of elements that didn't mesh together. Granted, it had a very interesting concept of what fallen angels and their offspring do, but it was overshadowed by the romance. But I can definitely see why it appeals to many YA readers, so before you decide to completely swear off this book, go check it out for yourself.

2) Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed--as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows--with every fiber of her being--that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something--but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened--the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life--points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets--and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
Personally, I thought that Unraveling didn't get nearly as much attention as it should've. Since I didn't know a whole ton about the book, I didn't know what to expect. Unraveling, fact-paced at times, sweet at others, went straight to, and over my expectations of the book. You will not be disappointed by this read.

3) Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.
The cover totally had me turned off to this book. Totally. But one day I kinda stumbled across this at the library, and was like, "Why the heck not?" and ended up devouring it in a single afternoon, fascinated by Ilsa J. Bick's gruesomely detailed writing, and crying at the desolate world in which Alex has to survive. Pick this one up soon if you haven't.

4) Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer's Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she's not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world's sweetest boyfriend, behind.

But when Cryer's Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn't get close to... the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.

Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she's always loved, Kendall keeps up the search--and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can't stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried . . .
This, I believe, was Lisa McMann's fourth book. Her Wake trilogy was fantastic, and I absolutely loved it, but Cryer's Cross was lovable in a totally different way. It was dark, creepy, and totally screws with you head. It was an unexpected follow-up to her previous books, but I still loved it!

5) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
Another book that totally screws with your head. I thought this book would be another action novel that'd be entertaining, but nothing new. But no. I Hunt Killers features even more graphic descriptions of murder scenes, as well as the intrigue of psychological thrillers. I cannot express how many emotions coursed through my mind and how many thoughts I created to go along with this book. Not for the faint of heart.

Have you ever been tricked or treated? Leave your answer in the comments section!

P.S. At the request of a friend who wanted me to include cats in this post, here you go. Cats.

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