Saturday, January 9, 2016

A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep

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Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically-induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose - hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire - is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes - or be left without any future at all

I have to admit, going into this one brought back the same feelings and emotions as Across the Universe by Beth Revis contained. But this one takes a new turn that makes it stand out on it's own. I enjoyed this one just as much as I enjoyed ATU and recommend it for you as well. It has the same dark mystery going on in it that drives you crazy trying to figure out what's going on.

Rose is very likeable, her feelings very understandable and with technology today I could imagine her situation very clearly. How would that be to wake up 60 years later, not knowing who you are anymore, where you belong and how to function normally. What happened to your family? Then to find out your in danger, cannot figure out who or why and not knowing people well enough to know who to trust or where to go. I became almost addicted to this story once I got into it, stuck in my thoughts for a couple of weeks. Very entertaining, intriguing and contagious..I want more.

I loved the twists in this story, I did not see them coming, I really did not know what to expect and was very delighted with the turn of events.

Although the book does round out nicely in the end, it leaves only a few questions that could be taken into a series

Monday, January 4, 2016

Book Review: The Sleepwalkers by J Gabriel Gates

A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight. Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb's childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine's long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.

Ok I admit it, I love horror stories. I collect scary movies and Halloween is my favorite holiday.  This book was right up my ally and I loved every minute of it. Caleb receives an unusual letter from his past, right after graduation. He and his friend decide to take a road trip to his father's house. He has not seen his father in years and has been unable to reach him by phone. When they arrive to the house, it stinks, it's dirty and obviously something is wrong. All of the furniture and possessions are still in the house but Caleb's father is nowhere to be found. The neighbors and the police have no answers, leading Caleb to find his own. 
Meanwhile, Christine is locked up in a mental facility and Caleb is determined to get her out. But there is a lot more going on in this town and that institution than it appears. 
There is murder, witches, missing people and ghosts running around this town, and Caleb and his friend have just walked right into it. The perfect setting for a great scary read. This is one of my favorite books of the year and I could not be happier to have found it. I can see this one becoming a fantastic horror movie. 
I was on the edge of my seat for several chapters. I loved that the main character doesn't make it through every turn unscathed. He really gets hurt and panic sets in. 
This book is a page turner.