Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it’s our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everyday people into hunters, killers, crazies.

Mason's mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she’s about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the by standing crowd.

Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness – but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.(less)
Hardcover, US, 329 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing


Wow, this story is pretty intense. I think if somebody had taken my picture while I was reading this book I would have a slideshow of variations between heartbroken, shocked/ wide eyed. 

With the story being told from several perspectives there is very little down time. The reader travels from one event to the other. From hundreds of schools getting bombed around the nation to random shootings and acts of violence. There was also several earthquakes worldwide which caused tsunamis and all of the things that come with catastrophic events happening all at once. There is no internet, phones and then people start attacking each other. Some are taken over by the darkness, shooting and attacking, seeking out all living people until the "danger" is gone. 

I did not quite catch on to why some people had the darkness arise in them and some didn't. 

There is nowhere to hide, no one you can trust and where are you supposed to go now? 

It was an amazingly dark story, as the title and summary say. There were several gruesome and horrific things happening. I loved it.
I would also like to recommend that if you like horror/darker stories you may want to also pick up Pure by Julianna Baggott and Ashfall by Mike Mullen.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Poisoned House By Michael Ford

Description from Goodreads.com Goodreads Link
The year is 1856, and orphan Abigail Tamper lives below stairs in Greave Hall, a crumbling manor house in London. Lord Greave is plagued by madness, and with his son Samuel away fighting in the Crimea, the running of Greave Hall is left to Mrs Cotton, the tyrannical housekeeper. The only solace for the beleaguered staff is to frighten Mrs Cotton by pretending the house is haunted.

So when a real ghost makes an appearance - that of her beloved mother - no one is more surprised than Abi. But the spirit has a revelation that threatens to destroy Abi’s already fragile existence: she was murdered, and by someone under their very own roof. With Samuel returned to England badly wounded, it’s up to Abi to nurse him back to health, while trying to discover the identity of the killer in their midst. As the chilling truth dawns, Abi’s world is turned upside down

After I finished reading a couple of thoughts about the story were: It really is amazing how much people can endure and still stand up to fight for what's right. And it's also amazing how cruel others can be to each other. It's a great gothic story that will keep you up at night. Abi is a great main character, she is a fighter and the surmounting need to find out what is going on in this house pushes her to endure the cruelty from Ms Cotton.
Ms Cotton is one of the most evil characters you will come across. She seems to take out on the servants her own confusion of what is happening in the house. She thinks she is losing control, so she focuses her attention on the servants, especially Abi.
There are several mysteries happening at once, and the conflict between Abi and Ms Cotton  really has you rooting for Abi. The secrets that the house holds leads up to a very fitting ending.