Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
Bad points in my opinion
• In certain parts of the book, I thought it dragged on especially when it came to finding out who was murdering the children. I know authors do this to ad suspense but I found my suspense turned to frustration.
• Too much focus on her past, which to me seems pretty repetitive and also frustrated me.
• The focus on sex in places it didn’t need to be annoyed me. Sex themes where appearing in parts of the book where it hadn’t been mentioned and didn’t need to be.
• The bullying/abuse in the book whether it was with young adults or actual adults seemed to me to be glorified as good. One quote in the book annoyed me a lot, which was when she mentioned a young girl being passed around a group of lads at a party and Camille stood up for the guys and said it was basically the girls fault and they don’t need saving!
• It seemed like the author decided one character was going to be the murderer and then when it got to the end, changed her mind and choose someone else.
Good points in my opinion
• The only good thing I can think of when I am writing this review is how the author captures how people like Camille who have a history like she does with self harming, still feel years after the self harming has stopped and how the self harming now makes me feel. I feel like it was handle quite well as it can be a hard subject to write/ talk about.
Over all at first I gave this book 3 stars but when looking at what three stars represents on good reads I have changed it to two stars. I thought overall it was just ok. It frustrated me a lot, the charactors frustrated me a lot. The story was ok the development was good but towards the end it ‘dragged’ and I felt my self pushing myself to finish it.
Dead Until Dark (Sookie StackHouse #1)
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….
But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….
To me this was another typical I am a vampire and I will protect you and look after you kind of story.I am not 100% certain how I feel after finishing this book. I did like some of it but other parts just got on my nerves, especially as she was flicking from the fact she wanted to be with him to not wanting to be with him within a couple of hours. I do fully understand where this was coming from but it still annoyed me. There were also a lot of sex scenes in there which I don’t think really all needed to be there. They could be slightly graphic to.
Bill (The Vampire), had an annoying trait in his personality. He made a big deal out of wanting to live with humans and not wanting to harm them but the minute when Sookie announced someone had annoyed her or if someone hurt her, he would leave in the dead of the night and ‘deal’ with them. This happened at least twice.
I like the who do it part of the story with regards to the strange things happening in the town and the twist at the end.
I will carry on to the next book to see if I like it any more than this one, but it wasn’t one of my favourites. If I was younger and still going through my ‘twilight’ stage I probably would of liked it a little more.
Alice In Wonderland
I did really enjoy the beginning and middle of this story I wasn’t so keen on the way in which it ended. I would probably look at this differently if I hadn’t seen the film and TV adaptitions for this story first. Even though I knew that it all ended with her back in her family surroundings, I felt it was rather abrupt in the story for. I would recommend reading the story if you have just seen the films, as the adaptions have been really good and stuck mostly to the plot line.
That being said I did love all the characters and they were all exactly as I remember ed them being from what I have seen of the story and everything was very well discribed and set for me. I actually felt like I was there watching this story unfold.
I will be trying to read other versions to see how they differ from this on, especially the longer versions. . I am looking forwardto re reading this story in the near future, including after reading A story of Alice.