Saturday, July 14, 2012

Before I Wake- Rachel Vincent

Okay, warning:  this review will contain spoilers.

However, this book is AWESOME.

When we left Kaylee Cavanaugh at the end of If I Die, she was, well dead.  But reanimated so that she could perform a special function- reclaiming stolen souls.  And she and Nash were pretty much over.  HI TOD!

I love Tod.  Tod is so much cooler than Nash, because he's dead, he's self-sacrificing, and he thinks Kaylee is about the greatest person ever.  Which she probably is.

Now, Nash is still all pissy about having been dumped and temporarily framed for Kaylee's murder.  Though I'd think he'd get over her considering that she's DEAD and so is TOD (which actually means 'death' in German) meaning they kind of make more sense.  Plus he's got Sabine the hot slut going crazy over him.

Now, before, I have significantly disliked Sabine.  She just gets so "Nash Nash Nash Nash HA YOU'RE A VIRGIN KAYLEE Nash Nash Nash.'  And that gets BORING.  But now she found a new hobby- insulting Sophie, Kaylee's annoying bitchy cousin.  And that's just funny.

So what is this dead banshee with a Harry Potter complex up to now?  Well, there's the whole soul stealing thing going on, and of course those damn hellions keep showing up to muck about in her business, and there's a whole lot of confusion as to "Is this person real or is actually AVARI?! I DON'T KNOW!  FUCK!"

And of course, with her Harry Potter complex (personally I think a Harry Potter complex should become a legitimate psychological term for her condition [you know, must save and protect EVERYONE]), she's worried sick about her friends and family.  I'd say worried to death, but she's already dead, and though this gives her certain powers, I do think she misses actual life.  Now, she does have the Glorious Reaper Tod as her forever boyfriend now, which is pretty cool, because he was lonely and he's just so delicious you can't help but adore him.

I will warn you that when this book ends, you'll wish you had the next book.  But you can't.  It hasn't come out yet.  So you'll have to deal.  But seriously- I love all these books, even the novellas.  I highly recommend them to anyone who likes paranormal or fantasy or what have you, because THEY ROCK.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Butterfly Clues- Kate Ellison

This was an original story with a very peculiar main character, but that's really what made it good. The Butterfly Clues' main character, Lo, was sort of an OCD paranoid weirdo and her brother has died, leaving her family sort of out of it. Her mother didn't really leave her room and took lots of antidepressants which clearly didn't do any good.  So Lo starts visiting the part of Cleveland where her brother died- Neverland.
Neverland is called that because it is full of runaways and others who sort of live off the grid.  Lo goes to the street fair regularly and collects various objects which she fills her room with in a very orderly fashion-or, at least, orderly to her.  Soon enough, a dead stripper is found in Neverland, and Lo becomes completely obsessed with the murder.
While trying to uncover the mystery of why someone would kill Sapphire, as she was known, Lo meets lots of interesting people and even comes across some of Sapphire's personal belongings.
Lo even tries to 'audition' at Sapphire's strip club, Tens, in an effort to find out more about her.  Lo, of course, is legally too young to be a stripper as she's in high school.  She of course does not fit in at school, a lot of this due to her obsession with certain numbers and the number of times she has to tap and say banana before opening a door.  There are some people at her school who find her interesting, but she doesn't feel like she belongs with them and instead hangs out with the miscreants and squatters and artists in Neverland playing trash can bowling. 
I liked the Neverlanders and I thought Lo was a great main character.  I also was surprised by what she uncovered in the end.
Also, just to point out- the cover is awesome.