Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

This book definitely redeemed the second one.  I loved how the author wrote this follow up.  It seemed like she was helping Patch have more of a redeeming quality while calming Nora down.  I couldn’t put it down and would shriek at scenes where I knew what was going to happen and just couldn’t warn the characters in time!  (I’m the type that freaks out in books and bites my nails and whispers to myself….does that make me crazy?)

Title: Silence (Hush, Hush #3)

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Summary (by Goodreads):

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever

My take:

I was so apprehensive to read this book.  After how frustrated I was at Patch and especially Nora in the last book….I was ready to almost give up on them.  Thank goodness I didn’t!!  This book basically started right up from when the last book ended and I did NOT want to put it down.

The preface shows Patch’s sacrifice in getting Nora back and what had to be done in order to help give her a normal life…wipe her memory.  Patch has himself and all the events around him completely erased out of her memory.  Poof!  So when Nora shows up and is taken home, she finds out that not only can she not remember the 3 month stint of her being kidnapped…she’s missing a whole half of  a year.  Every detail for the last 6 months is gone.

As she tries to figure out her past and what happened to her, she keeps running into people who mentions crazy words like “Nephilim” and “fallen angels” and most of all “Patch”.   She has connections and visions and memories that will randomly surface and as Nora runs around figuring it all out, her mom has started dating Hank Miller…aaaauuuggghhh!!!  For those of you who haven’t read the other books yet…you’ll understand soon enough!  Things start heating up in the race for Nora to gain her memory back in time to figure out who she really is and what is happening to her, while trying to find Patch and save Scott (aka: Scotty the hottie).

So…if you can get through the second book and calm yourself down, you’ll find book three to be a wonderful follow up.  Now all you have to do is wait for book 4…because book 3 had somewhat of a cliff hanger…not too bad, but you know for sure that the show ain’t over.

-Myst

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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

This book took me totally by surprise.  It was not written how I thought it would and I fell in love with the writing style.  The book was much shorter than I thought it would be, but it took me a number of sittings to read through it because I didn’t want to miss a detail.  I loved this book.  As if you couldn’t tell already…

Title: The Buddha in the Attic

Author: Julie Otsuka

Summary (by Goodreads):

Julie Otsuka’s long awaited [novel] is a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as ‘picture brides’ nearly a century ago.

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.

In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream.

My take:

Like I mentioned above, I fell in love with this book.  It was only 125 pages, but it took me a couple of sittings to read through it all.  I stayed up late to find out what happened with these extraordinary women and their lives.  I marveled at their strength, their passion, and the silent fury that they carried inside them to get through different trials and situations.  I know I wouldn’t be able to do it…

These women were promised a bright future with a wealthy or handsome young man on a photo that had been given to them.  They left their homes in Japan order to help their families by sending money back to them.  When they get to America, not only is the culture different but the lives they were promised did not turn out the way the letters from their “husbands” promised it would be.  To turn back and go back to Japan…they would have shamed their family.  So they stuck it out and did what they had to do.

The book goes through the progression of their lives.  The boat that brought them to America, their husbands, their first nights, the babies which turned into children, the children that turned into rebellious teenagers, the war and the suspicion that their husbands were spies to Japan.  Ultimately it chronicles their emotions of going to a foreign world to a foreign husband to make a life and all the trials, harassment, and situations they lived through.  It did a great job showing it from multiple perceptions, those who had a more fortunate lifestyle…to those who had a horrible experience.

Below, are a couple of  pictures I took of a couple excerpts of the book so you can understand when I say the writing is lyrical and poetic in nature, but not a poem and not written really in a prose format.  I hope if you read it, if you do…let me know what you think!!

~Myst

On the boat headed for America...

In America, where home is and what Americans look like...

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

So as you can tell…the books I was wanting to read around Halloween got read just before Christmas! How horrifyingly wonderful is that?  This book definitely talks about things that go “bump in the night”.  It’s a story about a boy who kills ghosts and about a ghost that kills everyone…but him.  dun dun dun!!!!

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood

Author: Kendare Blake

Summary (by Goodreads):

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.

My take:

This was a cool book.  It gave me the creeps at times and at other times made me wonder just what the mess was going on!  Not to mention the cover, kicks butt….it’s awesome. 

Anna has killed every living soul that dared to walk into her home.  She has mutilated them, tortured them, torn their teeth out, torn them limb from limb, and has even reached inside them to pull out their insides.   She is named “Anna dressed in blood” for a reason.  It was rumored that she had been murdered on her way to the prom.  No one knows who killed her…only Anna knows.  When you do find out her story…it’s disgusting and horrible.

Cas and his mom travel from state to state, city to city, to find and “kill” ghosts who murder people.  Cas is seemingly the only one of his kind…after his dad, who had been murdered by someone or something that literally tried to eat him chunk by chunk.  He gets tips from people and will research, track, find, and kill the ghost that’s been causing the mayhem.  Anna is somehow different.  For some reason…there’s always and oddity, why else would someone write a book about it?

Every ghost seems to not know they’ve died, but Anna knows she’s dead.  Anna doesn’t want to kill Cas…she doesn’t know why and after watching her kill someone in front of him, Cas is pretty relieved himself.  He got to keep his head another day!!

Disclaimer for people who don’t like “dark arts” or worry about what is in it.  This book does feature witches, spells, spirits, ghosts (obviously), and superstitions.  It does get gory at times, but I kinda skimmed through it knowing what should have happened and just went along with the story.

There’s already a second book that’s going to be published next August to be a follow up book.  There’s no need to freak out or panic…the first book closes itself nicely I think.  There’s no cliff hanger and nothing that would make you want to jump up and scream “What!?!?!  Why!?!?”   So yeah…you’re good to read it.

Myst~

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

I read this book in one sitting.  It was so sad.  So depressing.  It’s only 170 pages and some chapters are only one or two sentences in length…but this definitely was NOT a kids book to read.  It is a story that will leave you thinking about it and how it effects your own life.  Will it make you observe the children you see a little more closely?  Will it make you more paranoid about watching your own even more?

Title: Living Dead Girl

Author: Elizabeth Scott

Summary (by Goodreads):

Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her. 

This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

My take:

As I mentioned above, this is NOT a YA fiction.  It deals with kidnapping, child abuse, and rape.

That being said, it was a horrific tale and I was heart broken after reading it.  How many children in the world does this happen to?  Could I ever be accused of neglecting to see something?  Did a child ever try to do anything to ask for help and I didn’t see it or didn’t want to “intrude”?

This is a story is written from the perspective of the child who is abducted.  She was ten at the time and got separated from her class at an aquarium where a strange man told her he would help her find her classmates…he ultimately puts a ball cap on her and kidnaps her.  She explains how no one sees her.  Running away only means he would find her again, punish her, and he claims he would go back to her home to kill her parents; so she’s a good girl because she doesn’t want her parents to die because she was bad.  How twisted of a person is that to convince a child that unless they’re good…their parents will die?

The first chapter is written from the perspective of a casual observance of a passerby.  “She walks slowly across the lot, trailing behind her father, who waits patiently for her to get to the building door, holding it open even though he’s carrying all the bags.  She doesn’t even say thank you, but what can you expect?  Kids never know how good they have it.” [page 2]  Why would they assume she’s not his child?  Why would they feel the need to tell the poor girl to stand up straight?  She’s not screaming help…she’s now a typical, seemingly ungrateful, teenager.

It’s so eery to read this book knowing that there are children out there possibly living this nightmare and it makes me furious that I just want to label it as a possibility and not really force myself to realize that it could be happening within my own apartment complex.  Maybe I’m taking it too far.  Maybe I’m overreaching.  But the other side to that is not really realizing it’s happening and not caring.

Even though it’s such a short book…it’s a story that will stick with you and keep you thinking about it for a while.

~Myst

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

I savored each word.  I didn’t want it to end.  It was SO good.  *sigh…but I’m glad he wrote an 850 page book for the finish…any less and it wouldn’t have seemed right.  Answers are given, discoveries are made, lives are lost, and the ultimate battle is fought.  I’m serious…it had it all.

Title: Inheritance (#4 of the Inheritance Cycle)

Author: Christopher Paolini

Summary (by Goodreads):

Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

My take:

You didn’t think I would let you off the hook with no book review until Friday did you?  …tsk tsk.  No faith.

……..I took a couple of hours to sit and think through the book after I got done reading it.  Like I mentioned above, this wasn’t a light read…it was 850 beautifully written and sculpted pages of victories, agonies, laughter, and betrayals.  It brought the story to an ultimate conclusion and made me jump up and down in excitement after reading a section towards the middle.  (I won’t say what it is, but I never saw it coming!!)

Eragon is put through multiple tests.  Saphira faces her own battles and storms.  Roran is put through battle after battle.  Nasuada is faced with the most important decisions for the Varden.  Galbatorix is becoming more and more cunning.  Angela….well she’s just as weird as ever.

The story was just amazing.  All the things Paolini writes about before even getting to the final battle is amazing as it shows how the characters learn about themselves, their limits, and just what exactly they’re made of.  His characters become more involved in realizing their fate while trying to make sure their worst fears of a Galbatorix-ruled world does not happen.

Who becomes the coward?  Who dies?   Who falls in love?  Who decides to turn and help their enemy?  Does Roran have a girl or a boy?  *smile  This book seriously was it’s own story in and of itself.  There are a few things I wished were different in the ending, but I think I understand Paolini’s decisions when he wrote them that way.

Umm, excuse me….uhh, how do I make it to Alagaesia? I’d like to live there,  please.

*sigh…I want time to re-read the whole series over again.

~Myst

Book Coma

I have been in a book coma with “Inheritance” (book 4 in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini).

I am so sad to see this book series end!! *sigh. But just know that is why I didn’t update Friday and sadly, why I don’t have an update for you yet! 😦 I am on page 628 of 849…so I’m almost there!!

It’s getting to the good part! I can’t wait to see what happens!

~Myst