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text 2017-06-24 21:59
OT: Intruders in the yard

Today, we caught some intruders snooping around our yard, and our neighbors', taking photos with a long lens. They'd parked their car in our yard and had picked some flowers but didn't treat them like they cared.

My sister went outside and confronted them. The woman claimed that it was 'so beautiful' here. (Which it isn't, not particularly). She also said that they'd been here yesterday and since didn't see any car, they assumed no one was at home. Like that's an excuse to trespass. We don't have a car, so there's never a car. What's a bit unnerving is that we never noticed them yesterday. I just happened to be looking out the window and caught sight of the woman on the dirt path outside.

I really don't like living here. Hopefully, we'll be able to move soon. It's not a good place to live for more than one reason.

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review 2015-01-13 05:51
The Intruders by E.E. Richardson
The Intruders - E.E. Richardson

Joel and Cassie are moving in with their step father and his kids. Joel doesn't mind so much, but Cassie definitely isn't thrilled about it. They move into a big, old house that needs a lot of fixing up. But Joel is excited about it being so big since him, his sister and mom lived in a small apartment.

But as much as Joel likes the place, he begins to admit something is not right about it and whatever is there, is making it more and more clear.

I've read one other book by this author called Devil's Footsteps and it is a creepy good story. The Intruders has a good, gripping story too and I found that I couldn't put it down.

What made it less enjoyable for me was how Cassie character was written. When she is not complaining, she is a good character. And while I understand she felt that her new family was intruding on their lives, she could be mean. However, Damon was pretty much the same as Cassie. And what else bothered me was that whenever something happened, Joel and Cassie's mother always blamed Cassie. There was no even seeing if any of the other kids did it.

Besides that, I liked the story and this author just seems to write books that really hook me in and make me want to keep on reading.

While I enjoyed Devil's Footsteps more, this was a good read and it kept me reading to find out what would happen next. I would give it 3 and a half stars.

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review 2013-06-19 00:00
The Bayshore Mysteries: Intruders on Battleship Island: 1
The Bayshore Mysteries: Intruders on Battleship Island: 1 - Jerrye Sumrall I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.This is a fantastic beginning to a mystery series for children aged 9 to 12. I absolutely loved it!Jeff Douglas is a fantastic character. He is a curious eleven year old. I loved his inquisitiveness and bravery. When he sees some unusual activity on the nearby Battleship Island, he does what every curious boy does - he investigates.This is an exciting mystery/adventure that captured my attention from the first page! I love mysteries - trying to solve the puzzles to find out who, what, when and how is a passion of mine. When I started to read this book, I was reminded of the mystery stories I loved to read as a child, mostly the Famous Five, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys series. I realised that I miss reading these types of books. Note to self: Read more mysteries in future! I love the action/adventure/danger aspect of this story. The author has created a cast of characters, who are normal every day boys thrown into a dangerous adventure where they have to pit their wits against a couple of thugs. The boys, Jeff, Dan, his brother Mike and Jeff's cousin Stanley are extremely likable. The story is peppered with history from the Civil War, but I found it extremely interesting, as I'm not American and had not learnt a lot about that time period whilst at school. However, it does not slow the story down. In fact, the opposite is true. I found this book to be a fast paced roller coaster ride of action and adventure. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Secret Graveyard.Jerrye Sumrall has written a fantastic mystery that kept me glued to the pages! I'm adding him to my ever expanding "favourite authors" list!I think this book is aimed at boys, but I highly recommend this book to children (boys and girls alike) between the ages of 9 and 12. However, I think that children as young as 7 may enjoy this as a bedtime story. - Lynn Worton
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review 2012-07-25 00:00
The Intruders - Olive Peart Six kids from the Bronx get swept forward in time through a mysterious tunnel and find themselves trapped in a dystopian future in which rapidly-aging human beings are the norm and others like themselves are considered Abnorms. The prejudices caused by these differences create a full-scale war between the Aborm village in the Bronx and the Trumen city of Manhattan, and the time travelers find themselves caught in the middle, unable to return home.This book simply wasn't my cup of tea... but, it had a lot of potential. I'm a huge fan of time travel novels, and the dystopian future world in which today's "normal" kids are considered abnormal is an interesting twist. A number of factors, though, prevented me from really enjoying this YA novel.First off, there were some aspects of the writing style that did not appeal to me at all. "Shirts!" This was the phrase that the characters used when they wanted to curse. "Dog!" was another alternate phrase used. While I appreciate the lack of actual swearing, the use of these pseudo-swear words sounded a little absurd, particularly for a group of teens from the Bronx. In fact, it took me awhile to realize that these kids were supposed to be city kids at all. When the teens later come upon the people from the future society, they find that they have different speech patterns, not too surprising since this was supposed to be hundreds of years in the future. The speech patterns, though, made it difficult to read their dialogue, since they'd replace any "not" with simply "no," use very simple words and phrases, and change the order of some of their words, making them sound a bit like Yoda. I'd often have to read their sentences twice or three times to figure out what it was they were saying.Perhaps it was because there were essentially six main characters, but I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. Aside from Hamid, who was supposed to be the main protagonist, the other time travel kids just kind of blended together for me. I know they were supposed to be representative of different races, but frankly, I couldn't keep straight who was related to who or dating who, much less recall their physical attributes or personalities. The author went into detailed descriptions of their hair, skin, and family lives, but the way this information was presented made it rather forgettable. The characters seemed to do things all together as a group, or break out by gender, and there really wasn't a lot to distinguish one character from another. Even their ages seemed to kind of confuse me, as they seemed to act younger than the ages they were supposed to be, yet they're taking on responsibilities and roles that far surpass their ages.It was obvious that the author was trying to make some sort of statement about race and discrimination, but I don't think that the lesson came across strong enough. The six time travelers are from various races, and at one point they have a discussion about the use of derogatory names for different races. Later, they note that the new society doesn't have as much differentiation between races -- everyone seems to have mixed attributes -- but the story never really works around to what the point of bringing all of this up is. The same holds true with their family issues; they're discussed between the members of the group, but then nothing comes of it.In fact, I'm not entirely sure what the point of the book was. There was very little backstory given for any of the characters, and the ending seemed incredibly abrupt. I was still left with about a dozen questions and there were quite a few things that just simply didn't make sense. Each of the time travelers paired off with romantic interests, but there was little to no development of these relationships. Even with the battle they fought, nothing was really resolved at the end of their fight. Was this supposed to be the first book in a series? I was left hanging, and felt rather let down by the ending.Thanks to the publisher for providing me a review copy of this novel!
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review 2012-04-09 00:00
The Intruders
The Intruders - Michael Marshall Like John Connolly, Michael Marshall (Smith) is the go-to author for supernatural fiction wrapped up in a crime noir shell, and few do it better than they. This tale, of missing persons, and quite possibly possession, is a welcome follow-up to Marshall's incredible Straw Men trilogy. His pacing is impeccable, his dialogue razor-sharp and occasionally very funny, and his control over the narrative outstanding. He has over the years moved up to become one of my favorite writers, and each book is an automatic purchase for me. Highly recommended.
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