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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-24 19:36
Love the mystery and thrill, the characters though...
The Creeping - Alexandra Sirowy

***Spoilers ahead you have been warned***

 

What really got me turning the pages in this book was the horror and mystery aspect. It set the mood and the setting perfectly. It certainly gave you the necessary thrills and chills to keep you interested in the book. There’s some supernatural element to the story but as you progress into the finale well, answers will be revealed in time. :)

 

I loved the plot, the setting and the mood. There was no stalling. No dry bits. It was perfect flow throughout the book. This was so excellently written that I completely bypassed my extreme dislike for the characters. (Yes the plot was that good.)

 

So onto the characters. I just don’t like Stella. Not only is she particularly nasty to Sam, but her attitude and personality just stinks all around. She’s your typical mean girl (or should I say, the Queen Bee’s lackey?). I hated her treatment towards Sam, and Sam being your typical nice guy takes it like a doormat. Oh and he gets walked on not one, not twice but more than enough times to count. You know what this smells like? This smells like a dysfunctional relationship heading towards some horrible form of co-dependency. It’s horrible to read and if this is some sort of messed up way of redeeming Stella for all the things she’s done, I hardly think this qualifies.

 

True, Stella had a pretty traumatizing event happened to her. But I can’t sympathize with her behaviour. Zoey is just as bad and just as spiteful but one thing she had going for her was her extreme loyalty. I had to admit that was something you need in a best friend. Minus the Queen Bee behaviour of course.

 

This is one of the few books where I disliked the characters, but the plot just kept me reading. The elements of mystery was so well done that I enjoyed reading this one. I would recommend this one for the plot, but don’t expect to like the characters much. But thankfully they don’t make a negative impact on the plot at all.

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review 2018-01-17 06:35
Creeping Fear
Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow - Jonathan Stroud

I adore this series. I always look forward to the newest book. And I have to get these on audiobook because the narration is always excellent. I was not disappointed. At the end of "The Hollow Boy", Lucy leaves Lockwood and Co for what seems like good reasons at the time. She becomes an independent contractor ghost hunter and she's good at her job. But she's not happy, even with her glass jar skull for company. She misses the camaraderie of Lockwood and Co.: George, even Holly, and of course, Lockwood. But she left to keep them safe because her newer abilities to communicate with ghosts might cause her to make a mistake and get one of her friends hurt.

Lockwood shows up at her new digs and asks for her help with a case, and she agrees to help them out. It's one of their tougher cases, and Lucy finds her life in jeopardy shortly after, and realizing that she's more safe sticking with Lockwood and Co. until they fi

gure out who's trying to kill her. That's when their biggest case comes their way, a whole haunted village. They end up in a small town with serious ghost problems a conspiracy that will shake the foundations of the ghost hunting community.

I love how Stroud steadily builds on the foundation of the last book and the previous ones. The story just expands beautifully and he doesn't leave any plot elements dangling. While he turns a few things on their heads, it's organic as the reader realizes that things weren't as the characters thought or believed. The characters are very well developed and layered. While the main characters are all teens, they have a maturity that is realistic considering the world they live in and the dangers they face every day. Let's face it. The children are the ones on the frontline, confronting and dealing with the ghost Problem.

These books are delightfully eerie and downright chilling at times. Also, there's plenty of human menace. I mean, grownups trying to kill kids. How sick is that? While the paranormal elements are integral to the story, the heart of it is the characters. Everything is told from Lucy's point of view (it's 1st person), but the characters don't suffer from being seen through the typically narrow 1st person vantage point. Instead, they are richly described, with dialogue and action that shows you everything you need to know about them. Lucy also grows as a character as she faces significant challenges and comes to realizations about what she is and how to deal with the troubles she and her friends face. And that they are stronger together.

As with the last book, this has a nice conclusion but it also leaves the door open for the next book. Things are about to get even more intense, and I'm here for it.

Another book I'd love to see made into movies. And I just checked and it's going to be optioned for a tv series in the UK. This pleases me. Sadly, the next book is the last book. But all good things come to an end.

Highly recommend!
 
 
 
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review 2016-11-23 01:00
Bravo, again!
Roughneck Grace: Farmer Yoga, Creeping Codgerism, Apple Golf, and Other Brief Essays from on and off the Back Forty - Michael Perry

Once again, Michael Perry amazes me with his wisdom. Couched in an "ah-shucks, who me" lingo, he imparts more meaning in his observations than most authors can only dream of. Amazing!

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review 2015-10-18 01:08
"If you hunt for monsters, you'll find them."
The Creeping - Alexandra Sirowy

I had a hard time deciding how I felt about this one. I liked the story itself but I had a hard time relating to the characters. It's a creepy story about the old disappearance of two young girls, Stella and Jeanie, and how one of them got away. It is a YA book and one of those that really highlights the teenage years and is better for a younger teenage audience. It has all the teenage dialogue and the usual flirting, kissing, dating, partying, fighting and other conflicts that all teens go through. If you aren't a teenager and can look past those things, then the story itself is actually pretty good. If you are in high school, then I think you'll like it a lot more and certainly can relate better then I did. 

 

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review 2015-10-17 00:00
The Creeping
The Creeping - Alexandra Sirowy 3.5 stars...
"If you hunt for monsters, you'll find them."

I had a hard time deciding how I felt about this one. I liked the story itself but I had a hard time relating to the characters. It's a creepy story about the old disappearance of two young girls, Stella and Jeanie, and how one of them got away. It is a YA book and one of those that really highlights the teenage years and is better for a younger teenage audience. It has all the teenage dialogue and the usual flirting, kissing, dating, partying, fighting and other conflicts all teens go through. If you aren't a teenager and can look past those things, then the story itself is actually pretty good. If you are in high school, then I think you'll definitely like it a lot more and certainly can relate better then I did. 
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