If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

If You Find Me by Emily MurdochIf You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: March 26m 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

If Judith has ever recommended this to you, raise your hand. If you’ve read it, then you may lower your hand. Keep it up if you’ve ignored Judith’s persistent tweeting, or have put off reading this due to being busy/having other books to read/not believing it’s your thing. Is your hand still raised? Good. Now hit yourself with it.

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Book Review: Marked by P.C and Kristin Cast

Book Review: Marked by P.C and Kristin CastMarked by Kristin Cast, P. C. Cast
Series: House of Night #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: May 1st, 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)

There wasn’t much I actually liked about this book, no matter how hard I tried. The main factor which put me off was the writing style. If you’ve read my other reviews, then you will know that I don’t like it when adult authors try to sound like teenagers. It usually always comes across poorly as, believe it or not, a lot of teenagers are very well spoken. Especially if they are as intelligent as you are claiming your character is. In Marked, the writers did just this, and that was their main error. The dialogue came across as silly, childish, and as though the Casts were trying too hard. Continue reading