Review: Tighter by Adele Griffin

From Goodreads: When 17-year-old Jamie arrives on the idyllic New England island of Little Bly to work as a summer au pair, she is stunned to learn of the horror that precedes her. Seeking the truth surrounding a young couple’s tragic deaths, Jamie discovers that she herself looks shockingly like the dead girl—and that she has a disturbing ability to sense the two ghosts. Why is Jamie’s connection to the couple so intense? What really happened last summer at Little Bly? As the secrets of the house wrap tighter and tighter around her, Jamie must navigate the increasingly blurred divide between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Brilliantly plotted, with startling twists, Tighter is a thrilling page-turner from the award-winning Adele Griffin.

The more I read Adele Griffin the more I am evolving into a fan. Whether it is ghost stories, contemporary or a modern thriller I am always in a reading trance racing through the book with a fury that only the ending can bring. I never know what is going to happen, and that smug feeling you get when reading that tells you “HA! I figured it out!” is always countered when Griffin is writing the story.

Tighter is creepy in a I-can’t-take-my-eyes-away kind of way. Jamie is thrown into a babysitting position while trying to slowly battle her overwhelming depression and addiction to pills. Her mother thought spending time out on the island away from everything that was keeping Jamie down would be a great way for her to get back to her normal self before returning home to New Jersey for the school year.

At first everything seems to be going fine… but as time progresses Jamie starts seeing and hearing things that can’t be real. The more questions she asks the more tightlipped the residents of the tiny island become. Then she meets a boy and everything changes…

Tighter is a complete mind screw of a novel. It moves at a demanding yet enjoyable pace and keeps your breath bated until the conclusion. The ending is not at all what I predicted and I loved that. I suggest everyone pick up an Adele Griffin book today!

This book was borrowed in ARC form from the fabulous Brothers West

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Review: Choker by Elizabeth Woods

From Goodreads: What if the only friend you could trust turned out to be dangerous? A new thriller from debut author Elizabeth Woods!

It is not very often that a book from the contemporary genre grabs me. I like the genre but it isn’t my favorite to read. I read Choker in three hours and I was so surprised at the ending that I guffawed so loudly my husband asked me what was wrong with me!

Choker follows Cara who is quiet and shy and not so well liked in school. When she was small she had a best friend Zoe who her parents didn’t really like because she was from a bad home and Cara’s parents were afraid of her playing there. In fifth grade Cara’s parents moved with her to a new city and Cara began to forget about Zoe until one night when Zoe shows up in her room dirty and needing a place to stay. She said her step dad was abusing her and she had to get away.

Cara lets Zoe hang out in her room and keeps her hidden from her parents. Cara continues being made fun of in school and it worsens after she chokes on a carrot. Then everyone starts calling her ‘Choker’ and mimicking her choking on a carrot.

The two worst tormentors wind up dead and Cara has to decide if she can trust Zoe or if Zoe is killing these girls, or it could be Ethan the guy she always wanted and never thought he would give her the time of day.

As the book progresses we see Zoe deteriorate through Cara’s eyes, her teeth yellow her hair becomes greasy, she smells like body odor. Then on the night everything comes to a head between Zoe and Cara and Ethan things will never be the same.

For any of you who have this book hurry up and read it so I can guffaw with you! This book is slated to release on January 4th and is already a great contender for my best books of 2011! A fantastic debut novel from new author Elizabeth Woods who I will be following on to the next book she writes!

FTC Disclosure: this book is an epub ARC given to me by the publisher.

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Review: Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Goodreads: Avery Hood is reeling from the loss of her parents–and the fact that she can’t remember what happened to them even though she was there.

She’s struggling to adjust to life without them, and to living with her grandmother, when she meets Ben, who isn’t like any guy she’s ever met before.

It turns out there’s a reason why, and Ben’s secret may hold the …more Avery Hood is reeling from the loss of her parents–and the fact that she can’t remember what happened to them even though she was there.

She’s struggling to adjust to life without them, and to living with her grandmother, when she meets Ben, who isn’t like any guy she’s ever met before.

It turns out there’s a reason why, and Ben’s secret may hold the key to Avery finding out what happened to her parents…

But what if that secret changes everything she knows about–and feels for–Ben?

I am a bit late with my review of Low Red Moon, I was supposed to have this up on the 13th so please do accept my apologies.

I read Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin in the space of a few hours. I was caught up in the story and Avery’s reactions to everything. I loved the fact that the heart of the forest chose to speak through Avery and she chose to allow it. Low Red Moon isn’t full of paranormal suspense. It is more like a diary of what Avery herself can see and understand.

Avery wakes up with a deputy in a pool of blood. It takes her a while to realize the blood is from her parents and they are dead. She is only seventeen so she has to move in with her Grandmother Renee while the murder is investigated. Avery doesn’t know her grandmother well, her dad was peeved at her a lot due to the fact that Renee wanted more for him than living in that town and writing at the Podunk paper.

Devlin paints a love story inside Low Red Moon and most of my reading focused on the story of Avery and Ben. When she finds out Ben is a wolf and could be a suspect for the murder of her parents she puts that past her and tries to trust and love him.

This book isn’t like your run of the mill paranormal. With the paranormal bits thrown few and far between on the pages it can seem a cross from para to contemp at any given page.

If you like Holly Black’s Modern Faerie series you will love Low Red Moon.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher.

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