From Internet stars Elle and Blair Fowler comes a scintillating new novel that takes readers Beneath the Glitter of the glitzy L.A. social scene.
Welcome to a place where dreams are made. And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.
After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los Angeles elite. Here fabulous parties, air kisses, paparazzi and hot guys all come with the scene. Sophia finds herself torn between a gorgeous bartender and a millionaire playboy, and Ava starts dating an A-list actor. But as they’re about to discover, the life they’ve always dreamed of comes with a cost.
Beneath the glitter of the Hollywood social scene lies a world of ruthless ambition, vicious gossip…and betrayal. Someone close to them, someone they trust, is working in the shadows to bring the London sisters falling down. And once the betrayal is complete, Sophia and Ava find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could take away everything they care about, including the one thing that matters most—each other. Courtesy of Goodreads.com
Summary: Police Chief Elizabeth “Izzy” Morris enjoys keeping the peace in the small town of Kinsey in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. But when her seventeen-year-old daughter goes missing after a school dance and the mutilated corpse of the girl’s date is discovered in the nearby woods, Izzy’s police skills are stretched to their limits.
Her only suspect is a stranger, a mysterious black man with no known past. When a second stranger appears, the investigation stalls. People she once trusted turn against her. The local banker’s autistic son begins to know things no one else does.
And now something unspeakable prowls the woods.
Joined by three friends and the man she once considered her enemy, Izzy races to find her daughter—and ends up trapped in the middle of a war between an ancient evil and the man who has stood in its way for nearly two thousand years.
I practically grew up reading about witches and vampires and this book really appeals to me. However, there are some parts of it just makes me want to turn off my computer and not read it any more. I might be a little bit emotional while reading this book but I strongly do NOT recommend this book for YOUNG readers. Unless you are the matured kind. I do NOT agree with the sexuality of the main character (although it might touch a little bit of a personal thing here).
Other than the sexuality of the main character, the book was not bad, just the first few chapters was (the pacing was a little slow and the description is a little too detailed). But believe me the rest of the book was quite pleasant. The plot of the story was well played and the character (although I have some personal issue with her) was well build and the story as a whole is fresh. And very much make Twilight seems like a kiddie book.
One thing though that makes this book be a little on my bad side is because I read it as an e-book. I never liked e-books as I just could not stand being in front of the computers for hours and just read. I guess the book will be much better as a physical book for me. This is just my initial review. I usually re read a book and comes up with a totally different outcome as of my state of mind and emotion at the time.
This book being the author’s debut book, it is an okay attempt. But for the time being, I am on the fence for this book as I will give it a three out of five (3/5).
This is the first book I have read by this author. Set in Cape Cod, it’s about two brothers trying to reconcile their kinship and trying to remember why and what drove them apart. Their equally destructive path of life might appeal more for more mature readers or maybe if you have nothing else to read in a really long flight with bad on flight movies.
First of all, the story itself was not great. At a first glance, it would look like a whole bunch of words without much thing to tell. Just rambles. Second of all being an online novel made it that much worse. At least make it into a downloadable PDF form at least it is easier on the eyes and easier to flick. But once you get the emotions in, this book is actually great. The words are easy and emotions are easily touched by the author’s words.
There are times that the slang and the dialogue seemed to be overdone, but there are times that the description and such were done so perfect. The character build up is kind of strange to me, but it is the unique experience of the author to be writing about his imagination (or so I think). The conclusion of the story is a little bit abrupt and I sort of wish I could hold on to it a little bit longer.
Overall, the book is not terrible but not great either. A two and a half out of five (2.5/5) would suffice enough I guess.
Able Danger is not just another spy movie. It has the super scheming government plotting against its own country for the gain of the few people in the top ranks and the charming, sleek but also sensitive main character that leads the story with such grace and adventure.
The main character, Harrison Ford a.k.a 006 is not only James Bond smart and thinks on his feet, he is also sensitive and loyal. Author, Kensington Roth steer the story with such elegance that many if not most spy thriller books lacks. Although, towards the end, the writing mirrors more of a script direction rather than a novel. Other than that on little glitch that might have been over looked by the author, the book is a perfect ten.
The ending makes you crave for the sequel for the story. Crossing my fingers for the next installment of Able Danger, I would highly recommend this book to all Spy Thriller fanatics and also spy virgins. I’d rate this book with a 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5/5).
Girl with the Rouge Lips…
How shall I start really? In the beginning I thought the book was to be a draggy little sob story about a really sad life as a product of a screwed up family. However I would like to thank Mr. Tusa for writing such a beautiful character and great story line for us all to read.
The story runs about a life of a 16 years old girl with an alcoholic father, post partum depressed mother and a caring but troubled brother. The book does not explain life in a form of poetry instead it explains poetry in the form of life.
Though the book was a little short and the ending having you begging for more, but Chris Tusa’s Dirty Little Angel is an experience on its own. Like me, I have not been in the shoes of Hailey Trosclair but somehow with his words it was almost like living the life she was living. He could express her pain and suffering with simple and straight forward words.
Although, Chris tend to be a little too repetitive in his choice of words. He tend to repeat his metaphors a little too much in this book. And at times he also tend to over simplify and over explain the characters. Other than these little faults, this novel is really a good read.
I especially like the way he wrote “I began to think about the dirty little angels Chloe told me about, how they have to eat your soul before you can get into Heaven”.
Personally I have read this book at least three times, and enjoyed it more each time. Mr. Tusa has the ability to grasp his audience in the middle of the book and make them hooked to it. I am now on the hunt for his next novel.
Girl with the Rouge Lips.
It has always been the problem of wrong book, wrong time for me. This goes for Angel Time as well. Having been an Anne Rice fan since I was 12 when I first came across with Interview with the Vampire in the year 2000. The writing was very blunt and imaginative as well as clearly put out and very intricate. I’m not a professional editor and I am not a writer, but this was what I felt when I first read the book. Then, I started reading more and more of her books. Although I admit that there are works of hers that have yet to read.
In my opinion, this is definitely not her best work. Anne Rice to me was mostly about crafting a great story line with a brilliant subtle description of the soul and mind of her characters. With Angel Time however, it’s a little draggy. I do feel like as if my late grandmother was telling the tale of the past or telling story about history to me. And I dreaded history when I was younger and it does not get any better now, but I do have a little bit more respect and want to know about history.
This book begins with the unveiling of a young hit man name Lucky the Fox… then it slowly reveals the past of a young boy to the day he became Lucky the Fox. That boy is Toby O’Dare. Anne Rice’s choice of words are unmatched by most contemporary writers nowadays. But at the part where she was revealing the past of Toby, it seemed a little too boring. But to put a mild mannered lute player as an assassin, the idea is awesome.
All the while reading the book, I felt like watching a Malay TV drama. It’s always seems that when a person is in a bad situation more and more bad things happens to them until someone break the chain to the unfortunate events. But that what sells the movie and books.
Like I have said earlier, the last part just does not do it for me as I am not really a historical fiction reader. But it makes me look up a little bit after I read the book. The question comes down to has Anne Rice lost her touch with younger readers? Hopefully not, because there are not many like her out there… Maybe for The Songs of Seraphim #2 she will do better…
Personally I’d give the book a three out of five (3/5) for I love her choice of words and intricate character of O’Dare. But it just lack the juice that she had years before as she had it with Interview with the Vampire and most of her Mayfair Witches collections. If you are Anne Rice fanatics, go ahead for the hard cover, if you are just like me, I’d advise to wait for the paperback version (we only have the hard cover version of the book here in Malaysia). It would not be a miss if you don’t read it though…
P/S: If this were to be made into a movie, personally I think Travis Fimmel (Ellis Dove in TV The Beast) would fit in the mould of this Toby O’Dare (only Toby is a few inches taller) or Nicholas Hoult would not do that bad either…
Girl with the Rouge Lips.