If you have a child in middle school or you teach the grades 6-9 you might want to check out this weeks review. Serafina and the Black Cloak is a beautiful written suspense for young adults. Written by Robert Beatty, this novel is based at the Biltmore House in Asheville North Carolina! I love how Beatty took a little of history and made a fictional story out of it. What a great way to get our young students excited about part of our state’s history. Even though this story is more fiction than anything, Beatty describes the rooms at the Biltmore and the family that lives there, Mr. and Mrs. George Vanderbilt.
Serafina was raised in the basement of the Biltmore with her father. No on knew she was there and she only came out at night when all the other living souls were asleep. One terrifying night she comes across a man in a black cloak. She watches as children start to disappear in his presents. But whom can she tell? No one is supposed to know she exists. Then she meets Braeden Vanderbilt, Mr. Vanderbilt’s nephew. They have a new friendship that grows even with all the dangers that are going on. Serafina in drawn to the forest that her father has warner her to stay out of. There are great evils out there that are not safe for a young girl.
As Serafina tries to help find out who the man in the black cloak is and what is happening to those who are missing, can she keep herself and Braeden safe? This is a must to read. Whether in middle school or an adult, you will not be disappointed in this novel. The best thing I hear about this one is… Beatty is writing a second one making this a series!
Want to learn more about Serafina’s adventures at the Biltmore? Please check out the website for more information and to watch a trailer to the book.
This year’s most suspenseful, exciting, and heart stop novel yet is on the New York’s Times Bestseller and there are many reasons to see why! The Girl On The Train written by Paula Hawkins is a novel about not believing what you are seeing and has you thinking about just how well you know people. After reading this novel about Rachel, a girl who travels the London’s railway on the local train daily, until one day her life is changed forever by what she saw, I believed it is genius with the way it ended.
Rachel is divorced, and has other battles that she finds herself facing daily as she rides the train in London every morning and afternoon. She sees the same faces in the homes as she travels by. The makes up stories about them to pass the time. One is of a couple she sees and has named them, Jason and Jess. But what she sees one day will not only change the life their life but hers and that of many others. As she goes to the police they half listen to her. She seems to have issues herself. Then by the end she is not sure if the things in her life she knows are true are really true. What has been made up and what is really fact.
The Girl On The Train is one of those novels that will have you on an emotional roller coaster all the way through to the very end of the book. It is a thriller that is full of suspense and one that you will want to read.
Another book that I could not get out of my mind for days was Don’t Look Back! Written by Gregg Hurwitz, it is a terrifying novel that will keep you up at night for sure. I could not read it at night. Well, at least not with the lights off! (I read it on my Nook.) Don’t Look Back
I’ve been busy posting reviews for Freshfiction for the last few months. So I will spend the next few blogs sharing with you some of those links. Most are mysteries, suspense and a few romances. So if you are looking for some great novels, check out the reviews below.
Here is a review that I did earlier this summer. Death At The Door, written by Carolyn G. Hart, is a great mystery that will remind you of the game, Clue. So if you loved that then you will love this book.
If you are looking for a cozy read then Independence Slay is a great one even if it is the month of October. The setting is in a little town that is celebrating Independence Day when something terrible goes wrong. This is not just a summer read, and can be enjoyed at anytime of the year.
So this week will be a treat. I have two reviews that I would like to share with you from two books that I reviewed for the website Fresh Fiction. This is a new adventure for me that I would like to share with you.
I hope you enjoy!
This first review is for the book Cruise written by Suzanne Vermeer. Read about it here:
Here is another guest post from my daughter, Amber.
So as most you know I was in a really bad car accident in March. I suffered a concussion, which affected my love for reading. Normally I read the romance novels but I just couldn’t get into them. So one day at Barnes and Noble I sat in the aisle reading the first few pages of books that looked interesting. Before I knew it I had read the first chapter of this book by Natasha Preston called The Cellar. I couldn’t put it down. Needless to say I read it in a day.
Summer was getting ready to enjoy her summer break from school. Little did she know she was about to end up in a nightmare. Trapped in a cellar with three other girls she has to force herself to adapt without losing who she really is inside. Her family and friends try to pick up the pieces to discover what has happened to her.
Clover wants the perfect family. And he will do anything to protect it. Who is Clover, you say? Always looking for love and acceptance he struggles with his dead mothers criticisms. Rose, Poppy, Violet, and Lily fight for survival and understanding of their captor.
I loved this book because you didn’t get just one point of view. Preston switched from Summer’s point of view to Clovers and Lewis’ (Summers boyfriend). It kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Were the girls going to survive? Would they be found? If you love suspense this book is wonderful.
As I promised, I have the review on The Treatment written by Suzanne Young. This is the next book to The Program and the story continues. Warning: If you have not finished or started The Program, you may want to wait. Spoilers!!!!
Just as suspenseful as the first, Sloane and James are on the run from the Program. This is a program made to help save our American teens from suicide and in the Government’s mind, make them healthy and not infected of the sickness. What they actually do is erase most of one’s memories that they feel will make them sick. You do not come back as yourself. You do not even remember how you were and who were your friends.
Sloane and James have already been through the Program once. However, like many others, their memories are slowing coming back. They have found each other once again and remember some of what they had between each other. However, there are many blank spots in their memories that they try to fill in. They are on the run with the rebels, who are a group of those that are against the Program and know about the devastation it leaves behind.
Through connections within the Program, Sloane and her friends get inside information that keeps them on the run hiding the Treatment, which is a pill that a Dr. Evelyn Valentine had developed that can give one back their memory. She develops this after she realizes the damage that is done from the Government. The Program wants to find this one last pill and destroy it before the Program is compromised and destroyed its self. At least that is what Sloane and her friends are told. But is someone out to just destroy them as well? Who can they trust? Can Sloane and James trust their friends, or each other?
If you love the first one, then you must read this next one. Suzanne Young did a great job with this novel that young adults, as well as, the older ones will love. Again, I finished this book in no time because I could hardly put it down. I feel a future movie here? I could see it!