Monday, January 26, 2009

Revealers by Amanda Marrone

Julia and her friends have been hunting things that go bump in the night since they were 13 years old. Together they have gotten rid of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, you name it.

As they all approach their 18th birthdays, one by one they are inducted officially into their coven, and told some of the secrets their mothers have hidden from them for years. The girls learn how they came to have their power, and the pact that was signed by their ancestors.

Jules, the youngest of the group, begins to wonder if they should continue with the old ways, especially when she sees how three of her friends handle whatever secrets they are told. When her best friend, Dani, is attacked, Jules stands up to the forces controlling her and the coven.

A well-written novel with lots of action. If you like witches or occult fiction, this one's for you!

Monday, January 12, 2009

The DeVouring by Simon Holt

Reggie tries to be a typical teenager, but since her mom ran away and her dad buried himself in work, she has become responsible for her younger brother Henry as well.

One night, she decides to read to him from a journal she found, written in the 70s. The story is told by a young girl whose brother is possessed by what she calls the Vours. They come to you when you are the most fearful, and on Winter Solstice.

Reggie doesn't believe in the Vours, but Henry does. Then things start to happen--especially to Henry--that make Reggie rethink her earlier decision.

A great horror story. I'm sure there will be a sequel down the road.

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Lucy Scarborough has no idea the fate that awaits her when she heads to her junior prom. A somewhat normal teenager, Lucy has lots of friends and a great foster family. The only dark spot in her life is her real mother, who is crazy and has a habit of appearing at the worst possible times and places--like the night of Lucy's junior prom.

Then Lucy is raped after prom by her date, who kills himself. And then Lucy finds herself pregnant and begins to realize that maybe her mother isn't so crazy after all. Lucy has only until the birth of her daughter to end the curse and insanity that has haunted her family for generations by solving the riddles hidden in an old melody "The Scarborough Fair".

A fantastic novel with all the elements of a fairy tale.