Mats Wahl’s The Invisible, published in 2007, tells the story of Hilmer Eriksson, a boy who has gone missing. Exceptional soccer player, exceptional student, exceptional son and boyfriend—Hilmer wouldn’t have any enemies, would he? Through the eyes of Detective Harald Fors, we retrace the events leading up to Hilmer’s disappearance in a race against time to save him.
The imagery and storytelling are phenomenal. Wahl has a way of painting pictures with words, describing simple scenes in extraordinary ways. The vignettes are common but haunting, with a chill factor that stems from the existence of the objects themselves. I was quite impressed with the depth of the book, having previously watched the American remake of the Swedish film adaptation. However, The Invisible is a slightly lacking on the action expected of a crime novel or a mystery.
Bottom Line: I give the book a three out of five.
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Submitted by: Caroline C.
Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule his father taught him. Every day is a struggle. Every day is lonely. It’s not easy to be the only human not living in captivity. So when the vampire leaders schedule a human hunt and Gene is chosen to participate, he knows it’s only a matter of time. How long can he last before they learn who he really is?
The Hunt is a fast-paced thriller that you will not be able to put down. It’s a great read, but it also will make you think about the nature of humanity, what it means to be the underdog, and what is the true cost of survival.
Bottom line: Excellent book. Read it now!
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New York City in 1926–flappers, the mob, fast-talking scam artists, change in the air–what could be more exciting? Oh, how about demons, ghosts, premonitions and a fight against pure evil?
Eighteen-year old Evie O’Neill has always been able to “divine” things. All she has to do is hold an object to learn about its owner. Usually she hides her gift, but sometimes her mouth outruns her brain and this time it’s gotten her banished from her home town to go live with her uncle in New York. Evie’s not too upset about that. In fact, she’s so not upset that she’s going to make sure she keeps her mouth running until the train has left the station. No use taking chances.
But New York has a few surprises in store for Evie. Along with new friends, exciting things to do and places to see (most of which her uncle really doesn’t need to know about), there are a few unexpected events. There’s a con artist, more than one spirit, and a lot of unexplainable happenings. In fact, things are pos-i-tute-ly hopping. But, being a bit of a con artist herself, Evie jumps right in to take care of things, including rejuvenating her uncle’s dilapidated museum and finding a serial killer. Oh, did I mention the serial killer?
The Diviners is a genre bender–a fast-moving, fast-talking historical fiction novel that combines humor and horror with suspense and action. What a great combination!
Bottom Line: Great book, fun read!
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Submitted by: Ms. Bing
A library filled with bodies and librarians who catalog the dead are just a “normal” part of Mackenzie Bishop’s life. If by “normal,” that is, you mean eerie, mysterious, enticing, surprisingly fulfilling and anything but boring. That’s because Mackenzie is a Keeper. You see, the bodies might be dead but their memories aren’t, and sometimes those memories/bodies (called Histories) go wandering. Mackenzie’s job is to round them up, which can get a bit tricky — especially since she can’t tell anyone what she’s doing.
As if that weren’t complicated enough (How many excuses can one teen come up with for mysterious absences every day? Okay, never mind that.), someone — or some thing — appears to be deliberately unbinding the Histories and altering the Archives.
And, if that weren’t complicated enough, Mackenzie also is dealing with family issues, a new home and a possible love interest. Or is he the one altering Histories?
The Archived is a step above many paranormal novels–combining skillful writing with a compelling, thought-provoking plot that weaves among the past and the present, the living and the dead. You will thoroughly enjoy uncovering the mystery hidden in the hallways of Mackenzie’s new home and the Narrows of the Archives.
Bottom Line: Check it out now before someone else gets to it first!
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Submitted by: Ms. Bing
The Beautiful Creatures movie comes out in February – grab the book now!
Ethan Ware lives a normal life in a normal small southern town — until Lena Duchannes appears. Lena literally is the girl of Ethan’s dreams. Not that that’s a good thing. For months now, Ethan has been having nightmares about saving an unknown girl. When she suddenly appears as the new girl at school, he knows his life is about to change. And we all know that change can be very scary.
Set in the lowcountry and written by local writers, Beautiful Creatures is a spooky, gothic thriller full of twists and turns. The upcoming movie will feature an amazing cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson.
Bottom line: Read it now, then read the sequel: Beautiful Darkness.
Submited by: Ms. Bing, BEHS Librarian
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Alona Dare has it all — beauty, fashion sense, popularity, the ability to get whatever she wants. High school life is good. Until she dies.
Will doesn’t have anything — no father, very few friends, a mom who thinks he’s a bit crazy, a shrink who doesn’t help, and a school principal out to get him. Plus, he sees dead people. And are they annoying. Yabber, yabber all the time — help me this, show me that, fix this, pleeease. It’s enough to drive someone crazy. Hence the mom and the shrink…
But Will didn’t realize how good he had it before Alona showed up among the dead. And Alona didn’t realize how bad she had it before she died. With a lot of arguing, a bit of flirting (that’s right, dead people can flirt), a bit of fun and a few scares here and there, Alona and Will try to figure out how they can help each other deal with life and with death.
Bottom line: A light-hearted enjoyable read. Grab it for a weekend, then read the next one: Queen of the Dead.
Submitted by: Ms. Bing, BEHS Librarian
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