Tracy Banghart

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Rebel Wing Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
reviews: 118
ratings: 199 (avg rating 4.18)

By Blood By Blood (By Blood, #1)
reviews: 50
ratings: 88 (avg rating 3.97)

Moon Child Moon Child (Prequel to By Blood)
reviews: 27
ratings: 49 (avg rating 3.86)

Storm Fall Storm Fall (Rebel Wing, #2)
reviews: 27
ratings: 41 (avg rating 4.22)

What the Sea Wants What the Sea Wants
reviews: 5
ratings: 20 (avg rating 3.10)

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    Entries in Gretchen McNeil (2)

    Thursday
    Oct312013

    Happy Halloween from the Bookanistas!

    Hey y'all! Today a few of us Bookanistas are talking about our favorite scary books.

    I don't often read scary books, but there are a few that have stuck with me. Most recently, I've gotta say

    Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup

    It's got such great suspense and the ghost/murder elements were truly spooky.

    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

    I haven't had a chance to read the sequel yet, but it's definitely on my list. This book was so creepy and awesome. I loved it!

     

     

    3:50 by Gretchen McNeil

    The intensity in this book is off the charts...and I loved the dueling worlds/realities. SO cool.

    Die Softly by Christopher Pike

    Okay, so I'm not exactly recommending this book. But if I'm writing about scary reads, this has to go on the list. I read it as a teenager and, honestly, it haunted me. Even to this day. I kinda wish I could unread it. But hey...that's the sign of a good book, right? That it stays with your readers? ::gulp::

    And my teenage years would not have been the same without the horror/suspense of Richie Tankersley Cusick. They weren't exactly "literature" - honestly, "cheesy" might be the better word - but boy did I love her "two dark strangers...which boy is sincere and which boy wants to kill her?" formula. Some of my favorites:

    So yeah. I was never hardcore, truth be told. I've still never read a Stephen King horror novel. But it's funny the books that stay with you...and the stories that give you that thrill of fear and excitement. 

    What are YOUR favorite scary books? Are you hardcore? Or a wimp like me? :-)

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    Check out what scares my fellow Bookanistas today!

    Wednesday
    Jun192013

    Bookanista Review: 3:59

    Happy Thursday! Boy has this been a busy week! I hope y'all have had a good one! 

    I'm so excited that I've been able to find some time to read recently...especially because the books I've been reading have been GREAT!! This week's is no exception. Unfortunately 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil doesn't come out until September, but you can (and should! ;-)) preorder it now.

    From Amazon:

    From Possess and Ten author Gretchen McNeil comes a deliciously eerie science-fiction horror story in the tradition of Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy and the movie Sliding Doors.

    Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. And just when she thinks it can't get worse, she wakes to an image of herself in the bedroom mirror. Except it's not her at all—the girl in the mirror is blonder and prettier. And her name is Jo.

    The two girls are doppelgängers whose universes overlap every twelve hours at 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to pass through the portal and switch places for a day.

    But Jo's world is far from perfect, and the stuff of nightmares lurks around every corner. And when Josie finds herself trapped there, her life becomes more dangerous—and more deadly—than she ever imagined.

    My Take

    This is the second book I've read by Gretchen (check out my review of TEN here) and I have to say, I think she's officially one of my go-to authors now. I LOVED this book. It was super creepy, suspenceful and cleverly written. I was particularly impressed by the extensive science to her fiction...I didn't understand any of it but it sounded super sciency and convincing! :-)

    Josie was a great main character - likeable and strong, but REAL too. She makes choices for the wrong reasons, has selfish moments, and doesn't always have the best judgment about people. But she's also SUPER smart, caring, and nuanced as a character. I really enjoyed watching her explore the new world she finds herself in. And having the juxtaposition of her doppleganger Jo was really cool.

    In general, "cool" is a really good word for this book. There were so many moments when I thought "that's so cool!" or "what a cool twist" or "ooooh....he's cooool." ;-) I loved the mythology/science Gretchen created and the concept of many worlds. As I said, it was all so cool!

    So if you like thrillers, scifi, Joss Whedon, stuff that's cool....you should definitely check out 3:59 when it arrives in September!

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    See what the other Bookanistas are raving about this week!

    Shari Arnold marvels at THE MOON AND MORE by Saran Dessen

     

    Christine Fonseca shivers over SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

     

    Carrie Harris and Elana Johnson reveal the cover of SALLY SLICK & THE STEEL SYNDICATE by Carrie Harris

     

    Corrine Jackson is nuts for AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK by Joe Schreiber

     

    Jessica Love joins the BY BLOOD by Tracy Banghart book blitz – with giveaway

     

    Shannon Messenger  raves about JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

     

    Tracey Neithercott adores THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab

     

    Kimberly Sabatini is touched by OUT OF REACH by Carrie Arcos

     

    Katy Upperman gushes over THE GIRL GUIDE by Christine Fonseca