Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac and wordsmith! She is the author of The Hunters Series, The Clear Angel Chronicles, and The Hell School Series. She also created Royal Prince Vince, and Creative Exercises to Inspire,
When she is not reading and writing, she can be found spending quality time with her lovely family camping, hiking, swimming, or watching movies.
on June 05, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. The author does a wonderful job building tension, writing in a fantasy voice that feels real, and developing characters worth remembering!
It was hard seeing two boys raised together, who grow up resenting one another so much... as I am raising two boys who are going through a similar thing right now, but for very different reasons. I really could relate to that aspect of the conflict, though.
I am definitely looking forward to the sequel!
The Gate, Journey to the New World
on April 17, 2016
The author did a great job telling this exciting story from the perspective of two very different girls, who also happen to be best friends! Each character's voice was distinct and it was easy to switch between the two many characters. There are great lessons of finding your inner strength, controlling your emotions, and appreciating what you have in life. I cannot wait to read this with my teenage boys! Looking forward to a sequel.
Amongst The Killing
on April 26, 2017
Joe Compton does an amazing job catching the unique voices of Detective Charles Street and Jack Casey, serial killer at large. Unlike Girl on a Train, I had no problem telling which character was speaking at the start of each chapter and admired how at certain points, the two voices were eerily similar (clearly intentionally done by the author!) This story really sticks with you. I actually had to take a break from reading it at one point because it gave me nightmares!
Why? Because Jack Casey seems relatively normal. Hearing his internal monolog is very reminiscent of listening to my teenage son talk. He is quite Machiavellian, but some of the brightest people I know score quite high on the Machiavellian tests. It gives credence to neighbors of serial killers who say "He was quiet, polite, seemed like a nice guy." And that, to me, is far scarier than the "crazy" versions of serial killers often portrayed in Hollywood.
I loved that the ending was unpredictable, and (if you pay close attention) there is a unique little twist that was very unexpected for me. The wrap up felt a bit rushed and tied a little too neatly, but I love the teaser for the next book!
The book does have a fair number of errors and could benefit from a good edit, but many of the errors, I felt, were due to the format of telling, from the eyes of the character. (Still, there were several that clearly weren't, most commonly missing articles like the, or, and.) It did make it a bit difficult to get into the story at first, but as I adjusted to the perspectives of the characters, I also adjusted to the writing style. I don't know that I would read it again, but I am interested in reading the next Detective Charles Street book.