I wanted so so much to like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire with the same fiery passion as I liked Crimson Bound. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has the feeling of a book that wants to do too many things. There are two POVs in this one – Runajo and Paris, and both are trying to accomplish the same thing – save the city. In one POV, we learn about the inside of the religious order of the city – in the other, the reader experiences the correct underground. Either view could have been interesting enough in […]
Cas Lockwood hunts and kills ghosts. Note: he is NOT a Ghostbuster, he just kills ghosts. He has no friends and he and his mother travel the world to take out ghosts that are killing the living. Cas is a lone ranger and that’s the way he likes it. This ghost, though? “Anna Dressed in Blood”? She catches his attention, and her mystery leads to friends and to the trail in destroying the spirit that killed his father. Ughhhhh. This book was not my favorite. I’m going to try to give it as fair a review as I can. It’s […]
As a kid growing up, I relished the twice-annual Scholastic Book Fair. Ghost Cats was a purchase from this fair, probably when I was nine or ten. I had few pets and thus didn’t relate as well with the loss of them, but this story of family and change was one that stuck with my nine-year-old self… enough so that at 26, I still have this old paperback sitting on my shelf.
This book is tacky and a little ridiculous. It tries to be light hearted then super serious in the same breath and the somewhat graphic, totally uncalled for sex scene in the middle was totally unconnected to anything and unnecessary. She also writes in two different voices, one that is totally useless to the plot and is flat as a pancake. It’s redeeming qualities are the shortness (less than 200 pages) and a few (but not all!) of the ghosts, who were quirky and fun.