Are you ready? It is time to kick off an entire month of spooky/paranormal reads perfect for the Halloween season. I am thrilled to be bringing back Something Wicked for the third year. If you are new to the event, Something Wicked Strikes is a month of guest posts, reviews, and giveaways for scary reads. I have a thrilling line up this year, as do my co hostesses. See the full schedule here. You can still get in on the event if you so desire.....
I am pleased to welcome back author Jeyn Roberts. This is Jeyn's third appearance on Rainy Day Ramblings, and I am thrilled to host her again. Jeyn is the author of Dark Inside Series. Let me just introduce you all to her:
Jeyn Roberts grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and started writing at an early age, having her first story published when she was 16 in a middle-grade anthology called LET ME TELL YOU. When she was 21, she moved to Vancouver with dreams of being a rock star, graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Writing and Psychology. For the next few years she played in an alternative/punk band called Missing Mile before moving to England where she received her MA from the prestigious Creative Writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier and tree planter. An avid traveler, she’s been around the world, most recently, teaching high school in South Korea. A lover of animals, Jeyn volunteers regularly with helping abandoned and abused animals, especially cats. You can find Jeyn on her website, Facebook, Twitter andGoodreads.
Please welcome Jeyn:
Villains and How to Spot Them
Hey, Jeyn here. The girl with the dark insides. Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, so I’m thrilled to be back for Something Wicked. This year I was asked to talk about villains and what scares me the most. Now, sadly, I’m not the type to scare easily, so I decided to focus on some of my favorite villains of all times from both book and screen.
Every protagonist has an antagonist. Otherwise a story wouldn’t be a story. Villains can come in all shapes and sizes. They can be complex and emotionally intense, or simply blood thirsty monsters. As you will see from this list, there are all sorts of villains out there.
Randall Flagg – from the Stephen King universe. It’s no secret that The Stand is one of my favorite books of all time. But the main villain, Randall Flagg has made appearances in at least nine Stephen King novels. I loved him in Eyes of the Dragon, because his evil and cruelty knew no bounds. Flagg is a manipulator. He has no qualms about tormenting young children or adults. Everything he does is for his own needs. He’s crazy about power and will stop at nothing to get it.
Loki – Maybe it’s just Tom Hiddleston, or maybe not, but I love Loki. Now he’s a villain that everyone loves to love? Seriously, you can’t hate this guy. He kills thousands of people, but all you can remember is how tormented he is? Loki is a product of his environment. He’s grown up under his brother’s shadow, dealing with a father who will never love him equally, never able to get the respect he so desperately wants…etc. etc. etc… This poor guy cannot win. Loki is multi-layered, the exact way a villain should be.
Pennywise – Another Stephen King creation. There’s a reason why everyone is terrified of clowns. I have to admit, I read this book as a child and I was terrified of sewers for the longest time. Although IT (the actual villain) took many different forms during the novel, the clown Pennywise, is really the freaky one that sticks with the reader. This character was so successful, it’s spawned a huge amount of copycat villains throughout the years. From the Simpsons to Zombieland, clowns have become horrifying.
Mean Girls (and bullying boys) – Ok, this one is a bit of a laugh, but a villain nonetheless. They exist and they’re awful. Ask every single person you know, and they’ll have a story about one of these. Every school has them.
Zombies – I’m still gonna say it, zombies freak me out. There’s just no stopping them. Funny enough, it’s hard to feel pity for the walking dead. You should. They were human like you. It’s not their fault they got munched on. But now they’re a shadow of their former selves, and they’ll stop at nothing to make you their next meal. Zombies by themselves aren’t so terrifying, but the bloody things travel in packs.
Professor Snape – Yeah, okay, I’m sure a bunch of you are going to try and argue with me since Snape technically isn’t a villain. He wasn’t, not in the way Voldermort was, but I’m still going to put him on my list. Snape is my favorite type of villain because he’s multilayered. Throughout the entire Harry Potter series, you never know for sure if he’s a bad guy or not. Sure, you find out at the end that he really was a hero, but was he really? He betrayed people, tormented and abused Harry, and it was because of him that Harry became The Boy That Lived in the first place.
So those are some of my favorite villains. What are yours?
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The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts
A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman.
People say when you take Heam, your body momentarily dies and you catch a glimpse of heaven. Faye was only eleven when dealers forced Heam on her and her best friend, Christian. But Faye didn’t glimpse heaven—she saw hell. And Christian died.
Now Faye spends her days hiding her secret from the kids at school, and her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her life and murdered her best friend. But life never goes the way we think it will. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye's plan suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Chael seems to know everything about her, including her past. But too many secrets start tearing her world apart: trouble at school, with the police, and with the people she thought might be her friends. Even Gazer, her guardian, fears she's become too obsessed with vengeance. Love and death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Four Stars: A thought provoking and interesting book about growth and survival.
Faye pulls her hoodie over her damp hair. It is late but she continues to stand out in the misty rain, staring at the door of the run down bar, knowing the man she intends to kill is inside drinking the night away. At seventeen, Faye should be worried about school, dating, boys and parties, but instead, she is focused on revenge. Six years ago four men seeking revenge against her father, pinned down Faye, who was then a scrawny eleven year old girl, and gave her one dose of the highly addictive drug HEAM. Faye didn't see heaven like everyone else, instead she saw Hell. When she awoke, her life was forever changed. Her best friend, Christian was dead, she was no longer welcome in her own home, and she now harbored a relentless addiction for HEAM. Can Faye overcome her dark past and finally get her revenge?
What I Liked:
First, my advice going into this is to clear your mind of any expectations and be sure to read the author's note at the beginning. I went into this without any preconceived ideas, and that allowed me to completely appreciate the book. This book is one girl's journey toward a new beginning. The character growth and transformation are outstanding, and I was pleased that the book took big risks as it veered off course and explored a new direction. This book is so much more than revenge and darkness. It is new beginnings, hope and growth.
Roberts excels at her world building. In this book, she plunges us into our world overtaken by a deadly and extremely additive drug known as HEAM. HEAM is drug that essentially kills the taker for a few moments before the body reboots and comes back to life. While dead, the drug induced person sees beautiful, calming images of Heaven and deceased loved ones. The drug is so powerful that many are immediately addicted after one dose. This drug has destroyed countless lives and threatens to completely topple society. The streets are littered with gutter rats and dealers. What made this world stand out was that it is entirely plausible. Imagine the release of a drug that produces such intense euphoria that people are willing to do anything to score their next hit? I thought the whole premise of HEAM was thrilling and totally plausible.
Faye is an interesting protagonist. She is kick butt and bad ass, but underneath so vulnerable. Faye's world came crashing down when thugs held her down and forced HEAM down her throat when she was eleven. Now at seventeen, she is an outcast hellbent on revenge. She lives with a former cop, who rescued her. Her benefactor, Gazer, has trained her to fight and kill in order to exact her revenge. I admired her courage and tenacity, but I also love her vulnerability. On the outside she appears to be tough as nails, but in reality, she is still that scared eleven year old girl inside, longing for friends and acceptance. I loved her growth and transformation, and I applauded her final decision at the end. Faye's transformation is remarkable and she became a character whom I admired by the end.
I appreciated that the school's popular girl caught me off guard. I was expecting her to behave a certain way, but thankfully, she doesn't resort to bullying, nor does she turn her back and stick her nose in the air once she learns the truth about Faye. She comes through in some big ways, and I loved that.
The paranormal twist was unexpected and surprising, and even though it wasn't fully explained, I liked it. For me, I think this angle worked because I had read the author's note at the beginning so I knew why she she went down this path. Imagine having the opportunity to see a loved one who had passed on again. What would you give for a few days or moments?
I was a bit surprised, yet once again pleased with the way this book veered off course. It takes some dramatic turns at the end, and the story completely changes. I know many reviewers are complaining because they didn't like the twist and the shift in the plot, but for me it worked. I thought Ms. Roberts pulled it off.
The ending is satisfying without cliffhangers and lots of unanswered questions. This is a stand alone!
The romance was a bit shaky for me. It lacked a bit of chemistry and emotion. I don't know how to describe it without too many spoilers, but I felt like it was lacking a bit of something.
While I appreciated that the story doesn't get bogged down with the how and why of how Chael comes into Faye's life, I couldn't help but want to know more. Why and how did he appear?
I have to admit after all the build up with the revenge plot, I felt a tiny disappointed by Faye's final decision with one of her tormentors. Even though I admired her courage, I wanted it to play out as Faye originally intended. Still I loved her choice.
The Bodies We Wear is an emotional and impactful read with outstanding world building and strong characters. I thought Faye's growth and transformation was excellent and I appreciated that Ms. Roberts dared to take this story in new and unexpected directions. This book is so much more than a revenge book. It is one that needs to be read and pondered.
"I guess can take the girl and give her weapons and stuff but somewhere deep inside she still wants to wear makeup and paint her toes pink."
"Even in death, we never truly get lost."
"I like the moon at night, " Beth says, looking down at her crayons. "I like the way it sometimes manages to find its way through the clouds. I like the way it sometimes manages to find its way through the clouds. I like the raindrops on the leaves in the garden. And I love the way a bakery smells when you go inside."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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