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As soon as you pick up this book you know you are going to need to clear your schedule for the next few days. It hooks you right away with the amazing plot. Richie Lyons is just your average 12 year old enjoying his summer and hanging out with his friends, until the morning of his thirteenth birthday when he wakes up with an intense pain and a list of five names in his head. You follow Richie’s story as he tries to first deny the list, and then as he tries to figure out what it means. This book has great characters that feel so real you want to meet them, or in some cases hope you never bump into them. The list of five is fast paced with twists and turns that leave you on the edge of your seat. I must warn this book is not for the feint of heart. I really enjoyed reading this book, and the others in the series as well. The List of Five: Delusions, and The List of Five: A Beginning.
Young teen Richie Lyons is having an uneventful summer, playing games with his friends. He even has a birthday on the way. However, his uneventful life is shattered when he wakes up, on the morning of his thirteenth birthday, with a list of names pounding through his brain. A list that contains the names of those he cares about most. As if that wasn’t enough, he keeps having a recurring waking dream of a fire that is threatening to take the life of his mom and sister.
Richie must fight to understand this recurring list and the visions. Are they prophetic, foretelling an actual occurrence, or a waking nightmare threatening his sanity? In addition, what does the list have to do with the newest local ministry and the strange pastor who came to Richie’s door?
The more Richie discovers, the less he understands. When Richie finally begins to understand, it may be too late for himself and everyone else that he cares about.
There is one thing Richie knows for certain. He may have to grow up much faster than he ever wanted to grow, because there is something very wrong with his visions, and there is something frightening about the list of five.
Hidden Monster (The Monsters Among Us book 1) by Author Amanda Strong
From the moment I opened this book I was hooked! Hidden Monster is fast paced and full of plot twists you will never see coming! The characters are amazing and have such great detail you feel like you know them personally. Although there is romance in this book there is also heartbreak, suspense, and fear that Samantha will not only never figure out what happened to her, but might also be falling in love with the masked stranger who held her captive for weeks. I give this book a 5 star rating and recommend that everyone drops the book they are reading and check this one out! You will not be disappointed. I can’t wait to see what Amanda Strong has in store for us in book 2!
For seventeen-year-old Samantha Campbell, running back woods trails usually means freedom from her less-than-perfect life. That is, until the day a morning run turns into a living nightmare. When Samantha wakes up to find herself bound to a dirty, pinstriped mattress, she realizes she’s anything but free. With a masked abductor repeatedly injecting her arm with an unknown substance while holding her captive, Samantha tries in vain to find out what he wants, but he refuses to speak. Until the day he breaks his silence and his twisted words are worse than what she’d imagined. He promises her one day she will fall in love with him but the best part will be that she won’t know who he is… until it’s too late.
Finding herself freed from captivity, with her captor still at large, Samantha is on guard against everything and everyone around her. Unfortunately, walling up her heart proves difficult when eighteen-year-old Blake Knightley moves in next door. When Samantha starts experiencing strange changes within her, she realizes her captor may have left her more damaged than she originally thought. Now she must turn to Blake for help in order to unearth the truth behind the monster who started this all… or risk experiencing worse things than just falling in love.