It was cold outside. It was really cold. Freezing cold.
Todd Burton, freezing himself, watched as a man with a big industrial broom swept what was an obviously already shoveled sidewalk. The snow was falling harder than ever and was piled everywhere.
Many consider the concept of love at first sight to be little more than make-believe, the stuff of fairy tales and ancient myths. However, those who have experienced it, that immediate flash of recognition inspired by a single glance, will swear to its existence. Wherever you stand on the issue, there can be no denying the instant and powerful affinity that sparks between the heroes in this sweetly sensual novel by B.G. Thomas.
Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn’t want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can’t pay his rent and gets evicted. In the middle of a snowstorm.
I love it when a novel surprises me. Sometimes I receive a request to review a title that I’m not sure will be my thing, but I agree to take a look just in case. Then, contrary to what I expect, the story and its characters draw me in, and before I realize it, I’m hooked. That’s what happened with the book I’m giving away today.
I’ve always been drawn to stories that tackle the darker aspects of life, and this one was no exception. ‘Every Inferno’ follows a teenage boy on his journey as he falls in love for the first time, navigates the minefield posed by family and school, and picks up the trail of a decade-old crime. Intent on untangling the truth behind his parents’ death, Jacob Jasper Jones ends up learning a great deal more about himself than he ever anticipated.
Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.
There’s something magical about the stage, the way the atmosphere casts you under its spell as the actors bring stories to life. Also, when the theater is empty and all is shadowy and quiet, it’s the perfect setting for a ghost story…
The thrill of discovering a really great story never gets old. Sometimes a novel lands in my inbox that literally seizes me by the heart, squeezing far too painfully at times, and refusing to loosen its grip until I reach the last page. The book I’m giving away today was one of those.
I LOVE this theater. Sure, it’s not in such a hot neighborhood. You have to fight off the junkies and whores just to get in the door, but it has history. The guy who built it was hot for an ancient movie called The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Well, I guess it was a new movie when this baby was built. Anyway, the star of that movie was Charles Laughton, hence the name of the theater: the Laughton.