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Summary from Goodreads:

Once upon a time I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time I didn’t know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends — her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

My Review:

I loved Elizabeth Scott’s Something, Maybe . It was one of my best reads for the year 2009 so I didn’t bother to see the dust jacket summary before starting this book , though I suspected that the book wasn’t a happy one nothing prepared me for what was coming in form of this small book. My suspicion was proved right  within 2 pages in to the book.I

I had highly recommended Something, Maybe to one and all but when it comes to Living Dead Girl , I think I would be much more careful with recommendations. .

Ok, you must be feeling I am going on the negative side with the review for this book.Absolutely not. This is a very powerful book. Scott skills as YA author is  already proved but with this  book she has risen a notch in my opinion. She has handled a subject  which would be difficult to pen down , difficult to read and discuss in to a book for Young Adults ( I would say preferably 16 yrs and above ) A book which needs to be read , to understand what goes through the mind of a child who has been abused for years together . You need to read it to understand how some very simple clues are missed out by people who happen to see the predator with their victims. It’s always right out but we fail to see it or rather prepare our minds to think otherwise .

Alice is so well sketched out that you just feel for her from the first page. I was desperately wanting for Alice to realize that she can help herself , get out of there , tell people what has been happening with her  but when you realize why she isn’t going to do that,you don’t get angry at her, you just pray for some miracle to happen. Such is the power of this book.

I would recommend it with a piece of caution please read  it knowing that it isn’t a pleasant read but an absolutely powerful dark book which needs to reach a larger audience.

Recommended audience : Above 16 years , (lots of scenes are very descriptive about the abuse )

My Rating : 4.5 out of 5

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Challenges Update:

I joined a few more Challenges for 2010.They keep coming up with fun challenges and I keep signing up . Here are the details :

100 + Reading  Challenge

100_Reading_ChallengeHosted by J.Kaye

Sign Up Page : 100+ Reading Challenge

I finished nearly 200 books this year , so I guess with so many challenges  and my own craze for reading I might finish 200 or more in 2010.

Awesome Author Challenge 2010


Hosted by Alyce

Sign Up Page : Awesome Author Challenge 2010

There are 4 levels and I have opted for Moderate.

Moderate: Choose six authors and read at least one title from each author.

My choice Of authors :

Jacqueline Woodhouse

Sarah Dunant

Ray Bradbury

Lois Lowry

Orson Scott Card

Albert Camus

Lord Of The Rings Readalong

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I have forgotten all about Middle Earth, this readalong  will definitely help me get familiar with the realm I loved so much after the first read.

Hosted by Eva , Teresa and Marie

Sign Up Post : The Lord Of The Rings Readalong

Updated to add:

The Nancy Drew Challenge

How could I  resist this challenge. I love reading Nancy Drew and what better way  to show my affection for this series then to participate in this wonderful challenge hosted by Deborah.

Hosted by Deborah

Sign Up Page : The Nancy Drew Challenge

Goal :

To read Books 1-56 in the Nancy Drew series that have the yellow spines in 2010.

A list of the books can be found here http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com/mysterystories.html