I've talked before in previous reviews how contemporary is such a tough genre for me. The only ones that tend to work for me are ones that d...morerating 3.5
I've talked before in previous reviews how contemporary is such a tough genre for me. The only ones that tend to work for me are ones that don't include a love interest and instead focus on issues besides romance. Six Feet Over It thankfully had a different focus.
This story is basically about a teenage girl trying to figure out where she fits in with her interesting family. Between her older sister who is in remission, her crazy dad who just moved the whole family to run a cemetery, a mother is grows more and more distant, and a best friend who isn't there anymore Leigh isn't sure where she fits into all this craziness.
The first thing that struck me while reading this is how sad it was that Leigh felt so much guilt. Every bad thing that happened to her she somehow felt like it was her fault. My heart just broke for her. No one should every feel like that especially not a fifteen year old girl. Things happen in life and well Leigh had to deal with more than her fair share. She was a tough cookie though I have to give her that. I hated that she pushed everybody away, but I understood why she did. If everyone you loved left wouldn't you do the same? Things change for her when Dario, the new gravedigger, starts working and working his way into her heart as a friend. Leigh really needed him and I think he knew that. Elanor was another friend that Leigh needed, but her role was different than Dario's. Overall this cast really had a wonderful balance.
The one problem I had with this story were her parents. If I could take out her parents involvement this read would have probably been a 5 star for me. As it is though they are in it and man I just don't even know where to begin. I said before that her family was crazy, but really they were neglectful. Leighs' mom takes off more times than I can count to spend time in their old seaside home and her dad basically makes her run the office by herself. This leaves her dealing with families who are in need of burial plots. Not what a fifteen year old should be doing or expected to do. It gets so bad that by the end of the story she is running the office. If she had wanted to do this on her own that's one thing, but her dad just makes her. Her sister Kai isn't expected to do anything and I am guessing its because she is in remission. Okay well that brings up a whole other topic actually. Why in the world did their dad buy a cemetery when his daughter was on the brink of death. I'm sure this wasn't the most positive climate for Kai. I'm not quite sure what to make of that, but I'll move on. Leigh's parents really needed to step up and be parents. Both daughters were going through things and it was so heartbreaking to see each of them not have a mom or dad to lean on.
Aside from the parents I did really enjoy this story. I enjoyed seeing Leigh grow and accept certain things in her life. I wish one thing would have been in this story though. There is a particular situation that I think Leigh really needed closure on and after discovering certain things I think a great opportunity was lost within the story. I would have really liked to have seen Leigh have just one conversation with a certain person. I know that is vague, but if you read this then you will understand. Again though aside from that I did enjoy living in Leigh's world and I am definitely going to keep my eye out for future novels from Ms. Longo.(less)
Contains spoilers from the first book! You have been warned!
Well if there is one thing I have learned from this is that sometime serial killers will g...moreContains spoilers from the first book! You have been warned!
Well if there is one thing I have learned from this is that sometime serial killers will get sloppy when they think they have everyone fooled. This book is just like a serial killer. The first in the series was stealthy and quietly creepy while this installment is filled with plot holes and unbelievable stupidity...sloppy.
In the previous installment we are left knowing that Billy has escaped prison and is in hiding. Jasper is back with his grandma and just trying to keep the press at bay. When a New York cop comes to get his opinion on a recent serial killer, Jazz is thrown back into this crazy and violent world.
The book starts off super creepy. I mean we get the killers POV right from the get go and I just knew this book was going to be way more violent than the first. I wasn't wrong in that let me tell you. From victims being gutted, paralyzed, and eyeballs being taken it was definitely a gross ride. This didn't bother me though, yes it was gross but it gave the book a whole new level. I at first wondered if the gore was going to take center stage and the story fall off, but that didn't happen. No what happened was the characters took a weird turn and ruined the story.
I'll start with Connie. WTH?! I loved her in the first installment! She was amazing as the girlfriend and she didn't take any of Jazz's BS. In this book its like someone hit her over the head with a TSTL bat! She makes incredibly stupid decisions and the whole time I just sat there reading her POV thinking why are you so stupid??!! I mean you are dealing with a major serial killer here! She knows what he is capable of, but does she think NO! She goes off to NY by herself to help Jazz because of course she has the knowledge to capture the killer. I mean she is an actor so why can't she play the role of detective?? It was just so horribly wrong and I hate that she manipulated her parents. I am happy that her parents where present and wanted to ground her and they did make every effort to stop her. She just pulled a TSTL scam and well I won't say what happens but man I have never been so happy with a cliffhanger before. I knew this one would have one so I wasn't surprised, but what did surprise me was that I was happy about it. I was waiting for a particular moment with her and when it happened I felt relief. I know I sound horrible and no I don't want her to die. I am just thankful for that cliffhanger because it will finally give her the scare she needs to stop thinking like she is Sherlock Holmes!
Okay now on to Jazz. He was he Jazz from the first book, but he got sloppy and over confident too and that bothers me. I looked forward to him being this bad arse serial killer hunter and well he let me down. A lot of things slipped by him and I know that he is only seventeen, but I got used to him acting older and looked at him as older. After this book he is definitely seventeen. I really thought especially after the predicament that he was in in the first one he would have learned to look at all angles and not take anything lightly. He didn't learn! It really bothered me because again he is supposed to be all knowing. And when he did finally break the puzzle no one listened to him. He explained with detail what was going on and it was like everyone thought he was crazy. The cops go to him and believe every word he says right up until he breaks the case. Yep it was just too convenient, by having everyone think he was crazy pushed him to do stupidly careless things. I really wish the author would have stayed true to his character.
Howie I don't really have any problems with I suppose. He is secondary character that has quirks. These quirks do get a little annoying at times, but for the most part I am okay with him. I am worried after his last stunt though that he has been hit with the same bat as Connie. Time will tell though.
What truly baffles me is that I don't get why the author chose to add in all this extra stuff. The storyline definitely could have held its own without all the extra character stories. I didn't need to live inside of Connie's head to see where she would end up and I definitely don't get why I had to live inside of Howie's. It just doesn't add up and the story just didn't need it. I was more engrossed when Jazz was front and center. I will say that the killer reveal wasn't really what I was thinking. I don't understand where this story is going and I just tend to lean towards the author getting sloppy. Nothing connects and I am assuming its because there is a third book, but at this point I am so confused as to what game is actually being played. I am not sure I will be able to puzzle through all this nonsense. I think the author got cocky and got sloppy. He already had a fan base and so decided that he didn't need to work as hard to keep things organized just like his serial killer characters.
This is all just my opinion and I am definitely going to read the last book in the hopes that the author tightened up his storyline and with certain characters in certain predicaments I am also hoping that Jazz takes center stage again. (less)
This people! This is the book I have needed in my life! I have no idea why I waited so long to read this! I Hunt Killers has everything I am loving ri...moreThis people! This is the book I have needed in my life! I have no idea why I waited so long to read this! I Hunt Killers has everything I am loving right now in my reads! Serial killers, suspense, drama, blood, gore, delicious creepiness, and masterfulness! I loved every single second of this and yes I know that might mean I have a few problems of my own!
I'm sure you have read before that this is like Dexter and well I haven't seen Dexter so I don't really know if this is true. All I know is that this was amazing! We have Jazz who has grown up being groomed by his father to be the next super killer. Billy Dent killed in the triple digits before he was caught and he tried raising his son to step into his footsteps. Jazz fights everyday to be normal and not who his dad wants him to be. When I new killer comes to town Jazz knows this guy is up to something not normal. After putting clues only he can see together Jazz realizes that this guy is copying someone very close to Jazz and he has to stop him.
I loved how the story had both perspectives in it. I can't explain why I loved seeing the killers POV but I did. It was wild and just crazy, but it was an awesome addition to the story. I felt like the guy was right behind me!! I won't lie I had the killer pegged from Ch 14, but that didn't stop me from loving this. It just showed me how bold the killer actually was when he would make certain moves and it made me really keep my eyes peeled for him. What did surprise me though was the ending. I was so not expecting what happened and I won't lie it totally keyed me up for the next one. It is sure to be a bloody book!
I really liked Jazz and his friends. He was a great character and I really sympathized with him. The only thing that got to me was how confident he was in his manipulations. I know he was groomed to be this way, but after awhile I didn't need to be told the ins and outs of how he got away with certain behaviors. All that really could have been left out. Other than that though I really loved Jazz. He has a tough road ahead of him and I can't imagine how will overcome what his dad hopes for him to become. I mean the details that he knows about serial killers is frightening!
I have to mention Howie. Oh Howie he was a wonderful breath of fresh air in this gory book. He kept certain scenes a little lighter than they would have been otherwise I can't wait to see what he says in the next book. I also loved Connie. She stood up to Jazz at his weakest and showed him that he doesn't have to be a monster. She is one tough chick that I hope Jazz keeps around for a very long time.
Barry Lyga has truly crafted a hair raising tale that will have me looking under beds for days to come! Bring on the sequel!!(less)
I wasn't quite sure what to think when I picked Falling into Place up. I was looking for a quick read for my road trip and this one fit and even thoug...moreI wasn't quite sure what to think when I picked Falling into Place up. I was looking for a quick read for my road trip and this one fit and even though I am not really into contemporary at the moment I still grabbed it thinking if it didn't work at least it was somewhat short. Having taken a turn down the creepy genre lane I knew it would take a strong book to pull me in and I am very excited to say that this one did it.
I am finding out that the normal contemporary formula just isn't working for me at the moment. I need more than a broken character and cutie across the street to pique my interest. Falling into Place takes us down a road I haven't read before and I couldn't put it down. And for the first time even though I honestly couldn't stand the characters at all I still loved this to pieces. The writing and the underlining message in my opinion were so strong that the characters didn't need to be likable. If you know me then you know I never say this. I always have to like or at least feel connected in some way to the main character, but honestly I hated Liz. Yes I know I was probably supposed to feel sympathy for her, but I just couldn't. I'll get into all that in a minute, but my goodness Amy Zhang can write. Her story came alive and I just couldn't put it down. I wanted to know how everyone was connected, I wanted to learn what went through Liz' mind 5 seconds before the crash, I just wanted to know more. Zhangs writing is beautiful and I loved the addition of the imaginary friend. I will admit openly I had one as a kid and it really brought me back to that time when I needed one for various reasons. Such a powerful thing and emotion to see Liz battle her demons and know that her friend was right there the entire time.
Okay so Liz why did I hate her? Well she was "that" mean girl in high school. We all had one and in this book she was the meanest I have ever seen. The things she did I just can't forgive. She didn't have to do those things, she wasn't pressured when she got to high school. 99% of the situations she caused all by herself and she ruined so many lives. Yes I understand what her own demons were and I can sympathize with her on those, but I can't let it go that she hurt so many people. I appreciated that the author made Liz open her eyes to what she had done, but I feel like Liz took the easy way out. I am by no means saying that Liz' decision was easy or that I know what it feels like to want to give up so bad and think the world would be better off without me, but I am saying that Liz was strong and she should have fought for her life. She deserved better and I think the people that she hurt deserved better. Liz' story was sad and my heart did break for her so please don't think I am cold hearted. I just would have felt more connected to her if her problems hadn't been self inflicted. She looked at her life and everyone she hurt she did it on purpose. Just not cool.
So all that being said I still really enjoyed this book. Liz wasn't my favorite character, but I did find myself hoping that she would pull through. Again this takes a strong writer. If I don't care for a character I don't care whether they live or die, but I did want Liz to live. She needed to live and get the help she deserved. I don't think her answer was the right one and I wanted more for her.
I absolutely adore Amy Zhang and I am definitely going to keep my eye out for her future books. This contemporary book showed me that not all contemporary books have the cutie and broken character I just have to dig through a few to find the gritter ones. Wonderful powerful book that really will open your eyes to how high school really is and the stresses that young people go through everyday.
Oh and I didn't forget Liam. He was the cutie, but not really the cutie and you just couldn't help but love him. So I guess this story did have a cutie and a broken girl, but the story didn't focus on the two of them. This story was so much more than that and I appreciated that the author chose to make it more.(less)
Macmillan has these books called Fierce Reads and for so long I just thought they were books that have fierce heroines, but now after reading Trial by...moreMacmillan has these books called Fierce Reads and for so long I just thought they were books that have fierce heroines, but now after reading Trial by Fire I understand what a Fierce Read actually is. This book brought out the fierceness in me. I wanted to fight for Lily and Rowan, I wanted to just jump right inside this book and fight with all the fierceness my bookies have. So Fierce Reads aren't just talking about the books characters, which let me assure you Lily and Rowan were two of the fiercest characters ever, they are talking about bringing out the readers inner Fierce and pulling them into a story they will never forget.
Trail by Fire starts out..okay I am just going to say it bad. Tristan is a horrible childhood BFF/crush ever! I normally love the childhood friend turn to boyfriend angle but man this guy was just mean and I wanted to kick him out of this book! Without his stupidity though Lily wouldn't have given in and decided to leave her world though so Tristan did serve a purpose even though I hate to admit it. I'm glad to also say that his doppelganger was better, but I have a very real suspicion that he will still turn out to be a dirtbag. When Lily suddenly turns around and finds herself in another version of her world she has no idea what to do. Her life has always been a little crazy, but this was an all new brand of crazy for her. She quickly learns that she will have to adapt to her new surroundings before she can find her way home. With doppelgangers, witch craft, multiple versions, and willstones this story is an adventure that takes Lily a girl who could barely keep herself alive to a girl who is one of the strongest witches and can change the world.
I loved this and I don't mean love as in think about the story a bit and then put it back up to never really think of again. No I mean I fiercely love this story to where I will buy a physical copy and pet it everyday and reread my favorite passages for years. Yes I loved it that much. It is such a unique spin on witchcraft and omg the world is just amazing! This author weaves in science and really makes the reader think. You find out later in the story the reason why Lilian (the original Lily in the new world) brings Lily into her new world and I get it. We don't know everything because well this is the first book in the trilogy so there is a lot more to come, but we do know that Lily is there to right a wrong and that Lilian thinks she is right by killing everyone who practices science. See at first I was like that's so wrong, but the more you read you see that Lilian has a reason and while killing people is never the answer you do see her point. I love books that make me think and this one not only does that it makes me really wonder which side I would want to be on. The obvious one isn't always the answer and I think Lily may realize this sooner rather than later.
Rowan was *squee* amazing. After hating Tristan with everything and wishing him a painful death it was such a fun ride to fall for Rowan. Was he easy to like at first, no but he was no where near as bad as Tristan and you have to give him a little leeway too. When he meets Lily he thinks she is Lilian and well he hates Lilian for various reasons so he can't trust Lily. Their relationship grows and oh my what a story that was. I loved every bit of their interaction and I almost swooned when she claimed him. You will have to read the story to find out exactly what that means hehe. Such a great pair! And there is one scene that literally had me fanning myself! Sorry had to throw that in there!
This was a book that I didn't want to put down, but at the same time I didn't want to finish it. I kept reading a chapter and then walking away so that I could savor it. I haven't done that it a very long time, maybe not since Twilight so that should tell you how much I adored this story. This is my first book by Josephine Angelini but it will not be last that's for sure. I adore her writing, characters, and world building and I am positive I will love everything she writes. Yep can't say that about most authors, but for Ms.Angelini I am going to say it and own it!(less)
I DNF this one. I got about 1/3 of the way through and then looked at a few reviews which uncovered that this book is full of short one chapter novell...moreI DNF this one. I got about 1/3 of the way through and then looked at a few reviews which uncovered that this book is full of short one chapter novellas that don't really tie into the overall storyline. I don't understand why this book was written like that and I just don't feel the need to find out. All the science stuff went over my head also and I just had to drop it.(less)
This book was weird with a capitol W. Normally I am all about weird, but this one for me really missed the mark. I am so disappointed to because the c...moreThis book was weird with a capitol W. Normally I am all about weird, but this one for me really missed the mark. I am so disappointed to because the cover was amazing and deserved a better story.
This story is about Dovey who after losing her best friend during a hurricane is on meds to help her cope with what happened. She is just numb to everything, but after seeing her best friend through a restaurant window she knows she has to go off her meds to find out what is going on. Her friend must need help right? Things go from normal weird to downright bizarre in just a few chapters and I was left wondering what was really real. Dovey goes on an adventure that leads her to demons and a realization that even she might not know who she thinks she is.
The story I was mostly okay with I suppose. It was interesting, a little gross with all the pinkies being thrown around but interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. What I had a problem with the most was the long drawn out story. There were so many times that I thought this isn't relevant, or this could be cut out completely. It took forever for the story to really take off and even when it did I still felt like I was digging through too many details and scenes. Even the scenes that needed to be there were bogged down with too many details and prose.
I also didn't care for the triangle type thing that was going on. Dovey had two guys, but wasn't sure which one of them she wanted. Baker was a childhood friend who has loved her forever and Issac is the new guy helping her navigate this new and dangerous world. I didn't really care for either guy, but it bugged me that she wasn't straight with either one of them. She kisses both guys in one night...yeah I wasn't a fan at all of this. I have read several triangle storylines and some are done right this one wasn't in my opinion. And honestly the triangle wasn't even needed. The story could have stood on its own without all that. I wish the author would have chose one guy to make the love interest and left it at that.
Okay my last big complaint was the language. I know I know this is a weird complaint, but it really bugged me especially seeing this is a YA novel. The language was just not necessary and I am surprised the author chose to use it as much as she did. Every time a certain phrase would pop up I would just cringe. I am not a huge religious person but I have a limit to the times I can read a certain phrase before I start getting annoyed. I hit that number really early on. I am all for freedom of speech and the author is more than welcome to use whatever words she/he chooses but I can be irritated at those choices and deem them unnecessary. If this had been an adult book I still would have been annoyed so this should tell you something.
One more thing is this supposed to a series? That ending was really weird and if this isn't a series then I have wasted a whole day reading this. I expected some sort of closure after 375 pages so someone please tell me this is a series. I'm not saying I will read it but I will rest better at night knowing that Dovey will get revenge.(less)
Falls the Shadow gives us an in depth look at what happens when families start investing in clones. These clones are stored in a lab where daily infor...moreFalls the Shadow gives us an in depth look at what happens when families start investing in clones. These clones are stored in a lab where daily information and memories are downloaded into their CPUs or "brains" so that if an accident happens and the human dies then the clone can pick up right where the human left off without messing a beat. Imagine having someone waiting in the wings to take your place *shudders* yeah I thought it was creepy too.
I have to say this whole idea scares me and intrigues me at the same time. I mean to really have someone or something rather just waiting for you to die so it can take over is just creepy. Cate knows this isn't right but there is nothing left to do after her older sister Violet dies. When her parents pick up the new Violet things for her family just get worse instead of better. Did I mention that Cate's dad is the Mayor? Yeah that really puts her whole family in the spotlight especially since so many people are against cloning. There are many who stand against this idea of cloning and they make sure their voices are heard. The CCA was founded because they go against everything Huxley (the creators of the clones) are trying to do. They know something isn't right, but they just don't know how bad things really are.
The story really takes off when Violet flees and Cate starts really questioning if clones are a good idea. She learns a lot of things that I don't want to spoil but if you've seen movies before you know that sometimes good clones don't always stay that way.
I did enjoy this story but I am left with a bunch of questions. For instance what happens to the clones who aren't used? Why do these clones seem to be super powerful? Why didn't Cate's parents try and make things better for her? Those are just a few, but I really do have so many more. I liked the idea behind all this but the plotholes needed a bit tightening to make me totally believe. I especially want to know what happens to the clones that aren't needed. Are they disposed of? All that money spent I can't see them destroying them. I really really want to know!
Cate has to find her sister after a tragedy strikes another classmate. What Cate learns though is that nothing is as it seems and her world is about to flipped and I mean the my sister tried to kill me flipped. Cate was a unique character. She really couldn't trust anybody and the one time she lets someone in they betray her. I really felt bad for her. I did appreciate that she stood up for herself though and she did what needed to be done most of the time. The only thing that truly bothered me about her was her inner monologues. They got to be repetitive and I got really tired of reading about how she liked Jaxon. Yes I know he was the romantic interest but I don't know for me all these thoughts just took away from the story. I would have preferred to have the romance take a back seat and learn more about the story and or history involved with the clones.
Okay and what was up with Seth having so many guns and weapons?? I don't buy that a 16 year old would have access to so much artillery. That part really needed to be explained and honestly I could have done without it.
Overall though I did enjoy this story and if there is a sequel planned I would read it seeing as how the romance fixed itself and the story should take center stage. The author has very unique ideas and really has created an interesting world. (less)
I won't lie I was a little nervous going into this book because I loved Cat & Bones so much and I wasn't sure if the author would be able to creat...moreI won't lie I was a little nervous going into this book because I loved Cat & Bones so much and I wasn't sure if the author would be able to create something new. I shouldn't have been worried though because Ms. Frost is amazing at what she does and totally blew me away with this one.
Okay so I have to say it, The Beautiful Ashes is like the Fever series by Karen Moning. We have a girl who is trying to find her sister who may or may not be dead, a mysterious guy who we know isn't quite human but aren't told what he actually is, a relic that needs to be found to save the world from the big baddies. Sound similar?? Now if you know me you know that I wasn't a huge fan of that series but and this is a big BUT I did like the overall storyline of it. The characters are what killed that series for me. Well with Frost's book the story is similar, but the character were phenomenal so that's where the stories take different paths.
Ivy and Adrian were awesome. They haven't surpassed Cat & Bones, but I have a feeling they could give them a run for their money given time. I thought Ivy was a great character. She was thrown into this world at full speed and tried to take everything in without flipping out. She did have some clue to this alternate world because she can see parallel worlds, but she didn't know exactly what was going on until she goes looking for her missing sister. She really proved that she could handle whatever was thrown at her and I appreciated that she kept her TSTL moments to a minimum. I think she only had one of those moments, but it was necessary so I can forgive her and move on. What impressed me the most though is that she didn't back down from what she needed to do. Yes she was a little lusty after Adrian, but from the way he was described I can't fault her. I wish her inner monologue about him would have been toned down a tad, but overall I really enjoyed hearing her POV.
Adrian was a fun character too. I am very much looking forward to learning more about him. He is dark and mysterious, but he does have something about him that just makes him feel young and not sure about this new world he is embarking on with Ivy. I liked that about him, he's mature but he has learning to do and I am excited that he will do this with Ivy.
Some of my favorite quotes are from the Cat & Bones series and I have quite a few already from this first installment. I love how witty Frost makes her characters and I think Ivy and Adrian are just getting started. I think its going to be hard to top the lizard visual, but I know she will.
I really enjoyed the story as well. The world is intriguing and kept me glued wondering what will pop up next and umm can I just say that if there are thoughts about a spin off I would love one from Brutus. He is the gargoyle and sounds like someone we all need to meet!!
Frost showed me that she isn't a one series hit wonder and has me already begging for the next installment. I have a feeling it will be even better than this one! (less)
First thing I want to say is that I love books in verse. There is just something about them that is so much more powerful than your typical...moreRating 3.5
First thing I want to say is that I love books in verse. There is just something about them that is so much more powerful than your typical books in my opinion. Maybe its because since you only have so many words every one has to count or maybe its just that this type of book speaks to me differently. Whatever it is I know I need more of these in my life.
Okay moving on...Kiss of Broken Glass tells the tale of Kenna and what happens when peer pressure turns dangerous. To fit in Kenna has to cut herself and since she doesn't want to be a nobody she decides this is the only alternative. Kenna already feels like the outcast at home so when Rennie tells her this is what she has to do to make friends Kenna doesn't even hesitate because she knows she isn't a cutter and she can quit at any time right? When she is caught at school she is sent to a 72 hour psych eval facility and thus begins her journey.
This wasn't the toughest read I have ever read, but it was powerful in its own way. I felt connected to Kenna and I felt like she needed a hug. I think her story is not the norm since her destructive behavior didn't stem from any type of abusive. She just wanted to fit in and then got trapped in this horrible circle of friends. I sometimes forget how hard it is in high school. I didn't have the easiest time, but I know these days things are much harder for kids and it just breaks my heart. Reading this story makes me think about the future of our kiddos and it sure terrifies me.
I really enjoyed the authors writing as well. She really captured Kenna's voice and made her someone that we have all had in our class at one point or another. I definitely want to keep a watch on this authors future books.
I wish these types of books were required reading for kids in high school and middle school. They aren't pretty and they aren't hopeful sometimes but they are true life and eye opening. I was moved by this story and I really think given to the right people it could make a difference.
The part I wasn't too interested in was the romanceishthing. It wasn't developed but it was there and it just felt weird. I don't think it was needed and I would have preferred to focus on Kenna's other friends in the facility. Or rather just make the boy a friend and nothing more.
My favorite part was the butterfly part. It was such a great symbol and I know I'll be on the lookout for butterflies the next time I go out in the hope that someone is keeping theirs alive.
I am all for psychological thrillers. I for some reason just love all the craziness and tend to gravitate to these types of books. Unfortunately Wicke...moreI am all for psychological thrillers. I for some reason just love all the craziness and tend to gravitate to these types of books. Unfortunately Wicked Games was a step in the wrong direction for me.
This book was just a mess from the get go. You see in the prologue Lilah and Carters relationship start off sweet and fun, but by the time they are seniors things have changed and Lilah is not the same girl she once was. I wasn't quite sure what to think honestly. Lilah was such a pain and I felt for Carter. He was there for her even when she was being mean and downright nasty to him. Then I saw why she was this way...well I read that she was on medication for a problem but that was about as far as the explanation went. So I said well she needs help and this is where this story is going to take me, but I was wrong. There is cheating, stalking, violence, and a little fatal attraction thrown in. Usually this is my type of crazy but not this time.
I think if the author would have shown us when and how Lilah came to be this way I might have felt more for her. Don't get me wrong she definitely had a few screws loose, but there was a mental reason behind her actions that was never really explained. Yes we get a few short paragraphs detailing the event that led up to her medication, but for me that's not enough. Show me conversations between her parents, her therapist, her doctor something. I can't just buy into the fact that this girl is this troubled for no reason.
Well when she finds out what Carter did she really flies off the handle and things get worse for the other party involved. Again I find myself mad at the parents of both sides. If my daughter went through what Jules went through I would not just get a restraining order. I would press as many charges as I could to make sure this person went somewhere away from my child. Both parents just kinda go okay you feel sorta bad you say you won't do anything else so we well just let it all go with a restraining order. HELLO does that ever work??
The cheating...where do I even begin. This is the only part of the story where I felt sad for Lilah. She didn't deserve to be cheated on by Carter. Yes she was a mess, yes she needed major help and yes she didn't need to be with Carter. Carter needed to man up and tell her in nicer way that they needed to break up. He knew she was unstable and after four years together she deserved more than what he gave her. I get that he couldn't do it anymore, but he should have talked to her parents and been honest with his feelings. Someone in Lilah's condition would have needed support and Carter should have been a little more understanding of that. He should never have cheated and left that for Lilah to deal with on her own. After he cheated and justified it to himself I just wanted to puke. This is the kind of character that I loath the most.
The part that bothered me the most though was the ending. After all the craziness I didn't care whether Carter ended up with a HEA because well he cheated and I just can't let that go no matter the reason, but I didn't expect what happened. It kinda felt like what goes around comes around and the sequel is going to mimic this book and I don't buy it. I know mental illness stems from something but really would lighting strike twice in the same general area?? It all just felt too off and left me going seriously that's how you are going to end this??
So no I was not a fan of this book. I thought it was a mess that really needed cleaning up. I don't even know if I think editing would help. There were just too many plot holes and the characters were not likable at all. (less)
This was a strange book for me. These types of stories normally really pull me in, but there was just something about this one that really left me fee...moreThis was a strange book for me. These types of stories normally really pull me in, but there was just something about this one that really left me feeling kinda blah. Looking back at other stories like this I remember feeling that oh no what's happening and oh no she has a mental illness and its so sad. With this story though I didn't have those feelings. I kept waiting for them but they never really showed up. Okay well at the very end I had a little feeling but by then it was a little too late.
The story is really summed up if you read the back of the book which I was I hadn't done. Normally I skip the back because you never know what it is going to say and sometimes it is fun to just dive in and not know what's coming. Well this time I decided to read it and unfortunately the whole story was displayed on that back cover! I wish I could tell the powers that be to take it off. What makes these types of stories interesting at least to me is finding out what the hidden problem is. In this story Molly has big time gaps where she can't remember anything. She wakes up after several hours sometimes not knowing how she got home and what happened in the time she was blacked out. If you read the back cover then you know why this is and honestly if you have read similar stories then you can work it out, but I really wanted to work it out for myself. I didn't want to be told so anyway that was I guess my first problem. After finding out the whys of her black outs I kinda felt like there was no point reading on.
My second problem with this book was the writing itself. It was just too much. It felt like the author wanted to make her prose as pretty as possible and there were just too many things going on. I would have rather the author use the short amount of pages that she had focusing on the whys and the whens. I wanted to know why Molly felt like she had to create this person. I wanted to know when it started and what made her feel so depressed. I get that sometimes these things can't be explained but I wanted the author to at least try a little harder.
Molly was an okay character. I didn't really feel connected to her, but I didn't feel completely disconnected either. I felt more for her at the end when things all came to conclusion, but again I wanted to know more. I feel like I billion strings have been left dangling and I hate that when I read a story especially knowing this is a stand alone. The other characters I didn't particularly like with the exception of Hazel and Clancy. Molly's friends were just irritating and Sayer was just kinda there. I don't know if I really want what the ending implied I think it would be just too weird. The author does throw in a strange side character Bret and for me at least I wish that line would have been explored. Not sure what his purpose was as it stands so I wish that would have been developed.
All in all this wasn't a bad book. Yes I know I listed several things that I didn't like, but I did find somethings enjoyable. The end is what really helped me with my rating. I though the author did an okay job at wrapping it all up. I don't fully believe that things would have been that easy and I also don't believe that Molly would have been left by herself through everything. It felt like okay Molly is going through this but we can't let her know so we are all going to stay quiet and let her figure it out for herself. I don't know I would think as a parent this would be a lot harder to do. Anyway though I am going to focus on the ending and let this book go.(less)
This book really got me off guard and that was a good thing and a bad thing. You see I loved that this wasn't your typical NA, but man the author cou...more This book really got me off guard and that was a good thing and a bad thing. You see I loved that this wasn't your typical NA, but man the author could have dialed down the crazy a tad!
Push starts off with a side of crazy and just gets more and more intense from there. Honestly I kinda wish that the author would have left the prologue out. I think it gave way too much away in the beginning and left nothing for the reader to figure out. If that hadn't been in there then I probably would have gone the whole story thinking that David was the horrible creature that he was being portrayed as and when the bomb was dropped at the end I wouldn't have been like oookkkaaayyyy no surprise there. It just felt like a huge opportunity was missed.
That being said though I really enjoyed that this wasn't your typical NA read. Yes there is instalove and all kinds of jealous rages going on BUT there is a creep factor to it that surpasses any other NA I have read. David just isn't your normal run of the mill NA broken hero. Nope he has a dark and I mean DARK past that well if I were his one and only I just couldn't look beyond. I mean really I would be afraid of every bridge in every state in every country in every continent..you get my drift right? So yes this part of the book spoke to me. I like all things creepy and David was definitely that. Did I like his character hale no, but I did like that this was a different kind of story. I get bored with the whole NA genre sometimes so this was a nice mix up.
My one big problem with this whole story may sound silly but really if you read this I have a feeling you might agree is that Emma slept way to sound! (Rachel & Arlene I can hear you laughing stop LOL!) She sleeps through a whole kitchen reno, her bedroom window being completely replaced, and she sleeps through David coming into her room countless times! Now if I slept like the dead (okay that was funny haha..read it and I promise you will laugh) I would get an alarm on my door or something. She has a nice job so she could at least splurge on that. She is a singe girl living by herself PROTECT YOURSELF! It really bothered me because she just left herself wide open to so many horrible possibilities and with a horrible stepfather not too far away I would have though security would have been first on her priority list. But I guess not...
I had a few other problems as well but those listed above were my main ones. The story ends in a painful cliffhanger that leaves me angry because now I have to read the sequel. I'm not attached to these characters, but I have to find out what happens after that last scene. I'm going with a 3 on this one because I felt the story deserves it. I was held captive by the insaneness of it and I really appreciated that the author chose to stray from the norm. (less)
OMG okay you have to give me a minute to slow my heart! This book was horror at its finest and exactly what I have been looking for! It's gory, insane...moreOMG okay you have to give me a minute to slow my heart! This book was horror at its finest and exactly what I have been looking for! It's gory, insane, brutal and just so in your face that it really should come with a warning! My kind of book!
So basically in a nutshell Merciless is about a new girl (Sofia) who is befriended by a group of girls that pride themselves on being pure in Gods eyes. When Riley (the head girl) gets cheated on she takes matters into her own hands and decides she needs to exorcise Brooklyn's (girl who was involved in the cheating) demons. Well things go from just crazy to downright call the insane asylum nuts in about 2.2 seconds!
This book was a cross between The Craft, Carrie, The Crucible and Mean Girls. It took all the things that we all loved about each movie and threw them together to create an amazingly creepy tale that I know will stay with me. Riley does some pretty violent stuff and yes you will have to realize this is fiction. Would half of this stuff really happen no of course not but if you can let reality go and you love scary then this book is for you. I never knew who was the bad guy! Was it Riley because of all her crazy stunts or was Brooklyn really possessed by a demon and on a killing spree??
The culprit isn't shown until the very ending and if you think you know how this story plays out think again my friend. That very last page has left me with a huge WTH moment and yes I might have had a crazy MUAHAHAHA laugh. That ending has to be one of my favorites of all time! Brilliant!
I will say one word of warning here. This book has a ton of religion in it and while it didn't bother me it might bother some. I didn't feel preached to so that helped me see past all of that stuff and honestly the religion has to be in the story. It is the central reason behind a lot of what goes on and the story wouldn't have been the same without it.
So if you are like me and just want a little more creepy on your shelves then this is for you. The characters are all pretty insane and well I loved it what can I say. I also appreciate the little romance thrown in. Not sure it completely fit with the story, but it was a nice side touch. I really liked Charlie and I am glad he was pretty much left out of all the craziness. I like that this book revolved just around the girls. (less)
Really miss the JR Ward from the first few books, but this was so much better than the last book. Still too many side stories and I think the Band of...moreReally miss the JR Ward from the first few books, but this was so much better than the last book. Still too many side stories and I think the Band of Bastards mess was cleaned up a little too quickly. I loved the parts with Wrath and Beth though and I am really intrigued my the shadows. I could however live without Assail and his nasty business.