Beware That Girl had an eerie vibe from the start, but I'm completely in shock over how dark this book ended up being. Since dark is kinda my thing itBeware That Girl had an eerie vibe from the start, but I'm completely in shock over how dark this book ended up being. Since dark is kinda my thing it should come as no surprise that I loved all the twisted goodness!
Okay so this is dark and I will admit I felt squeamish during certain parts. The description lets you know that Mark Redkin is an obstacle and a bad one at that. What I wasn't prepared for was how involved Mark would be with Olivia and how toxic their relationship ended up being. Like I said at times I felt sick and I read with one eye open during their scenes after awhile. This was all completely messed up, but this story line set the stage for the real mind twist and at the end I totally had my mouth hanging open!
I'm totally fascinated by how the story evolved and totally took a very psychotic turn at the end. I mean I have seen stories take a turn, but never like this. Honestly I want a sequel after that ending! What's also amazing is how the author quietly pulled this off! I saw signs sure, but never once did I think she planned to end things the way she did. Again I want a sequel! I think if this story were to continue it would be all kinds of crazy, messed up, and a gripping thriller that I know I wouldn't ever forget! I won't forget this story any time soon don't get me wrong, it was a very strong story, but man I want to see that aftermath!
A little warning, this does have a Gossip Girlesque feel to it at times. It didn't bother me though because it was dark and the author did a good job at keeping it dark throughout. From Kate's past to Olivia's "problem" it all had a very dark cloud hanging over it so the story wasn't lost in designer dresses and rich kid situations. I appreciated that the author added the darkness in, it gave the story meat.
I also appreciated that the author closed her plot holes. There were a few and I know if you think about it you could probably guess them, but Toten explained by the end why things had to happen the way they did. I would have personally liked the holes tied a bit tighter bit I am thankful the author showed she knew what her holes were and tried to fix them.
My only pet peeve was that I wanted more Johnny! In the beginning Kate intrigued me because she was so cold and I wanted to know her end game, but by the end I was really rooting for her and I wanted her with Johnny. That's not like me since I am not a romancey person at the moment, but I totally wanted them together. I would have loved a few more scenes with him because what I got wasn't enough.
I also really liked the secondary characters. Mrs. Chen and Serena were very interesting and again if we were given a sequel I would love for both of them to have more screen time.
All in all this was a very solid psychological thriller that totally grabbed me and I just have to say one more time I want a sequel!!!!...more
Wow I am quite impressed with Steeplejack! It wasn't at all what I was expecting and I really enjoyed the overall plot!
This story at it's core is veryWow I am quite impressed with Steeplejack! It wasn't at all what I was expecting and I really enjoyed the overall plot!
This story at it's core is very political and racial which surprised me. I wasn't expecting that at all and at times it felt a little forced honestly. I think the author was a little heavy handed with all the "white" and "black" descriptions. I would have still gotten the message if he had left those out. I get why it was all important, but it was a bit much and took away from the story at times.
That being said I think the story was really well done. There was so much evasiveness going on that I wasn't ever quite sure what was really going on. At one point there were three story lines going on at once and I was totally into each of them! It takes a skilled writer to be able to pull that off and A.J. Hartley did it brilliantly. He wove in a tight story centered around a stolen item, a land on the brink of war, a girl who only wants vengeance for who killed her apprentice, and family drama that will leave you glad you don't have their problems. I am very intrigued by the Drowning where Anglet is from and I would have loved more from that side of the tracks.
As for the characters I really liked Anglet. She was a strong character that even when she didn't know what she was doing improvised and managed to land on her feet. She needed help and I liked the crowd she turned to. They all had their own agenda's but on the street that seemed normal and inevitable. She chose her help wisely and I am glad she trusted who she did. She was fierce and just a great overall character. She stood up for her people and did what she had to do to get the job done.
I did have a few problems though. One being Willinghouse. I liked his character, but I felt he wasn't given enough page time. Ang is working for him, but she never really goes to him unless she is in trouble. Wouldn't he want to hear her progress?? I was left a bit frustrated that he wasn't a bigger player in the overall story.
My second issue is a small one, but it bugged me immensely! When Ang has the baby she just leaves it for long periods of time! This is a newborn and even if you've never had a baby you still know that newborns wake up all the time and every time she would leave this poor baby all I could think of was HURRY! The baby needs you!! This ruined the chapter for me each and every time this happened. I was so glad when she took steps to help the baby. I was so relieved I could finally focus on the story without having that whole thing over my head! I know she was young, but still not okay.
Other than those two things I really did enjoy this story. It was fresh and very unique and one that I hope will continue on with more adventures! I will say one more thing, I am really starting to love reading books written by men. As you know I am not into romance at the moment and well men tend to leave most of that out and this book was no exception. There are sparks with a few people, but no drama and I appreciated that so much. ...more