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.
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)
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)