Okay, so I liked this one a tad more than I liked Wake. But only because it actually had some semblance of a plot and the writing was a bit tighter.
IOkay, so I liked this one a tad more than I liked Wake. But only because it actually had some semblance of a plot and the writing was a bit tighter.
If only the plot wasn’t so fucking ridiculous and outlandish. I get that this is a paranormal book, so some disbelief is required, but it is just so far removed from reality.
(view spoiler)[Police work is left up to a teenage couple that operate solely on hunches and instinct. Dreams are accurate, relevant, and are counted as evident. Teachers are able to have annual bacchanals with students, without the students ever breathing a word. Every male teacher is a fucking rapist. I just….I just…no. (hide spoiler)].
And there was no suspense. McMann really needs to learn how to employ a red-herring every now and again. It got to the point where I thought the actual bad guy was the red-herring just because it was so boringly and straight-forwardly him.
And Janie and Cabel need to take a chill pill. My God, you would think with all their responsibilities they would be a little less moody. Well, at least there isn’t a love triangle.
I am not exactly looking forward to the final one. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I read Girl, Stolen because some bastard at my library stole Stolen: A letter to my captor (yes, the irony is not lost on me). I figured Girl, Stolen,I read Girl, Stolen because some bastard at my library stole Stolen: A letter to my captor (yes, the irony is not lost on me). I figured Girl, Stolen, a book of similar premise and title, would have to do.
Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder, blind and sick with pneumonia, is napping in the back seat of her step-mother's Escalade when someone gets in the car and drives away. Griffin, the car thief, just reacted when he saw the keys in the ignition, not noticing the girl in the backseat until it was too late to turn back. Griffin takes both the car and Cheyenne to his criminal father, thinking that the car could be a present and they would drop Cheyenne off somewhere. But once Griffin's father discovers Cheyenne is the daughter of Nike's CEO, the crime quickly elevates to a ransom situation. Cheyenne, impeded by her lack of sight and worsening illness, knows she must escape, because she isn't so sure her kidnappers plan on returning her to her family alive.
This book, although it was suspenseful in several scenes, lacked an edge. I never really believed Cheyenne was in any great danger. I knew from the 2nd chapter that Griffin was never going to let anything bad happen to her. It would have been better if we didn't know Griffin was completely good guy, if there was some doubt over his good intentions, something dangerous about him other than his father. The book would have been more intense if all the angles had been played. Even though Henry tried to give her characters some depth through really obvious info dumps (sometimes the book read like a text book, I swear), she really didn't dive that deep into the psychology of being kidnapped.
The book was okay. Some scenes were better done than others, but overall it lacked the urgency and panic I would expect from a kidnapping novel. It wasn't bad, but it could have better is all I'm saying.
I did learn some new facts about blindness, though.
I think Hailee Steinfeld would be an excellent Cheyenne.
Jesus, this is a hard book to rate. I could probably justify any star-rating I choose to give it. In many ways, it was like a drive-by smack in the faJesus, this is a hard book to rate. I could probably justify any star-rating I choose to give it. In many ways, it was like a drive-by smack in the face. Shocking, painful, and it leaves you feeling bewildered, while at the same time forcing you to acknowledge your own being.
This is quite a powerful book about loss and the search for answers to impossible questions. At times it was quite uncomfortable to read, for it was filled with such raw emotion and honesty, but at the same time, it was too intense to leave alone for long.
About a year ago, my grandfather, whom I was quite close to, died of a brain aneurism, which was both unexpected and a long time coming. My family and I spent the next fews days just rehashing the event over and over again, also dissecting all the ways my grandfather seemed unhealthy in his last few weeks, from forgetting his car keys to complaining of a cramp in his sides. Next to my grandmother, I was the most inconsolable. I believe "crazy raging vindictive bitch" would be the best way to describe how I was feeling in the following weeks. I was angry at everyone. If they weren't crying, I wasn't happy because I wanted everyone to visibly feel as devastatingly miserable as I was. I also engaged in a myriad of irrational, self-destructive behavior like driving our mini-van into a stone wall (the reason as to why I don't have my license as of yet) and toppling over a refrigerator (the reason why my grandmother has a new fridge)….yeah, I was not pleasant. I can't even imagine how I would react if it was my father, a father who had just committed suicide. So I could relate to Eddie for the most part.
This isn't a book that one has fun reading. I'm not even sure if I liked it, but I am sure that I loved it (does that make sense?). The characters, even the narrator, were tremendously flawed, and at times infuriating. It was hard to predict their response to anything, but that is one reason I liked these characters so much, even the douche bag. They were too complex to love or hate holistically.
I am warning you now. There are no definite endings or answers in this book. But I think that only adds to the novel. Grief can never be summarized or summed up.
And I loved the prose. It was lyrical and sparse. Exactly what I like.
I will definitely be reading more of Courtney Summer's novels. ...more
I'm pretty sure there will be spoilers in this review. I'm not so sure yet. Hey!!! I can use the new spoiler button feature! I'm excited now.
This wasI'm pretty sure there will be spoilers in this review. I'm not so sure yet. Hey!!! I can use the new spoiler button feature! I'm excited now.
This was my first Lisa McMann novel. I want to read her Wake series, but someone stole them from the library. *shakes fist at sky* So I received a copy of this from SImon & Schuster's Galley Grab and I let out a big ole Napoleon Dynamite "Yehsssss". Unfortunately, from what I read of other reviews, this wasn't McMann's best.
This is about Kendall Fletcher, an OCD teen who lives in the small town of Cryer's Cross, Montana, a place where everyone knows everyone else, which makes it doubly disturbing when a 15 year old girl goes missing without a trace. Kendall tries to keep it together, by playing soccer with her long time best friend (or boyfriend, depending on who you ask), Nico, and practicing her dance moves after a long day of working on the family farm. That is, until Nico also disappears. Conspiracy theories aplenty, Kendall doesn't know what to think, her whirling thoughts fueled by the mysterious Jacian, the new (and incredibly sexy) guy in town. Because of her OCD hyperawareness, Kendall realizes that both the missing girl and Nico sat at the same desk in their small, one-room school house. Coincidence? I THINK NOT. Kendall must dive into the darkest history of the town and it's people to uncover the dangerous truth.
Yeah....I can't wrap my head around the "evil desk" concept either. I tried to find a picture of a desk eating someone through Google, but the Internet has failed me. Yet today Kim managed to find multiple images of Stormtroopers gyrating. Priorities, Google.
All right, this book was okay. I'm not the biggest fan of third person narration anyway. I usually have a hard time connecting with the characters, which was the case here. None of the characters were bad necessarily, they just didn't stand out or make lasting impressions. Although, Jacian was pretty sexy *waggles eyebrow*. I was really hoping for a nekked scene, but I guess shirtless will do.
This book was short, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Its a good thing because it didn't take me four days to read it, but a bad thing in nearly every other regard. It took too long to get to the point. The first half was pretty aimless, wandering around like it had all the time in the world, but halfway through the book it was like McMann went "Shit! I have a hundred pages to finish this thing!". And more time was spent with Jacian offering to give Kendall a ride in his pants home, than any supernatural aspects. Then it all kind of happened at once.
I also wish the supernatural was creepier. Not that desks aren't terrifying and all, but I was expecting a litttttle more. No biggie. (view spoiler)[And one thing I don't get is why those boys who got killed wanted to kill more people. Wouldn't they want to save kids rather than burry them alive? What is the point of the that? Oddly, it is the why and not the how that confuses me most. (hide spoiler)]
And Kendall's OCD.....I'm not sure if I believed it or not. I mean, there were moments when it was great, going into detail about how it affected Kendall's life, like her having to go into her classroom early to fix things the way she likes it, but then at moments it was vague like "Kendall's OCD kicked in". As someone who does not have OCD, what does that mean? I would like an explanation.
Overall, it was okay. An enjoyable way to spend a few hours. I understand it wasn't McMann's best, so I am still eager to read Wake (return it, you thief! I shall hunt you down!) Oh and will this be a series? I'm getting mixed feedback on that. Some reviewers are adamant that it is a stand-alone, but the ending had a sense of ambiguity about it that made me wonder. Although I haven't seen any definite proof of a sequel, I would not be surprised. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more