Breed is the story of the American Dream gone wrong, of having everything and it never being enough, of lFull review, links and more at Steph's Stacks
Breed is the story of the American Dream gone wrong, of having everything and it never being enough, of loving those who potentially hurt us the most, and ultimately of love conquering our darkest urges. I had heard amazing early buzz about Breed before BEA and I was so happy to receive a copy there. Let me tell you now, although Breed took some twists I didn't anticipate, I was by no means disappointed. I finished this book in one page-turning, hair-raising day and loved every minute of it.
So, Alex and Leslie have a fairy tale romance. They love each other deeply, have great jobs, have more money and luxury than they could possibly need. They simply have it all...except...they want children, their own children and are unable to make them. Enter a last ditch effort at fertility through a shady connection and even more dubious doctor. Everything should work out just perfectly, right?
Cut to ten years later and they have two beautiful twins Alice and Adam. They are gorgeous, brilliant, clever, loving...and being held prisoner in their beautiful Upper East Side home. In order to protect them from eminent danger, Alex and Leslie lock the twins up every night without fail. Leaving the adults to continue their descent into evil while keeping their precious darlings safe.
The chase is on as Alice and Adam search for answers about themselves and try to save themselves from certain death. Breed is not for the faint of heart. (Pet lovers in particular, be prepared.) It is gory, messy and disturbing in all of the best ways. The mystery is compelling and the stakes are high.
After finishing Breed I had two distinct thoughts: 1. This would make a great movie and 2. This book needs a sequel. As far as the first thought goes, it remains to be seen, but is probably very likely. And about that second thought, Breed didn't immediately scream sequel to me (I thought it was a stand alone novel) and the ending is not a desperate cliff-hanger (although very shocking). Breed stands very well on its own, but I wanted to know more. More about the minor characters, more about the fates of Adam and Alice, more about the impact of this fertility treatment on the rest of the world. Well, friends, my wishes are coming true. According to the NY Times, Chase Novak (AKA award-winning writer, Scott Spencer) has said he is indeed planning a sequel, Brood. I, for one, can't wait!
Ellie is a girl on the edge. The type of girl that takes you out for the time of your life and brings you out ofFull review and more at Steph's Stacks
Ellie is a girl on the edge. The type of girl that takes you out for the time of your life and brings you out of your shell. She also encourages you to make poor decisions and can cause you to lose yourself in the glare of her spotlight. She is an enigma, complicated and troubled. She is also now dead, due to a tragic night that is somewhat shrouded in mystery.
Through a series of cryptic clues, Ellie's friends try to put together the pieces of her life and discover the truth of the events leading up to her death. 34 Pieces of You is told from each characters' perspective and Rodrigues is brilliant at teasing out the details and the secrets that each one is hiding as well.
Each sad, lovely character has a unique and true voice (including Ellie). I laughed and cried right beside them. Rodrigues has created a world that is true to the modern teen experience. While she does not shy away from the dark side of being a teen, none of it is a gimmick or device to seem cool or hip. The final revelation of Ellie's full story is heartbreaking and beautiful.
34 Pieces of You is an exquisite and heart-wrenching tale of the dark side of growing up, loss and finding yourself.