I've binge read this series in the last two days. The writing is just so easy to get into!
While Angel Crawford was more down on herself in the firstI've binge read this series in the last two days. The writing is just so easy to get into!
While Angel Crawford was more down on herself in the first book, she's come a long way since being turned into a zombie. I loved seeing elements of her character's vulnerability and self deprecation, mixing with the confidence in knowing that she cares for others and that she's more human than others. Angel really does kick ass in this installment, and there are some fantastic action scenes that she experiences.
I did get the feeling here that the zombies are much like vampires though, with how they turn people into other zombies who have super healing when they're juiced up. Just swap in blood with brains and you've pretty much got the concept. What makes the White Trash Zombie series different however, is the morgue, the scientific experiments, the murder mystery aspect in each installment and Angel's witty, lovable white trash self. It's a fantastic combination.
I also loved seeing Angel's relationship with her abusive dad evolve, although he's done some bad things that are unforgivable, at the end of the day he loves her, and they're trying hard together.
Another fantastic installment in the White Trash Zombie series, and I couldn't recommend it enough! On to the next one. ...more
I really loved the concept behind this book, about an underground world of zombies that somehow find brains to sustain them. It takes a simple conceptI really loved the concept behind this book, about an underground world of zombies that somehow find brains to sustain them. It takes a simple concept and slowly evolves over the course of the book in how brains are obtained, what happens when zombies eat them and how it affects them.
Angel Crawford is so self deprecating, honest with herself on her short comings and somehow being turned into a zombie has turned her life around. She learns a lot about her limits and what she's capable of as well as how she should be treated in her "loser" life.
There's also an underlying mystery aspect to the novel, of the seemingly random murders that crop up over town, with Angel appearing at the scene of the crime - partly because of her job at the morgue and her obsession with crime TV shows. Everything gets tied together in the end - with a great resolution of the murder mystery and of Angel's life.
Such a fun, fresh entry into the zombie genre! It was absolutely hilarious and I instantly loved it. I've ran out and grabbed the next two books already. ...more
I’ll Give You the Sun is a vibrant story of art and emotion, described in a beThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
I’ll Give You the Sun is a vibrant story of art and emotion, described in a beautifully artistic way. There are some things that can’t be described in simple terms, like the estranged twins and the hurt and pain of losing your mother and your best friend. But this story does it’s damnedest to get those complex emotions across, through Jude and Noah’s very different point of views.
I’m not gonna lie, I’ll Give You the Sun took a while to get into. Noah’s point of view is from an artistic mind, something I can’t really relate to, and the way he puts things edges on too much of flowery prose. He describes the simplest of moments in an incredibly abstract way, illustrating the deep complexity of his emotions. He’s a man of few words, but he processes things incredibly vibrantly in his mind.
Although Noah wasn’t someone I could immediately connect with, Jude was more readily available to me. She’s obviously hurting, by navigating through the confusion of puberty and teenage life without her twin as her confidante and best friend. Jude has lost a lot of people dear to her, and we see her point of view three years into the future, as opposed to the rebellious sister that Noah tells us about. Although the timing of Noah and Jude’s story were separate, they did end up coming together in the end, helping us to understand the pain, love and loss that each of them experiences.
There are two separate love stories here, Jude, with the wild and handsome model who has captured her heart, and Noah with his feelings for his friend Brian. Noah knows that he’s gay, which is something that he’s been struggling to come out with, and part of the reason why he pushes Jude away. Their pining, pain and emotion for their beloved, and resentment towards their twin and their parents, were communicated clearly and had me wondering whether they were ever going to figure things out. But I loved how the romance wasn’t perfect, how there wasn’t insta-love and both sides took a while to figure things out. It’s this complexity in their emotions that made it feel more realistic, for things rarely ever go smoothly the first time.
Family plays a big part here, not only with the twins but also parents who are undergoing a separation. Both Noah and Jude cope in different ways, Noah who blames himself and Jude who simmers with guilt and lashes out to everyone. There’s some wonderful deeper concepts on life here, I was pleasantly surprised with how it was applied. For underneath all of the fancy descriptions, of the purple prose and the artistic way of wording things, there is a deeper message; of accepting others for how they are and for how differently they will turn out. This is what really resonated with me, how the people that you love will disappoint you but in the end you will still love them because they are simply figuring out their own story.
Beautiful artwork is spread throughout the chapters, which I really enjoyed, making the entire novel into a work of art in it’s own right.
I’ll Give You Sun is a beautiful, artistic rendition of teenage love, life, and loss told from the point of view of two estranged twins. It’s a story about finding oneself, about pursuing your passion, about staying true to oneself, about acceptance of others’ imperfections and about art. Although it was deep, meaningful and complex, I had trouble connecting with some of the flowery prose in this novel. It isn’t for everyone, but for those who can break through the artistic words and discover the deeper meaning in the story, it’s a beauty.
Thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending me this review copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Where would Neptune be without Veronica Mars, the righteous blonde PI? A lot oThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
Where would Neptune be without Veronica Mars, the righteous blonde PI? A lot of women would be in trouble, that’s for sure as Veronica goes after a predator who has raped and abused a young woman at Neptune Grand.
Reminiscent of what Veronica has experienced in the past, we can understand why she would be emotionally invested in the case of Grace Manning, although there aren’t any dead bodies or murders reported as part of the case. Veronica navigates the waters of widespread political and police corruption in Mr. Kiss and Tell to take down someone who she believes is guilty.
“This is seriously threatening my hardboiled persona,” Veronica said, “because I have never wanted to squee so badly in my life.”
There’s a lot of roadblocks to the case in Mr. Kiss and Tell, that will even stump Veronica, Mac and Keith. But they’ll put together their smarts, acting, hacking and steely resolve in order to crack the case, and it was fantastic seeing it all unfold. Mixed between softer moments, where Veronica banters with her fellow colleagues and mushy times where her and Logan get a dog, Mr. Kiss and Tell is a worthy addition to the series.
I loved seeing more of Logan and Veronica’s relationship, as he was largely absent in the first book, and how they would overcome distance and the difficulties they would encounter. While Logan may be the only one that will crack her hard exterior, Veronica is sidetracked by the case that she’s working on, leaving little time to make the most of Logan before he gets summoned by the Navy. Things are never going to be perfect between LoVe, but what was important is that they both wanted to try. Logan will bridge the gap of what happened when Veronica left Neptune 9 years ago, bringing us up to speed for how he turned to the Navy.
In Neptune, the past was always grabbing at your ankles, trying to pull you back.
What I love about Veronica Mars, is the father daughter relationship that underpins the whole series. Keith is still ever protective about his blonde steely daughter, but here we finally see him relinquish some of his control with his fellow partner and investigator.
Although I enjoyed Mr Kiss and Tell, I could feel some of the spark disappearing as this one tries to mesh too much in. For Veronica, it’s all a juggling act between Keith, Logan, and the case, and we’ll even see more of the past characters return, especially with a large focus on Weevil. She goes off track with the case quite a lot as she tends to lose focus, and the solving of the crime happened a little too conveniently for my liking. There wasn’t really a heavy mystery surrounding the suspect, which made it all a bit too easy.
“How often do people say thank you to you?”
“‘Thank you’ ranks just below ‘You ruined my life’ and just above ‘When I get my hands on you’.” – Veronica
Although it’s lacking some of the witty banter by Veronica’s neurotic self, Mr. Kiss and Tell will please fans of the series especially those missing the warm and fuzzy times between Veronica and Logan. It continues the charm of the original series, following on from many character’s lives and what’s happened 10 years since the show. If you want to see Veronica fight crime and corruption, Mr. Kiss and Tell will be up your alley.
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I’m in two minds about this series. I love how dark and different it is, but aThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
I’m in two minds about this series. I love how dark and different it is, but aside from killing each other and a lot of angst, not much else seems to happen until the last quarter of the book and it isn’t very witchy.
Half Wild is raw, dark and edgy, with a lot of angst about Nathan’s identity as a Half Black and White witch. He’s villainous, a conflicted character, who genuinely believes he’s doing the best for the people that he cares about. When he kills, he has no guilt or remorse, which would be characteristic of evil, but these people are capturing, torturing and killing his kind. What else is he supposed to do?
More than ever, the glaring difference between Black and White witches are highlighted, during passages like:
“I’m a Black Witch and have no love for Whites but in Europe we have a long tradition of live and let live. They stick to their traditional areas and we stick to ours. There’s a harmony.”
What are we talking about again? Take away “witches” and you have a strangely confronting passage about our history. That’s what I like about this series, it really makes you think about the portrayal of good and evil, and you’ll realise that there is no clear line separating them. People are simply acting for what they truly believe is right, and it’s simply gray in between.
The book takes a while to get off the ground, with Nathan reminiscing about what’s happened so far and learning how to control his “Gift”. He pretty much turns into a werewolf and rips people to shreds, waking up next to bloody bones and no memory of doing it. There’s definitely a lot of blood, guts and killing in this one.
And I’m shocked at how little I think about those people I’ve killed. I thought murderers would be haunted by memories of their victims, but I hardly give them a thought.
The plot revolves around Nathan obsessing about Annalise and working out a plan to risk his life and save her, and a brewing war where the Black and White witches will work together to topple a mutual enemy. Along the way, he meets up with the most stereotypical Aussie bloke I’ve ever encountered, Nesbith, and his best friend Gabriel. Now I’m an Aussie, and I’ve never heard anyone talk like Nesbith does, given the amount of Crikeys and Mates that he spills.
I know a lot of people were frustrated about Annalise and why Nathan is so obsessed with her, and I couldn’t see the appeal either. I shipped him with his best friend, Gabriel instead. But by digging deeper, I realise these two people represent the two sides of Nathan which are struggling to break free. Annalise sees the good in him, the rescuer, protector and the hero, someone who has the capacity to do good with his gift. Gabriel sees and accepts, even loves and understands the darker side of Nathan, that has been tortured and needs to kill. I myself, preferred Gabriel, who seems to have unconditional love for his friend rather than Annalise, who Nathan attempts to shield from his darker side.
Half Wild was dark, bloody and villainous story flipping all that we know is good and pure into that which is black and evil. While I didn’t really care for the romance with Annalise, I really enjoyed Nathan’s sympathetic villain point of view. It’s somehow juvenile in a sense, as he makes sense of the world and what he’s been taught under the white witches, along with what he knows and is discovering as a black witch. It’s a complex story about a brewing war, and about all the shades of gray between the forces of good and evil.
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Graceling is strong on feminism values, with a heroine that refuses to wear dThis review appears on Happy Indulgence - Check it out for more reviews!
Graceling is strong on feminism values, with a heroine that refuses to wear dresses and look pretty, who is powerless to change her own situation, and while this is applied with a heavy hand at times, I appreciated this female empowerment.
If there’s anyone that could be defined as kick ass, it would be Katsa. She’s blessed with the Grace of Killing, ready to cause death on anyone in a single touch. I absolutely adored Katsa, she was fiesty, strong both mentally and physically, the killer and the protector. She struggles against carrying out assassination orders from her Uncle, and quietly defies him in any way she can. While the first half of the book shows Katsa in a subservient role, she really grows into her independence in the latter half of the novel when she meets Po.
Po is a Lienid who is the only person who has ever matched her fighting skill. The two spar with each other, which blooms into a budding friendship and then, finally, a beautiful romance. I loved how their love of each other was born out of mutual respect for each other, and although she’s vowed never to marry or bear children, Po admires and appreciates Katsa for her very being. With patience and unending support, Po will slowly change Katsa’s mind on letting someone else in. And I loved him for it, for waiting, for being there for Katsa, for being such a crucial part to her development.
The Graces was an interesting concept, where people are born with exceptional abilities. This couuld be anything from climbing trees, to killing, to reading minds or anything else. There are some terrifying and death defying ones here, particularly the one for Katsa and Po, but learning the villain’s secrets was also interesting.
The epic world in Graceling, kingdoms ruled by different rulers was done really well. The only downside, would be the amount of travelling in the novel as Katsa and Po move from place to place, which really made it really slow down in the latter half.
I loved the charm of the book, there’s a fairy tale like quality here with a strong message. We as females, with belief and resolve, are able to change the course of our fate. As long as we surround ourself with a support network of strong people, and those who respect who we are as individuals, then we’ll be able to grow and be our own person. Everyone deserves their own Po, and I can only thank Graceling for reinforcing that....more
Secrets, lies, twists and turns, evil queens, sin eating and killing touches…IThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
Secrets, lies, twists and turns, evil queens, sin eating and killing touches…I really enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter. It contained some really awesome concepts, including:
1. Sin eating – Clearing the deceased of their sins by absorbing them through a feast 2. Daunen Embodied – the Queen’s personal executioner and descendant from the Gods, who absorbs poison and kills with a single touch The rest of The Sin Eater’s Daughter is made up of:
- A young executioner, who resents her situation - An evil, cunning and manipulative queen, who executes if you dare to defy her - A forbidden romance between the Prince’s betrothed and her guard
You’ll never know what to expect when you pick up The Sin Eater’s Daughter, which is filled character manipulations, secret agendas and unexpected twists and turns. Reading The Sin Eater’s Daughter, is like lending your mind to the unexpected, where you’ll never ever predict how the story will turn out, or where it will lead. Each and every character here had the potential to deceive, to twist and manipulate the situation in their own way.
And that was the extent of my role, the price I paid for being favoured by the Gods; I was to become an executioner. A killer. A weapon.
Twylla can kill with a single touch and she’s revered for it, as a descendant from the Gods and the Daunen Embodied, the Queen’s executioner. Although everyone treats Twylla with kid gloves, she has a fire about her, to look after her own interests. She abhors what she does, and looks for an escape. I loved how Twylla was self aware of her power and importance, being cunning and vicious when she needs to be. As someone controlled by her kingdom, Twylla could be seen as a victim of her own circumstances, but she took the best of her situation, and made it her own.
Lief was an interesting love interest, a farmers boy and Tregellan who constantly defies his kingdom. As Twylla’s guard, he’s chatty, talkative and often forgets to use the court’s formalities. With his protectiveness over Twylla and his personality quirks, I found him endearing and charming. Although what kind of a name is Lief? Every time I saw his name I picked Peter Pan, or even Link.
I’m not the Sin Eater’s daughter. I’m not Daunen Embodied. I’m something else, something new. Not a monster in a castle, not a nightingale trapped on a thorn.
The evil queen executes people for defying her, whether that’s having a baby or smiling in court. She’s incredibly feared, cunning and manipulative, armed with threats and power.
Most of the book revolves around the romance, with Twylla and Lief getting to know each other and seeking their happy ending. As the Prince’s betrothed, they have gotten themselves into a nasty situation. I felt sorry for the Prince Merek, he’s lonely and only looking for a friend and a wife, and Twylla pretty much never gives him a chance. Although he clearly has no idea about true love, but that could be because he’s been sheltered.
“Being the best at duelling isn’t all that high on my list of qualities a husband should have,” I say tartly.
A few reviews have mentioned the slowness and lack of events actually happening in the book, however I didn’t mind this too much. As with many fantasy books and first books in series, it takes its time building up the characters, the romance and the world. I found it put all of these elements in stride and was a well balanced story.
I loved the unexpected nature of The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and never knowing what to expect when it came to the characters or the plot. Although it’s heavy on the romance, with a love triangle, I loved all of the unique concepts and the unexpected journey it offered. With an open-ended epilogue, I’m not sure whether we’ll see more of Lief and Twylla in the sequel, but I sure hope so.
Thank you to Scholastic Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!...more
So it took me ages to read Grave Mercy because don’t laugh, from the blurb onThis review appears on Happy Indulgence - Check it out for more reviews!
So it took me ages to read Grave Mercy because don’t laugh, from the blurb on the front I thought it was a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I mean the character is wearing red and it mentions hunting and being a hunter, or a sheep and in a wolf in some editions so of course that’s the big bad wolf right…*awkward silence*
Then I heard about it was about assassin nuns, and of course my interest was piqued. Ismae is an incredibly devout character who takes orders from her convent and kills victims who bear the mark of Saint Mortain, the God of Death. She resists poison and is trained in a range of weapons in her arsenal, depending on the type of death she needs to inflict, including bow and arrows, daggers, poisons and even her sexuality. This rather detailed account of death and assassination is terrific, and what I expected in Throne of Glass, but never got.
The thing is, Ismae has a skill, and she knows it, and she is rather arrogant about it as well. A bit of self confidence never hurt anyone, and I liked how the nobles at Court, particularly Duval, allowed her to question herself more than once. Ismae is powerful, intelligent, and skilled in the art of assassinating but also terribly flawed as well.
Grave Mercy is a long book and there are times when the plot slowly crawls along, taking time to build up the relationships between the nobles, the slow burning romance between Ismae and Duval and the court politics and power plays at hand. There isn’t a strong plot, with most of the novel based on Ismae’s role to protect the young duchess at Court. There is an underlying romance, which serves as a key for Ismae’s character development. I grew to really like and trust Duval, who is ever concerned with the duchess’s safety and allows Ismae to penetrate his barrier as well.
As with many fantasy books, there are a lot of characters and links to remember, which I struggled with slightly. You’ve got lords, ladies, servants, nobles, armies and courts, and then the abbess and the convent but I was thankful for the list of characters at the front of the book.
A rather awkward scene towards the end, where Ismae conveniently View Spoiler » made me raise my eyebrows,
Death, destruction and desire, Grave Mercy delivers a story of assassination, political intrigue and devotion to one’s faith and the whisperings of the heart. While the story started off a bit slow, I enjoyed discovering Ismae’s fiesty nature and everything she’s been taught and will learn at her time at Court, under Duval’s influence. Definitely a novel I really enjoyed....more
Liars, Inc. is one of the more diverse YA thrillers and romances that I've reaThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
Liars, Inc. is one of the more diverse YA thrillers and romances that I've read in a while. Although it offered a lot of diverse character backgrounds, family situations and circumstances, it was the thriller part that I was really interested in, which I ended up being slightly disappointed with.
It kind of sucks having nothing to lose, but it sucks even worse having everything good taken away from you. Or to realize it was never yours in the first place.
What I did like about Liars, Inc:
- Pavarti is a beautiful black girl who is wild and liberal. She's flirty, forward, and not afraid to take the first step when it comes to sex. She actually reminds me a lot about a friend of mine, and it was great seeing a diverse character being represented as the primary love interest. I definitely didn't agree with some of her decisions, but overall she was different and it was refreshing to see. - Aside from Pavarti, I liked the diverse range of families being represented as well, with Max and his siblings being adopted. His relationship with his parents definitely wasn't perfect, but with his regrets, wishes and feelings on the matter, it felt realistic. - I liked how Max and his friends weren't stereotypes, and they had a lot of depth. They were popular, smart, and liked to have fun, but they bonded together because of their mutual feeling of being an outsider.
"Your past made you resilient so you don't fall apart in a crisis. I like that." - Pavarti
What I didn't like about Liars, Inc:
- I didn't like Max's point of view. As with any teenage boy, he often thinks about sex and how hot his girlfriend is....and he seems kind of dense. - Max's decisions didn't make sense. Why would you run away and hide from the cops, acting incredibly suspicious if you're a suspect in your friends murder? - Why would you not contact the cops, or FBI if you received a suspicious call directing you to do something? I know he was threatened, but he didn't take any other safety precautions. - I couldn't understand how Max and Pavarti's relationship could withstand the secrets they went through, especially since she was really evasive about some things when confronted. How could Max trust her after that? Secrets, upon secrets. But hey, that's just me. - The thriller part was predictable and I saw it coming from a mile away, such as the identity of the killer and about their past.
It's a shitty feeling when you realize the two people you trusted most in the world are liars.
For a mystery thriller book, I found Liars, Inc. to be a lite version, primarily being about family, friends and romance. Although the plot was fairly predictable and I didn't get the thrills I was looking for, I really appreciated the diversity in the story.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I received a review copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review....more
You’d need a physics degree to understand Dissonance, which talks about alterThis review appears on Happy Indulgence - Check it out for more reviews!
You’d need a physics degree to understand Dissonance, which talks about alternate dimensions in a complex, scientific, confusing way. It took me 2 weeks and multiple books in between to get through it, because every time I picked it up it made my brain hurt.
There’s the Key World, which is the original world where Walkers originate, a secret society of people who can travel through alternate dimensions. They cleave worlds that aren’t needed anymore. Then you’ve got frequencies, echoes, Baroque events, and a whole bunch of technical terminology I couldn’t wrap my head around. Even the little explanations before some chapters didn’t really help, along with the info dumping throughout the book, such as:
The concept of alternate dimensions was fascinating though, where every decision creates an alternate dimension that these Walkers can travel to to set the world right. I loved the role of the Walkers in the world and how original and complex the world building was. I’ve read a few books which simply take place in alternate realities, without attempting to explain the science of the universe, and Dissonance makes a good attempt at it…if only it were easier to understand.
Most of the book revolves around the romance, which was disappointing because I couldn’t connect to Del or Simon. Del is brash, stubborn and rebellious, who constantly made decisions I didn’t agree with. She’s attached to Simon, in each multiple world, and rebels against the system and constantly endangers her life and those around her. She lets her feelings for Simon get in the way of safety, logic and her duty to the Key World. Simon was perfectly sweet…and boring.
It wouldn’t be a YA romance without a love triangle, which was rather forced here. Elliot, who is Del’s best friend, spends a lot of his time being jealous and whining about Del rather than showing us why he’s even a suitable candidate.
Del and her sister Addie were constantly at odds with one another. Addie is the prim, perfect stickler for the rules and Del is the rebel, which wasn’t surprising that they didn’t get along, but it would have been nice to see at least some of their love for one another.
Dissonance approached alternate dimensions in a novel and complex way, with heavy world building on the science behind it. Unfortunately, a lot of the technical concepts went over my head, and I couldn’t appreciate it for what it was. A lot of the book focuses on a romance, which took over the whole book, and I couldn’t connect with the characters. I wanted to read more about the work of the Walkers, the alternate realities, instead of a book bogged down by a romance. The search for a good book on alternate realities continues…
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex is a new Australian title meshing difThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex is a new Australian title meshing different age groups, with two teenagers and two characters in their early 20’s. Mixing a light heist story with some major character development, it presented an interesting perspective of life from majorly flawed characters.
This book takes a while to warm up. After meeting all of the characters, I wondered whether to continue on, seeing as I didn’t know where the story was going to go. What I found within it’s pages, was a light heist story where all four characters will learn some crucial life lessons about what’s important. Each character is terribly flawed, which made them hard to connect with at the start.
The Guy has forged his results on his report card and seemingly has no direction in life. The Girl has a broken family, having lost her brother. I did like Rafi’s perspective with her Spanish descent though, which made things more diverse. A Spanish legend was covered which presented a large part of the book. I wasn’t a fan of The Artist Luke though, who is a lying cheater who has knocked up his ex girlfriend and treats her like rubbish. He forges famous paintings for a living and is only focused on his latest heist, instead of his baby.
The last character, Penny really pissed me off. Even though Luke cheats on her and treats her terribly, she uses their baby as an excuse to constantly go back to him. I was really disappointed to see that she never learnt her lesson, and her feelings that his behaviour was justified. I was disgusted by how she presented herself as a doormat to his bad behaviour, because somehow she tells herself that he still cares. It’s even sadder because I know this happens in real life, and I wasn’t happy seeing it consistently happen throughout the book, with no major life lesson as a result. Every woman deserves a man who will treat her right, but if you willingly go back and make excuses for the man, then you’ve only got yourself to blame.
I found The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex difficult to get into, but ended up being swept away with its diversity and flawed characters. Unfortunately I couldn’t warm to a lot of the characters, aside from Rafi, although I did end up liking the brief romance towards the end. An interesting perspective, but the characters weren’t for me.
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I love the Ten Tiny Breaths series, so I jumped at the chance at reading BuryiThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
I love the Ten Tiny Breaths series, so I jumped at the chance at reading Burying Water. What I learnt is that Burying Water is nothing like the first series and it kind of fizzled for me.
There are two concurrent storylines in the novel – the past and the present.
In the present, we meet Water, a girl who wakes up in hospital with serious injuries and amnesia. She needs to put together the pieces of who she was in her past life and learn to live with her scars. The beginning of the book is what hooked me in the most – I wanted to know who Water was and what had happened to her.
The story flicks into the past, as we watch Jesse enter into an affair with Alexandria, a young married woman who feels trapped by her much older, rich, cheating and abusive husband. We watch a beautiful romance unfold, if it wasn’t for the problem that Alex is married.
You know how I feel about cheating, but somehow it’s justified here with the archetypal villain. What’s worse – being stuck with a husband that cheats and abuses you or cheating on him as well? I just couldn’t blame either of the characters for the romance that unfolds between them – which is how Burying Water surprised me. It changed my thoughts on a subject matter that I felt strongly about and it really goes to show that everyone has their own story.
I really admired Alex for being so incredibly resilient and strong when she needed to be. She’s undergone horrific trauma in her life, but she just carries on. She knows what her husband does is wrong, but she just withstands it anyway. This is the typical romance where the characters are better off with each other.
Jesse was a typical caring guy who wanted to save Alex from her circumstances after falling in love with her. I liked how he was attracted to her because of her strength of character, instead of just her looks. Aside from how much he loves cars and how much he wants to protect and rescue Alex, I didn’t garner much else from him though.
My problem with the book? Too much foreshadowing happens with a massive spoiler at the very start of the book. As a reader, I already knew how the story was going to play out with the beginning and the end of the story. I felt like I was just waiting for the characters to play catch up, rendering the rest of the book at a stuttering pace. The events that unfolded were predictable and unsatisfying.
Burying Water is one of the most confronting books I’ve read on abusive relationships and marital affairs. It’s a story of strength and resilience, a glimmer of hope, and a better future. It’s just a shame about the massive spoiler where the plot fizzled before it started, which made the book drag for me. I’ll keep reading the series though, because of K.A. Tucker’s amazing writing.
I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
It’s been a while since the last Vlad and Leila book, but Bound by Flames wasThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
It’s been a while since the last Vlad and Leila book, but Bound by Flames was worth the wait with both of them coming to their absolute power in this installment.
As my favourite Night Huntress couple, Vlad and Leila’s relationship really shone with the toughest enemy they’ve faced yet – Vlad’s nemesis and uncle, Mihaly Szilagi. The book had some really dark, disturbing scenes, with rape and torture following Leila’s capture. If there was any other woman that could withstand that treatment, it would be her, as she came close to experiencing what Vlad did in his dark past.
I’ve always enjoyed Leila’s defiant, passionate and tough character, and Bound by Flames made me realise all over again how much she really complimented Vlad. Her incredible strength, power and independence makes her his perfect match, and she’s earned a place beside him. What I loved about Leila aside from her kickass power of electricity and lightning, is her practicality and humanity. While Vlad would blast through the end of the universe in order to get vengeance, Leila knows how to pull him back and redirect his power. She’s often reflective about herself, her family and her relationship which shows a tough maturity about her.
Vlad was an intense flaming inferno of power, passion and vengeance where his influence had no boundaries. He’s incredibly passionate and can be overbearing at times, but he learns to trust Leila as a handy weapon to have in a fight. Leila also brings out a softer side to this bristly centuries old vampire, which is rarely seen by everyone else. I loved their flirty banter and you can really see just how much he loves her in this book.
The rest of the book is told through an escalating power play between Vlad and Mihaly, as they search each other out, provoke each other and pit their oldest allies against one another. What I’ve always loved about the Night Huntress series is how these vampires have powers- fire, lightning, psychic ability and even necromancer abilities.
After the Night Huntress series ended last year, I was glad to relive the world through Vlad and Leila, a completely badass couple who kicks ass. It’s action packed and filled with so much epic vampire magic, yet you’ll see a brilliant romance strengthening in its wake, mystery, intrigue, betrayals and even some time spent discovering new grounds with family and friends.
If you’re put off by the 10 book long Night Huntress series, the Night Princes series is a good place to start too. ...more
If you were told today that an asteroid was hurtling towards Earth andThis review appears on Happy Indulgence Books - check it out for more reviews!
If you were told today that an asteroid was hurtling towards Earth and we only had 7 weeks left to live, what would you do?
We All Looked up explores this situation from the lives of four different teenagers, who need to find meaning in their lives in the short time they have left. They reflect on their dreams and aspirations, what they want to achieve before the asteroid Ardor hits, and they go for it.
- For Anita, this means pursuing her dream as a singer, despite her parent's expectations on her joining an Ivy League school. - For Peter, this means breaking up with his cheerleader girlfriend, and being with the girl he really wants to be with. - For Eliza, this means making a mark on the world and being known, for something other than sleeping around. - And for Andy, this means finally getting laid with the girl of his dreams.
The Ivy League girl, the popular jock with the cheerleader girlfriend, the school slut and the slacker/stoner - while these characters won't win any awards for originality, they were relatable and explored in a profound way. When you're in public, how many people do you categorise into boxes in your head? If you looked beyond the surface, would they be different to your initial thoughts? The characters in We All Looked Up were all living contradictions - there was so much more to them than their reputation.
For example, Eliza has been branded as a slut from kissing a popular cheerleader's boyfriend. She does have more sex than the average teenager, but why does she do this? She feels it's the only thing she can control in her life, where her mother has left and her dad has cancer. This girl treats sex like it's a charity; if she can feel wanted and bring happiness to someone in a short amount of time, she would do it.
While I'm glad We All Looked Up is a sex positive book which explores slut shaming and unhealthy attitudes about sex, there was a particularly uncomfortable scene which I wasn't too fond of. A random guy slides into Eliza's bed, asking for sex, and she gives it, because she was wanted. That was creepy and uncomfortable, and birth control was never mentioned.
The end of the book kind of becomes a bit too intense with the romantic drama, which I wasn't a fan of. All of these characters gets paired off, and suddenly all that matters is being with someone else. Instead worrying about the end of the world, drama, jealousy and romance came to the forefront.
While a wonderful friendship between four unlikely characters is formed, where's the time that they spent with their family and other friends? There was hardly any interaction with them after the asteroid was announced, especially with Eliza's dad, who has cancer, and Anita's parents which she runs out on. If Peter was so popular, where are his other friends?
We All Looked Up is a beautiful, philosophical and thought provoking read that offers a beautiful message on living life to the fullest without regret. No matter what the goal is, if you put your mind to it, you can make it happen. Whether you succeed or not isn't important, it's whether you actually tried so you'll have no regrets, and at least you'll know the outcome. We often let so many things get in the way of our aspirations, and we spend precious time doing what we don't want to be doing.
Profound thoughts on life can be found throughout its pages, which I spent time reflecting upon. This is a book that requires quiet reflection to be appreciated.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I’m wrapped in a warm, fuzzy blanket of Simon and Blue, and oh what a wonderfulThis book appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
I’m wrapped in a warm, fuzzy blanket of Simon and Blue, and oh what a wonderful feeling it is.
Despite the mouthful of a name, Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda is completely adorable and a must read! It features platonic friendships between guys and girls (THIS should happen more often), and a wonderful developing relationship between two guys.
I loved how the relationship developed over email, where Simon and Blue got to know each other by sharing their innermost thoughts and feelings, on being gay, school, family and friends and the love of Oreos. Because they both go to the same school, they avoid giving any clues away. Their friendship just felt so real and genuine, and when they becoming more and more bold flirting with each other, it was just so cute. I fell in love with Blue before we found out who he was.
The wonderful thing about how gay people are portrayed here is that they’re not flamboyant or stereotypes, they simply just were. Simon’s this totally hilarious, unknowingly popular kid with a close group of friends who everyone likes. He has this hilarious, really dry sort of humour which I really connected with, and I loved seeing things from his perspective. Without giving too much away, Blue was completely normal as well, and I loved how their peers accepted it. There was no drama or meanness just for the sake of it.
There are platonic friendships between guys and girls, which is absolutely fantastic! I have a lot of guy friends myself which I have never felt romantically about, and YES it’s completely okay. There should be more platonic relationships in YA! Simon is the perfect BFF (although his friend’s don’t know it yet) with his childhood friends Leah, Nick and recently, Abby the bright and bubbly new girl in town. He’s supportive, he admires the good traits in his friends and loves them, flaws and all.
Family is obviously a big part of every teenagers life, and Simon, and even his friends have realistic relationships with his parents. Given they be hipsters and are a little bit quirky, I just loved how they were supportive in their own ways. And totally hilarious.
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda captures the fluffiness of a cute developing relationship really well, it gave me all the feels as Simon starts falling for Blue. You can really feel his sense of longing, his constant thoughts on his new crush and how he just wants to know who he is. I just loved how adorable this book was, and how it portrayed healthy relationships for couples (gay, bi or straight), family, and friends. You all need to read this guys. It’s out today. Get ready for the feels!
Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!...more
I have no idea why it took me so long to read The Naturals. But I’m so glad IThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
I have no idea why it took me so long to read The Naturals. But I’m so glad I finally did, because I really enjoyed the FBI angle.
The Naturals is about a group of teens who help the FBI solve crimes with their ‘abilities’. This is genius, I mean FBI and YA, why hasn’t this been done before (or why hasn’t anyone told me about it)?
It’s these abilities that I found really fascinating. Cassie is a profiler, who can deduce who and what a person is just from looking at them and analysing their behaviour, posture, clothes and what they do or don’t do. With Lia’s ability to tell lies, Michael and his emotive reading and Sloane’s human computer brain, this is a group of teens you don’t want to mess with. I loved how these abilities didn’t veer over the supernatural side of things, and were believable.
But I wanted to know more! How were these teens discovered? How did they know about their abilities? How did they develop these abilities? If only the book would have contained less teen drama, territorial cat fighting and a cheesy love triangle, I would have absolutely loved it.
The Naturals is super creepy as we actually get inside a serial killer’s head. In between chapters, we’ll see little snippets of the murderer choosing, killing or obsessing over their next victim. It was dark and disturbing, a lot darker than the UK cover actually lets on and I really lapped up this depth. I kind of figured out the murderer before the actual peak though, but I thought it was done really well.
The characters, I adored with their quirky and vibrant personalities which stood out. There is Dean as the broody bad boy with a secret, Michael as a sweet and empathetic nice guy, and Sloane and her weird and factual personality. But the person who really stood out is Lia, the catty Asian girl with a lot of sass. Lia is the type of girl you’d never be able to get a handle on, for she could switch it up just for the sake of throwing you off.
I don’t really know how I felt about Cassie though. Yes she knows how to profile people, she’s eager to please and she is traumatised over her mother’s murder, but there didn’t really seem to be much drive or substance behind her. Even though we’re reading from her point of view, I felt like we knew elements of her, but we didn’t really get to know her innermost thoughts and feelings.
With all of the murder mystery, the foreshadowing for the killer, the profiling and the silly love triangle going on though, something needed to give.
Also, why does there need to be a love triangle in every YA book? Why can’t we pick up a book and enjoy the mystery and the plot without it diverging into a silly chest beating, testosterone match between two guys fighting over the same girl? I don’t think I was partial to either Dean or Michael, because they started getting jealous over each other’s time spent with Cassie too soon for my liking.
There were elements of The Naturals that I really loved, including the murder mystery, the profiling and the secondary characters. But the things that I disliked, such as the teen drama, the lack of details and the predictability kind of stunted the book for me. I really enjoyed the fast paced read though, and hopefully some of that development occurs in Killer Instinct. Plus FBI and murders, yes please....more
I know, I know. How could I be disappointed with a Colleen Hoover novel? Why iThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
I know, I know. How could I be disappointed with a Colleen Hoover novel? Why is it only 3 stars?
Aside from the fascinating twist of a romance developing over confessions and artwork, I had trouble getting into Confess. From the start, I just did not get along with Auburn and Owen with their first meeting based on dodgy feelings.
Let me explain. Auburn is desperate for a job, and she walks straight into a stranger’s apartment after seeing a job ad and meeting him for the first time. After they go out for a drink, she invites him into her home. Safety and preservation doesn’t even occur to her and her naivety was her defining character trait.
Luckily, Owen brings up as a joke, that he won’t rape, murder or torture her. Isn’t that creepy? Auburn just laughed it off, but when you think about it, she doesn’t really know this guy. Perhaps it’s my fault coming out of reading You from a stalker’s point of view, but Owen also had these obsessive thoughts over Auburn when they first met, like it wasn’t the first time he’s met her. So you can see, we started off on the wrong foot, but I’m glad these feelings subsided.
Confess only spans about 4 weeks or so, and after their first and second meeting, Auburn and Owen have already formed a deep emotional connection with each other. This is different to insta-love, they were clearly attracted to each other at first, and the love came later. But when Owen stands up on his second date with Auburn and she pines over him, and he does the same, my eyebrows were raised at this point. I felt like Owen’s “I’ve known her for ages” sort of thing was a convenient way in forming this attachment early, and I was just left out in the cold.
Now they do have chemistry, don’t get me wrong. But attraction, chemistry and lust? Sure. A deep emotional attachment? Especially for Auburn, what are you thinking! You met this guy once and you hit it off. I just wasn’t a fan of Auburn’s naivety, her irresponsibility and her lack of safety.
The romantic barrier in Confess is the family drama, with teenage pregnancy, alcoholism and addiction at the forefront. These aspects were wrapped into the novel really well, especially when it involves child custody and a complex relationship with the legal guardian. Annoyingly enough, this again is used as a plot device for Auburn to be manipulated by the biggest asshole in existence – her brother in law Trey. Come on, even I knew he was trouble from the start!
When you add a baddy into the mix, of course the other guy is going to be a white knight. And Owen, typical tortured artist with a troubled past, just can’t do any wrong. He’s got some interesting secrets, I’ll tell you that, but something about him felt just too flawless. You just couldn’t fault the wonderful Owen.
Aside from Hoover’s incredible writing, I love how her recent books have transcended her artform of words. Confess contains stunning artwork based on real life confessions. It was intriguing how these were submitted by real people, and if that’s anyone reading my review, I admire you for your bravery and strength and I hope you found some absolution from it.
Although Confess had an interesting angle focused around confessions and artwork, the rest of the story featured too many romantic tropes and a relationship that developed too quickly for my liking. It reminded me of a combination of Ten Tiny Breaths with a car accident as the turning point for the characters, You with Owen’s point of view upon first meeting Auburn, and 50 Shades of Grey with Auburn’s naivety and possessive controlling love interest (which is where the second guy comes in).
The characters felt very black and white and Auburn’s naivety rubbed me the wrong way. I love Colleen Hoover but unfortunately Confess is her first book that I’ve rated less than 4.5 stars.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
You know that feeling you get when you reach the end of a book and expel a satThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
You know that feeling you get when you reach the end of a book and expel a satisfied, warm and happy breath? That was me upon finishing The Winner’s Crime, despite the cliffhanger ending which left everything in an unresolved state.
This has been a year of amazing sequels, with The Winner’s Crime building upon the foundation of the first book by making everything better. This sequel had deeper world building, political intrigue, more romantic development, betrayals and war tactics. We experience so much more of the world with it’s three major countries: Valoria, where Kestrel is currently held, Herran, where Arin resides, and Dacra, the eastern kingdom.
She’d felt it before, she felt it now: the pull to fall in with him, to fall into him, to lose her sense of self. There would be scandal, and then there’d be war.
While the first book was mainly focused on the slow burn romance between Kestrel and Arin, there is so much more that happens in The Winner’s Crime. Kestrel is trying to honour her father by meeting the Emperor’s wishes and getting ready for marriage to the Verex, Crown Prince, while still looking after the rights of the Herrani people. Arin travels between all three districts to secure allies for Herran and to look after his rights. Whilst all of this is happening, Kestrel finds herself in a precarious situation as a spy, while coping with her best friend Jess’s emotional distance. Although there wasn’t much action in the book, there was never a dull moment with a flowing plot filled with surprises.
Kestrel and Arin continued to dance around each other with their feelings. Their meetings seemed to be wrought with constant misunderstandings, with Kestrel needing to explain herself more than a few times after sending mixed messages. She’s trying to achieve a lot with her time at court, with conflicting interests. But even a master strategist can’t please everyone, as she’ll soon learn. I just wanted to shake them and push them together, but with a brewing war and an inevitable wedding standing in their way, the stakes are so much higher for this forbidden couple.
He, too, wanted what he shouldn’t. He, too, felt how the heart chooses its own home and refuses reason. Not here, he’d tried to say. Not this. Not mine. Never. But he had felt the same sickness.
To complicate their relationship further, there’s signs of a love square (hexagon?) creeping into the book with Kestrel growing closer to the Crown Prince and Arin getting to know the kidnapped princess, Risha. I wanted to hate Verex, but he was actually quite respectful and understanding of Kestrel’s reluctance to marry him. More than anything, Verex seemed like a victim of his circumstances, and seemed to recognise the same in Kestrel. Risha actually reminded me a lot of Nehemia in Throne of Glass, as an eastern princess held at the court. Although she’s pretty mysterious in this book, I’m looking forward to what the future holds for her.
The Winner’s Crime balances romance, political intrigue and competing agendas. It’s filled with betrayals, power plays, heart break and heart ache, with a new host of secondary characters and an expanded world. With it’s gorgeous writing and riveting plot line, this series is a must read. Just be prepared for the major cliffhanger at the end – you’ll want the next book now!
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review....more
So you’re probably wondering what I ended up doing with Dreamfire with it’s slThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
So you’re probably wondering what I ended up doing with Dreamfire with it’s slow and draggy pace. I was about halfway through until I started skimming, but I’m glad I didn’t DNF it because the ending was satisfying.
The setting was really interesting. Dream walkers are trained to enter nightmares and to resolve or end their dreams to reduce the dreamers’ anxiety. The dream walkers operate as a secret society with their own rituals, such as inducting people into the society when they turn 17, having extremely long names and having a scroll that can tell their future. Witnessing people’s nightmares was a weird and wonderful experience, featuring albino koalas, trapped souls in a canister, trench coat pursuers and reconstructions of world war II.
It took me a long time to warm to the book though, as it gets bogged down with lengthy and complicated explanations on dream theory. A lot of this detail wasn’t really necessary to the overall plot and made the book crawl at a staggering pace. I struggled to stay interested all the way through and ending up skimming the book partway through. The book does pick up towards the end, especially when it starts exploring the villain’s world and Josh’s past – I just wish it didn’t take so long to get there.
Many secondary characters are introduced in quick succession at Josh’s 17th birthday, and it was hard for me to pick up their names, especially since most of them are related to her in some way. Even the character names were hard to grasp with interchanging male/female names – Josh as the female main character and Haley as a male character.
Once I warmed up to the characters though, I started to appreciate them. Josh is a reserved, cold and damaged character who is incredibly talented with dream walking. She’ll constantly put herself down throughout the book and prevent herself from getting close to others, because she blames herself for her boyfriend’s death. Seeing her dedication to saving people from their nightmares, her family and friends care for her, and hearing about her past trauma, added depth to her character. She was cold and difficult to connect to for a reason, and seeing her from Will’s point of view helped.
As Josh’s apprentice, Will really helped Josh to open up and overcome her PTSD. He’s warm, friendly and emotionally aware, thanks to all the self help books he’s read. It was interesting to see how he picked up on the emotional side of things, in contrast with Josh’s talent, by counselling people in their nightmares. Where Josh contributed with her strength, training and ability, Will also had something to offer with his emotional awareness and ability to calm others.
The other secondary characters were also interesting, particularly Haley, the identical twin of Josh’s ex-boyfriend. It looked like he was coping with his twin’s death by pretending to be him which was really creepy.
I was this close to DNFing Dreamfire, but I’m glad I didn’t. I got a satisfying resolution and ended up appreciating the characters and the plot once I reached the final page. The pacing was slow and draggy, with lengthy scientific explanations that went over my head. But it is so much more than just a paranormal book, as the main character deals with trauma from her past, the responsibility of dream walking and some pretty interesting dilemmas.
Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review! ...more
I really wanted to like Unwanted, as a dystopian by an Australian author, andThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
I really wanted to like Unwanted, as a dystopian by an Australian author, and while it had some unique elements to it, I couldn’t quite get into it.
I’m always gunning for a unique dystopian that isn’t like The Hunger Games or Divergent, and Unwanted definitely delivered in that respect. From the sinister Erebii monsters with yellow eyes, to a crow’s eye embedded into Bea’s hand (it’s as gross as it sounds), to unique tattoos that move, I was intrigued with the world. People are divided into Dreads, who guard the walls of the city and train as warriors, and Storks, who are surrogate mothers for the city. The world building was definitely my favourite part of the book.
Unfortunately, I found it difficult to connect to Bea or the characters around her. While she’s a strong, purposeful warrior who wants to save her sisters and purge the crow’s eye from her hand, she lacked emotion and her point of view was quite bland. She’s a sniper for the city and everyone keeps on saying how she’ll earn full Dread warrior status, but I was disappointed from the lack of warrior training or action that happens in the book.
There’s supposed to be some sort of love triangle between Bea, the Unwanted Red who offers to help and her childhood friend and fellow Dread warrior, Gus. But with barely any romantic thought or development between either of these guys, I was incredibly surprised when she suddenly blurts out “I love you” with barely any setup. I did feel she developed more of a connection with the other guy too, so I was taken aback when it happened.
While the writing was solid, I struggled with the slow pacing throughout the book. It’s a rather descriptive book, focusing on Bea’s surroundings a lot which I had to skip through at times. There isn’t really a distinct plot, rather a story that unfolds as Bea learns more from Red about the city, which may have contributed to the slowness as well. It does speed up towards the last 50 pages or so where the city’s mysteries unfold.
Unwanted is an unique dystopian with it’s moving tattoos, Erebii and embedded eye in the hand, but it was difficult to stay interested throughout due to its slow pacing and execution. Although I liked the world and the setting, I found it lacked emotion and the character was difficult to connect to. It’s hard to come up with a dystopian that hasn’t been done before these days though, so kudos to the author for doing so!
Thanks to Penguin Random House for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!...more
For a 21st century woman, there is nothing scarier than a stalker breaking intoThis review appears on Happy Indulgence! Check it out for more reviews.
For a 21st century woman, there is nothing scarier than a stalker breaking into your home and knowing everything about you. You takes it further by finding out absolutely everything he can about Beck, by going through her phone, reading her emails, and watching her through her window and then becoming her lover.
You gives us so much more than a villain’s point of view, it shows us his sick obsession with his object of affection and how he would stop at nothing to become everything she needs in life. It’s told in second person perspective which makes the story even creepier, as Joe relates absolutely everything back to Beck, or You. His thoughts, feelings, everything he does in life is made with the aspiring and flighty writer in mind, and it really demonstrated how she unknowingly permeated every aspect of Joe’s life.
The use of social media and phone access for stalking is incredibly genius, given how smart phones are windows to our lives these days. Passwords, locations, tweets, instagram, email and even addresses can be found online, and that’s how Joe infiltrates Beck’s life, transforming himself into her perfect man. It really highlights just how much we put ourselves out there and if someone wanted to, they could find out everything just from knowing where to look. It made the stalking aspect completely plausible, and all it takes is someone like Joe.
Joe is obsessive, intelligent, intense, a sociopath and so freaking creepy. He clearly has no sense of right or wrong, and even references how easy it is for other weirdos or stalkers to stalk Beck, but doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with his own behaviour even when he breaks into her house. His obsessive behaviour becomes dangerous when he targets the people around her, from her crush to her best friend in order to get closer to her and eliminate the obstacles in his way. Being in Joe’s head is compelling, twisted and creepy, but what makes it even scarier is from Beck’s point of view, he could actually be seen as an attentive, charming guy. I loved how he worked in a bookstore, and how there’s a theme of literature and reading throughout the book, making it all that more intelligent and unique.
Beck was an interesting sexual and flighty character, who just couldn’t stick to one guy. She wears her heart on her sleeve and pursues guys that she can’t have, but just can’t commit to a relationship. She’s complex, flirty, creative and so incredibly real, it was easy to see how Joe wanted to know everything about her. The romance was one of the most fucked up ones I’ve ever seen, with Beck seemingly using Joe as a “friend with benefits” and Joe obsessively manufacturing everything in the relationship. Joe has disturbing sexual thoughts of Beck throughout the book, which makes it even more creepy.
You is a compelling, twisted and dark story of stalker obsession that is designed to make us feel uncomfortable. The use of social media, literature, flawed characters and second person perspective creates authenticity for this brilliant, creepy story. This is the best psychological thriller about stalking I’ve read, and I don’t think any other can live up to it.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review....more