When she wakes up with a concussion in the bed of a moving pickup truck, she realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose.
At a remote, rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ruth’s blindfold comes off and ...more
Yup, this book was amazing, guys.
(and seriously, watch the video - I did another reenactment there!)
A summary of why the book's awesome:
- It's atmospheric. Guaranteed to put you on your toes. I mean, a psycho's out there; you can't let your guard down now, can you?!
- It's character-driven and plot-driven at the same time, which is actually a very ...more
We'll call this one closer to 3.5 stars, but I didn't feel right rounding up.
Right from the get-go, I'll be honest, I don't like Ruth's character very much. I found her to be arrogant, rude, and I got tired of the re ...more
If there's one charac ...more
Anyone? No? ...more
A thrilling, suspenseful book that had me holding my breath, gasping and every other reaction that came from the torrent of emotions I felt right alongside Ruth. This book took everything out of me and just writing this review is bringing it all back, leaving me reeling. So much went into it because it was more than just another thriller and the psychological aspects worked p ...more
Imagine waking up in the bed of an old, filthy truck, concussed, bound and blindfolded, disoriented and scared, only to realize that a near stranger took you from your family and friends, for reasons unknown, and that he’s taking you deep into the woods where no one will think to look for you. That is exactly what Ruthless puts us through on its very first pages, not caring how hard our hearts will beat or how scared we’ll be.
There can be no winner in the seemingly endless mind game that en ...more
"That psychopath picked the wrong target this time didn't he."
Yes yes he did!
And what bugs and scares me is things that happen in this story...HAPPEN! There is actual people like "Wolfman" (The antagonis ...more
Holy nightmare-inducing batman! Ruthless is one of THE best YA thriller books that I have read in a very long time. I read this one in a matter of hours and by the end, I just wanted someone to hold me and shield me from all the nightmares I was bound to have that night. Starting the book at 12 in the morning while everyone else was asleep was certainly a bad idea.
The book opened up in a big bang with the main character, Ruth, waking up with a concussion unable to see clearly around her on a mov ...more
Longer revi ...more
WOW. Holy crap, what a RIDE. I devoured this one in two sittings–I had to stop reading at night otherwise I would traumatised–and my head is still reeling from what just went down. Again, HOLY CRAP. I don’t think I’ve ever read a survival story like this! Right from the beginning, the action kicks in. There’s this constant feeling of dread with this book, because even though things look bright for a while, it all comes crashing down n ...more
Her kidnapper is an old guy who’s decided that he needs to punish “bad girls” like Ruth. While Ruth has been horrible to people in the past, she is never blamed for what’s happening by the narrative, which I loved. Ruthless showcases how misogyny can grow into something truly terrifying.
The book kinda skipped over the whole she's-a-possible-sex-slave bit, and Ruth’s personal response to that, which annoyed me ...more
Review to come.
Ruth “Ruthless” Carver finds her self in the back of a truck, barely conscious and unable to remember how she got there. The only thing she’s got going for her is her dogged determination to return to her family, alive and mostly unharmed. Her capturer, though, thinks otherwise. For him, “bad red-headed girls” like Ruth need to be punished.
And his punishment ends in h ...more
At the beginning of this book, Ruthless did exactly that.
I was fully engaged in the storyline and Ruth's chances of survival, but as the story progressed everything slowly went downhill- the plot began to drag and become almost boring at parts.
So unfortunately, overall, ...more
The way I found this book was via an email Goodreads sent me today. It was a good gambit. Ruth is a fighter. She is determined, headstron ...more
But where this book lost me is the plot, it’s a little disjointed and some parts are confusing. (view spoiler)[ also maybe i’m just an optimist but I just couldn’t believe that people would see a yo ...more
Diversity Rating: 0 - What Diversity?
In case you don’t know me very well, I’m always angry at the patriarchy for various reasons. Whether it’s men trying to explain things to me that I already know, them trying to tell me what I can and can’t do with my body, or when I stub my toe on something in my room, there’s always a reason for me ...more
Ruth Carver is not a perfect heroine, not by a long shot. She’s a little full of herself, a little rude, and she is pretty much just obsessed with things that benefit her. She was willing to ...more
**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Simon Pulse vie Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication is July 14th, 2015**
This story read a little bit different for me. Although the concept is not exactly unique, it is the first that I can recall that was written entirely in the first person. This kept the story focused entirely on Ruth and her situation and left out any other noise. It felt ...more
*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller
“I am Ruthless, and I’m no one to be trifled with.”
Ruthless is author Carolyn Lee Adams debut novel. It is a story that is brutal, as it is heartbreaking. 17-year old Ruth Carver wakes up in the back of a truck covered with straw and manure and a concussion from being knoc ...more
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I am in the minority on this one, but I just didn't care for the writing style. While the story is interesting, and I was able to finish the novel by skimming, I could not really get into the book. I cannot remember much at this time other than those on my notes.
It didn’t help that I also didn’t like the main character, especially in the beginning of the novel.
I just wish this book did more. ...more
When I picked this up, I ha ...more
She was supposed to be his seventh victim. He may end up her first.
Ruthless is a fast paced, intense psychological thriller. An edge-of-your-seat experience that glues the reader to their book with breathless anticipation. Debut author Carolyn Lee Adams’s writing will hold you hostage until the last page. Unputdownable!
From the moment I saw Ruthless, with its dramatic cover and blurb, I knew I wanted to read and review it. I wanted to know more about Ruth. A cat-and-mouse game t