Saturday, July 20th 2019

Sadie

SadieSadie by Courtney Summers
Published by Wednesday Books on September 4th 2018
Pages: 308
Goodreads
five-stars

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she's left behind. And an ending you won't be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

This book was everything it was hyped up to be. I loved everything about this book. It covers so many hard-hitting topics very thoughtfully (TW for pedophilia, sexual abuse, murder, and drugs). I was drawn to this book for that reason and also for the podcast element as I listen to and love many podcasts, especially those covering true crime. This book is difficult and raw and what I would consider a required read. However, there are some topics in this book that I understand not everyone can handle. If you can, I highly recommend this book. The story is framed beautifully, I felt for the characters and the ending was perfect.

five-stars

Saturday, November 17th 2018

Batch Reviews

I am behind in my book reviews and now it’s been a while since I have read some of them. Here are my quick thoughts and ratings. 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: 3/5 stars. Meh, this is more like 2.5 rating for me. I read all eight comics. They were okay. Honestly, I like the show better. 

History is All You Left Me: 5/5 stars. Adam Silvera breaks my damn heart again. Jerk.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You: 4/5 stars. Just want I wanted. Enemies to lovers. A favorite trope. 

The Nowhere Girls: 4/5 stars. This was heartbreaking and intense. And all too familiar. 

The Wicked Deep: 4/5 stars. Beautifully atmospheric. 

The Perfect Mother: 4/5 stars. Creepy and a pretty good “who done it.” 

Meaty: 4/5 stars. I will read/listen to anything Samantha Irby puts out into the universe. 

Anger is a Gift: 5/5 stars. Very timely. A must-read for everyone. 

My Plain Jane: 4/5 stars. Not quite as good as My Lady Jane, but pretty close. Can’t wait for the third book. 

Tuesday, March 6th 2018

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next DoorThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Published by Pamela Dorman Books on August 23rd 2016
Pages: 308
Goodreads

three-stars




It all started at a dinner party. . .
A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family--a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

I am getting really tired of the whole, “If you liked Gone Girl.” Or “if you enjoyed Girl on the Train.” No. Just no. This book wasn’t terrible…but it had a shit-ton going on. Almost too much. In fact, there was a whole side drama thing going on in the background that didn’t need to be there. I think it was meant to throw the reader off of the whole “who done it?” but it just annoyed the shit out of me. And I didn’t really like any of the characters. All of them were pretty shitty and made pretty shitty decisions. The only reason I even remotely enjoyed this book enough to give it 3 stars was the mystery aspect. But I feel it was more a mystery and less a thriller. Honestly, the more I think about it I feel that if I reread this book, it will get a lower star rating. If you like “who done it?” books, give it a try, but I don’t think it’s going to rock your socks off or anything.

three-stars

Wednesday, December 27th 2017

A Line in the Dark

A Line in the DarkA Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on October 17th 2017
Pages: 288
Goodreads

three-stars




The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.
Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.
As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.
When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.
“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”
A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.

I thought this book was decent, until the reveal/twist/ending. That was a huge letdown. And I started to feel like it was going to be a letdown before I got to it. I had a feeling it was not going to be good. I think what I liked about this book is what it could have been. I wasn’t even that attached to any of the characters and none of them were very likable. Honestly, the thing I liked the most, is the stunning cover.

three-stars

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