Genre: Thriller

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Posted July 18, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Everything that happened to TifAni is terrible.  Really horrifyingly terrible.  There are all sorts of trigger warnings for this book – rape, youth violence, eating disorders, homophobia, severe bullying at the least.  The background story is disgusting and heartbreaking. But – and this is going to sound terrible – it’s really difficult to feel the full effect of the story when the main character is so unlikable.  Her personality doesn’t make any of the things that happened to TifAni any less horrible, but in choosing to make this character so shallow and judgmental and unrelatable, it deadens the blow. The first […]

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Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

Posted May 30, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments

I haven’t read many YA thrillers.  I suppose you can count Anna Dressed in Blood, but that’s about it.  I do enjoy a good science fiction or psychological thriller, and I was pretty excited to be given this ARC.  Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of originality in this one and I found it came short of my expectations. First of all, the characters were very flat.  The little we know of Ari before the incident is a single day glimpses into her life after school.  We know she thinks this one guy is super hot, that she loves her best friend, and […]

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Obscura by Joe Hart

Obscura by Joe Hart

Posted May 2, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. When I started reading Obscura, I had mixed feelings about the book.  For starters, I wasn’t crazy about all the time-jumping.  I don’t mind past and present… one or two aren’t bad… but suddenly we’re in different years back and forth, and there’s a couple chapters in different perspectives.  In a thriller, we’ve got enough to handle with just one or two ways of delivering information. […]

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Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Posted January 22, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  I’m not really surprised that this was a perfectly horrible book. I mean, it’s a series spun off the show Castle, and honestly… it just reads like bad fanfiction. Nikki Heat is an attractive but stubborn and alone detective.  When she gets saddled with a journalist by the mayor who shadows her on the job (sound familiar?), she brushes him off.  Then tragedy hits and Rook suddenly becomes useful… and interesting.  He connects her with great contacts and his boyish charm delights her, though she’d never admit it. Maybe, just maybe, she’s falling for him.  But first she’s got a […]

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The Waste Lands by Stephen King

The Waste Lands by Stephen King

Posted January 21, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Guys, I love this book. The Waste Lands is where The Dark Tower series is REALLY starting to get good.  First and foremost (small spoiler, but honestly, this book is 26 years old) we get Jake back!  Jake and Eddie are my favorite characters in this series, so I love his journey back to Roland’s world.  Second, we get to see the city of Lud, which I think it the first real example of how Roland’s world has “moved on”.  Third?  BLAINE THE MONO. Blaine is my favorite villain in this series.  Probably on my top ten ever.  He […]

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