Saturday, October 20, 2018

Review: Broken Things

Broken Things Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For whatever reason Lauren Oliver seems to be one of those authors who seem to get a raw deal on Goodreads. Not that her books get absolutely awful reviews but they seem to be underrated to me at least in comparison to some horribly mediocre books that get 4+ ratings. Anyway, that being said I suspect that people who've enjoyed the author's previous work will also like this book and probably not so much if you haven't.

The book begins by recapping the murder of a 13 yr old girl five years earlier. The town blamed the girls friends and an obsessive obscure fandom for an obscure fantasy novel. New facts have surfaced and on the 5th anniversary of their friends murder two girls, a boy that was fought over and a couple of extras thrown in come together to try and finally find the truth behind who hurt their friend.

The story is told through time slips and rotating POV between the two girls originally accused of being behind their friends murder we are told a captivating story that made me read from cover to cover in 3 hours. The story was plot heavy but with interesting and entertaining characters. I would personally recommend this book to anyone who looking to read a quick fun YA thriller.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: Poison Princess

Poison Princess Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It's not that the plot line was particularly original. It's not, at all. If I had to describe this book in a sentence it'd be. 'The Walking Dead' meets 'The Hunger Games' being played out by X-men named for Tarot Cards. Bam. That's really all there is to it so far. This book was clearly written to be part of a series, which in and of itself limits the scope of the plot of this story installment toward the overall story line. This isn't a work made up by artistically wondrous sentences. How is this all adding up to a 5-star rating? What this book was is entertaining as hell. It sucked me in and left me ready to move on to Book #2, immediately, at 1:30 am. Sometimes it's not about how original the story is or how acclaimed the book is, sometimes it's just about the storytelling and it's even more impressive for pulling off a great story in spite of it's flaws. This book is like a Marvel movie. Totally not capable of winning a prestigious literary award and awesome regardless.

I do still REALLY want to know where the Oxygen is coming from in this book but I'm gonna try to overlook that nagging question. If you have an answer please feel free to leave in comments.

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Review: Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield My rating: 3 of 5 stars The plot was extremely slow, there were a...