Published September 4th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Since this was compared to Dexter (one of my favorite shows of all time), I knew I had to read this. Because of Dexter. And because semi-justified murder is my bag, baby.
This book follows Nita, who works alongside her mother who kills supernatural creatures and has Nita butcher them up to sell for parts. One day, her mother brings home one, ALIVE, and Nita decides that she has morals. Nita can’t kill another, but she enjoys cutting them up, so there’s that. She makes a choice that propels her into the black market of perverts and murderers and forms an unlikely friendship with a being who feeds off pain. Yes, it IS as bizarre as it sounds.
As bizarre as this book was, it certainly entertained me. It was unlike anything I have read, and I have read A LOT this year alone. Barring the gruesome violence of the story, it actually had a decent plot that kept me on my toes. You know how some movies or books rely mostly on the gore to keep viewers? This one didn’t count on that. It carried itself.
Nita is not a villain nor is she a hero. She spirals down a tunnel of her own morality. To survive, she must go against what she believes in, which landed her in her predicament to begin with. She makes some bad choices and suffers the consequences. Her character arc was done nicely. This does end on a cliffhanger, FYI.
In closing, this book was really anything like Dexter, but by the first chapter, I really didn’t care. It’s gruesome and violent, and I loved every second. I followed this book by reading #MurderTrending, so I had a delicious weekend of mayhem and murder. See my review for MT here-https://theworldofceliamcmahon.com/2018/10/09/murder-trending-review/
Published August 7th 2018 by Freeform
Holy crap, this book was terrific.
This had to have been the most fun I have had reading a book. I felt like I was in a Saw movie…or a twisted video game with bizarre bosses that needed defeating. Needless to say, I was quite entertained.
So, Dee lives in a world where a reality star President (hahahaha) greenlights a program where convicts go to an island (Alcatraz 2.0 aptly named) to fight off against serial killers who are sent to the island to kill them off. Sort of like a really messed death penalty. But televised. Dee is sent there after the murder of her step-sister, which she says she didn’t do. There’s also a weird backstory of her being kidnapped as a kid that ties into the plot.
Let me cut in and say that one of my favorite movies of all time is Battle Royale. You know, the original kids killing kids on an island story. So, that being said, I am a fan of the pure fun that is mindless violence and the strain of survival when everything is stacked up against you. There are a lot of dystopian books with similar plots, but this one stands out as it ties in with current trends such as social media and the world’s obsession with violence. What is scary about the book is that at this current state of the country, none of it seemed all that far-fetched. Hey, maybe there’s something wrong with me that I get excited about the prospect of someone being torn apart by animals or running around in a princess dress taking down serial killers. I mean, it’s all in good fun. Blood and gore and violence, oh my.
The book is fast paced, filled with action. With it being pretty gory, I want to say this is not a YA book, BUT it’s no more than what teenagers see on the news in the real world, so I am not jumping on that bandwagon of censorship. I grew up reading Clive Barker and Stephen King, so this is cake compared to books like Desperation or Books of Blood. At times, it did feel a little silly and Dee’s reactions a little flat, but the writing was excellent and the pacing was top-notch.
This is the first book I’ve read by Gretchen, but I am going to go back and see what else has to offer.
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this e-arc.
Truthfully, I thought I didn’t like Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue after I read it. A few days went by and it sunk it that, I really did enjoy it more than I thought I did. Thus, I had to read this one, and I was not disappointed. Only I realized I loved it as I was reading it.
This centers around Felicity Montague who wants so badly to become a doctor in a time when women were not allowed in such fields. Her tenacity leads her to Germany where she plans to procure a job with a famous doctor who just so happens to be marrying her former childhood best friend, Johanna.
This book navigates not only the misogyny of the times but also racism. Felicity enlists the help of an Algerian Muslim pirate named Sim and soon enough find themselves on an adventure. Along with Johanna, Felicity finds herself int he most precarious situations all while rejecting the notion that women are lesser to men and even explores character’s like Johanna who argues that she can like pretty dresses and shoes and still be intelligent. Felicity learns about her own prejudices and grows as she tries to find her place in the world.
There were so many moments where I laughed out loud, which rarely happens. I was also nervous the whole time for Felicity and what other hijinks she was going to get herself into. The fact that Lee made Felicity aromantic was also so exciting. I mean, everything about this book was exciting and a breath of fresh air.
This may be one of the best books I have read in 2018, and my count is currently at 166, so those are crazy odds.