This is one instance where I’m going to bite the bullet and just say it…..
THE MOVIE WAS SHITLOADS BETTER THAN THE BOOK
Um, yeah, that is all.
Right. Where do I start with this one?
To begin with you have to gather all your cop on and common sense, stuff it into an old rucksack, fill it with rocks and throw it in to a lake. Because you are about to read some freaky creepy happenings.
Our main character is Chloe. When we first meet her she is hanging out with her older sister Ruby and a group of Ruby’s friends at the local reservoir. Ruby has a way with people and story telling and enjoys creating high impact stories to relay to her friends. Ruby proclaims that Chloe is an extremely talented swimmer and wants to create a story for her friends. In the midst of completing a dare to swim across the reservoir Chloe stumbles across a disturbing discovery. A girl from school named London is laying dead in a boat within the reservoir.
2 years have passed by. Chloe is living away from Ruby with her stepfather. Unexpectedly Ruby comes back into Chloes life and provides her the means to get back home. As Chloe gets back home and bumps into her former friends and acquaintances all seems to be as it was before she left. Until she comes face to face with London at a party. Yes. The London. The dead in the boat London. Everyone acts like everything is normal and that Chloe is being the odd one out. Nobody questions Londons existence.
As time goes by parts of the story unravels and the reader- along with Chloe -discover the real Ruby. However Chloe doesnt want to believe the new evidence. She idolizes Ruby and sees no fault. She adores her sister for looking out for her and raising her. She cant put aside these feelings to question Rubys relationships, her lies and her link to Londons death and reappearance.
In the end when everything is out in the open only one sister survives.
Okay, this book was way odd, weird, macabre, strange, creepy…. gave me nightmares after I finished reading it.
I didn’t necessarily like the book, mostly because I didn’t like either sister for a multitude of reasons. However it was well written, highly descriptive, tense and mysterious.
Corinne “Cory” Graff has recently moved into yet another new apartment in another new town to begin school at approximately her 9th high school in two years. As a young girl Corys worries should range from whether she will fit in to the right clique at her new school or whether she will be popular or whether she will be home in time before her Mom gets mad. However all is not as it seems.
Corys new friends at high school see a beautiful blonde girl that does well in her schoolwork and doesn’t seem to have a bad bone in her body. But Cory is only one side of the coin.
In reality the girl we meet is Amelie Ainsworth. A vengeance bound orphan intent on hunting down and destroying the Doctor that used her as a human guinea pig in experimental treatments. Amelie is deadly dangerous as she is one of The Furies. Three dark and deadly mythical creatures that aim to gain justice for victims of cruelty,hurt and abuse.
In the beginning as the premise of the story was unfolding and I was learning about the events that led up to Cory hunting I was intrigued and excited to continue the adventure. However I felt as though the story was very drawn out in times. Some of the monologues Cory has in her head got repetitive and distracting. Towards the end I found myself skipping a lot of the text outside of dialogue. I didn’t like any of the other characters introduced as Corys new friend circle. The characters were all very irritating , childish and immature in their own ways and I constantly found myself wanting to give some of them a kick.
This book was a little bit of a let down as I believe the premise holds uch promise.
Received First Reads Giveaway Copy in the post today. Did not have a clue that I won this because I hadn’t checked my other email account in over a week so it was a lovely surprise. Looking forward to reading this as I enjoyed The Maze Runner Series by the author.
My initial thoughts?
This was a really cute read. I couldn’t help but fall in love with our male characters Eleanor & Park. Their love that grew originally from hatred and then a friendship was a slow-burning love and a welcome alternative to many other YA books where the main characters fall head over heels in love with each other halfway through Chapter 1.
Other characters were also well developed and I especially loved hearing from Parks mother because I found her hilarious.
Received an arc via the publisher in return for a review
What really caught my attention before starting to read this book was the parallel story lines created by the two authors collaborating on this book – namely Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young]. The female protagonist in the storyline is Caroline. Her whole world is about to be ripped apart when she is given bad news in school from her principal. A few days later when Caroline should really be supporting her family she is given a choice – stay with the rest of the family in the hospice to stay with her grandmother
go to a super cool party with lots of – get excited! – college boys!
Here the plot develops as each author takes the reader down each road. The Stay road or the Go road. We see the decisions that Caroline makes in each path in regards to her relationships with her parents, her older sister Natalie, her crush Joel, new boy Chris and her best friend Simone.
The underlying theme of the novel is that no matter how many weird mistakes you do, how many arguments you have with people or how many seriously bad choices you make what happens is what was meant to happen. The story shows the reader that we all have our own fates and no matter how much we regret mistakes, we will all end up in a content position that we were heading to all along.
It was a sweet story line but there were a couple of things that I either hated or didn’t think necessary. One thing I really hated was Caroline and Joel’s relationship – specifically Joel. At first he seemed to be the sweet guy that Caroline has known since she was a kid and they are going to live happily ever after but that all goes awry because Joel is a Jackass . Another element of the storyline I didn’t believe to be necessary was the Tricia character in the Go storyline when Caroline starts at her new school. Because apparently in your first week at a new school – a psycho-cheerleader will jump you in the bathroom because her boyfriend spoke to you…. once
Overall it is a cute if sometimes confusing and unbelievable novel.