Review: Inked by Eric Smith

inked by eric smith

Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.

Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.

And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.

But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.

Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

Eric Smith takes you on a high-octane fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different… only to discover that fate is more than skin deep.

Description taken from Goodreads.

INKED had a great concept. For people out there who really enjoy looking at tattoos, I’m sure this book had a lot of interesting ideas behind it, and even for people who aren’t that interested in tattoos. I loved the ideas and power in tattoos in Rick Riordan’s THE RED PYRAMID, and being able to see those kinds of things portrayed in a different light was a lot of fun for me.

Overall, the plot wasn’t bad. It was believable, and I really enjoyed a lot of events in the story. There was lots of fun dialogue and scenes. In fact, my problems with this book really didn’t lie in the plot at all. Or the pacing. Or the writing, characters or themes.

It was all of it put together.

INKED was great, and to someone who is new to young-adult fiction, maybe this book will be awesome for them. To someone who has a lot of experience reading children’s and young-adult fiction, or maybe even just watched a lot of movies, the cliches are undeniable. For example, a boy in love with the girl next door who doesn’t even see him. An occasion that will determine the future of a girl/boy *cough* DIVERGENT *cough* MATCHED *cough*. The government is evil. Whoa.

Quite honestly, I do believe that I could’ve gotten over the fact that INKED is so predictable. It is an enjoyable story once I cut out my sense of predictability. It was more the ending, which is so disappointing because I really wanted to love this book.

The thing is, this ending could have been so much. The most. It’s where Caenum (could not get used to this book. Never throughout the entire story) begins to realize that things aren’t what he thought they were (in a way that was surprisingly not cliched) and there’s a huge ‘ah-ha’ moment for him. Well, it didn’t turn into a ah-ha moment. It turned into deaths. And ruined moments. And could’ve-beens.

I had hoped that this story could be so much more, but it just couldn’t. The ending was too much for me to handle, because I had such high hopes for it, and it fell short of my expectations. 2 stars.

pg count for the ebook: n/a

Once Upon a Gif: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Once upon a gif is a feature by Hafsah and Asma at Iceybooks, where a pre-review is written with gifs. My full review of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU will come out on February 2nd, 2015. 

a thousand pieces of you by claudia gray

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

Description taken from Goodreads.

At first, I thought this book was clever.

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But then I realized it was so much more. I got to love the protag, and the people around her, and her relationships with them.

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Then I got into the schematics of it all and the physics and worldbuilding and plot.

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I loved so much of this book, and it truly was amazing to read. I did have a few minor problems with it, but overall it could end up being one of my favorite book of the year. Check back on February 2nd to see my full review!

pg count for the hardback: 339

Series: Anna and the French Kiss

Review: Ignite by Sara B. Larson (Defy #2)

ignite by sara b. larson

Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

Description taken from Goodreads.

**This review does have some small spoilers**

I started 2014 off with DEFY, the first book in this trilogy, and 2014 ended up being pretty freaking spectacular so I decided to start 2015 off with IGNITE.

IGNITE starts out where Damian and Alexa left off. And Damian’s king, which makes this book entirely different from DEFY. In the spirit of love and honor, let’s talk about the romance first.

This series is a love triangle. To be honest, I don’t really enjoy love triangles, but I’m open to them when a good one comes up (i.e. Marie Rutkoski’s THE WINNER’S CURSE). This book really teeters in the middle of a good love triangle and a bad one for me. For one thing, I do like the romance. Damian and Alexa seem like a good couple to me, but Alexa and Rylan? I really just don’t see why the love triangle exists, or if it’s even a love triangle, because Alexa has absolutely no interest in Rylan in that way and for most of IGNITE Damian doesn’t even know that Rylan likes Alexa. It’s basically all Rylan by himself, so I don’t know if something is going to happen in DEFY #3 or what, but I had wanted to see more of Rylan and what’s going on in IGNITE.

Despite that, the romance was still very much in IGNITE. One thing I thought was a little sketch was when Alexa reveals all her fears to Damian and he brushes them away by saying that maybe all people aren’t like that and his opinion is the only one that matters. I can kind of accept this, but Alexa being convinced that he’s right and that the people will just love her because Damian said so and Damian’s opinion is the only one that matters when he’s a king and he’s got a nation to rule? ehhhhhh probably not.

There were a few other instances I’m not going to name here of things going a little towards the direction of suspended disbelief, but I really did love the romance in IGNITE. Alexa and Damian finally get somewhere, and they confront the fears from both Damian and Alexa’s sides. Larson did a fantastic job with Alexa’s inner-conflict and acceptance, and I hope that she continues on with Alexa. Initially, in DEFY, I didn’t think that Alexa could grow very much as a character, but she does in IGNITE, and I was really impressed by that.

As for plot, I did think it went around in circles a little where Damian and Alexa are stuck in this trap of trying to save everyone and everything that goes awry. I really enjoyed the cliffhanger that Larson leaves off on, but I CANNOT wait for the next book in the series. Larson also really focused on Damian’s struggle with his new duty as king and the scars that come back from his past. She wrote the political sides to this story very well, in a way that wasn’t boring and moved quickly but still covered what needed to be covered.

Overall, I think that IGNITE was much better organized than DEFY. I never had to go back to see what was going on and the book follows a very clear storyline. I was interested the entire time that I was reading it, and the pace never slowed down too much. I did want a little more action/actual fight scenes and less of the Girl Terminator archetype, but this book isn’t nearly as bad as many of those that have come out recently.

There’s plenty going on to keep the reader occupied, and the plot points are well-covered but not frustrating. IGNITE was very realistic in the sense that it talked about Alexa’s struggles with herself and others, and I enjoyed those parts a lot. It also went way more in-depth with the supporting characters and showed me different sides to them.

I would recommend DEFY and IGNITE to high fantasy fans and people who loved DEFY. Whether you want good juju or you’re simply looking for a great book, pick up a copy of IGNITE and join me in starting off 2015 right. :D 4 stars

pg count for the ebook: 304

Series: Defy #2

ARC Review: The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

the ghosts of heaven by marcus sedgwick

A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time. Merging Sedgwick’s gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession.

Description taken from Goodreads.

Cover: beautiful.

Story: beautiful.

Unfortunately, not everyone will truly appreciate this book. It’s intelligent and it’s crazy and it’s simple all at once. It’s about spirals and spirals and spirals and I had to read it twice to even try to begin to read it, much less understand it.

THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN is written across four stories, each one different but alike in similar values and ways. The last one was the most confusing for me. Somewhere, sometime, someone will probably write a review explaining the significance of every single story perfectly and accurately and truly display everything that is this book, but all I can really say is that all of these stories are WEIRD.

Since the blurb for this story isn’t really clear, and the cover doesn’t really display what this is all about, it’s mainly a story about ghosts and the paranormal.

I wouldn’t say that this book is beautiful in the traditional sense. It’s beautiful in it’s complexity. The first story is beautiful in the simpleness of it all, and it’s my favorite out of the four. I have to say I didn’t appreciate this book as much as I could have or as much as someone smarter than me might, simply because I didn’t understand a lot of it. The writing was strange, but in an interesting way most of the time.

Honestly, there weren’t very many things wrong with this book. The only issue was that this book takes so much to get used to. What’s amazing is that you can read all four stories in any order you want, meaning that you can read them in 2-3-4-5 order or 1-3-2-4 order or 4-1-2-3 order and it will still make sense (though I wouldn’t end with story 2 because I hated that one).

Overall, I would only recommend this book to fans of Marcus Sedgwick, poetry, figurative language or stories that don’t make sense the first time. I don’t think that teens will love it, especially since it’s insanely difficult to understand. I don’t mean that in an offensive way, I’m only saying that this story is deep in ways that are not necessarily interesting or popular a lot of the time, so I personally would not recommend it. It’s more like ravings and rants and random creativity combined with shots of brilliance and darkness and confusion than an actual plotted story. For people who enjoy this type of prose and poetry almost that isn’t John Green, I would recommend E. Lockhart’s books (like We Were Liars).

THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN is insanely deep and weird, and some people will love it and a lot of people will hate it, but I really liked it. Hopefully, the more time goes on, I’ll learn to like it more as I read it again.  4 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 336

Review: Defiance by C.J. Redwine

defiance by c.j. redwine

Defiance by C. J. Redwine is rich postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce.

While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Description taken from Goodreads.

I don’t understand the appeal to this book all that much.

I mean–I understand the appeal in the sense that the blurb is attractive and the characters seem pretty awesome in the beginning and hey, Tamora Pierce and GRACELING? I could go for that. I would love to read GRACELING for the first time again.

But this book is not it, and I do not understand the glowing reviews for this book and this story.

Sure, I can understand the characters. Both Rachel and Logan start off well. Logan prevailed in my mind. He was stupid but he was endearing. Rachel… not so much.

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Explanation? First example starts unfolding not fifty pages into the book.

  • p. 30. Rachel’s point of view (POV). After Logan becomes her Protector and she moves into his house, she confronts him about finding a way over the Wall and going after her dad. Unbeknownst to both of them, they both have plans to individually go after Rachel’s dad even though Logan pointed out all the dangers to the both of them (and especially her) going. One little snippet I should point out here: Three days after moving into Logan’s house, I found his magnetic handgrips, perfect for sliding safely down the bulky steel ribs along the Wall. 
    • Also on this page, going onto page 31. It’s been thirteen years since a woman dared walk through Lower Market without her Protector. She paid for her actions with her life. Flicking the hood of my cloak over my head, I make sure it hides every strand of the red hair that makes me so easily recognizable. I don’t like the idea of risking my life by going into the Lower Market alone… but she does it anyway. No big deal. Everyone can see she doesn’t have her Protector, but of course no one says anything and the police don’t notice.
  • p. 32. I have no intention of allowing them to catch me. Nobody ever intends to get hit by cars or slam into someone coming around a corner. Thieves typically do not intend to get caught stealing. Intention means nothing here.
  • p. 43. Rachel tricks a man into escorting her to her father’s friend Oliver’s house, not noticing that the Commander’s personal Brute Squad is making the rounds and failing to mention that she is Rachel Adams, who could get that innocent man killed.
  • p. 46. “What am I supposed to tell Logan if I let you put yourself in danger?” Oliver asks, still moving towards me, though we both know he can’t catch up. 

That I’m sorry? That I no longer meant any of the things I’d said two years ago? That he brought this on both of us by not listening to me and helping me search for Dad? I square my shoulders, flick my hood over my hair again, and pat the sheath strapped to my waist. 

“Tell him he’s too late,” I say, stepping our of Oliver’s tent and into the shadow of the Wall. 

  • By doing this, she’s completely throwing away Oliver and Logan and hoping that the Commander won’t pay attention to them because she just magically slips away.
  • p. 50. Logan’s POV. I’d rather not a match for the Brute Squad either, but I’m not about to fail her. What wouldn’t Logan do for Rachel? There has to be something, but he’s evidently not going to say it. Of course, the first guard spots her at page 51, showing how incompetent and how incredibly blinded by grief she is. If I can see her, so can the guard above me. In seconds, I hear the soft whoosh of a body plummeting to the ground and brace myself. He lands slightly to the right of me, all of his attention on Rachel. 
  • p. 52. Worst Case Scenario 3: Commander Chase discovers her act of treason, tries to punish her for it, and I draw my weapon against the man who rules all of Baalboden with an iron first of terror. This is sweet and all, but then you both get tortured and killed and you have to give up the information that you have about Rachel’s father, achieving nothing and getting punished for treason.
  • p. 55. One wrong move, and I’ll never be heard from again. Which means I can’t make a mistake. My hands shake as I rehearse my plan. Run out the doorway. Grab the edge of the Wall. Vault over. Slam my hands against the steel ribbing as I fall. Slide down and escape into the vast, treacherous darkness of the Wasteland with nothing but my wits and my knife. It can work. It has to work. I take a deep breath and spring out the door. I haven’t gone more than three yards before I slam into a hard, unyielding obstacle. Strong fingers reach out to grab my arms, and I look up. Commander Chase.
  • p. 58. “It isn’t foolish. I know what I’m doing. My father saw to that.” Way to go, Rachel. You were determined not to give up any secrets and now you willingly told them your father trained you to fight.
  • p. 59. More guards enter the room, pushing another man in front of them. Logan. The same Logan who, the last time we saw him, was determined to kill the Commander if he hurt Rachel. And he got caught.
  • p. 60 – 65. Rachel and Logan give up all their secrets in an effort to get permission to track and bring back Rachel’s dad.
  • **segment left out due to spoilers**
  • p. 71 – 72. “Don’t be an idiot.” She sounds like she’s gritting her teeth. “I didn’t know the Commander had his guards following us.” 

Wowwwww. So you expect to know if the Commander is having you followed?

“Of course you didn’t. Because you’re so wrapped up in missing Jared, you refuse to look at anything else.” I regret the words as soon as I say them. 

No, Logan, you should not regret those words.

  • p. 76. Logan almost kisses Rachel. Logan, the boy that swears he has no feelings for her. Rachel, who says that her feelings have all disappeared. Great.

There were so many things wrong with this book for me. World-building was extremely poor and ^ characters were unlikable ^. The dramatic, tears-and-sobs romance completely takes over this story, despite the fact that the book is supposed to start out with Rachel hating Logan and Logan in no way wanting a romance with Rachel.

As for good things, there were a few. I liked the writing style of this story, and I do believe that people could come to like it. Honestly though, I think there are much better paranormals as well as high fantasies that would be better options than this book. While DEFIANCE had lots of great elements, I couldn’t bring myself to love it. Instead, I would recommend books such as Black City by Elizabeth Richards (for paranormal fans), Defy by Sara B. Larson (for high fantasy fans) or Graceling by Kristin Cashore (for high fantasy fans). 1 star.

pg count for the hardback: 403

Review: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

the fifth wave by rick yancey

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Description taken from Goodreads.

Great premise.

Wow, this book is pretty long.

^ My first two reactions to this book ^

Great premise.

Wow, that book was pretty long.

^ My last two reactions to this book. ^

THE 5TH WAVE starts out well, if a little slowly. There’s so much to be said about the ideas, the characters, the way that the story is told–but I don’t believe that THE 5TH WAVE is mainstream. When this book is made into a movie, I think this could be incredibly popular. Until then, it will remain adored/completely-not-adored by book lovers and the occasional curious reader everywhere books are held.

That’s not to say that THE 5TH WAVE isn’t good. It’s actually spectacularly written, and after you get into it, it’s a rollercoaster of a ride. Yancey writes in such a way that I can’t help but care about each and every single one of the characters, even the villains. He brings up strong points and evidence to support his dystopian world and moves the plot in a way that is realistic and well thought through.

There were great twists and turns in this story, and overall I felt like it was really well done. The aliens actually act like humans, the way they’re portrayed in the blurb, and the humans actually feel danger and use their heads. The characters have priorities, and THE 5TH WAVE is extremely well-rounded. It ended in a way that left me wanting the next book RIGHT THERE, but alas–it has to get to the library.

My major complaint about this story, and another thing I think will be fixed in the making of the movie, is that the POV shifts. I believe that there are major players in this book whose perspectives needed to be told for the book to be written the way it is, but there are some perspectives where I’m not exactly sure why Yancey would switch it. I didn’t even realize what was happening until about two or three shifts into the POV.

All in all, if they do it correctly (PLEASE let them do it correctly), I think that THE 5th WAVE movie will be a lot of fun to watch–but the book definitely will not be for everyone. I would recommend it for people who are okay with slow pacing but a great story and plot.

pg count for the hardback: 480

Series: The Fifth Wave

Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

the madman's daughter by megan shepherd

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

Description taken from Goodreads.

People told me this book was disturbing. They didn’t tell me how disturbing.

There’s a quote from Paula Stokes that goes, “When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn that they betrayed you.” That is exactly the feeling I get when I read this book. I can’t even begin to explain the madness that is this story and the goodness in the evil of the characters, especially in the villains. Shepherd created this story with some pretty amazing and complex characters, and that is just the first of the things she should be commended for.

One of the biggest conflicts in this story is the self-conflict that Juliet feels as well as the conflict she feels with the people around her. This book has a fairly small cast (bordering on medium) that Juliet is constantly questioning at one point or another. That makes it sound like a bad thing, but I didn’t think it was. None of the characters of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER, including Juliet, are goody-goodies who are completely for or completely against what Dr. Moreau and Juliet started.

All of the characters in THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER are strong in one way or another. (Speaking of characters, I would’ve loved to see more of Lucy and Adam). Juliet is bold and brave, a very strong heroine without having to prove anything about herself–refreshing after books that point out time and time again how the heroine doesn’t need anyone and is strong all on her own. She’s not someone who is really cute in any sense. She’s not busy focusing on herself, but more of others, in her own way. She has her own insecurities as well as strengths. And she’s got a brain, by the way, and she uses it. It’s not one she just talks about. Like I said, refreshing.

I won’t say I was entirely okay with Montgomery or Juliet’s father or even Edward. They all have their own flaws, just like Juliet does. Montgomery is trapped in this eternal cycle of worshipping Juliet’s father while still knowing at heart that what he’s doing is wrong. Juliet’s father is delusional and utterly insane, but he’s still Juliet’s father. Edward… I don’t even know where to begin with Edward. For most of the story, I was set against him, but Shepherd completely messed that up too (in the last 50 pages of the book, no less). I was just as confused as Juliet about each of these characters, which I’ll say was a pretty impressive move. I hated some of Juliet’s reactions to how the people around her acted, but I could understand her at the same time.

There are lots of questions about morality, abnormality, madness, and how far is too far to go under the pretenses of science. Shepherd addresses all of these taboo topics skillfully, in a way that the reader can see just how multi-dimensional these ideas are. It’s not hard to understand the different dissection parts and there’s not a lot of vocabulary to learn over the course of the story.

For those of you who are wondering which book the quote is from, that’s from her upcoming book (that I read and think is fantastic) Liars, Inc. Add it to your TBR! 

Let’s talk characters. Juliet. Edward. Cymbeline. I can blame school Shakespeare studies for my recognition of these names. The very first thing I think of when I hear the name Juliet is Romeo & Juliet, a story that I think is massively overrated–but that’s for another time.

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As soon as I saw the groupings of names, I figured something was up. I can understand slipping in a few references, but there was way too many characters for it to be just a simple admiration of Shakespeare.

This book and the gruesome secrets behind what Dr. Moreau has done–closer to the main characters of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER than I ever thought in the beginning–were something I never saw coming. Fans of THE MONSTUMOLOGIST by Rick Yancey or anyone who thinks Virals by Kathy Reichs meets the “pursuit of science” would be interesting to see, this book is for you. I would strongly caution animal lovers or animal (even human) rights activists against reading this book.

THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER…. I really would not agree with everything that is in this book. I don’t mean that I disliked parts of it (I actually did dislike the romance. All of it.) but what I mean to say is that there are so many controversial topics in this book that it’s hard for me to have a strong opinion. One thing I can say–I do believe this book is one of those truly fearless books. I do think it’s very well-written. There’s amazing descriptions and prose. The horror is horrifying without being too scary. The topics are covered in a way that doesn’t cover up anything, but instead shows all the complexity to these issues.

All in all, I would recommend this book. 9 out of 10 times, I most likely would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 15/16. Of course, there are exceptions to that–but this book is graphic at times and kind of creepy at others. For the right person, this book is brilliant in many aspects. I totally did not expect the ending and I can’t wait for the next book. 4.3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 420