Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Start date: October 14, 2017
Finish date: October 18, 2017
(Warning: This review may contain some spoilers)
I was expecting Adam Silvera’s latest novel to give me all the feels like History is All You Left Me did, but I found myself speed reading through portions of this dialogue heavy story to get to the end instead. It wasn’t that it was horribly written or didn’t cover a heavy topic well enough; it was more so I was bored and I wanted to know how they both die at the end.
Let’s just say it wasn’t all bad, but it also wasn’t all good.
I wanted to be gutted by the end of the story, and I wanted to care deeply enough for these characters that I dread their untimely demise; however, I was more so excited and waiting for their deaths to happen.
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Title: The Marriage Pact
Author: Michelle Richmond
Start date: July 9, 2017
Finish date: July 12, 2017
Note: I won a copy of The Marriage Pact from a Goodreads giveaway.
✧ ✧ ✧/ 5
What a wild ride. I quite enjoyed this one up until the tragically plotted ending. There were many good things about The Marriage Pact though, so let’s focus on that first.
In Michelle Richmond’s new psychological suspense, we meet newlyweds Jake and Alice who are offered to join a mysterious and exclusive group. The only catch? They must follow the rules of The Pact or face the consequences. Much like their fresh marriage it’s all very new and exciting, however the enthralment can only last so long until the oddities of the secretive organization become more apparent.
I was on board with this story the minute I started it. I loved how quickly I was sucked in, and how invested I became in Jake and Alice’s relationship. I believed them as the picture perfect couple who were made for each other, and who made one another so damn happy it would make others puke. This opinion wouldn’t last long as the story continues and that’s perfectly okay because it is what Richmond wants you to feel. It was an actual roller coaster ride of emotions and backtrack of initial thoughts.
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Title: Fierce Kingdom
Author: Gin Phillips
Start date: July 4, 2017
Finish date: July 8, 2017
Note: I won a copy of Fierce Kingdom from a Goodreads giveaway.
✧ ✧ / 5
What an interesting concept that ultimately fell flat not even halfway through. There could have been so much more to the story, but I was left yawning and disappointed.
Fierce Kingdom is about “the unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.” A mother and son find themselves trapped in a near empty zoo with a couple of trigger happy gunmen. The only thing is we rarely encounter these gunmen and much of the action occurs near the end. If you’re looking for a “thrill ride,” this is not the book. Instead, it really is about the relationship between mother and son and that in itself was written wonderfully.
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