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There’s Someone Inside Your House Review

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Published: September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

This book has been on my TBR shelf since I found out about it last October. I saw it at Half Priced Books the other day and bought it on a whim and two days later I finished the book. Perkins definitely knows how to write a quick read! I also couldn’t put the book down, because I wanted to find out who the killer was (I loved that it was completely surprising when the reveal finally happened!).

He couldn’t be dead, because he was still so alive in her mind

This book reminded me a lot of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, probably because I just read it a few months ago and the two main characters had an incident in their past that they are hiding from their new friends and life. The only difference is in the reveal of said tragedy, and how it affected their current relationships.

I guess you never really know what’s going on inside someone else’s head.

I was a little confused in the beginning, so much so that I had to go back and read the summary. I was wondering why we were spending the first chapter getting to know this girl, but then it is revealed quickly that she is the first victim. I think I definitely enjoyed the murder scenes a lot more, because then it seemed as if the plot would start to move again. Almost like “oh yeah, there is a murder loose. Let’s go back to trying to figure out who it is.” I understand that the author normally writes romances, and this book has plenty of teenage angst all throughout. There is constant back and forth between Makani and Ollie on whether or not they like each other or not or whether their past will keep them from being together. ::insert eye roll here:: I picked this book up for the horror aspect of it! Which the author did not disappoint the further we went on in the book.

They didn’t talk much, but their silence was companionable

Some aspects that I really enjoyed about this book:

(1) The diversity of characters. I liked that even though this was a small town in the middle of nowhere, there was still some diversity. The main character is half black and Hawaiian for starters. There is even a transgender, that isn’t treated like a total pariah.

(2) The murders. Like I mentioned above, they really helped get the plot moving after another victim was found. While they weren’t exactly on the horror scale of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, they still held up pretty well. They were definitely out of the box and very bloody.

His declaration pierced through the muscle of her heart like a skillfully thrown knife.
It was the kind of pain that made her feel alive.

One major flaw that I did not like about this was the motive behind all of these murders. I mean once the killer was finally revealed, it totally makes sense as to why that person would become a serial killer. But, the main reason as to why the killer went on a rampage in the first place? kadsjfalskj <– that’s how I felt about it when I found out.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Yes, there was some flaws but it was a nice quick read. I would categorize this as a mini fluffy romance with a serial killer thrown in for some fun (definitely the best parts of the book). As someone who doesn’t like horror all that much, this wasn’t that bad and I would read more books like it.

Posted in NetGalley, Young Adult

Lost in Wonderland Review

Lost in Wonderland (The Twisted and the Brave #1) by Nicky Peacocklostinwonderland

Published: April 14th 2016 by Evernight Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This arc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary:

Monsters, serial killers, and imaginary friends—being a Wonderlander can be murder…

Once upon a time, Kayla was lost. Then she found Wonderland, but not the one you know. Run by ex-government agents and funded by an eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire, this Wonderland is the name of a collective of highly trained vigilantes who hunt serial killers. Now Kayla, aka Mouse, works tirelessly alongside her fellow Wonderlanders, Rabbit and Cheshire, baiting dangerous murderers. But even her extensive training hasn’t prepared her for the return of her older brother…

Shilo has spent most of his life in an insane asylum, convinced his mother was abducted by a sinister Alaskan monster who lures the lost away to feast upon their flesh. And now he’s certain that his sister is in the same monster’s crosshairs. But if Shilo is going to save what’s left of his family, he’ll have to convince his sister that maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little mad.

“You used to be much more…muchier. You’ve neglected your muchness, Mouse”

For a book that is only 124 pages, it sure did contain a lot of information and action. Instead of being in the world of Wonderland, it is set in the United States and Wonderland is their organization to help the families who have lost loved ones. This is definitely the most interesting Alice in Wonderland retelling that I have read this year alone. Which is saying something since this seems to be the year for retelling Lewis Carroll’s book.

Kayla, aka Mouse, is our main protagonist who has a constant fear of being lost. She had a very tough childhood that has made her a little bitter towards her brother and a normal way of life. So how does she deal with all of that? She becomes a Wonderland operative and baits serial killers into taking her so that she can end their lives. When her brother comes back to try to save her, she just gets angry at him and blames him for most of her problems.

“‘No rest for the wicked,’ Cheshire says with a grin.”

Throughout the entire book is references to the original Alice in Wonderland and it just helped the book become curiouser and curiouser. I thought it helped show that just about everyone is a little mad to be able to chase down serial killers and dispose of them. The only problem I saw in this book, was that it wasn’t longer. I wish the author dragged out finding the killer in the end. For an event that shaped Kayla and Shilo’s (her brother) life, it was over in one day. Kayla could have singled out the murderer after two days or at the very least gone into more than one store.

In the end though, Shilo still told Kayla that the real monster is still out there and Kayla just doesn’t believes him. So what does she do? Drops him off back at the insane asylum. It’s not until she is leaving and has an encounter of her own that she realizes her brother might not be as crazy as everyone thinks he is. Which sets the series up perfectly for the next installment.

“‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,” I say. “Oh, you can’t help that.  We’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad.'”

If you need a short fast read, I definitely suggest picking this book up! You won’t be disappointed in it.

Posted in NetGalley, Young Adult

The Assassin Game Review

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay27969100

Expected Publication: August 2, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

Goodreads Summary:

Who will be left after lights out?

At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?

Originally published in the United Kingdom by Chicken House in 2015 under title: Killer game.

I found this book for the most part to be really entertaining. Although, it did take awhile for the real “killings” to start, but after it did boy did the book really start to pick up speed. The first half of the book we get the backstory on the game, as well as a little bit about Cate and her friends. After Vaughan arrives, it seems as if Cate just drops her other two friends and the relationships don’t really evolve past that. If it helped the plot, then we saw Cate interact with them but other than that it was like they were acquaintances rather than best friends for the past two years.

Aside from the slow moving plot, in the beginning, I really enjoyed this book. I felt like Nancy Drew trying to solve the mystery before I was the next victim. Although, left to my own devices and following Cate’s judgement, I would not have been able to figure out who the Killer is in the game and the Killer in real life. After the revelation, it totally made sense and I couldn’t believe I didn’t see it sooner.

I liked how at the end, we got to see how Cate was handling the events a few months afterwards. It made her a more believable character that she didn’t just go riding off in the sunset with Vaughan. We saw that she was still affected by the real killer and was suffering from PTSD. I almost wish that this was a series, rather than a stand alone just so that the author could have gone into more detail about life on the island, and the game specifically.

This arc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.