Review: Sawkill Girls

Sawkill Girls

I have been struggling to write my review because I enjoyed this book so much. It was dark, disturbing, haunting, and nightmare fuel. All of these are a bonus for me.

The island of Sawkill Rock has seen its share of evil. People from outside of Sawkill Rock would never know of what goes on in this town but it is not pleasant. For generations and generations, girls from the town go missing. I don’t mean they disappear for a wild weekend, oh no. They go missing and are never seen or heard from again. POOF. Gone. No clothing, no shoes, no nail scratches on trees, no blood, nothing, nada. It was as if they never existed to begin with. These cases could not be solved. How could they? There was nothing to go on.

This story revolves around four girls: Marion – new girl to Sawkill Rock; Charlotte – Marion’s sister; Zoey – lost her best friend the year before but is desperate to find her; and Val – a Sawkill Rock lifer who is beautiful and knows it by using it to her advantage. These four girls seem to have nothing in common but that is what makes the story that much more grand. They will have more in common and become important to each other in ways they never would have dreamed of.

Now I would love to dive into the nitty-gritty of the plot of the story, but I cannot without giving away way too much. I’m not here to ruin anything for you, I care about you too much! ❤ Try to think of the most dark and twisted story you can think of with delicious turns you could never see coming and you’ll come close to the memorizing tale LeGrand wove. I never thought I would enjoy a horror story but this novel changed my mind.

LeGrand is an absolute master of her craft. This author can write – I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. She wove a tale that had me on the edge of my seat. She not only gave us a horror tale, she gave us wonderfully diverse characters. If you have been on the fence about this one, I’m here to push you over the edge. This was a bold, bone chilling, hair raising story that has stayed with me long after finishing the book. I want everyone to read it and then come back to fangirl with me.

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Books Left Unread #150

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

This sounds like it should be right up my alley since it’s a retelling but I haven’t picked it up yet. Have you read it?

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Review: Anger Is A Gift

Anger Is a Gift

 

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started this one but had a feeling it was one I needed to read. I’m not entirely disappointed in what I read but it was just not what I was hoping for. I felt it was lacking something. I know that sounds terrible as this can (and probably is) seen as an important book. However, for me as a reader it wasn’t everything I was hoping for.

While this book does have an incredibly diverse cast of characters (gay characters, bisexual/biromantic characters, trans characters, non-binary characters, and more!) I felt there may have been just too many characters. This story follows so many of them around that their voices began to sound the same. It was difficult for me to keep them straight. Their individual story lines were blurred and I quickly lost track of who was talking and what their story was. 

The other thing that lead towards my struggles with this story was the fact it was a really long book. I know, I know. I’m the type of reader that will finish off an 800+ page book and love it but this was not one of those times. As noted above about the size of the cast of characters, this book went on much longer than it needed to be. With confusing details and under-developed individual story lines this book seemed to go on longer than it should have. It often felt far too wordy for what the author was trying to say and the point he was trying to make. 

There was strong content matter so this book was not a light read. There were moments where it felt emotionally unnerving and difficult to continue with the story. That’s the sign of a great story teller! Be warned, it does described in detail graphic violence against both teens and adults. It felt unsettling because events like that happen every day in real life and having that realization gave me pause. I guess most of the time I don’t want to think about those things happening simply because they can be overwhelming. However, for those very reasons I applaud the author for including them because people need to be aware.

In the end I really liked the overall story but it was the lack of individual character voices/stories that bothered me. If either the number of characters were reduced or individual stories better developed, this would have been a home run for me. I do hope you will give this a go if you have not already.

Books Left Unread #149

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims

Please Don't Tell

 

This cover is stunning! I am so attracted to it but apparently not enough to read it. Have you read this?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

 

 

From Goodreads:

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of “human.”

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton’s Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance.

 

 

I need a copy of this NOW.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Lowest Rated Books I’ve Read In 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Y’all, I have been struggling with the recent TTT topics and this week is no exception. I’m not feeling today’s topic of “Platonic Ships” so I am going to make up my own:

Lowest Rated Books I’ve Read In 2018

 

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over

 

 

Layover

Layover

 

 

These Rebel Waves

These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1)

 

 

One Small Thing

One Small Thing

 

 

A Heart In A Body In The World

A Heart in a Body in the World

 

 

The Traitor’s Kiss

The Traitor's Kiss (The Traitor's Circle, #1)

 

 

A Blade So Black

A Blade So Black

 

 

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)

 

 

Don’t You Cry

Don't You Cry

 

 

Everlife

Everlife (Everlife, #3)

 

 

I could keep going with this particular topic as there were several books I gave low ratings to this year. I was quick to DNF if I wasn’t feeling a book and even quicker to give a 1 or 2 star rating because I promised to be honest with how I felt about a book/story. Do you have any books you gave low ratings to? Are some of them on my list?

 

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Books Left Unread #148

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Starters by Lissa Price

Starters (Starters, #1)

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Price at the RT Convention when it came through Dallas back in 2015. She is one of the most gracious authors I have met! However, I cannot figure out why I haven’t read this one yet. 😦 Have you read it?

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