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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Dutton Books for Young Readers
Published Sept. 26, 2017

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.- Goodreads

This was sitting in my tbr pile since its release, so with goal in mind to knock out as much as my tbr list before the new year, I started with this one.

Hands down one of the most entertaining books, I have read in these past few months. Firstly, from the beginning to the end, all I kept getting was that 90s horror vibe. It was so nostalgic it really made me excited throughout the entire book. If Perkins wasn’t able to incorporate this into the novel, I don’t think it would have been as good.

I say that because nothing in me liked Makani. She was boring, she was a liar and just not really like-able even before you know her dark secret. It was frustrating when she spoke or even when you heard her thoughts because although she has a kind of sort tragic backstory, she whinny. I wanted some form of strength from her; something strong with some personality but nothing.

Beyond, Makani, I loved the plot. Perkins was able to hide her intentions with who done it, without stating the obvious or even connecting the obvious. The story was dramatic and although the gore could have been upped a notch, it provided exactly what you needed for the story. I know that I mentioned that this book is a who done it, but it is less mystery and more let’s try not to get killed.

My biggest issue (not Makani) was but more so the ending. When everything comes out, I feel that Perkins didn’t have any other surprises left in her and it felt dull. Although she is able to keep up the pace, my excitement and the thrill was dwindling.

Overall, for my first Perkins book, I was impressed. I enjoyed the read and would recommend it.

3 Pickles

Impatiently Waiting For: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Dutton Books for Young Readers
TBP: March 6th 2018
304 Pages

A stunning debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

Joy McCullough’s bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCullough weaves Artemisia’s heartbreaking story with the stories of the ancient heroines, Susanna and Judith, who become not only the subjects of two of Artemisia’s most famous paintings but sources of strength as she battles to paint a woman’s timeless truth in the face of unspeakable and all-too-familiar violence.

I will show you
what a woman can do- Goodreads