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NetGalley Review: As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka

Skyscape Published Aug. 14, 2014 274 Pages
Published Aug. 14, 2014
274 Pages

Lumikki Andersson is 17-years-old living on her own away from her parent’s hometown, leaving the past and all its demons behind. As senior in high school, all she wants to do is keep a low profile, graduate and leave.

But when she walks into a dark room and finds thousands of Euros stained with blood, she gets involved in a game she should have walked away from. Dirty cops, drug dealers and murder, Lumikki sees her composed world slipping away as she is faced to deal with not only current events but her past as well.

To say that this book didn’t peak my interest would be completely misleading. But to say that this was an amazing read is misleading as well.

Lumikki doesn’t want anything to do with anybody which tells me that her past is completely screwed up. She is a tough girl that knows so much about staying low key and out of sight that I was expecting such an amazing twist on her story. But nothing really came. Yes, it is explained why the way she is but it doesn’t explain why she’s the way she is.

Lumikki’s story is extremely lacking because it doesn’t explain her complications because trust me this girl is very complicated and I actually feel that she enjoys this complication. She does because there is truly no reason for her to be involved in this deadly game she has many opportunities to get out of it but kept going and going. Maybe she was bored or maybe she wanted to be the hero but whatever the case she wasn’t part of this until she made herself part of it.

The author added things in this book that seemed completely irrelevant. For instance, Lumikki’s “relationship” seemed forced . . . rephrased was forced since Lumikki barely had emotion to enjoy some ice cream.

Overall, the story was told pretty well. Character issues was the biggest flaw but it wasn’t a horrible story. The down time was really slack and apparently big time drug dealers aren’t as smart as they seem to be.

2 Pickles for an okay read. Hoping book two will be better.

NetGalley Review: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers

Bloomsbury USA Childrens To Be Published Feb. 10, 2015 400 Pages
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
To Be Published Feb. 10, 2015
400 Pages

Due to her father’s decision to step out on his marriage, Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere family. At 17 years old, Avery is looking for a way out of the family that has treated her like crap and a way to the truth about her deceased mother.

But what is blocking her way is a competition, created by her Grandmother, that has all the VanDemere heirs fighting against each other to become the owner of her estate.

Desperate to win, Avery must team with Riley, the son of Grandmother’s lawyer.

Traveling to three continents, more than money is at stake. 

Avery is an interesting girl. Do I hate her? Do I love her? Nope, I’m pretty much indifferent when it comes to her. However, oddly enough that didn’t stop me from enjoying this story.

Avery has a great amount of determination; however, she is very one track minded. All she sees is what she wants and what she needs to do . . . there is very little room for change. This bothered me slightly. But Avery was full of life, but she wasn’t really interesting.

The plot, the details, the descriptions and the horrible family members made this book very exciting.  The pace was wonderful until the middle of the book. It as if you can see the wall in the middle of the sentence that makes the book drag on. The most frustrating thing ever because it takes way tooooooo long to pick up again. It felt as if the author was stretching as if she said “well damn, I said seven but I really wanted five . . .  so now I have to push out seven.”

But I had to finish; the puzzles of the competition was what kept the book going for me. There wasn’t much mystery after I found out the truth about her mother.  There was a lot of details and a lot of shocking information that followed all of this but it didn’t add nor did it take away from the story.

I have give the author credit though, because she kept the illusion that something was still missing in the overall plot that I needed to sit and wait for.

Overall, this was a good read (sat all day reading) but it needed a bit more excitement or it needed to be shorter for it to be great.

3 Pickles


Book Review: The Turning by Francine Prose

Woe is me. . . .

Jack has to get a summer job to pay for college. So his girlfriend’s father gets him a babysitting job on a “haunted” island for the summer. Although he doesn’t want to go, his Dad is unable to pay for the college of his dreams. So Jack goes to this island and on his way there he hears stories about the tragedies that happen on the island and is spooked out but not spooked enough to change his mind (of course).

With no cable, internet or cell phone services, Jack is in this house for 2 months with creepy kids and a housekeeper who really thinks the kids are perfect.

The only good part of this book that I can state is it keep a consistent pace. The building of the story was great and it kept my attention but that wasn’t enough to make this book great or even a recommendation.

Here is the bad:

The book is written in letters. Terrible idea. It made the story boring for the most part ( I know contradiction from what I said earlier but no). It didn’t prove enough life for the story and it was mostly the thoughts of Jack, his father and girlfriend. It was a bad choice in format.

The characters lacked everything. If the main focus was the children they lacked the scare factor. There was nothing creepy about them and even when everything “explodes” they were still just children that bore me to death. Jack was too willing to believe in the bumps in the night. There was no fight from him.  There was no fight from anyone. The housekeeper knew things were odd but she played ignorant. Granted there was no reason for her to assume otherwise but gosh she was a boring character.

No one held any secrets; the tragedies really didn’t relate to each other. The kids were being haunted by former employees but can you really call it being haunted when it really didn’t bother them?

The ending was horrible. It was as if the author didn’t know how the end so she put Jack in an asylum still writing letters. There was no thrill there was no horror. It was such a waste of time reading this book with this ending. I am actually upset about it.

Overall the book gets a 4 out of 10. *Kayne Shrug*

Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles