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NetGalley Review: As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka

Skyscape Published Aug. 14, 2014 274 Pages
Skyscape
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.

Book Review: Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Some books you completely misjudge . . . this is one of them.

    Reagan Arthur Books     Published May 1, 2012              290 Pages
Reagan Arthur Books
Published May 1, 2012
290 Pages

Addy Hanlon is Beth Cassidy’s best friend. Beth is the Queen that not only rules the cheerleading squad but also everyone in the school. Addy follows anything and everything Beth says no matter what it is. However, when they meet their new cheerleading coach Colette French things become very murky for their friendship.

When I began reading this book I thought it was about a coach getting too close to its students and inappropriate things begin to happen (i.e. sex). I was only partially right. Coach does get close to these girls but she gets closer to Addy, who has been deemed her favorite. Beth does not like this. She does not like Coach and how she is changing her ways and the control over the girls. Beth has it out for the Coach and will do anything to ruin her life. Addy is just the fairly innocent bystander watching from both points of views.

When a sucide happens close to the girls heart, all hell breaks loose and friendships are tested.

This book is not for the lighthearted. These teenage girls are sexually active and the author doesn’t shy away from that. These are girls who are scared of Beth, who are scared that she will not only ruin their popularity but will ruin their lives. It’s pretty intense how Beth controls them. Her word game is really sick.

I loved the characters. Beth was the perfect you love to hate character and honestly I am glad the author didn’t go into her backstory. She was an evil girl no reason why. Addy I thought needed to grow a pair when it came to Beth even at the end she doesn’t really stand for herself against Beth. She does become a strong person I believe and takes on her own but that is when Beth is gone.

The story focus on relationships is intense. Things are truly nothing nothing nothing like it seems. Although I was a bit bored in the beginning, the way the author writes the book she leaves you hanging with each chapter. I needed to know more and with each chapter that only grew.

Overall, this book gets 10 out of 10. If you feel uneasy reading about teens having sex or being evil for that matter then you really should not read this book.

 

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

 

Book Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl enters Mica High with a burst of color and dance. She’s different; nothing like anyone in the entire school.Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli First with name like “Stargirl” and then playing the ukulele during lunch; at first the school is in love with her and then they are not. This is hard for Leo, who has fallen for Stargirl. Leo cannot handle the school shunning him as well as Stargirl, so he tries to make her normal.

What I love about this book is the fact that this girl lived her life on her terms. She was 16 and she didn’t feel obliged to follow the normal of society. She wasn’t trying to fit in only simply be her. She was the definition of not caring what people thought about her . . . that is until she fell for Leo.

He pissed me off. He cared more about what everyone thought than he cared about Stargirl. Granted this is high school and friends or associates are very important but at the end of the book when he went to college, he was still thinking of her and it made no mention of him having a family or even a girlfriend.

Spinelli did a wonderful job of describing how someone different can be bullied or how important image is to some people.

This book gets a perfect score. I was hoping for a happy ending with Leo and Stargirl but Leo was such a disappointment and it broke my heart. “Stargirl” was a quick read but full of so much emotions that it was perfect.

Book Review: Chopsticks

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

amazon.com
amazon.com

 

This book was a pleasant surprise. The book begins by the audience knowing that Glory, a piano prodigy, now teenager has disappeared.  The books show the events that happened before she disappeared. The most important event is when Frank moves next door. By this time Glory is nearing a meltdown . . . and that pretty much happen.

Without going too detailed into the book, what you should know about this book is it is told through photos, letters, postcards and instant messages. What was great was the random playlists that were in the book.

The authors seemed to have a real connection to the character because there was more than the regular teenage desperation to be together. It wasn’t just a  broken home, messed up friends. It seemed real and really believable. The ending caught me by surprised. Just how everything played it made it a good read.

I give this book a 8 out of 10. I would read it again.