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Book Review #34: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

“When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family’s California vineyard estate. Here, she’s meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she’s meant to do a lot of things. But it’s hard. She’s bored. And when Sadie’s bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate’s a poor boy living a rich town with a widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That’s why Emerson’s not happy Sadie’s back. An old childhood friend, she know his worst secrets. The thing he longs to forget. The things she won’t ever let him.

Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That’s what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past.

But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it’s all of theirs.”

Delicate Monsters is a book every teen should read. Raw and gritty, this tome packs a huge punch for its tiny size. Sadie, Emerson, and Miles are all unique in their own flawed way and make this story what it is. You don’t necessarily feel sorry for some of them, but you don’t feel triumphant at their pitfalls either. Every twist and turn you are more invested in this story. 

There isn’t really much more to say; this novel is great in its own right and you should stop reading this and go read this book.

Star_Rating_four and a half stars

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Book Review #16: Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

“Blink, man, what were you thinking? Sneaking into the hotel for a hot breakfast-hot scraps of someone else’s breakfast, really. Couldn’t you just feel that it was a wrong place/wrong time scenario? Even before you heard the banging and saw those dudes in suits jet it out of room 1616? Now you’re not only a witness to a crime: you’re linked to it, thanks to the smartphone you were stupid enough to jack from the room.

And then there’s Caution. As in ‘Caution: Contents under pressure.’ She’s also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. The last thing she needs right now is some skinny-ass street punk spouting crazy conspiracy theories, but something about Blink tugs at her heart-a heart she thought deserved not to feel.

Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel follows two compelling characters as they forge a fated, tender partnership.”

To be honest here, I seriously could not put this book down unless there was something I had to do. The beginning although, it caught me off guard because the character’s vernacular was difficult to read at first and gave me a headache to read between the lines.

You get used to Blink’s and Caution’s mixed up style of thoughts after a while and you feel as if your following real teenagers who have spent more than a year not knowing where their next meal is coming from. Wynne-Jones captured their teenage thoughts perfectly and slipped in a few flashbacks to fill in some missing pieces to each character’s development.

This novel was an amazing and suspenseful read, and made it even better that it was set in Canada and written by a Canadian author. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book, always anxious to turn the next page and to find out what becomes of the hijinks the characters get themselves mixed up in.

The use of second person for Blink’s chapters was also interesting, I guess it made you more invested in his character. In Caution’s chapters, it seemed she was mostly referred to as “She”, could it represent the loss of her identity? Maybe.

There were a few loose threads not tied up at the end (did Blink’s mother finally break it off with his abusive Stepdaddy? Did Blink ever find his father, Ginger again?), but the happy ending was enjoyable.

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Book Review #2: Masked by Norah McClintock

This book is about the suspenseful tale of a robbery in a convenience store. All of the novels I’ve seen by Norah are crime fiction and I’ve read almost all of them I could find. This novel was by far the most suspenseful of the novels I have read by her. Another plus is that she is Canadian, so that’s another reason for showing my pride or maybe I am just bias.

I’m not going to give too much away, like previous posts of mine, but the robbery gets personal for the characters involved, Rosie, Daniel and Corey. Even at a little over a hundred pages this book is good for nice short read and satisfies your need for suspense. The showing of the different perspectives of each character is spot on. It definitely keeps you reading so you can devour it in one sitting.

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