Hey guys! Today I will be reviewing A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho.
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Hardcover page count: 368
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Fin and Betty have been the bestest of friends for countless of years. Even when fin moved away to New York, their friendship stayed alive and happy. Until Betty goes missing and her ex-boyfriend admits to drowning her. But no one believes his confession and the town thinks that she simply just ran away.
So, Fin decides to return once again to her old town of Williston and find out what exactly happened to her best friend. But with a town full of secrets, and people out to get her at every turn; would she ever be able to find out what happened to her best friend?
This book started out with a good start, you learn about Fin's relationship with Betty and how she reacted after her death. You also learn more about the town and some of it's inhabitants. When the story progresses, you tend to see how melodramatic Fin really is, and how she is really taking it to the next level. She doesn't think about different variations of what could have happened, and instead sticks with thinking Betty was horribly murdered by her ex.
Fin acts recklessly and stupidly in the novel; which i understand could be about grief, but after a certain point, gets kind of annoying. She also doesn't think of try to talk to various people who were closest to Betty about what might have happened; and instead sticks with people who only knew her in passing. Fin completely ignores asking Betty's ex (who's super mellowed out and not threatening at all) and talks only to people who passed by Betty in the halls. Why doesn't she just go in for the main guy?
The author also tries to make the book more dark by adding town drug dealers (Fin's crush) which the the main character doesn't really care about, creepy but powerful (as in a strong enemy) hippies, and heavy use of cigarettes and alcohol. All these aspects make the author seem like she's trying way to hard to make the town seem super dark and 'full of secrets', which already were accomplished with the kind-of corrupt governing system.
The whole book felt like the various themes were being pushed way to hard. The book is supposed to be a dark, noir-ish read that is supposed to haunt you, but many aspects seemed to phony, and unrealistic. The main character is supposed to be a smart, quiet girl, yet she smokes cigarettes, drinks tons of alcohol, slashes tires, and sets things on fire. I feel like things were just being pushed to hard, and the book could have been a lot better if not for these aggressive attempts at making the book dark.
If you like noir types of books, or are just looking for a new mystery read, this book might just be for you! While I might not have enjoyed various aspects of this book, the ending did wrap up many loose ends, and ended well. When the mystery is revealed, it's not quiet what you would expect, and might makes you think about what would drag someone to make this desision.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! Let me know what you would like me to read next, down in the comments below! Until next time,
Hey guys! Today I will be reviewing Rhiannon Thomas's newest novel, Long May She Reign!
Release Date: February 21st, 2017
Hardcover page count: 432
My rating: 4/5
Long May She Reign is the story of a girl named Freya who is twenty third in line to be queen, but is suddenly made queen after a deadly banquet where hundreds of people die, including the king, and all of those in line before her. So she's instantly elevated to the throne, and now has to fight death threats, people who think she killed them all, a council who doesn’t listen to what she says, and solve the mystery of who poisoned the entire court.
What I really liked about this book is how the author had this young female girl, get to be smart and powerful at the same time. She's science-y and loves to solve problems, and is so unlike many of the girls that you see in the court setting.
She also has to fight her council, to finally get them to listen to her, but because she's a young girl and they think she's easy to manipulate, to she has to prove herself to them.
The book takes a very feminist approach to many of the problems that females might have faced in the court setting back in the day, and let us follow the story of a girl who wants to defy the expectations of what a queen is. But, if you have read Mrs. Thomas's previous book A Wicked Thing, you might notice how similar these to books are.
I would recommend this book to lovers of medieval fiction, and are looking to a powerful feminist book to read.
Thanks for reading my review! Let me know what you think in the comments below, and tell me what you think I should review next. See you next time!
Original review posted on: http://teenreaderscouncil.blogspot.com/2017/02/review-long-may-she-reign.html
Hey guys! Today I will be reviewing A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro! This will be the next book in my retellings series. I hope that you guys enjoy this review.
Hardcover page count: 336
My rating: 5/5
A Study in Charlotte is a modern day retelling of Sherlock Holmes. The main characters are Charlotte Holmes and James Watson, the great, great, great grandchildren of the original Sherlock and Watson. Both Charlotte and James go to the same school, and while they usually aren’t friends, a sudden murder brings them together and inspire them to be much like the original Holmes and Watson, and solve it.
One of my favorite parts of this book is how it is filled with Sherlock references. And while it might be obvious that a Sherlock Holmes retelling would be full of those, this novel encompasses many subtle references, such as Sherlock’s drug problem, into the novel. And with the series of murders themed to resemble those of the original Sherlock books, what’s not to like?
Charlotte and James's relationship is also much like that of Sherlock and John’s, while it might sometimes get a bit messy, they will work it out in the end.
This novel is a great modern day embodiment of the original books, but also follows a new track, that is different than the books. It introduces romance to the story, which was the one thing that the original stories were lacking. And while some people might be weary about this addition to the story, it actually flows quite well with the overall story, and makes you love the story even more.
I am a big fan of the Sherlock TV show, and when I was reading this book and read the word ‘Moriarty’ I absolutely freaked out. Fans of the original books, and the new TV show would absolutely go crazy for this retelling. I absolutely recommend this book for any Sherlock fans, along with any mystery fans looking for a fresh read!
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! This is another addition to my retellings series, so check out my other reviews if you are interested in reading about more retellings!
Until next time,
Hey guys! This week I will be reviewing A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas. This will be the first in a series of reviews on various retellings! I hope you guys enjoy!
Hardcover page count: 352
My rating: 2/5 stars
A Wicked Thing is a retelling of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, the story of a young girl who is cursed and when pokes her finger on a needle after her 18th birthday, falls into a deep sleep. In the original story, Aurora is awakened shortly after by a prince’s kiss then lives happily ever after, but that is not at all what happens in this story.
Instead of waking up a few weeks later, it takes one hundred years to awaken her, but her world is far from what she hoped it to be. Her family is long dead, she is forcefully engaged to the prince who awoke her, and she is little more than a figurehead to win the people’s favor. What’s worse, is that the curse that the evil witch put in place, has left it’s mark on her. So, with her wedding day drawing closer, Aurora must decide, marry the prince to save the kingdom, or run to escape her pre-planned fate.
I originally was very excited for this book, but I lost some of that once I began. While the book started out promising, it is seriously lacking in those sudden plot changes and the end of chapters that make you gasp and having a main character that you actually root for. Don’t get me wrong, Aurora could be quite interesting when she wants to be, but instead of rebelling against her commands (for example, being locked into her room), she just let’s it happen and accepts it. She has a very interesting story, but I feel like the best part about her was the back story.
The book also sports a secret rebellion, and members, which are actually quite interesting. But for some reason, the author only lightly touches on this which is a bit of a disappointment because one of it’s members actually interacts with Aurora, yet is only seen in the beginning of the book.
I feel like this book has a lot of untapped potential, in which the author seriously lacked in touching. And the author’s style of putting plot twists in the middle of chapters, or nowhere at all, makes the reader feel unsatisfied for most of the book. And, if you have heard of Mrs. Thomas’s other book Long May She Reign, you will notice that a lot of the plot in this one is almost exactly like that in that book.
I would recommend this book for anyone that is looking for a very feminist read, or just a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, which is rare. The beginning of the book is pretty good, and some might decide to give the sequel a shot too.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! Like I said before, this is the first in a series of retelling-reviews, so I hope that you guys will enjoy.
Until next time,
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