Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Draw and Color the Baylee Jae Way

Rating: 1-Star

Available on Amazon on December 7, 2017

Summary on Goodreads.

Oh No! I think this book tried to cover too many things at once. The drawing instructions are very scarce; it shows you how to draw a mouth and next it shows you a mouth in profile for you to practice but it doesn't tell you how to do that (or the face that goes with the mouth).

Beware that you must have the whole Copics collection to follow the instructions. Obviously, you could use other markers but, what other brand comes with five different shades of green? (for example).

The book is definitely for children but if you are an adult with absolutely no clue of how to color, this book will also do.

I have read many coloring and drawing books and this one definitely is one of the... least... how can I say it, useful. The tutorials to (for example) color leaves and gems and such are all over the internet so I don't know why she wasted her time including that here. And the tutorial to color gems is not even good - very basic.

In short, I can recommend three GOOD books on drawing and coloring that are way better than this one: How to Draw Fun Fab Faces (books 1 and 2) by Karen Campbell, Color Workshop by Rachel Reinert, and Colorist's Special Effects - color interior: Step by step guides to making your adult coloring pages POP! by Helen Elliston.

I supposed that if you are a fan and follow her Youtube channel you might buy the book to support her and that is fine; but don't expect to find anything new or useful here. Even the instructions to draw a face are available for free online. And the tip of adding salt to watercolor? So old news!

Thanks Netgalley for providing with a free copy of this title.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

When I'm Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn

Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

"Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of..." [+ more]

I thought I was a Kuehn's fan, but after reading The Smaller Evil and now this book I don't know anymore.

As always, Kuehn's writing is good but I didn't like the characters.

Ben is dating Rose just because. If I'm not mistaken he doesn't love her, as he said when he was going over to see Rose after she came back from a trip that he wasn't excited to see her again. But then they go on a camping trip and there Rose gets wounded and suddenly Ben is all "my Rose." I mean... where did this love come from?

So Rose and Ben are total opposites: rich and poor, outgoing vs introvert, free spirit vs undecided... and so on; but this match is not made out of love because is pretty clear that Rose doesn't love Ben either.

I was bored with Ben indecisiveness and Rose free-spirited personality.

Rose, Ben and other students go on a camping trip to put into practice the surviving skills they were learning at school. During this trip, (naturally) some students behave stupidly and bad things happen.

That terrible thing that Ben did? He killed Rose because she got shot (because other students cleverly decided to rob other campers) and he couldn't heart to see her suffer. Yeap, pretty stupid in my opinion.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The breakdown by B. A. Paris

Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

"Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped..." [ + more].

Similar to Behind closed doors in this book we have a female character that is an idiot but turns out to be a gone-girl (as in Flynn's book Gone Girl).

The plot starts with the murder of a woman Cass saw parked in the rain. Cass thought the woman's car had broken down in the rain yet Cass didn't stop to help her. Consumed by guilt, Cass faces also the problem of potential early dementia and anonymous calls. Cass starts to forget appointments, conversations, invitations and so on. And someone keeps calling from a blocked number and hanging up or not talking.

I was completly bored with the constant scenario of the stupid phone calls. Call the police, change the number, don't answer... I don't know!

But I was even more bored with Cass constantly forgetting things. She forgot her doctor's appointment, that she invited people over.... So if you know that you have a case of the crazies, why are you disputing things? "No, I did not sign that paper" but I already knew that it was going to turned out that she did (for the sake of the plot).

At this point I didn't know if the story was about the murder or the slow fall of a woman into dementia.

Alas! By the end of the book everything became clear in the stupidest way. And now we have endless, insipid text messages that explain what was really going on.

As stupid as Cass seemed to be, she grows ovaries and takes care of things, thus turning into a cunning character at the end. The road there was painful. I cannot get back the time I spent reading this book...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Rating: 5-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope..." [+ more]

This book is child abduction written differently. I was just immersed in this story (skipping irrelevant details here and there).

I don't know why every book (mystery and thriller) has to tie the main character (the person investigating) to something about the story. For me (obviously a personal preference) this is not necessary. I do not want to read about the love life of the MC! I just want to follow the story of what is being investigated and how is going to be solved.

I loved this book because it showed a different take on child abduction. A child, Madison, disappeared one day. Three years later she's not found and her parents hire a private investigator to find Madison.

Told in the voices of the child finder and a child, this story is so well written that my heart is broken into pieces. I could really feel what the characters were living. I loved the child's voice, and the work of the child finder had me glued to the pages.

As always, the child finder has her own bagage as she is a lost child herself without memory of who she was. So finding Madison gets mixed with the story of the child finder and how she was afraid to love. I skipped most of it because I didn't care for it, although I admit that it might be important to understand Naomi's dedication to finding missing children.

This book has potential for a next one about Naomi finding her own past.

The details of the snow and the cold were superb. The ending was sad and satisfying at the same time. I'm in awe and now must read Denfeld's previous book, The Enchanted.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

As Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

"Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter...." [+ more]

I knew this book was going to be bad and generic because I have read other books with a similar plot: child gets abducted, years later child comes back (now a teen) but, is it really said child or someone else? A good book about this subject was Dead to You by Lisa McMann.

Now, Good as Gone was NOT a good mystery. Julie was abducted at 13 and comes back 8 years later. Where had she been? A private investigator thinks Julie is someone else and to make you follow that line of though we get a bunch of povs of runway girls and the like that lived together. So, which one of these girls is now pretending to be Julia? Or is Julia really Julia?

Some things didn't add up to make the story believable. For instance, on pg. 46, just a month after Julia came back, she asked her father for the car to go out on a ride. When exactly did she learn to drive? The second thing that bothered me was that (on page 106) Jane - the sister - asked Julie if she had an email and Julie said "yes, sure." Mom! Doesn't look wrong to you that a daughter that had been kept prisoner for 8 years has email? What, her captors allowed her to go online? These two things had me roll my eyes and wonder if the author and editor missed them or they written on purpose.

I am telling you what's up with Julie and her disappearance below in case you didn't finish the book and just want to know the end. So be warned the following are spoilers.


It turned out that Julia met some boy online (who turned out to be a grown man) who convinced her to runway. So they (Julia and this man) staged the abduction so she could disappear with him. Life was not what she thought it would be like with him so she escaped/left him. But she didn't go back home because she was ashamed. However, such shame washed away 8 years later when she decided it was time to go back.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Rating: 2-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing...." [+ more]

The summary says that when you read this book:

1) "You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement." Well, yeah! The ex had made it her mission to save the new bride from Richard (the husband). Why exactly? If that isn't obsession I don't know what it is. If a man leaves you, move on. It is not your job to make the other woman realize what type of man she is going to marry.

2) "You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves." Oh yes, this I thought but turned out I was wrong.

3)"You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her." Never for a minute did I think that.

4)"You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships." After reading Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris I could recognize the symptoms lol!


The book is divided in three parts: Part 1 is about a woman who is going to marry Richard (which I thought was the new bride). Part 2 is about who this woman in part 1 really is. Here we also know who Richard's new bride is. And part 3 was a little Gone Girl because out of the blue, obsessive Nillie (or Vanessa) shows a different side of her: how she planned for her husband to divorce her.

So my questions is, if you planned everything Richard could leave you, what the hell was all the crying over Richard for? Why did you have to talk to Richard's new bride to warn her of the manipulative and control freak that Richard is and save her from that marriage? Seriously, you should be over the moon that your plan worked! So I don't really understand this nonsense of having to talk to his new woman to warn her about Richard.... "Satisfaction," she said. AND, because otherwise there wouldn't be a book (I say).

In this book, I liked her cunning and that she turned out to be not as stupid and the victim that she seemed at first. I have read a couple of books with the same line: extremely beautiful woman marries successful man who turns out to be a manipulative, obsessive jerk. The woman quits her job, stop talking to her friends, and her life revolves around the husband that plans everything for them (where to eat, what to wear...). But then she gets bored of living in a beautiful house with nothing to do but wait for the husband to get home to have someone to talk to.

Also, this book is very deceiving. To the risk of repeating myself, I didn't get why she was crying her eyes out and her life was falling apart because Richard left her when she was the one who orchestrated it. So I guess the first part of the book was purposely deceiving like that so when you reached the third part you would be all like "holly crap!" Hmmmm....It is well written, though.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fereal Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson

Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

"At Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor education program designed to teach troubled youth the value of hard work, cooperation, and compassion, ten teens are left alone in the wild. The teens are a diverse group who come from all walks of life, and they were all sent to Zeppelin Bend as a last chance to get them to turn their lives around. They’ve just spent nearly two weeks learning to survive in the wilderness, and now their instructors have dropped them off eighteen miles from camp with no food, no water, and only their packs, and they’ll have to struggle to overcome their vast differences if they hope to survive..." [+ more]

If you think this book is about 10 teens trying to survive in the wilderness, think again; it is not. This book is actually a collection short stories from some popular YA authors (Marieke Nijkamp got two stories in it. Also Stephanie Kuehn wrote a story but I was to upset to give a shit).

Now, why would I want go from the setting of the teens in the wood to random stories of ghosts, butterflies and what have you?

I really liked the beginning to the book! How Gio described everybody and how the atmosphere was set. But then he came up with the great idea of telling stories to make time go faster and whatever, and that is when the book lost appeal for me.

I guess the story each teen said was in a way a window into their personalities, but then again, I didn't give a crap about what they did or who they were before, and I definitely didn't need a 20 page short story to tell me why X teen was there. How were the stories going to help them survive, exactly?

So in reality, this misleading summary set me up to read a book of short stories which I just happen to hate (except if they are written by Junot Diaz).

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Rating: 3-Stars

Summary Goodreads.

"One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime..." [+ more]

This book didn't work for me as much as All is not forgotten did. I love cunning teenagers so I loved Cass, I just didn't fully understand why she was lying. At the end of the book is perfectly clear, though. So because I wasn't quite understanding Cass, I kind of lost interest and just wanted to know what happened to Emma and find out what was going to happen with the mother.

Maybe I was expecting a psychiatrist like the one in All is not forgotten... But I really didn't care one bit for Dr. Winter and skipped anything related to her background story.

At times I was like, "if you know your mother is like that, why do you keep loving her; or why do you care about her?" Oh! I wanted this mother to suffer.

I was expecting a little more of a plot about narcissistic personality too; like something huge to happen so everybody would know what the mother was. But that was just my ignorance about the subject. After finishing the book I think narcissism was well explored (after all this wasn't an encyclopedia of traits).

Regardless of the reasons Emma had to be the way she was, I didn't like her!

The twist was good. I was wondering what was up with Cass and that story of the island and if it was going to be left hanging. Fortunately, it was not.

What happened to Emma... I didn't see that one coming. I was convinced that both sisters ran away to punish their mother, drive crazy or something like that.

In short, sometimes a book grabs you and sometimes it doesn't; or sometimes it just grabs half of you. This is what happened with this one. I didn't love it but enjoyed it.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron

Title: Pretty Wicked (Pretty Wicked, #1)

Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

"The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price..." [+ more]

Firstable, this is book #1? Seriously? What will be the next books about, more psychopath teenagers?

The idea of this book was good but the execution was very, very! poor. Ryann killed four people in four weeks. Damn! Not even real serial killers kill that often.

The reasons to kill were very unsubstantial, but then again, I guess you don't need to have elaborate reasons to kill somebody. For instance, Ryann killed her teacher because he asked her to leave the classroom because she didn't brought in her homework. Next thing you know, she goes to his house and burns it down with him in it. Nothing planned, but it was successful because that's the way that it had to be for the sake of the story... except that somebody saw a teenager that looked like her coming to his house and she had to leave her bike on his yard. Pretty dummy; I expected more from this highly intelligent teenager.

I mean, more planning on the murders would had been more realistic; but everything was left to chance, to luck. So I was rolling my eyes at how lucky Ryann was.

With four murders in four weeks, everything felt rushed. I didn't have a chance to "enjoy" her killings and the police's chase because one body wasn't even cold when another one was found.

At some point, somebody finds a bag of evidence that Ryann had buried and starts texting her "I have your bag," "What would daddy do if he knew your secret?" I liked this taunting and I had no idea of who the person doing it was! That was the only thing I liked about this book.

Oh! And Ryann has some sort of something going on with a police officer. Seriously? A police officer with a minor?

Oh! And after Ryann gets caught fingerprints (hers) are found and pictures from surveillance cameras come forward... Where were those pictures before?

Frankly, I would rather read about wicked Ryann in prison; that would be interesting!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pennance by Kanae Minato

Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emily by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurs: Emily is found murdered hours later. Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko weren't able to accurately describe the stranger's appearance to the police after the Emily's body was discovered. Asako, Emily's mother, curses the surviving girls, vowing that they will pay for her daughter's murder.
Like Confessions, Kanae Minato's award-winning, internationally bestselling debut, Penance is a dark and voice-driven tale of revenge and psychological trauma that will leave readers breathless..." [+ more]

Definitely not for me. The first chapter was okay but after that I completely lost interest in knowing what the other girls were doing with their lives.

The first chapter starts with one of the girls telling how she viewed the murder and what has become of her life. Next we go into a different character (another girl) and what's up with her. So goes the story until all is tied up together.

For some reason, I didn't have the patience for that type of plot with this book. It could be that the characters go around a bit to say what they really want or need to say... I don't know! I just was not enjoying it so I DNF.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault

Rating: 2-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It’s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who’s been their guardian since Mom took off is…eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows—and hopes everyone else does too—that none of it’s real..." [+ more]

Not worth reading. Too many good books out there to waste your time with this one.

This book did nothing for me. The interesting part for me was the leaf reading and I admit it was done nicely. Marnie (the main character) never fully believed in it either, she just gave the meaning of the symbols she saw.

And although tea leaf reading had something to do with solving the disappearance of Andrea, the book relied in your usual YA 101 to solve the mystery: the teens do it. Now, Marnie was always directing Matt to the police and at one point she went to the police herself; so for that I give the book 2 stars (the author kind of kept it real here).

On the other side, Marnie is poor and she is constantly aware of it. Well, I guess that living surrounded but rich people would make you think twice before inviting someone to your house. But the "he is not supposed to want to kiss someone like me" made me roll my eyes.

The other rich characters were not bitches - thank God! They were nice girls with flat personalities that I didn't care about. There was nothing to distinguish one character from the other except their names.

As always, instead of going to the police, someone prefers email Matt hints about a dead body (no indication that he was going to be Sherlock Holmes). So Matt and Marnie take upon investigating in such an unappealing way that I almost DNF the book. I kept reading it because it is a short read.

I don't know what the point of Noah, Marnie's brother in the book is other than to make her look even more low class because he had overdose. And Noah went from "I haven't talk to him (another character) in a long time to "he would call me out of the blue and I would talk to him." So did you keep in touch yes or not?


Suddenly Andrea comes back (she was not dead after all). And that is that. Someone else died and that is the reason she dissapeared. She was scared; but obviously not any more. Hmmm...

Some other kid died at a party at one of the rich kid's house and they hid the body because they didn't know how he had died (while being insanely high on drugs). But for some reason one of them thought it was time for the body to turn up and was emailing Matt with clues that were further revealed through Marnie's readings. Apparently, after all this time, they were all being consumed with guilt.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

"Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers..." [+ more]

I thought I was going to enjoy this book because Inside the Mind of a Bibliophile recommended it. Unfortunately, this book was not for me.

Don't keep reading because this review is FULL of SPOILERS!


From the very first chapter I knew that something was wrong with Lauren, Kacey's sister (stupid or something like that). So what happened to Bailey? Well...! Her best friend, Jade, killed her because Bailey would move out of town and Jade wanted Bailey all for herself. Question #1, where did this obsession come from? Okay, some people are sociopath just because.

So... stupid Lauren believes that some 'Red Woman' exist (a ghost or something, I didn't get it) and told her to kill Bailey or Lauren's entire family would be killed. Now, mind you, Lauren is 13 so, unless she had some type of mental problem (which was never mentioned) I don't know why she would believe this bullshit.

AND...!!! The best part, Bailey kept a diary where she wrote everything (bout wanting to kill Kacey) which was (obviously) found to solve the mystery.

Lauren gets 8 years in a psychiatric institution because "Jade had preyed on a young girl who was vulnerable to manipulation." Psychiatric evaluation suggested that "Lauren had experienced a psychotic break as the result of the stress in her life. She didn't know right from wrong at the time of killing." Question #2, Where did Lauren's stress come from? Why was she stressed? Because she wasn't invited to a party and her mean friend was texting her pictures of the party she was missing?

Seriously, this plot, story, and characters are just ridiculous.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 4-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And..." [+ more]

This was a pretty good thriller/mystery. I never figured out who the killer was because unlike other thrillers where the killer turns out to be someone out of nowhere, the killer here was always present (in a way).

I enjoyed this book very much. I loved all four characters and the way the book as written: four point of views for each character to narrate their part of the story.

I will never understand or agree with the stupidity that you leave somebody you like because "I'm going to screw this up so I better leave you now." I mean, if I like somebody I don't care about stupid things like 'we are different,' 'I am a screw up and you are not.' But that's just me.

Also, for the end, I felt that the story was finishing too HEA (happily ever after), but this is fiction so, why not?

I like how the character grew and changed and I definitely loved the writing.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 5-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys..." [+ more]

Okay. What did I just read? By 25% I was wondering if there was a plot at all; a tragedy, an event; something that would need solving in this story. But 35% I didn't care anymore.

I don't know what to say about this book. That I loved it wouldn't make justice to the things this book made me feel. That is just perfect and perfectly written don't really express how perfect and wonderful and EVERYTHING this story is.

I picked this book because I liked A Man Called Ove (which has been made into a movie), but Beartown... Jesus! I don't remember reading anything like it in a while.

How many characters are in this story? A lot. And while I couldn't put up with Paula Hawkins' Into the Water because of its 10 point of views, Beartown left me wanting to know more about its people, more voices, more characters...

It took me a while to finish it because I didn't want it to really end. It put me in some sort of 'right' mood every time I read a little bit. As if the universe suddenly made sense.

I have liked many books because of the plot, the twist, the topic... but I loved this one because the way it is written. I even went to YouTube to look at hockey games to see on the screen what this book described and was making me feel. I must say, I will never watch or think of hockey the same way again.

The actual plot, the actual issue addressed here, I have read before. However, the way it is approached gave it a new meaning, a whole new perspective to me.

The book is complete. From beginning to end. I have never felt so satisfied reading a book lately.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"Days before Corey is to return home to the snow and ice of Lost Creek, Alaska, to visit her best friend, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger. Corey knows something is wrong. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter..." [+ more]

After This Is Where It Ends, I thought I was going to like anything by Nijkamp. I was wrong. I couldn't even finish Before I Let Go. I wasn't expecting the same plot but I was expecting the same intensity.

Before I Let Go is well written, it just wasn't appealing to me. This book is about a girl (Kyra) who is dead and a friend (Corey) who goes back to town to find closure, and little by little discovers that her friend's death wasn't just an accident.

I didn't like the back and forth in time: 2 years ago; a year and a half ago.... I understand that this was done to show the type of relationship between the two friends and why Corey cared so much. But then again, Corey left town and never again communicated with Kyra which to me means that she didn't care all that much. Perhaps she was feeling guilty.

The setting is in this remote town where even Internet connection is kind of a miracle which allowed the absurdity of the plot to take place.