Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Holiday

Every year I tend to take May off as a break from blogging.  This isn't always intentional.  This year it isn't.  At the moment I am working on finishing off my Masters Thesis and so will not be blogging in May but I will try to be back in June with more bookish posts.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin

Title: Sophomore Year is Greek to Me

Author: Meredith Zeitlin

Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 21 April 2015

Pages: 336

Series: Companion to Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters

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Summary: High school sophomore Zona Lowell has lived in New York City her whole life, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her renowned-journalist father. But when he announces they’re moving to Athens for six months so he can work on an important new story, she's devastated— he must have an ulterior motive. See, when Zona's mother married an American, her huge Greek family cut off contact. But Zona never knew her mom, and now she’s supposed to uproot her entire life and meet possibly hostile relatives on their turf? Thanks... but no thanks.   (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  After reading Zeitlin's previous novel, Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters, I was looking forward to reading this one.  

The characters were really odd and not in a good way.  Just their actions were so strange that I couldn't help but feel like they really weren't Zona's friends.  That being said, there are a couple of serious issues bought up in the book and I felt like Zona handled them pretty well.

There were a couple of things that made me laugh out loud.  There were just some moments that were pretty funny, however, I felt like the overall tone of the book wasn't to be humorous, at least it wasn't as humorous as Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters.

Unfortunately, I felt like this book was just ok.  I think that for me, I'm just really not interested in Young Adult novels anymore as I find them lacking the depth that I would like.  If you're a fan of contemporary YA fiction then I would definitely suggest checking this one out.

Source: Netgalley for review

Monday, April 13, 2015

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Title: Heartsick

Author: Chelsea Cain

Published: Pan, 2008

Pages: 421

Series: Book 1, Gretchen Lowell and Archie Sheridan

Summary: When beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell captured her last victim - the man in charge of hunting her down - she quickly established who was really in control of the investigation. So why, after ten days of horrifying physical and mental torture, did she release Detective Archie Sheridan from the brink of death and hand herself in?

Two years on, Archie now returns to lead the search for a new killer, whose recent attacks on teenage girls have left the city of Portland reeling. Shadowed by vulnerable young reporter Susan Ward, Archie knows that only one person can help him climb into the mind of this psychopath. But can Archie finally manage to confront the demons of his past without being consumed by them?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I've been looking for some more good mystery/thrillers that centre around a serial killer or serial killers so I thought I would give Heartsick a go.

I felt like the first part of the book was a little bit slow going, it took me a while to get into it so I was a little slow in reading it.  When I got further into the book however, I really started to enjoy it.

The characters weren't really what interested me in this book.  Basically, I was interested in what had happened between Archie and Gretchen Lowell, but I wasn't super sympathetic towards him.  Really, I felt like the novel wasn't completely character driven.  Or at least, I wasn't completely focused on that part of it.

I found the mystery aspect to be really interesting.  It's more of a thriller than a straight up mystery so there aren't really clues to follow along to find out who the killer is.  It's more of a following the detective and reporter along as the case unfolds.  Which is fine.  I was kind of expecting it to focus a little more on that aspect but I was happy enough.

I've heard a lot of people comparing this to Silence of the Lambs and I can see why, but honestly I felt like it didn't really remind me of Silence of the Lambs.  The only similarity is that Gretchen is a serial killer that Archie goes to visit in prison.  The rest of it is a bit different.

Overall, I quite enjoyed Heartsick. It wasn't completely what I was expecting but I did enjoy what I read and so I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Sweetheart in the near future.