Author: Kate Karyus Quinn

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

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I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by HarperTeen on June 10th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Source: HarperCollins
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Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.

Holy crap! I feel like my brain is totally spent after this mind-f*ck of a book! Books like these are so hard to review, so I’m going to do my best to make sense of my thoughts. First, I gotta warn you this not the kind of book that will mesh with everyone. For one, it’s so different it breaks all molds of normalcy ever built around story-telling. For another, it introduces the kind of paranormal where you have to go in with an open mind, and just accept this town for what it is (similarly to Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz).

Welcome to Gardnerville. A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

This is the story of Gardernville. A bizarre isolated town where sickness and death are avoided – at least for 100+ years. However they pay dearly for this privilege. When you start this book, you’re blindly thrown right in the middle of this messed up place. Nothing will make sense to you, and you won’t understand anything that you’re being told, however this is not irritating or overwhelming, it’s actually the opposite. It left me unable to turn the pages fast enough. The cryptic nature of Quinn’s writing, much like her previous novel, is gripping, slightly disturbing, and plays with your mind every step of the way.

We’ve got a protagonist, here, who’s just as much of a mess as this town. After her sister was locked up in this spine-tingling prison of sorts, Skylar is only trying to forget. Except she thinks she’s forgotten too much. She’s been living in an existences of nothingness that the purple pills bring her. Inside this haze is where we first start to become aware of secrets and bits of information that, okay, are mostly completely out of context and make absolutely no sense, but little by little, the picture begins to form, and the puzzle pieces are at least starting to take form. Still, you can’t help but wonder: is this clarity, or is it madness?

At every other chapter, through the recovery of Skylar’s memories, we go back to a certain day in time where we discover more about her past, and, at the same time, we get to relive the town’s darker moments which allows us an understanding – albeit a scattered one for a while – of its current state. As I mentioned, this story forces you to keep an open mind. It’s so far outside the box that it’s not even on the same plane of existence. I was personally hypnotized by all the weirdness; for every sliver of information, my fascination grew, I became even more disturbed, and I loved every freaking minute of it!

This is the kind of story that stems from a wild, bursting imagination of someone who knows how to write it, and how to make you become a part of it. (I would also pay handsomely to be in her head for 10 minutes!) I’m certain this one will be sitting next to Another Little Piece in many readers’ favorites shelf!


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Waiting on Wednesday (97)

Waiting on Wednesday (97)

Posted by on 10/23/2013 • 25 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

Holy crap did you read this blurb!? O_O Kate’s last book, Another Little Piece, was such a strange book – in a good way – and probably one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read told in the most mysterious of ways so I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with this one!

What are you waiting on?

Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Posted by on 06/21/2013 • 31 Comments

Whoa! This book has to be one of the strangest reads I’ve come across. I can see how its eccentric nature will not be for everyone, but for me the beautiful, often disturbing, writing style captivated me and never let go. It’s not the type of story that just anyone could pull off, the author definitely did some thinking outside the box for this one, and Quinn has my two thumbs up.

Calling this book Another Little Piece is quite fitting, as it felt like with every turn of a page, another piece of this mind-boggling puzzle was put in place – or at least moved a tiny bit closer. And this review is especially hard, because in almost every piece lies a spoiler. The first of these spoilers comes…