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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

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Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
Delicate Monsters
Stephanie Kuehn
Genre: Contemporary, Psychological Thriller, YA
Publication date: June 9th 2015
by St. Martin's Press

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From the Morris-Award winning author of Charm & Strange, comes a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.

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 in a rich town, with his 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 knows his worst secrets. The things 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.
-A copy was provided by St. Martin's Press for review-

This book left me wondering what the hell I just read, but in a good way. Told in a few different POV’s you get a lot of what is going on. You get to see things from each person directly involved. This is one messed up and weird story that kept me going page after page. The characters have some major issues and I loved seeing what would happen next. This book definitely messes with your head and at the end you are left going WTF did I just read, but it was also really good!!

Sadie has some major issues. She really needs help. She loves to cause trouble. Cause pain. Mess with people’s heads. She has been thrown out of the school she was in because she almost killed some poor kid. She never led him on, he just was drawn to her and would listen to her no matter what. Now she is back home, but she is getting messages from this guy. She isn’t sure what to think or how to respond. She also finds that she is drawn to helping Miles, Emerson’s little brother. She likes to mess with Emerson though. She is manipulative, sneaky, and mean in a subtle way.

Emerson seems like a great guy, but underneath he has some major stuff going on too. He is disturbed. He has this thing for dead things, or things that appear dead. It’s pretty sick and creepy actually. He has hidden this part of him well, but with Sadie back, he is worried that this will change things. She could ruin him. He also has to take care of his family. His father is dead, and his mom has been through hell. His little brother is also sick. It makes things really hard. He needs to stay under the radar, but it is harder with Sadie being back.

Miles is a bit different. He has visions of the future. Of horrible things that will happen. He gets bullied and he tries to stay invisible. He also has some medical issues so he is sick a lot. I had a huge soft spot for him. Sadie did too. He’s a good kid who is smart, but since he is different from other people he doesn’t fit in. Not that he wants to, but it would be nice to not be picked on and beat up when all he wants to do is get through his days.

I really can’t say much about the story at all without ruining the experience of this. It will mess with your head. You will feel sorry for some of the characters. You will rage at others. This had me almost holding my breath at times, not for anticipation, but because my feelings and emotions didn’t know which way to go or what to do. This was the first book I have read from this author, though I have two others. I have to pick them up and read them ASAP. The writing is fantastic and I was totally sucked into the story. As messed up as it was I couldn’t stop. I highly recommend this book!!

Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Posted by on 06/02/2015 • 10 Comments

I have loved every book by Stephanie Kuehn so far, and this one is no exception. Her books are so… bizarre and unique and wonderfully compelling. You feel as if you’re being played with, as if the book is making sure you’re never quite certain of what’s happening, except for the fact that it’s terrible and disturbing and wholly messed up!

In Delicate Monsters we’ve get ourselves 3 perspectives, and while I fear this would be a bit much – multiple perspectives can be so tricky – it ended up being the perfect choice for this story. Each perspective is very much distinct, with voices you could not confuse for another even if you tried. We meet Sadie first who we quickly learn is trouble. She’s angry and bored with…

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Posted by on 06/25/2014 • 23 Comments

WHAAAAAAA!

Holy mother of god this book is some kind of messed up! Like, whoa! But it’s the kind of disturbing that is really wonderfully brilliant when you turn the last page, sit back and really think about it. It’s a story that will make your skin crawl, an ending that made me want to pee myself, and a memorable quality that makes it all unforgettable.

Jamie comes off as someone who is mentally unstable from the very start. Understandably so after learning the tragedy that is his childhood. And like many unsettling narrators, he immediately had me under his spell. I quickly became fascinated by his life, his thoughts, his mysterious condition where his hands go numb anytime he gets too stressed or panicked. I wanted to know…

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Posted by on 05/29/2014 • 13 Comments

Complicit is exactly the kind of book I like to read, but have so much trouble finding. At the same time it is exactly the kind of book that I hate reviewing. Full of twists, turns and unreliable characters, this novel keeps you guessing until the very end and leaves you with a conclusion that will have your jaw on the floor.

Jamie Henry is 16 years old and he doesn’t know much about his past. He knows that he was adopted at a young age and that he was very lucky to have gotten to stay with his sister, Cate through all of that. He knows that his mother was shot and killed right in front of him and he knows that his sister is not stable nor is…

Waiting on Wednesday (99)

Waiting on Wednesday (99)

Posted by on 11/06/2013 • 23 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:

This is the same author who wrote Charm and Strange that I really enjoyed earlier to year so I’m excited that she’s got a new book coming out. It sounds dark and creepy – you know me, right? 😀

What are you waiting on, this week?

Review: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Posted by on 05/10/2013 • 27 Comments

This book takes mind-fuck to a whole new level–and excuse my french, but there is really no calling this one any different.

Charm and Strange is… well it is very definitely strange. This is probably one of the most baffling books I’ve read. I was unable to stop thinking and questioning and wondering about every single thing that was going on in this book. It felt like it was going to go one route, only to leave me completely bewildered by the direction it did take. While you will likely want to discuss this book the second you turn the last page, once the ending comes, so does clarity. The confusion is not an irritation while reading either, on the contrary, it’s a fascinating and spellbinding confusion that keeps you…