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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Review: The Detour by S.A Bodeen

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I received this book for free from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Detour by S.A BodeenTheDetour by S.A Bodeen
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 6th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Source: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
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On her way to a writer’s conference, a bestselling teenage author takes a detour that has been deliberately set up by her biggest fans—a mother and daughter who kidnap her.

Livvy Flynn is a big deal—she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself.

When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. She’s on a tight deadline for her next book, and she has no intention of socializing with the other industry people at the conference.

And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she’s hurt, and she’s tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go.

I don’t even know where to start with this one. I find that if I don’t like a book, I always have more to say about it. This is one of those. It was super predictable for one. For two, the main character is awful and I was actually hoping that bad things would happen to her. (That is so awful, I know. But I know it’s not real and I would never wish harm on anyone in real life.) And third, I couldn’t help but keep thinking of Misery by Stephen King and how this was a total failed attempt at trying to make a variation of that type of story. That sounds harsh, but this book drove me crazy. Some might enjoy it, but it didn’t have many elements that I found entertaining or even held much of my interest. The only reason I finished it was because it was a quick book I could read in a few hours.

So let me tell you about Livvy, the main character. She was a total brat. She feels like she is better than everyone and she could do no wrong. I instantly didn’t like her. She is going to a writers retreat when she gets detoured and ends up having a horrible accident. She is only going to the retreat because she is getting paid well and she thinks all the nobody want to be best selling authors will fawn over her. Then, when she gets kidnapped, she automatically assumes it’s about money. She’s pretty smart, and has some good escape plans, but she was just so unlikable that I couldn’t cheer for her or hope that someone would find her. I do understand a little bit why she is the way she is after we get some background on her, but still. She’s just a jerk and I didn’t like her.

Now the kidnapper is quite a character. I actually wish that we got a bit more of her. She’s a bit on the crazy side, which I suppose one has to be in order to kidnap someone. She is a smart cookie though and she is brutal and out for blood. I mean, not literally, but she has her reasons for doing what she did. We don’t find out until the end of course. I mean, it was pretty obvious from almost the start for me, but maybe I’m just to intuitive or something. I don’t think that’s the case though. What is even better is how absolutely bat shit crazy the woman’s daughter is. Now that was entertaining and a bit scary. I mean really, she’s like a sociopath. Anyways, the kidnappers were much more interesting than Livvy.

This story was very predictable from early on. That made it hard to enjoy. It was pretty easy to put the pieces together. I can see how Livvy totally missed the clues since she is so self absorbed. I get that she has been kidnapped, but she really is a pretty horrible person. Her past is no excuse. I always feel kind of bad writing a negative review for a book, but there isn’t much good that I can say about this except for it was short so it wasn’t a whole lot of time wasted. If you are looking for a book with a horrible main character, predictable storyline, and an ending that makes you think “I really hope there isn’t a sequel”, this may be the book for you.


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Audiobook Review: The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani

Posted by on 10/08/2015 • 4 Comments

I am going to try to do this review with no spoilers for the previous books, but seeing as it’s the third and final book, no promises. You have been warned to continue at your own risk. I have to say that this series in general was fantastic and I was so excited for this last book. It totally lived up to my expectations! I have listened to the whole series on audio and it’s one of the best audiobook series. The narrator, Polly Lee, is the perfect voice for the story. She makes it very easy to tell between the characters, and brings a fantastic story to life. This book was full of all the build up off all the things that came before and all the new dangers…

Review: A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano

Posted by on 10/01/2015 • 2 Comments

This book was all sorts of fun to read. The characters were interesting and so was their story. What I love the most about middle grade books is that even if there is a bit of child romance, that is not the focus. Instead, the focus is more on what is happening or a building friendship. Initially I was thinking, “Oh boy, another ghost story.” but although it does have ghosts, it didn’t wear on me or feel like every other ghost book out there. There was a bit of creepiness to the story, and a lot of thrills. This is a great story for younger ones leading into Halloween season or anytime.

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Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Posted by on 09/30/2015 • 8 Comments

When I went to BEA, there seemed to be quite a bit of buzz about this book. Since I am a big fan of contemporary and issue books, I knew I had to have this. I am so glad that I got this one too. It was seriously good. I was intrigued by the characters illness and how she lived her life. A lot about her actual illness was left out, but it was good enough that I didn’t feel there was lack of information. I mean, this book is really about her wanting to have a real life. As real and normal as it possibly can be with her condition anyways. There were a few little issues here and there, like her having to have books go through a…

Review: PIXU by  Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon (Illustrations), Becky Cloonan (Illustrations)

Review: PIXU by Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon (Illustrations), Becky Cloonan (Illustrations)

Posted by on 09/23/2015 • 1 Comment

I don’t read a lot of Graphic Novels, but I do enjoy them once in a while. I have come across a lot of really great ones, but unfortunately this was not one of them. The artwork was beautiful, and the story was creepy and disturbing, but it left a lot to be desired. I understand that with this type of novel, you are a bit limited, though there is no reason that it couldn’t have been a more fully developed story. Others I have read are plenty well rounded. Anyways, this is a great creepy novel for going into Halloween season. It was a short and quick read. Be forewarned though, there is much adult content in this. Not just in the blood and gore, but the subject matter…

Review: The Sleepwalker Tonic (Nightmares! #2) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Review: The Sleepwalker Tonic (Nightmares! #2) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Posted by on 09/14/2015 • 1 Comment

I really enjoyed the first book, so I was eager to get to this one right away. Just when Charlie is finally happy with his family and life, things start to get weird again. Him and his brother Jack have sealed the portal to the nightmare realm, but now he has discovered that Jack has been visiting, and with the odd stuff happening in the waking world his little brother may become the one they blame. Things aren’t going so well with Charlotte’s business either, and they may lose their house.The purple mansion with the portal that they must protect. Charlie starts to discover that the weird events, and the pending doom of Charlotte’s store are connected. Now it’s up to him and Jack to save the nightmare world again,…

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Posted by on 09/08/2015 • 9 Comments

It’s not often that I read a book in one day. Especially huge books like this monster. I just couldn’t put this one down though. It loved the fast pace of it, the heartbreaking story, and even the format it’s told in. I loved reading this story through instant messages, documents, and case files, along with other things as well. It was almost impossible to put down because I was so interested in what was happening, and was quickly attached to the characters. The main one being the AI. I loved getting to know it. While books have been written in documents and such things before, this one has so much more. I especially loved the pictures that are done in it as part of the story. They really help…

Review: Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

Review: Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

Posted by on 08/31/2015 • 5 Comments

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