Monday, August 27, 2018

Phoebe Will Destroy You | Review

36373488Title: Phoebe Will Destroy You
Author: Blake Nelson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Source: Netgalley

The summer I was seventeen I met this girl...
Nick has the best of moms and the worst of moms. On the upside, she's a distinguished professor and bestselling author. On the downside, she's a serious alcoholic, with no clue how to relate to her son or husband.
Nick, meanwhile, has finished his junior year and needs a break from his stressful home life. What better place to spend the summer than Seaside, Oregon, a sleepy beach town where he can chill out, meet girls, and work at his Uncle's car wash.
Enter local legend, Phoebe Garnet. She's funny, sexy, but dangerously self-destructive. Suddenly Nick is more in love, more obsessed, more heartsick than he's ever been in his life.
Why does Nick love her so much? Will he survive this obsession? And who can he turn to for help?

**Thank you so much to Simon Pulse for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** 

I had been in the mood for a good contemporary for a while, so I was excited to get the chance to read this one!

what i liked
  • It's a good summer setting. Nick goes to stay with his Uncle just for the summer, which makes for a perfect summer read.
  • It was a super easy read. It wasn't too heavy of a book to read, which was nice. 
  • Nick was an interesting character. I actually liked reading about him, which isn't always the case for me when I read contemporaries!

what i disliked
  • The title of the book is literally Phoebe Will Destroy You, yet Phoebe was barely a side character in this book. She was probably in it for about 30 pages. It was upsetting, because I thought it was going to be a little more of a romance, but it wasn't. The title was very misleading. 
  • There was nothing that really stuck out about this book. It didn't really have anything interesting to me that made it different from many other contemporaries. 


Friday, August 24, 2018

Violent Ends | Review

23341259Title: Violent Ends
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: Library

In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, seventeen of the most recognizable YA writers-including Shaun David Hutchinson, Neal and Brandon Shusterman, and Beth Revis-come together to share the viewpoints of a group of students affected by a school shooting.
It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto the school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.
But this isn't a story about the shooting itself. This isn't about recounting that one unforgettable day.
This is about one boy-who had friends, enjoyed reading, playing saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before-became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing bullets at his classmates.
Each chapter is told from a different victim's viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he'd become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book told from multiple perspectives-with one character and one event drawing them all together-by some of YA's most recognizable names.

Violent Ends is about a school shooting, which is why I picked it up. These have been occurring way too often across the United States recently, and it's a topic that's being talked about often. This story is also an anthology, yet each chapter is told from a different perspective of someone in regards to what happened at the school. Some of the characters are from the other school, some were friends of the shooter, and some were ones that ended up murdered.

My favorite chapter of all was written by  Neal and Brendan Shusterman and was called "Presumed Destroyed". This chapter was a change from the rest of the characters and POVs throughout the story, as it was actually through the point of view of the gun that Kirby used. It was very interesting and different.

Part of me is upset that there wasn't a chapter told through Kirby's point of view. We get perspectives from people who know of him or who were even his friend, but because the reader never gets his point of view, we never actually get to know him. We only really know what other people say about him, which I guess is how it ends up being anyway in real life.

I would suggest picking this one up if you're interested. It was a very different read, but there were some parts that were very chilling.

Monday, August 20, 2018

#MurderTrending | Review

34521785Title: #MURDERTRENDING
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Freeform
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Source: Netgalley

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society's most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.
When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she's about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn't commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she's innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman's cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

 **Thank you so much to Freeform for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

In the past, I've read and loved some of McNeil's other novels, like 3:59. That's why I had such high hopes for #murdertrending, plus it has a sort of science fiction/dystopian feel to it, which made me even more excited. 

what i liked
  • The concept. I loved the idea of there being an island where felons are sent to, yet they live a sort of normal life while there. They have jobs, they have a nice house, they get to hang out with friends. Yet, everything is broadcast through an app called The Postman where the entire world can watch and see who is going to be murdered next. It's sickening yet so intriguing. 
  • The cast of characters. I learned to love Dee and everyone she met, which kept me so interested and helped to keep my attention throughout the entire novel. I really couldn't put it down. Even the executioners were interesting, like Prince Slycer.
  • It was creepy! It was sort of a cross between a thriller and a dystopian, so there were definitely some parts that were creepier than I thought they would've been. I've also never been able to thoroughly enjoy thrillers that have a slight mystery to them, like #murdertrending does. Yet, I couldn't see the plot twist coming in this one which I definitely loved! It was a nice surprise for me. 
  • THE ENDING. I obviously don't want to go into it, but you'll be surprised!!
  • This would so easily make a great movie. I picture it like The Purge, but on a whole new level. 
what i disliked
  • It's not part of a series but I wish it was! I want to know what else is going to happen in this world that McNeil created!