Elle Casey introduces readers to a world where adults have vanished and what happens to the kids and teenagers when left to their own devices:
Bryn Mathis was 16 years old when her father died, however, this is nothing new to the world, as adults have been dying for years now. The youth have been left alone for a while now and Bryn knows that it is time to move on from her family home as she is almost out of food and a gang of kids has started to roam her neighbourhood looking for trouble. Bryn knows that she shouldn't trust anyone but when a strange kid appears next door she realizes how much she has been missing human contact and they decide to set out to look for a new shelter and food hopefully some place safe. But something as happened to some of the youth that have been left behind, they have lost some of their humanity.
This book was a great read, and I was surprised how dark Casey took this book as it is a YA read. I would say that this is more for an older or adult YA book, based upon the content of the book. This said Casey does not go too far in to description or detail about what is happening, which at times can be worse as it leaves it up to your imagination, but there are several scenes and flashbacks in the book that most people would find disturbing. The one thing that is not really explored in the book is why all the adults died or whether once an teen turns 18 will they too pass away. Maybe this is not explained as the main characters a teenager, or maybe Casey will address it is further books in the series, I'm just left scratching my head about it as nothing is explained.
It always seems when the world goes to hell, humanity goes with it as well, so I guess this is almost to be expected in books like this. Casey takes the idea to a whole new level though with having youth be the ones who have lost this humanity in the form that they become cannibals aka canners. We first really learn about it through Peter and his tragic past but our main characters run in to them and the ending is one that will have you searching for the next book in this series. They are not zombies these people have chosen an "easier" way to survive by entering into cannibalism. The Canners also become more sophisticated in their process by the end of the book,
I liked the three main characters in this book and how they play off each other, there is some intereting and funny banter that occurs. Bryn is the strength, Peter is the brain and Bobo is really the heart (and at time the comedic relief) of the team that they form, oh yes and Buster the dog, who doesn't need a dog at the end of everything. My main complaint with a character was Bobo being from Germany and the accent that was written in to the book. It took a while to get used to the words being written how someone would say then in English if they had a very heavy German accent.
This book was much more than I expected and was not only darker than I expected but also an interesting story. I look forward to picking up the second book in this series.
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This was cute. Candice seemed flaky but there was way more to her than I originally thought. She got herself in some crazy situations but the best ones were with Ian. Loved the vows at the end. I think I would have peed my pants if I was at a wedding where the groom said that he knew he was in love with his wife after she shot him in the leg! LOL
Wrong Turn, Right Direction is my first book by Elle Casey. I'm sorry to say I was a bit disappointed. While the story was good, it did seem to drag at times. I also had a problem with the writing style. I'm not saying there was anything wrong with it, I'm sure some people like it. Perhaps it's an age thing and this story is meant for readers younger than my 60 year old self. Everything just seemed off to me. I did like Thibault's character...Mika not so much. There is plenty of action, drama and spice in this story. Wrong Turn, Right Direction is book 4 of The Bourbon Street Boys Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.
Toni is at the bar waiting for the rest of the team to get there. Toni is drinking Long Island Teas. Toni is at the bar to celebrate with the team successfully finishing another mission. Toni is with The Bourbon Street Boys. Ozzie is the leader of the team and Toni used to go to Ozzie to talk about anything bothering her but now Ozzie has May. Toni has known Lucky since they were kids When Lucky and Toni had kissed in Jr High Toni has stayed away from Lucky more or less but ten years later she hadn’t forgotten that kiss. Lucky’s sister Maribelle had committed suicide two years ago. and he never got over it but his last thread to her Toni had killed her boyfriend Charlie and shot him five times as he had beat her several times and seriously hurt her. In a few years it will be the anniversary of Charlie’s death and Toni is drunk and tries to call Charlie’s brother Rowdie and hope he or any member of Charlie’s family will tell Toni he forgives her so maybe she can start forgiving herself. Charlie had died five years ago and Toni had been out of prison two years. Lucky takes Toni’s phone and refused to give it back to her. Then Lucky suddenly kisses Toni. pushes away from Lucky and hits him as she feels Lucky is casually playing with her heart. Toni runs outside and gets in a cab that Ozzie had hired and paid for so that his team got home safefully. Lucky jumped in the front seat and gets out at Toni’s house also. The next morning Lucky is gone and lets Toni know when she calls he needs to be away for awhile.
I liked this story alot. The story has alot to it. The plot was good as was the writing. The story grabbed me right from the start and kept me interested until the end. I loved how Lucky and Toni both started to heal. The characters were absolutely awesome. I felt like I was there with Toni and Lucky and the team. I also loved the twists and turns of this story and I highly recommend.
I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.