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review 2017-12-09 13:00
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
Pretty Girl-13 - Liz Coley

Trigger Warnings: Some are spoilers, so click if you want to know before reading the book.

Rape, Molestation, Abuse, Incest.

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There are a couple things I would change, but overall, this was a good, fast paced read.

 

 

Pretty Girl-13 was fascinating on a morbid level. Dark. Emotional. Gut-wrenching.

 

The segments with 2nd POV threw me for a loop as I did not understand them at first. They seemed weird and out of place. They also made me think there was something supernatural going on. I had no idea who or what was narrating those parts. Once I figured it out, it was an “ah-ha” moment and I enjoyed them. It gave the book a creepier vibe. Unimaginable some of the stuff those scenes showed us.

 

Sadly, I guessed almost all the twists. I was hoping so much that what I guessed was wrong, because it was not fun to know everything, ruining the mystery.

 

You should go into books like this blindly. I’m glad I did. I had no idea what to expect going in, only going by the vague synopsis. Once you know the gist of the plot, it wouldn’t be as engaging. Even knowing the twists, I still enjoyed reading them.

 

We learn about halfway through that something dark happened in Angie’s childhood, unrelated to the main plot, but explaining why Angie is the way she is. I did not like how this was resolved. Another thing that I did not like was how some of her former friends treated her. It is just not decent human behavior. It seemed highly unnecessary and I feel like if the characters were going to be like that, they shouldn’t be needed. I do get it, though. It was an excuse for Angie to take control and be strong, but I still could have done without it.

 

Angie’s friendship with Kate was a healthy one. A good one. I really liked it. There needs to be more girl love in books and not girls hating on girls. I also loved Angie’s relationship with Dr. Grant. Grant cared about Angie on more than a professional level.

 

Another person I liked was Detective Brogan, especially at the end, as they wrap up the case.

 

So much happened to Angie, it was almost too much. The girl never seemed to get a break, even the ending was bitter sweet. On one hand, I get why Angie did what she did, but on the other hand, I do not know if I could do it.

 

I think the ending will be one I’m never sure if I liked it or not.

 

There are also questions left unanswered, that only one person has the answer to and he can’t answer them now.

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review 2015-09-16 13:57
Unleashed (Tor Maddock #1) by Liz Coley
Unleashed (Tor Maddox #1) - Liz Coley

Self-published (1st May 2015) 

 

ISBN: 978-1508860808

 

Source: Xpresso Book Tours 

 

Rating: 4*

 

Synopsis:

 

When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?

Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. 

 

Review:

This first book in Liz Coley's Tor Maddox series is a good read. Although it's aimed at the Young Adult market, I think many adults would enjoy it, as I have. 

The story is compelling enough to hold your interest and the rather fabulous Tor has a much energy and enthusiasm as the Duracell bunny. Oh, to be a teenager again! Tor is likeable, funny and believable and I can see her becoming a firm favourite with teenage readers. 

 

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review 2015-06-28 00:00
Mistaken
Mistaken - Liz Coley perfect perfect perfect perfect!!!
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review 2015-05-18 00:00
Embedded (Tor Maddox #2)
Embedded (Tor Maddox #2) - Liz Coley Embedded (Tor Maddox #2) - Liz Coley The unstoppable Tor Maddox is at it again, this time on a covert spy mission set right in her own high school. Of course, Tor can't keep her enthusiasm in check, so she takes the mission into her own hands in order to track down the secrets behind the assault of her best friend, Sasha and the disappearance of immigrants from nearby Mexico.

The danger is real and suspenseful throughout the entire book - Tor gets herself into trouble and the action will keep you turning the pages faster than you thought possible. The dialogue is very well-written and witty, and Tor's inner monologues create a hilarious contrast to the dramatic tension of the overall mystery. Characters we fell in love with in the first Tor Maddox book, Unleashed, are back and just as delightful as before.

Highly recommended for fans of political thrillers, contemporary mysteries, or those just looking for a good, clean, fun read.
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review 2015-04-14 00:00
Unleashed (Tor Maddox #1)
Unleashed (Tor Maddox #1) - Liz Coley Love, dogs, mystery, and vocab tests are all important parts of Tor Maddox's first thrilling adventure.

A teenager with enough motivation and energy to fuel a space shuttle, Torrance Olivia Maddox, fondly known as Tor, is the first to discover the secret to a new strain of influenza plaguing the West Coast. Turns out the flu is being transmitted to humans through dogs! And Tor will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of man's best friend - all 60 million American dogs.

Tor has a delightful, quirky, and unique voice. I laughed out loud so many times! Tor is fun, likable, and she changes so much over the course of the story. The development for all main characters throughout the book is really well-done, as are the individual voices of those like Tor's brother, her parents, and the government agents she has to deal with.

Tor's adventures are not so over the top that they're unbelievable, although she does get into some outrageous hijinks. I can't wait to see what kind of trouble she gets into next time!

A fantastically unique series opener, TOR MADDOX: UNLEASHED is fun, adorable, and thrilling!
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