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text 2015-03-12 01:07
So I discovered Book Outlet
Dragonswood - Janet Lee Carey
Premeditated - Josin L. McQuein
Dangerous Girls - Abigail Haas,Abby McDonald
Populazzi - Elise Allen
Perfected - Kate Jarvik Birch

It's this amazing website where you can buy super cheap books, heaps of them hardcovers and lots of them YA, so of course HELL YES SIGN ME UP.

 

"Our books are marked down because most of the titles are marked with a small line or dot on the edge of the book by publishers who sell us their returns and excess inventory. This mark ensures that the books will not be returned to the publisher for a second credit. The books we sell are not used, they are unread and in excellent condition. "

 

Except that I'm international, so instead of paying minimal postage I have to pay postage of around $8 per book.

 

Which would be OK except that Australia's dollar is performing quite poorly at the moment.

1 Australian Dollar equals 0.76 US Dollars. Sucks to be me.

 

However, even with Australia's poor dollar and the excessive shipping compared to the $4 shipping to the US and Canada, my order still comes in at what I calculate roughly to be $16 per book.

 

$16 for a hardcover? YES PLEASE.

 

And at the moment that's even better than local bookstores, and even The Book Depository.

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review 2014-02-23 00:00
Premeditated
Premeditated - Josin L. McQuein Figured out the twist pretty early on, and I thought it would be darker and more murdery (which is why I picked it up in the first place). Not a bad story, interesting enough.
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review 2014-01-04 00:00
Premeditated
Premeditated - Josin L. McQuein Great book about revenge, lies and deception along with finding ones true self (in a sense). OMG, had me up in my bed enveloped in each word. It shocked me to find out devious and fake Dex is as a friend to Brooks and how he treated females just because he felt like he didn't belong amongst "blue bloods." Loved the storyline. Sad that Claire died at only 14, but at least she had love. Stacy, Dinah's mom, is a major ass hole. Didn't even feel bad about her nieces death. She is a self absorbed bitch. Overall, great ya mystery novel. Highly recommend!
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review 2013-12-14 15:05
Review: Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein
Premeditated -

See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten!

 

Premeditated was probably my most highly anticipated standalone novel of 2013. Vengeance story, you say? SOLD. Nothing gets me more than a good vengeance story. The novel isn't exactly what I would it would be based on what I'd heard, but it's still a great contemporary YA/mystery. Even Dinah's difficult personality and how much energy it takes to simply let her be without criticizing her for her numerous, later-admitted flaws aren't enough to stop this book from being worth the read!

The jacket copy makes it sound like Premeditated is going to be a really screwed-up book and dark as can be, but it's a very different book inside. Dinah's pursuit of the boy she believes pushed her darling cousin Claire to suicide is immature at times in the lengths she goes to (like spiking foods to give the guy a false positive on a drug test), but it works. Her single-minded personality and utterly rapturous descriptions of what it feels like to be her when the cousin she loves more than anything is fighting for her life in the hospital make it all work.  Her character is not a kind one or an easy one; it is a character that must simply be taken as it is. More humorous moments usually provided by her best friends Tabitha and Brucey keep things balanced, as does an improbable romance between Dinah and Brooks.

The way she describes Chandi, one of Brooks' friends, for most of the novel really grated on me because she was falling just short of sex-shaming (using that term now instead of slut-shaming for reasons) and Dinah pretty much does sex-shame late in the novel, but thankfully, Chandi's character gets a good, thorough flip and a whole lot of depth. I loved Chandi before because I knew she was getting a bad deal, but once she had her big scene with Dinah toward the end of the book, I wanted to keep her.

Readers are probably going to see the truth of the mess long before Dinah does and that can be a little frustrating, no doubt. I accidentally spoiled myself before reading the novel and knew it the whole time, so I'm not a good judge of it, but it didn't bother me too much. Because I knew what, I wanted to know why even though I was pretty sure I'd answered that question on my own too. This novel definitely doesn't have the sort of mystery that keeps you in the dark until its resolution. It does have a very satisfying resolution, though. It's bittersweet, but justice will be served.

It's really a shame this book hasn't gotten more promotion because it's good. Really, really good. It means taking Dinah's single-minded way of doing things and the way she ignores obvious signs as they are even though those are difficult traits to simply let lie, but it's so worth it in the end. I'm definitely up for some more contemporaries from her. I'm already in for her next book, which is the second in a series with another publisher.

Source: www.theyakitten.net/?p=1048
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review 2013-11-13 05:58
Review: Premeditated by Josin McQuein
Premeditated - Josin L. McQuein

This is f***king awesome. (Pretend I'm Macklemore.)

This book... is a mess. The reader is told the story by a very unreliable sixteen year old narrator named Dinah who is on a mission: destroy the boy who destroyed her cousin. After her cousin, Claire, committed a botched suicide attempt, Dinah found her diary; a diary which contained very detailed events of what had happened to Claire before her suicide attempt; a diary which contained the name of the same boy over and over: Brooks Walden. So, Dinah loses the black hair, the piercings and the gothic clothes and dons knee socks, bleached hair and a clean face all in the hope of enacting her sweet, cold revenge. 

I was addicted to this book for the five days I listened to it. I normally listen to my audiobook CDs in the car, but I shoved my earphones in and listened to this book on my phone while I drove, cooked dinner, went for walks... basically as I lived out my daily life. And it was so worth it. I feel like listening to this book gave me a different experience than reading it. It was like watching a thriller movie. I was on the edge of my seat (or toes) the entire time, yelling at the main character, rolling my eyes and slapping my hand over my mouth in horror. Some books are meant to be listened to.

Dinah made me uncomfortable with her poorly planned vendetta and single minded determination to ruin a boy's life, but I couldn't help but like her a little. This girl certainly doesn't do anything half-assed. I actually liked all of the characters and felt like they all had many different - and interesting - layers to them. I must admit that I saw the "twist" coming from the moment our narrator met her perp, but I have to wonder if that wasn't the author's intention. There were so many clues throughout that it felt like she wanted the reader to know what would happen... we just had to wait for Dinah to figure it out.

Reading a book that like is interesting because it makes it difficult to not get bored when you know what's ahead, but somehow McQuien kept me interested. I liked hearing how far this girl would go to deal out the justice that she thought was so duly deserved, and I also liked hearing about her reservations with her own convictions. Dinah felt very real.

Recommended to people who enjoy thriller stories, YA Contemporary stories or just want to read a well-written YA once in a while.

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