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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-24 01:50
Delicate Monsters Review
Delicate Monsters - Stephanie Kuehn

Delicate Monsters is a very interesting, eerie, bizarre, dark story exploring themes of Necrophilia, death and mental health. The setting takes place mostly at school. It follows 3 main characters, Sadie Su, Emerson Tate and his younger brother Miles Tate. They all have strange behaviours and are different in their own ways. Sadie doesn’t seem “normal”, she is a mischievous, disobedient , Cruel teenager. She likes to mess with people and seems not to care about anyone’s feelings. She nearly killed someone at her last school, so she has to attend a public school. The next Character is Emerson Tate. He is Sadie’s classmate but dosent really like her because of how cruel she is. He just wants to have a good school year, playing sports and fall in love with the girl of his dreams, but what happens is the opposite of what he wanted. he has a secret, he is attracted to dead animals/things. His life is actually completely stressful and frustrating when everyday he has to deal with the death of his dad and how it negatively affects his Mom, and his younger Brother who always gets hurt and goes missing. The last main character is Miles Tate who is Emerson’s younger brother. Miles has physic visions, he is very mentally unstable, his visions makes him very sick, but his family dosent understand why. Delicate Monsters follows the lives of these 3 troubled teens, and it is safe to say they all have mental illness or social issues in their life. What I liked about the book, was how each character connected with each other in different ways. I liked how the author was not scared to “cross the line” by going into graphic details and saying exactly what the character is thinking even if it’s really bad, showing there true personality. I think the ideas in the book are nicely transitioned by having one page with a quote on it for each part of the book. What I didn’t like about the book was that each chapter is told from 3 points of view, and you have to read 2 more chapters to get to the same character which can be hard to follow and remember what happened from character to character. I like the endings of book and movies to be a happy ending or easy to understand, so I do not like the ending of Delicate Monsters because it does not have a clear ending of what really happened, you have to understand it for yourself. Overall, I would give the book 4/5 stars, I like the themes in the story, and how all the foreshadowing and symbols earlier On in the book connects at the end, deeper and deeper you get into the book the more the characters all start to discover dark truths and secrets about themselves. this book shows a dark side to human nature, I would definitely recommend this book to people who like reading twisted and weird stories, that show a dark personality to human nature.

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text 2018-01-31 23:01
January Recap
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera
Shattered Minds - Laura Lam
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys
The Dead List - Jennifer L. Armentrout
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Diana Rowland
Infinity + One - Amy Harmon
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn
Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall
Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker,Roger Casey,Wendy Tremont King,Will Damron,Robin Eller,Simon & Schuster Audio
Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram

A new year with new reads...and it's off to a good start.  Only one book under 3 stars and 1 DNF.  9 books rated 4☆ and above.  I changed up my review format this past month, I decided I wanted my process more simplified.  Who knows, maybe this one will stick.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Avenged by Amy Tintera

Finish Date:  01/05

☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  01/09

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Finish Date:  01/12

☆5☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Kobo eBook) The Dead List by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  01/14

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Audible Audiobook) White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  01/19

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook & Audiobook) Infinity+ One by Amy Harmon

Finish Date:  01/21

☆4.8☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Audiobook) When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Finish Date:  01/23

☆3.2☆Stars - Grade=C

 

(Netgalley eARC) Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Finish Date:  01/26

☆4☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Keep Her Safe by KA Tucker

Finish Date:  01/29

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Cinder + Ella by Kelly Oram

Finish Date:  01/31

 ☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

Plus 1 DNF...

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - This just had too many characters to keep track of and I had no idea what was going on, so I gave up at 28%.

 

11 books total, 5 Audiobooks, 3 eBooks, 1 combo audio/eBook, 1 eARC, and 1 DNF'd Audiobook.

3,483 Pages (including Audios)

 

 

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review 2018-01-28 22:17
3 out of 5 Stars for this survival thriller...
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

Basically, I felt the entire plot is thrown off by the fact that this trip/hike that these high-school-age-teens go on was a little hard to swallow.  I mean…a hike in the mountains with overnight stays and only one teacher goes along…yeah, I don't think so.  This teacher was so clueless that he lets girls and boys sleep in the same tent, by themselves.  Not to mention the blatant pot smoking and drinking that is done by these teens…it didn't seem like they were trying to hide it at all.

 

A tale of survival more than a mystery, with less than likable characters, who are only capable of mostly horrible decisions and a sketchy plot filled with so many odd little intricacies that I was left feeling puzzled.  And yet, I was somehow still compelled to keep listening despite all these issues. Go figure.  

 

~MY RATING~3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 3/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 3.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 2.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.5/5  Cliffhanger~ I guess not…

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Book Cover~ I guess it's what drew me in…

Narration~  It's easy to like MacLeod Andrews, his voice is very palatable

Setting~  The Mountains in Northern California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2017-09-16 17:54
Delicate Monsters
Delicate Monsters - Stephanie Kuehn
When I finished reading this novel, I had to ask myself, what did I just read? I guess I was lost with where the novel was going. I found myself caught up in the drama of Sadie, Emerson and Miles but what exactly the whole novel was about, it had lost me.
 
I knew that two of the main characters were not your typical teenager. Sadie is evil and she enjoys messing with people. The more corrupt a deed is, the more inclined Sadie will perform it. Miles has a unique gift. Miles gets visions, dark visions which typically transpire. His recent vision includes himself and this scares him. Emerson just wants his last year in high school to be normal. Having a brother who is far from normal and Sadie back in town, Emerson is beginning to see that this school year is not going in his direction. These three young adults have a past and there is a dark spot that lies within it. May is a girl who Emerson likes but I kept thinking as they meet up, is this really a relationship or just sex? I really didn’t care what happened to any of the characters, it seems that they went into each other’s life but the drama was nothing that I could hold onto. They were characters in a book, characters who could have been part of an interesting story but I just did not get it.

 

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review 2017-09-08 19:22
A Somewhat Thrilling Thriller
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn

This is the second Kuehn book I've read. When I first became interested in it, I didn't realize it was the same author who did "A Smaller Evil" and I really wasn't a fan of that book when I read it last year. In fact, if I had made the connection, I might have not picked up "When I Am Through With You." However, while I am starting to believe she has a "definite type" when it comes to plots and their characters, I did like this book considerably more. 

The story is told from the MC Ben's POV and pretty early on the reader discovers Ben in sitting in jail and that some people have ended up dead. The tale then backtracks and we find out what exactly happened to Ben. Ben has not had the easiest childhood. His mother will not win any parent of the year awards and his father is absent. Ben ends up dating Rose, a fellow high school student and right away, it seems Rose is in charge of the relationship. In fact, they end up dating because Rose tells him he's going to be her boyfriend. Ben ends up joining a hiking club at school, despite the fact that he has numerous health problems, and one weekend, his teacher and a ragtag group of students leave their home county to hike up some California mountain. Trouble ensues and death soon follows.

I actually thought I would hate Ben throughout the entire book but actually ended up disliking Rose and her twin brother much more. There were times I really felt for Ben and wished like hell that he would stop putting himself in horrible situations. Even when Ben tries to take charge, he pretty much fails. This book was somewhat thrilling in that there are several twists and turns along the way and as a reader, I was constantly guessing about what was happening and I'm sure I had a "WTF" look on my face during the last 100 pages or so. I had the look a lot longer when reading "A Smaller Evil.:

I am glad I read this book and my opinion on Kuehn has changed somewhat. I know a lot of bloggers who love her work so I'm glad I'm no longer basing my not-so-glowing previous opinion on just one book. If you like YA, thrillers and unreliable characters, you will find it all in "When I Am Through With You."

 

I received this book from Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  


This book will count as my "Diverse Voice" block for my Halloween Bingo due to the author's heritage as well as the ethnicity of several of the primary characters in the book.

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