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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-24 19:36
Love the mystery and thrill, the characters though...
The Creeping - Alexandra Sirowy

***Spoilers ahead you have been warned***

 

What really got me turning the pages in this book was the horror and mystery aspect. It set the mood and the setting perfectly. It certainly gave you the necessary thrills and chills to keep you interested in the book. There’s some supernatural element to the story but as you progress into the finale well, answers will be revealed in time. :)

 

I loved the plot, the setting and the mood. There was no stalling. No dry bits. It was perfect flow throughout the book. This was so excellently written that I completely bypassed my extreme dislike for the characters. (Yes the plot was that good.)

 

So onto the characters. I just don’t like Stella. Not only is she particularly nasty to Sam, but her attitude and personality just stinks all around. She’s your typical mean girl (or should I say, the Queen Bee’s lackey?). I hated her treatment towards Sam, and Sam being your typical nice guy takes it like a doormat. Oh and he gets walked on not one, not twice but more than enough times to count. You know what this smells like? This smells like a dysfunctional relationship heading towards some horrible form of co-dependency. It’s horrible to read and if this is some sort of messed up way of redeeming Stella for all the things she’s done, I hardly think this qualifies.

 

True, Stella had a pretty traumatizing event happened to her. But I can’t sympathize with her behaviour. Zoey is just as bad and just as spiteful but one thing she had going for her was her extreme loyalty. I had to admit that was something you need in a best friend. Minus the Queen Bee behaviour of course.

 

This is one of the few books where I disliked the characters, but the plot just kept me reading. The elements of mystery was so well done that I enjoyed reading this one. I would recommend this one for the plot, but don’t expect to like the characters much. But thankfully they don’t make a negative impact on the plot at all.

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review 2016-07-31 00:00
The Telling
The Telling - Alexandra Sirowy This is my last review for the next couple of weeks *plays the world’s smallest violin*, and unlike the title of this book, I don’t really have a lot to say about it. Which is why this is probably going to be the longest review ever anyways…

The blurb sounded so promising. I haven’t read many YA thrillers, so I was wondering how scary it would be compared to a regular thriller.
I have to admit, a couple of scenes had me on the edge of my couch with some half ass attempt at hyperventilating, but I also have to admit to skimming through a lot of paragraphs because I was bored out of my mind.

This is the story of Lana, told in the first person by *drum roll*…Lana. She lives on the island of Gant (a fictional [?] island near the coast of Seattle) with her dad, stepmom, and stepbrother, Ben. Ben’s name is being mentioned 873 times in the book. Maybe this isn’t just the story of Lana eh? Or maybe, Lana’s just slightly obsessed with Ben. You can’t really blame the lass because Ben was stabbed and thrown off a cliff practically right in front of her eyes. All Lana (and the police) knows is that the culprit was a man with a red painted face.

While everyone’s determined (a.k.a. slacking the shit out of the actual investigation) to find out who Ben’s killer is, another person is found dead on the bottom of a river: Maggie, Ben’s ex-girlfriend. The one who also happened to be present when the man with the red painted face dragged Ben out of his car.

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So while this still sounded promising to me at around 10% into the book, this is what happened next:

Lana: “Ben, Ben, Ben, yadayada, Ben!”, “I feel so awful.”, “I feel so amazing.” “I’m a bad person, somebody should spank me.” The girl just couldn’t make up her mind about anything, which made it very hard to relate to her. This is quite a problem for me if it’s the protagonist we’re speaking of.

The other characters: horrible teenagers + matching dialogues: I have no problem with YA and YA drama most of the time, but this was just toe cringing.

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The plot: Just like Carrie mentioned in her review here, from the get-go, it’s pretty obvious who the killer is. So you’d expect it not to be that person. Nuff said there apart from it being a bit of a disappointment in the end.

The length of the book: Somebody edit this, please. It could’ve had a 100 pages less, easily (and probably would’ve been a lot better too then).

Why am I still giving it 2.5 brownies? Because I’m a sucker for the Scream formula in which victims are picked off one by one and where everybody’s a suspect. The edge of my couch, people!

Just because I didn’t really like it doesn’t mean you won’t either. If you’re into YA thrillers and don’t mind reading about some Mean Girls type of teenagers, this might be a nice summer read for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwKWiZAuHoQ

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest opinion!
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review 2015-10-18 01:08
"If you hunt for monsters, you'll find them."
The Creeping - Alexandra Sirowy

I had a hard time deciding how I felt about this one. I liked the story itself but I had a hard time relating to the characters. It's a creepy story about the old disappearance of two young girls, Stella and Jeanie, and how one of them got away. It is a YA book and one of those that really highlights the teenage years and is better for a younger teenage audience. It has all the teenage dialogue and the usual flirting, kissing, dating, partying, fighting and other conflicts that all teens go through. If you aren't a teenager and can look past those things, then the story itself is actually pretty good. If you are in high school, then I think you'll like it a lot more and certainly can relate better then I did. 

 

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review 2015-10-17 00:00
The Creeping
The Creeping - Alexandra Sirowy 3.5 stars...
"If you hunt for monsters, you'll find them."

I had a hard time deciding how I felt about this one. I liked the story itself but I had a hard time relating to the characters. It's a creepy story about the old disappearance of two young girls, Stella and Jeanie, and how one of them got away. It is a YA book and one of those that really highlights the teenage years and is better for a younger teenage audience. It has all the teenage dialogue and the usual flirting, kissing, dating, partying, fighting and other conflicts all teens go through. If you aren't a teenager and can look past those things, then the story itself is actually pretty good. If you are in high school, then I think you'll definitely like it a lot more and certainly can relate better then I did. 
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review 2015-08-07 15:20
Fantastically creepy with bothersome characters
The Creeping - Alexandra Sirowy

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

The Creeping was a novel I was initially very excited about but when I dove in, I had a hard time really connecting to the characters. I LOVED the creepiness of it, and the dark atmosphere but when it came to the characters, there was only one I liked and he happened to be the love interest I thought the female lead did not deserve.

Half way through the book, I was ready to DNF because the characters were insanely frustrating but instead I put the book down and decided to pick it up the next day. When I picked it up, I found myself not hating the characters as much and instead I started to enjoy the story and its creepiness. Maybe, I was subconsciously muting out their annoyingness but I do think there was some character development that took place which was why I was able to enjoy the book more.

Stella is an okay main character. At first I just didn’t like her. She is a pushover and never really seems to realize it. Her entire life revolves on doing what her best friend, Zoey thinks is okay. All of her decisions are made based on how Zoey would react and whether or not she would approve. Stella doesn’t think for herself. We know she isn’t a horrible person but she does horrible thinks because that’s what her best friend wants and she never really regrets it. Given all that, I realllly did not like Stella. Especially since she treated the one person who was nice to her, Sam, like shit because of this.  But as she becomes closer to Sam (who was her best friend back before Zoey made her choose), she starts to stand up on her two feet and make some decisions. She starts to become STELLA instead of Zoey’s pawn.

I did not like Zoey. She is a bitch (very simply put). She puts down other people, she is horrible to her best friend and she is controlling. My biggest problem with her character was that she never had any consequences for her horribleness because she is never actually made out to be a villain. She is Stella’s best friend and they care about each other. Her horribleness is explained away but she does become a lot more tolerable by the end of the book (after Stella calls her out on her shit.) Also, I kind of like how even though Zoey was awful, in her own way she is loyal to Stella. When Stella starts doing things she doesn’t approve up, she is pissed but she doesn’t decide to dump Stella. She still (kind of) sticks by her.

As I mentioned earlier, Sam was my favorite character. I LOVE HIM. I hate that he was so easy on Stella sometimes but I enjoyed it when he called her out on some of the stuff she had done. He made it clear he had feelings but when Stella pulled shit, she was not automatically given a get out of jail card. He would let her know it wasn’t cool. Sam was amazing and he was nice and SO RESPECTFUL. Seriously.

One of the best things about this book was hands down the mystery. This book is frightening and reminded me why horror can be so much fun to read. I happened to be reading this book in the middle of the night and I was scared. The atmosphere in this book comes to life and the haunting descriptions crawl under your skin to make the book a fantastic experience. I may not have gotten along with the characters (at least at first) but everything else in this book was perfect. I was actually scared even though the lights were on.

The way the mystery unravels is beautiful and I loved the twist that came at the end. I hadn’t expected it but it fit in very well and didn’t throw me off. It just made sense in the context of the book.

This book definitely had issues but in the long run, it was a very fun read because of how well the author incorporated elements of mystery and horror. Remember, if you look hard enough, you will find the monsters.

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