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review 2014-05-12 17:04
[Blog Tour] Killer Instinct by S.E. Green
Killer Instinct - S.E. Green

Meet Lane, she's a normal teenager -maybe on the outside - with an unhealthy obsession with serial killers. Why? Because she might be one. She's fascinated with how they think, how they work and what makes them tick. She's got an itch - killing someone - that she's always wanted to scratch and when an opportunity presents itself you can bet she's not gonna turn it down. But when she starts investigating into "the Decapitator", a serial killer at large, she comes across secrets regarding her past. Add to that the weird text messages she's been receiving threatening her and her family? She's definitely not going to let anyone get away with that. It might be time to give into her dark side.

When I started reading this book, I had a good feeling about it because the tone was reminiscent of Dexter. Doesn't that summary send delicious chills running down your spine? It's always a good thing. But as the story progressed that good feeling started to fade, only to be replaced by a whole lot of confusion and mild annoyance. Disappointing, because I really wanted to like this book.

It's around page 58 where I finally realized that I don't understand Lane at all. She ticks all the boxes on the serial killer list - uncaring, intelligent, tortured past, clinical view of the world around her - and it would have been okay if it weren't for a case of tell instead of show. But I thought I could deal with that, sociopaths/psycopaths are an interesting breed and it's not the easiest thing to write from the perspective of one. Although I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed that Lane ended up being a vigilante instead. I think it'd be interesting to see Lane give into her urges.

So I thought that hey, maybe the plot and the story itself would make up for my issues with Lane. Guess what? I was wrong. I mean don't get me wrong, it's a good story and it has potential but the plot was chock-full of things that, in my opinion, were kind of forced. I don't get Zach and his importance to Lane, aside from being a victim, and her sort-of-but-not-really love interest. I thought she didn't care about trivial matters like love? Or how random it is that she has this friend who's a super hacker, and oh by the way they met at summer camp? What a coincidence. And the way she just randomly solves crimes in between hunting for the Decapitator. It's like Criminal Minds except she's just one girl with no team of skilled professionals to back her up.

Suffice to say, the long, winding road to the conclusion of this novel was quite confusing. I couldn't guess who the serial killer was and it did come as a surprise but I was left feeling "eh". It didn't leave that much of an impact and I was left with a feeling of dissatisfaction. Although I will admit that at one point I was suspecting everyone around her of being the Decapitator. There were so many twists and turns and loops that in the end it sort of became a whole jumbled mess of lies and convoluted half-truths and messy, bloody deaths.

If you want your serial killer fix maybe check out Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers or you should just try watching Dexter. Or Criminal Minds. My personal favorite though is Hannibal.

Source: thetwinsread.blogspot.com/2014/05/blog-tour-nicoles-review-killer.html
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text 2013-12-31 00:29
Another 31 Days of Reading Update
Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson
The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer
Just Like Fate - Cat Patrick,Suzanne Young
What Really Happened in Peru - Cassandra Clare,Sarah Rees Brennan

So I couldn't fit anymore books in the last update!  So here is the rest:


December 28th I read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.  So this was a great book and an absolute tearjerker!  Read at your own risk, have tissues ready!


December 29th I didn't get to read House of Scorpion because I was travelling, and I had to drive.  I hope to get back to it in the future.


December 30th I didn't read Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young because I had read it recently (and had the privilege of reviewing an ARC). I loved this story, but, I needed to get started on some ARC's due to come out in January!


December 31st I am planning to read The Bane Chronicles: What really happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.  This shouldn't be a problem, as it is a novella and I love both of these authors and the Shadowhunter world!  


So I will have read a grand total of 23 of the 31 books in Simon PulseIt's 31 days of reading!  Wow, that's a lot for me!  I don't think I've ever read 23 books in a month before!  This was a lot of fun!  Head over to pulseit.com apparently they post books to read for free regularly, so I'm looking forward to reading more books in the future from this site! 



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text 2013-12-18 01:34
31 days of reading
Winger - Andrew Smith
Wither (Chemical Garden) - Lauren DeStefano
Golden - Jessi Kirby
Letting Ana Go - Anonymous Anonymous
Haven - Kristi Cook

So here is my update for my Simon Pulse 31 Days of Reading Challenge:


Dec. 13th Winger by Andrew Smith: I didn't finish!  Honestly, I think I would have liked this book, if I'd had more time- I only got to read 5%! But reality called and there was a mountain of laundry and Christmas shopping that HAD to get done!


Dec. 14th Wither by Lauren DeStefano:  Finished and loved!  I read and enjoyed this series before, and It was nice to return to this world!


Dec. 15th Golden by Jessi Kirby: Finished and really enjoyed!  This book surprised me, it was a very enjoyable coming of age novel!


Dec. 16th Letting Ana Go by Anonymous: Finished and not quite sure how to explain my feelings about it!  I never read Go Ask Alice, so I didn't know what I was in for. Heartbreaking, real, horrifying and real!


Dec. 17th Haven by Kristi Cook: Finished and enjoyed!  Okay, so there are some obvious similarities to Twilight here, but I still really enjoyed this book!


And, I finished Rot and Ruin the other night so that bring my total up to 14 out of the 17 books so far!  Yay! Go, me!



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text 2013-12-13 00:31
31 days of reading update
Let the Sky Fall - Shannon Messenger
The Forsaken - Lisa M. Stasse
Unwind - Neal Shusterman
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) - Moira Young
Fault Line - Christa Desir
Maid of Secrets - Jennifer McGowan
Linked - Imogen Howson
Crash - Lisa McMann
Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1) - Jonathan Maberry
Two-Way Street - Lauren Barnholdt

I've been too busy reading to write, LOL!.  So, here's what's been happening with my 31 days of reading with Simon Pulse challenge:


Day 3: Let the Sky Fall Finished and loved it! I had this on my to-read list for awhile, so I was glad to finally get to read it, and for free no less!


Day 4: The Forsaken Finished and loved it!  A bit like The Maze Runner, very enjoyable!


Day 5: Unwind Finished and loved it!  I had heard of this book, but didn't know what it was about, really.  I was pleasantly surprised.


Day 6: Blood Red Road Didn't Finish, unfortunately.  I had a headache and the writing just wasn't working for me that day.  I have been wanting to read this, so I will definitely come back to it at some point.


Day 7: Fault Lines Finished and really enjoyed.  This is one of those heartbreakers.  It involves rape, but is told from the girl's boyfriend's point of view.


Day 8: Maid of Secrets Didn't finish, mainly I just didn't have enough time in the day, and I have to sleep at some point, LOL. Intriguing story so far, I will definitely come back to it in the future!


Day 9: Linked Finished and loved it!  Creepy dystopian novel, very enjoyable!


Day 10: Crash Finished and really enjoyed!  Interesting story and concept, enjoyed the sarcasm, wit, and romance!


Day 11:  Rot and Ruin Haven't finished yet, but I'm hoping to get back to it tonight!  Enjoying it so far, and I'm not usually a zombie fan.  


Day 12:  Two-Way Street Finshed and really enjoyed!  Told in alternating points of view and time frames (before and after) made for a little suspense to this enjoyable teen romance. 


So far, I have finished 9 out of the first 12 books!  Pretty good, right? It's better than I thought I would do! 

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review 2013-11-02 01:04
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
OCD Love Story - Corey Ann Haydu

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


So, I started this one a while back when I still had a review copy. I got busy and couldn’t finish the review copy, but I checked it out from the library so I could finish it. It’s pretty memorable, so I didn’t have to reread anything. I just started back up where I left off before. I was thinking it would be a cute romance, and it was a little bit; there are definitely some heavier moments though.


OCD Love Story is about two teens with very different kinds of OCD falling for each other. Bea is drawn to people,and sometimes becomes a little obsessive about them. Beck’s compulsions are something no one but Bea has ever been able to understand. They both have a long way to go before they learn to deal with their OCD, but having each other makes it so much easier.


If there’s one thing I learned from this book, it’s that I definitely don’t have OCD. I joke about it a lot because I can be a anal over certain kinds of organization, and I really love making lists. Those are not the kinds of things these two kids are dealing with. Though a lot of people might call Bea a stalker, she feels like the world might end or she might explode if she doesn’t check on the people she obsesses over. Beck works out constantly, and sometimes his compulsions get so bad that he has to repeat himself eight times. It’s all presented in a raw, real way. That’s always something I appreciate in realistic fiction. I got really invested in both Bea and Beck. I wanted them to get better, and I was always rooting for them. I love to love characters. That’s a sure way to make me enjoy a book. I really loved this book, and I’ll be looking out for more by Corey Ann Haydu.


I recommend this book to fans of realistic fiction, especially those who enjoy a raw style. This book is appropriate for readers ages 16 and up due to sexual content and strong language.

Source: www.owltellyouaboutit.com/posts/ocd-love-story
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