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review 2017-09-15 17:03
Ghostgirl - Tonya Hurley

I'm kind of conflicted about this book. There were parts I liked and parts I didn't like. So please excuse the ramble that is about to follow.

I really liked the concept of the book. It took an old concept (ghostly unfinished business) and put a cool new spin on it. There were parts of the plot that really made me want to keep reading and I was intrigued by the storyline.

However, I absolutely hated the characters. They all felt so interchangeable. They didn't seem like individual entities, but like they were based off the same snarky, sarcastic archetype. Charlotte was the worst. She was just so dense, it was irritating. It's hard as a reader to know the character is doing everything wrong, but are too wrapped up in themselves to realize it. I finished this book quickly, partly because I wanted to get as far away from Charlotte as possible.

The writing wasn't that great either. There were some typos and a lot of awkward phrasing. I had to read a lot of sentences many times to figure out what the author meant to say. Also, many of the events are just not plausible. I'm not talking about the fantasy elements, I'm talking about the real, everyday stuff that would never happen (driver's ed debacle, everything surrounding the dance- convincing adults to use that location, cleaning up in time, etc.)

Most of the book is based on mean girl stereotypes and obsession over popularity. This led to many eye-roll moments as a reader and really frustrated me. The girls in the book are all horrible to each other (slut shaming, stereotyping, bullying, taking advantage of each other) and a lot of that doesn't really get resolved. Also, many of the comments came at awkward times and seemed out of character for the person who said it, reinforcing the whole interchangeable character thing. Most of the time it just felt like the author wanted to gain popularity by showing how snarky she herself could be. How's that for ironic for you.

I did like the cover, which was the reason I bought this book out of the clearance section in the first place. I also enjoyed the little shadow illustrations at the start of each chapter. It is definitely a cool little book.

But another tiny, little thing that impacted my opinion of this book was the physical book itself. I was first drawn to it, because of its tall, thin, coffin-like shape. However, once I started reading it, I realized how annoying this design decision was. It hurts your hand to try to read one-handed after a while, because it is so tall. But when I read it with two hands, I kept having to reposition my fingers, because they were always in the way of the text since the book is so narrow. It's a tiny point, but it definitely made reading this book less enjoyable.

So I'm still conflicted. I loved the idea of the book, but I hated the execution. I'm settling with 2 stars, because I think the things I didn't like outweighed what I did like about this book.

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review 2014-08-06 01:09
Loved it!
The Blessed - Tonya Hurley

Synopsis

Brooklyn teens Lucy, Cecilia and Agnes find themselves in the emergency room at Perpetual Help Hospital at the lowest point in their lives. Lucy, the superficial party girl; Cecilia, a drop out rock chick; and Agnes, a hopeless romantic. All rebels running from their lives and themselves, plagued by broken hearts and broken dreams.
Enter Sebastian: mysterious, compelling, seductive. 
He brings the girls together and seems to provide each of them with what they long for ... and they begin to heal.
But Sebastian is on the run - and soon the girls are hunted too ...

 

I read this standalone a while back and I really enjoyed it. Also the cover is amazing even thought I have a paperback with different cover but still...Yeah, so...*awkward silence* I did enjoy this book. So go and get it!! Now shush I am reading. 

 

 

I have this cover!

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review 2014-01-23 18:21
Precious Blood by Tonya Hurley
Precious Blood - Tonya Hurley,Abbey Watkins

Source: PulseIT/Won from Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon Teen
Series: Blessed #1
Edition: Audiobook/Ebook, 432 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Purchase: *
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 2/5

 

 

Oh boy…where to even begin with Precious Blood? I read this while it was free on Pulse It and switched between it and the audio version I’ve been meaning to listen to for some time now. So this will be a combination of both experiences.

Precious Blood is not a book that clues you in on the plot until about half way through and even then it takes pleasure in spinning you in circles until you just throw up your hands and let it have it’s way. In fact that’s kind of how I felt with this one the whole time. The writing style is…odd and I have trouble categorizing it, it’s not bad but it holds a certain vibe that just doesn’t sit right. The plot is rather slow at first but I think around 62% it becomes a full on whirl-wind and I was literally yelling “What the f—” out loud.

We meet three girls Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy who live very different lives and have very different personalities, all of which I kind of hated. Agnes is by far the most redeemable of them, but as innocent as she is she’s also incredibly naive. Cecilia is a rocker and she makes her very meager lives playing in the clubs and loves her loyal following. Lucy is one of those celebrities that you look at and wonder what the hell they’re famous for; she’s stuck up, stubborn, and shallow. They are all hard to like from the get go, and given their rather unorthodox introduction as ER patients  it’s kind of clear they are not supposed to be likeable…or maybe that’s just how I felt. It’s really hard to like a person who demands Vicodin for some as simple as period cramp. At any rate this is a very unorthodox story of three girls who find redemption and become saints…in their own way. Though I have trouble understanding how they fit the role of saints, who from my knowledge are normally martyrs or healers…these girls are not. There is a line that says something like “we’re saints. not angels” that was meant as a haphazard explanation, but threw me off because Angels are the ones who do the real dirty work. They’re soldiers…saints are not. At any rate the whole saint storyline was rather interesting and I will admit that I found it hard to put the book down after that halfway point.

There is also the rather confusing good vs bad plot that comes in later that I’m not entirely sure about. I understand the goal but I’m not sure I understand all the parts that lead up to it. There were a few incidences that I actually cringed at because they just felt so wrong…I didn’t understand the overt sensuality of some of the scenes and their placement (and a few of the lines) were just uncomfortable.

As for the audio narration…I definitely do not recommend it. If you’re going to read this one, then I suggest actually reading it. The narration isn’t bad per say but I found it too jarring. There were moments where the sound of the voice would suddenly be really loud and moments where she paused unnecessarily. It just wasn’t a smooth listen.

Overall Precious Blood gets a nod from me for creativity and for making my heart pound a few times, however I found the story too confusing and the characters too unlikeable. I don’t see myself reading the rest of this series, though I will admit to some morbid curiosity.

2 stars

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review 2013-12-03 00:33
Precious Blood
Precious Blood - Tonya Hurley,Abbey Watkins

So I read this for free as part of Simon Teen Pulse It's 31 days of reading  http://www.pulseit.com/.  This is not a book I would normally have chosen to read otherwise, but it was an interesting.  

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text 2013-12-02 23:54
31 days of reading- Day 2
Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
Precious Blood - Tonya Hurley,Abbey Watkins

So far, I am 2 for 2, having finished Hush, Hush yesterday and Precious Blood today.  I have made it a personal challenge to read as much as I can (and hopefully finish) these books each day while they are free at http://www.pulseit.com/,  They are only free for 24 hours, so I am going to try to get through as many as possible!  The next couple of days are going to be busy, wish me luck!

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