Title: Run to You Part Two: Second Glance
Author: Clara Kensie
Length: 304 pages
Why I read it: Sequel
What it’s About: This is the continuing story of Tessa and Tristan Walker. Tessa has told Tristan her family’s secrets, and he’s told her his, but not all of them. Tessa soon finds herself questioning if she can trust Tristan or if his love was all an act.
The Good: This installment of the book was action packed. There were quiet moments too, but it was never boring. Every turn of the page, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going to happen. It was a puzzle and I couldn’t wait to learn all of the secrets.
The Bad: Tessa. She was stupid. This book would have gotten a higher rating if it wasn’t for Tessa. I know she’s 16 and Tristan was her first love, and she didn’t want to have secrets from him, but she’d been told since she was eight years old that she had to lie to stay safe. I get why she did it, but she I feel that she was incredibly selfish to tell Tristan everything and put her whole family in danger.
Final Thoughts: While I did like this book, Tessa was a let down in terms of a main character.
Title: Run To You Part One: First Sight
Author: Clara Kensie
Length: 304 pages
Why I read it: Curiosity got me
What it’s About: Tessa Carson and her family are on the run from a man trying to murder them. Why? because they all, except Tessa, have special abilities. When Tessa and her family move to, yet another, new home, Tessa goes by the name Sarah Spencer. It isn’t until she meets Tristan Walker that her secret and her true identity are revealed.
The Good: This series reminds me of Heroes, big time. The characters either have abilities or they don’t and they are trying to bring down the people who are trying to capture the people who have abilities. The story itself is a relief from most YA trends of the moment, and it is a captivating concept. I especially loved reading about the different kinds of abilities people have. I also like the idea of a serialized series. The first book is comprised of three volumes, or parts, which is interesting.
The Bad: I read this book, and the other two parts two months ago, and nothing is really sticking with me. I can’t remember Tessa’s family, I can’t remember what their abilities are, and Tessa herself got on my nerves. I got so mad at her, we had some reader/character issues after a while. I know Tristan was her first love, but you’d think that after being on the run for eight years, she’d resist her impulse to tell him all her family’s secrets. And while I did love the concept, it would be nice to have a bit more… just more, I guess. Like Why does Tessa not have abilities? How did Tessa’s parents learn about their abilities? There was nothing that made any character stand out.
Final Thoughts: The reason I didn’t give this a lower rating is that I did like the book, and it has potential, so it deserves a medium rating. Hopefully some of the flaws in it will be mended with the next three parts.
Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Length: 395 pages
Genre: Mystery, thriller
Why I read it: I am unashamed to admit, I am a Gillian Flynn fangirl
What it’s About: On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary Amy Dunne goes missing. The prime suspect is her husband Nick.
The Good: I, for one, was not invested in either Amy or Nick. I didn’t like either of them, but I didn’t hate them either. This was good because when Flynn wanted the reader to feel like Amy was the wronged wife, I felt it. When Flynn wanted us to feel Nick’s desperation, We would. It was a great tactic to keep us guessing what the outcome would be. Flynn once again showed her flair for writing a perfect twist. The book went in a direction I wouldn’t have seen coming, and she did it in such a way that it made me need to keep reading.
The Bad: the first part of this book was boring. I had no desire to read it, and when I did read it, I would put it down soon after. I would have liked a little more with Amy’s parents. They seemed a little too perfect and it simply didn’t seem enough that their books were the motive behind anything that Amy did.
Final Thoughts: Read this book. Even if you, like me, feel that the first part is boring, it picks up and is worth struggling through. I feel like I need a palate cleanser book after reading Gone Girl, and that rarely happens anymore.
Title: Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard
Length: 286 pages
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller
Why I read it: Re-read
What it’s About: Three years after their friend Ali disappears, Hannah, Spencer, Aria, and Emily start getting messages from an anonymous person. The texts claim to know the four girls secrets, secrets that only Ali knew. But soon after the texts start, The girls learn that Ali’s body has been found.
The Good: I will give the it this, it is a compelling read. Why? I honestly don’t know. For me I think it’s a mix of things, it makes me ask questions. Like Why does Ali, hold so much power over people? Why does this anonymous A care about secrets of Ali’s friends? I also want to learn more about the girls. It’s no Christie, but I love the whodunit aspect of Ali’s death and A’s identity.
The Bad: I will not rant about how inappropriate these books are for impressionable teen girls. I don’t really believe that anyway. Hopefully if you are reading the books, you are smart enough to know it is fiction and shouldn’t be imitated. What I do think is a big flaw with it is that Shepard seemed to use the story as one big ad for various products. I don’t need to know what brand of jeans a fictional person is wearing. Adding the brand doesn’t add depth to the story, and Shepard seemed too preoccupied with her own personal logo quiz. For as fascinated as I am with the characters, the book, at least this one is drawn out too long. It’s a fast read, but that’s because you want to know if any questions will be answered.
Final Thoughts: I honestly don’t know how I feel about this book. It has it’s likable points, but I don’t like it, and I don’t hate it. I do honestly like the television show better, and actually started reading the books because of the show, but it’s one of the few times that the original material doesn’t measure up.
Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Length: 345 pages
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Why I read it: I liked Flynn’s first Novel, so I thought I’d give this one a go.
What it’s About: When Libby was seven her mom and two sisters were killed. Libby escaped, and testified that her Brother Ben had been the murderer. Twenty-five years later, Libby meets Lyle a member of the Kill Club, and is soon questioning if her brother is guilty of the crimes after all. With Lyle’s help and money, Libby sets out to find out the truth of her family’s murder.
The Good: As with Flynn’s debut novel, Dark places was just as gritty and just as gripping. Flynn has shown time and again that she has a flair when it comes to imagery, and I honestly had a difficult time putting this book down. And I’ll admit I didn’t truly relate to any of Flynn’s characters, but I did like a majority of them. I think the only exceptions were Diondra and Trey. Also, the twist at the end, unlike with Sharp Objects, I would not have guessed, and that was, I think the best part. The pacing was perfect, and I liked the story being told from Libby’s perspective in the present day, and both Ben, and Patty’s perspective in 1985 in the hours leading up to the murders.
The Bad: I honestly can’t pinpoint any one particular thing I didn’t like about the book. Although I do think that Flynn put pressure on herself for it to be just as good, if not better, than Sharp Objects, and that in itself was where the book failed. I will say this, I really HATED Diondra. More than once she had me rolling my eyes, and I just wanted to slap her. Or shake her.
Final Thoughts: Another good story from Ms. Flynn. I can’t wait to get started on Gone Girl, and I look forward to the movie.