Review Rendezvous: 11/25/17


A Bad Day For Sorry by Sophie Littlefield
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Genre(s): Mystery, thriller
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 288
Publish date: August 4th, 2009
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

Bad DayStella Hardesty, our salty, unlikely heroine, runs a sewing shop in rural Missouri. She also has a side business helping battered women with their abusive boyfriends and husbands. When Chrissy Shaw asks Stella for help, it seems like a straightforward case, until Chrissy’s no-good husband disappears with her two-year-old son. Now Stella finds herself in a battle against a more formidable enemy as she risks her own life to recover the boy.

I had such high hopes. So high. After coming down from the amazing-ness that is Kelly Oram’s books, I jumped into this one, and was supremely disappointed. Nothing against the book, but I had envisioned the protagonist quite a bit different than she actually is.

Stella Hardesty is an older (I believe 40s or 50s?) woman on her own in Missouri. She’s taken it upon herself to stop men from beating up on their wives and girlfriends, which would be fine, but she delivers “justice” however she see’s fit. From the review I wrote of “Premeditated” by Josie L McQuein, you should know that I really don’t like characters that take justice into their own hands.

I tried, I really did. This is another of the books that I read precisely two chapters and proceeded to skim the rest so I could decipher the plot. There was a twist at the end, but unlike other books where the twist has hooked me and I go back to read, there was no saving this book.

I’ll be chalking this one up to an unsuccessful finish, and it may interest you in a different way, it’s just not my cup of tea.

Rating:
Heart


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Review Rendezvous: 7/2/14


And here is another review for your reading pleasure since I also didn’t post one last week. I would’ve chosen a different, better one, but this one is really kinda bad, so I’ll advise you guys not to read it if you ever come across it and it sounds interesting.

Tunnel Vision by Susan Shaw
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, realistic fiction, mystery
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 272
Publish date: August 16th, 2011

Tunnel VisionOn her way home one evening, Liza has to force her way through a group of men in a train underpass. She doesn’t think anything of it, but when her mom is shot dead moments later, Liza’s world turns upside down. Even worse, Liza was really the target. Only hours after her mother’s death, Liza is nearly killed again and she and her dad are placed in the witness protection program. Leaving everything she’s ever known behind, Liza and her dad pick up and move, never staying in one place for long. It’s too big of a risk–and Liza’s worst fear is realized when she gets recognized. The would-be killer is still on their trail, so all Liza ad her dad can do is keep running. Unsure whom to trust and where to go, they’re just trying to stay alive.

I kind of wanted to give this one a zero. I really did. But that would mean I need to create a whole new tag for it and it wasn’t really even worth that. This book is probably one of the worst I’ve read in a long time. I really don’t want that to sound as mean as it does, but honestly, it’s kind of the truth.

The main character here, Liza, is completely un-relatable. She speaks in an awkward manner and really is just not that likable at all. She and here father go on the run after her mother is shot, which should trigger a bit more of an emotional crisis than it seemed to. Her mother was shot right in front of her for crying out loud, and she doesn’t break down or anything? I could excuse that if she were a trained government soldier, but she’s (supposedly) just a normal teenage girl. Sigh.

Usually I don’t give out spoilers, but for this book, I wouldn’t really recommend it at all, so I’m just going at it. If you don’t want to know the ending, you probably should stop reading now.

Anyways, near the end of the book, they finally catch the guy who’s trying to kill Liza. For the life of me I can’t remember why, but that’s fine with me. It wasn’t something that important anyways. Oh, and remember how Liza’s mom was supposedly dead? Nope. She just fell on the ground and got berries or something on her, which made her look like she was shot. Really? Really? Just…ugh.

Rating:

Heart


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