Review Rendezvous: 9/23/17


Judge by the Cover by Melissa Abigail
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 341
Publish date: January 2nd, 2017
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JudgeHaruna Mitsukai is an overachiever with dreams of attending the University of British Columbia.

Ryu Debiru¬†is a bad boy whose only desire is to escape this ridiculous prison called “life.”

Both attend Shady Glenn Academy and despite their similar “hafu” identity, they couldn’t despise each other more.

Years of avoidance come to an end when a major assignment on Shakespeare’s¬†Merchant of Venice¬†pairs them together.¬†

Just as everything reaches a breaking point, revelations about an old East Side mansion called “Heaven” causes Haruna to question everything she¬†thought¬†she knew about him.¬†

As for Ryu? Well, all that glitters is most certainly not gold.

This book took me a bit to get into, but it wasn’t as bad as others I’ve read that started out the same way. The first thing that struck me was exactly how superficial the main girl could be. It’s hard to get into a book when the character coms off as unlikable to begin with, but the good news for Haruna is that she grows and develops as the book progresses.

We also get a bit of Ryu’s perspective in the book. I will say, while the split perspective might work, it’s almost as if Ryu is the more worthy character to follow. Not much really happens to Haruna over the course of the book, besides her working on the project and some internal development. Ryu, on the other hand, has quite a bit more to think about. I can’t get into exactly what without giving away spoilers.

There is a good setup for more in the following books, however I can’t say that there is much happening in the first three-quarters of the book. The growth that the characters go through is important, and that’s what makes up the first portion, but when most of the action happening is introspective, it slows down the progress of the book.

I was provided this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:
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Review Rendezvous: 8/5/17


Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
Book stats:
Genre(s): Thriller, mystery
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 348
Publish date: July 16th, 2016
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Dear AmyMargot Lewis is the agony aunt for¬†The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column,¬†Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters – but none like the one she’s just received:

Dear Amy,
I don’t know where I am. I’ve been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I’m afraid he’ll kill me.¬†Please help me soon,
Bethan Avery

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything.

We’re going British this time, and I admit it was an interesting change of voice to read from an author across the pond. It took a second to adjust, but then I was mildly intrigued by the storyline. I admit, I had thought I’d be more interested in this one, but just because it didn’t catch my fancy doesn’t mean it’s a bad book.

In this novel, we meet Margot, who is a columnist for the paper and a teacher at a local school. There has recently been a girl kidnapped from said school, which brings Margot to think back about a kidnapping many years ago that was never solved. The trail went cold, at least until Margot began receiving letters from the alleged kidnapped girl herself.

I kind of faded out of interest in the story about midway through, but I really had nothing better to do, so I plugged on. Boy was I glad I did. Margot becomes more and more interested in the previous kidnapping so she does some research, which attracts the wrong kind of attention. Her life slowly devolves into chaos, and that’s when there is the most shocking turn of events.

Clearly I can’t let you know what that is, since I’m dedicated to spoiler-free reviews, but it renewed my interest in the book to finish the last quarter strong. I don’t necessarily believe that is it re-read material, but I had a fair time of it the first go around. If it wasn’t for the twist though, this certainly would’ve gotten a lesser rating.

Rating:
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