Thursday, February 18, 2016

100 Words and a Quote

Title: Ugly
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Source: Publisher
Published: October 26th, 2015
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A heart-breaking rendering of a character so emotionally, verbally, and physically abused that pain becomes second nature and the bad things are always easier to believe than the good.  The author perfectly captures the voice of Lily, and her story reminds us that not every victim has the means or strength to walk away.  A difficult subject matter that is dark, honest, and eventually hopeful.  I commend the author for including the hotline numbers for victims of domestic violence at the end. Some may call the happy ending predictable; but after what Lily endured, I wouldn’t have wanted anything less. 
      Word Count: 100

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes it’s better to stay with the devil you know, instead of risking it all on the devil you don’t know.”

*While this is listed as a "dark YA/NA," I would only recommend to NA readers and older due to intensity and violence.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Title: Brother
Author: Ania Ahlborn
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: September 29th, 2015
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This is a dark thriller/horror story about a gruesome little family of serial killers.  It is riveting and entirely hypnotic.  Michael is as heartbreaking a character as his brother Rebel is horrifying.  I wanted to rescue Michael but not at the risk of going ANYWHERE near these people!  Sorry, Michael. This family was terrifying, and they are the reason we deadbolt our doors at night.  If you’re the sort of reader who doesn’t bat an eye at horror and King’s stories make you giggle… then go ahead and pick this book up.  Read it in the dark. I dare you.

Word Count: 100

Favorite Quote: “Rebel reached out and patted Michael’s knee in a chummy sort of way. ‘I just want my little brother to be happy,’ he said. ‘Believe me, Mikey, you follow my lead and you can have her forever.’”

*Not for young readers AT ALL. ;)

Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Published: January 13th, 2015
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I really liked this taut psychological thriller!  A great twist-filled who-done-it that throws out several red herrings and has you second guessing everybody and everything.  This book has a cast of unlikable yet utterly captivating characters, and Rachel especially is an entirely unreliable narrator and the ultimate hot mess.  But my gosh, did I root for her! Her story is completely absorbing, and I was absolutely glued to the pages. I cannot believe this is a debut book – Paula Hawkins is a fantastic story teller and brilliant writer! I will certainly be grabbing her next book. Perfect for mystery/suspense lovers! 

Word Count: 100

Favorite Quote: 
“I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.

*Recommended for readers 18+ 

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  1. I love these posts... Brother sounds absolutely terrifying and creepy and NOPE I will not be reading that one haha I am such a wimp. Ugly sounds like it could be a me book though and The Girl On The Train too when I'm in the right mood. Great reviews Wifey cakes.

    1. Thanks, wifey! Noooo, Brother is not for you! lol

  2. Brother gives me the creeps, but yet I am fascinated too. I agree about Girl on the Train, the characters were all so unlikeable but fascinating. It was an interesting read for sure.

  3. I could not pick up Brother! Just from your review I was already a bit scared! And Ugly sounds like such an emotional book! I need to pick up Girl on the Train. That one sounds like a book I would really enjoy!

    Lovely reviews! I enjoyed this post! Love you!

    1. No, Brother is probably not a good idea then, but I definitely think you'll enjoy The Girl on the Train!
      Thank you! Love you, too! <3

  4. Brother sounds creepy. I listened to Girl on A Train and enjoyed it.

  5. I have been wanting to read The Girl on the Train. I hope I will get to it soon. Sounds like a page turner. Ugly sounds like a powerful read and one that will be tough to read, but such an important topic for people to read about. I hope there will be people who reach out for help after reading it. :)

    1. Oh, I hope you do too, Jess! It's so good! Yes, Ugly is very powerful, and that is my hope exactly. Have a great weekend!


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