A short DNF review today. This book had a very interesting promise, but it just didn't work for me. I think it's very personal if you like the writing-style or not - in my case, I didn't. I do love the original promise and I wish I was able to connect with the style. The other is a book where the ending surprised me so much, it added around 0.5 stars to the rating. I wasn't surprised by the crushing effect from this book, because the author destroyed me before.
Kate Karyus Quinn – (Don’t you) forget about me. June 10th 2014 by HarperTeen. Source: Edelweiss & publisher.
Welcome to Gardnerville. A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies. Except... There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them. Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.DNF.
I appreciate what Kate is trying to achieve here. This is an unique and weird world. I’m very interested in everything that is going on. From the main character who takes pills called ‘forget-me-knots’ to the mystery around her sister Piper. The writing-style makes it even crazier and I understand why a lot of people love that - but it doesn't work for me. I'm confused and I have so many more books to read, that I'm going to quit for now.
Jodi Lynn Anderson – The vanishing season. July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen.
Source: Edelweiss & publisher.
Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell. The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town. I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both. All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.FINISHED: 2.5 stars.
This story was unexpected painful, but I should have known. This is the author from Tiger Lily, one of the rare books that make my eyes watery. This book isn’t fantastic and I wish I loved it more than I did, but the twist at the end tugged at my heart. My main complaint where the characters. I didn’t like Pauline and Liam, Maggie was okay but not fleshed out. I hated how Pauline played with Liam’s feelings and how she couldn’t be happy for Maggie.. I’m not going to say anything about the story, because I want you to be surprised like I was.