What We Buried
Author: Kate A. Boorman
Published: February 26, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting one another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality-TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.
Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the hearing, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling . . . which is true.
What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.
What a weird book. The cover held me enthralled for so long and I finally got it for Christmas. I’m pretty sure this book will be in the 2020 Most Gorgeous Cover Tournament . . . But as we were all taught, never judge a book by its cover. It took me forever to even get into the story. The characters were insufferable. The only one I liked was Jory. Literally everyone else was shallow and unlikable. Then as the story progressed, things made less and less sense. I think that was supposed to happen, but I think it was supposed to intrigue the reader. Instead, I was frustrated.
The whole book was one big confusing, annoying meandering that led absolutely nowhere. Honestly, the only reason I’m giving 3 stars is because of the amazing cover. I really don’t think I recommend this book to anyone. It felt like a waste of time, even when I got to the end and things were “explained”.
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Published: October 1, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Imagine… Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.
Imagine… Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.
Imagine... Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.
Imagine… Something that will change everything… And having to save everyone you love.
Whoa. I really loved Perks of Being a Wallflower and I got so excited when I found out he was publishing another book, and a horror book at that! I was able to get a signed copy from Island Bookstore in Corolla, NC. Then I read it. Holy. Crap. For being such a large book, it went by very quickly. I was engrossed within the first chapter. Thankfully, I liked who I was supposed to like and hated those I was supposed to hate. Though the twist got me; I’ll admit that I didn’t see it coming. I should have. Once it twisted, I kicked myself for not having an inkling about it.
The reason I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 was because there were places that made me, as a Christian, a little uncomfortable. I can only assume that Chbosky is a catholic, because the catholic themes guiding the story are obvious. I can’t say too much about the story because I don’t want to give anything away. The synopsis is the perfect tantalization and I don’t think anymore should be learned before reading. It is definitely creepy, but I don’t think it was scary. Even those who don’t like horror will like this book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something to completely immerse themselves in.
Author: Rory Power
Published: July 9, 2019
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 10-23, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
This is one that Kim read last year and I was curious because of her review, and my library finally received it on audiobook. The premise intrigued me, but the book did not really deliver for me. Instead of being pulled into a situation that is going on 18 months, I would have liked the story from the beginning. I really enjoy books with chaos and I am sure that’s how the beginning of the Tox went.
I just was not attached to any of the girls and really did not care what happened to them. But some of what happens is frightening and definitely not for everyone. Towards the very end I became interested in the story, but that was too far gone.
This was not a bad novel, just not for me.