Month: August 2020

Burn Our Bodies Down

Burn Our Bodies Down
Author: Rory Power

Published: July 7, 2020
352 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

Kim’s Review:

I loved Wilder Girls. This one, not so much. While a lot seemed to happen, I felt like I couldn’t get into it. I kept getting distracted by everything else that was happening around me. I didn’t feel very connected to Margot. I really didn’t like her mom. I get that the emotions were supposed to be high and strained, but I felt uncomfortable and exhausted after reading one conversation between Margot and her mom. Normally I like all those raging feelings, but in this case, it wasn’t pleasant at all. While the mystery of the Nielsen family was kinda intriguing, I didn’t like that I didn’t learn really anything until the very end. Normally a mystery will give you little bits as you go along, but this one didn’t. I did guess a part of the resolution, but even then, the ending wasn’t very satisfying. I liked how most of the plot was tied up and explained, it just felt like such a struggle to get there!

I think I would only recommend this book to certain people, but unfortunately, I can’t really recommend it to the general public. I wanted so badly to love this book, I just didn’t.

Purchase Links:
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A Release Day Double Review of The Companion by Katie Alender

Today is release day for The Companion by Katie Alender and today I bring you a double review for it!  This double review is not with Kim, but my friend Yami, who runs her own Facebook page: A Bookworm’s Thoughts. We received our copies from the publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers via Bookish First on the same day and I approached her on if she wanted to do a double review and she said sure!

The Companion
Author: Katie Alender

Published: TODAY, August 25, 2020
448 Pages

Book Description:

The other orphans say Margot is lucky.

Lucky to survive the horrible accident that killed her family.
Lucky to have her own room because she wakes up screaming every night.

And finally, lucky to be chosen by a prestigious family to live at their remote country estate.

But it wasn’t luck that made the Suttons rescue Margot from her bleak existence at the group home. Margot was handpicked to be a companion to their silent, mysterious daughter, Agatha. At first, helping with Agatha–and getting to know her handsome older brother–seems much better than the group home. But soon, the isolated, gothic house begins playing tricks on Margot’s mind, making her question everything she believes about the Suttons . . . and herself.

Margot’s bad dreams may have stopped when she came to live with Agatha – but the real nightmare has just begun.

Jessica’s Review:
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Dates Read: August 11-18, 2020

This is the first book I have read by Alender, and it will not be the last. From the beginning we are pulled in to the accident that Margot survives.  Margot tell us the story in first person, so we are along with her for the duration of the novel.  We experience everything with her from the group home to moving in with the Suttons. 

This is a standalone YA/Horror novel and you know something that is going on is just not right.  It is not gory horror, but psychological and a very quick read.  It really was one I did not want to put down! I wanted to know how this one was going to end! Yes, it is somewhat predictable but to get to the ending and then be thinking “What did I just read!?!??!?” But this is meant in a great way!  Even better is that we have a satisfying ending. 

This is one where you cannot say much as it is best to go into it not really knowing much, but do read this if you enjoy thrillers and horror.  You won’t regret it!

Many thanks to the publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers for granting me a copy via BookishFirst.

Yami’s Review:
Yami’s Rating: 4.5 stars

Another of Katie Alender’s book that I enjoyed. This one was more of a thriller. Poor Margot went through a great tragedy in the beginning of the book. Being the only survivor from a car accident with her family is such a horrible thing. So when a family decided to take her into their home, you would hope things will get better for her but right from the start you know things are just not right. I figured out a lot of the stuff from the beginning but it was still an enjoyable, crazy ride. I don’t know how much I could say without giving anything away so I will just end it here. Also, I was very happy with the ending.

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Purchase Links:
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Go Team Dream Weavers!!

My friend Beccie who is also the creator of Bookies has found a cause she is very passionate about and wants to support an every way possible:  Human Trafficking and Missing Children.

In the month of September she and her sister are participating in The Ride for Missing Children through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. For every donation they receive they will walk a mile for children from your chosen state. And for every $100 raised Beccie will walk a mile dressed as a movie or book character! 

I personally helped Beccie get to her first $100 goal and for that particular mile she will be walking for children in Georgia and dressed as the character of Belle from Beauty and the Beast!  Since my donation this morning, she has already raised more donations and is getting closer to her goal! 

Help Beccie and her sister Lorrie reach their team Dream Weavers goal! Donate here:

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