Tag: YA

Book Review: All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott

All This Time
Authors:
Mikki Daughtry
Rachael Lippincott

Published: September 29, 2020
336 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand.

Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling.

As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together.

And he’s right.

Kim’s Review:

Duh, I was gonna read this book! I adored Five Feet Apart so much and Jessica and I were so excited when we saw this book. Yay, Prime Day deals! Of course I got the jacked up copy, but they fixed it so everything is ok now. Ivan also liked All This Time better since I didn’t come asking him medical questions every two seconds. All This Time was more on the fantasy side of things and I liked it! I enjoyed getting to know Kyle and Marley; it was sweet teenage love and I was getting some of the same vibes as I did from Five Feet. I suspected, but I admit that the twist kinda knocked me on my ass. I can’t really talk about my more critical opinions because I don’t want to give anything away. Right at the twisty chapter, my concerns were addressed very clearly so I was happy with the rest of the story. Overall, this is an emotional read with sweet characters and an interesting plot. Anyone who liked Five Feet Apart or Me Before You is gonna like All This Time. Plus a gorgeous cover!!

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Book Review: Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Watch Over Me
Author: Nina LaCour
Published: September 15, 2020
272 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.

But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.

Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.

Kim’s Review:

Amazing cover. Totally why I bought it and thankfully it lived up to its gorgeous outside!

I feel bad writing a short review for such a great book, but I think it just needs to be experienced. I believe that everyone will have a different experience while reading it. It’s gonna mean different things to different people and that’s the beauty of it. So I’ll just say that it’s an emotional story, with great characters, and simple plot with engaging metaphors. The best thing to say about Watch Over Me is that you need to read it, then you’ll get it. I really loved it!

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Book Review: Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

Harrow Lake
Author: Kat Ellis

Published: August 25, 2020
304 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Things I know about Harrow Lake:
1.It’s where my father shot his most disturbing slasher film.
2.There’s something not right about this town.

Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker–she thinks nothing can scare her.

But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s quickly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot. The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map–and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.

And there’s someone–or something–stalking her every move.

The more Lola discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her.

Kim’s Review:

Hmmmm… what an odd read.

It had a lot of good things in it, but it also has some pretty confusing things. I felt lost a good portion of the time. The pacing at the beginning was so fast that I started to think that something was up. But then, Lola ends up in Harrow Lake where everything slowed down to a snail’s pace. I’m all for a slow burn, but this just dragged. I was having a hard time connecting everything that was happening. The horror film, Night Jar, that was set in Harrow Lake felt like an extra element that did more to muddy the waters than to clear them. While Mary Ann fascinated me, I couldn’t really figure out her place in the story either.

Nothing really made any sense until the very end. I’m mostly happy with the way things turned out, most of the loose ends were tied up. I also like the horror elements that Ellis included in the book. There were some places where I felt the goosebumps.

Overall, this was an ok book. I’m glad I read it and I love the cover … but I’m also probably not gonna read it again.

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