There’s Someone Inside Your House, Stephanie Perkins

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

WARNING, THIS REVIEW DOES CONTAIN A PRETTY BIG SPOILER. NUMBER SIX ON MY LIST. SO JUST SKIP THAT IF YOU DONT WANT TO SEE IT. IT’S A VERY BIG SPOILER.

I don’t know where to start with this so please bear with me…

I wouldn’t have picked this up if not for reading Perkins’ previous series. Not normally my kind of thing, Anna and the French Kiss was cute, fluffy, well written and fun so I was looking forward to seeing what else the author could write. And I’m… so disappointed.

I’m never one for saying stick to what you know. Because the only way to improve is to try new things and experiment. But Perkins is good at light and fluffy and cute. She isn’t good at whatever this was meant to be.

I think it was more that she was trying to do too much, than her actual writing. I almost look at this book as two separate stories, and I think she should have chosen one to write and skip the other. Because having all these chapters where the two mains are making out, or having sex, or talking cute in between them being hunted and a load of murders… it doesn’t work.

I may be alone in thinking this, but when there’s a murderer after you, there’s more important things than having sex.

Okay I’m going to try and put my thoughts into words:

  1. It was meant to be like Scream Queens, or something. The only thing you can compare with these two things was they both happened at a school, and multiple people died in different ways. Scream Queens had a huge cast and over the series, you got to know them all enough to kind of care before they were killed off. I get thats a TV series and this is a book so it would never work as well, but the characters that died? You never met them before their chapters (other than like, for a line) so how are you meant to care about them? Its just like… oh cool, a kid died, who were they? I had no emotional impact about it at all. 
  2. With murdery thrillers like this, aren’t you meant to have a few big suspects and it could literally be any one of them? Granted, I rarely read this genre, but it seemed like Perkins was trying to do this with the Love Interest, but gave up in about two chapters and never actually gave reason for any suspects other than oh they dont fit in. Hey, guess what. ITS SCHOOL A LOT OF PEOPLE DONT FIT IN. There was nothing for me to feel fear for? All these evenings where Main Character was alone with LI (before we knew it wasn’t him) were just make out sessions. I feel a bit cheated, I wanted to be on the edge of  my seat, wondering if she really was safe.
  3. The killer was revealed half way through the book, and again, it was a character we only had seen for a sentence or two, so there was no *gasp* moment, nothing that left me wanting to go back through the book for clues, because we didn’t know him. 
  4. Too much of the ‘suspense’ of the book hovered on Main Characters ‘WHAT IF THEY KNEW MY SECRET’ style sentences. It’s built up to be this massive thing and then was….nothing… when it was revealed. The blurb itself says “dark secrets among them must finally be confronted” but this dark secret was anticlimactic, then literally no character cared about it?
  5. The romance itself felt really flat to me. I liked LI enough on his own, but there wasn’t enough of a spark in it for me to want to root for them both to survive or end up together.
  6. The end was just…strange?
    OKAY OKAY I’M BOLDING THIS. THIS IS A SPOILER FOR THE END READ AT YOUR OWN RISK
    Okay so firstly if this community was that saddened by these deaths they would not all be dressed up as the murderer for fun. LITERALLY TOO SOON. Then like, the whole… Main Character killing him, then the POLICE LADY letting her run off to the LI. Like I get he was a murderer and stuff but I’m pretty sure police procedure is still that you TAKE IN THE PERSON THAT KILLED THE MURDERER for at least a statement?

SPOILER FINISHED RESUME READING HERE.

I’m honestly just so disappointed in this book. I had such high hopes for Perkins, but I think I’m going to have to pretend this book never existed and never mention it ever again.

two-stars

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Whisper to Me, Nick Lake

Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.

I am conflicted.

I’ve been sitting on this review for like, two days, because I don’t know what I feel or think about this book.

Thing is, it’s interestingly written. It’s an email, from Main Character to Love Interest (For once I’m justified in calling him LI since he doesnt have a name.) detailing her life in the run up to meeting him, then her knowing him, and a bit afterwards, explaining why she did a bunch of stuff and why she broke his heard. So it’s different to most things I’ve read before.

Even other first person books aren’t as chatty as this one, because the narrator isn’t assuming you don’t know anything, but assuming you are the person the email would be going to. This isn’t something I’m sure I liked, but it didn’t annoy me so much that I couldn’t read it, and I got used to it after a while.

I probably would have liked it more if Mainy wasn’t as… irritating as she was, but all books (and characters) have their flaws.

Ughh so I’ve just realised that I liked this book more before I started thinking about it. Oops. Bare with me.

okay:

  1. My biggest issue with this was that it opened with a question. The whole book was about the question. AND THE QUESTION WAS NEVER ANSWERED. Seriously don’t set a book up and never answer what you started to write it for. Did LI forgive mainy? Who knows? Not me (though I really hope not)
  2. Mainy is just…. Nope. No. No sorry. I get that a lot of what made her look like a self-absorbed bitch was The Voice demanding she not talk to people and her basically keeping it secret but the whole point of LI was that HE MADE THE VOICE GO AWAY so WHY WAS SHE SO AWFUL TO HIM. Like really really really….
  3. HE DESERVED SO MUCH BETTER THAN HER.
  4. she makes this email to LI saying how it wasn’t all her and it was The Voice but all the stupid mistakes were… just her…. being a dick.

Which brings to nicely to ‘I really really hope LI said fuck this and didn’t forgive her, because I’m sorry, but she was awful. She made his life hard, had a go at his father for no reason, then kissed another guy because she knew he was watching like ughhh if I were him I would have read the email and just probably gone to punch her because no reason or email in the world would excuse that kind of behavior.

So basically…. I did enjoy reading the book, but I also didn’t like the book. Logic.

three stars

 

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Lauren James

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.
Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.
But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?
Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

This is the first book I’ve read in a while that I’ve read in one go, in the middle of the night. I mean, part of me wishes I hadn’t because it really creeped me out (I have a wonderful imagination which decides that clearly when I’m reading disturbing things, it makes my room feel terrifying. I actually had to turn my fan on because the silence was getting to me.)

So… lets start with that blurb. Think you’re going to be reading some cheesy romantic thing, right? Lonely girl finds love in deep space, everything is perfect, yay? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA NO.

This book is fucking creepy. Lauren James managed to perfectly spread out everything that happened – from dropping hints of what happened in the past to what was happening currently. You were never quite sure who to trust – from Romy herself (who, lets be honest, can’t exactly be sane after so long ago and only TV characters really interact with) (TBH that was my theory for most of the book), to the emails she got from Earth, to the person on the other ship. Or maybe you could trust them all.

It was so cleverly done. Not just the storyline but what it says. Not just in the whole ‘dont trust the random dude you don’t know’ rule, (which I kinda stand by, but at the same time, I’m a random girl online who has a lot of online friends so I can’t really talk) but in the fandom sense of things. I think a lot of people will relate to Romy because she uses her love of a show and fanfic to help her through things. She writes her emotions into the characters. When she feels lonely (which, face it, is a lot) she buries herself in the fanfic she has – and a lot of us do that too. Maybe not with fanfic, but with fiction. Words, shows, fandom is a big part of life nowadays and a lot of us do travel to it when we need comfort.

From start to finish, I loved this book, even if it creeped me out. I want more. I want to know what happens next.

four stars

Warbringer, Leigh Bardugo

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

I have a confession. Wonder Woman, the film that came out this year, was the first ever DC film I’ve watched. I had no idea who she actually was or what her story was, as I’m not a comic book lover (I think they are cool, but I find it impossible to read a story like that). However, the film is already a favourite of mine, and this book (kind of unsurprisingly) is one as well – and not just because it’s written by one of my all time greatest authors.

You jump straight into Diana’s story in this book, but you don’t feel like you miss anything, and from a relatively new fan’s point of view, you’re never confused about who the characters are, or the background of Diana and where she grew up. And, just like every superhero film, the book is full of action.

The main characters are all brilliant and well rounded – each one stands out on their own and is clearly well thought out. Their relationships with each other were well thought out, and one of my personal favourite things were that out of the five mains, three were female and had fantastic friendships with each other (wow that’s such a small thing to care about but it’s needed.) 

The writing itself, was, in true Bardugo style, full of warmth and humour and a hell of a lot of emotion, and some absolute gems of dialogue (which I can’t wait to talk about, but I’m writing this before the book has come out, so…)  and plot twists – one of which was so much of a twist that I wasn’t expecting it and actually had to stop reading to remember how to breathe. Which kinda sums up how brilliant the book is.

I just… I love this book. Really, with every book she writes, Bardugo doesn’t only get better but shows exactly why she’s one of my absolute favourite authors.

five stars