The Ravenous

By Amy Lukavics

Source: Purchased

Series: n/a

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Published by Harlequin Teen

My Rating: four-stars

The Ravenous

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn’t quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.

When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they’ll go to keep their family together.

I was really looking forward to this book! I love YA horror, and I thought Amy Lukavics’ previous books had been creepy enough that I was definitely going to read whatever she wrote next. Then I read the synopsis for this book, which sounded like a zombie story centred around five sisters, and I pre-ordered right away!

There’s just so much tension in this book (between Mona and her sisters, especially Juliet; between the sisters and their mother) and it felt like it was building up to something. Like Daughters Unto Devils and The Women in the Walls, I felt like this story built up slowly, with lots of tension, and ended with a violent, fast-paced finish.

While that hasn’t always worked for me, I enjoyed this book a lot. I think it’s my favourite book by Amy Lukavics. And it isn’t full of gore and horror (although there definitely is some of that), so I think this could be a good pick for readers looking to read some horror (YA or not), but who want to ease in.

Recommended!

Week In Review

October 16 – 22

 

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Happy Sunday! I am sleepy. Bring on the coffee!

I hit my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal for the year earlier this week: 100 books. Yay! In the past when I’ve made my goal, I’ve increased the number, but this year I think I’m just going to leave it as-is. If I read another 5, 10, 25 books before the end of the year, that would be great, but I don’t want to be trying to meet a number.

New books:

Two books that I ordered arrived this week:

It Devours!, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor;

Turtles All the Way Down, John Green.

I also picked up a book from the library that I’ve been looking forward to: See What I Have Done, by Sarah Schmidt. I’ve heard mixed things about it, but I’m definitely intrigued by it.

Books read:

I finished five books this past week!

The Ravenous, Amy Lukavics;

What Happened, Hillary Clinton;

Final Girls, Mira Grant;

In the Woods, Tana French; and

The Likeness, Tana French.

After reading the two Tana French books (which are the first two in her Dublin Murder Squad series), I’m feeling like I’m on a real mystery kick! I want to keep reading the rest of her books but I also want to read some other books, not to mention my library books…so many books, never enough time!

Current reads:

I’m trying to decide between starting the next book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, Faithful Place, or starting Patrick Ness’ The Knife of Never Letting Go, which I’ve had on my shelf for ages.

Reviews:

I only posted one review this past week, for a book I really liked: There’s Someone Inside Your House, by Stephanie Perkins.

I was on the go for a little while yesterday, so today seems like a perfect day to curl up in my chair and read a book (once I decide which one!).

 

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There’s Someone Inside Your House

By Stephanie Perkins

Source: Purchased

Series: n/a

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

My Rating: four-stars

There’s Someone Inside Your House

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

I really enjoyed Stephanie Perkins’ contemporary YA books (Anna and the French Kiss; Lola and the Boy Next Door; Isla and the Happily Ever After), and I know via her Twitter account that she’s a big horror movie fan. So when I learned that she was working on a book described as a YA-slasher story, I was super excited!

First of all, I love this title and I love this cover. I also love the first chapter and the way the story opens. Elements of this book felt very reminiscent of the movie ‘Scream’, which I loved when it first came out. I feel like it would be spoiler-y to go into detail so I won’t, and I’m certainly not a horror buff, but that movie immediately came to mind while I read this.

While this book had a few violent scenes, as you would expect from a story about a bunch of murders, it wasn’t over the top or super gory, in my opinion. So I think if you’re squeamish about that sort of thing, you can still read and enjoy this (you just might want to skim some paragraphs).

I liked the romance well enough, but was a little underwhelmed by the book’s ending, and the killer’s identity.

I definitely enjoyed this, and stayed up past my bedtime to finish reading. If you’re looking for a fall/Halloween read, but don’t want a full-on horror story, check this one out!

Week In Review

October 2 – 15

 

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I didn’t post one of these last weekend because I was at a Supernatural convention!! My mom and sisters and I spent Thanksgiving in Toronto at the convention and it was amazing. The Q & A panels were excellent, the Friday night karaoke concert was really fun, and I met and got photos with so many of my favourites!

So I haven’t really gotten much reading done lately.

New books:

I did get a bunch of exciting new books recently:

From Raincoast Books:

Girls Made of Snow and Glass, Melissa Bashardoust;

The Midnight Dance, Nikki Katz;

Retribution Rails, Erin Bowman; and

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, Melissa de la Cruz.

Thank you!

Penguin Random House sent me something too:

Sleeping in the Ground, Peter Robinson. I hadn’t heard of this, but I’ve been reading a bunch of mysteries lately, so maybe this is going to be something I pick up soon to check out.

I also purchased a few books over the past couple of weeks that I don’t think I’ve mentioned here:
He Said / She Said, Erin Kelly;

Emma in the Night, Wendy Walker;

All the Crooked Saints, Maggie Stiefvater;

Angel: After the Fall,Volume 1, Bryan Lynch, Joss Whedon, and Franco Urru.

Books read:

I only finished one book in the past couple of weeks: He Said / She Said.

Current reads:

I started reading The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics after the convention, but haven’t really gotten into it yet. I’m planning to finally do some more reading today.

Reviews:

I posted a few reviews these past couple of weeks:

The Takedown, Corrie Wang;

A Drop of Night, Stefan Bachmann;

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, F.C. Yee; and

Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart.

Ok, time for some coffee and trying to get some reading done! Happy Sunday!

 

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Genuine Fraud

By E. Lockhart

Source: Received from the publisher

Series: n/a

Received from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Published by Delacorte Press

My Rating: three-stars

Genuine Fraud

Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

I was really excited to read this book. I super enjoyed We Were Liars, so I was definitely excited when my friend gave me an ARC, and then the publisher sent me a finished copy.

So. I really wanted to love this. I really really did. But while I definitely thought the format was really interesting (the story is kind of told backwards), I didn’t love the book as a whole. I LIKED it.  It was interesting and the need to see how the pieces fit together kept me reading past my bedtime, but I felt somewhat emotionally disconnected from the story.

This was a quick read, and I did like it, but I think it’s one of those that will not really stand out from all of the other books I’ve read this year.