The Creeper Man

By Dawn Kurtagich

Source: Purchased

Series: n/a

Publication Date: July 14, 2016

Published by Orion Children’s Books

My Rating: four-stars

The Creeper Man

Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

When Silla and her little sister, Nori, escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. Leaving the smog and fear behind, the girls have the love and freedom they never had in their violent home. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel.

Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing; every day the surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house; a mysterious boy appears from the enclosing wood offering friendship, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer. . .

I love this cover! This cover is what sold me on the book. I actually pre-ordered this copy from The Book Depository, because I liked it better than the North American title and cover.

I have a copy of Dawn Kurtagich’s The Dead House but haven’t read it yet, but I definitely want to read it now! The Creeper Man was just the kind of creepy that I like! I definitely had a building sense of dread as I read, and the way the tension built over the course of the book was great. I also really enjoyed the way the story had different fonts, different sized fonts, passages written like letters and journal entries.

I read this book in two days. I really didn’t want to put it down. And as much as I loved the creepiness of it, the story itself, particularly the ending, was pretty satisfying. I don’t want to say anything, though, to spoil the book but I would really love to talk about it with someone who’s read it!

For YA horror fans, this is definitely a recommended read!

Week In Review

July 18 – 24

I haven’t been doing much reading this week because Pokemon Go came out in Canada and I’ve been playing pretty obsessively! This is holding me over until the new 3DS Pokemon games come out this fall.

I did get some new books this week that I’m VERY excited about! I don’t have a picture yet because I was lazy (and playing Pokemon) but my Owl Crate came this week, with a copy of Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song. Yay!

img_20160718_195912.jpgimg_20160722_211117.jpg My pre-order of Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me showed up as well, and I’ve heard really great things about this book. I think I’m going to make it my next read.  I own all of Megan Abbott’s books but have only read one of them, The End of Everything, which I liked (although I don’t think I wrote a review).

I was also super excited when my copy of Dawn Kurtagich’s The Creeper Man arrived! This is  a UK version that I pre-ordered from The Book Depository. In North America, the book is called And the Trees Crept In and has a not-at-all creepy cover, so I made sure to order the UK version with this wonderful cover.

Despite playing Pokemon Go and re-watching Gilmore Girls pretty much non-stop during my free time this week, I did finish reading two books! I finally finished reading my e-ARC of Alexandra Sirowy’s The Telling, and I read The Creeper Man. 

Currently, I’m in the middle of re-reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and even though I haven’t picked it up in a while, I’m still reading The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. It’s taking forever but I was enjoying it and am determined to finish it!

I didn’t have any reviews posted this past week, but coming up this week I’ll have my reviews of The Creeper Man and The Telling.

Time to get back to my Gilmore Girls rewatch! And then maybe start reading You Will Know Me. Happy Sunday!

Week In Review

July 4 – 17

I missed posting last week. I haven’t done much reading since I last wrote, so this will probably be short and sweet!

I did pick up the two most recent volumes of Lumberjanes:

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I also pre-ordered a copy of Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me, which should be arriving any day now. I’m very excited to read it and have heard good things about it.

In non-book news, I’m desperately waiting for Pokemon Go to be officially available in Canada. I want to catch ’em all!

I also finished watching all of the Harry Potter movies, for the first time! I was crying so much by the end of the last movie. They’re so so good!

I also started watching Orphan Black, which is great, and watched all of the Netflix series Stranger Things, which was wonderful and creepy.

I finished reading The Flip Side, by Johnson (I LOVE gymanstics), and re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Currently, I’m STILL reading The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy, and The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead.

On the blog, I don’t have any reviews scheduled yet because I’ve got to finish a couple of books. In the past week or so, I posted my reviews of:

Beware That Girl, by Teresa Toten;

Even in Paradise, by Chelsey Philpot; and

The Flip Side.

I’m off to see the new Ghostbusters movie tonight, yay! And then try to relax with a book before the weekend is totally over. Happy Sunday!

The Flip Side

By A.L. Sonnichsen, Shawn Johnson

Source: Purchased

Series: n/a

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

My Rating: three-half-stars

The Flip Side

Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

Charlie Ryland has a secret.

She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.

Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.

I loved gymnastics as a kid. I was flexible and a little fearless the way kids are, and although I was never very good, I liked the world of gymnastics a lot. Now that I’m older, I’m less flexible and pretty much afraid of everything, but still love gymnastics. So when I saw this book on the shelf at my bookstore, I immediately had to purchase it.

This was a really fun, quick read, and I liked the view it gave me into the world of elite gymnastics. Truthfully though, I wish there had been more about gymnastics in the book. Although I really liked reading about Charlie’s home life and school life, and the struggle to balance those worlds with her gymnastics side of life, I guess what really drew me to the book was a desire to read about gymnastics.

Overall, if you’re looking for a fun summer read with a really cute romance, you can’t go wrong with this book! Recommended!

Even In Paradise

By Chelsey Philpot

Source: Borrowed ARC

Series: n/a

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Published by Harper Collins

My Rating: three-half-stars

Even In Paradise

Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do… or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden… until now.

I don’t know how I managed to put off reading this book for so long, because I really really really wanted to read it when it first came out. Finally I picked it up, thinking it would be a great summer read.

I don’t know if this is a case of me not always being a big contemporary person or what, but I kind of felt like I was missing something when I finished this book. I’ve seen a lot of love for it, but I wasn’t feeling the love myself.

I liked parts of this book, but as a whole, I definitely did not love it. Reading Even in Paradise  was an enjoyable way to pass time, but the book didn’t stay with me when I put it down. I found myself more annoyed with the Buchanan family than enchanted by them, and was really frustrated with the way Charlotte dropped her other friends to spend all her time with Julia.

I feel like there were hints of some kind of twist about Julia’s sister’s death, but when the truth came out, I wasn’t remotely surprised.

I feel like I’ve spent enough time talking about what didn’t land for me. What I did like was the setting, the writing, and the way the author captured the feelings that come with a new friendship – even though it aggravated me to see Charlotte ditch her old friends for Julia, I remember that feeling of meeting someone new and being so absorbed by a growing friendship.

So overall, not a winner for me, but if you like contemporary YA – well, you’ve probably already read this! – but if you haven’t, check it out!