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Finally, delicious and beautiful books! Feels good to start with the book reviews. I’ll be writing content about my favorite books of 2020 and about the genres I’ve been studying to write my debut novel, soon.
Quick disclaimer: these reviews aren’t from a critic perspective. When I read, I like to suppress all the crazy stuff I have in my mind as a newbie writer, and just enjoy the stories. I’ll give my personal point of view and then compare my thoughts with what other readers have said. It’s better this way.
Second, I want to say that from this day on, I’ll be following a structure. And not the nonsense I posted on previous entries. Like so:
What’s it about?
- General Thoughts
- What did I like?
- What I didn’t like
- Was it memorable to me?
- What are other people saying about the book?
My grade as a reader. (Not a critic)
- Final Thoughts
Author: Courtney Summers
What’s it about?
Is the story about a young-stuttering girl whose sister got murdered. Losing all interest in the little family and friends she has left, Sadie storms towards the unknown to find the person who killed her sibling. A post cast script is presented simultaneously. Following Sadie’s and her sister’s gruesome story. Untangling the mystery of the case and the clues to find Sadie’s whereabouts.
I’m going to stray away from the pack here. I didn’t like the book; it isn’t bad or anything it’s just disappointing. When a story hooks me, I wish I could daydream in that book forever. But it didn’t happen. I think it was due to the formatting of the novel itself. It seems it was meant to be written for an audiobook, 100% percent. I would’ve preferred to read Sadie’s story and period, without the post cast format, it just didn’t feel right to me. (Yes, call me old fashioned.)
What I did like:
Sadie. She’s not only a good example of a well-crafted character, she’s the strongest female lead I’ve read in years. She just comes alive and never lets you go. I love her! I feel her impotence and hurt. She made me want to skip the podcast section. Every time, all the time.
What I didn’t like: (SPOILER)
There’s no conclusion. It’s a big cliffhanger, right there in your face. It leaves you wondering if you should have picked up the book in the first place. I don’t know what happened, it just ended like the first Lord of the Rings movie. What was that about?
Was it memorable to me?
Sadie, the character, saved the book in my opinion. But it’s something I won’t be re-reading anytime soon.
What are people saying about the book?
“4.5 stars! I picked this book up on a whim and I GREATLY enjoyed it. This is a must-read for my fans of crime fiction. I really did not know what to expect from this novel going in. All I knew was that it was half-podcast, half-novel which tells the story of a girl searching for her sister’s killer. I was totally unprepared for the true darkness of this book, which was a (weirdly) wonderful surprise.”
“Sadie is worth all the praise and hype you’ve heard about it. I had a feeling I was going to love this book, but I didn’t know that I would give it a piece of my heart. This is such a bright light in 2018 releases, and even though it handles some tough topics, I recommend it with my entire heart and soul. And I will never forget Sadie or her story, and I will never stop listening to, and I will never stop believing, the voices of girls who have their own stories to tell.”
My grade as a reader, not a critic:
Read it, you’ll like it. I don’t know why, but you’ll like it.
Until next time #InkLovers!
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