One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus Review!

Started: April 2, 2018

Finished: April 9, 2018

Rating: 4.5 stars

Summary: On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brainis Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

This novel has been on my TBR since it came out last year, and I’m so glad that I finally got to read it.

When I started reading it, I was really scared that I had hyped this book up too much in my head and it was going to turn out to be terrible. Turns out, I didn’t have to worry because this book lived up to the hype.

I get really nervous when anything is marketed as Pretty Little Liars meets something else because PLL became such a big hit and sensation that marketing teams can put that on any mystery/suspense book just to get customers to pick it up.

I feel like One of Us Is Lying actually deserved that tagline.

The first thing that stood out to me was the flow of this book. The different points of view had very distinct voices. I could tell Bronwyn apart from Addy and I could tell Cooper apart from Nate. It wasn’t only that I could tell a difference in the gender of the character, I could actually tell the different girls apart and the different boys apart. There aren’t many novels where I feel that the multiple POV model works well with, but this one was one where I felt that it did work.

After the POVs, the story itself really stood out to me. I’ve read a lot of YA mystery/suspense, and none of them really took me by surprise like this one. The “whodunit” story is growing to be an overused trope in YA lit (and all lit, if I’m being honest), but the “whodunit” in this one took me completely by surprise. I didn’t suspect it, and I didn’t have a guess for nearly the whole book about who actually killed Simon.

Finally, I found myself getting really attached to the characters. I’m having trouble deciding who my favorite character is because I loved all of them so much. Their dynamic with each other was interesting, and there wasn’t a POV that I just could not stand to read.

The character development was also amazing. Addy stood out the most to me in terms of character development, but all of the characters changed so much over the course of the book, and it happened so subtly that it was so interesting to watch the characters make decisions that they wouldn’t have made at the beginning of the novel.

Overall, this novel was a really interesting read, and I don’t really have any complaints about it. I highly recommend it if you want a really engaging YA suspense novel to read.

P.S. Bronwyn/Nate is one of my forever OTPs now, thank you, goodbye.

Thanks for reading!


The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi Review!

Hello, readers!

I’m back!

So I’ve been taking a break from reviews for quite a while because I felt like I was reading books more for the purpose of reviewing them instead of reading them because I wanted to, so I needed to get out of my reading slump and get back into the swing of reading. My reviews are going to change a little bit, because I’m only going to write as much as I feel about each book, so some reviews may be shorter, some may be longer, and some books may not get reviews because I just don’t feel like I have anything to say about them.

Now I feel like I’ve had a long enough break, so I’m back for a review!  This one is a bit on the shorter side, so I hope you enjoy it!

Let’s get started!

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Started: October 25, 2017

Finished: October 30, 2017

Rating: 2 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan. And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. 

I really tried to enjoy this book, but I just couldn’t.

I love contemporaries, but the longer that I read contemporaries, the more cliche they all seem. This book may have been the best contemporary to middle-school Hannah, but college-age Hannah really didn’t like it.

I found myself rolling my eyes at the characters and how dramatic they were. Their reactions were ridiculous and not suited well to the situations. Some of them were normal reactions of teenagers, but then they would cross a line into over the top that I just couldn’t see as realistic.

I had some trouble with Meg and Jake’s relationship as well. I thought it was extremely stereotypical with the back and forth, on- and off-again relationship and I couldn’t take it as a realistic portrayal of a teenage relationship.

I liked the premise of the book, the idea of saying yes to everything for a night. I hadn’t read that in a contemporary, and I was really excited about this premise. I kind of feel like it was underutilized in this story, but overall, I think it’s an interesting concept.

I liked Ella and Matt’s relationship, it didn’t feel as stereotypical as Meg and Jake’s relationship to me, and I thought they worked well together. I really don’t have much more to say about it other than I liked it.

Those are really all my thoughts on The Night We Said Yes, I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, but if you want a quick read and you like contemporaries, I would give it a try.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time!

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Review!

Started: March 18, 2017

Finished: March 25, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

I have fallen in love with Adam Silvera’s writing.

I picked up this book at SE-YA 2017, and I also met Adam Silvera when I attended a panel that he spoke at. I’ve wanted to read this book since I heard Kat O’Keefe talk about it on her YouTube channel, and I finally picked it up while I was at SE-YA.

I really, really liked this book.

The plot was so incredibly paced. I love contemporaries because their pacing is typically really well done, but this one was just phenomenal. There weren’t any slow parts, because Adam wrote this book in a way that makes it seem like every single part was important.

One thing about the plot that I really loved and pushed this book to a five star rating was the way that I fell in and out of love with Theo right along with Griffin. At the beginning of the book, I loved Theo. I thought he was an amazing character and an amazing person, and then as the book continued on, I grew angry with Theo and realized how flawed he was right along with Griffin realizing the same things and growing angry about the same thing. I went on Griffin’s journey with him, and even though I can’t relate to Griffin’s story (since I am a straight female), Adam Silvera wrote this book so well that I felt like I went on this seemingly unrelatable journey with these fantastic characters.

The characters were very real to me. I wanted to be friends with these characters because they seemed so realistic. Griffin’s grief hit me like it was my own, and his confusion about the events of the novel really made me feel like I knew him and the other characters in the story.

All in all, this was a fantastic novel that was well worth the hype surrounding it. I plan to read Adam Silvera’s other work, More Happy Than Not, and the book that he’s releasing this fall, so hopefully I get to those this year as well!

See you next time!

NEXT READ: A World Without You by Beth Revis

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold Review!

Started: March 6, 2017

Finished: March 18, 2017

Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.

I had really high hopes for this book, but I can’t really say that it lived up to all of them.

I’m a big fan of David Arnold’s work. Mosquitoland was one of my favorite reads last year. So I was really excited to get my hands of Kids of Appetite because I was anticipating another really great story. But something about this one just felt off to me.

I don’t know if it was the characters, or the plot, or the setting but this whole story didn’t feel right to me. So I’m going to break down what exactly didn’t sit right with me and then get into what made this book enjoyable, because I did enjoy it (especially the end).

Typically I don’t like when books feel like they’re trying to be “different” or “special”. That’s the big reason why I don’t like John Green’s books. If something feels like it’s trying to be different, or edgy, or special, then it doesn’t feel genuine. This book felt like that. It felt like it was trying to create an image for itself from the very first page, but it was trying too hard. As much as I loved Mad, she and Vic just didn’t feel real.

When characters don’t feel real, I find it very hard to connect to them. Mad and Vic didn’t feel like people I would meet in real life. Even though they were very round characters, they felt entirely two-dimensional. They weren’t characters that I felt attached to, and I just couldn’t fully get into the story because of that.

The story was another thing that simply didn’t sit right. Half of the time, the narrative didn’t make sense until certain things that kept being repeated were explained. I understand that that works in many narratives, but in this one it just felt weird.

Now that I’ve explained my main complaint with this book, let me tell you what I liked: the ending.

I’m noticing a pattern with books that I don’t particularly enjoy, and it’s that they have great endings. This story had one of those endings where it felt like everything simply fell and locked into place. I can’t give details because of spoilers, but it was the perfect ending to what felt like a very haphazard story.

All in all, I enjoyed David Arnold’s writing in this book, but I wish that the story and characters had felt a little bit more genuine. I may revisit this book in the future, but for now I’m off to other worlds.

See you next time!

NEXT READ: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera



Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Review!

SPOILER ALERT: This is the second and final book in the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. There are spoilers in this review, so if you have not read the first book of the series, go and read it! This review will be here when you come back!

Started: January 18, 2017

Finished: February 24, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.


I made it through.

And I already miss it.

Six of Crows was amazingly good. And while this book didn’t beat it in terms of how much I enjoyed it, it came pretty damn close.

love this world. I desperately want more of this series, but sadly it’s only a duology. Leigh Bardugo’s world building is second to none. I don’t have much interest  in the Grisha trilogy, but I may just read it for Leigh’s writing and world. She takes her complex world and writes it beautifully to create vivid pictures in a reader’s mind. I had such a complete mental picture of Ketterdam that I was completely immersed in the world from the beginning.

The story of this novel was riveting. It took me a long time to read it, but that doesn’t mean it was any less exciting and enthralling than the first one. This novel was gorgeous storytelling and gorgeous writing and it had me hooked. The story of this gang of outcasts taking on the person who wronged them was so completely entrancing to me. I felt like I was there watching it all take place.

Another thing that had me hooked was the characters.

Oh my goodness, the characters.

Every character was extraordinarily written. I felt like I understood them, I felt like I knew them, at some points I felt like I was them. I felt every emotion they felt and I can’t believe how well written every single on of them is. But there’s one in particular that I still have to mention specifically.

Come on, you all know that I have to talk about Kaz Brekker.

Kaz Brekker may be the Bastard of the Barrel, but he’s also the love of my life. I can’t handle how much I love Kaz, and this book just amplified that love. His character arc, his actions, the way he speaks. Everything had me hanging on to every word that Leigh writes about him. I need more Kaz Brekker, please.

All in all, this book made me laugh and it made me cry. I loved it, and I love this series, and that’s really all I can say. I need more of the Dregs. I need more Kaz Brekker. Please. Anything, Leigh. I’ll take anything.

NEXT READ: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review!

Started: December 25, 2016

Finished: January 18, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

My first book of 2017 did not disappoint!

I’ve been looking forward to reading Six of Crows since it came out, but I never got around to actually buying it and reading it. When Crooked Kingdom came out and they released a box set, I asked for it for Christmas and my mom got it for me. So here we are!

I’ve never read a Leigh Bardugo novel before, so it took me a while to get acclimated with her world and world of the Grisha. It took me a few chapters to actually figure out what a Grisha is, but if I had read the Grisha trilogy, I would have known right off the bat, so that wasn’t really a weakness on Leigh Bardugo’s part.

The world-building of this novel was incredible. Never before had I been so completely sucked in by a fictional world. Ketterdam felt like a real place to me, and everywhere they talked about in the book felt real. I loved that there was a map at the front of the book for reference (and because I just love maps).

I feel like if I had read the Grisha trilogy before this, things would have made more sense, but this book can absolutely be read and understood if you’re like me and have no real desire to read the Grisha trilogy.

Another great thing that I loved about this book was the characters. Every character in this novel  was great. I’ll get to my favorite in a minute because I’ll have to devote a paragraph to him. But other than my favorite, I found myself drawn to every character in this novel.  I wanted to know more about everyone, especially Inej and Wylan. They were all so complex and well-written and dynamic that I can’t find fault with any of them.

Now let’s get to what you guys know is coming if you’ve read any of the reviews where I fell in love with a character: the favorite character paragraph.

I fell in love with Kaz Brekker.

From the very first time he spoke, I was irrevocably in love with him. His character was so mysterious, and complex that I was just constantly craving more. I’m halfway through Crooked Kingdom and I know so much about him, but I feel like nothing will ever be enough to satisfy the need to know more about Kaz Brekker. And the way that Leigh writes him, it’s as if the more you know about him, the less you feel like you know because of his mysterious nature. I loved his backstory, I loved this air of mystery,  I loved the constant misdirection so that Leigh could slip little tidbits through with her storytelling. I just love Kaz Brekker a lot.

Overall, Six of Crows lived up to the hype. It proved itself to be everything I thought it was going to be, and I can’t wait to finish Crooked Kingdom.

NEXT READ: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo/Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Review!

DISCLAIMER: This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. It may contain spoilers. So, spoiler warning for everything past this point! Read at your own risk!

Started: September 23, 2016

Finished: October 18, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

I really wish I could have gotten this book done faster.

I loved Cinder when I read it earlier in September, and I picked this one up pretty much immediately after so I could read it.

I’m a little disappointed in this one compared to Cinder.

Cinder was such a quick read for me because I was completely immersed in the world, and the characters were spectacular. In this one, I wasn’t as completely enthralled with the story. The plot seemed a little convoluted (maybe that’s just because it’s the second book in a series and it has to establish the plot for the other books), and the characters seemed a little lackluster.

For me, this plot was confusing. It took me forever to get through it because it just wasn’t catching my attention, and what did catch my attention was confusing. I wish it had been a little easier to understand so that I could get a little more excited about reading it.

The story wasn’t that exciting to me. It seemed very basic and filler, and I found myself more interested in Cinder and Thorne’s plotline than Scarlet and Wolf’s plotline. This book definitely just seemed like it was there to progress the plot from Cinder to the next book Cress. I’m excited to read Cress so that maybe the plot can start feeling a bit more action-filled again.

These characters didn’t really help the plot, except for one.

Scarlet and Wolf were very basic characters to me, and in Scarlet’s case, just plain unlikable. I didn’t like Scarlet. I didn’t like their chapters, and I found myself constantly just trying to get through them to get back to Cinder and Thorne. Wolf was more likable, but I don’t really feel any great connection to him either.

The best part of this book is by far Carswell Thorne. I loved him, I loved everything about him. He’s exactly my type of character, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in the next two books.

Overall, Scarlet just wasn’t my cup of tea like Cinder was, but it’s not going to stop me from reading the rest of the series. I plan to pick up Cress as soon as I can make it to a bookstore!

NEXT READ: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges Review!

Started: September 8, 2016

Finished: September 12, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact—including a drug problem. Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she—the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe—is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.

Okay, I don’t even know why I’m putting the summary on this because this summary tells you nothing about this story.

A better summary: Andria, suffering from the loss of her twin sister and the loss of her freedom through epilepsy, lives day to day swapping lines of poetry with the boy who she believes is the reason her sister is dead. Through extra credit and a little bit of healing, they discover the true reasons behind Iris’s addiction and death and find a little bit more of themselves in the pieces she left behind.

Okay, now that you know what this book is actually about, let me tell you what I thought about it.

I liked this book. I thought it was a really nice contemporary read, and it fit right in with the rest of the contemporaries that I gather throughout my book buying.

I went back and forth between giving this three stars and four stars because I liked it, but it’s not like it was a stellar book. It was pretty much just your average darker contemporary read. If I had read this after Places No One Knows, you can bet that it would have gotten three stars. I obviously eventually decided on four stars, and it came down to whether or not I will reread this book at some point. And I have to admit, yes, I probably will.

I liked the plot. Even though it was kind of your generic YA contemporary plot,  I really liked it. I love stories like this generally, and this one just sounded really cool. The plot was generic, and it was very cookie cutter in terms of a contemporary story about drug addiction. Altogether, it was just a nice story to read, but that’s really all I can say about it.

The characters were also all really cool characters. Again, they were very generic and very cookie cutter, but they felt real. I could have met them, at least Trista and Natalie and Alex in a real school. Andria was where the reality sort of left me. It was only in a few places, but there were some things where I just sort of thought that I would never see someone like that in real life. Other than that, the characters were all pretty cool and enjoyable to read about. And apparently there’s another book by Robin Bridges coming out that’s Natalie’s story, and I will definitely be reading that when it’s released.

All in all, this was a nice contemporary read, no more, no less. I liked it, and I’ll probably reread it at some point, but there’s not much more that I can say about it.

Keep reading for a note about this blog!

Hello, readers!

So as the school year is finally in its usual pace, I’ve been thinking about how to keep this blog up and active while I do school work and band and all these other things.

I am now putting Reviews by Hannah on a schedule!

I’ll be posting every Tuesday and Thursday with a book tag, a recommendation post, or some kind of list!

Reviews will continue to be posted either the day I finish the book, or the day after!

Thank you for reading this note, and thank you for reading Reviews by Hannah!

NEXT READ: Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For by Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone

The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman Review!

Started: September 5, 2016

Finished: September 8, 2016

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder. Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

I freaking loved this book.

As I was turning the last few pages, I had chills and my hands were literally shaking.

I was uncertain going into this book because I was reading it right after I finished The Cellar, and they have similar aspects to them, although they’re not at all similar stories.

This book blew The Cellar out of the water.

This book was intense, suspenseful, eerie, and just altogether creepy. I was creeped out while I was reading this, and honestly I’m still a little creeped out.

For the first hundred pages or so, I was wondering where the plot was. It seemed like it was still in exposition. As I kept reading, I realized that this entire book is an exposition, a rising action, a climax, and a denoument all wrapped up together.

So fair warning for readers of this book: there isn’t really an obvious and outlined plot.

This story begins with an exposition, but as you continue through the novel, you begin to realize that there isn’t really an end to the exposition, and even now, I still feel like I don’t really know the whole story of what happened. This story is definitely a very fast read, because it was so engrossing to me, and this type of structure was really a big part of that.

The big thing that drew me into this novel was the story. Sam was such a wonderful narrator, and I felt like I could really get inside of her head and understand her feelings. I almost started crying towards the end of the book because I was so in Sam’s narration that I felt her shock almost as deeply as she felt in.

This book was beautifully written, and I can’t wait to read more of Jessica Warman’s novels that will hopefully leave me as breathless and speechless as this one did.

I strongly recommend that you read this novel, because it’s definitely one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, and it is the epitome of what a YA thriller should be.

All in all, I really, really loved this novel and I’m honestly still in a state of shock about it. I’m amazed by the storytelling and the story itself, and I can’t wait to read more from Jessica Warman.

NEXT READ: Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

The Cellar by Natasha Preston Review!

Started: September 3, 2016

Finished: September 5, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…

I’ve been wanting to read The Cellar since I saw it at Target two years ago, and now that I finally have, it’s a bit strange.

I really love books like this. These dark thrillers (usually about kidnapping or a dark event like that) are some of my favorite books ever.

The Cellar reminded me a lot of Stolen by Lucy Christopher, even though I haven’t read Stolen in years. The writing style was kind of similar, except for the point of view. The plot wasn’t similar at all except for the kidnapping aspect, but I did enjoy this book infinitely more than Stolen.

This book was a really fast read because no matter how predictable it was (and it was pretty predictable), it was still very much a page turner. I wanted to know what happened next, even though I felt like I had read many things just like it before. The kidnapper being obsessed with perfection and purity was really the only new thing in this story to me. Nevertheless, I wanted to keep reading because I felt compelled to read more. It wasn’t simply a turn the page, figure it out, and put it down. Natasha Preston hid things throughout the story to keep you turning the pages for more.

The characters were really cut and dry for me. There wasn’t really a character that I connected to, and there wasn’t really a character that I wanted to desperately know more about besides Rose. Rose was a really great character in this novel, and I felt that she deserved to have her story told, but Preston didn’t give us that. I wish I had more information about all of the girls in the cellar, because honestly, Summer was the least interesting one.

All in all, I really liked this book just as another addition to my collection of dark-themed books. It was well-written, I just wish there had been better characters and possibly a more unique plot. It didn’t really stand out to me among its peers, but I will probably read it again sometime in the future.

NEXT READ: The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman