Sunday, November 3, 2019

Mini Review: Love, Heather by Laurie Peatru





Love, Heather

MINI REVIEW:


Release Date: October 8th, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For review

What you see isn't always what you get.
Stevie never meant for things to go this far. When she and Dee--defiant, bold, indestructible Dee--started all this, there was a purpose to their acts of vengeance: to put the bullies of Woepine High School back in their place. And three months ago, Stevie believed they deserved it. Once her best friend turned on her, the rest of the school followed. Stevie was alone and unprotected with a target on her back. Online, it was worse.
It was Dee's idea to get them all back with a few clever pranks, signing each act Love, Heather--an homage to her favorite 80's revenge flick. Despite herself, Stevie can't help getting caught up in the payback, reveling in every minute of suffering. And for a while, it works: it seems the meek have inherited the school.
But when anonymous students begin joining in, punishing perceived slights with increasingly violent ferocity, the line between villain and vigilante begins to blur. As friends turn on each other and the administration scrambles to regain control, it becomes clear: whatever Dee and Stevie started has gained a mind--and teeth--of its own. And when it finally swallows them whole, one will reemerge changed, with a plan for one final, terrifying act of revenge.

This was a very complicated, intense drama about the bullied, the bullies and the viciousness of everything and everyone in between. Love, Heather is raw! It's impactful. There were moments that left me cringing. It left me questioning how I would survive high school in today's world. When I attended, social media didn't go beyond MSN messenger. And everyone's guilty pleasure was Napster, not Instagram. It's terrifying to know that now, things can change in an instant. One picture, one post, can turn your world upside down. And now, it seems we are seeing more tragedies in the news as a result of bullying. It's devastating.

It's obvious the Petrou is a master at storytelling. Her writing is just perfect. She made me feel so many emotions while reading this. And left me thinking about it long after I was done. It was, at times, an uncomfortable reading experience. I just wanted to shake the hell out of some characters.
On a lighter note, I loved all the movie references. The 80`s movie buff in me definitely appreciated those!
Love, Heather is an intense and relevant story that will make you stir. It tackles issues that are very real in today's world(scary!). I also think this book will definitely appeal to fans of Courtney Summers. 

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Release Date: September 24th, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For honest review


Seventeen-year-old Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family, and her family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don't always stay dead.
The risen corpses are known as "bone houses," and legend says that they're the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?
Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves. 

A spooky and atmospheric read that is the perfect novel to quench that Halloween thirst!

The risen corpses are known as "Bone Houses" and the legend has it that it's from a decades-old curse. What brings them about? Is anyone safe? And how can they be stopped? Dive in for a fast-paced tale that will have you completely spellbound!

I devoured this book! Its unique storyline will definitely give you those gothic folklore vibes! It is extremely well written; excellent character development and a storyline that was spread out perfectly! I adored Ryn. She is the kind of female lead that I wish I had in books when I was a young adult. She was fierce! She fought hard, against both humans and undead. She stood her ground and took care of her family. Ellis was also an excellent character. The author portrayed his chronic pain so well. It was almost I could start feeling it for him as I was reading. And the goat! I loved the goat! I am not much of a fantasy reader, but this one definitely hit the mark for me. It is fantastical, dark and thrilling! A beautifully crafted tale that was the perfect pick for my Halloween read!
 
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