Pretty Girl-13 Review

Title: Pretty Girl-13
Author: Liz Coley
Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological thriller about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity and then piece together her own identity.

When thirteen-year-old Angela Gracie Chapman looks in the mirror, someone else looks back--a thin, pale stranger, a sixteen-year-old with haunted eyes. Angie has no memory of the past three years, years in which she was lost to the authorities, lost to her family and friends, lost even to herself. Where has she been, who has been living her life, and what is hiding behind the terrible blankness? There are secrets you can’t even tell yourself.

With a tremendous amount of courage and support from unexpected friends, Angie embarks on a journey into the darkest corners of her mind. As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: when you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the people responsible, or is there another way to feel whole again?

Liz Coley’s alarming and fascinating psychological mystery is a disturbing—and ultimately empowering—page turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.

Another issue book. This book deals with dissociative identity disorder, which is multiple personality disorder. I did enjoy this book, though I had a lot of issues with it. I felt it could have been a lot better, but over all it was a good and fast read.

What I Liked:

  • The Overall Story. The overall storyline was great. It was a story of a girl coming to terms with a terrible thing that she had suppressed in her mind.

  • DID. I didn't know much about this disorder before I picked up this book. I did learn a lot about it through reading.

  • Flow. It did have nice flow. Time moved nicely.

What I Didn't Like:

  • The Characters. They weren't very rounded. Besides Angie and her other personalities, I felt that the other characters were flat. I really wish she would have rounded Doctor Grant more. 

  • Predictable. I knew what was happening long before it actually told us. There was no surprise to be had in this book.

  • Unbelievable. This is a hard book to read, yes, because it deals with very real issues. Though, at times, it just wasn't believable. Like others actions. Why wasn't anyone making a big deal of the girl being back? She was in the same school and it was like nobody noticed? Seriously? And why hadn't they found the cabin? They should have looked through the entire woods in three years! 

  • The Ordeal. We hardly got to see any of what actually happened to her over the course of the three years she was missing.
  • The Inconsistency. Some things weren't followed up on. There was some times when you didn't feel like Angie was missing time, like she wasn't still in the thirteen year old mind set.

Would I Recommend:

Yes. I would recommend if you would like to know more about DID and see how it works in the mind.

No. If you don't like reading about hard issues, this book isn't for you.


Waiting on Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: When
Author: Victoria Laurie
Publication Date: January 13th, 2015
Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?

This book sounds great. I know there are a lot of books out there like it, but hopefully this one if very different.


Who R U Really? Tour!

who are youWho R U Really? by Margo Kelly Thea's overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She's living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can't defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends. Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really "gets" her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit's allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a true-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea's life spins out of control.
  Praise for the book: "Kelly's first novel is a suspenseful page-turner with multiple suspects, a little bit of romance, and a strong but not overbearing message." --Kirkus Reviews "Suspenseful novel that's guaranteed to give readers goosebumps--particularly as events heat up toward the end. A good choice for families to read together." --School Library Journal "Who R U Really? is a fantastically creepy book that is surprisingly realistic and totally engrossing.... Once I opened it, I couldn't close it. Who R U Really is a satisfyingly unique YA thriller that left me guessing up until almost the very last page.... This book is very realistic and I really enjoyed the writing style." --Tempest Books "Based on actual events, the story should be required reading for all teens." --VOYA Magazine   who are you (1)

I have actually already done a full review on this book, because I was sent a physical copy and read it before I signed up for this tour. You can find that review HERE
Margo KellyAuthor Margo Kelly Margo Kelly is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, she is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Who R U Really? is her first novel. Margo welcomes the opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.
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Daisy McDare Book Blast!

Daisy McDareDaisy McDare and the Deadly Legal Affair by K.M. Morgan   Welcome to Cozy Creek, a quaint tourist town nestled along the Pacific Coast. Daisy McDare is busy nursing a broken heart, trying to build up her interior decorator business, and baking cookies when murder strikes Cozy Creek. At first she leaves the investigation to Chris Crumple, the local bumbling police detective. But when Crumple arrests the wrong suspect, Daisy takes the investigation into her own hands. Cracking the case won't be easy. She'll need help from her pastry-baking best friend Samantha, her wise-cracking Granny Annie, and her trusty West Highland Terrier Shamus. It's up to Daisy McDare to find the murderer in Cozy Creek before they strike again.
  Author K.M. Morgan K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.
  Praise for the Book Daisy McDare “Quick and pleasant reading.” Barbara J Tobey “I can't wait for the next one to come out!” Connie Correll   100_Amazon_Paypal Book Blast Giveaway $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 12/29/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway