The Lost Girl – R.L. Stine

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Griffin, via NetGalley, for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

3/5 stars.

Okay, I’ll be honest. I DNF’d this — not because the story wasn’t interesting, not because the writing was terrible, but because I don’t do horror — and I didn’t realize this when I requested the book from NetGalley.

I wasn’t really sure what to rate this, because my personal feelings about horror definitely impact my rating. My inclination was to give 1/5 stars due to my discomfort while reading parts of this book that were graphic and gruesome, but at the same time, the writing style is good and the plot hooked me immediately. So I bumped it up to a 3/5 star rating because there’s nothing wrong with the book except that I shouldn’t have requested it since I don’t like horror, but I thought maybe I could handle YA horror better than adult horror… nope.  This mistake will not be made in the future, since I always feel bad when I request an ARC to read but — for whatever reason — can’t get through it.

But I’ll admit, I was (and still am) excited about the plotline. I love parallel narratives, I love the idea of figuring out a decades-old secret… but I won’t be finishing this (sadly) because I don’t want to feed my nightmares with vivid descriptions of, well, horrifying things.

(I never read any R.L. Stine books before — the Goosebumps series was huge when I was growing up but I never read them because I didn’t like horror then. When I requested The Lost Girl, I figured that now I’m older, I could probably handle what’s labeled as YA horror. Nope. Nope nope nope. I don’t need any more fodder for my already vivid and awful nightmares.)

So if you’re someone like me, who doesn’t generally read horror and knows that novels in that genre will be “too much,” don’t make the mistake I did and see if YA horror is doable. But if you like horror, I’d say why not? give this a try

Broken Lies – Claire Vale.

Many thanks to Book Enthusiast Promotions, via NetGalley, for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

3.5/5 stars

*Spoiler alert ahead*

Okay, I’m just gonna say it at the start: this book has some similarities with the Hunger Games trilogy.

That being said, I won’t spoil it any more for those who have not read it and wish to do so. 🙂 The similarity to the Hunger Games was something I saw coming at about 50% through the novel, although I wasn’t entirely sure how it was going to play out. And I’ll also be honest — the fact that there are similar aspects was the clincher that made this book go from a 4 star to a 3.5.

Anyway! Aside from that, I enjoyed this book. There were a few problems with UK/US adaptations, as other reviewers have mentioned, but the only one that really stuck out to me was when Lake was making a joke to herself about how a “gift from the Gods” and a “gift from the Guards” sounded exactly the same. As someone who speaks “American English,” god and guard sound totally different. EDITED: Apparently this is confusing to British readers as well, since those two words don’t necessarily sound the exact same in British English either.

But that’s a small part of the book.

I normally don’t go for “zombipocalyptic” novels, but I did enjoy Broken Lies. Lake was likable, although I felt like she was super consumed with guys (but at the same time, managed to be herself without having to “belong” either to Ash or Thomas). I didn’t particularly like anyone except for Ava in terms of Lake’s group, although I didn’t super dislike anyone either.

Ending was quick and at about 30% I had predicted that it would be a cliffhanger-esque ending… but that’s okay. I do want to read the next book in the series and granted, I do dislike it when authors use the cliffhanger endings to get readers to read their next novel… but… *sigh* What can ya do?