2 Mini Reviews (June 2016)

The Grownup – Gillian Flynn 

I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it.

1/3 Wtf am I reading
2/3 I don’t know what I’m reading but I’m loving it
3/3 What a quick turnaround, I’m not loving it.

I would rather be a librarian, but I worry about the job security. Books may be temporary; dicks are forever.

What I loved most about this book is we went through this short story like any other, learning about our main character and the other characters. We had a plot (sort of) and we had a villain of sorts. But we never learned the name of the main character. How cool is that?
The first third of this book was exactly what I was expecting having already read Gone Girl (that was a shit-storm of plot twists).

The middle of the story was the best part. It’s creepy and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I’ll be honest I really wasn’t sure what kind of story this was once I got to the second third. Flynn had me guessing the whole time, is this an illusion or is it real?

The last third was my least favourite part of the story. This is where all of the plot twists were revealed and we were given our ending. An ending we got nothing out of, it was empty. I don’t always hate open endings but I would have rather had an answer to this story.

The Unmoving Sky – K. L. Hallam


The Unmoving Sky is a YA novella, so naturally it’s quite short. This novella is about two brothers; Jackson and Arthur (Artie) and their problems and adventures in the wilderness. Jackson and Artie are dealing with the loss of the mother, an emotionally shut off father and girlfriend problems. Though, this all seems like nothing when Jack and Artie get stranded in the woods miles from home in the middle of a downpour of rain. they are then found by a strange bushy man who leads them to his cave.

Let me tell you, he’s sketchy.

During the rainstorm Artie ends up injuring his ankle in a bear trap making it difficult to walk much. Luckily Jackson manages to get Artie out of the trap and find a tree for them to sleep under for the night. Unluckily they have to sleep through the rain so they both end up getting sick. This is how the strange man finds them. He then takes them back to his cave and tries to help heal Artie’s leg.

Once the boys get to his cave they learn about his crazy plans and are forced to figure out just how much danger they are in.

Because this novella was soo short it’s like not much happened but soo much happened all at once. I would recommend this because it’s short, it’s not light but it’s good if you’ve got a readathon coming up and you want something short that will still have impact.

This is good for mature middle graders and definitely suitable for people older.

I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


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