DISCLAIMER – I received this book for review, but this did not affect my opinions or my review!
I saw this cover on the Netgalley “horror” page and HAD to pick it up. Seriously, it’s gorgeous. So was the inside as great as the outside? Let’s find out!
Seven-year-old Tony has one choice…to live or to die.
My name is Tony.
When I was seven years old the bullies in my class almost killed me; my father was angry that I let it happen but he always hated me.
At thirteen I went to prison for a crime I didn’t commit; it was the worst experience of my life.
Living on the streets was hard; being part of a gang was harder.
Oh, and I did find people to love along the way…and, I would do anything to protect them. Anything.
**WARNING**18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.
RATING – R (TRIGGER WARNING : Abuse, Sexual Assault, Language, Drugs, Sex, Gangs, Extreme Violence)
LENGTH – 504 pages
PUBLICATION DATE – 4 / 02 / 17
The Good :
- By far the best thing about this book was the characters. I cared so deeply for Tony and those who cared for him. And the one’s who didn’t have Tony’s best interest in mind, were SO detestable.
- The story was so gut wrenching. It was one of those books that NEVER let up! Sometimes that could be a bad thing, but since it was well done and I cared for Tony it really just sucked me in.
- This was written in a pretty believable Philadelphia dialect, which I’ve never read before. Also dialects tend to distract me, but that wasn’t the case with this book.
- THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY!!!
The Meh :
- It was slow to start and there were some spots that dragged. It wasn’t terrible, but there were a couple times that this felt long.
The Bad :
- This isn’t really the book’s fault, but this was marketed as a Horror on Netgalley and it was NOT a horror. It was disappointing to me that it wasn’t in the genre I wanted, but I stilled liked the book a lot.
- STORY – 3.5/5 (it was seriously gut wrenching. It never let up, but at the same time I only lost interest a couple times. I docked some points also because it was slow to start.)
- CHARACTERS – 4/5 (probably the best thing about this book. They all felt so authentic whether they were good guys or bad guys.)
- WRITING – 3.5/5 (I wasn’t impressed but it wasn’t bad. I enjoyed the dialect)
- UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (I felt like I have read books similar to this before. But the dialect and mobster elements made it stand out)
- ENJOYMENT – 3.5/5 (Like I said I was really invested in the story and characters. I even cried a little. But it was slow to start and dragged towards the middle.)
ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 3.4 DEPRESSING SITUATIONS OUT OF 5!
Have you read this book? What did you think about it! I’d love to know!
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I have been trying to reconcile my relationship with Netgalley (see my post about this HERE) recently and have been carefully searching books to request that I won’t DNF. This book was under horror (my favorite genre duh), about witches, and was a western setting so I was immediately intrigued. Did I enjoy it? Let’s find out!
On a dark night in the winter of 1859, three men entered the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unfortunately for them, his wife, Li Lian, hails from a long line of women gifted in the dark arts–the witches of the McPherson clan.
This diary, written to the child she carries, records her quest from the Nebraska Territory to Louisiana to the frozen shore of Lake Superior, to bring justice to the monsters responsible for shooting her husband in the back. Our long-rifled witch will stop at nothing–and risk everything–in her showdown with evil. — Goodreads
Rating – PG-13 (Some gore, some violence, some language)
Publication date – 6 / 18 / 17
The Good :
- The witch aspect was interesting and since I don’t read much of this specific genre it was all pretty unique to me.
- Since there are witches, I felt like the ways that the main characters got where they were going in a really interesting way.
- I was afraid that the magic would feel like a cop out for the characters to get out of sticky situations, but these witches had a specific set of rules that prevented them of really using their magic to stay out of trouble.
The Meh :
- So, one of the main reasons I picked up this book was the western setting to fill a hole while I’m not reading The Dark Tower series. If the author of this book hadn’t also read The Dark Tower series, I’ll drop dead because the similarities were so blatantly obvious. The main antagonist was called THE MAN IN BLACK FOR PETE’S SAKE! It was so distracting.
- This book was marketed to me as a horror novel, but it was actually more along the lines of a fantasy or maybe even magical realism. This wasn’t a bad thing, but it also was pretty disappointing to me.
- This book was written in letter format and sometimes I really like that format, but in this case it got really jumbled and confusing for me.
- I only connected with one or two of the characters throughout the whole book which is always disappointing.
The Bad :
- The beginning was SO slow. If you are friends with me on Goodreads you will have seen that I was bored through like 50% of this book and if I wasn’t so obsessed with not DNFing another Netgalley book, I would have put it down.
- I honestly don’t even remember what happened at the end of the book and I just finished it like less than a week ago.
- The main character is pregnant when she gets thrust into her journey and honestly pregnant main characters are starting to get old to me. In 2017 I have now read THREE books (this, Song of Susannah, and Bird Box) with this plot and it bothers me because I feel like it makes the climax so predictable.
- STORY – 3/5 (I had a really hard time following the lore and it reminded me too much of The Gunslinger- Stephen King)
- CHARACTERS – 3.5/5 (I did really like the main character and the man she traveled with. Other than them I had a hard time connecting with the characters)
- WRITING – 3.5/5 (Was in a letter format but sometimes it became jumbled and confusing)
- UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (pretty unique aside from the fact that it reminded me of The Gunslinger)
ALL IN ALL I GAVE THIS BOOK 3.4 WITCHES OUT OF 5!
What’s your favorite novel about witches? I’d love to know!
Thanks for reading!
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