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Book Review: Watching from the Dark by Gytha Lodge

Random House
TBP Feb 25th, 2020
352 Pages

Aidan Poole logs on to his laptop late at night to Skype his girlfriend, Zoe. To his horror, he realizes that there is someone else in her flat. Aidan can only listen to the sounds of a violent struggle taking place in the bathroom—and then the sound of silence. He is desperate to find out if Zoe is okay. But then why is he so hesitant to call the police?

When Aidan’s cryptic messages finally reach them, Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens and his team take the case—and discover the body. They soon find that no one has a bad word to say about Zoe, a big hearted young artist at the center of a curious web of waifs and strays, each relying on her for support, each hiding dark secrets and buried resentments. Has one of her so-called “friends” been driven to murder? Or does Aidan have the biggest secret of them all?- Goodreads

Creepy. . . is probably the best word I can describe this book after I was finished, which was late in the evening.

It was a good read despite the creepy vibe I got from reading it. I think what made it creepy for me is the fact that it is told from alternate viewpoints including Zoe. Reading the last days of a woman you just saw murdered and reading it from her pov, was tough to read.

The pace of the novel was great. It is a classic who done it novel and there are so many options of who can do it. But here was my issue with this book, every single person (minus the detectives) were problematic, selfish and down right horrible to Zoe and she became who she was at the end by not only the killer’s action but those she held dear to her as well.

The author left a lot of openings for who could have done it and there were twists throughout the book. However, it was very clear that the author just didn’t know what to do with those characters and their development. After everything was said and done no one (but the killer) was held accountable for their any of their actions and it was disappointing to see.

This is what caused the book to go from a 5 to a 3.

Something I would like to note is that I did not read the first book and at no point did I feel I needed to. Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens and his team were fantastic detectives and it would have been nice to see the author add more development on them. Their own personal lives were mentioned but nothing too deep, which is fine as the focus was the case. I feel that if you are going to talk about it make sure you back up what you say so there could be a reason why it was mentioned.

Would I say this book is predictable? Some. The author, as I mentioned, adds a lot of different paths where the ending can go but you aren’t exactly surprised at the end but what does surprises you is the how. Seriously, there are a few wow moments and all I could think about is “its not the destination, its the journey.”

Overall, very good read.

3 Pickles

Book Review: Faerie After (Bones of Faerie #3) by Janni Lee Simner

Faerie After (Bones of Faerie #3) by Janni Lee Simner

Random House Books

Published: May 28, 2013

Genre: Young Adult

What a series!  This is the final book in the Bones of Faerie series and it was a perfect way to end it.

Faerie After by Janni Lee Simner (goodreads)
Faerie After by Janni Lee Simner (goodreads)

After fighting the Queen of Faerie, Liza needs a break. The communication with her mother is still weak, she is still training to better her magic and on top of that she hasn’t seen her boyfriend in 5 months (She’s not complaining because she just isn’t that type of girl).

But now there is a new issue. Piles of dust of former creatures and humans are being found in the forest. Although Liza was able to call back the trees in her world, the Faerie realm is slowly dying and turning to dust.  Liza, Matthew, and Allie must risk everything they have and everything they don’t have in order to save the world . . . again.

What I loved loved about this book was the fact romance was the last thing on Matthew and Liza’s mind. Granted if they were allowed to go further maybe they would have but they something always stopped them from moving on from one passionate kiss. Liza and Matthew didn’t allow their feelings for each other to distract themselves from the bigger picture which is a breath of fresh air considering that almost every young adult book with fairies there is some kind of romance or implied sex.

I also loved the how the author made it clear that the sacrifices Liza, Matthew and Allie were making was much more than a normal life. Between dying, watching someone they love die and going through crazy emotional and physical pain these teens gave up their life for everyone to live safely. There was a true passion for life in this book and all thanks goes to the author.

I can’t say that there was something I disliked about the book. Some things needed to happen and it did slow the book down but it was a slow down I approved of.

Over all, the book was a good read and if you don’t believe me you can check out its page on goodreads.com. The series was a great read and it was different. I appreciated the fact that the author didn’t want to make the faerie realm as magical as all other faerie books in the young adult genre. This book definitely deserves attention and recognition for being different.

Book gets 9 out of 10.

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Tania Lasenburg is a communications major with dreams of owning /working for a publishing company as a high end corporate. In her spare time, she is working to make Motif Ink a house hold name. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles

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