Here There Are Monsters
The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of codependent sisterhood, the struggle to claim one’s own space, and the power of secretsSixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. Moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over.In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.Then Deirdre disappears.And when something awful comes scratching at Skye's window in the middle of the night, claiming she's the only one who can save Deirdre, Skye knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

Here There Are Monsters Details

TitleHere There Are Monsters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 1st, 2019
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
Rating
GenreHorror, Young Adult

Here There Are Monsters Review

  • Vani
    January 1, 1970
    Can we just real quick talk about how stunning this cover is? Anything vaguely ritualistic has me immediately but hot damn that's a good cover.There's no wind to stir the fog, and the leaves still clinging to the branches hang wet and silent. The sound continues, spirals around me, trailing over my skin, and in it there are words.Look look look who's hereThis! Has moments of being seriously creepy. I refused to get out of bed or go pee after having read this at night, and that's pretty much all Can we just real quick talk about how stunning this cover is? Anything vaguely ritualistic has me immediately but hot damn that's a good cover.There's no wind to stir the fog, and the leaves still clinging to the branches hang wet and silent. The sound continues, spirals around me, trailing over my skin, and in it there are words.Look look look who's hereThis! Has moments of being seriously creepy. I refused to get out of bed or go pee after having read this at night, and that's pretty much all I can ask of a horror. The premise is that a thirteen-year-old girl, Deirdre (I will never spell this name right on my first try, I've accepted this), has vanished. Into the woods, which is never ever good. Our narrator, Deirdre's older sister, Skye, whose relationship with Deirdre is strained at best, let her go missing on her watch. Deirdre collects skulls and speaks for the trees (she's basically the goth Lorax) and creates little stick/string/bone monsters, and one such monster, animated and large, comes to Skye's window at night to tell her how to get her sister back. (So, replace woods with maze and stick monsters with Goblins and we've got Labyrinth minus David Bowie's tight pants.) She could be magic. You know? She could halfway convince you anything was real because she believed it so hard. I really enjoyed the writing in this. It's complex and pretty but not overly flowery or obsessively metaphor-y. Before I talk about my problems, and I'm gonna, I want to shout out to the writing and to this being just genuinely enjoyable to read for me. Even with the parts that weren't my favorite, I didn't want to stop reading. And at about fifty percent, I had to keep reading.The action starts immediately, the parents having just realized Deirdre (I literally spelled this name at least four different ways in the notes I made while reading) is nowhere to be found. I appreciated the immediate blast off, because if a beginning doesn't grab me, it's hard to win me back. However, the pacing crashes immediately, because the second chapter is set months before. For the first fifty percent of the book, the chapters alternate this way. One chapter, present tense, the search for the sister. The next chapter, Skye and her friends hanging out months prior. Fifty percent in, this stops entirely, for which I was endlessly thankful. Now, having come to the end, I can see how it was necessary for us to gather all that information somehow. We needed to know Skye's friends. We needed to see and maybe care about little D so her missing has impact. That didn't make it any less annoying to read one chapter full of intrigue and intensity and then slam back to what was basically a contemporary about a girl and her friends. This is my first big problem.Big problem number two is much bigger. I kind of totally hate both Skye and D, which means trying to care about a story in which one is missing and the other must save her was incredibly difficult. Neither concern nor empathy drove me through this. D is a rude little monster who treats people like garbage and prefers the company of skulls while not otherwise being at all cool or interesting. And Skye, oof. Skye leaves the house the night her sister is first missing to go to a party. In which one of her friends goes on a truly sexist rant about her BEST friend, and Skye says nothing. She's actually more concerned when he's not being a chauvinistic pig because he's just not himself. She gives exactly .05 fucks that her sister is missing for the entire first half of the story, even though she knew the weirdo shit into which Deirdre was delving. I hope she's enjoying this. Having everyone's absolute, undivided attention. Besides all that, Skye treats her family and friends terribly and is kind of just the worst. I couldn't root for her at all. And this isn't straight up horror, horror. It's character driven enough that I needed to care more.If I go with this, if I let myself believe it's real... if it's all real, it means there are monsters, real monsters, out there in the dark. And I'm just Skye.*Quotes are from an unfinished review copy and may not match the final version. Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for advance access to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars! 🌟🌟🌟 "What is it with you guys and the end of the world?" I asked. "Its just interesting," William said. "Like, everyone has to show their true colors. Everyone knows who they really are at the end of the world. No more bullshit." Here There Are Monsters was gripping from the very start. This was a story about how easy it can be to get wrapped up in your own fantasy, and have trouble deciphering what's real and what's not. How nightmares can become reality if you allow yourself to go t 3 stars! 🌟🌟🌟 "What is it with you guys and the end of the world?" I asked. "Its just interesting," William said. "Like, everyone has to show their true colors. Everyone knows who they really are at the end of the world. No more bullshit." Here There Are Monsters was gripping from the very start. This was a story about how easy it can be to get wrapped up in your own fantasy, and have trouble deciphering what's real and what's not. How nightmares can become reality if you allow yourself to go there. Skye is the older sister to Deirdre who likes to make everything a fantasy land. As Skye gets older, she realizes she doesn't want to play the games Deirdre plays anymore. One day something happens to Deirdre and Skyes race to find her begins. This book reminded me a lot of a messed up version of Bridge to Terabithia. That's the best way I can sort of describe it. The story was creepy and dark. We follow MC Skye as she tests her limits of reality. The plot was a little confusing especially towards the end. The pacing was good, but the climax failed to deliver fully for me. It was still decent and I enjoyed the read, I guess for as engaged as I was- when the time came for a reveal - I was scratching my head a little. With that being said, I was still impressed by the authors ability to hold my attention and her writing was simple and smooth. Overall I think people will enjoy this if they are looking for something fast paced with a Creepy Atmosphere. **Special thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    A solid 4 stars. Here There Are Monsters was a creepy/dark read. The book centers around teen sisters Deirdre and Skye. After moving across the country for a fresh start, the family settles in a house located in a remote neighborhood. Things seem to go well at first-Skye makes new friends at her school and Deirdre enjoys being outside, enjoying nature. However, Deirdre, considered the “weird kid” for most of her life, withdrawals from her family and starts spending most of her time outside in th A solid 4 stars. Here There Are Monsters was a creepy/dark read. The book centers around teen sisters Deirdre and Skye. After moving across the country for a fresh start, the family settles in a house located in a remote neighborhood. Things seem to go well at first-Skye makes new friends at her school and Deirdre enjoys being outside, enjoying nature. However, Deirdre, considered the “weird kid” for most of her life, withdrawals from her family and starts spending most of her time outside in the swampy woods. Deidre spends her time in the forest by building creatures/monsters out of sticks and bones and creating an elaborate fantasy world. Deidre goes missing one night and no one can find her-even after extensive searches conducted by local police. Skye wakes up one night to something scratching at her window and realizes that maybe Deidre’s fantasy world is real after all. Skye is now on a mission to find and save her sister from whatever may be lurking in the woods! Here There Are Monsters was an interesting and enjoyable book. Highly recommend to fans of YA and horror/dark books. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    THIS COVER!!!I need this 5-minutes ago. Sounds so darkly delicious!
  • Ellen Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous cover. Total bummer inside. Here There Are Monsters sounded like it would be right up my alley. A dangerous and unhealthy relationship between sisters, things that go bump in the night. That's all I knew about it beforehand, but what else do you need to hook me? There was even a great tagline! They took my sister.I'll take her back. It was so promising! Sadly, all that promise went down in a blaze of hodgepodge pacing, unlikable characters, and lackluster atmosphere.Let's start with a b Gorgeous cover. Total bummer inside. Here There Are Monsters sounded like it would be right up my alley. A dangerous and unhealthy relationship between sisters, things that go bump in the night. That's all I knew about it beforehand, but what else do you need to hook me? There was even a great tagline! They took my sister.I'll take her back. It was so promising! Sadly, all that promise went down in a blaze of hodgepodge pacing, unlikable characters, and lackluster atmosphere.Let's start with a bit of plot. Two sisters, Skye and Deirdre, move with their parents and their cat Mog. They need a fresh start and what better way to do that than to move cross country to a house bordering some creepy swampy woods? Younger sister Deirdre has always been strange, but the move ignites a new wave of creepy obsessions and activities in her. Skye just wants to be normal, but normal life is difficult when your younger sister is building statues out of animal bones.The Deirdre disappears.So, loads of potential! Unfortunately, so many things about this failed for me. First and foremost, Skye is an asshole. And I mean, yeah, she's a teenage girl so she's sometimes moody and melodramatic. You know normal teenage stuff. But she's also terrible.The biggest and most obvious example is her sneaking out to go to a party. This is BARELY A DAY after Deirdre goes missing. She does not care what her parents (or Deirdre) want or need.Literally the next day - with her 13 year old sister still unaccounted for - she goes back to William's. (oh William....I'll get back to him later.) When her mother sees her leaving she tries to get her to turn around, like any rational mother would do. And Skye keeps walking and literally hand waves away her mother's extremely valid fears, only saying, "I'll be back later."It's abundantly clear she doesn't care about the trauma her parents are suffering. So, what does she feel towards her younger sibling? Is she worried, afraid, panicked? I hope she's enjoying this. Having everyone's absolute, undivided attention. I really wish I made that quote up. Ugh.So Skye is terrible. What about everyone else?Which is a slight exaggeration. Her mom at one point tells Skye to take her teenage drama and shove it, and I enjoyed that immensely. But everyone in general sucks. Skye's "friends" have such scant development, it's hard to feel anything for them. Even William, who segues into a rather important part of the story. It's hard to really give a shit about characters like Sophie when we know so very little about them.Even Deidre herself racks up a considerable amount of ill will. Look, thirteen is a weird age. I was obsessed the Chad Michael Murray to an unhealthy degree. (And I can't even lie, I googled him just now, and he's still unfairly good looking. But I don't have his picture in my locker anymore.)But as the Kindle pages flipped past, (or digitally flipped I guess? I don't literally flip my Kindle, but I did drop it down the stairs once and it did just fine.), it became clearer and clearer to me Deirdre was awful. It's pretty stiff competition between her and Skye as to who is worse.Bits of Skye's relationship with Deidre and her friends are doled out in flashback chapters, which slows the plot progression significantly. I personally felt it killed the sense of urgency to find Deirdre right now, as well as giving us minimal character insight (apart from one dramatic spur of violence.)And maybe it's just me living in horror junkie land, but I was disappointed by the horror elements. Oh they are there for sure! The sticks and skulls definitely unnerved. But it lacked an element of chill, of the atmosphere encroaching on you and instilling a proper dread. With the haunting woods bordering the house, it has such a great setting, but fails to take full advantage of that.I'm not always on bitch island over here. I did like some things! I can be positive.For one thing, I have to admire the imagination of Amelinda Bérubé. She's managed to come up with some truly bizarre and creative things. And I am here for all things bizarre and weird! So an honest and sincere bravo from me for being unafraid to delve into the strange.Despite my many issues with Here There Are Monsters, I still think it does a commendable job of blurring the edges of fantasy and reality. It took some brave chances. I just wish I liked where those chances took me.All quotes were taken from proof copy and subject to change.Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss for the drc!
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: I was denied an ARC by sourcebooks... fine, there loss (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻YASSS! GIVE IT TO ME!!!!| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book
  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    I'm torn between 3 and 3 1/2 stars for Amelinda Bérubé's upcoming YA/horror Here There Are Monsters . I normally do not read young adult novels, because they are usually too campy or unbelievable for my liking, but I really enjoyed this one. Hence, it did not have the camp or unbelievable factors that I was expecting. Here There Are Monsters is a family drama/horror, and I kept thinking that this would be a perfect Netflix show while I was reading this. Seriously, Netflix call Ms. Bérubé plea I'm torn between 3 and 3 1/2 stars for Amelinda Bérubé's upcoming YA/horror Here There Are Monsters . I normally do not read young adult novels, because they are usually too campy or unbelievable for my liking, but I really enjoyed this one. Hence, it did not have the camp or unbelievable factors that I was expecting. Here There Are Monsters is a family drama/horror, and I kept thinking that this would be a perfect Netflix show while I was reading this. Seriously, Netflix call Ms. Bérubé please!Bérubé's Here There Are Monsters is being called "The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls", and this is a spot on description for this book. The story centers around a high-school student named Skye and her family. Skye, her parents, and her sister Deirdre have moved after some antics at their previous school has left the family in certain chaos. After they move, Skye starts noticing that she's been hanging around the popular clique, but she isn't complaining. After years of protecting her little sister, she's happy to break from the mold and finally be herself. Her younger sister, Deirdre has always been an odd ball, and her antics at their new home have proven that she is just going to continue down this path of eccentricity. As Deirdre begins withdrawing from everyone, Skye starts to notice her fixation with the woods surrounding their new home, and begins to worry that her sister has become some weird fanatic of some sort. That is, until she disappears. Her parents are freaking out, and the police cannot seem to find her anywhere. Skye feels responsible and plans to bring her sister back home at any cost. Here There Are Monsters is a fun horror read that doesn't dive too dark for the reader to enjoy. This cover is probably the darkest thing about the story. That's no shade, but I just wanted to let the reader know that you don't need to check behind your shower curtain and deadbolt your doors while reading this book. I felt that the "YA" factor of the book didn't deter me from enjoying this story, and I really became invested in what was going to happen. At times, I felt that the story jumped too fast without explanation, which is why I didn't give this story a higher rating—we could've gotten more from the plot. However, I was definitely satisfied with the story and its characters. I would love to read more from this author and plan to do so. I think if you enjoy light horror novels, Riverdale, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, you'll definitely want to pick up Here There Are Monsters .
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  • Patty (IheartYA)
    January 1, 1970
    Overall I was not impressed. The writing was ok but the characters and atmosphere were dry. The story was confusing and disjointed. I do not enjoy leaving negative or harsh reviews but I don't have pleasant things to say about this book. I definitely won't remember reading it in a few months. It was weird and didn't make much sense. Two stars because of the writing style. Thank you to netgalley for the copy.
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  • Jerico
    January 1, 1970
    Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Fire for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever.TW: Grief and ViolenceBefore starting off this review (which might be composed later on with rants and other violent reactions), I'd like to share this with you all first thing. I HATE that I DIDN'T LOVE it, much less like it in the slightest bit. I'm kind of torn up that I hadn't ev Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Fire for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever.TW: Grief and ViolenceBefore starting off this review (which might be composed later on with rants and other violent reactions), I'd like to share this with you all first thing. I HATE that I DIDN'T LOVE it, much less like it in the slightest bit. I'm kind of torn up that I hadn't even learned to like it while I was flipping through its pages. I thought it'd suck me into the world that it's being built but much to my dismay, it did not. The worse thing is, every time I make such progress, it's getting clear to me that it's likely to gradually disappoint me and that is what this book just did. "It doesn’t matter how hard you dig your heels in and refuse to grow up; time marches on with or without you." On the positive side, I liked the intrigue and mystery it had pulled at my guts. That is the underlying reason it kept me turning pages abruptly, for the first portion of the book. But then it went sadly from interesting, eerie and ominous to tedious, unrealistic and downright lackluster kind of a book. If I'm being honest, I admit I struggled colosally when I got through the first half and that was when things started to become annoying. I've spent so much of my time just thinking about and considering to dnf the book. I hated that it had been eating away at me and my subconscious at the time, doleful that it felt like I owe this particular book my spare time, just because of the time, effort and sweat spent by the author just making this book published, and so I came to this decision that I'd try my very best to finish it rather than just leave it out there to rot. To my amazement upon myself and my self-imposed dedication, I did exactly that. I was proud. Satisfied even. "The harder I ignore it, the more its presence chafes at me, striking little sparks of fear too ridiculous to contemplate. I will not let them set me alight. I will not freak out." So this book focuses on too many things regarding the disappearance of Deirdre, the MC Skye's younger sister, the possible causes, whereabouts and trails she left behind. Skye, who decided to be done being her sister's saviour and heroine, ignored all the clues pointing to what really happened to Deirdre at first. She tried to be normal for once, to make friends, as she was persistently thinking all throughout the first half of the book or so, considering all the times she spent with Deirdre before as kids. She had this dark and brooding secret she kept denying and pushing back to the deepest furtive side of her head every time she thought about the times she'd been with Deirdre. "...how many times do you have to rescue somebody before they figure out how to save themselves?” "Closure is supposed to be a good thing, the final word that lets you move on, lets you heal." "Love. Like that’s what this is about. Like there’s any such thing. Like there’s anything to any of us beyond our private stews of guilt and fear and obligation." But halfway through, she suddenly had this determination to prove to herself that she's done cowering in fear of facing that horrendous secret in order to save the ones she loved the most. "The Queen of Swords never does have choices. Her path is straight and narrow as her blade...You can’t just walk away when someone needs a hero." But to do that, she must be able to confront these seemingly terrifying monsters hiding behind the woods. And to get through the monsters meant leaving the box she tried to live in and hold on to and sacrificing everything she had worked for to continue living a normal life with mundane day-to-day interactions with friends and family without Deirdre. In doing so, she must face an inexorable choice, one that might just destroy her completely. Sounds utterly engrossing, right? But in fact, it just did the opposite for me. "The Queen of Swords would not be ruled by fear.“ “You don’t get to tell me who I am!” I cry. “You don’t get to decide who I’m going to be! If it has a price, then I’ll pay it." Let me just say this book is both beguiling and misleading. Impressive, but not really. Imagine how this made me feel. I was truly conflicted to the point that I had given up deciding whether it was worth praising or reproving. The truth is, I liked the idea behind the mystery and every decision the MC had landed upon that very much explains her teetering moralities and tolerable flaws she found herself smitten with until the end of the book. “I think maybe you’re always alone for the apocalypse.” I kick at a crust of snow. “That’s how you find out who you really are. Survivor or zombie.” “...how do you go on? You know? When you know how far you’ll go?...So how do I stop? How do I not be this person anymore?” What made it into three stars imo is the lack of perspicuous explanations as to what is real and what is not. I found the details explained in the book hard to believe and overly expressed and on top of that, the execution poor and drab that made it so unreal and at times befuddling. Characters are too shallow and one-dimensional, dialogues platitudinous. The shoddy constructions of such came across as palpable and overbearing. Allow me to give you an example. At one point, the MC's mother (or was it the father?) used 'is all' in the end of her sentence during her conversation with another character in the book. And then again, moving forward to the story, you'll encounter the exact similar incident with one of Skye's friends, William. Another if you count the times Skye was keeping her thoughts to herself and one of those times she stumbled across those words unless I'm very much mistaken. "I’ve never thought very hard about the line between real and make-believe." "If I’m not sure where my nightmares start and my memories end, maybe it’s all nightmare. Maybe none of it really happened." Another matter you need to be concerned with is the immense lack of supervision and counsel from parents. It was as if the parents both consumed everything that emanated from Deirdre's disappearance, be they loss and guilt, sorrow and pain, or all of them combined. The parents had been the flimsy ones when they should have been the complete opposite, taking into account the possible unsettling scenarios interspersed with series of wild emotions going over their daughter's head. They should have even addressed Skye to be more careful and extended enough help to serve her emotional needs despite her hungry attempt to detach herself from the world itself. They should have tried real hard. “The only thing wrong with being harmless is that it makes you a target. You’re just a decent human being. Unlike some of us." "I’m the Queen of Swords for heartbeats at a time, frozen and regal, the knife-edge of calm. Mostly, I’m thin paper, smoldering , ready to go up in panicked flames. If I sit still, I’ll burn to ash." Given that I made it through the end of the book (finally!), I must say it does come with redeeming qualities when it comes to the overall concept of the book. It was fun in its own way, creepy, weird, disturbing, forbidding and full of mischief. It has a decent amount of thrills put together but not enough to prevent a sound sleep at night. I can recommend it to someone who enjoys dark and menacing stuff mixed with highly disconcerting mystery that will make one gasp out loud, recoil in fear, flinch unwittingly and then gasp once more. "It wasn’t just that I wanted him to stop. I wanted to make him stop. I wanted the power to make him stop—that’s the word for the sharp hungry edge that filled me that day." "I feel like a zombie. Burnt out. A hollow shell. Look at me. I’ve survived the end of the world." --------------------------------------------------------------------Initial ThoughtsYet another case of 3-star read for me. Don't get me wrong. The concept behind the book was fascinating and weirdly enigmatic. Going into it I was agog to find out all about the mysterious disappearance. The first few chapters got me hooked and I was certain it would leave me wanting for more but halfway through the book, the story seemed like it was going nowhere and that was when I started to get bored that it led me to almost consider dnf-ing it before it ruins my mood and carries me deeply into a reading slump to the point of no return. It was awfully trying to be seriously frightening but all it did was disgust me. The 'horror' inscribed in it was repetitive and unnecessary. I was expecting something scarier, events that would creep me out and keep me up all night for the whole week but it hadn't offered anything new besides those skull-faced creatures with antler-like boughs as hands lurking in the dark woods. Some depictions of what's behind the woods were so grueling to visualize that I had to stop at some point and go back to read them once more. The unnecessary details in some scenes didn't work out for me and there were some loose ends to which I struggled to connect. I wasn't invested to the main charater and the conflicts surrounding her. What I cared about was the mystery that lives in the woods, the sort of thing about what gives it life and whatnot but alas, it wasn't completely apprehended and it lacked in such details up until the end. Everything that happened seemed pretty much cryptic and I had trouble deciding what to believe, what truly happened. I know this is pure fiction but I can hardly trust everything that happened to be true. It was just so unrealistic which is probably why it made me all the more exasperated and dissatisfied with the contents of this book. The only redeeming quality there is to it is the disconcerting desire it gives out to pull me right back in to throw the light on what really is behind the shadow of the woods and the sudden loss of Skye's younger sister, Deirdre. It would be right to say that it could've been better if only it were explained more, the writing well-executed and the story polished in the right direction.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Here There are Monsters is a creepy story. The cover caught my attention immediately. It's so macabre. The story itself was something I probably shouldn't have read. I found it truly unique and suspenseful, but it's also disturbing. The reality aspect, creepiness aside, is terrible. Imagine this for real. I read it and skimmed through some of it. It's well written and original. I just couldn't read it because it messed with me a little bit. If you like creepy menacing stories, this one is for yo Here There are Monsters is a creepy story. The cover caught my attention immediately. It's so macabre. The story itself was something I probably shouldn't have read. I found it truly unique and suspenseful, but it's also disturbing. The reality aspect, creepiness aside, is terrible. Imagine this for real. I read it and skimmed through some of it. It's well written and original. I just couldn't read it because it messed with me a little bit. If you like creepy menacing stories, this one is for you. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Giselle
    January 1, 1970
    Really not into this one. DNFing at 48%. I've been really bored for the past little while. The characters are whiny and the whole imaginary fantasy world thing feels really childish, as if it was meant for younger YA readers. I could see 12-14yo enjoying it maybe. I decided to move on..
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  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    That cover!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAThe Dark Beneath the Ice was one of my favorite books of 2018, I need this
  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    I really like the writing on this one, but the story fell flat towards the end The setting of this story sounds interesting. Real monsters lurking in the woods and a girl who goes missing. I think I struggle with combining real world and fantasy so when it happens I have a harder time enjoying a book and you would think I would recognize I am like this and pick books based on this, but the cover of this book is so intriguing. I didn’t really like any of the characters and I hate when this happe I really like the writing on this one, but the story fell flat towards the end The setting of this story sounds interesting. Real monsters lurking in the woods and a girl who goes missing. I think I struggle with combining real world and fantasy so when it happens I have a harder time enjoying a book and you would think I would recognize I am like this and pick books based on this, but the cover of this book is so intriguing. I didn’t really like any of the characters and I hate when this happens. Just one. Give me one character with hope. Or just give me one that I love to hate. None of the characters really stuck with me. *shrug* I just finished this book this morning and I’ve already forgotten the main character’s name. She is the Queen of Swords though???Not a bad read though and the writing flows like butter. Does butter even flow? Where Am I Even Going with This?!? Well the writing is way better than this review. If you think real monsters lurking in woods and a girl gone mysteriously missing sounds like your thing, then check it out.Thank you so much to Net Galley and Sourcebooks Fire for this ARC in exchange for a free and honesty review.
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  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire for approving me for an eGalley! I been working with Amelinda the past couple of weeks for an interview on Here There Are The Monsters so I was really excited when Soucebooks had approved me on NetGalley for an eGalley. Here There Are The Monsters was brilliant and memorizing. But as where Amelinda's writing was beautiful the story was also bone chilling and thrilling. Skye has been Deirdre's protector The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire for approving me for an eGalley! I been working with Amelinda the past couple of weeks for an interview on Here There Are The Monsters so I was really excited when Soucebooks had approved me on NetGalley for an eGalley. Here There Are The Monsters was brilliant and memorizing. But as where Amelinda's writing was beautiful the story was also bone chilling and thrilling. Skye has been Deirdre's protector for as long as she can remember, but now with a move across the country and a fresh start Skye has washed her hands of being the protector. Deirdre's is thirteen now, it is a fresh start for her to make friends and be normal. Only she isn't. Deirdre lives in these make believe worlds with make believe characters, but soon becomes obsessed with the woods behind their new home. Where Skye is thriving and making friends Deirdre is withdrawing. But one night, Deirdre doesn't come home. The first half of the book was slow but incredibly interesting. It alternates between when they first moved to their new home and to the now when Deirdre's missing. But Amelinda uses this time to build her characters and show the complexities of their relationships. Deirdre's character is complex and in the alternating chapters you can see the codependency that Deirdre has for her older sister, but Deirdre also acts a lot younger then her actual age. In the first half of the novel we see the subtle but quick changes in Deirdre's personality. Her desperate need of protection from Skye, the with drawing, her disdain of William and the other "invaders." Deirdre wasn't normal to begin with but seeing her decline was haunting. I loved Skye's character. The complexity of her relationship with her sister is a big focal point of the whole novel. Skye is done with Deirdre's childish games and she is over having to be the knight in shining armor all the time. Her sister is old enough. Skye is thriving in their new home: making friends, going out and even hanging out with her charming neighbor William, learning how to shoot a bow. We watch Skye make challenging decisions and sacrifice so much in the span of the second half of the book. At the end of the day Deirdre needs Skye's protection and Skye realizes that and will stop at nothing to find and bring her sister home. I'm going to brush over the monsters and creatures that take up the second half of the novel so I don't spoil anything for anyone: but they were creepy as hell. I went back and reread the introduction of them a couple of times to make sure that I fully understand what I was reading because they were twisted as hell. They really gave this book the spooky horror feel that Amelinda was going for. The ending of the book really gave me a run for money, I had convinced myself that it wasn't going to end on a certain note and it didn't. At all. Overall I really loved Here There Are Monsters and I can't wait for the world to get to experience the horrors that are waiting with in the pages of this novel.
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  • Kayla J. ~ Master of Dragons & Assassins
    January 1, 1970
    I sincerely appreciate being given the chance to read and review (courtesy of NetGalley!), but this book was not for me. I found it incredibly slow and really had to push myself through it. I can see this being a favorite for several people, just not me. The cover is attention grabbing and really sets the mood, but the beginning is what really hooks you. I just wish the rest was just as good.
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  • Kara Fuerholzer
    January 1, 1970
    Dierdre is missing. Gone into the woods without a trace. This book had SO many good things in it that I loved. The first half of this book was a solid 5 stars for me. But then, it nose dived in a different direction that somewhat fell apart for me.Skye is our main character. A high school girl that moved to a new town and just wants to be normal, maybe even date her cute neighbor? What stands in her way is her 13 year old sister Dierdre. Deirdre is weird, she’s creepy and she refuses to grow up. Dierdre is missing. Gone into the woods without a trace. This book had SO many good things in it that I loved. The first half of this book was a solid 5 stars for me. But then, it nose dived in a different direction that somewhat fell apart for me.Skye is our main character. A high school girl that moved to a new town and just wants to be normal, maybe even date her cute neighbor? What stands in her way is her 13 year old sister Dierdre. Deirdre is weird, she’s creepy and she refuses to grow up. She’s the constant target for bullies. Dierdre created kingdoms for the two of them as children. She weaved stories and adventures for her and her sister. She casted herself as a queen and Skye as her protector, both in their fantasies and in real life. But after Skye was pushed too far in her role as the Queen of Swords, she decides to hang up her sword for good as they move across the country.She stops playing games, she makes friends. Deirdre is no longer holding her back. But Skye soon realizes that nothing was holding Dierdre back either after she disappears.The book is divided into three parts. The first part of this novel alternated between the night and days after her disappearance and events that happened that led up to this point. The chapters in the past reminded me of a darker Bridge to Terabithia. It also invoked the creepiness found in Alexandra Sirowy’s recent novels. It hinted at something more supernatural while still be rooted in the mundane.That all changed midway during the second part. The subtleness was gone and we were thrown into the middle of a Blair Witch Project like story. The shift was just a little too jarring for me. In Sirowy’s novels, she keeps the creepiness and supernatural elements sprinkled throughout, leaving you guessing as to what is real and what’s not. This doesn’t happen here. I’m not sure if the author was going for the unreliable narrator approach, but if so, I had a difficult time finding the unreliableness. Skye quickly drags her new friends into her sister’s world and there is no question as to if this is really happening or not. Skye questions it a few times but, with others there to confirm it’s happening, it takes that thrill out of it. And in all honestly, some of the creepiness bordered on cheesy the farther we went along. I’m still not sure what to make of the ending. You expect it, but still I was left wanting more.One of the many strength of this novel though are the two sisters and their relationship. Deirdre is a complex character. Through Skye we see how Deirdre went from an imaginative child to something much more twisted. Skye both resents and loves her sister and it’s not hard to see why. Skye herself was a very interesting character. As the book go on, it becomes apparent that maybe she’s not so different than the sister she’s been trying to distance herself from. There is a darkness in her that I feel a lot of authors never allow their characters to have. It’s refreshing to see, because it’s real. There’s a little bit of darkness in all of us. We make bad mistakes, we can think terrible thoughts. And that’s what this novel is about really. It’s about that darkness in all of us and whether you should unleash it or not. And if you do, then you’ll have to deal with the consequences that follows.All in all, I thought this was a worthwhile and exciting read. While I was personally left a tad disappointed in the direction it took, I know there are a lot of others that will absolutely love it. And the strength of the first half and the themes it deals with, is enough for me to recommend it! 3.5 StarsI received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.https://kfuerholzer.wixsite.com/mysit...
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  • Bee
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI really enjoyed it. The writing and the atmosphere were excellent. I loved the creepy vibes, the messy relationships and flawed characters. I did feel like there's some things unresolved in the end. I'm left with so many questions, but I don't mind it so much? But I did enjoy it a lot and it was hard to put down.
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  • Erin A. Craig
    January 1, 1970
    I love, love, loved this book! The relationship between the two sisters felt so real and true to life-- it was like remembering so many conversations my own sister and I had while growing up. The atmosphere and world building Bérubé created was quiet and lovely and so beautifully dark. The perfect read for a rainy afternoon!
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  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    eARC approved! I’ve been in such a mood for dark, creepy and odd books so far this year. This one sounds like it meets that criteria.
  • Bunni
    January 1, 1970
    **received an ARC from netgalley in exchange for review**WHERE. DO. I. START.Okay, the cover. LOVE IT! Title meh.This book really grabbed me and I loved it! I feel like the synopsis is a little misleading, because I thought we would start at the move and see Deirdre's gradual withdrawal from everything, but it starts off right away with her missing and the rest is told in flashbacks. Sometimes flashbacks do take away a little bit because we aren't really experiencing these things for ourselves; **received an ARC from netgalley in exchange for review**WHERE. DO. I. START.Okay, the cover. LOVE IT! Title meh.This book really grabbed me and I loved it! I feel like the synopsis is a little misleading, because I thought we would start at the move and see Deirdre's gradual withdrawal from everything, but it starts off right away with her missing and the rest is told in flashbacks. Sometimes flashbacks do take away a little bit because we aren't really experiencing these things for ourselves; we're only seeing through the lens of the past.This book really shows the complicated relationship of siblings (sisters in this case). I really had 0 sympathy for Deirdre, probably because I'm an only child and it really really made me glad I don't have siblings. Deirdre was crazy though - sorry. She really didn't have any redeeming qualities and it seemed as thought it was only Skye's unconscious love for her that made Skye search. I especially felt this way toward the end.I very much enjoyed the evil in the book - no spoilers - their descriptions/appearances and sounds. Very interesting. Would definitely like to see more, get some background? The ending is a little vague on the evil's history.Sorta reminded me of Beware the Wild but I'm not saying it's similar necessarily.Things I enjoyed about this book: take-charge female lead (definitely flawed, raw, and human), and her no-nonsense attitude toward William (love interest).ALSO THAT KISS DAYUM. You'll just have to read it to know what I mean.Anyway, Skye's attitude. Kicking ass and taking names. She doesn't want William to tell his friends about what they saw in the woods because no one would believe him. But he's stubborn, of course, and she fires back with: would YOU have believed me?Naturally he had no response and I thought: FINALLYYYY! Point 1 to Skye. Would it kill anyone in a book to believe some weird stuff once in awhile? I digress; that isn't a comment on this book.Then jerkwad friend is like, who would you choose, your sister or William? And Skye's like, since you know everything, why don't you tell me? And he can't answer that. POINT 2 TO SKYE with the comebacks!!Spoiler alert: no one believes her until they see for themselves.Also really really liked William standing up for Skye against Sophie. Oh, Sophie. "There are more things in heaven and earth" you get the quote.The background characters did feel, well, background'y. Stereotypes, caricatures. They are revealed to have more to themselves than that, but we don't really get to know them enough for that stuff to flesh out. Even the parents and they do have a big role in the book.Ending is wrapped up only a bit. There's definitely a resolution -I have no complaints - but not EVERYTHING is resolved. I don't think there could be a sequel, just that the author left too much in the air. For example, what exactly does William remember?Would love to have read this from alternating POVs with Skye and Deirdre. Definitely would recommend this and will read something else by this author.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Skye and her younger sister Deirdre are very different and Skye spends most of her time hanging out with Deirdre and protecting her from bullies. But Skye is ready to move on and make friends, so when they move across the country Skye knows that this is her chance. She makes friends, but Deirdre isn't happy about it. She feels like Skye is abandoning her. Deirdre starts making her own "friends" out of sticks and bones and when she goes missing, Skye soon finds out that there is more to Deirdre's Skye and her younger sister Deirdre are very different and Skye spends most of her time hanging out with Deirdre and protecting her from bullies. But Skye is ready to move on and make friends, so when they move across the country Skye knows that this is her chance. She makes friends, but Deirdre isn't happy about it. She feels like Skye is abandoning her. Deirdre starts making her own "friends" out of sticks and bones and when she goes missing, Skye soon finds out that there is more to Deirdre's friends than just sticks and bones.Skye tries so hard throughout the book to be a good sister to Deirdre and I couldn't help but feel bad for her. Deirdre is very manipulating. She uses her mental state to guilt Skye into staying with her. I can understand Skye's need to get away. I also felt that Skye's parents were always more on Deirdre's side than Skye's. Well, her mom was as least. Her dad tried. The friends Skye makes are an interesting bunch, but I only ever trusted William. He seemed the most honest.The story itself is unique and intriguing. It gets very dark at times and some of the decisions made were hard for me to comprehend. The "monsters" were so freaky and well described that it wasn't hard to feel fear along with Skye. They were definitely something I would not want to encounter. This is a well written story with some psychological aspects that will keep readers wondering.(Advanced reader copy courtesy of NetGalley)
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  • Nicky
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for an early copy of this book. I went into this book assuming the same YA twists and turns would happen in the formula that’s always present in these types of stories. It was refreshing to see a new take on this idea. Skye is a complex character that I believe actually learns something by the end of the journey. Deidre is a whirlwind of a girl and I loved how she didn’t bend for anyone. I was really happy to read a story about more than just a relationship/love triangle and Thanks to Netgalley for an early copy of this book. I went into this book assuming the same YA twists and turns would happen in the formula that’s always present in these types of stories. It was refreshing to see a new take on this idea. Skye is a complex character that I believe actually learns something by the end of the journey. Deidre is a whirlwind of a girl and I loved how she didn’t bend for anyone. I was really happy to read a story about more than just a relationship/love triangle and the creepy bits throughout really worked with the plot. I wish this was a little more about the woods and their story, but overall I really enjoyed this one- it was nothing like I expected and I really didn’t see the ending playing out like it did. My only complaint about this book is that sometimes the back-and-forth narrative made it hard to keep track of when something was happening. I had to backtrack to see date stamps in a few places. Otherwise, everything worked for me (albeit I wished it was creepier). I’m going to keep an eye on this author. She’s got a great eye for detail.
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  • Bryn Clark
    January 1, 1970
    I really love the Mori Girl feel of this book, you can practically smell the forest. The sisters and their toxic relationship is particularly disturbing and creepy, the whole story crawls under you like a something lurking in the underbrush. This feels like it’s going to be a crime thriller and turns it something fascinating and horrifying, but you can’t tear your eyes away from watching this girl quietly unravel while nobody is watching while they’re caught up in her sister’s disappearance. It I really love the Mori Girl feel of this book, you can practically smell the forest. The sisters and their toxic relationship is particularly disturbing and creepy, the whole story crawls under you like a something lurking in the underbrush. This feels like it’s going to be a crime thriller and turns it something fascinating and horrifying, but you can’t tear your eyes away from watching this girl quietly unravel while nobody is watching while they’re caught up in her sister’s disappearance. It definitely feels like a modern day fable and the teens in it are so frustrating, as teenagers should be. A solid four stars for me since I’ll be thinking of this story while trying to sleep tonight and try my hardest not to listen for scratches at my windows.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Just wait until you get a hold of this creepily & brilliantly written YA novel from Amelinda Berube. I could fill an entire page with my ravings but will wait until it's released to avoid spoilers!
  • Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*"You can't just walk away when someone needs a hero."This is Amelinda's second novel and I have to say that she completely wowed me to no end. I just finished this book less than 20 minutes ago and I'm still reeling from the relentless attacks to my heart so this may be all over the place.This book follows Skye right as her little sister, Deirdre, goes missing. We get to see how her family is changed completely and how *ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*"You can't just walk away when someone needs a hero."This is Amelinda's second novel and I have to say that she completely wowed me to no end. I just finished this book less than 20 minutes ago and I'm still reeling from the relentless attacks to my heart so this may be all over the place.This book follows Skye right as her little sister, Deirdre, goes missing. We get to see how her family is changed completely and how she handles it from there. This book is told in three parts and it weaves through her past with her sister and the present, without her. I really loved seeing how her relationship with her sister developed and finding out what caused it to change so much. It was super easy to see the change in Skye between the past and present and I liked that a lot. I do have to say that Deirdre overshadowed Skye in most of this novel. I was completely hooked on her character and wanted to dissect her every action completely. I wanted to get in her head and know what made her act the way she did. I can't even put into words just how intriguing she was, I didn't dare blink whenever there was a scene with her in fear of missing any little detail that gave away her motivation away.I don't have much to say about the first half of this novel except that I had a strong dislike for Skye and how she treated her little sister. It seemed so cruel that it was borderline unrealistic to me. I don't know if it's because I adore my siblings and would never EVER complain about them and treat them the way Skye treated hers but I can't see someone being that cruel in real life. Maybe I don't understand other sibling relationships? I don't know. I can't forgive her cause of her age either since I didn't act like this when I was a teenager. Anyway, I really disliked her but the story itself was super slow in pace and it didn't really pick up until the second half.Skye eventually grew on me but that doesn't mean I liked her any more than I did in the first half. I respected her as a character but I was not okay with the things she did along the way. That's not a bad thing at all though, it's a huge reason why I have so much respect for her. She does what I could never do if I were ever faced with her situation. (Or maybe I would, I don't know and I never will unless I experience it myself. It's what I loved most about this book. It made me exhaust every possibility in my head of how the story would unfold while still keeping me on my toes.) She was definitely more intriguing in the last half and I massively enjoyed following her journey. Also, I have a favorite character and I'm not going to mention their gender or their name so it doesn't spoil anything. Let's just say they are not Sky or Deirdre. They were my absolute favorite character in this book and it broke my heart to see the way they were treated. I cried so hard for them, every sliver of pain, no matter how small, that befell them tore me to pieces. I am in love with their character and I wish we could get a book solely following them after the events in this novel. I want to see more of them and their beautiful, kind soul that has now stolen my heart forever. I can't stop wishing I had the power to hold them and wash their pain away.I also fell in love with the atmosphere in this novel. I wanted to desperately get sucked into it whenever it was described to me. I really love the way Amelinda's descriptions bring the world around her characters to life. I am now holding on to hope for fanart of this book. I feel like some scenes would be beyond perfect if they were illustrated. This book is also being compared to Blair Witch Project and now I really want to watch it to tide me over this slump I see coming due to this book. It ripped my heart to pieces and it's going to take me a while to bounce back from all I just went through.I honestly can't wait to see what else Amelinda's mind has in store for us!
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  • Brenna Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the ARC of this mesmerizing and suspenseful masterpiece! I am no stranger to things that go bump in the night as I have grown up on R.L. Stine and Stephen King, but this premise was a new and exciting one. Skye's sister, Deidre, goes missing, and the police's search is fruitless. Skye doesn't feel like things are adding up: she fell asleep unexpectedly the night Deidre disappeared though she can't remember being tired, she recognizes that her sister was growing Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the ARC of this mesmerizing and suspenseful masterpiece! I am no stranger to things that go bump in the night as I have grown up on R.L. Stine and Stephen King, but this premise was a new and exciting one. Skye's sister, Deidre, goes missing, and the police's search is fruitless. Skye doesn't feel like things are adding up: she fell asleep unexpectedly the night Deidre disappeared though she can't remember being tired, she recognizes that her sister was growing more and more distant and strange, and there are signs that the woods itself may be calling her to them to find Deirdre herself.Against her better judgement, she takes up the mantle of the role that she had played in games long ago with Deidre; The Queen of Swords. She was always her sister's protector, and she needed her now more than ever. She discovers much more than she had bargained for as their childhood game comes to life around her. She has to risk her own life and the lives of her newfound friends to get to the bottom of what really happened to her sister.I myself don't have any siblings, so Skye and Deirdre's relationship was very eye-opening for me. From how close they were as children to how time and the difference in their personalities tore them apart, it felt like a broken bone that wasn't set right. They still lived in the same house and of course still loved each other, but there was a limp in their stride that betrayed the trauma they had both experienced. Skye's desperation to start over in their new town leaves her with unimaginable guilt as Deirdre felt abandoned and spent more time in the woods and her made-up worlds than with her family, and Deirdre's perpetual fantastical imagination led to her classmates shying away from her and gave Skye a cause to fight for.The beautiful and broken characters in this novel were so captivating, and I felt myself pulled toward both Skye and Deirdre. I have a little bit of both in me as a kid who has sort of darker interests and also a fierce protector's instinct for those I love. The ending left me questioning how far I would go to save someone close to me, and if I could go as far as Skye. The bravery she has is inspiring. She has to make so many hard choices, and she runs headfirst into danger. Though the threat here is supernatural, but the people surrounded by it and the way that it effects them is as real as you or me.All in all, I was blown away by this novel and the care put in to creating such a haunting atmosphere. It will invade your mind with the towering and imposing forms of trees and surround you in a suffocating darkness. If you look close enough, you may even see the forest floor rise and fall with a shudder of breath. Move carefully, because here there are monsters.
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  • Amber DuBois
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.I wasn’t sure about this book for the first half. It wasn’t bad, just slow. The writing was beautiful and evocative and the writer has great skill, I just wasn’t sure the story was going to take off for me.And then BANG, IT TOOK OFF.I don’t want to say more and risk spoiling it. Read this book. Stick through the first half, you’ll be rewarded.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I hate Deirdre. From the moment I picked up the book, to the moment I put it down, I hate her. I felt as if most of the characters were unlikeable or not very in depth. I found the book to be confusing with the game that Skye and Deirdre played. A lot of things were hard to picture.
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  • Kara Fuerholzer
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Dierdre is missing. Gone into the woods without a trace.This book had SO many good things in it that I loved. The first half of this book was a solid 5 stars for me. But then, it nose dived in a different direction that somewhat fell apart for me.Skye is our main character. A high school girl that moved to a new town and just wants to be normal, maybe even date her cute neighbor? What stands in her way is her 13 year old sister Dierdre. Deirdre is weird, she’s creepy and she refuses t 3.5 stars. Dierdre is missing. Gone into the woods without a trace.This book had SO many good things in it that I loved. The first half of this book was a solid 5 stars for me. But then, it nose dived in a different direction that somewhat fell apart for me.Skye is our main character. A high school girl that moved to a new town and just wants to be normal, maybe even date her cute neighbor? What stands in her way is her 13 year old sister Dierdre. Deirdre is weird, she’s creepy and she refuses to grow up. She’s the constant target for bullies. Dierdre created kingdoms for the two of them as children. She weaved stories and adventures for her and her sister. She casted herself as a queen and Skye as her protector, both in their fantasies and in real life. But after Skye was pushed to far in her role as the Queen of Swords, she decides to hang up her sword for good as they move across the country.She stops playing games, she makes friends. Deirdre is no longer holding her back. But Skye soon realizes that nothing was holding Dierdre back either after she disappears.The book is divided into three parts. The first part of this novel alternated between the night and days after her disappearance and events that happened that led up to this point. The chapters in the past reminded me of a darker Bridge to Terabithia. It also invoked the creepiness found in Alexandra Sirowy’s recent novels. It hinted at something more supernatural while still be rooted in the mundane.That all changed midway during the second part. The subtleness was gone and we were thrown into the middle of a Blair Witch Project like story. The shift was just a little too jarring for me. In Sirowy’s novels, she keeps the creepiness and supernatural elements sprinkled throughout, leaving you guessing as to what is real and what’s not. This doesn’t happen here. I’m not sure if the author was going for the unreliable narrator approach, but if so, I had a difficult time finding the unreliableness. Skye quickly drags her new friends into her sister’s world and there is no question as to if this is really happening or not. Skye questions it a few times but, with others there to confirm it’s happening, it takes that thrill out of it. And in all honestly, some of the creepiness bordered on cheesy the farther we went along. I’m still not sure what to make of the ending. You expect it, but still I was left wanting more.One of the many strength of this novel though are the two sisters and their relationship. Deirdre is a complex character. Through Skye we see how Deirdre went from an imaginative child to something much more twisted. Skye both resents and loves her sister and it’s not hard to see why. Skye herself was a very interesting character. As the book go on, it becomes apparent that maybe she’s not so different than the sister she’s been trying to distance herself from. There is a darkness in her that I feel a lot of authors never allow their characters to have. It’s refreshing to see, because it’s real. There’s a little bit of darkness in all of us. We make bad mistakes, we can think terrible thoughts. And that’s what this novel is about really. It’s about that darkness in all of us and whether you should unleash it or not. And if you do, then you’ll have to deal with the consequences that follows.All in all, I thought this was a worthwhile and exciting read. While I was personally left a tad disappointed in the direction it took, I know there are a lot of others that will absolutely love it. And the strength of the first half and the themes it deals with, is enough for me to recommend it! I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. https://kfuerholzer.wixsite.com/mysit...
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  • Mandie Welling
    January 1, 1970
    First Impressions: I absolutely love the cover of this book and it’s honestly the reason I wanted to read it. To be more honest, the synopsis of the book doesn’t interest me very much at all. I was never a fan of The Blair Witch Project when it was all the rage back in the day, so comparing this book to that awful movie doesn’t do it for me. However, every once in a while, I do enjoy a good horror story, so I’m taking a chance on this one and we will see how it goes.Characters and Plot: This boo First Impressions: I absolutely love the cover of this book and it’s honestly the reason I wanted to read it. To be more honest, the synopsis of the book doesn’t interest me very much at all. I was never a fan of The Blair Witch Project when it was all the rage back in the day, so comparing this book to that awful movie doesn’t do it for me. However, every once in a while, I do enjoy a good horror story, so I’m taking a chance on this one and we will see how it goes.Characters and Plot: This book started off solid with easy writing and an enjoyable reading experience, but in the second part, it’s divided into three, it lost me. I almost did not finish it, but I wanted to find out how it ended, so I powered my way through the rest. This is going to be either a love or hate book. I can see how some people are going to really love it while others are going to think it’s trash. So, take this review with a grain of salt because it could truly go either way depending on what you enjoy.The first part of the book introduces you to the characters and the main plot. It goes back and forth between the time before Deirdre’s disappearance and what happens after. It contains a bit of magical realism, something that could be real while still having that magical touch. This part of the book was excellent. Other reviewers have likened it to a darker Bridge to Tarabithia and I’d have to second that outlook. It was dark, creepy, and everything you could want in a YA horror/suspenseful novel.Where the book lost me was part two of three. The writing shifted and it became a clusterfuck of nonsense, much like The Blair Witch Project. I wasn’t impressed. I was reading and not understanding what the hell was going on. I didn’t know if things that were happening were real, if they were imaginative. As this went on, it felt more lackluster and amateur. It was super cheesy at certain points. This is the point where I almost stopped reading because I didn’t care how the story came to a resolution by this point.Final Thoughts: The ending felt incomplete. I still had questions that weren’t answered. If this book has any redeeming qualities, it’s the complex characters, the relationship between the two sisters, and how they change, and how darkness can be brought to the surface of any person. It has a psychological aspect to it, which I appreciated and it should keep other readers engaged. This book just wasn’t for me as much as I hoped it would be. I think you should read other reviews to see if it is something you’d be interested in. This isn’t a bad book. It just had the wrong reader.
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