My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.
The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.
But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?
DNF at 80%
I was going to finish this book, but then I realized that the only reason why I was reading it was to finish it, and that is clearly not a good reason to read a book, so I stopped. I felt like a phony book lover. Plus I told myself that even if it did get better in the last 20% by some miracle, it wouldn’t have changed my opinion about it much.
Some people mentioned this being a creepy tale, and I must wholeheartedly disagree. I didn’t find anything creepy about this book. Sure, there are dead animals, but why are those so creepy? We kill—slaughter—animals every day, and usually in awful ways, so that’s not something I find shocking. It’s horrific, but it’s nothing new. I know I seem heartless right now. I actually care about animals, but I used to live on a small farm when I was young during summers, so let me tell you that I saw animals—pigs, chickens, snakes—die very often.
The characters aren’t unforgettable either. The main character is a smug and reckless girl who defies authority figures without concern. She doesn’t care. She acts first and thinks after. I’m glad she didn’t let herself be abused by her father without defending herself, but then again, she provokes him at all times. She’s not very smart, and I don’t care that she’s got good grades. There’s a difference between being smart at school and being smart at life.
Huge bummer. Would not recommend. Not creepy, not mysterious, boring romance and I overall got an unrealistic vibe from the story.
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