Review: The Beauty Vol. 1 by Jeremy Haun

The Beauty Volume 1 by Jeremy Haun

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Review/thoughts:

Imagine living in a world where a sexually transmitted disease is a disease that people actually want, all because it makes those infected beautiful. In The Beauty, this disease is very much real, and it’s become a worldwide epidemic. In America alone, over half of its population is infected. Not only do people have to worry about those who purposely try to catch this disease, they now also have to worry about the negative side effects that’s proving to be far worse than any of them expected. This sexually transmitted disease is very real, and it’s called The Beauty. (more…)


Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

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My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners mysteriously went missing. But now all of them except one are back. The five kids—now all 16 years old— who did find their way back home after all those years…seem to be perfectly fine. And none of them can remember anything that happened to them for the past eleven years. What happened to these children the last decade? Why did only five of them come back? What will happen now to their families that tried so hard to move on from something so tragic? The Leaving is one of those books that you just need to go into blindly. The less about the premise you know, the better reading experience you will have. Trust me. (more…)

Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads: 

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

My Review:

So many people have said, time and time again, that this book was utterly disappointing. I have heard so many people tell me not to bother with this one; that it was a waste of time. So, naturally, what do I do? Of course, I go ahead and read it. I do exactly what people tell me not to do. Lol. How else was I going to form my own opinion on it?!

To be fair, had I not known that George R.R. Martin asked Gillian Flynn to contribute to his collection of short stories about thieves, con artists, and etc., I don’t think I’d have appreciated this short story as much. Or at all, honestly. But since I was very well aware of this, I actually was impressed with how this short story played out.

I think this is one of those stories that you either get…or you just don’t… The ending left so much room for imagination. It was confusing and unresolved, yes. But that was what I enjoyed about it. Not every story needs to make sense, no? They just need to be capable of sparking SOME sort of strong feelings from or within you. Did you feel betrayed by the story? Probably. Did you feel as if you’ve been conned? I bet. But is that not what makes this story so great in the end?

With the knowledge that Gillian Flynn was asked to write a story about thieves and con artists alike, this story becomes even more impressive if you just think about it. I definitely feel like I’ve been conned in the end. In that sense, Gillian Flynn very much delivered with this piece.

You’re probably wondering “Why only 3/5 stars then?” Well not everything can be perfect, now can it? I thought some parts of the story could have used a little bit more work. I also think the story itself had a lot of potential to be more developed had it been just a little bit longer. But beggars can’t be choosers.