Book Review: Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

17924987Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 368 (Hardcover)

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When the picture tells the story…

Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Katherine Tegen Books for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Everyone has a weak spot for a certain genre of books. While my ‘me’ books are realistic with teens that have serious, life threatening problems, I have an unbelievable weak spot for GLBT, more specifically gay boys. I don’t even fucking know why or how this came to be but it is what it is. Anyway, moving onto the book, Fan Art is a hit or miss type of book. It’s cute and light, with some deep undertones however, it’s also judgemental and stereotypical. For me, this story was a miss that was almost a hit.

I’ll start the bad stuff off with the representation of the GLBT community. The stereotypes of what makes a gay boy gay is horrible. I was angry with the way that Jamie thinks that since he never played with dolls, never played dress up, and plays sports that it’s crazy that he turned out gay. Another thing that I disliked about Fan Art is the school part of it all.  I get that it’s all about the art but Jamie gets a scholarship to play music at a university yet there is close to no music explained in the whole book. I’m a band kid, I was excited once he mentioned he’s in band but it’s not properly explained how he practices and lets the music take hold of him. It’s just straightforward boring. The relationship between Jamie and Mason was also a problem for me because it feels a bit contrived at many times. Readers are told they’re extremely close but for a lot of the novel, I didn’t feel it since there aren’t enough flashbacks and such to support their relationship.

My relationship with Jamie is a love/hate one. I hated how harsh and stupid he is but I loved how awkward and nervous he is. He remind me of myself and I could relate to his situation because it happened to myself. I was screaming, laughing, and all around flipping out whenever something happened between Jamie and Mason. I just couldn’t stop myself. The writing is smooth and relaxed, I found myself reading instead of studying for my exams many times. Adding on to all of that, I loved that Tregay decided to add in the art works that are featured in Gumshoe. The poems and visual art pieces make the story more unique.

Fan Art is not a book for everyone. Although it is light, it has a few problems and some of them are offensive. However, I found some things to be enjoyable, like the romance and the characters despite them being undeveloped. I recommend this to anyone looking for a story to pass the time and enjoy fun albeit underdeveloped characters, art, and don’t mind a typical love story.

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Book Review: Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

16179216Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Pages: 368 (Hardcover)

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Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Katherine Tegen Books for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller.

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I don’t know who wrote that blurb but they obviously didn’t read the same novel as me. Dear Killer is laughable at best.There isn’t anything sinister about it. It lacks common sense and has such a childish feel to it. The writing style made me want to claw my eyes out, it’s more obnoxious than The Situation from Jersey Shore and just as disgusting.

I am not a killer. I could never kill anyone, and even if I had to for self-defence, I would feel horrible about it, like most people. Kit is a killer. Has been since like, nine or something. From this age, and a mother like hers, I would expect her to keep everyone at a distance despite the fact that she’s a teenager. I would expect her to get a fucking grip and not cry just because her mother is upset with her. She is so unbelievable, she thinks she’s a great actress yet the only reason she isn’t caught is because they are far too stupid to realize anything (the police).  I also expect her not to be smitten with her enemy which, by the way,makes for one of the worst romances I have read about that has minimal insta-love. Moreover, the murders aren’t even well explained. She seems to just use some karate kicks and then that’s it. Nothing else. Even Kit’s alter ego is thrown in with no back story whatsoever! There’s no build up nor any foundation for anything. It’s so bad that I had to laugh. Don’t read this book. Don’t even look at it, just keep walking.

Nothing about this book is good. Nothing.

Dear Killer is bad. So bad that even a night of drinking couldn’t make it any better. The characters are all half-assed and there’s no common sense. Just because the carpet is black, Kit believes that the police won’t see it which is not true. But in this book it could actually be possible since they’re so unbelievably stupid. Don’t read this, it’s not only a waste of time and money but a waste of imagination. Nothing is explained, nothing is realistic, and nothing is properly executed. No. Just, no.

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1 Lonely Cloud

Book Review: Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

12369550Elusion by  Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Pages: 400 (Hardcover)

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Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Katherine Tegen Books for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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It boggles my mind just how stupid some people can be over someone they find extremely attractive. People are willing to give up precious secrets for the sake of being ‘cool’ with someone hot. They don’t care about the people they’ve grown up with nor do they care that this whole ‘relationship’ could be a fucking trap and you could get fucking killed for the sake of some fucking hot guy fucking looking at you for two fucking seconds like you’re his everything. Is the risk of death  worth it though?

Regan seems to fucking think so!

The characters are annoying, especially Regan who just met this super hot guy and trusts him with a secret that her dad told her not to tell anyone! This is a typical insta-love and this was the first strike for me.  Just because he tells her something, which could be a lie. Also, she second guesses her best friend because the bad boy tells her some questioning info about him. I’ll admit that Patrick does some sketchy stuff but this doesn’t mean she should outright distrust him without speaking to him about it. She tries to, pathetically near the end of the novel but at that point, I couldn’t care. When writing a dystopian novel, the world should be explained perfectly yet in Elusion the world is so half-assed. The adventurous destinations are flimsy at best and certainly didn’t draw me in.

Although I hated just about everything about this story, I did love staring at the cover! It’s absolutely beautiful and what initially  drew me in.

Elusion goes through what a lot of YA books are currently going through. It’s not sure if it wants to be romance since the romance takes over the plot more than once, it’s not sure if it wants to be a dystopian because of the cool gadgets and world. I wouldn’t recommend this one to anyone because of how horrible the characters are, the sloppily done world, and the predictable ending. After I finishing Elusion, I feel like I should just stop reading Dystopian novels all together.

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1 Lonely Cloud