Book Review: The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex#1) by Lindsay Cummings

13576132The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex#1) by Lindsay Cummings

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Pages: 398 (Hardcover)

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Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Greenwillow 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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Honestly, what is this crap? Because from all the hype, I would have thought this book would be amazing and lively and shit. It’s not, not at all despite the non-stop action. I feel like The author thought that adding a shit ton of action and fighting would make up for the story being shitty but it really doesn’t and never will.

I got bored after the first chapter because of the writing which is so awkward and choppy as well as the characters which are ALL forgettable and as creative and original as a bowl of plain oatmeal. The romance sucks ass since it’s full-blown insta-love. Like, it’s the worst case I’ve ever read which is saying a lot if you check the shelf I have just for book full of insta-love. Moreover, for someone who’s been taught to be smart and survive, Meadow sure is stupid and naive. First, she risks death to save a stranger, and then she tries to negotiate with her killer just because she thinks he’s cute. I really don’t understand how she’s made it this far.

The chapters are really short. That’s always a plus.

The idea for The Murder Complex is really cool but that’s where the coolness ends. I’m so disappointed with this one. There was so much hype and I got really excited too, but don’t let that awesome cover and title fool you. This book is dull, stupid, and forgettable.

One Lonely Cloud

One Lonely Cloud

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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.

1 Lonely Cloud

1 Lonely Cloud

Book Review: Uninvited (Uninvited#1) by Sophie Jordan

13645645Uninvited (Uninvited#1) by Sophie Jordan

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Science Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

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When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen 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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Uninvited isn’t a story about survival and murder. It’s a fucking love story. Despite all of the lovey-dovey bullshit, nothing about this makes sense. The romance mostly drives the story with the typical bad boy falls for the good girl theme and the characters are beyond pathetic. I thought this book would be more exciting, more action packed, but I didn’t get what I wanted. If I paid for this, I would be demanding for my money back.

Davy is a mess. All she does is whine and complain. I don’t understand the appeal of her other than she’s ‘innocent’. She judges everyone without a care in the world and believes that the doctors all made a mistakes, she doesn’t have the kill gene. It’s just not possible for someone so ‘gifted’. Reading about her and how special she is made my head hurt. I also hated just how unrealistic everything is. Davy and her friends go to a camp and there are eyes and ears everywhere so what do they do about this? Well, Davy and Sean don’t touch but they ever so casually speak of their plans for running away. They somehow get away from the camp without much trouble. Yeah fucking right. That’s not realistic, even if nobody heard their plans, it’s a place full of legit killers. There would be a least a few people awake and video cameras! They got out without a scratch and I hated how anticlimactic it all is.

Sophie Jordan has some of the greatest book ideas. The idea of people being quarantined for having the ‘kill gene’ is amazing! The way that people are still finding ways to fight people and judge them for how they’re born is interesting and I instantly fell in love with this idea. However that’s the only thing I fell in love with.

Overall, this is not worth it. Sure, it’s a great idea that will easily reel readers in but the character, unrealistic adventures, and disgusting romance ruins Uninvited. I don’t recommend this to anyone unless you’re not sick of romances taking over the story and the romances being the most typical thing ever.

1.5 Odd Clouds

1.5 Odd Clouds

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