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ARC Review: Pretty Girl by Amy Heugh

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Published: July 29th 2014

Pages: 393

Summary: If there were one day that she could change it would be the day she was taken.

After her parents’ divorce, seventeen-year-old Izzy Scott and her mother move to the old town of St. Augustine to begin a new life, a life beyond the media attention and the memories of the traumatic experiences that left an everlasting affect on their family.

The former ballerina is trying to adjust to the outside world without suffering a panic attack and exposing who she is – all while getting through her senior year at a new school. That’s easy to say until she meets local boy Mason Winchester, a boy with a tragic past.

Mason has a reputation for violence, but a love for motorcycles. At the age of eleven he lost his mother to cancer and from then he has been running from something, but could never really get away.

Like any other angry teenager, he just wants to be left alone and to have nothing to do with anyone else because he believed that he had nothing to offer. That changes the moment he saw what was in the new girl eyes.

Tragedy wasn’t new to either of their lives but among the secrets and the memories the one thing they both never excepted was to find hope.

*This book is recommended for readers 18+ for violence, language, and some adult situations.*

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Read from August 08 to 10, 2014

 

I received this book free from Amy Heugh in exchange for an honest review.And damn me to hell, I will post an honest review here.

First thing first. The plot? Predictable. The pace? Painfully slow. The most of writers would squeeze the events in some short story or a novella, but not Amy. Why? I’ll get to this later. There’s not much “action” here; Isabella and Mason (I feel myself wincing now-I hate heroines named Isabella, Izzy, or Bella with passon-but it’s just me, I guess)are hardly likeable at first. Pretty girl contains inner monologues, mostly.

Normally I’d have given such a book one or two stars, depends.

Why not now?

The writing is incredible. Every sentence is a work of art. I took my time with this book and I found myself simply admiring the beauty of Amy Heugh’s style.

And when I finished her book I thought that there’s a reason for all that bad things I’ve enumerated above. Amy Heugh wanted it to be this way. The plot, the pace, the lack of torrent of events.

Her book is a metaphor for life after breakdown, for life full of guilt and self-hatred. For redemption.

That’s why I’m giving it 4 stars.

Rating: 4/5
 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in reviews

 

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Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma

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Published September 5th 2013 by Definitions

Summary: At seventeen, Mathéo Walsh appears to have it all. He is a champion diver and a hot prospect for the upcoming Olympics. He is a heartthrob, a straight A student and lives in one of the wealthiest areas of London. He has great friends and is the envy of many around him. And most importantly of all, he is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Lola. He has always been a stable, well-adjusted guy . . .

Until one weekend. A weekend he cannot seem to remember. All he knows is that he has come back a changed person. One who no longer knows how to have fun, no longer wants to spend time with his friends, no longer enjoys diving. Something terrible happened that weekend – something violent and bloody and twisted. He no longer knows who he is. He no longer trusts himself around people: he only wants to hurt, wound and destroy. Slowly, he begins to piece back the buried, fragmented memories, and finds himself staring at the reflection of a monster.

Tormented, Mathéo suddenly finds himself faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever . . .

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I was so excited. Tabitha Suzuma! Hurt! I’ve expected the long, angsty journey through the pages and my hands trembling – Forbidden did exactly THAT to me.
Yet I got nothing.

The mysterious reason of main character’s break down was so painfully predictable I wanted to scream: just say it, for Christ sake… And the end of the book? It was farfetched and unfair.

But I found the writing of Tabitha Suzuma as amazing as always.

 

Rating: 2/5
 
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Posted by on September 21, 2013 in reviews

 

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