Friday, 21 October 2016

Sick Week!

Yep. That's right.

I got sick last weekend--after the mucus virus went through my daughter, then hubby--and am only now starting to shake it. I'm currently at the tail end of it, so I still have residual clogginess in my nose and chest, but feel worn out. Not as bad as I did at the beginning of the week, though.

I just want it to be over, because this whole week was a total bust!

These are the things I wanted to do:
  • Update files from phone to laptop
  • Read GIRL OF NIGHTMARES by Kendare Blake
  • Go to dentist appointment on Tuesday
  • Complete monster short story second draft
  • Start taking notes/researching NaNoWriMo story

These are the things I actually did:

As you can see, I didn't even attempt to work on the short story second draft. I just wasn't in the proper mindset to even think about it. Mostly I just wanted to sit or lie down on the couch. So I set the story aside for next week. Hopefully.

At least I got a chance to read a lot.

And I'm really happy about getting the NaNoWriMo story notes started. I'm super excited about the story I want to write. It's going to be a creepy YA horror novel, because that's just the mood I'm in. :)

Well. There you go! Not a super productive week, but I'm fine with it.

Happy weekend!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Back to Work!


This week, hubby went back to work and my daughter went back to school. I can't believe how fast our week off went! :/

Too fast, if you ask me.

BTW, what do you think of my new Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (Horror Classics Series 3) mystery figure? I think she's super cool.

Anyway. Everything going back to normal meant a new to-do list for me:
  • Proofread, finalise & sub the UF short story I wrote last month
  • Read & review BURNING by Danielle Rollins
  • Back up photos on my phone
  • Do second draft of monster short story
  • Start takng NaNoWriMo notes

And here's what I actually did:
  • Read & reviewed BURNING by Danielle Rollins
  • Proofread (twice), made final changes & subbed the UF short story (6,872w) set in Sierra's spooky world
  • Removed Sept/Oct photos from phone & backed up on drives
  • Dusted & reorganised (one of) my toys/collectibles shelves
  • Scanned UF short story notes & updated files
  • Started reading one creepy book but put it aside because I just couldn't get into it
  • Switched to a different creepy book & I'm loving it!
  • Started thinking/planning the story I'd like to write during NaNoWriMo next month
  • Trimmed my hair
  • Caught up on the washing

As you can see, I didn't get the monster story second draft done. On purpose. Mainly because the first three days of the week were so revision heavy that I didn't want to push it. Besides, I've been feeling a little sickish. This crazy hot and cold spring weather is a killer! Plus my daughter got sick last week, then hubby... so of course, it's now my turn. :(

Hopefully it doesn't stick around for long...

I'm actually happy with the progress I made this week, especially since the closing date for the antho I subbed my story to is today! Close one. LOL.

And I'm starting to get super excited about the book I want to write next month. I'm aiming for super creepy and plan to add some of my most fave creepy/spooky things. It'll be fun. (At least, I hope it will.)

Well, that's it for now.

Have an awesome weekend!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

BURNING by Danielle Rollins

After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just three months shy of release. She'll finally see her little brother again. And she'll get the hell out of the pit that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. 

 But then Jessica arrives … She's young, only ten years old, and she's brought to Brunesfield in shackles under the highest security possible. She doesn't speak and is placed in the segregation ward. No one knows what she did to end up there. But there are plenty of rumours. Soon creepy things begin to happen to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl's arrival and it becomes clear that Jessica is more dangerous than anyone ever expected ...

My Creepy October Reading continues with this burning book. LOL.

Angela has been living in the Brunesfield Correctional Facility for several years now. Juvie's no party destination, but she knows the rules and how to stay out of trouble. Mostly. Plus she has two good friends: Issie and Cara. She also happens to share a dorm room with them and they have kitchen duties together. They might be hard girls, but they all get along and dream of escaping the restrictive walls around them.

The day a new girl arrives, everything changes. Jessica is really young and is in shackles and she's taken straight to segregation, so she has to be dangerous. With her arrival comes a mysterious doctor. Doctor Gruen appears nice enough, but it doesn't take long for her mask to slip and her true intentions to show.

Gruen says she wants to recruit SciGirls, but it soon becomes apparent that she's hiding something. And it doesn't take long for Brunesfield to start changing...

Yikes! This was quite the spooky book. I loved how the walls around Brunesfield seemed to close in around the characters. I also loved how the shadows seemed to hide things. And how sometimes, Angela caught movement out of the corner of her eye, but nothing was there. Plus that segregation floor... *shiver*

All of this certainly added to the creepy atmosphere about a place that keeps girls locked up.

Angela was also a very interesting character. She might have made some stupid mistakes and often feels like the world is against her, but she still knows right from wrong. She loves her brother above all else, and the way she takes the dangerous Jessica under her wing is really sweet. I also thought the strong friendship between Angela, Cara and Issie was a strength that gels throughout.

Burning turned out to be an addictive, sizzling surprise. It's a downright creepy story. The characters are engaging, the mystery intriguing, and the location claustrophobic. There's even a fascinating supernatural thread and a touch of romance. But at the core of this book is the story of forgotten girls trying to overcome the many challenges they face.

I really enjoyed it. And can't help but wonder: will there be a sequel?

Burning, July 2016, ISBN 9781408869956, Bloomsbury Childrens

Friday, 7 October 2016

Break Time!

Hey guys! I hope you're all having a great week.

I haven't been productive this week. At all. And you know what? I don't care. Why? Because it's my daughter's last week of school holidays and hubby took a week off. Yay!

I did get some reading done, though. And even wrote reviews:

I also managed to sort a bunch of stationery, and have been thinking about the novel I'd like to write during NaNoWriMo. I'm at that stage where the idea is bubbling in the back of my mind, and soon, I'll start taking notes. I've even got the notebook ready to go. :)

Oh, and I've decided that October means it's time to read some Creepy, Spooky books. So that's cool.

Asides from that, we've had a great week of sleeping in, hanging out, and having some fun together. It's been great. Sometimes you just need a break. I'm sad that it's almost over. :(

So. There you go. Not much to report, but I wanted to keep the weekly blogging update going.

Have a great weekend! We'll be celebrating hubby's  birthday tomorrow.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

THE CREEPER MAN by Dawn Kurtagich

When sisters Silla and Nori escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath's country house feels like a safe haven. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel. Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing. Every day the forbidden surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house. A mysterious boy appears, offering friendship. And Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest - a man with no eyes, who creeps ever closer. . .

Last year I read THE DEAD HOUSE and really enjoyed it, so I thought this book would be a great way to start my Spooky Halloween Reading Month. :)

Silla and Nori are sisters trying to escape their abusive home in London. The youngest, Nori, bears the physical scars of their abusive childhood, so all Silla wants is to offer her sister a better life. That's why she gets on a train and takes them to the countryside, to stay with their estranged aunt. Cath is more than happy to offer them a new home, and the three fall into a nice, quiet existence. For a while.

When Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends all day and night pacing, everything else seems to fall apart. The nearby town is abandoned. Nori starts seeing the Creeper Man who hides in the woods and watches from the shadows. A mysterious boy appears one day. And Silla struggles to supply enough food for their survival. With the trees slowly creeping closer, it seems like the end of the world is near...

Wow. Yep. This is how you tell a creepy story.

I loved the way this book was written. Most of the narrative is in the POV of Silla, as she takes us through the super freaky story of what happened when her sister and her came to stay at their aunt's manor. A huge place that might have once been a lovely, bright house but slowly becomes a hellish cage made out of tall trees and a scary man who watches from afar. It also includes handwritten notes, the brief POV of Cath and Nori, plus a slow descend into madness. There are even secret messages hidden within some of the passages, which is really cool!

Is Silla's ordeal real or imagined? Is she so crazy that she can't tell if she's hallucinating or not? Or maybe something much more sinister is going on... Maybe an old family curse is at the core of what's going on and why the Creeper Man is here for them.

To find that out, you'll just have to read this book. And I highly recommend that you do.

This story has so much depth. It's a touching account of sisterly love. It's about old family secrets. It's a half-remembered love story. But ultimately, it's a disturbing horror tale.

The Creeper Man is a surreal, atmospheric nightmare in the form of a book. It's dark and creepy and captivated me from the very first word. From that point on, all I wanted to do was read more because I just HAD TO KNOW WHERE IT WAS GOING! And the ending didn't disappoint.

This book is such a creepy delight. It's also an awesome way to start Spooky October. :)


The Creeper Man, September 2016, ISBN 9781510101685, Orion Children's Books

Monday, 3 October 2016

BOY21 by Matthew Quick

Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He's always dreamed of getting out someday, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay. 

 Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won't pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21--taken from his former jersey number.  
As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need.

After absolutely loving Every Exquisite Thing, Ashleigh from Hachette Australia was kind enough to send me a few more Matthew Quick books.

As soon as I read the blurbs, I couldn't wait to get stuck into them and decided to start with this one.

Finley lives with his hardworking father and disabled grandfather in a not-so-great neighbourhood. There are a lot of bad things in Bellmont: drugs, gangs and the Irish mob. But Finley stays out of trouble and loves basketball. He might be the only white guy on the team, but he's good and the other players respect him. Even his  best friend Erin--who also happens to be his girlfriend--plays basketball, so he surrounds himself with the sport. He also doesn't talk much. 

Something traumatic happened to his family when he was a kid, and since then he's chosen not to speak much.

When his coach asks him to befriend a new boy called Russ, Finley's simple routine is suddenly thrown out. Russ used to be a hotshot basketball player who now lives with his grandparents. He prefers to be called Boy21 and claims he's from outer space. But Finley knows this kid has been through his own traumatic event and this is how he's dealing with everything.

As much as Finley helps his new friend and welcomes him into his life, he also resents that he plays the same position. But Finley's one of the good guys, so he steps aside for the sake of the team. When someone he cares deeply about is seriously hurt, his priorities become so much clearer...

Oh my. This book is so quietly good. It's the kind of story that first appears to be simple and even a little bland, but it doesn't take long for the brilliance to shine through.

Finley might be an outwardly quiet guy, but he's got a lot on his mind. He thinks a lot and wants to actually say even more. But he doesn't. He knows it's best not to speak up, until he realises that sometimes you don't have a choice. And I loved Erin. She's such a strong and cool character who understands people's oddities and loves them anyway.

I found Russ fascinating, and even liked Wes. The three become friends because of a Harry Potter book, which was cute. The adults were less likeable. His father and pop are kind, but really damaged and full of secrets. His coach is a selfish jerk who pretty much takes advantage of Finley's good nature. And his counselor was enigmatic.

Boy21 is another amazing Matthew Quick book with memorable characters and a lot of heart. It's another unconventional story about friendship, loyalty and the sins of the past. I also loved that even though I'm not a fan of basketball, I was totally engaged all the way through.

I can't wait to read more books by this great author. 

BTW, I love the super bright cover!

Boy21, June 2014, ISBN 9781472212917, Headline

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Writing & Revising

Can you believe this is the last week of September? O_o

Hubby & I celebrated our 17th Wedding Anniversary last weekend, which was super cool. And October means birthday month for both hubby & daughter. Plus daylight savings!


As usual, I had a to-do list I wanted to tackle this week. But because hubby's having a week off and it starts today, plus my daughter's already on break, I only had stuff planned from Monday-Thursday. And that's also why I'm posting an update a day early. 

So here's the list:
  • Write first draft of horror short story
  • Do second draft of UF short story
  • Write & post review for UNDER THE HARROW by Flynn Berry
  • Read RUN by Kody Keplinger
  • Start thinking about NaNoWriMo

And here's what I actually did:
  • Posted review of UNDER THE HARROW by Flynn Berry
  • Wrote the first draft of a creepy monster short story (3,343w)
  • Read and reviewed RUN by Kody Keplinger
  • Completed the second draft of UF short story (6,973w)
  • Decided what story I would like to write during NaNoWriMo
  • Took care of a bunch of RL stuff
  • DNFd a book that just wasn't working for me

Well, there you go. As you can see, I once again got a bunch of stuff done before the weekend hit. And I'm really excited about all of the above.

I'm now going to take the week off, so I won't be writing or revising or brainstorming until the second week of October. Which is when I'm hoping to finish the UF story and start revising the monster one.

I might squeeze in some reading, but mostly, I just want to relax and spend the week with my hubby and daughter. I'm looking forward to it.

So, October will start without a to-do list and I'm totally okay with that.

Have a great week! :D

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

RUN by Kody Keplinger

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and an alcoholic mom. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks. 

Agnes Atwood has never stayed out past ten p.m., never gone on a date and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter - but Agnes isn't quite sure what they are protecting her from. 

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it's the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else. 

 So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo's dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and - worst of all - confronting some ugly secrets. 

A story about the ferocity of friendship and the risks we'll take to save our friends ... And ourselves. 

I loved The Duff, so I was really excited about reading Kody Keplinger's latest book. And it didn't disappoint.

Even though Bo Dickinson is from a family with a bad reputation in the small town of Mursey, and Agnes Atwood is from a respected Christian family, they become good friends. Because Agnes is legally blind she's either treated like a delicate angel, or like a burden. And because Bo is a Dickinson she's treated like a sexually-obsessed criminal.

Neither girl is any of those things, and their very unique and close friendship soon makes them realise they don't have to live within other people's expectations and restraints.

However, when something really bad happens to Bo, both girls go on the run to find the freedom they both crave. But one of them has a secret that could tear everything apart and destroy their mutual trust...

As soon as I started this book, I knew it wouldn't take long to finish it. The writing style is addictive, the alternating POV chapters are short and crisp, and I loved getting to know both of these very different characters. I also loved (absolutely loved) how one POV was in the present, and the other covered the story that led Bo and Agnes to the point of no return.

This is the very sad story of a teenage girl who has known so much abandonment in her young life that she's full of fear. It's also the empowering story of a teenage girl who wants to break out of the overprotective shell she's been wrapped up in all of her life.

I really liked how a character with a disability is treated just like everyone else, because she totally is. As well as how people reacted differently to her, and how it affected her. This is such a deep and well-written novel. It seriously is.

Run is an awesome book. It's super fun. It's sweet. It's sad. It's happy. It's about taking risks. But ultimately it's a story about the ups and downs of growing up in a small town, and an unlikely friendship between two very different girls that took me on a bittersweet road trip. I really enjoy stories where a deep and strong friendship is the core of everything.

Oh, and I loved Utah! She was so cute.

I loved this book and highly recommend it.

Run, September 2016, ISBN 9781444932706, Hodder Children's Book

Sunday, 25 September 2016


Enchantingly dark, a novel for dark psychological gems. 

 When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel's familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. 

Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can't return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can't trust them to find her sister's killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora's fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognisable as the sister her investigation uncovers.

While looking at the review books on my TBR pile (there are heaps!) I decided an adult thriller would be perfect for my next read. I grabbed this one and enjoyed the shocking, sad and tense first chapter so much that I kept reading.

Nora and her sister Rachel are close, and she often travels from London to visit her in the countryside. When Nora arrives at Winshaw and doesn't find her sister at the train station, she just assumes Rachel is waiting for her at her house, so she walks there. But when she arrives, the scene sends Nora into a confused spiral of shock.

Unable to go back to London to continue her own life, Nora decides to stick around to answer the many police questions, and be kept in the loop. Then promptly starts to suspect everyone.

Nora is suspicious by nature, especially since Rachel was assaulted on the street when she was a teenager. Now she can't help but wonder if her sister's assailant from so long ago returned to finish what he started, or if someone else wanted her dead. As she sifts through her memories and investigates her sister's murder, Nora wonders if she knew Rachel at all...

Like I said above, this story grabbed me from the very beginning and I didn't want to put it down. I love the writing style because Nora's meandering mind and way of sorting through memories and present adds to the surreal nature of her experience. Not to mention the short, sharp chapters that keep the tension flowing.

Nora also pays attention to every detail around her and shares a lot about her relationship with Rachel. They were so close she can't deal with the loss and simply can't get on with her own life until she finds out what really happened. Yet isn't prepared for some of the things she discovers along the way.

Oh, and the other part of the book that I really enjoyed was when it hit me that sometimes, Nora isn't as reliable as she first appears. She conveniently left out information and some situations go unexplained until someone else pointed them out.

Anyway. That's about all I can say without revealing something important.

Under the Harrow is an excellent, gripping psychological thriller that keeps the reader guessing all the way through. And although I picked up several of the more important clues along the way, there's no way I could've guessed the revelation at the end. Which is totally awesome!

Yep. I will definitely be interested in reading more books written  by this author.

Under the Harrow, July 2016, ISBN 9781474605274, W&N

Friday, 23 September 2016

Words, Sorting & Reading

Yikes! Can you believe another week is almost over? This year is going way too fast.

Anyway. The production line must keep moving, so I had a bunch of things I wanted to achieve this week:
  • Write 5k UF short story featuring a character from the Sierra Fox series
  • Brainstorm another shortie
  • Clear my out-of-control stationery clutter
  • Organise my writing stuff
  • Read 13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough

Here's what I actually did:
  • Wrote first draft of UF short story (6,447w) 
  • Cleared all the stationery clutter & actually reorganised everything
  • Organised my writing stuff to make it easier for me to file & access notebooks, pens, sticky notes, etc.
  • Brainstormed & figured out the start (plus other details) for another horror shortie
  • Read and reviewed 13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough
  • Finished reading EVERY EXQUISITE THING by Matthew Quick

There you have it. Another productive week! Yay. :)

I have to admit that I didn't plan/expect to read two books this week, but I'm glad that I did because they were both AWESOME! I've been having such a cool run this month, which is great after so many DNFs last month. LOL.

Oh, you know what else I really enjoyed doing this week? Because I was writing a short story set in Sierra's world I actually grabbed the books in her series and read through them to check some details. And I loved it. It's always a nice combo of exciting and weird when you can read back one of your stories and still love it.

The Sierra Fox series will always have a special place in my heart.♡

The shortie might be set in her world, but it focuses on different monsters and myth. Plus Sierra isn't in it. I can't promise she's not mentioned, though. ;)

Today was my daughter's last day of Term 3, so she now has two weeks off school. I'm still hoping to get a few things done next week, because the week after that, hubby's home. Can't wait!

And on that note, I'll sign out.

Have a great weekend!


Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hard-working student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper - the mysterious, out-of-print cult-classic - the rebel within Nanette awakens. 

As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price. 

A celebration of the self and the formidable power of story, Every Exquisite Thing is Matthew Quick at his finest. 

This month, I've read some really awesome Hachette books and wanted to keep the momentum going. So when I noticed this one on my bookshelf, I picked it up. This title happened to be one of those surprise books that I received but knew nothing about. So, I started reading it yesterday afternoon, you know, to try it out... an hour later I was still reading.

Yep. Hooked is the word I'm looking for.

Nanette O'Hare outwardly appears to be an average teenager. She's a good student, doesn't skip school, is a good daughter and happens to be one of the best players on the girl's soccer team. But she's really nothing like her peers.

She loves to read, doesn't relate to the other kids, feels disconnected from her parents even though she spends time with them, and doesn't like soccer. Oh, and she happens to have lunch with a teacher! Yep. She's definitely not like other kids, but has managed to cruise through eighteen years by living her life according to what others expect from her.

Well, until her favourite teacher gives her a copy of an out-of-print cult classic he claims changed his life when he was her age. The Bubblegum Reaper (I love this title!) is a thought provoking story that's often shared by teachers with their 'weird' students. And when that happens, their lives are never the same. They develop theories and so many questions, along with the need to rebel.

So when her teacher organises a meeting with the reclusive author, Nigel Booker, she jumps at the chance.

The real story behind the elusive book is stranger than fiction, and introduces Nanette to a new circle of friends she feels more connected to than anyone else. But when the passion of fiction and reality collide, there's no way of turning back...

Wow. This book totally took me by surprise.

The story starts out mainstream enough, but soon unfolds in the strangest, most wonderful and unexpected way possible. 

I love how Nanette, Alex and Oliver become friends even though they go to different schools and one of them is only twelve. I also thought that it was so cool that they all considered an old man to be their friend. Age was no barrier for any of these characters because they had a book in common. They also had their weirdness to share.

Another thing I really liked is how it deals with loners. So often, people who enjoy and choose to be alone are labelled as lonely or lost in loneliness. Almost as if they're this way because others have left them, when in fact that's not always the case. Sometimes, people are actually comfortable enough being on their own to do their own thing. But somehow, they get judged quite harshly because this is seen as challenging convention.

But as any good work of fiction does, this book takes the above concept and spins it on its axis. It introduces us to a bunch of memorable characters, and others who become collateral damage during Nanette's search for herself. They are all different, yet alike. Nanette is determined to learn how to become her own person without conforming. Alex is determined to use brawn in order to make things right and then writes a poem about it. Oliver is determined to be a good kid even though he gets bullied. Booker just wants to connect like minds and make people think.

No matter what each one wants or looks for, the reader is swept up along the way. There are moments of sheer joy, others that fill you with devastating sadness. There are even cringe-worthy moments, like Nanette's disastrous social experiment and the expectations placed on her from all angles.

Every Exquisite Thing is a total gem. It's odd, yet familiar. It's sad, yet full of heartfelt passion. I fell in love with this book almost instantly. It's an unconventional story that challenges the many conventions we all face every single day of our lives. Especially those of us who dare to be different and choose to travel our own path no matter what.

There's so much to love about this incredible book. SO MUCH. And that includes the adorable cover!

Yep. Thanks to Hachette Australia, I've found myself another keeper!

P.S. I also identify with Unproductive Ted. :P

Every Exquisite Thing, May 2016, ISBN 9781472229557, Headline

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough

Natasha was dead for 13 minutes. And it changed her world completely... 

 I was dead for 13 minutes. 

 I don't remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this - it wasn't an accident and I wasn't suicidal. 

 They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you're a teenage girl, it's hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I'm sure of it. But that doesn't mean they didn't try to kill me. Does it? 

I was really looking forward to reading this YA thriller. And as soon as I started, I couldn't put the book down. 

Natasha was technically dead for 13 whole minutes. If it wasn't for the insomniac musician and his dog, she would never have been saved from her watery grave. But she was, and when she eventually wakes up, she can't remember what happened and how she ended up in the river.

Everyone's excited about the most popular girl in school surviving. Especially her fellow Barbies, as well as the friend she dumped years before. Now, while Tasha tries to unravel the mystery of what happened, and hopefully get her memory back, she starts to suspect her two best friends, Hayley and Jenny, are hiding something.

With Becca's help, she might be able to figure out why someone would want her dead. As things start to unravel and tragedy strikes, the girls soon realise that sometimes you really can't trust anyone...

Wow! I just need a moment to let everything sink in. Yes. I'm okay now. LOL.

This book is amazing. Not only does the story highlight the very complicated friendships teenage girls weave around each other, but it's also an intriguing study of popularity and control. About just how crazy people can get when they feel like they're spiralling out of control.

In spite of all the BS, I really liked Becca. She was probably one of the most accurate portrayals I've seen of a teenage girl trying to enjoy the everyday things that make her happy. She has many emotional scars from her past friendship with Tasha and Hayley, so she's not big on friends and pretty much floats between a few people. But even that's not enough to stop her from falling back into old habits. 

Tasha, however, is the complete opposite. Where Becca is insecure, Tasha is confidence incarnate. When Becca is easily strung along, Tasha is not. Although Becca wants to focus on her boyfriend, Tasha doesn't care much about boys. They are the complete opposite of each other, but it doesn't stop them from working together. It also doesn't stop them from being the perfect opponents.

And that's about as much as I can say about this book without going nuts with spoilers. ;)

13 Minutes is a super twisty story about friendship, betrayal and lies. It's a story that keeps you guessing until the wicked truth starts to seep through. And when THAT happens, you just can't believe what is actually happening! Oh my... This is one awesome thriller, that kept me guessing and led me along quite nicely until the wow! bit hits.

Yikes! I'm not kidding here. This story is not to be missed. Seriously. There's just SO MUCH that I couldn't include in my review because the best way to walk into this book is to just know the basics.

Loved this book. It's definitely another keeper!

I'm having a great reading month. :)

13 Minutes, April 2016, ISBN 9780575097230, Gollancz

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