Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes 
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Rating: 3, DNF

Broken Monsters was what I call “High Concept, Poor Execution.” There were two major things that caused me to decide not to finish it.

The first reason: The story was written from several different characters perspectives, and it switched almost every chapter. Some books can get away with this (generally there are two or three PoV) but this one had like 5 different voices, and it was just too much to keep track of.

The second and most important reason: The relationship between the police officer and her daughter. Seriously, no police officer is going to pick up her high school daughter and start telling her all about the secret case they haven’t yet allowed the press to get wind of, or tell her details or hunches, or—what really set me off—have her daughter help her use a search engine to find photos from nasty crime scenes. You just don’t do that.

The premise was cool and the bad-guy was amazing (his PoV was my favorite) but I just couldn’t keep going with those two factors.

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King
Genre: YA
Rating: 4.5

What would you say if I told you that you could acquire psychic magical abilities by mixing beer with the powdered remains of a petrified bat and drinking it?

You heard me.

I started this book without any idea what it was about. I just started listening to it. Sometimes I do that and allow myself to be pleasantly surprised, by genre and sex of the main character and all. I instantly liked Glory and her way of thinking. Glory sees straight through modern-day brainwashed crap and hides behind the shadow of her suicidal mom that nobody talks about. She and her slutty brainwashed ditzy friend drink a bat and gain super powers. And their lives change forever.

There are a lot of things that make up a good book, and this book was made good by the main character. I loved Glory. She is exactly how I felt as a teenager; “No I don’t have any friends, no I don’t really want any, I just want to decide how I feel about this.” Glory stood up and challenged her dad on some things, Glory did what she needed to do for the people in her life, even if she didn’t always feel like it, Glory grew up. She broke out of being afraid and hiding behind a camera and set off on the adventure of her life, even though she knew it would be scary and hard.

I would definitely re-read this book, and recommend it to anyone ages 14-adult.

The Silkworm

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith*
Genre: Thriller
Narrator: Robert Glenister
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Rating: 4 stars

Cormoran Strike and Robin have another murder on their hands, but this time, Strike is sure the police have accused the wrong person. Refusing to stand down and allow an innocent person to be blamed for the atrocious murder, he and Robin bend every rule in the book and use every wit they have to get to the bottom of the mystery.

I love Cormoran Strike and Robin, and I like this series so far. I read the first one right after it came out and was very happy with it. The Silkworm was an excellent piece of work, full of miniscule details, complex characters, intriguing dialogue, and an entrancing story. It was a little hard to follow because of how complex it was, and how many characters there were, but all together I was pleased with the story and how it turned out. It’s not Galbraith’s best work, but I still have high hopes for the series.

I was very happy with the narration of the book. To see the rest of Glenister’s audio recordings click here.

*Robert Galbraith is a pen name for J.K. Rowling.


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