Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Choker, Elizabeth Woods

Title: Choker
Author: Elizabeth Wood
Release Date: March 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Thriller
My Rating:1 star2 starhalf star

I’ve always thought the tell of a good horror or thriller is not how many cheap screams or shocks it gives you while you’re in the moment, but how it haunts you afterwards. Elizabeth Wood’s Choker is nothing if not deeply unsettling, and it’s the sense of disquiet that lingers long after its conclusion that speaks of Wood’s talent for bringing on the creepy… and boy is she talented.

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has always been a loner, even more so since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, a few years ago. Cara mostly spends her time avoiding the popular girls who call her 'choker' after a humiliating incident in the cafeteria, and watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing he would finally notice her.

Then one day Cara comes home and finds Zoe waiting for her. Zoe's on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With Zoe back, Cara's life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and new confidence, and before she can blink, Cara is flirting with Ethan and getting invited to parties. And best of all, she has her best friend to confide in again.

But just as quickly as Cara's life came together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect ~ including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving very strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day when she's at school. You're supposed to be able to trust your best friend no matter what, but what if she turns into a total stranger?

The Story

After Cara nearly chokes on a chunk of carrot in front of the entire student body, her high school nightmare goes from bad to worse. The resident mean girl labels her ‘Choker’, and she’s teased mercilessly. Cara’s parents are absent, and she has no real friends to speak of. So she’s overjoyed when her best friend, Zoe, who she’s not seen in seven years, shows up at her house, begging for a place to stay. With Zoe’s help, Cara’s life is getting better. She’s making friends, the boy of her dreams notices she exists, and Cara feels good… then things start getting out hand—girls showing up dead, out of hand—and Zoe’s behaving weird. Cara has her suspicions, but Zoe couldn’t be responsible... could she?

Thoughts

Choker promises creepy, and it delivers. From the moment the mysterious Zoe shows up in Cara’s life, things start getting out of hand, and as the ‘out of hand’ escalates, so does the tension and the frightening. But it takes a while to get to that point. I struggled through the beginning of Choker, not entirely due to pacing, but a combination of elements from characters, though to writing. Cara should be easy to empathise with. She’s unhappy, and her misery and loneliness seep through the pages, but I struggled to actually like her. As—understandably—unhappy as Cara is, she’s very introspective and introverted, to the point she comes across as self-centred. When Zoe first shows up, telling a horrifying tale of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Cara’s reaction is, “Well, I’m so glad you’re here, because I really want someone to talk to.” (very paraphrased!) I found this… uncomfortable, to say the least.

But despite initial issues with Cara, Choker gets good. The tension builds to fever pitch, and the story becomes outright frightening. This leads to my biggest disappointment with Choker. Predictability. After chapters of build, tension, and nail biting, it ends... predictably. In the way I guessed it would in the prologue. But even despite the predictability, I couldn’t reconcile the Big Twist to events throughout the story. I simply wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief. With the best of stories, the believability of the impossible doesn’t come into question, unless questioning the presented reality is the point. Choker presented me with this quandary over and over again. Choker is creepy. It is, at times, outright terrifying. But a number of irritatingly implausible plot points left me frustrated.

The Verdict:

I’ve rarely been as conflicted over a novel as I am with Elizabeth Wood’s Choker. On one hand, it promises disturbing and creepy, and it delivers. On another, it left me disappointed. For all its disturbing, I found it predictable, and—in places—implausible. Nevertheless, Choker is not without its appeal, and once I got past a slow start, I found it riveting. Despite some issues, Choker is creepy, dark, at turns outright frightening, and a gripping read.

Note:

This is kind of a special little add on: for one reason or another, I'm fine with... human violence. If people get hurt in a story, it's fair game. But animals being hurt? Ah, well that's a different story. I get upset. No problem—I still enjoy the stories, but it... disturbs me. Well, Choker has multiple occurances of animal cruelty, in one case brutally detailed. It’s a minor detail, but a genuinely disturbing and upsetting one. It adds to the story. It adds to the creepiness. This isn't a criticism at all. But I'm curious: what's your standpoint on this? If an animal's going to get hurt, do you want to know? Do you get upset? Do you light up your barbeque and pull out the ketchup? Share!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing a review copy of Choker!

41 comments:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this book despite a few issues! It was really creepy for me . . . especially Zoe. As for the animal cruelty part, yeah I get upset over it but more so in film than in books but still . . . sometimes it's not necessary. Anyway great review!

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    1. Oh, Erin, YES! SOOOOOOO creepy. Like... *shudders*
      Zoe just... oh my goodness... there were moments when I began to doubt my original (correct) prediction of what was going to happen and seriously wonder what she was.

      Ooooh, that's a REALLY good point about the animal cruelty in movies. The added dimension of vision and sound and everything can make it even more upsetting.

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  2. I have to admit, the premise for this book is incredibly intriguing. I'm glad to hear the story delivers on the creepy but it's a shame it wasn't a secure win for you. Still, I would love to read this one day! awesome review, Sarah. :)

    By the way, I have no idea how I feel about animals getting hurt in a book! Honestly, I think it depends on what the animal is and for what reasons. If it was someone's pet getting hurt then it would definitely bother me...but if it was for example, a man-eating snake, then it probably wouldn't bother me so much. Then again I do have a huge phobia of snakes. ;)

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    1. Seriously, it wasn't a bad book, and you know what? Most reviews I've seen are positive, and fair enough! It is SO creepy, and the premise is great... Cara sympathetic, but... yes.

      DEFINITELY worth reading, and it's only JUST over 210 pages, so it's a quick one, too!

      Oh, Sam, I agree... I mean, if it's a... malicious animal, or if it's like... Nagini getting decapitated? It doesn't phase me... but I actually got quite upset in Breaking Dawn when Bella kills that poor alarmed Mountain Lion, or again in Graceling, where Katsa wrestles and kills a mountain cat... it wasn't being evil, just trying to survive :(

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  3. Choker does sound like a creepy book! Eugh about the predictability though, I hate it when a book builds and builds to what SEEMS like a great conclusion only for it to be....predictable. So disappointing. I get what you mean about the main character, I've encountered so many like there where it's just really hard to like them. I probably won't read this book since from your review, it's not really a book I would be a fan of but I'm glad you somewhat enjoyed it!

    I'm horrified by animal cruelty in media! I think everyone is and I think it's interesting how we're okay with human violence but not animal since I guess we're more desensitized to the former.

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    1. YES. EXACTLY.
      And you know, I was speaking to my best friend about it last night, and we were discussing how I ADORE Across the Universe and she HATED it. The reason she hated it? She guessed the bad guy from the beginning, and it pissed her off. I didn't... I think it's that... irritation? Hmmmm...

      That is a REALLY good point... hmmm... at the same time, I'm sure I know people who just don't care, or aren't as fazed as the rest of us??

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  4. I read this book a few weeks ago, and I agree with you, for the most part. Choker is creepy and kind of terrifying. But I ended up liking it better than you did because, for me, it wasn't predictable - I didn't figure out the ending and was completely shocked. I've heard a few people say they'd figured it out early on, though.

    I was also very disturbed by the scene with the animal cruelty. Honestly, that scene affected me more than the human deaths in Choker, even though it feels wrong to say so. That scene is so... ugh, but I agree that it helps the plot.

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    1. Aw, I'm really glad you wound up liking it, Hannah! Ooooh, I think, if I'd not guessed the ending, I'd have liked it more, but all I could see was the ending, the fact I'd got it, and all the little holes, irritions, or obvious bits?

      Oh my goodness, that scene? *shudders* so upsetting, but yes. DEFINTIELY works for the plot.

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  5. Hmm...I've heard a lot of similar things about this book. The predictability is probably what bothers me the most, but I'm still intrigued by the creepiness of it all. Maybe I'll end up checking it out at the library...eventually. Lol!

    I've always been disturbed by my level of tolerance for human/human violence, especially in films, but when they hurt the animals, I'm always MUCH more upset. I feel like Freud would have a field day with that...

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    1. DEFINITELY worth a read. If you want creepy, it totally delivers :D

      Err... you know what? I'm somehow not even disturbed by the human violence... I mean... as long as it's first-world morons hurting other first-world morons... oh, seriously, not even going there. ANYWAY. Animals? VERY upsetting. My theory is that... well... humans are cognizant of the choices they're making... animals are... innocent? Humans kind of... ugh. hard to articulte :)
      haha! I have a vision of Freud rubbing his hands together, eyes glittering XD

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  6. I am sorry you didn't love it as much as you thought you would :(

    As for animal cruelty in books, I have to say that's an interesting question. I don't think I've read a book where animals have been abused. I dunno...lame answer but I guess I would have to experience it first. In the book I mean.

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    1. Me toooo :(

      Hmmm... I heard there was something horrid in Anna Dressed in Blood? But off the top of my head I'm not sure what else I've read... there's the poor murdered animal in Vampire Academy? And I got kind of upset by the poor mountain lion Bella eats in Breaking Dawn D:

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  7. Creepy and predictable? I like the creepy but predictable is a no-go for me. This book seems kinda odd to me. Like I am not sure what to expect because the summary is so vague. I liked your review though. I can see you were conflicted on how to feel because some parts of it were great but you can't get over the bad parts. I'm like that too.

    I am totally cool with violence to people. But violence to animals messes me up inside. I get that sick feeling that doesn't go away for days. Now, that doesn't mean I wont read a book because of it, I just wont enjoy that part.

    Kinda like a rape scene. It's so hard to read anything that has to do with rape but to condemn a book for it (something that really does happen in real life no matter how much we wish it didn't) is unfair.

    But, then again, people have a right to not read a book that makes them uncomfortable.

    My book has a torture scene in the beginning and I explain what happens to this person. I have been going back and forth on how much I should really mention. But this torture is very vital to the development of my protagonist. She is a trained sociopath/psychopath and because of what she went through, she stars feeling emotions and starts caring for other people. Without this horrible thing that happened to her, she would have never thought about other people's suffering.

    Okay, wow, I went off on a tangent. I'll shut up now.

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    1. It's kind of funny that it can be both at the same time, huh? Thanks Jen... I wanted to like it more than I did... but YES. WHAT YOU SAID. About animal violence? How is it that we're all OK with ANYTHING you do to a person, but animals are fair game... nevertheles... I like that :D

      That is a BRILLIANT analogy.

      Ooooh, and I am FASCINATED by your book... I'm not sure if you've read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, but something VERY violent and upsetting happens to the protagonist before the book, and as a result, she's in prison for murder, which is where it starts. But WHAT the violence is isn't revealed until two thirds of the way through the book. Food for thought ;)

      I LIKE YOUR TANGEANTS! NO SHUTTING UP!

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  8. Awww...sorry you didn't enjoy this book! I've had this on my TBR for a while but never got the chance to read it. I am also not really intrigued by the summary. I might give it a go sometime when I run out of books to read! :P

    Awesome review as always, Sarah! <3

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    1. I really hope you like it, love! It's... not every book is for everyONE, if you know what I mean? Maybe you'll LOVE IT :D

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  9. Awww, I think everyone I know is having a bad-book-streak lately and I'm so sorry that it's the same with you, Sarah! It has an intriguing summary but the predictability doesn't sound like fun. Still, if I'm ever in the mood for a creep book, I'll definitely think of this one! x)

    Somehow you manage to make creepy sound beautiful too, Sarah-bara! (How do you do it??) Amazing review! <3 :)

    Note about your note: I completely agree about being strangely okay to human/human violence (or human/vampire/werewolf/etcetera violence haha) but I CAN'T read animal violence! I watched Marley & Me last year and bawled more during the end (which I kind of don't want to spoil in case you haven't watched it yet) than I did while watching other sad movies! It was so sad!!

    But just to end this comment on a positive note: I really like the US cover for this, although it's pink so I guess it doesn't really capture the creepy haha! x)

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    1. OMG! YES YES YES! THE US COVER IS SO PRETTY!!!!
      Awww, thanks Mimimimiiiiii! Yeah... I mean, we all have to read a dud sometimes, right? And just because it wasn't for me, doesn't mean someone else mightn't like it??

      Oooooh... umm... I haven't read/seen Marley and Me... umm... violence? :S OK... I thought he died old, of natural causes O____o
      Ummm... not watching :(

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  10. Ouch :S Animal cruelty :( Well...I'd get upset over it & some details are probably unnecessary, but I guess I'm not too fussy over it :S But that's just me...
    Hmmm...I just have to get this out of my system- I.HATE.PREDICTABLE.ENDINGS. Yes. I really do. I feel like this will have a really intense/creepy/pure amazing storyline, and then we'll start guessing the ending..and we're all left disappointed :S But I'm still intrigued by this! Looking forward to reading it, despite the predictability issue :S Fantastic review, Sarah!<3

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    1. Oooh, you know what? My husband definitely doesn't ENJOY it, but he doesn't get angry and start screaming at the TV or throwing things if he sees something in a movie. So you're not alone ;D

      I really hope you enjoy it, Shirley! You know, BFF and I were speaking a couple of days ago about Across The Universe. I LOVED it. She LOATHED it. SHE guessed the ending from the start... I didn't get it until the end... and that 'predictability' pissed her off. My point: no book's the same for two people! Maybe you'll love it!!! :D

      I mean... I read romance novels, and I KNOW they're going to live happily ever after... but I guess I don't know how they're going to get to that point... and they don't hinge on a MASSIVE twist like this... hmm...

      THANK YOU ALCIE!!! ♥

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  11. I’d have to agree with you about animal cruelty. I’m completely fine with human violence, in fact, sometimes I like reading horror and books with violence. But I definitely draw the line with animal cruelty. I’ve been a vegan quite a long time now, and I just can’t handle anything to do with violence and cruelty towards animals. On that note, I think I’ll be giving Choker a miss! (I’m very glad that you mentioned this in your review, actually.)

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    1. Oooh, another vegan? You're everywhere! You make my vegetarianism feel inferior :P
      Thanks, m'dear! I'm... I HATE animal violence. I've heard something about Anna Dressed in Blood, and as intrigued as I was, I've been put off ever since... it's not cool.

      "I just can’t handle anything to do with violence and cruelty towards animals." EXACTLY.

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  12. Oh dear. You know, despite the summary, I was excited to read Choker... then I read your review. Character issues are big things with me, and to find out that you didn't like the protagonist is a warning sign already. On the other hand, if the creepiness worked out...

    I'm a little dense sometimes, or at least, well, I haven't read enough YA thrillers to properly guess what's going to happen. Maybe I'll enjoy it more? I don't know. I'm glad you found it riveting, though. And, by the way, I love how you manage to bring out the good points even in a book that you didn't completely, well, like. Finding a book gripping is one thing; liking it is another. Still, you manage to make your reviews work out, and they always are so, so good. So thank you for that!

    And in response to your note: It depends, I think. I mean, writers have a way of personifying animals, especially when putting so much detail into descriptions of their deaths, but by doing the same sometimes they can dehumanize people--by treating them only as, well, bodies rather than people who were once alive. Do you know what I mean?

    Of course I get the whole desensitization to human violence. We're exposed to it so often in film and literature. There's the whole separation thing, though; I think that when we see animals, we remember that we have pets, or see only the good sides or aspects of them, rather than the bad things. I guess there's the whole bit about how they're helpless, too, or supposedly are compared to us--but thats opening a whole new can of worms.

    Thanks for sharing your review and your thoughts! :)

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    1. Awww, Kathe, I'm sorry :(
      I feel bad if I've effected your excitement.

      Also: THANK YOU! I feel that, even if I didn't love a book, my FEELING is coloured by... well, me. The book's certainly not without merit, it's just, for me... I couldn't get past the issues I had with it. Sometimes I LOVE a book, DESPITE issues. Goes both ways :)

      Oooh, thank you so much for your comment! I've never... um... wow... that is SUCH an interesting point (this sounds so inane and trite, but I'm being serious). It's fascinatning... you're right. We DO project onto animals, but at the same time, it's fascinating that we (or I) can get so upset about an animal dying, and be completely OK with a person... I've been more upset about animals dying in movies than people. Thank you so an AMAZING comment! ♥♥♥

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  13. Oh no really? hurt animals? Ohh no im kind of scared to raed this now, I am an animal lover and sick or hurt animals Ill cry my eyes out for them. I was soo intrigued with this book before but now I dunno. If you happen to read the Iron King, you know Beau? Megan's dog. THe poor dog was sent to the dog pound, and once I read that line I practically threw the book away and I felt really upset, though it wasnt that brutal or that cruel, still... as much as possible I avoid books with animals in it because thats my weakness I dont care what theyd do with their stories as long as there is no animals abused or neglected. I can totally understand where you coming from.. It just sucks that this book is like this when I am soooooo wanting to read it so bad. but still Id like to challenge myself and see what happens, ill let you know. Great review Sarah as always <3 x

    p.s.
    I did finish the Iron Fey series though, tough! and was happy that Beau wasnt neglected at all! :) x

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    1. Really :(
      I HAVEN'T read the Iron King, but it's on my TBR... um... what? WHY do they send the animal to the pound? Oooh... OK, I'm going to quizz some people about this. Every cat I've ever owned is a rescue, or a cat that was sent to the pound, or WOULD be if they didn't find a home... I have VERY strong opinions on people who do that to animals. A pet is for LIFE. The same as a child. You don't decide when your kid's 5 that they're too much trouble and try and fob them offon an orphanage. NOT cool.

      Seriously... the animal thing in this book... it's umm... ugh. I don't know what to say. One is an animal you don't meet--it happened in the past. The other is... yes :'(

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  14. The way Cara dismisses her supposed best friend's sexual abuse is really off-putting, I have issues with her character already :| It really is a shame about the negatives in this, when the creepy aspect sounds so well executed to the point of literally terrifying the reader. THAT especially has me intrigued. But the predictability, disbelieving plot twists and not so admirable protagonist make me more than a little uncertain. I know how hard it is to write reviews for books that you're so conflicted over, but you really have done a fantastic job of balancing the good and the bad!

    You know how I feel about animal cruelty in books in comparison to human torture... the animal cruelty usually always wins in terms of being unsettling. If I were to see extreme human torture in real life, that is disturbing, obviously. But tv and books... not so much. However, when it's children, that's a different story. So I think it's the innocence factor. Like, Rue or Dobby. Okay, Dobby isn't human, but he's close enough. They are both so... small. Innocent. Defenseless. And the same applies to animals. Sure, a grizzly bear isn't so defenseless, but it likely will strike out at you only because it's afraid and just trying to protect itself. Not because it's evil.

    Okay, I just deleted a ridiculously long paragraph about my discomfort in reading about people killing/gutting/skining animals to eat, because it was quickly descending into my issues with meat-eating habits haha. ANYWAY. FANTASTIC REVIEW.

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    1. THANK YOU! Right? I just... I can't understand how... ugh. Um... I mean, it's implied, but how else am I supposed to read 'My stepfather came into my room again...'???

      EXACTLY. You've nailed it. It's disturbing and... well, it's just not right. Rue and Dobby are EXCELLENT examples. They're the lives/people we should be trying to protect, not destroy, and to see them hurt or defiled is somehow more repugnant... it's... yes. It's just wrong. Me no likey :(

      Oh goodness, though. I understand what you mean. I mean, I understand why. And I GET that in a trek through the wildnerness it happens. It has to. I GET that Katsa killed bunnies and skinned them to stay warm, but I don't want detailed explanations, or to really even think of it... in denial, obviously :S

      Thanks you, Broooodiiieee!

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  15. No I haven't read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder but I love the concept. It's so dark and mysterious. I'll have to look this one up.

    And yes, it is totally weird and twisted that violence to people is okay but violence to animals is just appaling. It's a little sad but I can't help but feel that way.

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  16. Ohh, it definitely sounds like you're a bit torn on how you felt about it. I'm glad it is creepy though, since so many that promises to be tend to fail on that department. I've been super curious about this one for quite some time and I can't wait to pick it up though. o: I'm very curious to see how I'll end up feeling about it...

    About the animals--I get very upset too. I think it's awful when humans get hurt, I really do! When it's too detailed I can't stand to read/see it. But for some reason it makes it worse doing things to an animal. I guess you expect the humans going after humans part, but it turns quite... low? when they go after animals. ;o They don't think like we do and to me, it's almost like going after a child because of that, since they're both kind of innocent in a way and can't quite defend themselves... Hm. Well of course some can like I just saw Brodie say, but I'm with her on the defending part and not evil. It's like it's not fair to go after them like that... If it makes sense? x)

    After writing this I see Brodie basically said what I wanted to get out there, so otherwise she probably explains it a bit better! ;) Lol

    Great review, as always!

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    1. EXACTLY! I was so torn over this book, Bex! It's a shame! I really wanted to like it... but... yeah. I'm SO curious to see your thoughts! I think book is just going to be a bit kind of yes/no. You'll like it or you won't... some books are like that, yes?

      What you said about animals: "But for some reason it makes it worse doing things to an animal. I guess you expect the humans going after humans part, but it turns quite... low? when they go after animals... t's almost like going after a child because of that, since they're both kind of innocent in a way and can't quite defend themselves." EXACTLY.

      This is my thought exactly. There's an innocence there, and it's repugnant because these are the people/lives we should be PROTECTING.

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  17. I already told you this on GoodReads, Sarah, but I've seen very similar reactions across the board to this book--such a shame, because it sounds like such a cool premise! And it sounds like she delivered on the creepy factor at least. It's definitely hard when you guess the twists and turns, though.

    Hope your next read is better. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. My thoughts EXACTLY. It could have been so much more. Not BAD, just not... all it could be. Thanks Wendy! xx

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  18. Wonderful honest review, Sarah!!

    Err...yes the animal bit...hmmmm..not good.

    I graded this book on what it was, creepy, sure I did predict the end, but for this book to work , when you get to the end and understand the book, Elizabeth was going for that extra..ugh!! etc as it was to do with the main character's ...well you know...don't want to spoil it.

    This is a book, readers will either connect with or not. I don't normally like creepy as for creepy you need to go to a certain place, I think Elizabeth went there. Some bits were uncomfortable, but I think that added to her expression of the characters.

    But, yes this is a hard book for some readers to enjoy due to content and I would have liked to not have the predictable ending, but that kind of left me hoping I was going to be wrong the rest of the book which added to the tension building in me. I did love the twists I didn't see coming but I feel a bit short changed on one character as we didn't get much of this person:D:D

    Anyhoo, wonderful honest review. I love reading your reviews .

    p.s. I am rather keen to see what Jennifer Estep delivers in the Elemental Assassins series..I gather I am going to likey!!!

    Michelle

    But yes, this is a book, for YA it does go certain places that are a tad uncomfy.

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    1. "I think Elizabeth went there. Some bits were uncomfortable, but I think that added to her expression of the characters."

      Oooh, Michelle, YES! I agree emphatically. I really didn't think Choker was a bad book... it just wasn't necessarily the right book for me, and I think my dissapointment largely stemmed from the fact that it had potential to be great, but sort of missed the mark :(

      Eeee! Can't wait for you to read Jennifer's books! They're GOOD! And they're memorable. They're a little repetitive, but they're good! Very good! And GREAT characters! :D

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  19. Hey Sarah,

    My little giveaway I had a while back for Tim O'Rourke signed bookplate. I am giving you one as you took the time to leave a comment, thankyou and I needed 3 winners.

    So, could you please leave me your address details at my email address tintinbrains@bigpond.com and I will send that out to you:D

    Happy Easter!!

    Michelle

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  20. I got tired of this one fairly quickly and I'm really not ashamed that I gave up on it.

    "When Zoe first shows up, telling a horrifying tale of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Cara’s reaction is, “Well, I’m so glad you’re here, because I really want someone to talk to.” (very paraphrased!) I found this… uncomfortable, to say the least."

    UH. YEAH. I would be a bit disturbed actually. Even so, a part of me is curious because of the good points you mentioned. It's that part of me that's wondering what it is I missed out on.

    Asher

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    1. Honestly, Asher, this wasn't a BAD book, but I don't think you're missing out. If you got tired of it, I don't think your opinion will change. It DOES get better and creepier towards the end, but it was also a dissapointing end. Basically, while I think it DID have a slow start, it's also kind of indicitive of the book as a whole?

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  21. I probably wouldn't read a book if I knew there was going to be animal cruelty. I didn't know that about Water for Elephants when I read the book, but it was easier to handle than in the movie. The movie, as you know, left me feeling sick for days. I couldn't get the animal screams out of my head.

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