Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth

COMING TO SHELVES IN JULY OF 2018

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

3.5 controversial stars 🌟🌟🌟.5

Blurb

Sweetness can be deceptive. 

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

Review

I believe I’m going to bust out my complement sandwich for this review… as a refresher a complement sandwich is good/bad/good…. so in short the bad is sandwiched in between the good….. I also want to make it very clear that I read this with a group and I was in the true minority on this…. so the opinions in this review are absolutely my own and my review should be read with the understanding that this book is unquestionably not for everybody….

This book is about Hannah a seven-year-old who has some pretty major issues…. one of them being the fact that she wants to get rid of her mother…. for good….Suzette is an exhausted mother at the end of her rope, what has she done to deserve this child? As a mother I would love to believe that I would do all the right things in this situation, but next to Hannah, my children are absolute perfection (just don’t tell them that)….. I felt the author did a good job in the portrayal of the parents the overly stressed out mother and the oblivious father…. and the tension this would put on a relationship when Dad chooses to pretend that daughter is perfectly normal and mom wants to pull her hair out….

Now to the meat of the sandwich, the problems I had with this book…. hannah’s age was probably my biggest problem, I just found it very unbelievable that a child of her age was able to have the thought process and knowledge that she did no matter how gifted she was….. this I believe leads to the real problem if Hannah were 12(The age I believe A character who acted as she did was more apt to be) then she probably would have already been diagnosed and been in some major therapy…. however this also begs the question why was she not in major therapy at seven? Perhaps Alex and Suzette were not parents of the year, but they did take her to see several doctors and I’m not quite sure why more wasn’t done at a younger age? Although if something were done at a younger age we would not have had this book…. so perhaps that is the reason….

This was a quick page turning red that probably would be better classified as horror….. and if this is a genre you stay away from I’d definitely recommend staying away from this book…. this is a book that you can’t say you liked it, but I will say I appreciated it…. it definitely made me think, what would I do if I were this mother? And I believe sometimes it is hard not to judge in this situation, but I am a firm believer that unless you have walked in somebody’s shoes you really have no idea what is going on in their life and that’s kind of how I looked at this book….

So I’m going to take the easy way out and neither recommend this book or not recommend this book…. I’m going to leave it up to you, because this book evoked some pretty seriously strong reactions in people…. so if you choose to read it, read it knowing there is some disturbing content and it is 100% not for everybody….

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Enjoy,

Berit

Fractured

Fractured

Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

4.5 stayed up all night reading stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Blurb

Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.

After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.

Review

This is my second stellar book by, Catherine McKenzie, she is fast becoming a favorite! This book sucked me in from the very beginning….. told from dual viewpoints… Julie a successful author who moved her family across the country to avoid a stalker…. and John the husband and father who lives across the street, who might be a little too interested….. it is also told from different time periods… from before the incident… and after the incident… the incident that changed everything… the incident that you don’t have any idea of what it is until very late in the book… did Julie get killed? Did Julie cause something to happen? Or did it have to do with somebody else? These are questions I asked myself throughout this book….

This book had such lively and well developed characters… in particular Julie, the author trying to get that second book written after the amazing success of her first novel…. the first book that was said to have been loosely based on real life events, but how close is reality and fiction? And now that Julie has moved across the country to escape her stalker has she just found herself in the middle of another nightmare? The nosiest neighborhood ever? Throughout this book there were exerts from the neighborhood newsletter that were downright hilarious and over-the-top! (Well they were hilarious if you didn’t live in that neighborhood)

So as I said this book sucked me in and I literally stayed up all night reading and then at about 85%…… when things started getting revealed, I was like did I miss something? This book was way too amazing to end like this…. I was expecting a firework show and I got a sparkler(Just one sparkler) that’s not to say I hated the ending… I was just expecting so much more…. it was a nice pleasant happy ending…. but I guess I didn’t want nice, pleasant,and happy…. I wanted fireworks!

I would absolutely recommend this book, it was a fabulous page turner, the ending just was a little lackluster… but the book as a whole was wonderful!

~~~ interesting note you can also read a copy of Julie’s first best-selling book The Murder Game by Julie Apple. Brilliant right? Super excited to read this!

The Murder Game

This was a Traveling Sister read and as always it was amazing reading with these girls! We all quickly turned those pages…. I believe we were all a little disappointed with the ending…. we also are planning on reading Julie’s book together😍

🎧🎧🎧 five big stars for the multiple narrators of this book 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
All the narrators did fabulous Teri Clark Linden,Scott Merriment,Amy McFadden,and James Foster… with a special shout out to Amy for her amazing job with the neighborhood newsletters, always good for a laugh!

Enjoy,

Berit