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  • Such a Pretty Smile

    Kristi DeMeester gives us the story of Such a Pretty Smile by going back and forth from Lila in 2019 and her mother, Caroline in 2004. Caroline's past does have some bearing on Lila's current life, but neither of them realize this for quite awhile. The book does contain some blood and gore, but not over the top. I enjoyed the story but felt something was missing. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an early copy to review.

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  • A gruesome and dark story

    It’s pretty rare that a book leaves me speechless. I read and watch a lot of horror so I feel that I’ve seen it all but this book was something entirely unexpected and new. At the beginning I thought this was going to be another adolescent girls turning into werewolves as an allegory for female puberty. I have enjoyed that trope in the past so I settled in and prepared myself for some feminist rage. What I got made my jaw drop. Although very clearly feminist and with plenty of rage this went in a completely unique direction. It shocked and surprised me at every turn. My head was spinning from the banana-pants craziness! I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll keep this review short. This is a gruesome and dark story not for the faint of heart. It includes some animal death and very young, prepubescent girls in non-consensual sexual activities. It isn’t easy to swallow but if you can stomach it you might find that little girls grow into adult women and they will eat the patriarchy whole. Is it wrong that I felt a little inspired by this book?--Inspired to be even louder, more non-compliant, and definitely under no circumstances be a “good girl?” This one is a rancid mouthful and it has very sharp teeth. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.

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  • Mixed feelings

    This is a hard book to review. On one hand, I was able to read most of the book in a single day and never felt the need to set it aside. On the other hand, this book is weird and I was really counting on the ending to make the journey worthwhile but instead, it was a huge disappointment. I liked the author’s writing style even if the story didn’t completely click for me. This story is told from two timelines and points of view. Lila’s perspective is set in 2019. She is a middle school girl just trying to fit in and make some friends. Caroline’s story takes place in 2004. Caroline is Lila’s mother but her story takes place before Lila is born. Girls are disappearing and their bodies are usually found soon after in Lila’s world and her mother is more than a little concerned especially since she remembers the same thing happening 15 years earlier in another town. The girls that are taken tend to be ones that are considered troublemakers. The females in this book are almost always dismissed. They are told what to think by the men around them and their opinions don’t seem to matter. The men are the authority and of course, they know best. Caroline does her best to keep Lila safe but it seems she might be in danger anyway. I think that a lot of readers will like this one more than I did. This was a 4 star read for me right up until the ending let me down. I did like the book and will not hesitate to read more of this author’s work in the future. I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press.

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  • Dark Read!!

    I enjoyed reading this book but at the same time it was a little strange to me. Maybe it’s because I don’t read a lot of horror. I would recommend this to other readers just may be make them aware it is dark.

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