The Girl Before, by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before - Review

Title: The Girl Before
Author: J.P. Delaney
Genre: Fiction

I know this is going to shock you, but I have a Problem with this book. Both protagonists are female, but I could tell without Googling that J.P. Delaney is a man. Some men cannot write women.

The premise is intriguing - an egotistical architect designs a super-modern house and rents it for cheap, but there is a list of crazy conditions that you have to agree to. For instance, none of your possessions can be on the floor or counters. I WOULD BE EVICTED IMMEDIATELY.

The Girl Before alternates between two protagonists - Emma and Jane. Emma is the previous occupant, and she is now dead. We watch Emma and Jane's parallel stories unfold while we worry about Jane's mortality and her laundry.

It's interesting. But the premise of the book depends on multiple women being irresistibly attracted to the architect, who is a grade A asshole. And the book acts like that's okay? That's not okay, Book.


1/5 Brass Knuckles

Full disclosure: I got a free copy from the very nice people at Random Canada. I love you Random! 

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman - Brass Knuckle Book Reviews

Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle
Author: Neil Gaiman, Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Genre: Fiction

I have a weakness for antique fairy tale books with illustrated plates. Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac are my #squadgoals. So of course I love The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Sleeping Beauty's sleepiness is spreading - all the nearby towns are falling into a creepy stasis. Luckily, Snow White is just across a mountain range, and she is more than willing to ditch her wedding preparations and throw on some armour because she's a TOTAL BADASS.

If you love Neil Gaiman, you will love this book times a million because Chris Riddell's illustrations make everything better.

Buy it, it's beautiful and awesome.


Five Brass Knuckles

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - Brass Knuckle Book Reviews

Title: Neverwhere
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Urban Fantasy

I finally got around to reading Neverwhere! The cover bores the hell out of me, but the INSIDE is really good.

London Below is a city beneath London that's occupied by people, very smart rats, and various monsters. It's a slightly friendlier version of the Upside Down.

Richard accidentally gets sucked into the undercity and gets caught up in a mystery surrounding a girl named Door and the murder of her family. Unfortunately, there are also people still trying to kill Door. There is no romance here, which I didn't mind - these people are all REALLY BUSY and have shit to do. No time for kissing.

You should buy this and read it before the sequel comes out!


4/5 Brass Knuckles

Full disclosure: Borrowed it from my sister after she insisted that everyone in our family needed to read it.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber - Brass Knuckle Book Reviews

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: YA

Caraval is pretty good. It's not unique or mind-blowing, but it's entertaining. Like a watered-down Night Circus. Caraval is to Kool-Aid as The Night Circus is to a vodka twist.

In other words, I had a few Problems.

1) Scarlett has to play the Caraval game to find her sister. To win, she has to solve 5 clues. But she's never really sure what's a clue and what's not. And also, she could have skipped to Clue 5 at the beginning of the game. They don't need to be sequential. That's NOT how games WORK you guys.

2) The people who run Caraval are constantly telling Scarlett to remember it's only a game and things in the game are not real. These reminders feel like warnings to the reader as well, about things being twisty and surprising. But the only twist is one you'll see coming a mile away.

Despite these problems, this is still a fun book. You should read it, but you probably don't want to own it. To the library!


3/5 Brass Knuckles

Full disclosure: I got it from the library because free.

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