No One Else Can Have You, by Kathleen Hale



Title: No One Else Can Have You
Author: Kathleen Hale
Genre: YA


This book is the YA version of Fargo.

Kippy Bushman is horrified when her best friend Ruth's body is discovered in a nearby cornfield. Then she starts reading Ruth's diary and discovers Ruth was kind of a terrible person. Now she has mixed feelings, but she definitely still wants to get to the bottom of the murder.

Kippy gradually assembles a motley crew to help her out, including a soldier with PTSD and an entire anger management support group.

You will know who the killer is before anyone in the book figures it out, but if you want a quick read, this one is cute.

Buy it here or borrow it at your library.



VERDICT:


3/5 Brass Knuckles


Full disclosure: I bought it with my own hard-earned cash.


The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

Review of The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone


Title: The Hatching
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Genre: Fiction


I love monster movies and epidemic movies, and The Hatching is both of those things in book form. 

There are millions of man-eating, prehistoric spiders hatching around the world. This is bad news for humanity, obvs. 

This book has everything I want in a monster epidemic: a small problem that spreads and quickly gets out of control; a cop with a heart of gold; a brilliant scientist; and of course gore. One scene in particular involving a person's nose is really sticking with me. The characters are all pretty flat, but that's fine because what I wanted from this book was MAN-EATING SPIDERS. And oh boy, did it deliver.

My ONLY problem with this book is that it's a series, and this one ends in a cliffhanger, right after my favourite part where humanity is like, "It's going to be okay! ... Oh shit, this problem is way worse than we thought, maybe we're fucked after all!" I was ready for humanity to rally and the scientists to get their shit together, and then it ended.

But lucky for you, the sequel comes out on May 30!  

Buy or borrow this one!


VERDICT:


4/5 Brass Knuckles


Full disclosure: This book was given to me by Random House Canada. Heart eyes emoji!

Scythe, by Neal Shusterman



Title: Scythe
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA


It's the future, and Skynet exists, but people call it the Thunderhead. And it appears to be less malevolent than Sarah Connor's version. In fact, the Thunderhead has helped humanity conquer poverty, hunger, and death.

Of course, this creates a bit of an overcrowding problem, which is where the Scythes come in. They are specially trained to "glean" people in order to keep the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are both chosen as a Scythe's apprentices, and they quickly realize that the Scythedom has an internal problem, in the form of a very charming psychopath who's gathering more and more followers.

Basically Neal Shusterman is amazing and this book is amazing and you will not want to put it down so book a couple of days off work.

Buy it. You will thank me later.



VERDICT:


Five Brass Knuckles

Full disclosure: I bought it with my own money because money spent on books totally does not count toward my overall budget.


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.



VERDICT:


1/5 Brass Knuckles


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

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