by Natasha Preston
Narrated by : Dawn Murphy, Nicholas Camm, Richard Dadd
Series: The Cellar #1
Published by Audible Studios Release date : March 28th 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: Audiobook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) • Audible • Barnes & Noble
When sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson goes missing one night, her family, friends and boyfriend are devastated. Nothing ever happens in Long Thorpe, so the disappearance of a school girl shocks the whole community. The police waste no time in launching a search and investigation, but with nothing to go on and no trace of Summer, hopes of finding her quickly fade.
Colin Brown, is a thirty-year-old solicitor living alone after the death of his mother. He suffered a traumatic and abusive childhood, and is left with no sense of right or wrong. Desperate for the perfect family, Colin, referring to himself as Clover, turns to drastic measures to get what he wants.
I snagged up The Cellar while browsing for something different on Audible. It seems like I get stuck in a pattern with my audiobooks and I wanted to branch out and read something different. The Cellar, is my kind of book, so it was an easy decision to make.
Told in multiple POVs and with flash backs, The Cellar followers Summer from the moment she is kidnapped and placed in a cellar with three other girls. We get flashbacks scenes with her and her boyfriend, Lewis; Lewis’ POV as he searches for Summer and we even get a good look inside the mind of the one who kidnapped Summer, Colin/Clover.
Summer was a fighter until the end. Sometimes, it’s hard to understand why people do and say the things they do in certain situations and I had to remind myself that her situation was well, scary, horrific and disturbing, and I had no way of knowing how I personally would react. The other girls in the cellar had been there for a while, and their co-dependency was hard to witness. What they are put through is horrible.
I thought the book pieced itself together well. For a lot of the book, we don’t know what Colin/Clover motivation for what he does and it slowly comes together as the book progresses; with more scenes from his POV.
I am so happy that there were three different narrators for each POV. Sometimes, it can work with just one narrator but it was necessary for The Cellar and I am glad it was executed that way. All three are new-to-me narrators and I thought they did a great job. One one small peeve was how SLOW Dawn read. There were times when the flow was choppy because of it.
I didn’t realize that The Cellar had a sequel and while I really liked it, I won’t be reading it. I love where The Cellar ended. Overall, I really liked it!
[divider]Now That You're Here
by Amy K. Nichols
Series: Duplexity #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers Release date : December 9th 2014
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction
In a parallel universe, the classic bad boy falls for the class science geek.
One minute Danny was running from the cops, and the next, he jolted awake in an unfamiliar body - his own, but different. Somehow, he's crossed into a parallel universe. Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and studious Eevee is not the mysterious femme fatale he once kissed back home. Then again, this Eevee - a girl who'd rather land an internship at NASA than a date to the prom--may be his only hope of getting home.
Eevee tells herself she's only helping him in the name of quantum physics, but there's something undeniably fascinating about this boy from another dimension... a boy who makes her question who she is, and who she might be in another place and time.
Quite honestly, I hadn’t heard of this one until I was asked to review the second book, While You Were Gone. Which is a shame, because I would have snagged this one up right away before!
Alternate dimensions/parallel universes has always been a fascination of mine. I don’t/can’t follow the ALL science aspects in most of them, mainly because it goes straight over my head. So I loved how light Now That You’re Here was. Meaning, she did an amazing job weaving together the story and the science without having
the reader, ME, scratching my head in confusion.
Imagine finding yourself in a different world, where your parents are dead, your friends aren’t what they seem and the world around you is completely different? That is what happens to Danny. Thrown from his universe to Eevee’s.
While this was on the shorter side, it packed a thought-provoking punch and never let up on the action. Eevee questions who she is in her world and what she would/could be like in another, while Danny’s thoughts are consumed with his undecided thoughts on if he wants to return to his own universe.
The romance is on the lighter side – but it drives both characters. It’s enjoyable and sweet, and I loved its development. I appreciate the ending, because well.. spoiler. ha!
All in all – I liked it!
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- Have you read either of these books? If so, what did you think?
- If not, do either one sound like something you’d enjoy?
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