Completed: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Mini-Review: The Third Eye by Lois Duncan

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Rating: ★★★☆☆ – liked it

Another solid 3-star novel from Lois Duncan. As is often the case in Duncan’s novels, there are some parts that are done perfectly and others that feel a little rushed, but in the end it’s a quick, easy read of decent quality.

Content Warning:  Animal Death & Child Death – There are some mentions of a dead girl (not vivid) and the protag has a nightmare about some missing infants being dead (not vivid). The cop shoots a dog that tries to attack him. You don’t see the dog die, but you see it’s body after and it is described in detail (~2 sentences).

Completed: The Third Eye by Lois Duncan

The Third EyeThe Third Eye by Lois Duncan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Content Warning:  Animal Death & Child Death – There are some mentions of a dead girl (not vivid) and the protag has a nightmare about some missing infants being dead (not vivid). The cop shoots a dog that tries to attack him. You don’t see the dog die, but you see it’s body after and it is described in detail (~2 sentences).

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Review: Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan

What started as a harmless fortune-telling gimmick leads to new-in-town Sarah being labeled a witch by her religious, conservative schoolmates. And now she’s dreaming of the Salem Witch Trials. Something sinister is brewing in Pine Crest!

Rating:  ★★★☆☆ – liked it
Genre:  young adult fiction, ya horror, ya thriller, ya paranormal mystery
Pros:  fairly realistic characters, interesting premise, easy read
Cons:  slightly rushed in some parts

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I think this book is best described as “thriller-lite”. It would be a decent starter book for people wanting to try out the Thriller or Paranormal Mystery genres with something that won’t be too scary or confusing.

Some of the paranormal explanations felt a bit rushed and info dump-y; aside from that it wasn’t a bad story. I wouldn’t say it’s Duncan’s best novel, but it’s a decent easy read.

As fantastical as some of this book was, the part that stood out to me was the realistic portrayal of the insular, religious small town full of conservative bigots. At first glance, these characters might seem over-the-top, but I could almost mistake some of them for actual people I knew from my childhood.

I didn’t enjoy the use of the g*psy slur or the negative stereotypes about Romani people that were voiced by one of the characters. It’s actually a part of characterization not some preachy narration, so it wasn’t too bad, but if that is a thing which upsets you, skip this one.

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Mini-Review: Live Through This by Mindi Scott

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Rating:  ★★★★☆ – really liked it

Trigger Warning:  Sexual Abuse

I won’t call this an easy read by any means, but it was so good I read through it all in one sitting, unable to put it down. I really like the way Mindi Scott chose to represent the story. Coley doesn’t act how most people might expect someone in her situation to act, but that’s why it’s so important that this book is out there: because there is no “way to act” in this situation and people in Coley’s place are still victims. The subject matter is sensitive, but I definitely recommend this book to everyone, whether they are YA fans or not.

I will say, don’t go into this expecting an uplifting narrative about a girl getting help and healing from her abuse, because this book isn’t about that part of Coley’s story. Spoiler: [start] In fact, Scott ends the book right as Coley is about to tell her mom what’s been happening, so we have no idea what happens after that. [end]

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