Friday, October 5, 2012

An Un-book Review

Back again with another Friday book review post!

This week I read The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee and Unsaid  by Neil Abhramson.

This is what the cover of The Unquiet says:

There is a dark corridor at River Hills High School that should never be entered alone. It's like a tunnel to the abandoned pool where Analiese drowned.
Many students claim to be overwhelmed by an icy chill, the smell of chlorine, and eerie sounds. For others, it's worse.
But when Rinn reaches out to the ghost, it's nothing but quiet. Then she discovers why and asks her boyfriend, Nate, for help.
But testing Rinn's theory is dangerous. There's a pattern to Annaliese's victim's. And it has nothing to do with entering the tunnel alone...

If you know me, you know I like these kinds of eerie ghost stories, so this one was right up my alley. The synopsis makes it sound a little more cheesy than it really was, but if you don't like these kinds of suspenseful books, it wouldn't be for you.

It was a page turner that kept popping up with little shockers, but it wasn't a book that I couldn't put down.
Overall, I would give a 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was good, and I liked it, but it wasn't GREAT.

This was another book that Sister recommended and made me borrow.
Here is the synopsis:

As a veterinarian, Helena was required to choose when to end the lives of the terminally ill animals in her care. Now that she has died, she is afraid to face them and finally admit to herself that her thirty-seven years of life were so meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena lingers, a silent observer haunted by the life she left behind - her shattered attorney husband, David; her houseful of damaged but beloved animals; and her final project, Cindy, a chimpanzee trained to use sign language who may be able to unlock the mysteries f animal communication and consciousness.

When Cindy is scheduled for a research experiment that will undoubtedly take her life, David must call upon everything he has learned from Helena to save her. In the explosive courtroom drama that follows, all the threads of Helena's life entwine and tear as Helena and David confront their mistakes, grief, and loss and discover what it really means to be human.

Honestly, I started the book and stopped reading during the first chapter. It made me cry WAYYYYYY too much in the first few pages that it made me really wary of reading any further. 
So I stopped reading, read a couple other books, and then found myself facing it again and decided to give it another shot.

I have to say, it wasn't what i thought it was going to be. It was a very emotional book though, especially for animal lovers. However I will say that if you are avoiding reading it simply because you don't want to be sad, you should rethink that decision.
It was a great book. It was good writing and the characters were really developed.

The ending is a tear jerker. As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I ended up kind of crying myself to sleep last night after I finished it. It is such a tearjerker, but the ending brings some good closure (although I was left wondering about one character who had a important role in the end and then just kind of disappeared).

Overall this is a very well written book with a storyline that hasn't been beaten to death. 
I give it a 4 out of 5 because it was a great book, but it was too sad for me to give it any more stars.

1 comment:

Alynne Leigh said...

Ahh. Makes me want to snuggle up and read an awesome book.

Great post!