The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.
Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.
Honestly, I was pretty happy with most of the book, I liked the whole concept of how her heaven was and that she got to watch down on her family and seeing how they (didn’t) cope with her murder. I thought it was a very interesting idea.
Unfortunately the ending left a sour taste in my mouth, which explains the rating. As many of you know Alice Sebold is a rape victim, and actually managed to get justice for her attacker, which you know good for her! I bring this up because Susie (the main character of The Lovely Bones) was raped before her murder and at the end of the book she comes down from heaven, enters Ruth’s body and has sex, more than once, with the boy that Susie was crushing on before her murder.
To me, that is just one bit what the f*ck moment. Ruth doesn’t consent to this – and has no sexual attraction to him nor his gender. What if she got pregnant? Oh hey mum I technically haven’t had sex but I’ve got a kid on the way… How must Ruth feel having her body violated like that? I ugh I just felt so frustrated with this book and actually through it across the room after finishing it.
Please note I read this book in 2011, and wrote a sentence or two review of it on Goodreads, whilst looking back through my reviews of 2011 I decided to improve on this particular review because I still felt very strongly about the ending.
Publisher: Cameron Jace
Reviews for books 1 – 3 can be found here.
Reviews for books 4 – 6 can be found here.
Sorry for the poor look of this, I can’t really fluff it out :c
I’ve enjoyed the prequels a lot and upset I can’t get to finish them without use of the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library, I mean I could buy 7 – 10 but hello book buying ban, and they are only short stories too so I’d rather not.
Hope you’re all having a good Summer.
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Series: Eramane Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
As Eramane prepares for her date, she is suddenly hypnotized by a strange voice that tells her he will be coming for her that night. Unsettled but determined to press forward, Eramane and her suitor, Lebis, head to the woods to enjoy their picnic. As darkness falls on the forest, however, a beast emerges, transforming their beautiful outing into a terrifying scene. Taken captive and carried away to a mountain hideaway, Eramane finds her memories are soon clouded, even as her family frantically searches for her back home.
In this gripping fantasy tale, evil is summoned to the mountaintop, forcing a young woman to discover her magical gifts and exact revenge against a beast determined to destroy everything she has ever loved.
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.
– Bought –
xkcd by Randall Munroe, Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, The Poison Eaters by Holly Black and Machine of Death by Ryan North
Remember when I bought the humble bundle ebook #2 lot? Yeah well they added these four books to the bundle so I automatically got them. That means I paid like $7 for 10 eBooks and some of that went to charity.
Catalyst by Jennifer Synder, Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen and The Wizard Tales Vol I – III by Red Tash
These are all review books. Thanks to Braine for setting me up with Catalyst! Thanks to Cara for her book and Red Tash for hers.
Talented by Sophie Davis, Blur by Kristen Middleton, 24 Bones by Michael F. Stewart, The Nightlift: New York by Travis Luedke and Dark Wine by M.D. Bowden
All of these are Amazon freebies, not sure but they might still be up for grabs.
Touched by Zoe E. Whitten
Big big big thanks to Frodo for gifting me a copy during the twitter chat yesterday :) It has no cover though so the link is on the title.
& finally some swag to go with the ebook I won last fortnight from Talk Supe <3
This fortnight on Northern Plunder:
Book Blast: Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels *
Review: Death Dealer *
Vamps vs Zombies Event
Review: Warm Bodies
July Wrap Up
Book Blitz: The Howling Heart
Books, Brains & Blood Readathon: Goals + Updates
* – Both of these posts have giveaways going on!
Upcoming on Northern Plunder:
Bout of Books Sign Up with a guest!
Reviews: 7 & 8 Grimm Diaries Prequels
Old Review: The Lovely Bones
Old Review: The Secret Scripture
I kind of left these two weeks fairly free due to the read-a-thon cause it’ll effect what I post.
Read in 2013: 41 / 60
World War Z by Max Brooks
Endure by Laura Diamond
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins [re-reading]
By Blood by Tracy E Banghart [for blog tour]
The Companions by R.A. Salvatore [from NetGalley]
News from Lauren: