Book Review: The Spite Game


Title: The Spite Game
Author: Anna Snoekstra
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Everyone does bad things when no one is watching

Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t—not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.

First, she watches Saanvi. Flawlessly chic and working hard at a top architectural firm, Saanvi has it all together on the surface. But everyone does bad things when they think no one is watching and Ava only wants what’s fair—to destroy Saanvi’s life the way her own was destroyed.

Next, she watches Cass. She’s there as Cass tries on wedding dresses, she’s there when Cass picks out a cake, she’s there when Cass betrays her fiancé. She’s the reason Cass’s entire future comes crashing down.

Finally, Ava watches Mel. Mel was always the ringleader and if anyone has to pay, it’s her. But one tiny slipup and Ava realizes the truth: Mel knows she’s being watched, and she’s ready to play Ava’s games to the bitter end.

My Review

This book’s description spoke to me since I was tormented & tortured all through my school years. There were times I wanted to do exactly what Ava does in this book, but like Ava you learn how useless & how it just brings you down to the bullies level. Personally, this book just showed Ava to be the bigger bully & it was disappointing to me. The story just didn’t flow like I thought it should. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book. I understand the depths of bullies & the traumatic feelings they cause. This books could have done a lot better on how to overcome and be above the bullies then it did. I was very unhappy with how the author decided to handle the bully issue.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Outrun The Wind


Title: Outrun The Wind
Author: Elizabeth Tammi
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The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta. To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia-where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’s second rule. She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

My Review

This book was hard for me to get into after the opening of the story line. It just seemed to get slow and long winded. Then it picked the speed back up and became quire interesting again. The author knew what she was talking about but at the same time put her own twist on the lore and mythology. I loved that. She kept true to the original lore but added her own little twists that did not interrupt or harm the lore and mythology. The characters were a little sketchy written up but you could fill in the details that the author left out. I would have like to have more of the back story on Kahina but that might be another book or a forth coming book. Atalanta was a very interesting character and deserved more backstory then the bit we got in my opinion.

Overall this was an interesting book though I have to be honest, I don’t know if I will read another of her books. This one did not really make me want to read another, but that may change if I look at another one of hers. I rarely choose a book based on an author but more on the story it is supposed to or going to tell.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.