Book Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

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my review:

Rating: ★★★★

~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

You Were Here is a surprisingly enjoyable novel and authentic. Told in alternating chapters from each of the five main character in a variety of ways. The main protagonist Jaycee’s are told in the first person, while Zach and Natalie’s are in third. Bishop’s chapters are graffiti art, while Mik’s are graphic novel panels. The result is five clear and differentiated voices and a really refreshing way of reading a book.

Jaycee’s brother died five years ago when he snapped his neck doing a backflip off the top of a playground swing in front of Jaycee and others. Five years later, the time hasn’t changed the Jake-sized hole she has in her life. Every year, on the anniversary of Jake’s death, Jaycee breaks into the ruins of an insane asylum and meets up with Mik, Jake’s friend. But this year, Jaycee is joined by her ex-best friend Natalie, Natalie’s boyfriend Zach, and their friend Bishop. This was the beginning of a series of adventures when Jaycee finds Jake’s map of old buildings and hidden dares.

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Current Reads/To Read – 12/10/2015

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

Expected publication: October 20th 2015

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves…no matter where we live.

My thoughts: I’m in love with the WTNV podcast, and to see it also being published made me so happy! I’m currently halfway through this book (received a copy through NetGalley) and I can assure all fans its just as creepy as the podcast itself. I love that they added chapters where its just Cecil talking, before continuing on with story. I can just tell that the audiobook for this one will be amazing.

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Expected publication: March 1st 2016

On the anniversary of her dardevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of disfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

My thoughts: Another NetGalley Read! I was just scrolling through NetGalley and stumbled across this one. (I think I prefer this cover to the actual one) And judging from the reviews so far, it looks to be a really great one!

Mondo Bohemiano by Quentin J. Parker

Published June 4th 2015

Is there life after having your heart destroyed? When ‘happily ever after’ crashes and burns? In the shadow of losing the love of his life, one man attempts to salvage his soul.

My thoughts: I’ve recently started taking review requests and this was one of the first books I received. It’s been recently published, and I’m not sure about this book though. Judging from the only review, and GR description it doesn’t seem like my type of book but I’ll read it before I judge.