Book Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

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This is another one I read because of mixed reviews on my GR feed, so I wanted to decide for myself. Unfortunately, I fear I have to go with the less favorable ones.

This book initially caught my eye because I just love twin stories, and was reminded of 90s classics like Stranger With My Face and Twins. In fact, the premise of The Secrets We Keep is very similar to the latter, although I hadn’t read it in years and don’t recall exact details. I do recall it being really dark, at least to my teenage self. Continue reading

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Book Review: Undertow by Michael Buckley

undertowI had read mixed reviews of this book on my GR feed, so I decided to read it and decide for myself. As you can see by my two-star review (I realize now I’ve been way too generous with these ratings. Most 3-star reviews I’ve given would be 2.5, can GR do half-stars please? /tangent)

At first, Undertow reminded me a lot of the now-cancelled CW show “Star-Crossed.” In the latter, aliens have come to Earth and are now living in camps, their teenage offspring are being integrated into public schools, and clumsy metaphors for Brown v. Board of Education abound. Of course, there’s also a forbidden love story between the human heroine and a hottie alien, and it’s insta-luv, because what other kind of love can there be when alien hotties are involved? Undertow features virtually the same conceit, except it’s sea creatures (called Alphas) instead of aliens. The Alphas have come to the surface like and are now living in camps on Coney Island, and their teenage offspring are being integrated into the local public school. Continue reading