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"Waiting On" Wednesday (#106) After the Woods by Kim Savage


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm picking:

After the Woods by
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

From Goodreads: 

An emotionally-charged debut novel about the deadly lies hidden beneath a destructive friendship.
One year ago, two best friends, Liv and Julia, were attacked in the woods by a paroled predator. In an attempt to save Liv, Julia was left behind while Liv escaped. After spending three days in the woods trying to escape her abductor, Julia was rescued. She only remembers what happened in the woods in terrifying flashbacks. Now, on the eve of the anniversary of the attack, a body is found in the woods. This discovery rips open fresh wounds between the two girls as the truth about Liv's role in the kidnapping is revealed.

Why I'm Waiting:

Another debut author who's book I'm excited to read.  Before I moved into reading mostly YA, I was a big reader of mysteries.  I don't read enough YA mysteries, but this one looks really good. 

Top Ten Tuesday (#106) (09/01/15) Ten Characters You Just Didn't Click With


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Ten Characters You Just Didn't Click With

It's sad when there are characters that you can't click with. When coming up with this list, I realized that there were books that I actually did manage to enjoy even though I didn't like the main character.  I was really surprised by that.  I was also able to see that there were books I didn't like but it had nothing to do with the main character, it was some other issue.  So here are the top books where I just really didn't like/didn't click with the main character.
Hanna  Järvinen

Hanna Järvinen is legit crazy.  I know that term gets tossed around a lot and it doesn't mean the person is crazy, however, she is crazy.  The writing in this book is fabulous, and it's not a bad book by any stretch of the imagination. It's actually quite good.  It's just beyond bizarre.  However, I never connected with Hanna because she's insane.  Mental institution for the rest of her life insane.  The reader never knows what's real because Hanna is an unreliable narrator, because she's crazy.
Kit Ward

I don't think Kit was supposed to be likable, however she goes beyond that.  I don't know if I disliked a main character more than her in any book ever.  There were a ton of things wrong with this book, but Kit was right at the top; I just don't have the space to go into how awful she is.  Horrible book, horrible character.
Bianca Olivier

Oh  Bianca Olivier. I didn't much care for her in the first book, but she was pretty harmless. For each book in this series she gets progressively worse.  By the end I just couldn't stand her and I thought I was rid of her at one point, but no, she returns even more annoying than she was before.  I had to stop reading this series because she was so awful.
Zoey Redbird (and everyone else)

Oh Zoey Redbird.  I was actually on your side for the first book or two. After that, no way, no how. I had to stop reading the series because not only did Zoey become terrible, all her irritating friends were just as bad. I haven't read one of these books in a few years, and I can't think of a single character that I like at this point.
Olive Bell

I think Olive Bell, the main character, actually has some serious psychological problems and a major personality disorder.  She needs help.  Unfortunately that's not what this book is about. Instead it's about an old romance and a new one.  The positive is she meets her new romantic connection in therapy, just not the type of therapy she needs.
 America Singer

I've talked about this series quite a bit on this blog.  It's because I have a love/hate relationship with the entire series.  I love a lot of it, but the biggest thing I hate is America Singer, the main character. Not only did I not connect with her, I thought she was just awful. She is by far the worst thing about this series. I was actively rooting against her for much of the series because she's the worst. Despite her awfulness, I actually read the series because there is enough other things that redeem it.
Bella Swan

 Oh Bella, Bella, Bella.  You annoyed me in the first book. Then it got progressively worse.  I can't think of much positive to say about Bella.  I didn't like her, didn't relate to her and found her beyond stupid.  I actually disliked her so much by the last book that it was almost a DNF.  I hated her and that last book so much that I still have yet to see either movie.
Brooklyn Sparks

Brooklyn is definitely one of my least favorite characters ever.  I couldn't even tell you how the rest of the book was because she was so unbelievably awful.  I am almost always willing to give the second book in a series a second chance, but not with this series.
Whisty Allgood (and everyone else)

I don't know if I disliked this series just because of Whisty Allgood or if she was a contributing factor.  Actually all the characters in this series are just awful.  I think my issue with Whisty is she's just so full of herself. It becomes annoying.  Another series I abandoned because I didn't like any of the characters.

Sterling is just beyond annoying.  I hated her "voice" during the narration.  It was a constant dialog about how awesome she is, and how awesome her boyfriend is, and how awesome her life was.  I think Colasanti wanted her to come off as an upbeat and happy person, however the result was a character I would never want to know let alone be friends with. I really dislike the book because I disliked Sterling so much.

"Waiting On" Wednesday (#105) Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm picking:

Save Me, Kurt Cobain by
Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Delacorte Press

From Goodreads: 

What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain was not only alive, but might be your real father? This nuanced and bittersweet YA debut will keep you guessing until the end.

Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn’t exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and coconspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom’s wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won’t let go.

On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.

Why I'm Waiting:

I am excited about the idea of this book. It looks like it's going to deal with some psychological issues, and I am a big fan of that type of book.  Add in that it's a debut author, and I am eager to read it.