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*Review* The Ruining – Anna Collomore

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Anna Collomore

313 pages

ISBN: 9781595144706

Read 8-22-13

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library

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Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door. 
All too soon cracks appear in Annie’s seemingly perfect world. She’s blamed for mistakes she doesn’t remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she’s always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie’s fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness, or is something sinister at play? 
“The Ruining “is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.

Sadly, this was another book that didn’t live up to my expectations.  I was hoping for something nice and creepy and a journey into madness and such, but really, it was slow and boring.  I even debating not finishing it, but being the person that I am, I can’t just not finish a book, so I trudged on through, hoping it would get better, but it didn’t.  I was not surprised by the ending, I already knew what happened when I reached a certain scene not even halfway through the book.  The first half was the hardest to read because it was so slow, nothing really happened yet, but the last third is where everything was and by that time, I was so ready for the book to just be over.

Annie was definitely not my favorite character.  She seemed kind of weak and she was constantly making bad decisions.  She would do something and I would just roll my eyes and and think to myself how much trouble she was about to get into, which she always did.  You would think a person would learn, but no, she kept making choices that would anger her employers.  Plus, she would act like such a kid at some points.  I don’t know why she liked Libby so much.  She was nice at first, but it didn’t take long before Libby  was acting completely snobby and treating Annie badly, but she still loved Libby.  Owen was pretty nice and I liked him, but I’m not sure what he saw in Annie since they fought most of the time, she even got mad at him the first time they hung out!

As for the psychological part, I wasn’t creeped out or feeling like I was going crazy.  I felt like there was an on-off switch for her mental state that was flipped it was so abrupt.  At one point, she questioned whether everything was real, at another (especially if Owen was around) everything was clear.  It just wasn’t quite right for me.  She seemed weak and did what everybody told her, even when she didn’t want to or thought it wasn’t right, she did it anyway and never stood up for herself.

As for the other twist in the book, it just seemed really unrealistic.  Here is my SPOILER complaint: Libby killed Walker’s first wife by cutting the break lines of the car and since she made it look like a suicide and like she saved the child from the car, they put an investigation on hold for years until young Owen came along and dug up stuff in a matter of weeks that the police force couldn’t see was obvious (including cut break lines on the car).  Really? No, it just doesn’t seem realistic.  So that is my gripe.  This book just wasn’t for me on many levels.  I am glad some people enjoyed it, but unfortunately, I wasn’t among those.

Unrealistic, didn’t like the characters, wasn’t creepy, not at all for me.

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*Review* Dreamland – Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen

250 pages

ISBN: 9780142401750

Read 2-7-13

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

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Wake up, Caitlin

Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else–her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

This was my first Sarah Dessen book, and I got to be honest, I think I chose the wrong one to start with.  This story was just not for me, and it wasn’t because of what it was about.  I wasn’t crazy about the characters or the way they handled the situation.

Caitlin is on of my least favorite main characters.  She continuously made horrible decisions and stayed with Rogerson for no real reason.  Caitlin said she loved Rogerson, but I’m not realyl sure why other than love at first sight.  Rogerson was a jerk and I didn’t like him at all, which is what was supposed to happen since he is not a good person, so of course I wasn’t supposed to like him.  Caitlin’s best friend annoyed me the way she flirted with EVERYBODY; she was the high school slut apparently.  Even the mother got on my nerves.  She sounded so dumb and worried over some very trivial things.

The book didn’t keep me enthralled like I hoped and it was slower than I would have liked it to be.  There were even several points were I wanted to stop since I was bored with the book.  Even the reader for the audiobook read slowly and I just wasn’t very into it.  Even though I didn’t enjoy this book very much, I am still going to try another of her stories since I have heard so many good things, I just think I picked the wrong one to start with, though most people have reated this one high.  Maybe I am just one of  the odd ones on this book.  And like I said, it isn’t because of the subject – I gave Split by Swati Avasthi a 5 bookmark rating, but it was done so much better in my opinion.

Dreamland just didn’t get to me emotionally, except to make me super mad and I had no sympathy at all for Caitlin.  I hate that I didn’t love the first Dessen book I read, but I’ll try another!

Disappointing, uninteresting, didn’t like the characters, thought about not finishing.

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