19 April, 2013

book review

Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles #1) by Olivia Samms

My Copy: ARC eBook, 241 pages
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing
Source: Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

A popular cheerleader — raped, beaten, and left for dead. An edgy outsider with a gift. Can they team up to catch a killer?

Bea’s life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman — the one who survived — doesn’t remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new “skill”: she can see — and then draw — images from other people’s minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa’s secrets — and who can take down the killer before he strikes again.

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My Review
Sketchy includes a bunch of different genres all intermingled to create this solid book.  It has elements from YA Paranormal, YA Realistic Fiction, and Murder Mystery.  The story is told in first person narrative through the eyes of high school student, Bea.  Bea is a former drug addict who is now in AA, trying to conquer her nasty habits.  Now that she is newly sober, she begins to realize that she has a talent for “drawing things out of people”.  Bea is always shocked by what comes off of her pen and onto her paper, but it may be more helpful than she even realizes.

Bea is a very interesting character.  She’s quirky and edgy.  She was once weak, but now she is very strong (though, she has her weak moments).  She is very caring and always tries hard to make things right.  The fact that I am finding myself struggling to describe her accurately tells me that she wasn’t as fully developed as she could have been, but it wasn’t something I noticed while reading.

Overall, this novel was good.  It was an easy read, with its dramatic moments as well as its intense moments.  Sketchy is one of those novels that I didn’t really find anything to complain about, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it.  Probably because it just wasn’t my cup of tea, not because of the novel itself.  Therefore, I am going to say that if you think the synopsis sounds interesting and this is the type of story that you are a big fan of, then I recommend it.  To everyone else, I don’t think that you would regret reading Sketchy; so if you are in between books and are unsure of what to read, then why not give this one a go?

Oh, also, I love the name.  I think it was a very good choice and sums up the main aspects of the book — and Bea’s character — wonderfully.

4 stars blue
A Peek Inside:
I think about all the sketchy situations I’ve put
myself in — the dangerous places, the dishonest,
abusive people I’ve confronted — the world of
an addict. How have I dodged the bullet?
 
Luck. Shameful, cowardly luck.

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