Disclaimer: I adore reading Forever Young Adult. Though I’m not huge into YA books, there’s something about the snarky, personable and humorous way that the website’s reviewers tackle things. I love the way they break down each book review into whether you’d be best friends with the characters (BFF Charm), whether they’d date the book if the book was a dude, and a range of bonus factors. They even rate the cover of the book (and believe me, this can get hilarious with the amount of covers featuring floating, headless teenagers).
So I was honored to the max when Jenny told me she’d be more than happy to read and review Darkhouse. I mean, how awesome was that? Even if she hated the book, I knew I’d probably laugh my ass off reading the review.
Well she didn’t hate the book. In fact, she totally wants to date it (and you should want to, too). Here are some hilarious excerpts from the review:
“Perry totally needs a BFF to have her back, ’cause the girl’s life has felt like one big slap in the face. It’s not easy to grow up struggling with your self-image, and your propensity for curves when your mom is a former model and your little sister takes after her completely. But Perry, I would be there for you. We could go thrifting for old band t-shirts and comfy boots, and you could bake pie, and I would totally eat it with you, and I would believe you when you told me about the weird things you see. Just don’t ask me to go to that lighthouse with you.”
On Perry + Dex:
“Perry and Dex. Oh, Dex and Perry. Dex, how I found you swoony with your 90′s eyebrow ring, I’ll never know. But somehow, those stormy eyes or yours won me over. But you guys, how you frustrate me with your flirtation and growing feelings for each other!
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat asking the ‘will they or won’t they’ question, while building up sexual tension like boiling water in a teapot. All I can say is: they better.”
On the author:
“Halle’s first-person narrative is written in a breezy fashion that instantly made me feel like I could hang out with her protagonist. Perry has the voice of a true young woman –from her strengths to her idiosyncracies– including her sometimes-use of obscure adjectives and flowery description. She also writes some seriously scary shit. Like, not ‘give you nightmares’ scary, but full-on haunting suspense that left my pulse racing on more than one occasion. ”
And bonus factors — mustaches:
“I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I love a mustache. Up until the damn dirty hipsters (said in a Michael Cain voice) commandeered it a couple of years ago, I had been able to convince my husband (a notoriously lazy shaver) to wear them from time to time. From the trucker to the drug dealer to the 80′s gay porn star mustache, to the, yes, Errol Flynn –I love them all. I think they’re sexy. What is wrong with me? I ask myself that question often. Anyway, this book has one.”
Read the rest HERE I beg ya.
Giveaway of Darkhouse and Red Fox books
On a related note, Book Blogger Charlie Courtland of Bitsy Bling Books is offering a Darkhouse AND Red Fox giveaway. If you enter and win, you’ll be receiving either both paperback copies or both e-copies of the books. This works out amazingly well, because when you’re done Darkhouse, you’re going to want to start Red Fox (and no I’m not tooting my own horn here. OK, just a little…toot). The contest runs till June 24th, so head over NOW to Bitsy Bling Books.
PS Paperback copies of Red Fox WILL be available on Amazon soon. We’re having a postal strike here in Canada which is making things a bit difficult. Damn you posties, I have books to sell! Of course, e-versions are available (convinced postal strike has been implemented by e-readers).