Review: Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier

25271309 Genre: YA Thriller
Published: October 5, 2015 by Pocket Star
Length: 320 pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

Welcome to Wonderland. By day, it’s a magical place boasting a certain retro charm. Excited children, hands sticky with cotton candy, run frenetically from the Giant Octopus ride to the Spinning Sombrero, while the tinkling carnival music of the giant Wonder Wheel—the oldest Ferris wheel in the Pacific Northwest—fills the air. But before daybreak, an eerie feeling descends. Maybe it’s the Clown Museum, home to creepy wax replicas of movie stars and a massive collection of antique porcelain dolls. Or maybe it’s the terrifyingly real House of Horrors. Or…maybe it’s the dead, decaying body left in the midway for all the Wonder Workers to see.

Vanessa Castro’s first day as deputy police chief of Seaside, Washington, is off to a bang. The unidentifiable homeless man rotting inside the tiny town’s main tourist attraction is strange enough, but now a teenage employee—whose defiant picture at the top of the Wonder Wheel went viral that same morning—is missing. As the clues in those seemingly disparate crimes lead her down a mysterious shared path of missing persons that goes back decades, she suspects the seedy rumors surrounding the amusement park’s dark history might just be true. She moved to Seaside to escape her own scandalous past, but has she brought her family to the center of an insidious killer’s twisted game? Acclaimed author Jennifer Hillier’s bone-chilling thriller is masterful and fast-paced, hurtling toward a shocking, bloody conclusion.”


Oh wow this book was SO GOOD. It’s one of those books where you just have to pick up even though you’re tired as hell from school or work. It’s one of those books where you’re so sleepy, you fight off the sleep because you want to keep on reading. This book did not disappoint at all. It actually exceeded my expectations. The whole book is written in 3rd person point of view and sometimes switches character p.o.v. which totally worked out. Most of the p.o.v. are in Vanessa Castro’s though so it wasn’t confusing.

What I enjoyed most about this book are the characters and the setting. The characters are all sorts of f-ed up, full of flaws and that made them so realistic. They were also easy to distinguish because the author did a fantastic job developing their character. It’s not just “oh so and so is the police” etc. Nope. The author builds his/her character and is relevant to the story. Warning, most of these characters are thirsty as hell so I don’t recommend this book to younger teens.

The setting was fantastically written. This book takes place in Seaside, Washington and the author did an amazing job describing the little town and how it’s not as beautiful as it seems. The theme park called Wonderland was so creepy and I loved how most of the mystery revolved around that place. Seaside is all messed up and it was interesting to see how Vanessa will fix all the unfinished cases. I only took 1/2 stars off because I didn’t like the way the plot twist was revealed. It was just thrown at you and you’re like, wait, is this it? But seriously guys, please read this book it was so action packed and filled with mystery! It was really hard for me to put it down.

Why You DON’T Need a Blogging Schedule {Discuss #22}


So this discussion post is kind of contradicting to last week’s discussion post since that one talked about my blogging schedule :P. But really, you DON’T need a blogging schedule if you don’t want to! I thought of laying the PROS of NOT having a blogging schedule because that is totally okay, too!

PROS of not having a schedule (for the blogger)

  • You don’t feel obligated to make a post during XYZ days!

Let’s say you post on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. During Tuesdays, you post your Top Ten Tuesday meme, Thursdays for reviews or discussion posts, and book hauls on Saturdays. Well, if you don’t have a schedule, guess what? You won’t feel bad if you miss a TTT post or if you forget to link up your book haul post on Stacking the Shelves meme! Also, I think there’s this invisible “rule” that discussion posts go up on Thursdays & book hauls go up on Saturdays. I just wanted to tell you that you can put up those posts which ever days you want to!

  • More reading time

Since you don’t have to post for a certain day, you can just choose to read instead of writing a new blog post. You can choose to have more reading time instead of working on your blog because you don’t have to post anything! Heck, you can just not post during the whole week and just binge read those series!

PROS of not having a schedule (for the reader)

  • It’s exciting for us when you have a new post!

I actually love it when bloggers do not have a blog schedule because that means their next post is a SURPRISE! I love it when a new, random post comes up on my Bloglovin’ feed from my favorite blog. I’m just like YAY! HE/SHE HAS A NEW POST UP! *checks it out*.

  • More hits/pageviews

Since we don’t know when your next post will be, it’s hard to not constantly check your blog! At least, that’s what I do to the blogs I love. I constantly check their blog to see if they have a new post up because they’re just super awesome!


So, did I miss any PROS of not having a blog schedule? Comment down below and let me know your thoughts on this topic.

Review: Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill

17332542 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: October 1, 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Length: 320 Pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

An all-consuming love affair.

A family torn apart by scandal.

A young author on the brink of greatness.

Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.

This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.


Not gonna lie, when I found out this book was written in verse, it kind of turned me off because it’s out of my comfort zone. I decided to pick it up from my shelf anyways and WOW. It is such a beautifully written book! The words just flowed smoothly and it was like I was with Mary Shelley the whole time. It was interesting to learn more about her and what she went through.

Mary Shelley is hard to not like. She’s very confident, loving, and determined. No matter how many times her father shunned her, she still looked up to him and hoped that one day, she and her father will reunite. I also like how she’s so devoted to her husband even though there are nasty rumors spreading about him cheating on her. I also love how she’s determined to finish her book, Frankenstein. It was so interesting to read how she thought of the idea and what made her write it!

I really wish I read this sooner, preferably when I was still a senior in high school because that’s when we dissected the works of Lord Byron and all the other authors mentioned in this book. Since it is written in verse, it was a very fast read (took me less than a day to finish it). One thing though, this book focuses more on scandal and drama than Mary’s works. Overall I recommend this to anyone. If you’re looking for a light read, or a book to read after finishing up a classic, then this is for you.

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