Saturday, January 25, 2020

Review: The Things She's Seen by Ambelinand Ezekial Kwaymullina

The Things She's SeenTitle: The Things She's Seen
Author: Ambelin and Ezekial Kwaymullina
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: September 1st, 2018
Pages: 224
Audio Length: 4 Hours and 28 Minutes
Genre: YA Mystery Fantasy
Series: Standalone
Source: Audio

Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since the day she died.
Her dad is drowning in grief. He's also the only one who has been able to see and hear her since the accident. But now she's got a mystery to solve, a mystery that will hopefully remind her detective father that he is still alive, that there is a life after Beth that is still worth living.
Who is Isobel Catching, and why is she able to see Beth, too? What is her connection to the crime Beth's father has been sent to investigate--a gruesome fire at a home for troubled youth that left an unidentifiable body behind? What happened to the people who haven't been seen since the fire?
As Beth and her father unravel the mystery, they find a shocking and heartbreaking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another...
What made me pick this book up: 
The cover gave off a very creepy vibe.

What did I like about the cover: 
I love everything. From the creepy writing, to the butterfly, and the crows in the butterfly. It's a gorgeous cover.

What made me read this book: 
It sounded really good! I love ghost books. And This one sounded like a great creepy mystery book.

What did I like the most: 
I liked the idea. I liked her being a ghost and helping solve mysteries. 
It's an old idea but I still enjoy it anyway. 
I also really like the creativity that Isobel uses when telling her "stories" 
I think the idea was great, I think it had a lot of potential and I think that portion of the book was really unique. 

But that's about all I like.

What didn't I like: 
There was nothing special about this book that had me hooked. I finished it in about an hour and a half and I just couldn't wait for it to be done. 
It wasn't bad per say, but it wasn't anything special.
This is one of those books I won't remember anything about a year from now. 
I was expecting some really creepy things to go on, and expecting more of a mystery.
But honestly in the end it just got weird and wasn't at all what I expected. I was very disappointed by this book and I wanted to love it. 

Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
I'd give them one more chance. 

Overall it was just a meh read. Not good, not bad.

“My science teacher said that just because two things happened together didn't mean one was because of the other, or as she put it: correlation does not imply causation.”
― Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Catching Teller Crow

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Ambelin Kwaymullina loves reading sci-fi/fantasy books, and has wanted to write a novel since she was six years old. She comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. When not writing or reading she teaches law, illustrates picture books, and hangs out with her dogs.

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