Monday, February 10, 2020

Review: Shock Point by April Henry

Shock PointTitle: Shock Point
Author: April Henry
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Publishing Date: February 16th, 2006
Pages: 185
Audio Length: N/A
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
TW: Suicide
Series: Standalone
Source: Book

Cassie discovers that her stepfather, Rick, a teen psychiatrist, has been illegally prescribing a new behavioral drug to his patients and three teens have died. Before she can report him, Rick commits Cassie to Peaceful Cove, a boot camp for troubled teens in Mexico. Cassie knows she has to get out now, before more teens die. But no one has ever escaped from Peaceful Cove alive, and even if Cassie gets over the walls and survives the Mexican desert, will anyone believe her story?
What made me pick this book up: 
April Henry
What did I like about the cover: 
This cover is just kind of meh to me. I like the colors and I get the idea of what they were trying to do, but it just came out kind of meh in my opinion.
What made me read this book: 

As I have said about 100 times now (Okay not that many, but quite a few) I am on a mission to read every April Henry book. I've now read 8 of her books. I have roughly 4 more (Not including sequels of the ones I haven't read and ones that aren't out yet)
What did I like the most:
With every April Henry book I absolutely love the story. It's unique to me, but not over the top that it feels unbelievable or fake. 

The writing is fantastic as usual. I could feel and see what the characters were. This is the first physical book of hers I've read, most I listened to on audio. It didn't change how much I liked the book, or make it harder to picture, it was just as good. 

The characters are well written. I really liked the main character, and also her friend Thatcher was my favorite. I would've liked to see more of him in the book. 

There was a lot of thrill in this book for the most part. There was parts that had me scared and on the edge of my seat. 

I also really liked the ending. I loved how it ended up and how her friend and his mom were willing to help her (As much as I can say without giving away too much!)

What didn't I like: 

It did take a little bit to get into the book. I feel like it took until about half the book before anything of real interest started. 

But really that's it. 

Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
Most definitely!!

Overall it was a solid book. Not my favorite April Henry book, or even my top three. But it was still a really great read.

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I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.
If you've read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.
When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children's magazine.

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I'm very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 20 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and won the Oregon Book Award.

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