Review: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott


From the book jacket:

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends–her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.

Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.

This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

This novel is only 170 pages, and I read it over the course of one afternoon. A blurb on the back of the book by Chris Crutcher warns you that you will have to put Living Dead Girl down, though not for long, and he’s right.

As a mother of a little girl, not much younger than Alice when she was taken, this novel was a tough read. It does not shy away from the physical and sexual domination Ray employs. Mothers, survivors, and those triggered by rape and abuse may want to skip this one.

Scott writes this gripping novel from Alice’s view and it truly feels like you’re in the teen’s head. The writing can blur and become sloppy, as Alice’s thoughts race and muddle. This can be difficult to read if you, like me, find your pulse pounding and eyes flying too fast across the page.

Living Dead Girl is a terrifyingly realistic walk through the dark stuff of Lifetime movies. It will leave you wanting to hold your loved one a little bit closer tonight. Get it here.


New books!

With two books of The Magicians series (by Lev Grossman) down, I’m stepping away from Quentin and Fillory for a bit before I move to the third book.

Naturally, I hit the library for my next stack of reads! Does anyone else struggle with checking out books faster than you can read them? Earlier in the week, I picked up the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Today, I stopped in to pick up my latest on my hold list: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott and Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

I’m pretty excited to tackle my latest acquisitions! I’ll certainly have a full weekend. Luckily, I just picked up some coffee grounds to keep the iced coffees coming!

Anyone else have some awesome bookworm weekend plans?



Challenge Accepted!

This past week, I found a pretty cool reading challenge on Pinterest. Now, I find tons of stuff on there and file it away for future use, but it all gets buried in the Supernatural gifs. Hey, what can I say? Half naked demon hunters…

Anyway, this reading challenge really grabbed my attention. I tweeted it out to my fellow book nerds (follow me on Twitter @MamaOwl_Kirby!) but it’s still rolling around my mind. So what’s a girl to do? Well, conquer that god damned reading challenge!

Real talk: I’ve always liked a good book. But after high school, I became an occasional reader. I have a shelf of half-read and never-read books. It was only after we moved to South Carolina and I felt so completely alone that I rediscovered my love of reading. I make weekly trips to the public library and let the novels I find take me to far off lands. The characters become my friends and family that keep me company.

Back to the challenge. The point is, I’ve been reading quite a bit over the last few months. So I’m cheating a little and using some of my recent reads to start checking off my list. Only a very few are from as far back as the spring.

Technically, the reading challenge is for 2015. Since it’s already August, can I finish it all by December? Stay tuned. Any fellow bookworms up for the challenge with me? Not a big reader? Maybe pick a few things from the list that you wouldn’t normally read and try something new! Have a favorite book or author that meets any of the list items? Share them in the comments!