Hey everyone! I’m so exciting to be apart of the Last Girls blog tour hosted by The FFBC! In this post you’ll find some information about the book and the author, my review, a playlist, my favorite quotes, and an awesome giveaway!
About the Book:
No one knows how the world will end.
On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.
Prepare for every situation.
But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:
Nowhere is safe.
About the Author:
DEMETRA BRODSKY writes twisty thrillers about dark family secrets. She is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned full-time. A native of Massachusetts with a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design,Demetra now lives in Southern California where she’s always exploring and researching, looking for clues to things that might feed into her next book. She is a first generation Greek-American and a member of International Thriller Writers. Dive Smack, her debut YA Thriller, is a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, an (ALAN) Pick (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE), and a Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book for Young Adults for Spring/Summer 2018
So I’m going to preface this review by saying it wasn’t the greatest time to be reading a book about a group of people preparing for the end of the world, and that our current health climate has impacted my enjoyment of this book.
Rating: 3.5 stars, rounded to 4
Things I liked:
- I liked the writing a lot! It was very straight to the point and fitting of the type of story. Everything felt practical and that totally fit the main character Honey.
- I loved the added perspective and extra mystery. I won’t say too much because I think you should go into this book knowing as little as possible
- I loved all of the characters! Honey, Birdie, and Blue the most, but all the side characters were such a strong addition to the story! I love how there was a small romance subplot. It didn’t feel like the main focus (solving the mystery and surviving) but it did keep me invested and kept me reading!
- The pacing wasn’t too fast, but it also wasn’t super slow. Forgive me for sounding like Goldilocks, but I am very picky about the pacing and order of events in my mysteries and thrillers. This was in the sweet spot for me, and I very much appreciated it. I was never bored because something new was revealed in each chapter, or I was enjoying the banter between Honey and Remy.
- The atmosphere of this book was super spooky! The doomsday prepares gave me major cult vibes, and I was severely creeped out in any scene with the community
Things I didn’t like:
- The “plot twist” wasn’t really a plot twist, but I’m not sure if it was meant to be super shocking. It was clearly foreshadowed in the beginning, and the reader is given plenty of opportunities to figure it out.
Overall, if you don’t mind a mystery thriller that is similar to our current situation, then definitely give Last Girls a shot!
“When I reminisce about the pieces of art I’ve left behind over the years, I get pensive. I could have taken them, but I chose to leave them behind, in places we lived, in art rooms at different schools. Never signed, but as an artistic Honey Was Here trail.”
“If we were living in a different time, she’d be the first of us weirds to be tried as a witch. Birdie would be next, for failure to cooperate with the magistrates. And then me, because with my sisters persecuted I would straight up lose my mind.”
“Carrying all the makings for a quick and easy soup to a compound meeting reads more modern-day March sister than Sarah Connor. But here I am, walking toward the training area looking a little like both.”
I also made a short playlist that (I hope :)) encapsulates the vibes and aesthetic of this book that you can listen to before or during your read of the Last Girls:
- NO HALO by BROCKHAMPTON
- Welcome to the End of Your Life by The Driver Era
- Painkiller by Ruel
- Maniac by Conan Gray
- Grow Back by The Happy Fits
- The Fall by half alive
- Choke by I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME
- Thief by Ansel Elgort
- La Cienega by 88rising
- YEAH RIGHT by Joji
There’s still time to pre-order Last Girls, and if you do make sure you submit your proof of purchase to receive some goodies!
Click below to enter to win your own copy of Last Girls!
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