- File Size: 2706 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (March 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2015
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TOR142I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Under My Skin Kindle Edition
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WARNING after you pick up this book and begin reading an unknown entity will not allow you to put the book down until the task is fully completed. If you finish the book unscathed as I have, you will be astounded by how much fun an experience you just had. Beware to all who do not read horror Do Not Run from this book it is not truly grotesque horror - more like old school sci-fi. Yes, the plot is unusual and bizarre yet also a bit mournful due to the sympathy I feel for what Chloe is enduring including being forced to be put through a hellish experience. I felt a bond with Chloe over our mutual love of books, but not the way she devours meat that was the only part that grossed me out.
“The texture of cold meat in my mouth, and the thick, slimy feel of a raw egg as it slides down my throat, and another, and another. I see the shells cracked and lying on the side, but I have no memory of cracking them.”
The prose is impeccable with superb creative wording and sentence structure. The author was full on with the mental capacity of a teenager creating remarkable characters. I loved the cool British wording & slang. This read has some foolproof twists except for one situation that is predictable. Zoe Markham, you know what part I am writing about the black man is so obvious why? Also are the schools in Britain all that strange & demented (JOKE)? I am beyond overjoyed that there is going to be a follow-up to this book!
“I get that familiar panicky sensation of ice flooding my stomach”
*Thanks, Xpresso Book Tours, for allowing me to give an honest review
Chloe is such a personable character, telling her story from the first person perspective it is like getting a sneak peek into her diary at times. Whilst she deals with life after death, constant pain, a changed life, losing her Mother and rebuilding a relationship with her Father you also see her tackle anxiety and normal teenage growing pains.
Information about what happened to Chloe, why her Dad does what he does for her is drip fed through the book making it almost impossible to guess what is happening in the bigger picture, why it is happening and what will happen. It makes reading the book an absolute pleasure and makes some of the plot twists you are hit with absolutely shocking.
Under My Skin was such a pleasure to read and I finished wanting to know what happens next in Chloe’s story. There were so many potential path’s she could go down, so many possible plot twists I do hope there will be a second book because this was a character who was a delight to follow, even during her hard times!
Thank you to Neverland Book Tours and Zoë Markham for the ARC in return for my review.
I'm glad I did.
From the Prologue to the final paragraph, the author succeeded in exploring the insecurities and hangups which are prevalent in most teenagers' lives. Over protective parent? Check. Body image issues? Check. Difficulty making friends at a new school? Also check.
But this story is so much more than that.
This is a tale, which, despite Chloe's particular situation, will light the spark of recognition in many of us. After all, underneath it all, don't we all just want to be liked by our friends and loved by our family and that special someone?
This cleverly imagined journey of discovery of self, and others is a real treat. The manner in which the tempo of the writing changes as the story careens towards its climax is very clever. In fact, the pacing throughout is excellent, with characters who are engaging and realistic.
An enjoyable read, and with an ending which is fitting to the story.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Under My Skin got off to a bit of a slow start for me as you jump right into the story of Chloe and her father moving to hide but you don’t really know yet what or why it’s happened. A good portion of the beginning of the read is Chloe being alone in a new environment and coming to terms with what had happened to her so for me that was a bit of curiousness to the plot mixed with a bit of boredom waiting for more.
Once the story got moving a bit more and giving hints at what was going on it became a lot more engaging. Chloe just wants to be normal and tries her best to achieve that all the while the underlying aftermath of the accident is waiting to catch up keeping a reader in suspense.
In the end I decided to give this read 3.5 stars overall. It was a bit of a tough one to rate as I did think it took me a bit to get in to the read but after I did I flew right through it. But after finishing I think the whole story line could have been a bit more fleshed out. I think for me there were still some things I just would have liked to know more about to rate this a bit higher.
Overall, 3.5 stars, fast paced read but left me wanting a bit more in terms of answers given to the reader along the way, interesting plot though that grabbed my attention.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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