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S a revenge story and I just didn t get what "I Was Hoping But "was hoping But s be real this was still entertaining So my main thought this is that this is be real this was still entertaining So my main thought about this is that this is well written but it s essentially just a survival story and doesn t go much beyond Maybe my main problem was that I just didn t get exactly what I wanted The revenge element is there but it s very low on intrigue and definitely not the main plot point We don t even see the lead plotting revenge ntil like page 200 and in a book where the marketing that caught me was Revenge this was disappointing But on a counterexample it was the plot that kept me reading survival stories are always fun for me I binged this in a day And yeah as survival stories go it didn t do anything new but it didn t have to Survival stories are great and always have been and always will remain so so who really caresI mean I guess it made the book a little less entertaining for me I did not find the main character Jess particularly compelling on her own which is something that tends to really set survival stories apart for me Jess has a disability and the narrative does a really good job with it But that was kind of the whole list of everything that set the story apart But it was still an interesting The Drifter uick read I wouldn t rush to recommend but I m certainly not going to tell you to take it off your TBR if you like survival stories TW view spoilerparent death on page parent dead bodies feat body horror guns anddddd the dog dies hide spoiler Holy shit this book was goodIt kind of reminded me of The Martian I mean duh it is a survival book though instead of space Jess is stuck in the middle of nowhere in CanadaWhich to me makes it 100 times scarier because I may never make it to Mars but I can sure as hell get lost in the middle of the forest might be able to get lost in my own backyard though I d deny it And you know what I can t say I would be as resourceful or strong or patient or just pretty fricking ballsy as Jess is in this novel And with a bad leg to boot Raise the stakes and made me love Jess even In the beginning after her mother dies and Jess is forced to live with a father she barely knows Jess was a bit moody and ANGRY And she had every right to be She is like every single one ofs couch potatoes who can t go 10 minutes without checking the internet Now take a 16 year old kill her mother take away everything and anything that is familiar to her and throw her into the woods with her nature loving fatherYou can say she was a little pissed offBut after everything goes down and Jess is made to survive that is when the story gets real good and the character development flourishes Kate Marshall doesn t shy away from the Up Close and Personal ugliness of survival either Let s just say during the whole novel I didn t know if Jess would survive or not I was legitimately scared for her Some pretty disturbing shit goes down as well that is morbidly fascinating and some other things were just downright depressing but in a good way What am I sayingThe way the relationship with the father is portrayed is so complicated and precious and absolutely fantastic I felt Jess anger to the core towards this man who abandoned her and her mother It is interesting seeing the two characters interact and brings a spark to the story Yeah give me conflictI also enjoyed how the story is told in before and after chapters The only thing I found distracting about it is that the novel is supposed to be Jess telling of her story Jess is writing down her story in a notebook so whoever finds it knows she was there and what she went through So you are reading her story and you would be firmly set in the before story line flow when present Jess interrupts the flow by making a comment It would have been helpful if her present comments were italicized or something to distinguish them better and give your eyes a visual cue That is all Not that the comments deterred from my enjoyment of the novel not at allview spoilerIt also bothered me when Jess digsp her father s grave gosh It may be creepy of me but I LOVED how the author WENT there that she didn t think to take her father s coatboots I mean yeah you are dealing with a corpse but Jess was WAY past the giving a shit phase Me thinks that Jess not seeing her father s coat as a way to keep warm didn t align with where she was at plus it kind of gave me a hint that she would be finding proper clothing pretty soon hide spoiler A very well written survival book First Jess s mother is killed in the same car accident that injures her leg She is sent to live with her father an extreme survivalist Despite herself Jess lear. Ar crash killed her mother and left her injured she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him a secret from his past paid them a visit leaving her father dead and Jess strandedAfterWith only her father. This was brutal A modern grown UP GRITTY HATCHET I LOVED IT gritty HATCHET I loved it love a good survival story but this story felt like a non stop pity party from start to finish I got so tired of listening to Jess cry and feel sorry for herself It was just way too much I seriously found myself having sympathy for the dog then I did Jess It definitely needs action and suspense and less whining I received this ARC from First to Read in exchange for an honest review Thank you Every time I read a book like this I realize how very dead I would be if I ever got lost in the woods Put me p in the wilderness of Canada or Alaska and throw me in complete darkness and snow and forget it I MIGHT last 5 minutesJess is alone Her mother dies throw me in complete darkness and snow and forget it I MIGHT last 5 minutesJess is alone Her mother dies a car crash severely injuring here and now she s got no one She s only 16 and is in turn forced to go live with s only 16 and is in turn forced to go live with estranged father who she hasn t seen in about 12 years Dad is a homesteader and off the grid he hates the government and is living off the land They are out in the middle of nowhere in the rough Canada wilderness and this life she s dumped into is a harsh shocking reality But then something goes horribly bad Her father is dead And Jess is alone Cue me freaking outWe read through journal entries Jess writes about her life with her mom before Her brief time with her dad before And then we reach after Where Jess has no one but a loyal dog wolf hybrid named Bo and her own sheer willpower Will she survive the winter in Canada How will she eat stay warm and even just survive walking through the wilderness when her body is still hurting and broken And who killed her fatherThis was an easy breezy read that had me sucked in front start to finish The writing is really good and I enjoyed the suspense and found myself rooting for Jess and Bo to survive A really good book This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in BooksI liked this book well enough I decided to read this book because the premise sounded rather interesting Having never read this author before I really didn t go into the book with too many expectations I found it to be a pretty easy read that I did enjoy I did feel like there was something missing from the story that could have taken it to the next level for me but I am glad that I took a chance and decided to read this oneJess has not had it easy lately She was recently in an automobile accident with her mother Her mother did not survive the accident and Jess sustained some pretty serious injuries She has spent time in the hospital recovering and was eventually placed with a foster family Eventually she is sent to be with her father who has not played much of a role in her life and lives off the grid There is no way that Jess could have prepared herself for living with her father He lives in a tiny cabin in the middle of the woods in Canada along with his dog Bo He has very few connections to the outside world and lives off of the land When Jess arrives he starts to show her some of the skills she will need to know in her new home Jess really doesn t have a lot of interest in learning the things her father is trying to teach her and is mad at the whole situationThe book is written as Jess s journal and starts out with alternating chapters of before and after which I thought worked really well It becomes ite obvious that this have taken a wrong turn very early in the book but it does take some time to find out exactly what did happen This is a story of survival Jess finds herself alone in the woods with no shelter few supplies and not a lot of skill with only a dog as support I did like Jess as a character I felt so bad for Jess and her desperation feels very authentic She has a lot of small victories and ite a few set backs all of which could prove to be fatal I would recommend this book to fans of survival stories Jess is a tough character that is working hard to survive in a nearly impossible situation I wouldn t hesitate to read of Kate Alice Marshall s work I received a digital review copy of this book from Viking Books for Young Readers via First to ReadInitial ThoughtsThis was 35 star read for me For now I am going with 3 stars but I may bump it to 4 after I can think about it for a bit This was really a survival story Jess must learn to live off the land with only a dog for help and support The first part of the book is set p with alternating chapters of before the event that left her all alone and after as she is trying to survive I feel like three stars always look a little weird so let me clarify that this is a positive three star rating This is a compelling survival story that is marketed AfterJess is alone Her cabin has burned to the ground She knows if she doesn’t act fast the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food But she is still alive for nowBeforeJess hadn’t seen her survivalist off the grid dad in over a decade But after a
Dearest Stepbrother The Skull Talks Back
Ns how to survive out in the wilderness Her experiences many mistakes Help Her Grow As A her grow a Her enormous love for her dog Bo was the heartbreak romance in this mistakes help her grow as a person Her enormous love for her dog Bo was the heartbreak romance in this Spoiler Alert This notivel is action packed and filled with riveting descriptions of the rugged but beautiful wilderness a place that does not love me and that I do not love But we don t expect love from each other the wild and me We only want to survive Respect Jess had no choice but to fend for herself in order to survive and as the title of the story confirms My name is Jess Cooper and I am still alive I enjoyed this one Jess is alone She is angry hurt and struggling to stay alive First she lost her mother in a car accident that left her injured and facing months of physical therapy Then she was shipped off to live with her father in the Canadian wilderness She barely remembers her father and she doesn t want to live with him in the middle of nowhere No radio No electricity No nothing Soon after she arrives her dad is gone too and Jess is left to face the wilderness alone Can she surviveI love this book Once I started reading I couldn t stop I had to find out what happens I binge read the entire thing The story is suspenseful and compelling Jess is stronger and capable than she believes at first As she struggles to learn how to hunt and keep herself dry and warm she comes to learn just how intelligent and resourceful she is She not only takes care of herself and her dad s dog Bo but she prepares for a showdown with the people who took her father away She knows they are coming backbut she s going to be ready for them It s The Cowboys Valentine (Crooked Valley Ranch uite the showdown in the end Great bookI have a weakness for suspense thrillers set in the wilderness This book was just what I love I m definitely going to read by this author The story was well written and the pacing kept the suspense going from beginning to end I don t binge read books very oftenbut this one I just could not put down I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Penguin via First To Read All opinions expressed are entirely my own Great survival story Would recommend to anyone who loves that genre There is ABSOLUTELY ZERO ROMANCE for those looking for that in a bookAudiobook Loved it would recommend this formatDisability rep The character has a new to her disability at the start of the book She often refers to herself as broken but a later scene does show her checking her own thoughts about disability Her father shuns physical therapy and he makes no accomodations for her disability has a mindset of nature will cure you She standsp to this every time tw a LOT of animal hunting and field dressing described in detail character is a former vegetarian often expresses her regret for hunting hunting is ONLY The Billionaires Unexpected Heir (Illegitimate Heirs used for survival injury of a pet parent death and PTSD reliving parent death murder near drowning being stranded in extreme cold weather thoughts of dyingnhealthy foster care situation This is a decent story I expected it to be about survival and you know what that s exactly what it s aboutJess mother died so she is sent to live with her elusive father in Alaska er I mean Canada Not that it makes much difference to the author since her idea of Canada is 10 months lasting winters and lots of wild animalsLook that is not true and I really don t like when American authors who probably haven t even been to Canada before The Courage to Love Her Army Doc use its stereotypical aspects to develop their stories There s so much to Canada than cold weather and wild animals which all countries haveThat irks me But BUT It is an entertaining story It s fast paced action packednpredictable and actually very interesting How could survival stories not be though Unless they are badly written one is bound to be intrigued by the character s ability to either get themselves out of or into troubleIt s not however realistic Jess is TSTL It has been a long time I ve The Change in Di Navarras Plan used that so I ll actually define it for you too stupid to live Boy is Jess clueless She even admits herself that she s stupid multiple times which sure doesn t help shift my opinion She makes countless mistakes and doesn t learn from them Most of the time she makes me laugh that s how ridiculously she is behaving but other times she aggravates meite a bitLet s just say that I wouldn t want to be stranded anywhere with her Her dog Bo is adorable though and a faithful companion I ll take him So this is not the most memorable of books I ve read in my life or Jess even remotely fantastic but it did entertain me and I do want to read survival stories in the futureBlog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin. ’s dog for company Jess must forage and hunt for food build shelter and keep herself warm Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her but she’s stronger than she ever imaginedJess will survive She has to She knows who killed her father and she wants reveng.

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