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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Book Reviews- Throw Away Girls by Jennifer Vaughn



Time for another book review, and guess what? This one is NOT YA!  I know, crazy, right?  I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for honest reviews.  I have already posted my shortened reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble.  Now it is time for my long-winded version.

Since I received this book directly from the publisher and not the author, I feel it is OK for me to comment on the condition of the book itself, and the price of the book.  This book is a paperback and listed at a set price of $16.95.  The cover artwork is fitting for the book, but not stellar.  On the publisher’s website, it states that the authors are to use the publisher’s artists and not their own, so even if the author had a better cover in mind, they HAD to go with the one the publisher chose.  For this book, it worked out fine.  Not so much on some of the other books I have.  You will see what I mean in later posts.  I feel this price is very high for the quality of the book, the paper used feels like slightly thick printer paper, and the covers are laminated cardstock.  I will have to say that the paperbacks are in much better shape than their hardback books, though.  I had two fall apart in shipping before I even read them.  The hardbacks are priced at $24.95.  I am not impressed with the quality or printing of the books themselves. 

That does not affect my review of this author’s work!

 

Synopsis


Hard-charging, insightful, and ambitious, Jaycee Wilder wants to take her TV news career to the next level. The Los Angeles reporter is hungry for the big story. When dead girls begin to pile up at seedy nightclubs that cater to whimsical, fetish-seeking strangers, Jaycee suspects a serial killer is at work. She aligns herself with an east coast cop trying to resurrect himself- and his once stellar career- from a drunken skid. The killer lives a normal life during the day, while hunting the Throw Away Girls at night, punishing them for their dark urges. He leaves messages behind in his victims' blood, his explanation for enacting such brutal, twisted justice upon the unworthy. He watches the media coverage. He knows the wily reporter is chasing him. As Jaycee follows her gut, and the evidence, she forces him to act. But when a killer is clever and cunning, he can infiltrate anywhere. Jaycee must utilize all her skills to expose him before he gets to her first.



To be perfectly open and honest here: I did NOT finish this book, which is rare for me.  It was just so mind-numbingly boring and predictable that I would fall asleep every time I picked it up and read more than three pages.  I made it about halfway through, but I can already tell you who the big bad serial killer is.  I think I have also seen this on an episode of (enter random crime drama TV show here).  Which crime drama TV show?  All of them. 

We start off with a dashingly beautiful, always perfectly skinny reporter with the ruggedly handsome actor boyfriend.  (Gag me). But of course, she is humble, and connects with her stories, and never pushes the victim’s families, always keeps her word with her sources, and blah blah blah.  She also makes comments about her body.  I tucked my skirt under my thin legs; I crossed my arms around my skinny frame.  We get it; you are model thin.  Move on.  She is shallow, and always tells the reader that she is smart and savvy, but doesn’t show it.  Jaycee also has an overworked, loud boss that she constantly has to beg for the better story and a man she is stealing it from.  OK April O’Neill, are the Ninja Turtles going to save you from the FootClan next? 

Next, we have the gay partner/best friend.  As likable as he is, can we say cliché?

Follow this up with the overworked, underpaid, past middle-age, ousted detective that has used up all his favors and is on his last chance.  If he screws this one up, his career is over. 

See what I mean, boring and predictable.  Nothing new to see here folks, move along!

The author also uses terminology that only people in the newscaster industry would understand, and she doesn’t take the three extra words to explain any of it.  Gee, thanks.  It is not terrible or too often, but enough that it irked me. 

Overall, I didn’t HATE this book, but I can only recommend it to a very small group of people.  TWO and a HALF STARS for a valiant effort and for not making me totally hate it, or completely offending me like some books that I recently reviewed that taught teen girls to use suicide as a revenge tactic. 

That’s all for now,
Jane

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