Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blog Tour: Just Kill Me Review + Giveaway

Hi all! Welcome to the first stop for the Just Kill Me blog tour! I have a review of this fabulous book for you all today! 

Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster  
Source: Publisher via Blog Tour 

Megan Henske isn’t one to heed warnings…

When the last letters in her alphabet cereal are D, I, and E, she doesn’t crawl right back into bed. When her online girlfriend won’t text a photo, she just sends more of herself.

And when she realizes that Cynthia, her boss at a Chicago ghost tour company, isn’t joking about making stops more haunted by killing people there, she doesn’t quit her job—she may even help.

But who is responsible for the deaths of prominent figures in the murdermonger industry? Could it be the head of the rival tour company? Or could it be someone near and dear to Megan?

Soon after she learns that she has an uncanny resemblance to a flapper who disappeared in 1922, Megan receives a warning she can’t ignore: the next ghost on the tour might be her…
I'm not really sure what I expected from Just Kill Me but I was thoroughly surprised. If you've been around for a while, you should know that I don't do anything scary. I'm not about ghosts or anything that might make me jump so this was a little outside of my comfort zone. However, I ended up really enjoying Just Kill Me. Adam Selzer has a distinct way of writing this book and it made for a fun read--which is probably really weird for me to say.

Anyways, in terms of characters--which are really important to me--I found the characters to have an air of uncertainty to them which I enjoyed. Instead of giving me a feel of bad writing I felt like many of the characters, include Megan, were unreliable. Megan's was clear and witty and at time snarky which I liked a lot. Much of who Megan is can be developed by the writing and I enjoyed this aspect of the book--even though it's rather weird.

As for the plot, for a book about ghosts and murders, it was a rather safe read. I was more fascinated by the history presented in this book and with the setting--more on that later-- which made this scared-of-anything-remotly-creepy girl very happy. There weren't a lot of gruesome aspects to this book even though I would have assumed there would be. This wasn't a bad thing, per se, but I think a little bit more gore would've been fun. Never thought I'd say that in a review.

As I mentioned about I really enjoyed the setting. Chicago has been on my list of places to visit for a very long time and I really felt like I was there while reading this book. I did some research and looked at the layouts of the city for a even better understanding but overall, I think that the setting was my favorite part of this book. Selzer had a great way of really bringing the setting to life.

Overall, I really enjoyed Just Kill Me. It wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be which I appreciated immensely. The setting was the shining star in this book for me, even though I liked the characters too, and it made me want to go to Chicago even more.

About the Author
His first book was HOW TO GET SUSPENDED AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE (now available in a "Now With More Swearing") edition, his next one is PLAY ME BACKWARDS (for satanic young adults), and his best known is probably I KISSED A ZOMBIE AND I LIKED IT, a Twilight satire that was not marketed as a satire.

He also writes the SMART ALECK'S GUIDE series and has published a bunch of Chicago history/ghostlore books.

You can also find him under the name SJ Adams, the name he used for SPARKS: THE EPIC, COMPLETELY TRUE BLUE (ALMOST) HOLY QUEST OF DEBBIE, which won a Stonewall honor and made the YALSA popular paperback list.

And here's the tour schedule:
8/29: Bookish Lifestyle 
8/30: Life According to a Bibliophile 
8/31: I Turn the Pages 
 9/1: Pondering the Prose 
 9/2: Never Too Many to Read

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1 comment:

  1. I usually can't read anything too scary either, so your review makes me feel better about picking up this book and knowing it's "safe" for me to read.