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  • Posted July 2, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** This is W.A.R b

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    This is W.A.R by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker
    Publisher: Soho Teen
    Publication Date: July 2, 2013
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    At Hawthorne Lake Country Club your trust fund can’t buy you happiness, but if it’s big enough, it almost always buys innocence. When Willa Ames-Rowan drowns in Hawthorne Lake everyone who’s anyone knows James Gregory is the one who killed her. But no one will ever say a word. Enter The W.A.R. Four girls, four motives to avenge Willa’s death, and only one rule: Destroy the Gregory brothers at any cost. The girls pool their trust funds and devise a series of elaborate pranks to deliver their own particular brand of vigilante justice. Innocence is lost, battles are won, but it’s the truth about what really happened that night that stands to destroy them all.

    What I Liked:

    This book was... interesting, to say the least. I like the whodunit feel of the book, even though we as readers DO know who commits the crime (or we THINK we do). Everybody thinks that they know who drowned Willa. It's no secret that everyone believe James Gregory did it.

    There are many characters in this book, and all of the characters are very different. Rose is the first character introduced. It is clear that she harbors feelings for the one and only James Gregory, but she tries to avoid him, since he is the supposed criminal. She tries to avoid ALL of the Gregory men, especially after the weird scene she saw between her mother and James's grandfather, the Captain.

    Madge is the other primary character that learn more about as the book goes on. Really, there are four girls that are given chapters in their points-of-view, but Rose and Madge are the two with the greatest importance. Eventually, Madge goes a little crazy for revenge, and her hatred for James goes overboard. I never really liked Madge, but her character was interesting to follow.

    I did, however, like James.I felt bad for him, right from the beginning. To me, it was clear that he was not solely behind killing Willa. I promise you that is NOT a spoiler. I liked him and Rose together, though we don't really see them as a couple together throughout this book.

    Overall, this book was interesting, but sort of flat for me. The plot was mildly intriguing, but at the same time, I was just dying to finish the book, so I could move on and read another book.

    What I Did Not Like:

    This book was boring. I was so bored sometimes, and other times, I wanted to shake some of the characters (most of the time, it was Madge). The whole rich-girl scheming crazies was not amusing. I found some of the girls' characters and morals insufferable. The only girl I really liked was Rose. And I liked James, but he's a boy.

    The plot was so slow-moving and boring, and hardly anything happened. An when things did happen, it was usually flashbacks from the past, which confused me, because I had no idea they were flashbacks from the past, sometimes! 

    The plot structure in general was weird. When present events finally started to pick up, like the W.A.R. schemes actually happening, I was still not impressed.

    There is NO romance in this book. We can see that Willa, when she was alive, wanted to be with James, but James wanted to be with Rose, and Rose wanted to be with James. But when Willa died, Rose ostracized James, and James turned to drinking and going insane. His brother, on the other hand, was a different, even weirder case.

    I guess I just didn't like the feel of this book. It was weird, slow, and boring. I can't even pinpoint what I didn't like. I just didn't like it!

    Would I Recommend It:

    Not really. This book is probably on the low end of three stars. I was invested enough to finish the book, but overall, I was not impressed.


    3 stars. Maybe this rating is too high, but I'm glad I finished this book. I probably won't read it again, or any novels to follow.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

    it was a ok book but the start is can't say was boring ,When the

    it was a ok book but the start is can't say was boring ,When the girl died i though they would find the killer but that is were it goes wrong and they don't find out.
    but i don't like the rich family petty much go anyway with everything
    but i would read it when you have the spear time since even in the end it get's very ,lets just say out of order it is still a 3 star book.
    was hoping that they would find the person who did it and the start so it would make it like he is trying to get out of jail and kill the person that told the cops but it was still good how they made everyone not talk about who did it to the cops and that even though they didn't find out till the end it is still the wroth the $9 and the seen has to be one of my faves form any book that i have read.

    i would say to read it but don't think that the end will be the best i think what they did was make the start of this book very good but after that it was starting to lack like in the start. if they made the book have a better climax an that it would be much better so i leave the rating on two. i will most likely no read it again but it was a ok book

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    Audiobook Review: After hearing so many mixed reviews about Thi

    Audiobook Review:

    After hearing so many mixed reviews about This is W.A.R. it made me even more curious than I already was.  For some reason I have to read a book that people seem to either love or hate.  It seems to me that those books can sometimes be a very pleasant surprise... or maybe a bit of a waste of time.  I'm happy that this one, for me, fell right in the middle.

    Willa is dead. Her four friends set off to avenge her death and get back at the guy they believe killed her. A bit of a murder mystery you could say... but with a "Mean Girls" twist. "Enter four very different girls" is pretty accurate... though they honestly weren't very memorable since I'm having a hard time remembering which was which. They were basically all rich and spoiled. They came up with horrible ideas (Such as giving the guys hormone pills so they grow boobs. Yes, I'm serious...) and it seemed like their thoughts were constantly all over the place. 

    It may seem hard to believe, but I did enjoy certain parts of this story. It was rather entertaining here and there. And the narrator did a great job of performing the different characters, each in a unique way. I was definitely impressed with that. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did if I was reading it myself, rather than listening to the audio.

    My first thought:  Okay, this could be fun.  Then after a while I was just confused.  I'm still not sure I understood the ending completely.  There were times throughout the story that I found myself really listening intently and enjoying the book... then I would lose interest again and drift off into my daydreaming world.  I may have missed some of the story because of this.  That's definitely a part of audiobooks that is difficult for me... if I'm not entirely interested, I stop paying attention and don't realize it until I'm completely lost on what's happening and have to rewind it a bit.  That may have happened once or twice (or maybe more like 10 times) with this one...

    It wasn't bad.  It wasn't great.  It was okay.  I'm happy I read it.  I like the cover.  I'll leave it at that.

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