Berls Reviews Controlling Cosette

Posted September 19, 2020 by Berls in Review / 1 Comment

My top thoughts:

This is like a car wreck you can’t turn away from. Whereas the first book saw a young girl fighting deep depression and truly horrible things happening to her, this book is the birth of a serial killer. That part honestly didn’t bother me – it’s teenage Dexter. But the sex – we’re talking fade to black, but orgies – it was a bit much for me. I think it’s that they are teens and we’re still observing them in high school.

So yeah, we’re observing a true sociopath be born and it’s disturbing. Also disturbing is the weird contrast with her friend Mattie, a devout Christian who has like a prophetic sense or something. The frequent biblical references, along with Christian pop music allusions feels so weird in this setting. Like the religious season of Dexter actually.

It’s also lost the mystery component, which I did miss. I liked that the first book had a major unexpected twist that this one kind of lacked.

Who I think would like it:

I still think you’d like it if you enjoyed Dexter, but only if you also really like YA. Despite the very mature themes, there is a very teenage element to it. Not only does it up the disturbing factor, but it takes you to high school.

I know it seems like I keep saying “disturbing,” but let me clarify – I liked this book. I think I also described Dexter as disturbing, all while binge watching the entire show in like 3 weeks. So yeah, disturbing is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ll call it “delightfully disturbing” LOL!

Narrator thoughts:

I’m still really enjoying the narrator, Michelle Sparks. I think she does a great job with the voices. I’m looking forward to more from her.

3.5 stars pretty good
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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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