Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Review: Whiskey and a Gun by Jade Eby

Y'all, I am SO excited to be writing this review SOOO excited! eeek! I hosted the cover reveal for this book last week and since the moment I read the description and saw the cover, I have been salivating over it. 
Here's a little about the book...

I only meant to love her...
Tawny Owens was going to help me escape my past. She was going to change my future.
But that's not what happened.

I don't know if I can control it much longer. This insatiable need to kill the only good thing in my life.
But this isn't her story - it's mine.

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Okay, before I say anything about the book itself, let's talk about that beautiful cover. It was that coupled with the freakin' awesome blurb that caught my attention. I think Eby is genius in the way she crafted the blurb. It is really evasive and yet compelling all at once. Definitely makes me want more!

Now, onto the book. I came into this story not really knowing what to expect, and man, was I surprised. 

Y'all know I love fucked up characters. I love it when they are flawed beyond all reason--to point where they seem unredeemable. Jade definitely tackles this in Whiskey. 
Carter is SO flawed that there were times that I wanted to stab him, literally. 

I wanted to hate him. I wanted to add him to the long list of heroes who suck butt, but I couldn't. There was something so compelling about his character, even when he was doing horrendous things that I didn't agree with, I still loved him. I still wanted better for him because I believed that it was in him. Jade weaves this complicated dynamic of characters that makes you question what is right and wrong how far someone can go before they become unredeemable. 

In other words: Mind=Fucked. 
Now keep in mind, this is a short story, a companion to the upcoming novel The Finish, so there are a lot of things left unanswered in this story, and to be desired. I struggled with this a little as how I would rate the book, but ultimately I base my ratings on how the book makes me feel after I finish. The one's that keep me thinking WTF just happened? Those are the kind of books I love. This is definitely one of those. I read part of it in between classes at school and hated that I had to stop reading. I ended up finishing it in my car because I couldn't wait until I got home to see what happened.

I can't wait for the next book. I need to know. I NEED to! Seriously you need to check this out. Add it to the top of your TBR pile NOW. :)
I will leave you with this image of Tyler Durden. This sums up a lot of my feels in the story. 


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